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Aries Horoscope for week of June 19, 2008

We’re halfway through 2008. It’s a perfect moment to take inventory of how well you’re capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities. So let me ask you, Aries: Are you working your ass off in order to stoke the fire in your belly? In other words, are you doing everything you can think of to get more motivated? Are you trying hard to supercharge your ambitions and refine your passions? If so, this will be the year when you finally figure out how to do what you love to do a majority of the time — and how to get rewarded by the world for doing it. It’s high time to answer your highest calling.

Hmmm, I can live with this one. And yes, I’ve been working and working and working – finally seeing some progress. It’s amazing that you can work so hard on something and get nowhere. At least it feels like nowhere at times – but then I look back through the pages and pages and pages of longhand writing – notes and thoughts and general snippets of dialogue and then it all comes together.

When I’m working on the manuscript and nothing is happening there, that’s when I turn to just general free writing – the pages are a mess and nothing would make sense to anyone but me, no doubt – but somewhere in there is usually a nugget – the crux of what’s wrong and why I can’t move forward easily. The, aha, that’s the problem, moment. Sometimes it’s a really small thing and sometimes it’s bigger, like not knowing a character as well as you thought you did.

But now that I’ve gotten to that aha spot, things are moving along much faster on Chris’s book. I find that the faster I write, the better I write. (note – this is not the same thing as techinically writing better because OMG – the amount of mistakes I make – form instead of from, etc is just awful.) The writing is just more emotional and real and raw, the way it should be, so I definitely subsribe to what Raymond Chandler says about writing fast:

“The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the word instead of being pulled by them.”

Steph T.