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I don’t get sick very often, and when I do, I rarely get a fever. But on those few occasions when I get one, wow! My head aches, I sleep a lot, I complain a lot , and I plot like a madwoman. All in all, an interesting trade-off.

The best fever I ever got was about eight years ago. It spawned a wild, fun, really creative plot idea that is still one of my all-time favorites. It came out of nowhere and I made scads and scads of handwritten notes, literally in a fevered state.

Anyway, I was sick last week with a fever of 103 degrees for six days until they finally found the right antibiotic (funny story, I turned out to be allergic to the “right” antibiotic, so even though the fever went away, I got lots of very scary welts and both eyes became quite swollen, etc. I’m fine now, thanks. We found another drug, and anti-histamines did their job on the unsightlies.)

The worst part about last week was that I simply couldn’t do all the things that I always dream I’ll be able to do if-and-when I get stuck in bed for a week. Fevers keep you from enjoying movies, or reading a book. They also prevent this author from concentrating on her current book, in this case, the one that’s due in a month.

But I find that if I let my fevered mind wander, I can plot like crazy. So by the third day of this particular fever, that’s what I did. I started working on a new story – one that I had made a few notes on this Spring, then put aside because of the contracted book that really needed to be finished. The new idea had possibilities, but I hadn’t allowed myself to explore them for fear of getting distracted. Now with the fever, I just decided to let nature take its course.

Wow, what fun. Yep, I didn’t feel good, but still, what a great experience. With all the internal editors turned off – after all, what was the worst that could happen? – my imagination had a great couple of days. The line between dreaming and imagining was as blurry as everything else, I guess.

Of course, I’m a little behind now on the book I’m supposed to be writing, but I’ll make up that time. And meanwhile, I have a box of scribbles that are pretty cool.

Oh and guess what else I wrote? A wedding scene for one of my Bombshell couples. For those of you unfamiliar with Bombshells, they tend not to carry the romance subplot all the way to engagement, or altar, or whatever, at least not in the first book featuring those characters. It’s more realistic in a sense, because even though you suspect that those two characters will get together permanently, they’re more likely at the first-date or where-do-we-go-from-here-now-that-we-survived-complete-annihilation stage when the book ends. But apparently in the case of these particular characters, they’re as good as hitched. This scene won’t go in any published book, but I’ll probably post it on my website this Fall, just for fans of the books.

And meanwhile, beginning next week, there will be an EXCERPT from SPIN CONTROL on my website. When it’s actually up and running, I’ll re-blog about it.

BTYL, Kate

p.s. I tagged this with the "sick" icon even though I'm better, just because it's kinda funny. If I'd known that particular emoticon existed during the fever, I'd have blogged a one-liner just to use it. Next time!



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Jun. 28th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wedding Scene
Oh and guess what else I wrote? A wedding scene for one of my Bombshell couples... I’ll probably post it on my website this Fall

Nonononono!!!!! THE FALL??? Now, please! Is is Kristie's wedding? Must. Read. Wedding. Scene. Now! How can you tempt me with a tidbit like this???Oh and guess what else I wrote? A wedding scene for one of my Bombshell couples... I’ll probably post it on my website this Fall
Jun. 29th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: Wedding Scene
Hey Karm! Well, hmmm... which couple could it be? Miranda and Ortega? Kristie and McGregor? Kristie and Ortega? Justin and Suzannah? Kristie and Justin -- um, just kidding on that last one, probably. By the end of SPIN CONTROL, you'll know which couple is the lucky one.

Jun. 29th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Wedding Scene
You know what you should do? You should do like SUzanne Brockmann does and put that wedding scene at the end of SPIN CONTROL as a follow-up to the story of whoever couple is getting married. Suze has two recurring characters named Sam and Alyssa and when their book was released, Suze put a continuing novella about them in the back of her next book.

But I still want a supersecret preview copy of the wedding scene! Is it steamy? Funny? Pretty please, as your #1 fan?
Jun. 29th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Wedding Scene
You can absolutely have an advanced peek at it! Of course, I first have to translate it from fevered scribbles to a coherent Word document, but I'll be doing that as soon as I finish CHARADE.

Good idea about putting it in SPIN CONTROL, but that book's already at the printer (I hope!) And who knows if Silhouette would go along with it? I'm not exactly Suzanne Brockman.

I actually thought about asking them if they'd post it at eharlequin as a online read, but that probably wouldn't fly.

Not steamy anyway. More funny than anything. But pretty romantic, at least it seemed that way to me at the time. But once again -- I was in state.

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