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And on the fifth day of plotting…

If I’m quiet, I’m working. 🙂 And I’ve been quiet! I should have a release date for AMERICAN DEMON for you soon But what’s on my desk is THE RULE. (followup to AMERICAN DEMON) Yep, I’m in full cry, chasing the next Hollows story. A reader recently asked about my plotting process, which has become fairly stable by now, though I admit that every book is built using different tools depending upon how much new magic/new characters/difficult themes/new techniques it has. But rather than tell you how I plot using AMERICA DEMON or THE RULE, and give away a lot of spoilers. (Pike. OMG. Pike.) I dipped back into my files and found a few posts from 2009 that pretty much encompass the process. You can go back a few posts from here to get to the first nitty gritty of how it starts, but today, I’m going to share a post where I’m at about day five in my plotting process. (In a new world/series, this would be about day ten.)

About the only difference between then and now is that I’ve begun using index cards with one sentence plot movement to help me place where certain information becomes known: the red herrings, actual clues to solving the crime, or knowledge of how to build the spell. I’ll have a stack maybe an inch thick when I’m done, divided up by chapters, which I then use to help me structure the one-page chapter synopses.  It helps when I’ve got two or more plot lines going because I can easily move realizations, discoveries, and new-skill attainment around before anything goes on paper.

So here is my original post from 2009, as I worked up THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS.  I’ve got one more post to share after this concerning my plotting methods, but as always, everyone writes differently, and what works for me might not work for you. Just keep trying things. The only wrong way to write, is to not do it. Oh, and my chapter synopses always change when I begin writing. Always. If they didn’t, I’d get bored. Gotta follow the story where it leads! 

It’s about day five of the plotting/outlining stage of the next Hollows book, and I’ve got my 13 page synopsis broken into ten chapters so far.  Hopefully I’ll finish the chapter breakdown today, and can start on the actual writing tomorrow.  (whoo-hoo!  I’ve got to catch up with you guys doing the NaNoWriMo!)

So far, while using my character grid, I’ve found that I’ve got a slow spot, and I moved some things around to quicken it up.  I also named a new character, learned a few things about him, and Rachel has told me she likes him better than the guy I thought she’d be interested in.  He kind of likes her, too, or maybe he just likes the way she makes him feel.  (Be smart, Rachel.)  I’ve also learned what the story is about besides solving the crime and settling the love interest.  (By the way, it’s not settled.)  What I’m talking about here is the character growth, I suppose.  And without character growth, not only would the story be stale, but I’d be bored to tears writing it.

So today, I know what inner demon Rachel is going to slay this book–or at least come to terms with, and can work it in even at this early stage.  Previous demons?  Trust, adrenaline, her sexuality, independence.   That I’ve realized it this soon is good.  Sometimes I don’t see it until the end of the book, which goes to prove that I’m still learning my craft.  Thank all that is holy.

–Kim

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I’m exhausted! Post Halloween blues

Oh, what a wonderful night, giving away at least 700 pieces of candy for two hours straight. The streets of my little town were full, and the weather cooperated. I swear, there were as many adults wandering around in costume as there were kids. I do love my street. Add in chili, homemade bread, and family to share it with, and I’m a happy girl.

Even better, the pumpkin patch just keeps growing! The contest for the ten random and five chosen winners is now closed. I need a day to look at them and find the most sincere. (wink) You guys amaze me with your talents. Tomorrow morning, I’ll inform the winners at the addresses they used to send me their photo, so check your in-box. 🙂 I’ll also post them here in a new blog, but wait for me to contact you if you see your pumpkin. 🙂

Thank you for playing along with me! You guys made my Halloween. You really did.

Kim (who is still humming Jack-the pumpkin king’s theme song)

Trina’s pumpkins

 

Susan’s pumpkin

 

Sean’s pumpkin

 

Sanne’s pumpkin

 

Paul’s pumpkins

 

Lorie’s pumpkin

 

Lisa’s pumpkin

 

Letitia’s pumpkins

 

Laura’s pumpkin

 

Lasciel’s pumpkin

 

Jessika’s pumpkin

 

Jenni’s pumpkins

 

Jackie’s pumpkins

 

Dana’s pumpkins

 

Catrina’s pumpkins

 

Cathy’s pumpkin

 

Caro’s pumpkin

 

Ashleigh’s pumpkin

 

Amber’s pumpkin

 

Amanda’s pumpkin

 

Amanda’s Pumpkin’s

 

LeAnn’s pumpkin

 

Katie’s pumpkin

 

Janie’s pumpkin

 

Jame’s pumpkin

 

