Friday, November 03, 2006


SUGARPLUMS AND SCANDAL is now on the shelves. This Christmas anthology with Lori Avocato, Dana Cameron, Mary Daheim, Suzanne Macphereson, Kerrelyn Sparks and moi, Cait London has a tag line that reads, "Be of Good Fear, Christmas Is Here."

This 12k short story was probably one of the most difficult writing projects I've ever done. My shortest to that date was a 25k novella. Once I got into it, I had fun.

If you'd like to read more, please visit my website and Sugarplums. It's about a professional organizer, Cecilia, and the "hit-man" who she thinks has been hired to "do" her.

Why did I choose a professional organizer? Because I needed someone who could get around town, into other people's lives. And because I'd just presented a workshop on Organization for the Writer. To do the workshop, I already knew the material--people think I'm organized, very funny :)--but I needed to place it into form, rather organize it. I bought a few trades on the subject and enjoyed them.

But I've come to the conclusion as I look around this messy desk, in full deadline last heat, that there are two kinds of organizers--the outer organized, those with everything neatly stacked and found. Then there are people like me, who do a minimum of that, but carry most of our organization in our heads. I like to think that anyway :)