Switching Gears


Last night, I finished judging three contest entries for an unpublished writers contest. Immediate outstanding obligations have been met. Today the pictures, post cards, and maps that inspired ROMANCING THE WEST come off of my bulletin board. Inspiration for ALL ABOUT EVIE comes out of the drawer and goes back up. I've cast Meg Ryan as EVIE, Gerard Butler as ARCH, and George Clooney as MILO. My stories play out in my head like movies, always have. The deeper I get into the story, the more my characters take on a life of their own and I'm no longer zoned in on a specific 'actor'. Still, glancing up at those photos helps to kick start my writing day, helps to set mood. Underneath those photos are revision notes from my editor, the key story elements I need to zone in on and modify.

I just cleared my desk of research books on cowboys, outlaws, and all things having to do with the American wild west. Now I'm armed with research on all things having to do with con artists, scams, and the FBI. As for Evie, I don't have to research her life, I've lived it. *g* Now all I have to do is adjust my mind set. Wonder Bras instead of corsets. Glocks instead peacemakers. Mobile phones instead of telegraphs. Don't even get me started on the lingo.

Switching gears. Here I go...

Comments

Tori Lennox said…
Isn't having multiple genres fun? *g* I have a terrible time organizing my research books because they're just so varied.
robynl said…
Changing genres is like changing shifts when working; you just get used to working evenings and sleeping late then you go on nights and have to sleep when you were used to working. All the best in this next effort.
Beth Ciotta said…
I have research books coming out my ears, Tori. And I still want more. LOL Nothing like having that info at your fingertips!

Robyn, good point! It is a little like that. :) Just gotta get into a new groove.
Monica said…
Evie sounds like she's gonna be great on paper.

I do that too, cast my characters as movie stars. but I'm running out of them (the stars, not the characters).
Gabriele C. said…
Ohhhh, that's an eye candy post. Yummmm.

*goes and drools a bit*
Beth Ciotta said…
Monica, Evie's a bit on the cynical side just now so she's fun to write. She's also on the verge of a kife adventure and that's A LOT of fun to write. :) Glad to hear I'm not the only who casts their characters!
Beth Ciotta said…
I agree about Mr. Butler, Gabriele. :) AS a historical writer are you interested in his upcoming release, BEOWULF & GRENDEL?
Gabriele C. said…
Lol, and if I do. Gerard Butler waving a sword around is just HOT. :)

Extra bonus in case they get the costumes right.
Beth Ciotta said…
Yup, Gabriele. Gerard. Sword. Hot. :) As to the costumes... Check out these pics. What do you think?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0402057/
Roni said…
Hope you're going to give yourself some time off to relax between books Beth!
Michelle said…
Hi Beth,
Well, I have to say you posted a picture of Gerry! My old (Samantha Reynolds posts aka Michelle--aren't pen names funny?) Must have hit a chord. You couldn't pic a better guy for your hero! Of course, B&G is coming out, but have you heard the big news? He's going to be doing "P.S. I Love You" supposedly with Hillary Swank. So we have, Beowulf and Grendle, Butterfly on a Wheel (with Pierce Bronson sp?), 300 (very itty bitty clothing there), then P.S. I Love You, and finally Priest. The man is on a roll!

Glad to find your blog again!
Michelle
also Samantha Reynolds
Had to delete my old blog because low and behold some porn site took it over. Can you believe that? Oye!
Beth Ciotta said…
No time to take off between boks, Roni, but I am able to ease back on my pace a bit. Feels good!

Michelle, aka Samantha! Long time no see. Glad to hear from you agan. Should have known you'd find me via Gerry. You're the one who turned me on to him you know. Yes, I recently saw a listing of his upcoming projects. Busy man. Lucky us.
ElsieHogarth said…
Beth, does Arch have a Scottish accent like Gerard Butler? Love the accent and loved him in Phantom & Dracula 2000.
Beth Ciotta said…
Hi, Elsie! Aye, Arch has the Scottish accent. It was interesting to write. I found some audio interviews with Gerard on the internet, I listened to those and also used a Scottish slang guide. I can hear his voice in my head as I write and re-read. LOL