Yes, rather a dramatic start to my week, but I’m struggling against a brick wall, and my head is starting to hurt. So I have decided to take a break from the Taniwha story for a while, and focus on a couple of other projects.
While I am sad to leave Curse of the Taniwha, I am relieved as well.
Sad, because I really wanted to write this story, it was burning so brightly within me, but I couldn’t get the story to evolve the way I wanted it too. The taniwha was too nice, which isn’t a problem, but when you are doing a retelling of beauty and the beast, you need the beast to be rather aggressive.
I’m happy to leave it now, because during the weekend, we visited Totaranui, which was where I started my Abel Tasman Walk in May. We stayed at this beautiful lodge called Ngarata Homestead, and I headed north along the remainder of the Abel Tasman track and found a lovely little loop track called Paterea Loop (at least I think that is what it was called.) While I was walking, I had another little beauty brainwave for another story, involving Maori culture. I am rather excited about this story, but it needs some incubating. Will put it in my story incubator and see what comes up.
In the meantime, I haven’t given up on writing altogether. I have the Cursed Love edits to make – which has been ticking along. Lots of new dialogue, and after reading a Kris Pearson story over the weekend, needs more vavooom.
I also have Beautiful Stranger that I am working on. This is an exciting story, which is bordering on erotic, but will have to wait and see. It is based on the 12 steps of physical intimacy. I’ve had fun with it so far, but I know that there is more to go, so it is a definite maybe.
So, this month, I am focusing on getting my edits done, then getting it back to my lovely editor for her perusal, and then I can confirm a possible publishing date. Wow, excited, much!
As for the rest of the year, I have various plans in place, including Ice Planet rewrites – this is a romance, but a sweet romance. I can really spice this up and make it hot and sizzling enough to melt the planet’s permafrost! I also have a story that I plotted in May about Running Away – which will start a new series of NZ stories.
So, onward and upward for me 🙂