I'm heading back into the book tonight for a little while. I don't expect to get a lot done, but I'll feel good with just 500 words. Sometimes, you need to take small steps.
Thanks for the positive comments on the web site. As I stated before, it's a continuous process where we will be trying and testing new things all the time. I will try to provide new content on at least a monthly basis for a while. I'm lucky in that I think I've created a pretty deep and detailed world, giving Mira lots to talk about for a few years...
Since I'm opening up a little bit about myself with the new website, I thought I would show you my "cave". I don't write as much as I used to in my office. But I do find myself wandering in there when I need to think and play with the plot. It's a good place to go and stare at the wall. Or maybe just commune with the dead authors. All my reference books are handy and since my nightwalkers travel a lot, I need maps to brainstorm. My image of Danaus is also hanging on the wall beside my desk. I've kept him close at hand for a few years now.
As you might have guessed, I am very close with my family -- particularly my brothers. My youngest brother is the one who is designing my website, which isn't always the easiest process. Because sometimes there's what I want and then there's the right way of doing it. It's my brother's job to convince me to do it the right way. He's getting better. In case you're interested, he has started his own blog where he will be talking about website design and all the design things he likes to do. Being as we are both avid gamers, I'm hoping he gets into video game design.
Now, I have a second brother, who thinks I'm certifiable -- and he wouldn't be completely wrong. He helps me out just as much. Mostly, he keeps me laughing, keeps me sane, and shows me how normal people live (such as seeding my mostly barren lawn, choosing the most energy efficient light bulbs, and reminding me that I seriously need to read the owner's manual to my car). He keeps me locked in reality when I'm in danger of spending too much time with my vampires. He stopped by the other day and adjusted my poem from last week. While it's not a haiku or senryu, it's 100% my brother.
In case you can't read it, it says:
"Chain me to the moment
Delirious & frantic and wanting you, sweet TV
My feet above the sun"