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Tip ‘O the Day

Hey all,

First, for all of you have been calling and emailing today asking whether I’ll be going to Haiti for search and rescue efforts, the answer is no…for now. Rest assured, there are teams on the way. It just wasn’t our assignment this time. Still, the people of Haiti –and those providing aid — could use your prayers tonight.

Now to writing. In an effort to come up with more things to blog about <g> I’ll be posting a tip of the day once per week, usually on Tuesday. Other days of the week will be dedicated to other weekly topics. To kick it off my tip of the day is: Don’t let the magic escape. Yes, I know it’s Wednesday, not Tuesday. Get over it.

Don’t Let the Magic Escape

New story ideas hold magic for writers. They are bright shiny balloons full of so much possibility. New ideas can hold a writer in thrall for hours, days…years before they start writing. When you have one of these ideas, be careful not to let the magic escape. Sometimes we want to talk about our great new idea. We tell all our friends about it. We blog about it. We start a special notebook to jot down pre-writing details or snippets of dialogue that will be a part of it. We practice our editor/agent pitch before we’ve written a word of the book, just to see how it will go over.

Keep picturing that hot new story idea as a bright shiny balloon. Every time you talk about it, blog about it, pitch it, journal about it without actually WRITING THE BOOK a little of the magic escapes, like a little bit of air from the balloon. Go too long talking without writing and eventually the idea is rumpled piece of mylar on the kitchen floor being batted by the cats and dragged around by the dog.

Some writers need to let an idea germinate in their subconsciouses for a while before beginning to write. I’m not saying that’s bad. I’m not saying you can’t capture a snippet of dialogue before you forget it. I’m saying don’t tell your family, friends, co-workers and 10 taxi drivers every detail before you put a word to paper. Save that enthusiasm, that excitement, for the page. Like the air inside the balloon, the magic of a new story creates a pressure in you. A need to get it out. Use that pressure to drive you to the computer to write. Not to gab.

Don’t let the magic escape before your great book is a book at all.

That’s my tip ‘o the day!

Guilty Pleasures

Blogging about guilty pleasures today over on the Silhouette Romantic Suspense blog. And don’t forget, A DOCTOR’S WATCH and LEGACY OF STONE are both on shelves now!

The Best Me I Can Be

Blogging on the Silhouette Romantic Suspense authors’ blog here: today on what’s in store for me in 2010. Please stop by!

The Secret Revealed

Months ago I posted that I was working on a secret project that I couldn’t talk about. I never thought it would take so long for me to get the “greenlight” to share the news, but after many bouts with producers, agents, lawyers, etc., here it is…

But what is it, you ask? Why, it’s a contract! Four copies of a contract, to be exact. CARVED IN STONE and the Gargoyles series (my paranormal romances) have been optioned for motion picture by Hollywood production company Evolution Entertainment! So Merry Christmas to me!

And here is me signing said contract. I totally stole this idea from DARA sister Angi Platt. I thought it was cool to capture the moment:

Of course it’s still a long way from showing up in your local theatre or on TV, but a girl can dream.

Now back to work. Sorry for this commercial interruption. 🙂


The Procrastinator’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Author Donna Alward is running her “Twelve Days of Christmas” promotion and contest on her blog ( Today I’m the featured author! Tomorrow is the last day. And it’s not even mid-December yet. Obviously Donna has her act together. Go check it out for 12 chances to win a boat load of terrific books and other goodies!

Me, I lean toward the procrastinator side. Heavily. So in honor of Donna’s awesomeness, I’ve put together my own version. Here is “The Procrastinators Twelve Days of Christmas”.

On the FIRST day of Christmas….pretend it’s still July! There’s still plenty of time, right?

On the SECOND day of Christmas…notice the stores have put up holiday trimmings, but heck, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, so ignore the endless repetitions of Jingle Bells playing in the aisles.

On the THIRD day of Christmas…wonder where you stashed those boxes of decorations. Decide to search the attic…sooner or later

On the FOURTH day of Christmas…Buy a box of Christmas cards with cute puppies on the front and stash them under the seat of the car for later. Much later.

On the FIFTH day of Christmas…go to the Black Friday sale, get a great price on some bling for yourself…fail miserably to find anything suitable for family or friends.

On the SIXTH day of Christmas…buy a magazine full of tantalizing pictures of holiday meals, complete with recipes. Stash it under the seat with the Christmas cards.

On the SEVENTH day of Christmas…find the decorations in the attic. Move them to the hall closet.

On the EIGHTH day of Christmas…Find the address book with data for friends old and new, buy stamps, but have forgotten where you put the Christmas cards.

On the NINTH day of Christmas…finally find the perfect gifts for family far away. Max out the credit card, pack bags and boxes in car and leave them there. Too tired to wrap!