David’s pumpkins

 

Danielle’s pumpkins

 

Victoria’s Pumpkins

 

Vennessa’s pumpkins

 

Stephinie’s pumpkin

 

Sarah’s pumpkin

 

Sabrina’s pumpkins

 

Nikita’s pumpkin

 

Nadine’s pumpkin

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Michele’s pumpkins

 

Meredith’s pumpkin

 

Lori’s pumpkin

 

Lisa’s pumpkin

 

Amanda’s pumpkin

 

April’s Pumpkins

 

Brooklyn’s pumpkin

 

Candice’s pumpkin

 

Cynthia’s pumpkin

 

Danielle’s pumpkins

 

Diane’s pumpkins

 

Dorean’s pumpkin

 

Edward’s pumpkins

 

Emily’s pumpkins

 

Julie’s pumpkin

 

Kelly’s pumpkin

 

Rachel’s pumpkin

 

Nikki’s pumpkin

 

Rachel’s pumpkin

 

Rayne’s pumpkin

 

Sophia’s pumpkin

 

Stone’s pumpkin

 

Tanya’s pumpkin

 

Tara’s pumpkin

 

Toni’s turnip pumpkin

 

Wendy’s pumpkin

 

Amanda’s Pumpkin

 

Carrie’s Pumpkins

 

Hilary’s pumpkins

 

Jen’s pumpkin patch

 

Kiera’s Pumpkins

 

Krisin’s pumpkins

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Narmowen’s pumpkin’s

 

Sapphire’s pumpkins

 

Mary’s Pumpkin

 

Laura’s pumpkins

 

Christina’s pumpkin

 

Sky’s pumpkins

 

Sara’s pumpkin

 

Mikela’s Pumpkin

 

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Happy Halloween!

It’s the last day to enter the Kim Harrison, pumpkin carving contest! I’ve gotten a lot the last few days, and just as a reminder, ten will be chosen at random as winners, and five will be chosen by me depending on my mood and how much candy I’ve eaten. Tomorrow I’ll share the winners with you after I get in and post the last entries from tonight.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and we have almost as many decorating tubs in the basement as we do for Christmas. That you guys are sharing the fun with me has really put the boo in my step. Thank you. 🙂

I also want to thank you for all the support and shares I got from you all the last few days concerning not just the contest, but for getting the word out about PERfunctory afFECTION (or just Perfection) which just came up on Subterranean for pre-order. One of the best ways to help your favorite authors is to share their presale/on-sale announcements even if you can’t buy the book, so THANK YOU! If you are curious, there’s a blurb on their site, but I’ll feature it myself after Halloween.

I got a few more entries last night, so check them out! If you’re just now joining the fun, I’m accepting pictures of your pumpkins (taken with your favorite or most accessible Hollows book) at my e-mail address here: Kim_harrison@comcast.net. Full rules are at the original post All Treat, No Trick.  Cut off for entries is Halloween night, midnight. Good luck, everyone! And thank you for playing along with me!

 

Amanda’s Pumpkin’s

 

LeAnn’s pumpkin

 

Katie’s pumpkin

 

Janie’s pumpkin

 

Jame’s pumpkin

 

David’s pumpkins

 

Danielle’s pumpkins

 

Victoria’s Pumpkins

 

Vennessa’s pumpkins

 

Stephinie’s pumpkin

 

Sarah’s pumpkin

 

Sabrina’s pumpkins

 

Nikita’s pumpkin

 

Nadine’s pumpkin

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Michele’s pumpkins

 

Meredith’s pumpkin

 

Lori’s pumpkin

 

Lisa’s pumpkin

 

Amanda’s pumpkin

 

April’s Pumpkins

 

Brooklyn’s pumpkin

 

Candice’s pumpkin

 

Cynthia’s pumpkin

 

Danielle’s pumpkins

 

Diane’s pumpkins

 

Dorean’s pumpkin

 

Edward’s pumpkins

 

Emily’s pumpkins

 

Julie’s pumpkin

 

Kelly’s pumpkin

 

Rachel’s pumpkin

 

Nikki’s pumpkin

 

Rachel’s pumpkin

 

Rayne’s pumpkin

 

Sophia’s pumpkin

 

Stone’s pumpkin

 

Tanya’s pumpkin

 

Tara’s pumpkin

 

Toni’s turnip pumpkin

 

Wendy’s pumpkin

 

Amanda’s Pumpkin

 

Carrie’s Pumpkins

 

Hilary’s pumpkins

 

Jen’s pumpkin patch

 

Kiera’s Pumpkins

 

