I began writing Mamarazzi on December 30th. I took January 1 off and did not write on weekends, except for one Sunday. I wrote every weekday during my daughter's naps. Some days I would have an hour, other days two. On the days when my oldest was in preschool and my youngest napped while she was away, I would even have three. Adding it all up, I wrote the first draft in 13 days. I don't know how many hours. I know I work fast and a lot of people can't believe that I craft novels in this fashion, but I can't help it. When I am working on something, I work on it. I warned my clients that I would not be writing anything else but this manuscript in the month of January. When I am working on a novel, I am a one track mind! I work tirelessly every second I get until it's done. It's like the characters bug me until I finish their story.
I do want to thank a few people before I move on. First, thank you to my daughter Kaelyn. She will be 5 in a few months and she doesn't really need to nap anymore. But thank you, Kaelyn, for being so good about staying in your room until 3 o'clock whether you're asleep or not. I do a lot of writing while you are singing in the background and I hear you playing with your stuffed animals and doing a number of things I can't even guess at. But thank you so much for never fighting me about "napping" and never coming out of your room till 3. Allowing me time to write like that really saves me sanity and makes me much more fun as a mom later on.
Thank you Sadie, my daughter who will be one shortly. Thank you for allowing me to keep you up until your big sister was ready for her nap so that you would nap at the same time, allowing me to write. Thank you for easily going to sleep and staying asleep so I could plot and write. And thank you for not interrupting TOO many important scenes in the middle of a sentence. Actually, while rocking you to sleep, I did some of my best thinking and came up with a lot of great plot points.
And thank you to my husband, Sean. Mostly for putting up with my strangeness. When he was around, I would sometimes stare off into the distance and have a great revelation regarding the book. In one instance, when we were taking down our 12 foot Christmas tree, he was at the top of the stairs trying to yank the top part of the tree out. I was staring off into the distance. I suddenly said...oo that's really good! He looked at me strangely. I explained that I had an idea about the book. He continued to yank on the tree. :)
Mamarazzi is an idea I've had, in pieces, since college. Since I graduated in 2001, the idea has been festering for a while. I'm glad to have it out of my system. But now what?
Now I would like to enlist the help of beta readers. This is something I've never done before. I want a few people to read through it before I go back through, edit and make changes and just tell me whether or not it makes sense. Do you like the characters? Does the story flow? Are there things that confuse you? That sort of thing. I don't need help with spelling and grammar etc as I have someone that reads my work for those things already. But I would love some outside opinions on the other details. If you are interested in being a beta reader, please send me a message with your email address and I'll get more details to you for you to consider whether or not you want to move forward.
What happens to Mamarazzi now? Well, I would love to someday submit it to my publisher. I am awaiting the editing stage of "Wrong Place, Right Time," with The Writer's Coffee Shop now. That should begin around March. The book is set to be released in December or so. No exact dates yet. I also have another manuscript under consideration with them titled "Accept this Dandelion." Once I know one way or the other about that one, I can decide when to submit "Mamarazzi." But first, I Want to have beta readers go through it and I need to go through and edit so it will be a ways down the road.
I'll be sure to keep you updated on any Mamarazzi progress as well as the editing and other details that will go into "Wrong Place, Right Time" as they arise! For now, I must get back to my paying clients. I have put them off long enough in order to write Mamarazzi!