Sunday, August 8, 2010
Me and Tony Romo
I'm posting early this week so I can catch up with y'all BEFORE the Hall of Fame game tonight. With the opening kick-off, another NFL season begins, and I, for one, will be glued to the TV when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Have I mentioned I am a RABID Cowboys fan? I have been since hubby played college football and two of our friends were drafted by the ‘Boys. When we moved to Dallas in the late seventies, I thought I had died and gone to football heaven.
As the new season begins I am busy organizing the fantasy Pick ‘Em league that I run every year, sending emails out to last year’s players, etc. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have been in training camp since early July with grueling two-a-days in the Texas heat.
Wish I had stock in Gatorade!
I’ve watched quarterback, Tony Romo, since he was a third stringer in 2003 and saw him progress to a starter and team leader in 2007. He just keeps getting better every year. Analysts predict this might be the year the Cowboys regain the Super Bowl trophy. I can only hope…but I’ve heard that song and dance before.
Now what exactly does all this have to do with writing and me?
Hold your britches. I’m getting to that, but first a little backstory (UGG!)
As most of you know, I signed a three-book deal for my casserole mystery series with only 3 chapters written. Having just finished the first manuscript, I sent it off to my editor with a note asking what she needed from me before I started the second one. All she has at this point is a title, which she loves, BTW.
“Since the second one is already under contract, you don’t need to send me anything,” she replied.
Holy freakin’ crap! In other words, just write the book, Lipperman!
Being the procrastinator that I am, I haven’t written a word since “The End” on Book One two months ago. What’s up with that? Am I just a one-book wonder?
Fortunately for me, I had a night out with a fun group of writers who took my one line blurb and threw out a lot of plot ideas, most of which I’m using.(A shout out to my DARA friends. You gotta love group plotting with all those imaginations working together.) Since then, I have been doing a lot of research, and I think I’m finally ready to begin.
Tomorrow, BEEF STOLEN-OFF will be born. Being the obsessive plotter that I am, I’ll start with a sheet of paper and list all the plot points and go from there. I write mysteries with usually more than one bad guy and many subplots, so I have to get it straight in my head first. The best way for me to do that is to put the pen to the paper (I write longhand, remember? My mantra is BICHOP – butt in chair – hands on pen.)
So, like Tony Romo, I have actually been preparing for my first “pre-season” game for a few weeks now. Since Book Two is part of a series, I know who my returning players are and what strengths they bring to the table. I’m still looking at the rookies and the new players with a cautious eye to see if I can get a rhythm going with them.
Football is all about teamwork. So is writing. It’s you and your team of characters who have to come up with a winner, or no one will pay to see you play again.
Wish me luck with this. I loved the way DUCKS IN A ROW turned out, but I remember how paranoid I was about not being able to pull it off..about not making it something people might actually be willing to fork out eight bucks to read.
Also like Tony, I can only hope I am good enough to bring out the best in all the players around me. As for tonight’s game, a boisterous, fun-to-watch, ex Cowboy is making his debut with his new team, the Bengals. The man makes me laugh. In T.O.’s own words – bring your popcorn!!
So, how does your preseason go when you're starting a new manuscript?
Update: Cowboys 16 Bengals 7 Woo hoo!