Krisin’s pumpkins

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Narmowen’s pumpkin’s

 

Sapphire’s pumpkins

 

Mary’s Pumpkin

 

Laura’s pumpkins

 

Christina’s pumpkin

 

Sky’s pumpkins

 

Sara’s pumpkin

 

Mikela’s Pumpkin

 

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Pumpkin Contest (and upcoming PERFECTION release)

A big, sloppy-author thank you from me today to those of you who jumped on the presale of Perfection yesterday. I took a look at Subterranean’s ordering page last night, and my jaw hit my chest. The extra-special leather-bound copies are gone. Thank you for that. It made it hard to sleep. 😉 But in a good way. This book is me stretching without losing that Kim Harrison feel, and I hope those of you who get a chance to read it, enjoy it. If you are just now hearing about PERfunctory afFECTION, I talk more about it at yesterday’s post.

But we’re here for pumpkins and free Hollows books! Wow, did I get a lot of entries for the contest last night! Check them out. Some of you have taken this to a real art form. The talent! And thank you for your kind words on which Hollows book is your favorite and why. I’ve fallen back in love with the Hollows, and you’ll be glad to know I’m almost done with the rewrite for the next Rachel/Trent book (AMERICAN DEMON) and ready to send it to my agent to find a new home. I can’t wait for you to meet Hodin–a yummy slice of dark demon goodness.

If you’re just now joining the fun, I’m accepting pictures of your pumpkins (taken with your favorite or most accessible Hollows book) at my e-mail address here: Kim_harrison@comcast.net. Full rules are at the original post All Treat, No Trick.  I’m still taking entries until tomorrow night, Halloween. Good luck, everyone! And thank you for playing along with me!

Amanda’s pumpkin

 

April’s Pumpkins

 

Brooklyn’s pumpkin

 

Candice’s pumpkin

 

Cynthia’s pumpkin

 

Danielle’s pumpkins

 

Diane’s pumpkins

 

Dorean’s pumpkin

 

Edward’s pumpkins

 

Emily’s pumpkins

 

Julie’s pumpkin

 

Kelly’s pumpkin

 

Rachel’s pumpkin

 

Nikki’s pumpkin

 

Rachel’s pumpkin

 

Rayne’s pumpkin

 

Sophia’s pumpkin

 

Stone’s pumpkin

 

Tanya’s pumpkin

 

Tara’s pumpkin

 

Toni’s turnip pumpkin

 

Wendy’s pumpkin

 

Amanda’s Pumpkin

 

Carrie’s Pumpkins

 

Hilary’s pumpkins

 

Jen’s pumpkin patch

 

Kiera’s Pumpkins

 

Krisin’s pumpkins

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Narmowen’s pumpkin’s

 

Sapphire’s pumpkins

 

Mary’s Pumpkin

 

Laura’s pumpkins

 

Christina’s pumpkin

 

Sky’s pumpkins

 

Sara’s pumpkin

 

Mikela’s Pumpkin

 

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New Contest Entries (and where to get my next book release!)

Sing it from the top of my roof, and pass it on. My new book has gotten its marching orders, and if you haven’t heard, PERfunctory afFECTION is now available for pre-order from Subterranean Press! (insert wild Snoopy dance here) Yes, it’s pricy, but the print run is like 2,000 copies instead of 200,000, and they are all signed. It’s a collector book, pure and simple, and will not be readily available in the stores. There are a few reasons for this, one of which is the length, (an odd size, but I cringed at padding it to get it novel length.) It’s also not your usual Kim Harrison fare, though it’s clearly from my pen. (Tim finished it and came into my office shouting, “No way!”) Perhaps I had a few issues to work out, having just left a situation that did its best to crush my will to write, but in any case, I wanted to give you the link today to give you a shot at them in case they go fast. Link to Subterranean. As I said, it’s a VERY small print run for me, and I can’t tell you how glad I am that Subterranean picked PERFECTION up. They are a high-end publisher, and if you haven’t heard of them, you are missing out on a lot of fabulous, unique publications by authors you know and love. Take a moment to do a search while there, and check them out.

