Last night, I finished judging three contest entries for an unpublished writers contest.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...