I'm expecting galleys for The Colonel's Lady any minute. But I'm trying to get my wallpaper to stick and move into my new little library first. I don't like calling it an office. Office sounds so impersonal, like I'm an accountant or something! I'm a writer, thus the best nest for me is called a library (even if it's not!).
Speaking of wallpaper, aren't these 18th-century walls beautiful? I'd gladly take the green or the blue. I don't know how those colonials managed to get their wallpaper to stick but a little research might tell me. Forget the wallpaper ~ I love the bed, the little washstand, the trunk and all the rest. I even see snow outside that lovely window which tells me it's winter in Williamsburg.
We're halfway through January, my least favorite month, and it's been such a busy one. Wyatt's last basketball game is today and Paul and I are going to a fiddle lesson. He's been playing the Minuet and Gavotte in all their variations lately and it's perfect writing music.
Some of you have asked me how my new series is going ~ The Ballantyne Legacy, Book 1. I must confess it's been quite a ride as this book has been written in record time. Kaye Dacus refers to it as being "in the zone" - when you write hard and fast and everything else, including editor mode, is set aside. You just write your heart out. I think the reason I don't like to write fast is that I love spending time with my characters, falling in love with them, and writing fast deprives you of that. However, with the publishing timetable, writing slow is no longer an option for me. So...I am at 83K on TBL and want to savor the last 30K or so:) I've printed the book out and have spent the last few days editing it, layering, adding richness and detail before I push forward. Deadline is September 1st.
Speaking of books, I've read some interesting buzz lately about short chapters. One of my favorite writers, Liz Curtis Higgs, has these wonderfully short chapters, about 6 pages or so in her historicals. I'm thinking of doing the same in future. One author I know allows for 3,000 words per chapter. I'm not sure how many pages that equals.
How about you? Do you enjoy a book with shorter chapters? Do you think it's possible to write a book with depth and substance in a short time?