Monday, May 10, 2010

Rainy Days and Mondays

Today's a rainy day here in Bavaria, so it's a perfect day for me to stay inside and at my computer. To work. Of course, that's what I meant.

Just returned from picking the furbaby up from the groomer. We take her once a month because she has enough poodle in her that her fur curls and knots up if it gets too long. She's freshly shorn now and cute as can be.

We purchased a dryer on Saturday and that will be delivered today. We forgot to get money out of the ATM before going. Most stores around here don't accept credit cards so it's good to keep cash on you, but before moving here, I never had cash. Always used the check card. Hard habit to break. So, anyway, we didn't have enough cash on hand. They still allow COD (cash on delivery) here. It's true. Instead of making us find an ATM right then and there, they said we could pay when it's delivered. Can you believe it? They did away with that in the States a long time ago so it was a pleasant surprise to find the practice still alive and well here. So, I've got the cash, my dryer will show up to share residence with the new washing machine that I got a screaming deal on and no more laundromat for me. Yay!

Anyway, I'm about halfway done with chapter 19 of OOTS. There are a total of 20 so I'm very close to finishing the first draft. I've changed the series arc since starting it, though, so there is still a lot of work to do on it. There's light at the end of the tunnel.

So, I've been reading J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series lately. I know, I'm behind the times but I just finished the 3rd one yesterday. I'm really enjoying them and I can see why they're so popular. They've also allowed me a bit of a breather. See, in OOTS, I have more POVs than just the hero and heroine. I worried about that, whether it would be allowed. In some cases, I just couldn't get the information across another way or not as well. I see that she has used multiple POVs and it works. So again, another case of write the book and work stuff out later.

Have you read J.R. Ward's series? Do you like it? Did the multiple POVs throw you out of the story? What are some other series that you enjoy?


Mary Ricksen said...

I hate the laundromat!!!
Getting my first washer and dryer was a total thrill. I so get how you feel.
Good luck with the new story!

GPS said...

It's a great feeling when you get that first draft done. I'm almost finished revising the first draft of Mating Call and I like the revising part much better. It has 3 POVs. Call of the Wilds has 3 as well. The third one is the villain.

Suzanne said...

I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and funny you mention POVs. When I started my book in progress (guess that's BIP instead of WIP), I wanted to switch POVs between chapters so I looked in some of my favorite series and found JR Ward. I figure if it works for her, I can try it!

Leigh D'Ansey said...

Hi Riley - I just wanted to say I love the design of your blog and your masthead - it's beautifully magical.

What a great feeling to be so close to finishing a first draft. I'm close to the halfway point and slogging to make progress. As always, I'm vowing to do more planning next time. Happy writing!

Margaret said...

Ugh, appliance shopping. It is fairly cool to know that some places still deal with COD orders, though.

It's always great to know that the end is in sight on your WIP. Of course, that's when the tedious work begins. ;)

I've read the BDB books and enjoyed them I'm just waiting for Lover Mine to be available for my Kindle.

Lettera22 said...

Hi Riley!
I've been lurking on your blog for a few days. Love your pics from the Netherlands. I remember standing outside of the Anne Frank house after the tour and watching smiles or laughter. My burning question...your new it a full sized dryer like we have in the States?
Good luck with your WIP...almost done..I'm envious.

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