Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What Harlie is doing this summer and why she thinks she's boring!

I still think Jon Bon Jovi is HOT!  
I'm so boring right now.  Between baseball games/practice, getting my 3rd grader to not have an anxiety attack over a state mandated test and life in general...yes, I'm boring.

I used to not be boring.  My 20's were wild as hell.  A sometime marvel at how I manage to survive them at times.  At 47, I look back now and realize that my 20's were a romance book.  But without the HEA...just a HFN.  Some people have asked me to write a book about it but I promised my brother that I wouldn't until after our parents are buried.  They don't need to know just how wild I was.  I was considered the good kid.  Never got in trouble, went to church, taught Sunday School, never missed a family event.  Underneath all that, yep, I was wild.

The stories I could tell about hanging out with the regional rock bands of the 90's in the Dallas music scene.  Yes, ladies and gents...it would make your toes curl.  Plus, just not at this time.  Yes, hanging out with Zak Wyde from Ozzy's band, watching my friends from Drowning Pool finally make it and then the lead singer and friend of mine dying of a weak heart.  The stories I could tell you about Pantera.  Yep, lots of stories.  Great guys but I couldn't hang.  LOL!

Why am I telling you this right now?  Well a couple of reasons.  The biggest is that I'm writing again.  I know, shocker.  I'm taking the summer off from reviewing (still blogging and promoting) to finish some stuff that I've started.  This is what I have to finish:

1.  An anthology call for a publisher.  Its a Bad Boy story at least 5k.  So far, I've written 2k and my hero/heroine haven't had sex yet.  Word count limit is 12k.  Woot!  Oh and the hero might be a "bad boy" but the heroine is the one that takes the lead in the bedroom.

2.  Finish the outline to a YA/NA crossover series.  I've outlined book #1 (YA/high school).  Book #2 is the college based book (mature YA) and then the NA after college story.  Need to finish the last one and polish the second one.  Hint:  these books are semi-autobiographical.  At least the first one is and the characters are based on real people that I grew up with.  *sigh*  Nothing worked out, so this is my way of making it work out.  LOL!  But I will tell you, the hero and heroine stay the same.  Each book will be able to stand alone.

3.  Finish a short romantic suspense w/paranormal elements.  I've waited too long to NOT finish it.  Think Andrew Dice Clay (don't judge) as the hero as an angel.  Yes, as an angel.  But he doesn't smoke (much) or treat women like dirt.  ;)  But he does drive a 1985 Black Trans Am with t-tops.

4.  If I have time, write some on the small town contemporary that has some people interested.  This one is a tough one for me.  It deals with my uncle's death and the fallout but with different occupations.  I've already cried during one scene.

So there you have it.  What I planned for the summer in terms of writing.  Yes, reviewing has to take a backseat.  I can't be put under that much calendar restraint right now.  I don't have an assistant anymore, just me so it was a decision that I had to make.

Meanwhile back in Lindale...Only 4 more weeks of regular baseball and then the month of June is All Star baseball.  Yes, baseball takes over from February until the end of June.


Tina Donahue said...

Good for you for going back to writing.

You should definitely consider writing about your past - sounds like it was fun. :)

Harlie Williams said...

Oh I will Tina but I made a promise to my brother. It will be somewhat tragic but also hilarious. Not all rock stars are as nice as some writers have made them out to be. There is a dark side and its not pretty.


jean hart stewart said...

Glad you're writing again, Harlie. I'd guess writing about your past might be important to you, and would be great to read!

Fiona McGier said...

You and me both, Harlie! But since both of my parents are gone and my brother doesn't care, I've put a lot of my experiences into some books, couched of course, as "fiction". But many of the incidents happened to me!

Specifically, Two For Tuesday...lots of me in that one! And there's a name I always used for pretentious pricks in my books because every guy I ever dated with that name was a jerk. Way to get back at them, huh? ;-D

Glad to hear you're writing again. If the reviewing has to go on hiatus for a while, so be it. There are only so many hours in the day. Working 2 jobs during the school year, I don't get much writing done until the summer. We do what we can, right?

Harlie Williams said...

Waves to Fiona and Jean!

I can't wait to write those stories but a promise is a promise. :)

And yes, the reviewing has slowed to a trickle and I like it. I actually read a book for pleasure the other day. I know, right? It was weird. I got up to the laptop and realized that I didn't have tour materials or a review to write. LOL!

My YA/NA will have ALOT of me in it. ;)


Kayelle Allen said...

Doesn't it feel good to create your own worlds again? Congratulations. :)