The astrological sign, not the name. (should I be saying Leo’s here? – apostrophes aren’t my strength) My daughter, my husband, my father, one of my best friends and my parent’s dog – all Leos. What does that say about me? I know Aries (me) and Leo make a good match, but even I have to admit this is strange. Then again, nothing in this universe is coincidental – I mean, my husband’s name means ‘King’ and so does his sign. My name means ‘crowned’ so I too am royalty (of what, I have yet to know? Laundry? Queen of emptying the dishwasher?). Anyway -in honor of Leos, here’s some info on this sign:

The Leo type is the most dominant, spontaneously creative and extrovert of all the zodiacal characters. In grandeur of manner, splendor of bearing and magnanimity of personality, they are the monarch’s among humans as the lion is king of beasts. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive, independent, self-confident there is no such a word as doubt in their vocabularies, and they are self-controlled.

In writing news, I’m still in the process of revisions for FWD. And I know they’re going to make the story better, but it requires changing some things, and if you’ve read my blog before you know I’m not good with change. I keep thinking, ‘suppose I change it and it ruins the story?’ (okay – I know I’m totally overreacting, because I can just save the older copy – and it’s not like I’m making major changes) Luckily, since I’ve let this story sit for so long, I’ve got a slightly better perspective on it. Makes it easier to make the necessary changes in a slightly more ruthless manner than I normally would. It’s also the first book that I’ve written with the prospect of turning it into a trilogy, which really takes some thought. For instance, I had named the heroine’s friend, but realized that if that friend is going to be the heroine of the next book, her name has to be different for the story to work. And I’m trying to keep in mind what Mrs. Giggles said about sequels, and how not to make the new couple I’m introducing more interesting than the couple the book is actually about. The trilogy requires planning and since I’m more character driven than plot driven and have no idea what’s going to happen in the book until it actually happens, it’s not easy for me to think that far ahead. My characters are always so unpredictable and I prefer it that way. (I know, I know, that goes completely against the whole I hate change thing. Go figure.) But it made me feel better to see Alison mention that she sold her newest series on a three page proposal and not on complete summaries or chapters. I just have to remember that every action my characters take in FWD affects the next two books in the trilogy and I must chose wisely.

Oh, and thanks again for the mention, Sylvia.

Steph T.