Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 writing plans

I have not written anything new in December. Call it post-nano syndrome.  Not that I am blaming my lack of committing to a new project on that.  If you have been following my blogs, September I wrote a 70,000+ word novel and in October wrote a 100 page screenplay.  All that leading up to Nanowrimo in November for the 100,000 word novel. So I’m good!

And you know I have all the ideas in my head.  So that’s not it.  I have been editing All That It Seems and nearly done, FINALLY.  It won’t get down to 70K words like the publisher likes, but I’ll see what happens when I end it at about 72K.  I also have been reading through “Sister Circle” my second novel, not really editing it though because it is not quite finished.  Missing those last great ending chapters.  So in January, I will work on finishing that and doing a quick first edit on it.

I figure I might as well break the rest of my projects down by the month.  Work on something and then wherever I am in the process leave it alone to finish another project.

Jan - Sister Circle finish and 1st edit (did not finish)

Feb – screenplay rewrites and edits (not going to work on this at all)


April-Script Frenzy, write FOUR new screenplays

May –Start the first round of edits for the Millionaire Playboy novel.  Have not looked at that since September!

June/July- I may be finally ready to read through my Nanowrimo project!  Woohoo!  In conjunction with this, I will also edit the first novel in the Six Sexy Sisters series (and find a title for it!)  Hopefully this will prepare me for outlining the TWO novels in the SSS series I plan on writing for the 2011 Nanowrimo in November

Aug – Back to Sister Circle for more edits, hopefully get it ready enough for others to critique.  Hope to start sending this one out by the end of the year.

And that’s all I have for now.  I am sure this will not be how it all exactly works, but I can dream and it’s better to pre-plan than not plan at all!  I will start sending out All That It Seems to agents, publishers and wherever else I care to starting Jan 1.  Actually considering e-publishing, but still researching that.  I want to try things the old fashioned way if possible.

Still trying to stick to nothing new except for Script Frenzy and Nanowrimo, and easily done because I have so much unfinished work!  Yeah, I’m good with my writing for 2011.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sister Circle's leading men

I like my male characters to be someone I would be interested in.  So even though I think all of them are smokin hot, that may not be the concensus.  I start with Kenyon Moore because he is just so flippin hot!  The character as well as the person I vision he looks like.  That's Brian White, so hot!  Kenyon is creeping with Zavrina, but he's nothing like the "frat ho" everyone deems him to be.  He takes extra special care of Zavrina and he has a secret he's not sharing with anyone.







Then there is Sherry's man, Donte.  He is the perfect gentleman and so in love with Sherry...well, so it seems.  I did not visualize Lance Gross when I first created the character, but when I saw pics of him and Eva together, I thought what a cute couple!  They have broken up though.  Nothing last forever in LaLa Land or in my fictional world either.  But enjoy this handsome dark chocolate brother.

Then there is Ivan, Supersonic....I mean Jill's BFF.  He's been her friend forever, but he's ready to upgrade.  They share classes together, they hang out, he does everything with her except get the benefits of a boy friend. Why? Jill is so hung up on finding a "blacker, than black man" for her "Mr. Right" she may let a good guy go.







Speaking of blacker than black, this is Frankie, Lark's basketball playing honey.  This is the guy she must avoid because she has a long-time boy friend.  Plus, she needs to focus on her school work and pledging.  But Frankie is not one to stay in the back ground for long.



These are just the main men.  There's also Lark's boy friend Ross, Jill's crush Mac and Sherry replacement Taj.  Who said there's not enough men to go around? 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Cool it Now" Lark McCormack

In Sister Circle, my current wip, Lark is the newest member of the sorority.  She actually starts her senior year hoping she makes the new line.  Afterall, this is her last chance.  She has struggled to get her GPA and other requirements where they need to be.  But don't let that fool you, Lark is a pretty smart girl.  A bit shy, a bit introverted, but she is all about business as well.  I chose YaYa, because despite the haters she had, she still goes down as my favorite ANTM contestant.  And Lark matches her to a tee.

