Friday

Friday I'm In Love

I'd meant to post yesterday, but something happened. Something hit me.



Er, no. Not a piano. An idea. A pretty shiny brand spanking sparkly new idea.



Yanno. For a novel.

I have not written a new word since NaNo. No seriously. I honestly thought I'd lost my writing mojo. I tried so many times and got nothing. Couldn't even bring myself to fully finish the small revisions on Roulette.

Well, you know how they say it takes a village...

Apparently it takes a critique group to raise a pen. And raise it they did. I had two very awesome ladies talk me up, give me the pep I needed. Encourage me.

So, here I sit, Word minimized just so I can write this, with 5300 dazzling new words (<--you see, I'm still in First Love Stage) since yesterday. Newer than new. A completely different genre than I've ever ventured into. I'm nervous, I'm scared. My teeth are chattering a little. But, I think that may be from excitement.

So, ladies, I offer these in thanks for your little push out into the brave new genre. I wish I could buy you one at the bar. For realz.



I know all my authorly bloggy buddies will understand - this means I won't be making the rounds as frequently as normal. I will be huddled up to my keyboard, hoping the dogs can hold it for a really long time.

Please know, I won't forget you, new or old, and I will be back - it's a WiP after all, he's bound to start a fight sooner rather than later.

I know you won't forget me either.

54 comments:

Heather Hellmann said...

Congrats on the shiny, new idea!

Melissa Gill said...

That's great. Have fun with it.

Hannah Kincade said...

OMG, that's fantastic!! I'm so happy for you! I was talking with one of my CPs yesterday about an old idea and I got all fired up about it and will be venturing into a new genre myself! Yay!

Good luck!

Linda G. said...

Ah, the blush of first love! Enjoy. :)

Zan Marie said...

Wonderful, Tara! I love the first blush of new words. After a long month of nothing, I'm writing again, too. I'll drink to new words. Make mine a pina colada. ; )

Jules said...

Great news and congrats on this new shiny idea! :) Just remember to give the dogs a small break :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You go, girl! Have fun!

Angela Felsted said...

I'm so excited for you! There's nothing better than a shiny new idea.

Summer Frey said...

Woohoo, drinks!

You really are on fire, aren't you? Can't wait to read!!

Misha said...

Sounds awesome! See you when you get back. (And may that be a looooong while from now.)

;-)

Lola Sharp said...

I'm so excited for you!! *hugs*

And, you know us well...you chose the perfect cocktail. (though, Summer prefers hers sans salt...but I like mine just like the picture, rimmed in salt) (mmmmm)

I can't wait to read more of it. :)
Love,
Lola

Meredith said...

Yay for a shiny new idea! Have fun!

Angelina Rain said...

Congratulations! I know that new idea feeling, I get it all the time. It’s really the best feeling in a writer’s world, next to finishing a novel. Good luck writing it, I’m wishing you all the best!

Jai Joshi said...

I totally understand, Tara. Have fun with it, there's nothing like the first blush of romance.

And it's great that your critique group bubbies gave you that pep talk. There's nothing like the moral support of other writers to get the mojo working again.

Jai

AlexOngNYC said...

Congrats! And write away!

Alex
Breakfast Every Hour

Christopher said...

Congrats on finding inspiration. I'll down a bottle of wine in your honor later.

Old Kitty said...

You turn off the blogging and start writing!! Yay for you!!!! I'm so happy that you're all inspired and penning gorgeous words creatively!! Good for you!! Enjoy your writing!! I'm raising a glass of champers your way!! Take care
x

welcome to my world of poetry said...

This is excellent good luck with it,

Yvonne,

Krista said...

That's so exciting! Congrats on beginning your new adventure. Keep us updated (but not soooo updated that you are distracted from writing).

Carol Kilgore said...

Go.
Write.
Be Happy.
Don't Fight.
Later :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're inspired again!

Anne Gallagher said...

And here I was thinking we could finally do lunch.

Go for it. When you get bored (or crazy) with it, let me know. We'll do lunch then.

Deniz Bevan said...

Eee! I love those shiny new ideas! Good luck with yours, Tara!

S.P. Bowers said...

congrats on the new idea, but please, please, please don't let it talk you out of querying Roulette. You can write while waiting for all those contracts to come rolling in.

