Friday, July 6, 2012


First off, you should know that yes, I do bathe regularly. I swear I do. However, I do not do so lightly...

It is a fact that every epiphany I've ever been granted came while I was in the shower. Nearly every character breakthrough, every clever title, every major twist that has landed with angel accompaniment into my humble brain, has done so while I was in the shower.

Why is that frightening? I'll tell you.

When I take a shower, while working on book A, the UPS man of genius drops off a package for book G. G for hellsakes! And in the scheme and schedule of things to come, G wasn't even on the radar! G CAN'T be on the radar. If I put G into the schedule, something has to get bumped. And the people waiting for books  B thru F are going to be un. happy.

I hate making readers un. happy.
My job is to make them happy period.
I'm the Happy Spreader.
(Okay, so I spread other things from time to time--no, not sunshine, more pungent--but the majority of my day is spent asking myself 'what does the reader want' and 'why don't I give them that'.)

So, you see why I am afraid to get in the shower?

I'm headed to the fray of spray in a minute, and let me tell you, I'm freaking out.
I'll let you know how it goes, maybe in the comment section.

Maybe I can hum the whole time...


Harley Brooks said...

Oh my stars! So true! I've been known to drain a hot water heater working through a scene...while talking to the characters...aloud. Freaks out those within ear shot.

babette said...

Why is it thoughts come when you have no way to do anything about them? So annoying. Enjoy your shower! Next time I'm at retreat with you I'll hand you some paper and a pen as you head in.

L.L. Muir said...

Bathing completed with no untoward inspiration. I kept the characters of book A in mind at all times. No humming necessary, although this book does contain a dirge that I often find myself humming.

"Let not thy down the moon..."

I'm a bit excited, can you tell?

ladystef said...

I keep telling myself, finish one book and them move on. That's what I keep telling myself. I'm getting of the internet now to outline two new books. hehe.

Jewel's Gems said...

Good grief, Lesli! I'm going to sit next to you at the next meeting because with all this showering, you must smell as fresh as a daisy:-)