Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Inspirations and Distractions

I KNOW - I'm not offering many details yet about my book. I want to, but I'm hesitant right yet, as there are still so many factors to consider before I think I'll feel comfortable divulging too much. I'll be saying a lot more, soon - I promise.

I will tell you that I have completed my FOURTH round of edits.

Sheeeeew! It's a job. The most recent finished manuscript is sitting in a really nice, neat pile on my desk waiting for my twins to re-read it. They are, at present, my editors and advisers. Once they read it through this last time, I will be forwarding it to a few others to read (and offer advise/edits) and then ... hopefully, I will be able to say, "It's finished!" I think I'm about 85% done.

I am well into the second book in the series and it's going really well. The first book was so long, I had to push some of the chapters into the second book, but it worked out really good with the plot lines.

I work every single day on these books. I'm also doing quite a bit of yard work right now, as it's SPRING in Texas and my poor yard is in need of some attention. So, I write a little and then I go outside and rake some leaves. Then, I go inside and write a little more. It's nice to have my beautiful yard as a temporary distraction.

Isn't he cute? He's my little naked garden boy that keeps me company when I'm out in the yard.

I haven't needed much motivation while writing these books as it's been so much fun and aside from all the leaves and yard work, this has been a good time of year for me to sit down and write. But ... I do have a muse that offers me constant inspiration every day when I write and this is her:

This is a painting my talented daughter, Courtney, did recently for her art class. I keep this painting over my desk.

I think the painting is beautiful, but after I'd written the first novel, I quickly realized that this beautiful girl was the main character in the book.

This is ... Laney.

And ... every single day ... I look into her eyes and I am even more inspired to write her story.



Kami's Khlopchyk said...

Oh! I see lots in her eyes...hurt and hope, but so guarded. It's beautiful, your daughter, as you know, is very talented.

I can't wait to read them!

Brenda said...

I know the books will be a success, how can they not with all the hard work and your talent?

The painting is AWESOME and I can see why you'd be inspired by it.

dani said...

what a beautiful painting, garden, and inspired writer:)

Courtney said...

I love that everything is coming together. It was so nice to meet Laney. Also, I love the "little naked garden boy that keeps me company" comment. Can't wait to hear more.

Betsy said...

How cool is that picture!? LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

Oh Kellan, How wonderful that you are your daughter unknowingly collaborated on your book. It's so nice to see your writing coming to this, we can't wait to meet Laney.

Jessica said...

That's so neat that you're inspired by your daughter's painting! How neat!

I can't wait to hear those words, "It's finished!"

Andrea said...

Your daughter is incredibly talented!! And I LOVE that you are using that young woman in the picture as your main character. How special is that!!

Can't wait for more details!!

Jaina said...

Kellan I am so impressed by your determination. I cannot wait to read your books. I know they're going to be great!