Well, feeling very jealous about all the conference stuff going on. What with RNA and then RWA, little ole NZ is feeling very far away from everything! Luckily next month there will be the RWAus Conference in Sydney, which I am attending for the first time. Be so cool to see my CPs Rach and Janette in real life instead of just via email. I’ll probably get all tongue tied and won’t know what to say! Anyway, the week after that we have the RWNZ Conference here in Auckland and that will be way cool too. So I guess I shouldn’t feel left out. Anyway, will be blog stalking for gossip from those who attended RNA so I hope some of you guys will be posting updates!
But news on the writing front? Nada. I am instead working on my next sub which is, I have to say, one of my favourite stories. Yes, it’s been in a constant state of rewriting ever since I first wrote it for NaNo in 2008, but it finally is starting to look more and more like the story it should have been in the first place. That doesn’t mean, of course, that it’ll be accepted, but I really hope it will be! I’ve also started another story and I have to say, I’ve forsaken my other wips for this one because I LOVE my hero. He’s an ex-soldier and woah is he hot. At least I think so. He’s alpha (natch), very protective, and – on the surface – laid back. But of course the heroine is going to get under his skin something chronic and then it’ll be no more Mr Nice Guy. Hehe.
Now all I have to do is think up a plot!
Anyway – the real point of my post guys – in my blog perambulations recently, I came across a post about pet-names (can’t remember where sorry!). It was really interesting seeing what people’s favourites were and what were their irritants. Interesting because I’ve realised that in every one of my stories, my hero has a pet name for the heroine. Now, I’m a fan because they can be very useful, epsecially for the purposes of riling said heroine. They can be first used ironically, if it’s that kind of story, or they can be used to expose deeper feeling in quite a subtle way, ie the hero calling her by an endearment can reveal quite a lot about their feelings for each other – especially if this is unspoken in most other ways. Even more interestingly, I’ve realised that my heroines don’t reciprocate. Which I’m going to remedy for my soldier hero – have the perfect name for him. One he won’t like at all. Heehee!
So pet names: love ’em? Hate ’em? What don’t you like?? For myself, I’m not a fan of baby or babe. I don’t know why, it just feels too casual. It’s not even about the infantilising aspect of it either, because I read a great story by Trish Wylie where the hero calls the heroine ‘little girl’ and I found that very sexy!
*the book is One Night with the Rebel Billionaire and it’s great!