Breaking through the Procrastination Block with Justine Musk

Breaking through the Procrastination Block with Justine Musk

girl alone in the forest By R. Jordan N. Sanchez

Justine Musk is a new Blogger to me [ so many Blogs from so many inspiring folks, and so little time] – but here is a flavour of some of her quotes about the power of fear :

So we find hundreds of ways to distract ourselves. As Pema Chodron puts it:
“…we always have to change the channel, change the temperature, change the music, because something is getting uneasy, something is getting restless, something is beginning to hurt, and we keep looking for alternatives.”
We make excuses. We procrastinate. We look for ways to escape the moment.
But what if – instead of leaping to change the channel, or smoke a cigarette, or shop at Saks, or zone out in front of the television – what if instead of that kneejerk search for distraction, we hold ourselves still?
What if we allow ourselves to feel whatever feeling we are trying to suppress?
What if, instead of running, we stop and turn to look on that fear directly? To identify and name it?
The act of naming a thing is an act of power over it; through naming, we assert control and ownership.

Go HERE to read more from Justine about Procrastination – but there is more HERE too.

All hail Justine Musk and her great and inspiring blog for : “visionaries, misfits, rebels, scandalous women + passionate men are the people who transform themselves, others + sometimes the world.”

Love that.

I may have just found my tribe.


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Trying to Fit into a Genre Classification

Trying to Fit into a Genre Classification

Dilemma. How to fit a book into a recognised genre slot?

I am trying to work out where my new idea for a Single Title Book would be classified – by a literary agent, a publisher and a bookseller.

MYSTERY? or ROMANCE?

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Here are the key aspects of the idea:

* Contemporary city location – not small town.

* The heroine is the amateur female detective trying to solve a puzzle which is very personal to her – while holding down a normal job in which she is skilled.

* Witty but not laugh-ou- loud dialogue and hero/heroine banter- intended to be a fun read. [Think Jenny Crusie and some Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson etc.]

* Romantic – hero and heroine meet and form a relationship by the end of the book, but no closure.

* No violence and medium sensuality rating – no detailed sex scenes or gory thriller blood-fests.

* Intended to be the first book in a series for this amateur female detective.

*Not a hard Romantic Suspense Novel aka Tami Hoag, Nora Roberts et al but more of a Light Crime Fun read.

*The suspense element is the main plot device – the heroine has more baggage than Victoria Beckham, and the crime throws her out of her comfort zone – enter the hero stage left.

At first I thought it would qualify as a Cozy Mystery but then this is a contemporary city location, with the feel of Single Title Romance with some amateur detective work as a plot device. But not a Romantic Comedy.

I recall speaking to a UK literary agent several years ago and her view was that in the UK a light style of Romantic Suspense would definitely be pitched as a Romance, while in the US.? I am not so sure. And the largest market for this type of novel does seem to be the US.

More research needed methinks. Wish me luck!