Updatery and Cheerful Babble

I’m done – again! 7 drafts later, reaching the end doesn’t feel like as much of an accomplishment as the first time round, but it still feels good to have that pressure off. I made my deadline (Saturday) and since then have been recharging by curling up with a book, a glass of wine, and a little bit of dark chocolate.

I’ve been doing some guilty pleasure reading: the kind that includes ‘well-built’ cowboys, shared feelings, and mouth watering food cooked on the campfire. E found the book at the airport and recommend it to me when he was done with it. “It starts off pretty good, but the middle is a little boring because it’s all talking. It gets good again at the end though. Oh and I think you need to add more sex to your novels.” Funny fellow, that husband of mine. Switching off the writer brain to just enjoy a story has been a nice change of pace.

I’ll be attending the Surrey International Writer’s Conference (SIWC) on Friday. I’m only attending one day, and doing only one pitch. I’m trying not to worry too much, because last time it went well and this time I’ll actually have a finished novel to sell. Still, the shy side of me gets jittery just thinking about it.

PS If you’re going to be there, let me know! Tweet me, or leave a message here 😉

…And I’m inappropriately excited to have procured mesh ball for loose leaf tea at the dollar store. I do drink a lot of tea, and the moderately better stock doesn’t come in individual bags. I’ll finally be able to get to a package of genmaicha I’ve held onto for a while! Ahh the simple pleasures.

What have you been up to lately?

19 Comments to “Updatery and Cheerful Babble”

  1. Best of luck with the pitch! It’s got to feel good to have a finished book to sell. I know when I pretend-pitched before… it felt funny because the novel was only theoretical.

    The guilty-pleasure book sounds supsiciously like Brokeback Mountain. I don’t go in for cowboy novels much, myself. Unless it a Weird West/Steampunk/Fantasy-cowboy crossover.

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      Thank you! Yes, last time it was really weird. I know what my book is actually about this time around LOL

      Hmm I think it could possibly describe every western there ever was. I’ve never read one before, so it’s been fun.

      1. I read one once as a genre-swap with a friend in High School. He read westerns and I did fantasy, so we each tried one in the other’s favorite genre. I read a Louis L’amour. It was alright… but it just didn’t spark my imagination. I need something amazing, something out-of-the-ordinary in my fiction.

        But you’re right… that synopsis pretty much could describe any cowboy book ever – there’s a apparently a very rigid format to cowboy stories.

      2. I’ve never read any Western/cowboy fiction, but I had an interesting experience a couple years ago with Western movies. I never saw any growing up (my father didn’t like them), but I thought I should learn something about them. Orson Welles screened Stagecoach 30 times before making Citizen Kane, so he must have been learning something.

        Well, I watched mostly John Ford (Stagecoach, The Searchers, the cavalry trilogy, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, My Darling Clementine) and some Howard Hawks (Red River, Rio Bravo). All were good, and some were great (there’s a reason Lucas, Spielberg, Tarantino, the Coens, and others all quote The Searchers), and they were certainly not all the same.

        As I said on my blog one time (, genres always look smaller from the outside. I would imagine that’s as true of Western as it is for mystery and fantasy.

  2. Hey-o, congratulations! And good luck at the conference. Sounds like things are moving along well for you. 🙂

    Lol @ men. More sex and more action. I guess I can’t blame them…

  3. Enjoy your chocolate, alcohol and conventions! I wish I could join you for two of those. And congratulations on plowing through. I admire your dedication to doing so many drafts to get it just right.

  4. Yay! Oh man, yes, after seven edits I imagine you feel tremendous relief.

    “…the kind that includes ‘well-built’ cowboys…”

    Haha, say no more. 😉

    Can’t wait to hear how the writer’s conference goes! Good luck making the pitch. 🙂

  5. How exciting! I’ve been debating a writer’s conference lately. The registration is a pretty penny! 🙂

    Reading, oh boy! As the Joker from the 1960’s Batman used to say, “Deeeeelicious!!!” (Follow up with evil cackle) Reading is possibly as equally important as writing for writers. I know that’s weird, but it’s just what I’ve heard.

    As you know, I’ve been gearing up for Nano lately! And, like you, I’ve been eating up some good books.

    1. They are a pretty penny indeed. It was very much worth it last time though 😉

      And yes, reading if very important. I can’t think of many writers that don’t also love books!

      Good luck with Nano!

  6. It always amazes me that some people can write without tea. That always impresses me.

    I’ve been working on my book, my collection of mystery stories. Trying to get it both shorter and better (and I’m making progress toward the “shorter” part anyway).

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