But today, I want to focus on pumpkins and free Hollows books! There was a lot of carving going on this weekend, and here are the latest entries in the Hollows carving contest! I’m accepting pictures of your pumpkins (taken with your favorite or most accessible Hollows book) at my e-mail address here: Kim_harrison@comcast.net. Full rules are at the original post All Treat, No Trick. If I don’t get many more pumpkins, odds are really good you’re going to get one of the fifteen give-away books. (wink)

Amanda’s Pumpkin

 

Carrie’s Pumpkins

 

Hilary’s pumpkins

 

Jen’s pumpkin patch

 

Kiera’s Pumpkins

 

Krisin’s pumpkins

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Michelle’s pumpkin

 

Narmowen’s pumpkin’s

 

Sapphire’s pumpkins

 

Mary’s Pumpkin

 

Laura’s pumpkins

 

Christina’s pumpkin

 

Sky’s pumpkins

 

Sara’s pumpkin

 

Mikela’s Pumpkin

 

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The Turn: Chapter Two

tthccoverChapter Two for you today! If you missed the first one it can be found here

The Turn
By
Kim Harrison

Chapter Two

    Stifling a yawn, Trisk confidently made her way deeper into the underground labs of Global Genetics. It was nearing noon, and she could feel her body slowing down, forced to stay awake to hold to a human schedule. After three years, she no longer nodded off over lunch, but it was hard to fight the urge for a four-hour nap when the sun was at its highest. Elves were most alert at sunrise and sunset, but it had been ages since she’d allowed herself the luxury of her natural inclination to sleep at noon and midnight.
Her low-heeled baby-doll shoes were eerily silent on the polished floor, and the faint smell of antiseptic was a familiar balm, pricking the back of her nose. After noticing a few high eyebrows this morning, she’d closed her lab coat to hide her short, bright yellow skirt, but the matching hose still made a colorful statement. Her lab assistant, Angie, said the outfit was fine, but getting the new look past the stuffier old men she worked with was proving to be difficult.

“Hi, George,” she said to the man at the glass double doors, and he rose from his desk to open them for her. There was no need to show her ID, and she didn’t even bring it out from behind her lab coat.

“Good afternoon, Dr. Cambri. Save me a piece of cake?”

His smile was infectious, and her mood brightened. “One with a rose on it. You got it,” she said as she crossed into the restricted zone.

Immediately the drier air and tang of ozone from the massive com- puters under her feet made her long hair float, and she impatiently tried to corral the strands that had escaped her hair clip at the back of her neck. If she were at the elf-run NASA facility, the computer needed to comprehend the genetic code of just one organism would fit into a room. Here, with human-only equipment, it took an entire floor—at least until someone leaked the technology and humankind took another leap forward.

Trisk heard the building’s head secretary before she saw her, the woman’s trendy thigh-high vinyl boots clicking on the hard floor. “Hi, Trisk,” the bubbly older woman said as she turned a corner and came into sight. “Are you getting him now?”

“Right this minute,” Trisk said, and Barbara beamed, her eyes alight as she took Trisk’s hands for a quick second.

“Outta sight! I’ll make sure everyone is in the lunchroom,” she said, the click-clack of her boots quickening as she ran in prissy, mincing steps to the security door and the elevators beyond. Her colorful dress rode high, and her hair was tall, but the day planner tucked under her arm had everyone’s schedule in it, and the self-appointed mother of them all knew more than anyone about how to keep the small facility working, even if she did look and act like an aged stand-in on American Bandstand—which raised the question: If Barbara could get away with flaunting the new styles exploding into the shops this summer, why couldn’t Trisk?
     Because Barbara isn’t helping design tactical biological weapons, Trisk thought as she passed her lab, still proud of her name on the door. 

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The Hollows is often shelved in horror

Today, I give you my favorite element on the cover. It’s one that I asked for when my editor and I first began talking about what should be on it, the star of the entire show, the T4-Angel tomato, savor of the third world, genetically engineered to withstand drought, cracking, pesticides, and grow tall without staking. It’s truly a scientific marvel of the sixties, and I think it’s a wish fulfillment of me not being able to grow tomatoes well.

Until . . . a governmental virus escapes and spontaneously attaches to it and kills a quarter of the world’s population.

This we know. The truth . . . is a little different, and Trent’s parents are involved up to their little pointy, docked ears.

So I asked for a tomato on the cover, and I got it, but someone had the idea that it was a magical tomato, and had put magical radiating lines coming out from it. It looked great, but the feeling of a magical tomato wasn’t doing it for me. This was the destruction of the third world and the beginning of the Turn in her hands, and it wasn’t magical, it was horrifying. So I doubled down and asked for the “magic lines” to be removed and for the tomato to be black and decaying, putrefying in Trent’s mom’s hands. I wanted to make a ugly, horrifying image to contrast with the flowing beauty of Trisk herself.  I think I got it.

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I’ll give you the entire cover tomorrow with an explanation of my idea of what makes a good fairytale, but if you want it tonight at midnight eastern time, sign up for my newsletter. They’re getting it first.

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