Musings over Coffee: On Plotting, Book Mail, and Mac ‘n Cheese

So I’m currently stuck with the second book of my holiday series and I’m really glad I didn’t set up a preorder because it seems in my quest to outline everything, I lost sight of my heroine’s motivations. Yup, normally those things are the first things that I determine in a story.

What makes the heroine tick? What about the hero?

What made Bud White tick? What about Lynn Bracken? (Image from

I usually nail those things down long before I think of the rest of the story. But because I had to layer the second book’s arc over the first book (the events happen during the same period), I got distracted. So, even though I’m 16k words into book 2, I have to go back to the first two chapters and nail the heroine’s motivation and wound first until it’s absolutely concrete in my head.

In the meantime, I realized that after all the teasers I did for Friends with Benefits (even a cover reveal), I dropped the ball! Well, not really. I just set it aside thinking I’d add 5k more words to make it a novel at 40k words. But it’s a holiday-themed story and after much thought, I’ve decided to keep it at 37k words.

A novella then.

Which is okay.

In other news, I received this just in time for the weekend. It’s a signed copy of Reactance, Dacia Arnold’s prequel to Apparent Power which comes out next month. I totally need to put makeup next time but Instagram had the eyeliner filter thing so I figured, why not? I also chopped my hair off last week and although I miss the length, I don’t miss the maintenance. But I do need a manicure…


I also got to make my first ever macaroni and cheese from scratch last night following some old-fashioned recipe! In my quest to find something my picky eater kid will actually eat, I figured I’d try it out minus the dash of hot sauce but alas, the kid’s not thrilled with it. He does like Panera’s mac n’ cheese and so I’ll try their version next.

First mac n cheese from scratch still deserves its own picture even if it means this is my lunch all week since no one else will eat it.

Published by Liz

Romance me writes stories with happy endings while my naughty pen writes the naughty ones. I also accidentally step on Legos daily while balancing my cup of tea and biscuits.

7 thoughts on “Musings over Coffee: On Plotting, Book Mail, and Mac ‘n Cheese

  1. It’s so nice to put s face to your name. And it’s kind of crazy but you don’t look like you did in my head. I’d tell you how the real you is different from my imaginary you, but now that I’ve seen you, my imaginary you ran for the hills. Can’t remember her at all! 😜
    At any rate best of luck finding the motivations for your heroine.


    1. And you haven’t run for the hills yet! Thank you 😀 I’ve always had my picture with long hair but I just chopped it off and so I look so different = until i pull it up in a ponytail and I look the same LOL.

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  2. Don’t make me pick between the photo of you and the mac and cheese. You both look delicious and I just refuse to choose! lol. Love your blog. -Robert

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    1. Thank you so much, Robert! I need to put that hot sauce on the mac n cheese next time I make it. But I think I’ll introduce my kid to eating this mac n cheese with Fritos for flavor lol

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