Okay, someone out there, please explain to me why I'm getting a zillion spam messages in the comments sections of old posts, and what I can do to prevent such spam.
For the past week, I've been working on my agent query letter and my synopsis for Book Three. Thanks to the lovely folks at Backspace, I now have a letter that (hopefully) will capture agent attention. And hold it hostage. You know, in the good way. As for the synopsis, all I can say is that synopses in general are evil (they bore you to death, and if that's not a literary crime, I don't know what is). I have something that's different, more of a Key Points than anything else. Who knows? Maybe this will work. We'll see.
I've also been doing research...on dancers. You know, the ones who take off their clothes for a living. Why? My main character, while on the lam, pulls a stint in such a club. Not a juice club, for those who understand the reference. So I've been doing a lot of reading, mostly of really poorly written books by former dancers. I've also been taping HBO's G-String Divas. Holy cow -- that's DANCING? Eek! Someone should tell Patrick Swayze that he needed to put more of the "dirty" in Dirty Dancing. At one point, I'll have to post about my Lessons Learned While Doing Research. It's been...eye-opening. And to top it off, Loving Husband and I will be visiting such a non-juice bar this weekend. He's happy to help me with the research, but he's drawing the line on tipping the dancers. "Some things," he says, "I just can't do. Not even in the name of research." God bless that man of mine. :-)
Back to researching the fabled VIP room...
Jackie's Book Buzz of the Day
The Wheel of Time, Book 11: Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan. In something like the millionth book in the series, Jordan is finally starting to close some storylines that have been open since Book 2. Look at that, kids; perhaps the Last Battle really is going to happen. I've heard that Book 12 is supposed to be the last book in the series. Lord, I hope so. I really enjoyed the first few books in WoT, but starting around Book 5, Jordan stopped pretending to end story arcs by the close of the book. With something like a thousand characters (if I'm exaggerating, it's just barely), it's almost impossible to know who the hell he's referring to a good chunk of the time. Anyway, I'm in it for the duration -- I have to see this thing to the end.