Lark took over the Association of Black Collegians from Zavrina, and now serves as the President.  She does not mingle with others on campus because she has tunnel vision, to be accepted into this elite sorority.  Her  boy friend of three years is older, out of college and against her pledging into a sorority.  Even her parents have forbidden it.  But there is no stopping her.

Enter Frankie, the hot junior basketball player with eyes for Lark.  He could be the distraction that she doesn't need.  He is definitely an attraction she must avoid...but can't seem to.

It does not help matters that her line sister is slacking and Lark has to make sure they stay on top of things. Then brings the drama....but more on that maybe later.

Needless to say, Lark makes it into the sorority, and decides she is ready to make her own decisions, including deciding who she wants to date.  Good news for Frankie, not for her longtime boy friend Ross.

To try and get her back, Ross tells her parents she is now in a sorority.  Her parents cut her off, leaving her to fend financially for herself.  Who steps up to the plate for her?

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Super Sonic" Jill Redmond


"WAKE UP! WAKE UP, WAKE UP, WAKE UP! IT’S THE ONE AND ONLY, HOT AND SPICY, SUPER DELUXE COMBO, THE RECORD-BREAKING AND THE RECORD MAKING, SUPERSONIC DJ UP EARLY IN THE MORNING! IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, SO WIPE THE CRUST FROM YOUR EYES AND THE SLOB FROM YOUR MOUTH, IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP!”

In Sister Circle, that's about how Ms. Jill talks, all CAPS!  Meaning she screams and even her normal voice is very loud.  Hence the name SUPER SONIC, because of her big voice and sometimes hyperactive energy level.  Jill is a junior and the youngest of the sorority sisters.  She does a morning campus radio show and wakes everyone up daily with her big voice.  She's a media broadcast major.  She also serves as the Dean of Pledges.

I selected Danielle (now simply Dani) from ANTM.  Everything about her is Jill.  Tall, skinny, pretty but not overly so.  The guys fall all over her, too bad she's way too picky with the guys she wants.  And this year, she is on a mission to find "Mr. Right."

"LISTEN UP ERR’BODY, LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE SOMETHING, SOMETHING. SUPER SONIC IS ON A MISSION! WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD MEN AT? YA HEARD ME, WHERE THEY AT?  WHAT A SISTA GOTTA DO TO GET THE WHOLE NINE? COOK FOR ME, CLEAN MY CAR FOR ME, TAKE A SISTA SHOPPING, PAY DA BILLS, PAINT MY TOES…SUCK MY TOES, MAKE A GIRL SCREAM KIND OF MAN. YA HEAR ME! WHERE YA AT PLAYA, CALL ME!”

So every day after her show, many of her "groupies" await her and she turns them all down.  The one she is interested in attends a nearby college but he doesn't notice her much.  Till she gets him to notice her.

But then, there is also her friend Ivan, who she has no interest in, but he reveals his feelings to her:

“Unh-unh, man, stop playing,” Jill said, pushing him away. “You're my boy, you ain’t supposed to be pushing up on me like that.”

“Why won’t you take me serious?”

“Cause you…you my boy.”

“It’s because I’m white,” he said.

“That too.”

She has several very funny dating experiences.  She is naive, wants things her way and acts like a big baby a lot of time.  She needs a bit more fleshing out, but definitely a fun character to write.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

"Bossy" Sherry Donovan

If there is one character in all my "girlfriend" novels that is the least exciting, Sherry gets that title.  I'd compare her with MyKayla or Nola.  They just don't have that great a story.  Well, actually, she does, it'll take me as the writer to make her scenes as enjoyable to read as Zavrina's.  First off, I chose Eva Pigford as Sherry.  She nearly fit my vision of her to a tee.  Nearly.  The face, not the body.

