Do you remember the old Ed Sullivan plate spinners? Yes, yes, I’m showing my age, but in my defense I was hardly out of diapers when I saw these unique performers. They’d get a whole string of plates balanced on thin poles and set them spinning. Then they ran back and forth jiggling the stems to keep the plates from wobbling off.
And this was considered riveting entertainment. What can I say? We were a simple people. However, I think of them pretty often, because they’re the perfect metaphor for everyone’s busy life.
For example, just in my writing life, here are a few plates I have spinning:
Just finished the final, Final, FINAL copy edit for Once Upon a Plaid, my October 2014 release. A writer’s work isn’t done the first time we type “The End.” After we turn the manuscript in, our editor may want revisions, which means another pass through the story. Then the copy editor takes a swipe. We can either accept or reject their suggestions, but we need to be prepared to defend our choices. Then the final, formatted galley arrives. On this last pass, we can only correct typos–no rewriting allowed.
That was ok for this story. I love how it turned out. The inspiration for this one came from my sister, who served as a gestational surrogate for a childless couple last year. She went through a difficult pregnancy and then a harrowing birth to bring a beautiful set of twins into the world. We were all so relieved, and so thankful we live now when in vitro procedures and surrogates can make a childless couple’s dream come true. But it made me wonder how a couple in 16th century Scotland would deal with bareness during a time when a man needed an heir like he needed his right hand.
My current WIP is the second book in a new series called Order of the M.U.S.E. The Order of the M.U.S.E series—a trio of sexy historical romances with a psychic twist set in Regency England. It’s sort of “Leverage” meets Jane Austen in King George III’s Court.
Welcome to the Order of the M.U.S.E.
His Grace, the Duke of Camden, has recruited (some say ‘coerced’) gifted individuals from all strata of society to join his Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires. Their purpose
is to protect the Crown from arcane weapons of a psychic bent. The duke fears that one such malicious object may have slipped by them and is responsible for King George III’s periodic descents into lunacy. There may be no help for His Majesty, but Camden intends to see that a similar fate doesn’t overcome “Prinny,” the Prince of Wales.
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And lastly, I’m putting the finishing touches on a New Adult/Romantic Suspense story I’ve been noodling with for some time. It’s called The Warning Sign.
It’s about a deaf girl who unintentionally speechreads a hitman on his cellphone accepting a job. Since she’s the only one who can convince the police that the seemingly accidental death of an MIT professor was no accident, she is suddenly in the hitman’s crosshairs.
And unfortunately, the only cop she knows who might believe her is her cheating ex.
This is my first contemporary-set story and amazingly enough, I did as much research for it as I do for my historicals! The Warning Sign will be out later this summer.
So those are the plates I have spinning in my life now. How about you? What things are clamoring for your attention?
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