First off, I want to start by saying I've come to a major decision about my books. Due to some minor plot issues that directly involve the first book, Bad Blood, while writing the second book in the series, I've decided to un-publish the first book and rewrite it as of today.
Not a lot will be changed in the first book and it will be better due to a better editing and smoothing things out. I will not be republishing it, nor publish any subsequent books, until the entire series is finished. That way I don't have to worry about scenes in one book preventing me from taking the next where it needs to go.
The way I write is I have several scenes floating around in my head or loosely written down, along with a general outline. I don't get too detailed in my outlines because I hate getting stalled when my outline says one thing, while the story ends up calling for another. However this often leaves me wondering what will be happening next in the book, never mind the next. A little exciting in someways as the adventure reveals itself to me gradually, but frustrating at other times because of occasional writers block. I've come to realize that unless I start writing the whole series at once before publishing them, I will end up having plot holes, characters not being consistent in their personalities, and things that don't match up.
As for TWTW(This Week's Time Wasters) I've been doing a lot of reading. Not exactly wasting time, but definitely distracting me from work. I know that I said I would finish my ebook of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer before progressing onto anything else, but I fell trap to the convenience of being able to read without having to turn on my computer and wait for the Kindle program to boot.
I ended up reading a paperback version of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler and enjoyed it immensely. The only thing I disliked about it was that it did have some 'new age' type stuff in it, but it wasn't so overdone that it ruined the story for me. I loved the idea of someone from the past being thrown into living a modern life and having to cope. There are often times I feel like I was born in the wrong century. The main character seemed so real to me in her reactions to the current day living and in her manner of speech. I was really able to get into the story and it wasn't hard to believe I was actually there. I could not put it down and ended up reading it in less than 24 hours, then crying because there wasn't more (well not literally, but I was definitely wishing for more).
I've also finished Sign of the Moon (the fourth book in the Omen of the Stars Series, the fourth series in the Warriors collection) by Erin Hunter and am about two-thirds of the way through the next in the series, The Forgotten Warrior. After that I will be reading The Sable Quean (the 21st in the Redwall series) by Brian Jacques. I was shocked when I looked him up on Wikipedia today and found out that he died in February. RIP Brian, you were one of my all-time favorite authors and you'll be sorely missed. I will be so sad when I finish this and the last one, The Rouge Crew.
Yes, I know Erin Hunter's and Brian Jacques' books were written for kids, but everyone's got to a right to have a harmless guilty pleasure or two. Mine just happen to be preteen/young adult books. I've read nearly every one of the Warriors collection and every book (except for these last two) in the Redwall series and have loved them all. So, maybe I never really grew up, but that love of stories is what inspired me to write to begin with.