Sherry is a junior, smart as a whip, former student gospel choir director, current tutor, an Elementary Education major, and President of the sorority.  She's all about business and not afraid to tell you what to do, hence her name, "Bossy."  She doesn't look like the other pretty girls either.  She wears he curly hair short and not overly style or with weave.  She's not a skinny toothpick (so again, ignore the ANTM body, think Eva with about 50 extra pounds on her). 

She loves to be in love, hence her boy friend of about a year Donte.  They walk around campus like the couple of the year.  They openly display their affections, and others envy what they have.  Donte, the perfect gentleman, even though he is in the same fraternity as "frat ho" Kenyon, he doesn't act like those other fraternity guys.
Or does he?

Giving away too much here, but yes, Donte is not all he's cracked up to be....

But Sherry is not one to be alone.  So in comes Taj. 

Now if a girl had to choose, the boy she still loves or the guy filling in the blanks, well, it's not that obvious as it may seem.

Oh, and stay tuned and keep checking back and I will post the "eye candy"... I mean, the leading men in a blog.  It'll get really HOT IN HERRE!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Princess Pepper" Zavrina DeCosta

I have a little thing with giving my MCs nicknames!  I just noticed that.  Read the character descriptions of Shae, Amari and MyKayla from "All That it Seems".  Read the character descriptions of the Six Sexy Sisters: Sarena, Ashley, Kitty, Krystle, Tenille and Nola.  Yep.  I did not even realize I did this!

Anyhoo, for my characters in Sister Circle, I used former contestants from America's Next Top Model to cast my MCs.  I don't know why.  I just saw their pictures in a magazine and it called to me.  I already had a general idea of the characters, and in fact, some did not even fit the look of the ANTM, but I worked it out and I think it all works. 

I'm starting with Zavrina DeCosta because well, the first page starts off with her, and she is the most...wackiest...umm, wild....bitchiest.....lovable character.  Always the sassy ones are my favorites.  She's definitely up there with Amari and Sarena as taking the show every scene she is in.  And if you watched Top Model Cycle 4 with Jade, you know she was the BITCH that season.  Is my Zavrina like her?  Yeah, somewhat.

Zarina DeCosta is a senior, pre-law student that is holding down the top position at the school, as Student Body President.  She is running thangs!  She also serves as Senior Resident Assistant and was President of the Association of Black Collegians two years running.  She's pint-sized, maybe five feet nothing (so ignore Jade's model height), she rocks the extra large afro, she's multi-racial (Black, Mexican and Asian) and she believes the world revolves around her.

Well, if you read the opening scene, you know she is creeping around with one of the hottest men on campus, Kenyon Moore, only he's a known playboy and her sorority sisters hates him.  Speaking of the sorority, not giving up the details on how I created the fictional sorority, but I LOVE it! Zavrina pledged her sophomore year, when she started to "creep" with Kenyon, the "frat ho" while several of her Big Sisters were fighting over him.  Hence, Kenyon was off-limits to all members of the sorority.

That never stopped Zavrina, who continued her undercover relationship with him, off and on for years.  Now Kenyon wants more.  He wants to take the relationship public but Zavrina fights it all the way.  What's a girl to do?

Oh yeah, and the "Princess Pepper" name is because she's so SPICY!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bring out the Claws

For my second screenplay for Script Frenzy I will tackle a horror, and just like the RomCom, I selected who my leading lady will be.  This is Heather Hemmons.  She currently stars on Hellcats, my guilty pleasure show.  But its actually a good show!  Heather plays one of the cheerleaders, and she's the bitch, and those type of characters I LOVE!

So it will be kind of ironic that the horror screenplay is about cheerleaders.  Oooo!  I have had this idea in my mind for more than ten years!  It started as a made up movie that a character in one of my YA novels won a role in.  The movie became a cult success for the character and she went on to make a sequel (but I won't even begin to go there for now).  So after that novel was complete I thought, why not write the actual screenplay?

