Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mary's Rants: Guest blogger--Lindsay Downs

Mary, thank you for inviting me to guest blog today. I’d also like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday.

With the new year fast approaching, I’m sure we’ve all made new year resolutions and determined come heck or high water to keep them. Well, years ago I made one and have kept it ever since-not to make any more resolutions.

Over the past several years I’ve, instead, made lists of things I want to try to accomplish over the coming year. Some items remain from year to year, not that I didn’t meet them but because I want to make sure I continue to. So, without further ado, here’s my top 10 list for 2011.

10-Have a roof over my head and food on the table.
    This is always on the list. A reminder of tough times in the past.
9-Figure out what Kebi is thinking about.
    For those of us with pets, cats and/or dog isn’t this one of the great mysteries of the universe. The best I’ve come up with is when he’s sleeping and his paws are moving like he’s running. Probably chasing some squirrel.
8-Get a tattoo.
    I never had a midlife crisis, at least I don’t think I did so, instead, I’m having a late life crisis.
7-Figure out how not to have a sagging middle.
    This one isn’t just for the author in me. If my middle gets any bigger I won’t be able to see my toes. As for the author part of me-I might have found the solution.
6-Write a 95,000 word book in 6 months.
    Target Identified took about 18 months start to finish. Of course I had to rewrite the first 30,000 words several times. Then, there was the writer block periods which didn’t help.
5-Get the opening to the book right the first time.
    This one sort of goes along with the one before. A darn near impossibility.
4-Figure out which works better-plotter, panster or a combination of both.
    Target Identified was a panster work. In some cases I had no idea where the book was going from one scene to another. Which made it difficult to keep track of the previous action. AWOL, the current WIP is being plotted. Maybe over plotted at times. What I may end up doing is replot but only the major points, not even scenes. Then let the chips fall as they may.
3-Figure out the perfect murder.
    I’ve got a few ideas.
2-Go to England.
    It’s been about 40 years since I’ve been there and want to revisit the country. I’m hoping to have several books set in southern England around the Devon, Cornwall area.
And the Number 1 thing I want to accomplish in 2011-
1-Get a three book deal.
    I might settle for a single book deal. And I’m not talking short story or novella length either.

So these are ten of the more important thing I want to maintain or accomplish during the coming year.

What is your top ten list for the new year? The person who comes up with the best list will receive an e-copy of the anthology Operation: LOVE.
Decision of the judge(s) is final.

Thanks Lindsay, what fun! Okay everyone you heard him, what's your top ten? Good luck!


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Hey Lindsay, great post! I'd love to have time to even make a top ten list :-) But I guess the number one thing I'm wishing for is to have both of my series be successful! Selling is only the beginning. Staying published and being successful is terrifying!!!

Lindsay said...

Kari Lee, I agree wholeheartedly with you on that one

Mary Martinez said...

Thanks for agreeing to come out and Play on the M&M blog Lindsay!

Lindsay said...

MAry, the M&M blog is always a fun playground.

Liz Lipperman said...

Lindsay, I just got back from Vegas and see you are joining us at M & M. How nice!

My top ten list for 2011 would be very similar to yours. Like Kari, I want so much for my book to be a success. I also want to get past writers' block and get book 2 finished.

But most of all, I want your number one to come true. You deserve it.

Lindsay said...

Liz, like with Kari I feel sure your book will be a sucess. Last year 1 was Numer 2. I'm finally comfortable and confident with myself as an author and have faith in my writing.
I know 2011 will be my year

Lindsay said...

Mary, Thanks for having me today. Again I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and a safe and book release New Year.