As I write this, the clock is creeping up on midnight. Back in the day I routinely stayed out until two or three a.m. partying and made it to work (almost) sober by 8:30 or so. (Though as my husband and BFF Maggie can attest, I shouldn't be allowed to talk to anyone after 10 p.m. because I get, uh, kind of bitchy.) I come by my late-night addiction honestly--My mother is still always the last to go to bed at night at her house.
Now my day begins with lunch-packings and dog-walkings and dishwasher-unloading. And I'm ALWAYS sober! But once the chores are done and the children are gone, I find myself distracted by the sunshine and have a hard time settling down to write until late in the afternoon. And so here I am with sleeping dogs at my feet, sleeping family in their beds, and a skittering sound that I don't really want to investigate coming from down the hallway.
My mental filters break down when I'm tired and the words flow more easily. Suddenly I understand the writing advice, "Write like your parents are dead." (Hm. Who said that, anyway?) My inner critic is tucked in bed, her alarm set. But it's a lonesome life and 6:30 comes too darned early in the morning. No wonder so many successful writers have only four-legged life companions. I try to imagine what it would be like to stay up until three, sleep until noon and start work about four or five in the afternoon. I might as well dream of living in Paris or Amalfi, or on the moon.
Something's going to have to give. And soon....
Here's what I think of as my Vampire Portrait. Jay Fram, the amazing photographer who does my author pics, did it as a kind of concept photograph. I was going to put it on my website until Web Genius Andy told me it looked rather too mature. (Mature wasn't the word he used, actually. I just can't bring myself to say it here!) I do think it's a very well-done portrait, but I like my perky picture better for general publicity use.
So, does it make you think dark thoughts? Not like, "oh, maybe I'll go out and stalk someone today" dark, but like, "hey, she looks like she writes spooky writer-chick stuff like Shirley Jackson used to write."
Sometime on Thursday, Tia Nevitt will have my guest post up at her Fantasy Debut blog. I visited there when Isabella Moon first came out and she's such a sweetheart to have me back. I wrote about what the first year of being an actual bona-fide, published novelist was like. I'm brutally honest about it. And you should also check out Tia's post on why vampires are not sexy--she makes a very convincing argument.
Octoberguest! gifties are on their way to the winners. Thanks for making it such a fun month!