I started and stopped, never got far.  I don't even know where those old pages are, but it doesn't matter because I want to start all new and fresh this time.  In my mind I have changed some things.  Horror movies just are not the same as they were ten years ago.  Around this time, I think the first Scream had come out.  There was no Saw or Final Destination (both my fave horror series).  I like in those that there is no actual "killerman" or "boogeyman."   I mean sorta in Saw, because someone has to set the traps. 

So I want some kind of "unknown" element on the lose.  This is going to be way complicated to do!  Me, the writer who does not like to kill off any characters, not even my bad guys.  The writer that talks a good game but knows nothing about guns and knives.  Me, the writer that passes out at the sight of my son's bloody nose.  Me, write a horror?  Hey, I need this to help me grow!  It's all about the creative process.  The story may very well suck, but I want to try new genres in my forte of writing, screenplays.

Better this than a horror novel.  You loss me there detailing everything in it.

I had the title in the YA novel, but it has sorta been used since then. Sorta, but I can't really explain it.  The new title I want for it, gives too much away in the title, or does it? I am thinking of using the title as a twist.  The audience will think one thing, but then bam, they get totally shocked.  And I like Heather for the part not because her character in Hellcats, but I needed a biracial lead character, someone who's nationality was not really known (back in the day I wanted Christina Milian).  And again, I am not writing it for HER, just using her as a basis for the character. 

I also added a few other famous females in supporting roles, meaning, maybe they all get killed!  That is going to be so much fun!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Living in LaLa Land

I read this blog today all about how if you want to make it in the screenwriting world, you must live in L.A.  Of course, like most screenwriters NOT in L.A. I felt discouraged.  Right out of undergrad my first plan was to go to New York.  A few years later, I attempted to move to L.A. with another friend who is a writer.

That very year I decided I wanted to have a family instead and adopted my two kids.  Dreams deferred I thought.  Writing went on the back burner.  I knew how difficult it was to become an established writer not living in L.A.  So I gave up.  Why even bother, right?

Years later, I decided if screenwriting was so hard to break into in my hometown of St. Louis, maybe I could try my hand at writing a novel.  I studied SCREENWRITING in college, not novel writing.  That was not my passion.  But yet, I learned the craft and drafted my first novel (currently editing it).

Do I still want to become a screenwriter?  YES!!  Can I do so not living in L.A? Maybe.  Doubtful. VERY hard!  But I think if you have the goods, and you are writing what Hollywood needs at the time, anyone can become successful.  So for me, I like to think I will get in where I can fit in.  Either I write and publish an awesome book so that when I shop a screenplay, people know my name, or I write an AWESOME screenplay that Hollywood can't refuse, no matter where I reside.

Will I ever leave and head for LaLa Land? I keep my options open, but there is no rush.  If I am a good writer in St. Louis and can make some connections (and you can outside of Cali), I'll be even better in L.A.  I don't think I am the best writer I can be right now.  I'm not the best person either, because I don't do well with schmoozing with those types of people.  Let me practice my schmoozing here in my safe comfortable home. 

I will continue to WRITE, any and everything!  I will continue to network, meet the people that make things happen in all areas of the country.  I will find an agent willing to work with my novels.  I will learn EVERYTHING about becoming a professional screenwriter, be it film or television.  When I am ready to make that plunge to L.A. I want to hit the ground running, IMMEDIATELY, get it done, sell some screenplays, get a contract, get my own television show, all that!

Dream big!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Such a diva!

I like when I can take a real person and create a crazy story.  Well, when I came up with my 4 screenplay ideas for Script Frenzy last week, it all started with one person.  Kimora Lee!  I replied to one of her tweets and she replied back with a "Oh hells yeah!" and I thought, "I LOVE HER!" she's such a character.  I want a character like her.

And why not!!

