Brandi has her hands full here.
But she's fine. Easily in control of his herd of horses.
This morning while I was trying to think of something to write about, and looking at pics, it occured to me that I'm a bit like Brandi.
Yeah, I can lead a handful of horses, been doing it all my life. But I'm actually talking about writing here.
I'm making no sense?
In reference to writing, I have a handful of projects at all times. I'm never content to be working on one manuscript at a time. I'd always have several to choose from. I often get bored by one project, and I need to jump around. Have more than one character or characters to pick from.
Sometimes, I'll stick with one story til the end; sometimes I'll go back and forth between them on almost a daily basis.
At this moment, I can pick from Cowboy's Baby, A Real Bad Burn, Mississippi Blues, Sunny or three untitled Intrigues. Not to mention a couple oldies I could do some revisions on--A Cowboy to Keep or Shot Through the Heart.
How do I juggle all those stories? Like Brandi in this picture is going to hand off the horses to me and two other people, I will hand off my stories to some helpers.
I have several groups of CPs I rely upon for feedback and support.
First of all, Kim. She's been my CP from day one. I can't imagine this journey without her. Along with two other women, we have just formed an in-town group.
The gals of Critique-Me. Most of them are here on Word-Wranglers. An amazing group I think the world of, and are all so talented. They have published, won major contests, gotten requests for fulls. The talent among them is just mind-boggling.
Avril and Cassie. We clicked on the RWClist. Super writers, both. And since both write suspense, a good fit for my Intrigues.
Sara, my western writer friend from back east. Newly agented. She found things on Cowboy's Baby no one else did!
Last, but not least, Mika. My cowgirl friend from the opposite coast from Sara! She is only one of a handful of CPs who haven't hated most everything about Burn, and has good things to say about it. SO grateful to have found her.
Sometimes a certain manuscript fits a different CP better. For instance, I withdrew Cowboy's Baby from almost all CPs because it needs an overhaul. I gave it back to Kim because I think she can help me find the hole I can't quite put my finger on. Kim has that knack. It's her talent.
I'm keeping Burn with Mika because it feels pretty darn good to not get it back and feel like throwing up. LOL
The new Intrigue will go to Crit-Me, Cassie and Av.
When I fill that hole in Cowboy's Baby, I'm relying on Crit-Me and Sara to have the final look.
I get beta reads from the RWClist and Rom-Critters.
Can't forget my aunt Ruthie!
Every single one of these special women and friends bring something to my writing, and I appreciate each and every one for what they give to me.
Like with Brandi, a helping hand is appreciated.
Now, back to work.
I'm writing on tje new Intrigue today.