Fight, F-ck, or Forever?

After a long, ugly week packed with unwelcome surprises, ridiculous realizations, and passive aggressive conversations, it’s finally Friday. In celebration of that fact, let’s play that game where you have to pick which one of a group of three you’d want to fight, which one you’d like to f-ck, and which one you’d want forever. I’ll go first.

Tab Bennett and the Inbetween: George, Matt, and Francis are all very dear to my heart. It’s hard for me to play favorites but I will because those are the rules of the game. I’d fight Matthew. Frankly, I think he needs a good beating. I’d f-ck Francis because maybe working off some of that anger would be good for him. I’d spend forever with George because he is funny, adorable, and supportive. And, as you’ll find out in Underneath, he’s a really good kisser.
Vampire Diaries:
I would fight Stefan – to the death. STOP whining already, Stefan. We get it. You’re super sensitive and tortured. Good for you. I would f-ck Klaus because he’s got that lunatic fringe thing going on and I find myself drawn to it even though I know I shouldn’t be. And, of course, I would spend forever with Damon. Partly because he’s like a sad, little puppy who just wants someone to love him, partly because I find Ian Somerhalder incredibly hot, and partly because he gets to say great lines like, “I always kill the messenger. You know why? Because it sends a message.” (In terms of the second string players, I’d fight Jeremy, f-ck Tyler and spend forever with Matt.)
First I’d fight Sam, then I’d give him the haircut he so desperately needs. It’s time Sammy. It’s time. I’d f-ck Castiel even though he’s an angel…or maybe because he is. I’d spend forever with Dean (see also Forever with Damon).
Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries by Charlaine Harris: Fight Bill, f-ck Eric (duh), and spend forever with Sam.
Once Upon a Time: Fight Prince Charming primarily because he’s not at all charming and I hate false advertising. I’d f-ck Mr. Gold (there’s a certain appeal there). Given the remaining choices, I’d spend forever with Snow / Mary Margaret.
The Night Huntress Series by Jeannine Frost: Fight Bones, f-ck Ian, forever with Spade. Although, I have to admit, this arrangement feels fluid to me. I’d be happy with almost any combination. Mencheres in the wild card position.
Twilight Saga (the movies): I’d definitely fight Emmett, f-ck Jasper (even though he has crazy eyes) and spend forever with Edward.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Kindly head to the comments to share your thoughts, suggest another trio, or mock my taste in men.

NaNoWriMo 2012

I think every writer should participate in National Novel Writing Month ( #NaNoWriMo) at least once. If only for the experience of trying to tell a story while the Jeopardy theme song is playing in the background. That’s why I’ve signed up to be part of the madness this year. On November 1st I’ll sit down with an idea and a “damn the torpedos, full speed ahead” type of attitude. I’ll write 2000 words a day, every day, until the end of the month. (That’s a lot of words for me. I could do that easily if I didn’t also have to work and take care of my kids but both my boss and my children demand attention. They’re so unreasonable.) Then, on December 1st I’ll have a (I’m guessing a really) rough draft of Nothingmore, which I’ve decided to make my NaNoWriMo project.You may remember Nothingmore from the other day when I shared a very small piece of it as part of the First Look Challenge. It’s  about Rivers, one of the missing sisters in the Princess of Twilight & Dawn series.

Today, as part of NaNoWriMo prep day, I wrote an outline of the plot.Then, because that was such a rare and special thing for a pantser like me to do, I took some pictures of it.

Stop laughing. That’s what it looks like when I outline.

In addition to showing you that I have the kind of handwriting typically found on the notes serial killers leave behind at the scene of the crime, this outline is supposed to help to keep me from wandering out into plotted territory once I start writing. It’s supposed to anyway. We’ll see about that. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to resist the lure of a tangent…

I hope you’ll stop by the comments to wish me luck, call me crazy, or share your own story of NaNoWriMos past.


