Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Just a little bite

It's Wednesday, which means that it's hump day, you know that day in the middle of the week. It's not quite the beginning, and not quite the end.

I'm still working on the first 100 pages that I need to send to dream agent number 2. After cutting ten pages out of the manuscript, I found that I need to add another 17 pages to send out. Oy, that means more editing. I hope to be able to email it out to her by the end of the week.

I also still need to send partials out to 4 more agents. I'm really looking foward to this weekend, although my plans have now changed. I was going to hang out at the beach with a friend, but I'd forgotten that I promised another friend that I'd help her clean her apartment since she's only got one good arm at the moment.

I'm also still trying to plot out my new chick-lit manuscript, the multi-cultural one. The plot keeps evolving on me, the more research I do. I want to have it in shape so that I can start writing it next week.

Oh, and the cover on the page, that's what I'm reading right now. I have to confess that I hated the first Katie Macalister novel that I read, but I decided to give her another chance, and I'm glad that I did. She's grown on me with repeated reading. I particularly love her young adult novels, and her paranormals, the Aisling Grey series, and the Vampire novels for Dorchester.

I don't know what it is, but I prefer my paranormals to be on the light side. Maybe it's all the gothic novels that I read in my teens. You know the ones, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Susan Howatch. They were all long on brooding heros, and plucky heroines, but there wasn't alot of humor to leven the creepiness.

I think that Buffy and Angel also have a lot to do with it as well. No matter how hard I try, I've never been able to get into Anne Rice's over the top Vampire novels or the Anita Blake series. Chalk it up to the fact that deep down, I'm a wise ass. If I were to come across a Vampire, I don't know if I would be able to take them seriously either or a werewolf. Of course, I have no problem believing that Omarosa is one of the undead. Or Martha Stewart for that matter. Seriously, don't you think she's sold her soul along time ago?

So when I look for a Vampire series or paranormals, I invariably go for the humorous ones. Mary Janice Davidson's Undead series, Katie Macalister, Marianne Mancusi are on the top of my list. My own chick-lit paranormal is full of humor (I hope).

How do other people feel. Brooding dark paranormals, or light, fun paranormals?


Bearette24 said...

Omarosa is definitely one of the undead :)

Not really into paranormals, though the "Undead and Unwed" series is OK

Jill Monroe said...

I really like a mixture. But if it's brooding and not very good, it seems SOOOOOOO slow and downright painful!

Anonymous said...

LOL on Omarosa!!!!!!!!! I agree with Jill about the mixture. I like humor but I like more intense ones just depends :) Good luck with all your partials. Woo Hoo Elizabeth!!!

Kelly Parra said...

I love deep books, and fun books. I think it all depends on the writing style for me or the characters. I have to be kept interested. I don't read that many paranormals, not many fun ones out there, but do read the AB series because her characters are interesting.

Wow, Elizabeth, you are doing great with your agent submissions! You go! Good luck with all of them!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I forgot to mention erotic vampire romances like those of Angela Knight. Now those I luvvvve.