Thursday, September 27, 2012

Margo and I are leaving for the Cape tomorrow, it's 11:00 and I'm still not packed!  Yikes!  I had today off and everything.  I did accomplish quite a bit though, and met with my critique group at 6:00. 

They think that CRUISING TO A MURDER sounds like my best bet, so that's what I'm going with.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute for everything.

I'm hoping this week-end proves to be a productive one.  I have to submit my ms by October 1st.  Oh, man, I'm going to have to work my butt off!  I'll be sure to begin each day with a meditation and some yoga.  I'm thinking we probably shouldn't have gotten the ocean view??

Pedal to the metal.   Butt in chair.    Eyes front.   

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Switching Gears!

Rosie's going on the back burner. Bummer, I know, but I need to finish Gina's story. It really is the one that haunts me, and, anyone who knows me keeps asking, "So, how's that Gina story coming along?" So, I've decided to shop this story at Crime Bake this year. The first few chapters have to be in by Oct 1 in order to be critiqued by a published author.

Here's a little synopsis. Let me know what you think!

THE SEDUCTION OF INTENT is a story about two young women; Gina Maria Baldini and Margo Adams, born only months apart, in the same city, in the same hospital. That, however, is where the similarity ends...for now.

When she is ten years old, Gina's childhood comes to an abrupt end when her beloved father dies in a fiery car crash on his way home from work and her mother becomes lost in her grief, leaving Gina to fend for herself and take on the role of caretaker. She has very few friends throughout her childhood and only one, Bonnie, does she trust enough to bring home. Bonnie comes from a similar background and they become best friends.

At thirty-two years old, Gina commits murder after the stress in her life becomes such that her mind has a break with reality. She has no memory of the actual murder, only of the events leading up to and after the crime.

In contrast, Margo, also an only child, has a storybook childhood surrounded by a doting family. As the center of attention, she's always been a little self-centered, although her family does its best to keep her grounded. She's a journalist assigned to write a story about women who kill and is sent to a state mental institution to begin a series of interviews with Gina. In her effort to get a sensational, real-life murder story, however, Margo is a little over-zealous in her approach to Gina and is asked to leave. Gina is intrigued with Margo though, and eventually invites her back.

Margo, who is in denial about her own relationship with her fiancee, learns some of life's greatest lessons through Gina. Only then is she able to let go of a dream that wasn't originally her to begin with.