Posts Tagged ‘The Next Historical’

Muddling Along and then you realize that’s PANIC creeping up on you

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Just a quite blog post to say hello, I’m working on The Next Historical and that I was doing fine until the back of my neck started itching. I though I was getting a rash but I found out it’s panic.


There’s a flaming pencil, treasure, architecture and stuff in it. But right now, not enough stuff. I’m on schedule and the panic, I have to confess, helps, which I hate, but it’s true.

Carry on.

I’ll continue panicking.


Breaking Radio Silence

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I’ve been busy working on The Next Historical which is due soon enough that there is panic flickering around my edges.  To keep you entertained, here is a picture of my cat, Abu. He is a dickens.


picture of Abu, a blue Abyssinian with tawny gold eyes

Abu says hello.


Watch This Space! And Other Stuff

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Watch this space tomorrow (Monday, February 14) for a pretty cool announcement . . .

In other news, I’m working away on The Next Historical and totally loving my heroine. I want to be her when I grow up.

My totally unscientific poll on what people who read my blog like to read (here) has 83 respondents so far and historical romance is leading Paranormal romance 63 to 57. Erotic romance is a very respectable 3rd. Very interesting results.

Must now get back to writing. . .


I guess I owe you one

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Crazy times here at Jewel central. I’m sure you’ll all be happy to know I am hard at work on The Next Historical which is taking the bulk of my time, blogging may be sparse until after the book is turned in, in case you haven’t noticed that already.

Somewhere on the web recently, and I just don’t remember where, someone opined that writers who eventually get published have given up other things in order to pursue their craft and mentioned things like getting up early or staying up late. While these things are undoubtedly true, if you want to write there’s no getting around making time for it, for some reason my reaction to that was mostly this: For gosh sake do not think you can take the time out of your sleeping hours.

So that’s my public service announcement to everyone looking to carve out more time for a creative endeavor.

Yes, something’s got to give, but it shouldn’t be sleep. The creative brain needs sleep and a sleep-deprived brain will make you pay for thinking you can short-change your sleep. My recommendation is to take the time out of TV watching. If this applies to you, what did you give up? Or what would you give up?

There. Go forth and . . . er . . . sleep.


Rounding out The Week, plus a request

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

I don ‘t know whether I’m more excited about Christmas or the fact that I have two days off and therefore Wednesday (tomorrow, as I write this) is a Friday equivalent. I realize that is pathetic, but that’s how things are rolling here. Tomorrow I have to get up at 4:15 am, but not again until Monday. Bliss.

Am revising something but staying on track plotwise with The Next Historical, although panic is sneaking up on me. Or breathing down my neck more like. I also have another thing to get ready to go out the door which I will do . . . uh . . . soon. Really soon. It is an erotic thing and provided I pull it off (no laughing!) I should have a link for brave souls sometime next week.


I am putting off mailing prizes until after the Christmas Holiday maddness, OK? Things should go out Monday.

Request (Puppy Eyes)

I have to write this article in re True Blood and it involves this: Shortlist: Celebs I would Date and if you have some time, it would be awesome if you could check out the list I made, vote, maybe comment and let me know, if you are so moved, what you thought.

And now I’m off to write fiction words.


No Rest for the Weary!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I just emailed revisions for My Dangerous Pleasure. Woot!!!!

Now I have to get cracking on The Next Historical. Blogging may be intermittent while I try to NaNoWriMo the book. If you’re participating, buddy me! I’m cjewel and I’m already behind. Except yesterday I wrote 1900 words in the revisions so I may just claim that.

Anyhow, how’s everyone? Whatcha working on, doing that’s interesting etc?

My son and I are going to NYC for a week on Friday. Should be interesting to make word count and do fun stuff, but then I won’t have to be at the day job.

I’m reading a mystery/thriller that I’m not sure I can finish. It’s getting harder and harder to suspend disbelief in re the characters. There’s a female character who is made of so many stereotypes and cliches that I think my brain might explode. I’m fascinated, though, by the number of cliche things she can say, do and think. It’s bad when you can predict action, dialogue and thought for any character. Alas.


Reading Vacation

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

No, not a vacation from reading!

My plan is to relax for at least another week before starting The Next Historical and that means reading. But I also have to put together the proposals for the next two paranormals and I do so hate to make my agent cry. I don’t know what the book is about until I write it so I have to make up stuff for a synopsis that will be in some mythical story I will never write. ::sigh:: You know, thinking about writing a synopsis is NOT relaxing and so I am going to stop thinking about that.

I’ve read Heyer’s The Grand Sophy and am in the middle of Sophie Littlefield’s A Bad Day For Pretty, and to be honest, I’m kind of anxious to get back to it. I think the next book will be Elizabeth Hoyt’s Wicked Intentions.

