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Friday, November 26, 2010

So what have I been doing?

Well you'd think I'd be busy beavering away, reading books and being all efficient since my week is far less stressful on the work front. Lots of time for fun stuff. Um. Yeah. Not so much. So what have I been busy doing? Well, someone who shall remain nameless, but has two demonic boy cats, lives in Australia, has a baby brother who doesn't appreciate pirate butt sex and is generally evil, gave me a little task. Write a story for Christmas meeting all of the criteria picked by her evil minions. Sigh.

So I've been beavering away for two days typing my little fingers to the bone. What do I have so far? Well, I don't want to give it away, but I'll give you some basics.
  • I so far have 13,500 words. (oops, a secret baby scenario takes a lot of set-up what can I say?)
  • My two heroes are Aaron and Ben
  • The baby is Gavin and he is cute but rather at the blobby stage
  • It takes place in Tampa Bay, Florida
  • No evil Russian Blue cats are involved
  • The baby is NOT an elf
  • Werekangas are not present
That's it. That's all you're getting. So I did read one book before I started slaving. But I'll probably not read much else for a couple of days until I finish this. Once I get started I'm not good at putting things aside. It's like I'm compelled to finish it. Which I'm sure makes She Who Must Not Be Named happy.

Unspeakable Words by Sarah Madison (160 pages)
Dreamspinner Press

Jerry is an outstanding FBI officer at what he does, however he's also rather a social misfit and has been pulled off a case to pair up with an incoming agent Flynn, who is obsessed with a serial murder case he worked on in town a while ago. Flynn ends up staying at Jerry's and Flynn is everything Jerry isn't. Smooth, smart, on the way to the top, athletic and straight. However after a day or so of rubbing each other the wrong way they start to work well together, until Flynn touches something that electrocutes him (?) and suddenly he can hear people's thoughts, including Jerry's dirty thoughts about him. He needs to spend some time figuring out how to control his problem without overloading and they are also seeking the murderer who may or may not be the serial killer. I seem to have enjoyed this more than some people. I didn't find the mystery all that unappealing and I get the impression there will be more as it kind of ends at the start of the relationship. This is GFY. They don't kiss until damn near the end but I was fine with that. I quite enjoyed the build-up and I think if they had fallen into bed after a day I would have been rolling my eyes. I liked how Flynn got Jerry to lighten up a bit, there were cute cats involved and nice descriptions of food since Jerry liked to cook. So I will definitely pick up another if there is a continuation. I hope there is as I'd love to find out more about the serial killer story and see how Flynn copes with being gay (in San Francisco which obviously makes it a little easier). So if you like your mysteries all wrapped up with a bow, everything explained and clearly put to bed, this will probably make you nuts, but I didn't need that and just took at as a start to something more. Not sure that's true or not. We'll see I guess.


Jenre said...

I was attracted to the blurb for the Sarah Madison book - plus I'd quite liked one of her previous stories. Then I read some so-so reviews and I wasn't sure. I think I might get this now, after reading what you thought. Mind you, I've already bought one book today, thanks to Chris - STOP TEMPTING ME PEOPLE!, so I may have to hold off for a couple of days before pressing the 'buy' button :).

It sounds like you're having no problem with the story. How could we have doubted you, lol!

Tam said...

I know. I read some of the reviews after I read it and though. Huh. I liked it more than that. But hey, we all have our own quirks and things that make us like or dislike a story.

Yeah, I'm actually amazed how things fit. But it's long. What can I say, I'm long-winded. I should work on that succinct thing some day. :-)

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hey honey, wanted to pop over to wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving!! Hugs to you honey!

Chris said...

*waves at Jen* Hi! :D

*adds book to TBB list*

Should I be prepping my proofing hat? :)

Tam said...

Thanks Cecile. Hope you had a wonderful day with family.

Probably Chris. LOL I'm afraid it's not as quirky as some might hope, but hey, what can I do, the words came out that way.

Average Reader said...

OMG, Tam, you've already written 13,500 words? Didn't you just barely receive this assignment like a couple a days ago? I'm very impresed! I'm also glad the baby isn't an elf. :)

K. Z. Snow said...

That's truly an impressive word count, Tam. But the story isn't quirky? WTF? Don't get all serious on us now!

Tam said...

*shrug* I don't know Val. Once I get going it just keeps flowing. If I'm inspired I guess.

Well, it's not uber-serious KZ, but the topics make it difficult to be too quirky and I can't make it so unrealistic that I roll my own eyes as I write. LOL I can't fake quirk. :-)

Kris said...

"Well, someone who shall remain nameless, but has two demonic boy cats, lives in Australia, has a baby brother who doesn't appreciate pirate butt sex and is generally evil, gave me a little task."

Who's that? They sound like someone I'd really like.

I'm still pissed about the baby not being an elf OR a were-kanga. You're lucky I luff you anyways.

Tam said...

Yeah, I think you two would get along great. Birds of a feather and all that. :-P

No elves, no were-kangas, no paranormal. LOL

Lily said...

Aaron, Ben and blobby baby Gavin are practically my neighbors. Give or take 3-4 hours travel time, lol. I'm looking forward to reading the story despite a low quirky rating.

Unspeakable Words sounds interesting. Another for the wish list.

Have a great weekend!

Tam said...

I know Lily. It just popped into my brain when I started. Must have been thinking of you down there in the heat, as I look out at the white. :-)

I did enjoy the story Lily, but I know some reviewers had issues with the mystery part of the book but I just didn't expect it all to be wrapped up so I was fine with it.

Polt said...

Hmmm, I don't know, I thought werekanga babies surprises are always good additions to any story. Course, so is CANDY CANE COCKRING!


Tam said...

You hush Polt. Don't encourage her. It's there, it's there. LOL

Michelle M. said...

Wow - that sounds like a (fun) challenge. We get to read it when you're finished right? I hope so.

Happy writing!

Tam said...

I'll post it when it goes public Michelle. Sometimes before Christmas or Kris will kill me. :-)

Erotic Horizon said...

Damn you... you see why I dont come over here when I have a dateline...

I find books I want to read - now....

***shakes fist at you*****

All the best on the writing hon!!!!


Tam said...

Ooops. Sorry. I'll try and predict that in future hon. :-)