Our Writing Process

IMG_4304smWe were tagged by Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More for the Writing Process Blog Tour.

The Three Questions

What are you working on?

Personally, I’m working on a nap but that’s just me.

The woman is working on several projects. She’s working on transcribing some video interviews that will go in a book for acupuncturists about called Untold Stories: 12 Acupuncturists Tell their Stories of Success, which will be out in about a year. She is the editor of this one, not the only writer.

She’s got a short book for acupuncturists on thinking like a business person which she hopes to doctor up here soon and get the Male to do some editing and publish that. This is in a line of business books for acupuncturists.

She’s almost done with Death Interrupted the fifth book in the Whisper Series that comes out under the pen name Bonnie Elizabeth. This is going in for final changes by her and then will be proofed by the proof-readers.

While she waits on that, she’s writing short stories and is playing with writing a children’s book. The kids book will actually involve cats, even it doesn’t involve me. But hey, that’s a start right? And down the road, she’s gotten in some preliminary edits on Whisper Six (for all you fans) and has also worked on Steampunk novel that she’s not sure if it’s worth continuing on but probably is.  She recently finished another fantasy mystery, but that one turned out to be 60,000 words of back story. So she’ll need to work on that but before all of those things happens, she wants a first draft of Whisper 8 so readers won’t get mad at her.

Why do you write what you do?

I just dictate my life. Or the life I ought to live. When I’m lucky the woman transcribes it. Lately she keeps talking about not time..

She writes what comes to her. It is always stuff she wants to read. Some short stories are experiments in style or setting. I think she should write more about me but she says the muse doesn’t go there.

How does your writing process work?

Well, I nap on it a lot.

The woman writes a draft. Goes on to write something else. Usually she comes back to edit said draft. If she can’t finish it because it’s bad, it gets tossed. If she really wants to tell that story, it gets a major re-write. She’ll keep writing things and editing things between books (which is how she has so many things going on). Often while she’s editing a fiction book, she’ll write a non-fiction book for acupuncturists because that allows her to write (which she prefers) over editing and changing. But that keeps her on track. We try to write 4,000-7,000 words a day and we’re pretty good at keeping to those goals. Editing is always about 30-50 pages a day (depending upon whether it’s an initial edit to see if it’s worth keeping or if it’s a more serious edit that needs more time). On days when editing is the focus, we usually only write about 1,000 words a day.

After the Woman edits something three times, she gets a real editor to go over it and then she makes those changes and finally there is a copy edit/proof work and then it goes to Kindle and CreateSpace. Of course, the one she is mostly transcribing/editing will be a little different.

Nominees:

The Meezers. We really want to know how they always manage to make us laugh.

Max The Psycho Kitty (my favorite author). Maybe I can pick up some pointers?

And anyone else who has a process and wants to share! Or even if you don’t have a process. We always come by these so late that we have a hard time finding folks to tag!

 

 

Sunday Guest Star: Merlin, Domino, Odin and Angel Gris Gris

IMG_4590-e1407385679674Well I wasn’t gone long. In fact, I didn’t even have time to explore which room I wanted fishy flakes in when the gang at Cat Wisdom came by and found me. Merlin, Domino, Odin and Angel Gris Gris said, “Oh that’s familiar from the Book! Mercer Williams house in Savannah, Georgia.”

And they were right. In case you were wondering what I was doing there, the Purrfection’s suggested it. So I went, as I often do. I really have to thank their Mom for thinking of me whenever she is out and about and finding interesting places for me to go! Flynn’s mom does that too! In fact, they just might be better than my human about that…

They asked if anyone knew why the light in the front room was turned on, but we don’t know so we hope that Truffle and Brulee will come by and enlighten us! (HA HA HA!!!)

 

 

Find Chey Friday #268

unnamedHmm… I could rest here. I wonder if someone would bring me fishy flakes in bed? Of course, they probably can’t find where the fishy flakes are and I can’t direct them because I don’t know where I am. Can anyone help me?

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Sunday Guest Star

DSCF0035Once again, I was hardly lost at all when Laila and Minchie came by and said, “Chey, you are in Punxsutawney, PA and this is “The Wizard of the Weather” statue, located next to the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.”

The Woman was lucky to know I was in Punxsutawney PA, which the Male insisted they visit when they were in Pennsylvania.  She liked this statue because it looked like a Harry Potter Groundhog. They had groundhogs all over town dressed up the way they have bears in Hendersonville and some places have cows or eggs or whatever.

At any rate, I don’t have to stay here any longer so I think I’ll head on home, probably through Chicago if Laila and Minchie don’t mind…

 

Find Chey Friday #267

IMG_4621Yo Dude! Can you help me find my way home?!

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Wednesday with Chey

IMG_4251smYeah, I’m rolling around on the floor. According to Catifcation (have you pre-ordered yours?), I’m a “beach cat”, the one who lays around in the middle of everything. Where else would I lay?

Tabby Tuesday

IMG_4338smIt’s been nice and I’ve been eating more grass! I love outside. Mama doesn’t let me out much cause she thinks she has to watch me but I am a smart cat.

Meezer Mancat Monday

IMG_4314smHey, it’s finally not so hot. Anyone want to play?

Sunday Guest Star: The Chans

P7180042Well as I was at that super looking place, the Chans came by and said, “You are at the Palais des Papes in Avignon. Chey! since you’re in France, we hope you’re coming to visit us!” And they of course, were correct.

Flynn said, “The Chans were quick to find you Chey. If you are going to get lost, what better place than a palace!” And of course it was all his idea (and photo) for me to get lost there! So we must thank him for coming over and finding this excellent place for a party.

Now, for a bit of wine, a bit of cheese and a bit of snuggling on Sunday with my good friends!

Find Chey Friday #266

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Well this looks like an interesting place, suited for me. But I suppose I should know how to tell my followers how to get to me. Where could I be?

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