School starts for the progeny tomorrow and I finally got his bus pass. He’s in honors English and honors history this semester and both classes assigned papers over the summer. He finished tonight. ::Sigh:: He has my procrastination skills. That’s my boy! He hasn’t printed them out yet and nagging him does no good. He has teenager hearing.

What Mom says: print off your papers so you have it done and don’t forget!

What Teenager hears: blah blah blah [[what is she talking about now??]] blah blah blah.

In other news, today is the day of the month when I think iCal (the Mac calendar app) has been closed since the icon defaults to the number 17 when the calendar app isn’t open. Shouldn’t they have picked the 32nd? Then you’d know for sure. . .


Digging Holes and Other News

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

I guest blogged at Magical Musings. My post is Can Writing Be Taught And Why I Think That’s the Wrong Question Check it out of articles about writing interest you.

The blog Nobody Asked Me had very nice things to say about My Wicked Enemy and My Forbidden Desire. Scroll down in her list of May Reading to find me. Among others things she opined:

My Forbidden Desire: It’s edgy, irreverent and has ambiguous characters as the H/H. Can’t wait for the next installment. My Grade = B+

MY WICKED ENEMY I’m looking for every Carolyn Jewel book I can find now. My Grade = B+

In other news, I’m working on The Next Paranormal and finishing the synopsis for what I hope will be The Next Historical

My son and a friend are out in the field digging holes. Very deep holes. Intense holes. They are working hard and don’t know it. Too bad we don’t actually need holes dug. The Border Collie is in heaven. She loves to dig holes, too. I believe they are sharing tips and advice.

I should be working. Will go do that now.


Good News and a Request for Assistance

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Saturday mornings are my absolute favorite, especially if I get to sleep through them. Alas, not this Saturday. I had a rather large day job implementation that required my early rising after working most of Friday evening. All things considered, the project went remarkably well.

Today my son goes to his cousin’s birthday party and then in the evening leaves for a red-eye to Washington DC with his eighth grade class. I’ll need to do some last minute shopping for that. And then what will I do with myself during an entire week with no youngling?

In between all that, I have to start seriously working on The Next Paranormal. The synopsis for The Next Historical is essentially done and out to readers so I don’t have to stress about that anymore. Good news! And if you’re reading between the lines, yes, I will be writing more paranormals even though I can’t officially say so, it’s unofficially official enough that I have to get cracking as of a couple of weeks ago.

In other good news, and pretty much all thanks to Twitter, I won two things in Brenda Novak’s diabetes fund raiser; Lunch with Barry Eisler and Candy a Month from Hank Phillippi Ryan. (Twitter reminded me I should go bid on something, so I did.) Then I won a True Blood poster, coming to me directly from HBO’s PR office and THEN I won a free ad from the Catanetwork folks! I also got an ARC of Lisa Unger’s Die For You and an ARC of Jaci Burton’s Taken by Sin.

If you’re not on Twitter, how come? Because I also found out on Twitter that Dear Author has My Forbidden Desire as a Recommended Read for June. Woot! Also woot!, MFD made bookscan at 62, which means it’s one of the top 100 romances.

If you all would go buy the book (please!) maybe I could move up the list and hit the top 50.

Name that Heroine!

The Next Paranormal will be about Durian, and his heroine needs a name. Everything is subject to change, but she’s about 26 or so, scrappy, dresses on the punk side, short dark hair with with purple streaks. She might change colors to lime green or something just to tweak Durian. In the proposal, I called her Shelby because for some reason I thought that might work and when I realized it wasn’t going to, it was too late to change it. In chapter one, which I am in the middle of completely rewriting, she is wearing orange high top sneakers.

Here’s the short list of names:

  • Piper
  • Zoe
  • Mischa
  • Pilar
  • Willa
  • Antonia

Mischa is the front runner at the moment, but see below. And now, my request: Got any good ideas for a name? I keep a spreadsheet of cool names and note which ones I’ve used in which books, so here’s an opportunity 1) vote on the list of candidate names and/or 2) help me add to my list and maybe even come up with the name I end up using (if you do, full credit in the acknowledgments) by suggesting your own character names.

A few parameters:

  • Her name can’t start with D since the hero’s name already starts with D.
  • Her name probably shouldn’t start with M either since Maddy is a major secondary character who is likely to get some page time
  • Other starting letters that probably won’t work: K, A and X.
  • ethnic names are completely welcome and probably privileged

Leave your suggestions and votes in the comments. Thank you.


Shamless Promotion and Stuff Like that.

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I’m over at Patti O’Shea’s blog pimping My Forbidden Desire and giving away a copy of My Wicked Enemy. So check it out. Leave a comment.

The day before I was over at Riskey Regencies making my debut appearance as a member of the blog. I’ll be blogging about all kinds of stuff, including things I learned about the Ottoman Empire.

In writing news, uh, I need to get on the stick. That dang synopsis for The Next Hisotorical needs to be done so I can start on The Next Paranormal.

So, off to it, peeps.

Sorry to be so boring. I’ll try to do better next time.