IWSG Day & Muse Problems

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Happy IWSG Day! It’s third of IWSG of the year and we’re together again. Sharing our triumphs and woes from our writing journey. Thanks for creating time and space for us to do so goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

And thanks goes to the awesome co-hosts posting today: Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

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So what’s going on with me this month?

Well, my muse has run amok again.  Last time it went amok, I came up with the holiday romance novella trilogy Holidaze. The time before that, my muse gave unto me the paranormal romance novella series Foreseen. And now, during a time when I need to focus solely on editing Foreseen. To get it ready and polished to pitch and query and submit to Carina Press, etc, my muse has done it again.

But this time another person is partially responsible as well. Thanks to Meka being a bad influence, two brothers, blue collars, have overtaken my mind. I’ve been preplotting. I even have character names and temporary titles, Jordan Steele in Mr. Fix It. And Marcus Steele in The Handyman. I even went to my social media and gasp…asked for recommendations for heroines. And moan…found his and her theme songs for Jordan Steele and his leading lady.

So here’s my heroes for a new set of stories.


Here’s my heroine(s). Jasicka Nicole from Fringe is my favorite heroine as Hester Washington for Jordan.  But Nathalie Emmanuel is a very close second for the role. Cymphonique Miller was also suggested. But giving her the role as older, more popular and prettier sister in school, Ivory Washington.

hester and ivory washington- steele bros wip
Left to right: Jasicka Nicole, Nathalie Emmanuel and Cymphonique Miller

Here’s the other recommendations for Hester Washington: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kiersey Clemons, Vanessa Morgan and Paige Hurd.

other hester suggestions- steele bros
Left to right, top to bottom: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kiersey Clemons, Vanessa Morgan and Paige Hurd


And here’s the suggestion for the heroine to older brother Marcus Steele: Rochelle Aytes, Tessa Thompson, Kat Graham and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. I was also given: Alexandra Shipp, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams. On another note, I still haven’t come up with a name for Marcus’ lady love. Any suggestions?

marcus steele possible heroines & others
Left to right, top: Rochelle Aytes, Tessa Thompson, Kat Graham and Jurnee Smollett-Bell Left to right, bottom: Alexandra Shipp, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Anyways, all I can say is… lord save me from a muse who can’t take a hint and leave me be! When and where have the muse struck you when you wished it’d stay quiet? Was it inopportune or a godsend?

Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

The protagonist. Can’t explain why. Maybe because all the books I’ve read and liked were from the protagonist’s perspective.

PS If you haven’t heard already Meka’s “Being Neighborly” release day was this past Monday March 4th. Congrats Meka! (and thanks again for the story idea ;-D) Show support by buying the book. And or helping to spread spread the word on your social media.


PSS Have you had a chance to meet another of my muses’ interruptions, Wendell and Valentina? Here’s where you can find the interview of the OTP from Holidaze #1 “Be Mine Valentina.” And don’t forget to vote in the poll at the end of the post. A book cover’s life depends on it.



    • I hate to say it too. 😦 Sigh, those damn Steele brothers have put a spell on me. At least I haven’t made temporary book covers yet. Key word being yet.


  1. Wow! You sound so motivated! I love how you research your character faces. Good luck on polishing up everything you need to polish up. My muse tends to stay quiet until I am ready but when I do sit down with it, my mind is all over the place. Happy IWSG day 🙂

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  2. hahahaha um Sorry? (but not really) I mean having ideas isn’t a bad thing, the well is not running dry any time soon. Though it is frustrating when you should be doing X but Y is jumping up and down wanting attention. Good luck with your submissions. It’s so nerve wracking that whole process. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly!

    Thanks for the boost on Being Neighborly. A story that may have never been born if not for you. 🙂

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    • Somehow your apology seems a bit insincere…lol. But thanks for giving me the idea. Who’d thought tweeting about broken washers and laundromat would lead to a new story idea. Well, gotta get my head back into editing game so hopefully by summer I have something or at least two stories ready and polished to submit. Congrats again on “Being Neighborly.”


    • Thanks Pat. The muse being a bit stubborn, trying to drag me back into the new story when I try to pull it back to back to where I need it.


  3. Glad I’m not the only one who’s muse causes trouble! I have to say, though, my muse gave me a really good idea a few months back. It sort of helped tie all the unrelated projects I’d been working on together.

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