Yes, I'm falling behind on my NaHoCleMo. Let's just get that out of the way. It's a bit embarrassing, but I do have three good excuses. 1) I've been sick. 2) I was out of town for three days 3) I don't like cleaning the house.
I was trying to figure out what I wanted to post about today and nothing really came to mind. I think I've been too caught up with finishing yet another edit on my book (which is done, YAY!). But then I remembered this book I saw when my husband and I were wandering the book store on our last date. Which, by the way, we totally saw the guy who plays the PC on the Mac commercials. He was doing a reading from his book (hilarious). Apparently, he was a professional literary agent, turned journalist, turned book writer, turned Mac commercial dude. Anyway... I digress. As we were wandering the bookstore together, because it was a date, I passed into the "New Age" section on the way to the "Philosophy" section (it was where my husband wanted to go and we were taking turns, otherwise you would never find me in "Philosophy" while there were still novels left to be read). I discovered that there are just as many if not MORE books about vampires and witches and "mythical creatures" (I use quotes because this was a non-fiction part of the store) in the New Age sections as there are in the YA section. And in the middle of them all was a HUGE shiny book of spells.
These were real spells, people. I looked. Like potions and chants and symbols. Now I'm not one to buy into the mystical arts (at least not in the self-help/non-fiction sort of way), but if I were, I would probably try and figure out the right combination of things to say and do to magically create the perfect book. It would definitely take some trial and error, but since I did a rewrite this week that I'm rather happy with, I might start with a few key ingredients from the last seven days and go from there. My spell would include the following elements:
1. A trip to see someoneI adore. I took a trip to attend my VERY (sorry Jenny) pregnant sister's baby shower.
She's going to kill me for posting this, but it's part of the spell. I had to do it. And Jenny, lets face it, you're a babe! Besides pregnant is totally in right now.
2. Dayquil and a whole lotta germs. I got sick on the way home and completely grossed out the passengers who were required to share my air for six hours. Every spell requires something disgusting. Consider this my proverbial rat's tail.
Dude, What's your problem?
3. Mood Music. I just downloaded a new Sarah McLachlan and Michael Buble song.
I love my shiny, blue box of musical wonder.
4. Writer's brew. Some of you may disagree on the choice, but really there's only one place with 60,000 combinations.
Seriously, Sonic should start compensating me for all the free publicity I give them. I would accept limeades as payment.
5. And last but certainly not least, a Coven. Otherwise known as Betas.
Don't be offended. You guys are WAY hotter. This is just the expression I imagine when you're reading my first drafts.
What would be your magical book-writing potion ingredient?