On the TENTH day of Christmas…panic getting presents wrapped and packaged for mail before post office closes. Spend two hundred dollars to overnight one hundred dollars worth of packages so they arrive on Christmas Eve.

On the ELEVENTH day of Christmas…find Christmas cards and realize you never sent any. Spend all afternoon driving around and dropping them off personally. Friends think you’re really into the spirit! Get home and decide which recipes to make from magazine, but realize you don’t have the ingredients. Run to WalMart at 11:55 on Christmas Eve and wait in line with all the other procrastinators.

On the TWELTH day of Christmas. Relax! Enjoy! Spend time with family, exhausted from all the preparations! After all…it’s CHRISTMAS!!!!!! Later, find box of decorations in closet and put them out. Leave them until March.

P.S. – In stores now…LEGACY OF STONE!

What I did on my summer vacation

Wow, the kids are back in school and September is almost here. Where did summer go? For those of you wondering what’s been going on in Vickie Taylor’s world, here’s a summary:

1) Wrote a book. The fourth book in the Gargoyles series, tentatively titled RUNESTONE is nearly complete

2) Did copy edits and galleys for my December and January releases, LEGACY OF STONE and A DOCTOR’S WATCH, respectively

3) Wrote 2 proposals and a novella

4) Volunteered with the Humane Society of North Texas after they assisted on one of the biggest puppy mill busts in Texas history when the Montague County Sheriff’s Office closed down Heddins Kennel and seized nearly 500 dogs. It’s been a tough year for animal welfare in Texas. Just weeks later, nearly 600 dogs were seized from a puppy mill in Kaufman County. This on top of the March seizure of around 250 large animals (horses, cows, llamas) in Hill County. Then we topped it all off two weeks ago with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office seizure of 77 prized Arabian horses from a ranch in my own home town! I’m currently spending several hours a day caring for the horses until they can be found homes, hopefully by the end of September.

5) Went on a bunch of searches for missing persons with my Search and Rescue dog, Krista. 2009 has been the busiest year in the 25 year history of the team.

6) Sold a super-secret project to a super-secret buyer which can’t be announced yet because the contract isn’t signed. How’s that for a teaser? More on that later. I hope…

Hmmm. Not much mention of vacation in my summer vacation report, is there? I’ve really been too busy to get away. I hope to correct that in October, starting with a breast cancer benefit trail ride called “Ride for the Cure” in Oklahoma. I’m going to have to find some pink booties and ribbons for his mane for my trail horse, Storm. *snort* He is NOT going to like that. I’ll have to catch some pictures just to embarrass him.

I hope everyone has had a fun and productive summer. Until next time,

Vickie Taylor

My other life

Here is an overly melodramatic glimpse into my non-writing life…search and rescue. This is an article and some pics and video of my team and our training facility in Texas. Despite the melodrama, it’s pretty cool!

Blogging at the Silhouette Romantic Suspense authors’ blog today

Didn’t know the Silhouette Romantic Suspense authors had their own blog? Well, you do now! My turn to blog today on what reader mail means to an author. Check it out here if you’re inclined:

In other news, to recap my recent Tweets…

The release date for LEGACY OF STONE got moved up! It will now officially be out in December, 2009.

Got a little Hollyweird nibble on the Gargoyles as well. A few years ago, the Gargoyles were optioned for TV/Movie development, but nothing ever got made. That’s common in film — only about one out of a thousand projects that get optioned ever get made. Out of the blue this week I got another inquiry from a different company. It’s a huge longshot, but it’s still kind of fun to play the movie game…and to dream!

Now…who should play Nathan Cross?????????

Muddy Pup

Labs and mud puddles. You gotta love ’em (but you don’t gotta let them in house afterward).


TODAY Article confirms what romance writers have known all along…

Just a short post today as I’m in beautiful Denver for a weekend of disaster dog training. Gotta get some bk’fast and roll to the rubble site soon. Wanted to pass on this great article in TODAY about the role of romance novels in a down economy, though:

Available Now!

western romance novel boxed set

7 men as tough as the West. 7 women ready to Cowboy Up

Available Now!

Psychological Suspense short story with a bonus inspirational short story included

Coming Soon from Vickie Taylor

Fantasy Romance Novella

What am I reading today?

GOOD OLE BOYS - Denise Barker - Just started, but I'm intrigued so far!

Last five books read:

TEXAS GOTHIC - Rosemary Clement-Moore - Awesome! Great fun and spooktastic at the same time!

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs - Really creative idea. Enjoyed it very much!

BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS - D.D. Scott - Very enjoyable, fun book!

THE GOOD DAUGHTER - Diana Layne - Awesome! Get it now!

GOT YOUR NUMBER - Stephanie Bond - Fun little mystery!

What’s on my TBR List?

GOOD OLE BOYS - Denise Barker

Reader’s Guide to E-publishing

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