First Look Challenge: Nothingmore

Today the very talented Ally Malinenko tagged me for the First Look Challenge, which essentially means she invited me to look through my Work in Progress for the first use of the word look and then share the scene around it. My current WIP is Nothingmore. It’s in very early stages (like a literary embryo) but it’s going to be a novella (I think) that will come after Underneath but before whatever comes next. I don’t want to give too much away (especially since I don’t know that much yet) but it’s going to focus on a couple from the Princess of Twilight & Dawn series – one i feel needs to have their story told.

This passage is from the prologue.

They say the fall from the Ridge of Sorrows is endless but that’s not true. Everything ends eventually, even that.

You will fall for a long time. For what feels like miles and miles. It will all happen very slowly, giving you time to look around. Time to watch the life you are falling away from flash before your eyes, like the in-flight movie on the way to certain death. Time to think – or cry or pray – before you reach the bottom.

Sooner or later you will feel yourself speed up, falling faster than before, which means it’s almost over. You will brace for impact even though you’re certain you’re going to be smashed and broken anyway. Right before you hit, something will stop you, slow you, magic probably. You will land softly in the dust, almost as if you had been gently placed instead of dropped. You will be lying, unbroken but heartsick, at the bottom of a cavern in a round room. Ten doors, not a one of them labeled, without a clearly marked exit among them, line the walls. Without being told, you will know you must pick one and go through.

You will wonder which door is the right door, if red is better than blue or green or steel. Pick a door and go through it. It doesn’t matter which one. They all lead to the same place.

They all lead to Nothingmore.

So there it is. A very preliminary piece of my next book. As always, I’m curious to know what you think.


Inbetween & Underneath: the Soundtrack

This is from an author interview I did with Lee from Great questions made for a really fun interview. (Read the rest of it here.)

Lee: Did you have a playlist that helped you write Tab Bennett?  If so, what were some of the tracks?

Jes: I’m way too easily distracted to listen to music when I’m writing, but I do use it to get inspired. A lot of times I’ll be driving along in my car with my IPod playing and an idea for a scene or a sentence or a conversation for whatever I’m working on will pop up in my head. If I’m alone, sometimes I’ll actually have the conversation out loud, acting out both sides of it. These are some of the songs that inspired me while I was writing Tab Bennett and the Inbetween:

Flogging Molly’s If I Ever Leave this World Alive: There’s a confrontation late in the book between Tab and Nicholas that this song inspired.

Harvey Danger’s Terminal Annex: If you are angry at someone, this song will help you get angrier. Best lyric: “You complain about an overflowing cup? Don’t forget that I’m the one who filled that f–ker up.” This is Tab’s feisty side.

Tom Petty’s Wildflowers: All the conversations Tab and Alex have early in the book when they’re getting to know each other could have this playing in the background.

Blind Melon’s Change

Social Distortion’s King of Fools: This is Alex’s song.

Jeff Buckley’s Last Goodbye: This is Robbin’s heartbreak song. I don’t think this is the kind of music he’d listen to, but the lyrics would resonate with him for sure: “This is our last embrace. Must I dream and always see your face?”

Johnny Cash’s Five Feet High and Rising: There’s something about the chuckle in Johnny Cash’s voice when he’s singing, “We can make it to the road in our homemade boat. That’s the only thing we’ve got left that’ll float,” that sounds like optimism and resilience to me. Those qualities totally remind me of Tab. She gets knocked down a lot but she always gets back up.

Nick Drake’s Pink Moon: If there was a movie soundtrack, this would be the song that’s playing right at the beginning when Tab is planting flowers and her sister is dying. Listen to the lyrics and its pretty, tinkling melody takes on a slightly more sinister tone.

Coldplay’s The Scientist: Tell me your secrets and ask me your questions.

REM’s You Are The Everything: This song makes me 16 again. Makes me the kind of desperately in love that only teenagers and fictional characters are capable of.

So there they are a few of my musical inspirations. You can feel free to start making fun of my taste in music now. Go on. Or head down to the comments and tell me what song Inbetween makes you think of.


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