Difficulties in Musing

As if writing weren't hard enough already, my muse is being difficult today. Even moreso than usual. She's testy, and demanding, and so inconsistant today that I'm ready to scream. She's envisioning so many different scenes that my fingers are having difficulty keeping up.

When I was originally bombarded by her, I tried to push her from my mind, tried to keep my distance, but she flooded my head with thoughts of the perfect story, and lulled me into submission. The beginning and the end were layed out, and only the events leading were left to fill in. And fill them in we did. She took me by the hand gently showed me the way. And I wrote, but the characters made decisions that led them onto paths they were never suppose to tread upon. Secondary characters became main characters seducing me into giving them more page time. And main characters pouted, refusing to tell their story. Ultimately I lost control of the little world I created, and that was just the first book. But she wasn't angry.

She wanted more, and faster. And I struggled to keep up. Now, every time I think that book two is flowing nicely, all the pieces are falling into place, the muse steps in and rips it all apart. Will she never be satisfied and just let me tell the story instead of taunting me with the next one?

And I'd say the heck with this one, lets just start on the next one, but she firmly shakes her head, and says "No, you will finish this or I'll not come back!"

I tell myself that I should let her leave, maybe this whole writing thing isn't for me, but I have to know what comes next, and the only way to do that is to calmly sit at her feet and do as she says. Even when I want to run screaming for the hills. So sit I do, and wait for the whispered story. Maybe she'll let me finally finish this story, maybe she won't change everything I already have written, or maybe tomorrow's the day she'll start to behave. I can't go any faster, and she refuses to go any slower. But we do what we must, and I must finish.


In Review: My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent

Released: 7/1/09
Publisher: Harlequin teen
Format: E book
ISBN: 978-1-4268-3867-5

The first short story to Rachel Vincent's new soul screamer's series, and I'm really excited.
Something is wrong with Kaylee, when someone is about to die she can't stop herself from screaming literally. Kaylee is suppose to be shopping with her friend Emma, enjoying herself, when Kaylee begins to scream, and she can't stop screaming though she desperately wishes to.
And it would be the worst day of her life, until she wakes up in a psychiatric ward. She knows she doesn't belong there, but they won't let her out until she gets "better." Everyone thinks she's crazy, except the quiet girl who has a special ability of her own.
This prequel does little more than give a glimpse of Kaylee and her world. Just as with Ms. Vincent's Shifters series the writing is phenomenal, but the character is more likable. She reminds me more of Kacy than she does of Faythe. She's a little headstrong, she wants to help others, and she's a little naive. The best thing of all is that its being offered for free on Ms. Vincent's website, so there's nothing stopping you from trying it out. http://rachelvincent.com/MSTL.html


In Review: Prey by Rachel Vincent

Released 7/1/09 624 pages
Publisher: MIra

Format: Paperback

Grab your tissues, because this is one hell of a ride, that will leave you in tears, until Faythe opens up her mouth again. Book four of Rachel Vincent's shifter series packs quite the emotional punch.

Faythe has problems, surpise surprise, right? Well these ones aren't of her making. She has a teenage tabby whose afraid of shifting because she ate a bunch of people the last time she did, her father's empire is crumbling around his feet, her exiled lover Marc's missing, and she falls into bed with another man. Okay, that last is her fault, and I wouldn't really care, except that it puts that old lopsided triangle back into play with the outcome so grossly obvious its almost pointless and frustrating.

But, of course the most important thing on planet Faythe, after Faythe proving she's a badass, is Marc is missing, but she's determined to find him even though everyone else is preparing for the worst.

After the shocking death, and obvious big brother scheme, this book falls into line with the rest of them. Tabby's are valuable, Faythe can kick some butt, and Marc is her world even though she won't admit it, nor will she ever truly make him happy because that would mean she has to bend, and she can't quite do that.

The action and pace of this book are fantastic, but the bad guys are too cartoonish. No one is able to stand up to Faythe or outsmart her, and they all completely lose it when she questions their manhood. If she is the brightest in the group them I'm surprised they haven't gone the way of the wolves into extinction.


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