Catherine Ensley said...

Hi there fellow crusader, stopping by to check out your blog and to follow. Congrats on starting a new WIP.

Tara said...

Thanks for the love everyone! It is returned tenfold.

Sara - how did I not know you had a blog?! I'm not giving up on J&K, promise. But thanks for your confidence in it :)

Carol Riggs said...

Hiya, buddy crusader! I'm making the rounds today and checking out your blog. Nice to meet you, and Happy Friday! :)

Cool! I just had a Shiny New Idea hit me last night, too (and here I'd wanted to do some reading "research" before I wrote again). Well, I won't start in too soon. I just jotted down the ideas and am letting it perc.

Artzicarol Ramblings

Trisha said...

Hi, another fellow Crusader here - Congrats on your new idea! I LOVE those things! :D

alexia said...

I love pretty new idea/first draft stage! Yay! I am working on a first draft now, too and loving it.

raisingmarshmallows said...

making crusader rounds. Nice to meet you, now following!

Nikki

S.P. Bowers said...

Lol, you didn't know cause I just started it a couple weeks ago. It's still in the terrified stiff, working out the kinks stage. Thanks for visiting though!

Marieke said...

Fellow Crusader here! Nice to meet you and have fun with your Shiny New Idea! :D

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Congrats on your new idea! :D Just wanted to stop by and say hi to a fellow crusader! :)

Yves said...

Hi Crusader...just stopping in...have fun :-)

Colene Murphy said...

Oh awesome! Have fun with your new idea!

Tony Benson said...

Yey! That's great. Good luck with your new idea.

Gina Blechman said...

YAY! congradulations! I hope you continue to enjoy it past the honey moon stage. Good luck!

<3 Gina Blechman (fellow crusader)

Regina said...

Fellow crusader now following you! I love when a new idea for a book hits. It is always a wonderful feeling. Best wishes.

Alleged Author said...

Good luck on your new novel! Hope the novel love lasts all the way through the process. :)

Ciara said...

Congrats on the new idea.
I'm a fellow crusader stopping in to say hi.
I'm a follower now. :)

Jamie Fox said...

Oh, I love that feeling! Good luck with this new idea. Sometimes it's awesoem to try something different.

J.L. Campbell said...

Here's hoping the words continue to flow. Making the crusade rounds to introduce myself.

K.M. Weiland said...

Congrats! Nothing more exciting than a new idea. And nothing more encouraging than a good group of writing buds. What would we do without them?

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hello fellow crusader! Great going! Go get 'im! ;)

♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

Ben Langhinrchs said...

As a fellow Crusader and fellow writer, I can only say YIPPEE!

M Pax said...

I'm so glad inspiration hit. Woot!

Michelle Teacress said...

I love that back in the saddle feeling. Congrats. :)
Writers conferences do the same for me. Have a great week!

L'Aussie said...

Glad you're off polishing that shiny new idea. How gorgeous. Best of luck with tha new novel Tara. I'm sure you'll be back to tell us about progress every so often. I seriously need to get editing myself.

Denise:)

Lynnette Labelle said...

Super! Good luck with the new idea.

Lynnette Labelle
www.lynnettelabelle.com

Robert Guthrie said...

Congrats on your brand new day!

roh morgon said...

Congrats on the shiny new idea!

The feel of something new...

Yeah.

I've been absent from the blogworld since the holidays. The teen guy who headlines in my shapeshifter series finally looked me in the eye and said, "Let's rock and roll." I've been madly writing his story and am about halfway through now.

But he let me up for a little air (grin), so I thought I'd drop by and say 'hi'.

Yeah. The feel of something new...

L'Aussie said...

Back again. I'm just finishing up my Publication Party series so now I've a little time to get around and say hi personally to everyone in my 2 crusader groups. I've made a blogroll in my sidebar especially for my groups so I can see your latest posts and comment (which is the idea as we can't keep up with 200+ crusaders!)

Oh, and I also created a badge which is yours to copy and take in my latest post of welcome to romance crusaders. I'd be delighted to see it in each of our sidebars.

Denise<3

Michelle Merrill said...

That's awesome that you got a new idea! Yay for breaking the writer's block. Good luck with the first draft :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Congrats on the brand new idea. Very cool. Happy Writing.