Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Do I Dare?

Do I dare to announce to the world this idea, this wild inspiration, that has taken me by surprise and swept me off my feet?

Do I dare open up, and share, and tell you what I've been dreaming and planning and imagining?
Do I dare to acknowledge that my fingers have been busy hammering away on the keys of my laptop in an exciting, thrilling race with my mind?

Do I dare to spill my secret, and listen for the echo of your replies, hoping for cheers, but dreading a disapproving silence?

I dare.

I'm writing a book.

It's a completely different book than my other completed novel. I finished my Jane Austen-inspired story set in Regency England and I'm in the process of editing it.

But I'm 28,000 words into my newest work. A suspense/action/thriller/mystery.

Set in several European countries. Present-time.

I love mysteries. And action. As long as it's clean. But I don't consider myself particularly brilliant at coming up with a mystery. I never figure it out before Sherlock Holmes. I'm always surprised at the endings of the Perry Mason cases.

But this story seems to be working.

I hope to introduce you to my two main characters soon. I love them. I feel excited about finding out what happens in their story... because I'm writing the book, chapter by chapter, and discovering it as I go along! I only have a few vague elements I want in the ending. I don't know how it all happens yet. But I want to find out.

For now, I'll share their names.

Cara Stephenson.

Bryce Reynolds.

I've had to stop writing their story for now... because I have so much work to do getting ready for the homeschool conventions. Displaying a booth full of jewelry and CD's of ebooks on how to make jewelry takes a whole lot of preparation, leaving not enough free time in which to write a book.

I'll continue thinking and planning for now. Maybe my mind can do the fine-tuning and discard some of the ideas, holding on to the ones that turn into golden pieces of this puzzle called a story. It'll be good to take a little breather, come up for air. Then when I have time, I can dive into the delicious depths of my writing again.

So... stay tuned.

And what do you think about all this? Do share your thoughts, I'd be thrilled to hear them.


  1. Bravo! I am sure it will be wonderful! The names are very nice.

    I started writing a book a few years ago, but my computer crashed last year and erased it all. I have it in a notebook, but I had made changes to the copy on the computer. I need to try and piece it back together...

  2. Katelyn, thank you for the bravo. I'm touched. :D

    YOUR COMPUTER CRASHED and you LOST YOUR BOOK? *Oooohhh, the agony* The very thought fills me with dread. I don't have any hard copies of my stories, they're all on my laptop. I hope you do go back and finish your story! :) Here's a heap of encouragement for ya! :) *slides heap towards Katelyn*


    So glad you like the character names. ;)

  3. Cheers! I live in Europe, and I love mysteries, and in my opinion if you combine the two you can't go wrong. :0)

  4. Yay! I'm glad it sounds like a winning combination! :D Wish I could sit down with you at a coffee shop and talk your ear off about Europe... all my research is being done via Google. :D

  5. Thanks for the encouragement! *falls onto floor under the weight*

  6. Whoops! Guess that was a little "too" much encouragement... ;) Lol!

  7. How exciting!! I know the feeling that comes from starting a new story. It's so - oh, it's impossible to describe. Ecstatic. There, that describes how I feel when I write. =)

    Tell me when either of your books get published: I will read it as soon as I can get my hands on it! I love writing, and I also love reading what other people write. Congratulations! I can't wait to hear more!

    What would the world be without books?!

  8. Ecstatic sums it up nicely, other Julia! :D I wonder if you're the Minnesota Julia or the Oklahoma Julia? ;)

    Oh, don't worry, I'll be shouting from the rooftops when I get my books published. I won't be able to contain myself!! :D I promise, with hand over heart, to do a blog post about it. :D

    What would the world be without books? A VERY SAD PLACE!

  9. LOVE THIS! ;)

    Plus, the title of this post totally needs to be a book title someday...Love you, Julia!

  10. And I forgot to mention I adore those pictures!

  11. Oooh! I'm excited! Love their names. I bet your a great writer Julia. Love all your blog posts and your books? Yes please! : ) I'd love to read your regency novel one day. Good luck with your new book!


  12. Ohhh, thanks for the comments, Rachelle!! Hey, you're right, that'd make a nice title. ;)
    Oh, I know... the pictures totally capture the aura I want for my book. So beautiful - a dash of mystery, with the glow and excitement and wonder. :D

    Love you too! You're such an amazing friend. {Hugs}!

  13. I'm the Minnesota Julia: Julia M. (No, the initial does not come from the name of my state. ;-)

    Yes, having no books would result in a very sad world indeed!

  14. Oh, Allison - looks like you were commenting when I was commenting! :D Didn't see yours 'til this morning! :D

    So glad you like the names! "Cara" rhymes with "Sarah", in case you or anybody was wondering. ;) I made it up. I thought I made up Bryce too, but then found it in a Baby Names book. :D

    Awww, thanks. I love to write, which I think counts for half of being a good writer! ;)

    Great! I've put you on the list of people who I'm going to send the edited first draft of Lissie, my Regency novel! It's only half done at present and I don't know when I'll get it finished... would you like to read it "as is"? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! :D

    Minnesota Julia M,
    Well, hello there! :D I had a feeling it was you! ;) Nice to hear from you again. :D Yes. 'Twould be a very bleak, sad place without books... especially considering that the Bible is a book! O.O!

    Have a blessed day girls, and thanks for the comments!

  15. Yay! That's exciting! For a moment there, I thought you were going to announce that you were traveling to Paris and Venice. :)

  16. Sisters 4, Oh, I wish!!! ;) Nope, just writing about it and experiencing them through my characters. ;)

    I might throw in London. Or Berlin.

    And the ending is in Cairo.

    But that's all the hints I'm giving for now! :D

  17. YAY! I always love hearing about my friends' scribblings! I have been toying with writing a present-day story too, but I haven't decided. :)

    ~ Mirriam

  19. Wow!! That sounds like a great book you are writing!! :)


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