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Research, research, research...

I've spent the majority of the week neck deep in research of both a personal and professional level.

On the personal side it's been a lot of religious and spiritual text. And on the professional side, it's all about fairy tales and winter-related mythologies and me figuring out how I'm going to tie up the threads left dangling at the end of UNTOUCHABLE. Although, I also read a book on astral projection as research for the FORBIDDEN MAGEIA series, when I'm ready to pick that up again. Read that book this week since it's not my book and I should return it soon...

Tempted to buy my own copy just so I can mark it up with highlights...

But that's much further down the road. The path in front of me is filled with Krampuses, Jack Frost, The Winter Queen and the King of Pohl.

I thought it would be hard to get back into the world of Everwinter, but as I read up on winter lore and reread UNTOUCHABLE, I'm slowly getting more and more excited about revisiting these characters. I still think I'm going to do my best to keep it as a trilogy and not a series, but still. It's nice to know that I won't be completely dreading the process of writing UNBREAKABLE.

Little by little, I'm starting to see the big picture. I'm hoping that Monday I can really begin to dive into it.

Meanwhile, what little writing I have done this week has been primarily on HUNTRESS. I am really loving Selene's story, and some of my personal research has helped me flesh out her world a bit better, which is exciting and sad at the time. Exciting, cause it's creating a much richer world than I could have ever imagined, but sad because I have to start putting Selene on the back burner in order to focus on UNBREAKABLE, especially if I want it to release later this year, which I do...


Some how or the other, I'm going to make this "work on two projects at once" work for me. Or learn how to write faster. Which ever happens first.

Oh, BTW, cafenowhere has an EXCELLENT series on her blog about writing Latin@ characters. It's worth checking out, even if you don't write Latin@ characters because a lot of the info can be applied to writing POC in general. It's worth reading, too, if you are just a reader -- it gives you insight into what you should expect when you read a book featuring a Latin@ or POC character.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must unwind with some Netflix marathoning -- I'm currently watching Leverage (with Bagpiper) and Pysch (on my own) as well as doing another rewatch of FarScape. :D

I tell ya, having Netflix on the iPad in the kitchen while I cook/clean is one of my more genius ideas.

(Cross posted from Dreamwidth)


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Apr. 5th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
LJ was a beast for me this week which is crazy. Okay so, thanks for the link to writing Latino characters as I would like to. :) Am sick of writing white people.
Apr. 5th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
It's like a 9-10 part series, so it's a lot of info, but it's all sooo good.
Apr. 5th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'll settle into it! I have been so distracted this week, reading all about intermittent fasting and keto.

I do need to get back to my sci fi - one of my characters is black, and I very nearly did a very stereotype thing or two there. Meep. Thankfully I am getting there. :)
Apr. 6th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
BTW...what is keto? I've been getting back into yoga and feeling amazing. Woke up with my back ON FIRE this morning (thank you, Cupcake, for kicking me all night long) and did 15 min of yoga designed for lower back pain and it's all gone and I feel so good.

Even started a Tumblr to document my yoga progress. :) StrongMamaYoga.tumblr.com
Apr. 6th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Keto is like Paleo - I'm not even sure of the differences, but I like the xxketo subreddit on reddit. Keto is basically getting yourself into ketosis so that you are a fat-burning machine, which means that you give up crap food, like paleo wants you to, all grains as well too, but it is basically following macros of rough low carbs, protein and highest fat. Fat being the highest ratio which means good fats of course. I'm on day six and am feeling really good - two pounds down, and never hungry because of the good fats.
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