Well, hello! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I haven’t done a blog post in nearly six months! Once Dance the Tide was released in June, I decided to take the rest of the summer off from the blog, and focused a bit more on keeping my new book-baby front and center on social media. I still have a lot to learn in that respect, but for right now, I’m all in with Facebook & Instagram (scroll down to the bottom of this page to find links to my pages). Keeping my social media presence up while working full-time, yet still allowing some time for fun this summer, kept me busy.
And then September came and went, and I was halfway through October when I got it into my head that I was going to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, which takes place during the month of November. Great idea, right? I have numerous plot bunnies locked in a cage, and I was ready—or so I thought—to set one free and dig in.
But then November seemed to arrive quickly—a little too quickly! So for me, NaNoWriMo became CaNoPlaMo, which is Cat’s Novel Planning Month (see what I did there?). But that’s okay, right? Planning is good. You have to lay a strong foundation before you can build the house. So I chose a bunny, and I was On. My. Way. Slightly panic-stricken, but on my way.
Why panic-stricken? Well, I haven’t actually written anything new since I finished An Unexpected Harvest in 2017. Instead, I’ve spent the past few years revamping/rewriting and self-publishing my three older stories. It feels like the creative part of my brain, the one needed to fuel and feed a new story, is covered by a layer of dust. Jumping into something brand new is a little bit scary and a whole lot intimidating. I find I’m having a hard time putting myself in the proper frame of mind—I put the “pro” in procrastinate—and of course, the dreaded “imposter syndrome” is alive and well and throwing a party in my psyche. It’s real, and it’s relentless.
On top of that, the plot bunnies were enthusiastically vying for the honor of First Freed. Here are the contenders: One bunny is mostly fluffy and snuggly and super sweet, happily representing the friends-to-lovers trope; another is equally fluffy but a bit rougher around the edges, with a “second chance romance” tattoo on one of his ears; and then there’s the steamy (non-JAFF) historical romance bunny – he’s sitting at the back of the cage, smirking and smoking a cigarette, knowing he’s well worth however long he has to wait; and there’s a teeny tiny Regency bunny that I mostly ignore – she’s the runt of the group and is frequently in hiding, which is exactly where I want her. Last but not least, there’s a very nervous, angst-ridden bunny who is pacing the cage and suspiciously eyeing all of the other bunnies.
So, yeah. Welcome to my brain! And the kicker is, I thought I’d settled on the angst-ridden bunny. He was almost released from the cage. But then mister fluffy and snuggly shook his cute little tail and caught my eye, and I was all in; I’d even written the prologue and part of Chapter 1. But then the equally fluffy but rough-around-the-edges bunny poked his little head up, I saw that tattoo, and I was a goner. I’ve set him free and already, we’re traveling a different path…but I’m truly excited to see where he leads me.
Do any of those aforementioned bunnies catch your attention? Which appeals to you the most – friends-to-lovers or second chance romance? Do you prefer low angst or high angst? Steamy or…not? I’m genuinely curious, so please leave a comment below. A note of encouragement would be appreciated too!
Thanks for visiting! And to all who celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers and happy reading!