Yesterday, I wrote 20 pages. PAX 3 is due on May 31. That is 19 days and 100 more pages from now. You know, if I was obsessively counting and worrying about it. Due to my propensity for finishing books in a last-minute rush, I am finishing it in a last-minute rush. (Dear Editor, this is such a flippin’ lie. I am eating bon bons and polishing my already-completed story. Never fear.) I’m writing 20 pages again today and 20 more tomorrow. I need to leave time for the bon bons and polishing.
I would like to say this is unusual, but it’s not, thus the term propensity. I do this repeatedly. Kinda like, every time. I spend months writing (and excruciatingly rewriting) the first half of the book, and weeks writing the second half in a mad rush. This is some kind of self-torture for crimes committed in a past life. Or maybe I just need a deadline looming over my head like a guillotine in order to get off my ass.
IN OTHER NEWS! I have been offered a weekly online read at eHarlequin! There have been times in the Days Of Yore when I wrote entire BOOKS for what they are paying me to write a 10,0oo-word story. God Bless Harlequin. (Actually, I think Harlequin IS God, so wouldn’t that kind of be like blessing themselves???) There isn’t even an Art Fact Sheet. The weekly read will run in eight installments during July and August, and the story will be a PAX “prequel” about the early days of the PAX League. It’s the story of Diamond Chavez and Nick Hawke, and the mission to save one baby who could save PAX and maybe the world. It’s a tall order for a short story. I’ll just repeat what we say here at PAX headquarters: We Save The World So You Don’t Have To. It’s exhausting.
GIVEAWAY! To celebrate my 20 pages yesterday and my 20 pages today (this is an affirmation that I *will* write 20 pages today!) AND my PAX prequel–three autographed copies of my sexy romantic comedy Her Secret Stranger are up for grabs! Post here! Three winners will be picked randomly by my 13-for-one-more-day son tomorrow morning (when he will be FOURTEEN)! It’s kinda like he’s giving you a present. And trust me, that would never happen. If you want your comment to be counted as an entry in the giveaway, be sure to say so when you comment.
And be sure to check out my article “The Eyes of Love” (all about Hot People!) at Romancing the Blog today!