Thursday, November 10, 2005

Today I'm a Grape!

I got a lot of work done yesterday on my WIP - a LOT of work. Was amazed at the end of the day when I hit statistics and checked my word count. Somedays just flow like that - and the story is coming along really well.
The only problem is...It's going to be hard to work in a HEA in this story!!!! I had the ending all planned out, but it looks trite, suddenly, and a new ending came to me as I was writing, so now I'm stuck at a fork in the road. Do I make a HEA, or do I make it a Sad but Hopeful ending?
My publishing house has a Happy Ending policy, so I imagine I'll be heading that way, lol. But maybe I'll write both endings and put them both in so that readers can choose. What do you think?

I was cruising the blogs and over on Smart Bitches they had a contest - "Guess Which Title is a FAKE" (all the other ones are real) Yes folks, Harlequin Presents have paid people to think of titles like these, so I copied some down and made up one and here is the contest - guess which title I made up:

Possessed by the Sheikh
The Italian's Stolen Bride
The Ramirez Bride
The Sheikh's Virgin
Innocent as the Night
The Italian Boss's Secret Child
The Greek's Innocent Virgin
Bought: One Bride
The Future King's Bride
The Sheikh's Captive Bride
The Purchased Wife
Expecting The Playboy's Heir

Can you guess which one I made up?

It's Innocent as the Night. There is no Harlequin Presents named that, as far as I could tell with Google. All the rest exist. Honest. If you don't believe me, go to Smart Bitches and see!

And on a lighter note, I was over on Karen's blog and I remembered a story about my son Sebi (there are Lots of stories about him, lol).
He stuck his little arm out one day and said, "Mom, am I always going to be this color?"
I wasn't sure what he meant, so I said, "Well, yes, give or take a bit of tan. Why?"
He looked at me and said, "I was hoping for something a bit brighter."

This is the same Sebi who one morning dressed in purple pants, purple shirt, and purple sweater, and then was looking frantically for his purple socks. I kept trying to give him blue or white ones, and finally he looked at me and yelled, "Those are no good! Today I'm a Grape!"


Karen Scott said...

Lol!!!!!! Oh the innocence of youth (grin)

Wynn Bexton said...

Cute story! Like Alexander the Grape. LOL.

Sam said...

Sebi was never innocent, lol - he was pure mischief from day one.
My other twin Alexander is serious and calm. Such a difference! I used to dread taking Sebi to the market, whereas Alex would just sit in his little seat and eventually fall asleep. Sebi had to see, touch, and taste Everything!

International-Man-Of-Mystery said...

When I was little, I convinced my even smaller brother to climb inside the glass bottle chute at the grocery store (for recycling old cola bottles-does anybody do that anymore?) to see where it went. So he climbed up onto the rollers in the shute and, before my Mom could intervene, I gave him a little push that sent him down into the bowels of the store.

Sebi and I would have gotten along very well, i think.

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

It sounds to me like Sebi is following in his mom’s footsteps with that vivid imagination. :-D

And about the story endings--I’m one of those who loves a HEA (I’m all for escapism), but that’s not to say I don’t appreciate bittersweet now and then. I think it would be a great idea if you could somehow manage to include both endings. How unique!

Sam said...

Wynn! A bottle Chute!!!
Yes, you and Sebi would have been perfect friends; he was always looking for new ways to amuse himself, lol.
And Daisy, my editor told me HEA, so I'll try to combine the two and make it look like it will be sad and then twist it happy somehow. (the keyword being somehow, lol)