First, let me apologize for taking longer than usual to get this post up. While I have been thinking about it and rolling it around in my head for several days, I haven't gotten a chance to sit down and work on it. Before that irritating finish to the Super Bowl (I can't believe that thanks to ONE MONUMENTALLY STUPID PLAY CALL at the end of the game, we all have to listen to everyone slurp all over Tom Brady for the next week.) we were at the Xfinity Center watching the Maryland women's basketball team. That was a much better game! The Terps are #5 in the country, and beat #20 Iowa 93-88 to win their 13th straight, and yes, we stayed until the end of the game. We missed the first quarter of the Super Bowl, but I don't regret watching the end one bit.
After several days of late nights, snow days, basketball games (including both of my kids' games!) I've been busy. After yet another delayed start to school today, I'm finally getting to really sit down and crank this out. I would never forget about you, my amazing readers, but I'll be honest- I did forget a little bit about my own blog. But I'm here now! Never fear!
One character whom you all will get to meet soon is Marco. He is capable of being funny and entertaining, but he is also very capable of being abusive and overbearing. When he speaks, what I hear in my head is a low, angry, guttural growl. However, my husband noticed that I used the phrase "growls in my ear", an awful lot when the narrator is telling us about Marco. While some of them have been left in the story, I'm glad he prompted me to edit some of them in various ways to keep the book from becoming repetitive. The good news is that not only is the book more interesting and vivid, it allows me to color Marco with some different tones. At that moment, is he growling, murmuring, or even spitting the words "in my ear". I am actually grateful for the opportunity to think a little more about that.
I love reading all of the breakdowns of the silly things that are repeated over and over and OVER in the 50 Shades books. I personally think my favorite is that Ana "rolls her eyes" 175% than anyone else in the book. However, my husband caught that I also have fallen into the eye roll rhythm. What! Oh my! Holy ----! I must gape and bite my lip, then find someone whose pants hang "in that way" to fix it for me!
For those of you who haven't read the 50 Shades books, all of those things are said and done WAY too often by the character of Ana.
in my attempts to write a better books than the 50 Shades trilogy, I am going to work even harder to make sure my characters have a little more depth. That begins by editing an eye roll or two.
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