I decided to take a different road out of my comfort zone and see if I can't write a mystery that doesn't have paranormal characters. I had to fight with myself not to make the swoonworthy Tomas Bell a werewolf and so far so good. I have written over 10k words in three days and I still don't know what's going to happen, who did it or why but I have fun characters (I hope) and a missing English teacher and I plan to put a little bit of a racial spin on it. I'll let you know how that goes.
In the meantime my husband is reading my vampire novel. He's just over 100 pages into it (doesn't have much time to read anymore) and he has had nothing bad to say about it. He made two suggestions that I reword some things, but aside from that he loves it. And that's a good sign, trust me. I'm hoping to get accepted to the RUCCL conference this October. I should know by late Aug is my application is among the 70-80 accepted. I'll keep you updated there too.
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I started an online critique group at yahoo groups titled The Black Quill. As of right now we have three members, all writers of young adult fantasy. I would idealy like to have four but three is good for now. I plan to start the critiquing after the holiday weekend. Looking forward to that. Every writer needs a good, honest and supportive critique group!!
And I suppose that's about it. My kids are keeping me pretty busy with trips to the zoo, the beach, the nearby lake etc. I hope you're enjoying your summer!