To get the facts straight, I already have ONE character based off her.  That would be Bonnie Walker from the Icee/Kitty story and a small scene in Six Sexy A$$ Sisters.  But Kimora Lee needs so much more than a few scenes.  So I came up with some ideas of a movie with a character similar to her. 

And since Kimora Lee is a St. Louis native, it's all good!  I'm one of those people that always supports my hometown people.  It's one of those things were you really feel six degrees separated at.  No, I never met her or know her personally, BUT, I did go to grad school with her brother. 

I already have the title of the screenplay . . . Fantabolous! (it's a romantic comedy).  I have two actually, just have not chosen.  I don't know anything else about it, except the character will be a little bit over the top, which I think Kimora is, but in a good way!  Least in a funny way, hence why I make this a romcom.  I don't know who would ever play the part, but as the writer, I don't have to think of things like that.  Besides, I'm an unknown, even if I wrote it for a particular actress, as if I could really snag them.

For my other 3 screenplays, I pretty much create the characters first, then the storyline.  Only for my screenplays do I write out a detailed outline, especially for Script Frenzy I will have to.

Monday, December 6, 2010

All That It Seems: Shae and Trenton's first scene


Currently in the process of editing All That It Seems, so I will post excerpts and more about the characters.



Her life, now that was a joke.


It was after six in the evening and Shae was still hard at work.


“I thought you were gone already?”


She recognized the voice, but she looked up anyway. Trenton Anderson stood at the doorway. He always seemed to find himself at Shae’s door. He constantly flirted with her and asked her out to lunch and she always refused. Not that he was unattractive, because he was incredibly handsome.


He was a rather striking man. Other women in the office always gave him extra long stares and whispers as he walked by. He was not notably tall, at about five foot eight, he stood two inches taller than Shae. His body was lean, though incredibly solid. His walnut brown skin was baby smooth, except for a small mustache, which gave him a boyish look. He appeared a lot younger than his thirty-two years.
His bank account was what women were most interested in. He worked in the Financial Business Planners Division and he dealt with the heavy hitters. With his perks, bonuses and salary, he was well over the three hundred grand mark, and everybody knew it. It was all in the way he dressed, the cars he drove, the trips around the world he took. The man was living large.


Shae knew he was a world-class jerk. He could have any woman he wanted. He walked around so cocky, as if he ruled the world. Hot damn, that turned her on! A man that made his money and was not afraid to show it off. Though he was nothing but nice to her, she knew there was more to his story.


“Hello, Mr. Anderson.” Shae wanted to piss him off so that he would leave her alone, but she knew the man was unwavering.


“Oh, so it’s like that, Ms. Morris."


“Making your rounds to all the ladies tonight, Mr. Anderson?”


“Only the sassy ones, Ms. Morris.”


Shae rolled her eyes and held back a smile. They could play the name game all night, but she was not up for it.


“I still have a lot of work to do. It’s only six fifteen. I’m here for at least another hour or so. And you?”


“Wrapping up. I thought I’d swing by and see if you were on for a drink later.”


“You never give up, do you, Mr. Anderson?”


“Oh, stop it Shae, it’s just a drink.”


“Sorry, I’ll pass.”


“One day, girl, one day.”


Shae shook her head.  No buddy, not anytime too soon.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My college years inspired me

Last night I started gathering my "ideas" written everywhere I could find.  Geesh! I was not exaggerating either, they are everywhere and on everything!  I typed up only the ones that made a little bit of sense.  Some I was like, "What in the world was I thinking?" So far, about fifty story ideas but that's not all of them!  I still have more places to look.  I did get rid of the bits of paper though so I feel like less of a pack rat now.

I also found lots of unfinished ideas where I actually started writing something but never finished.  Oh my goodness! I crack myself up!!  About 15 years ago or so, right out of college, I started to write a TV drama type of soap opera show about college life called "Our New Life" and yes, I was totally biting off of "A Different World" my favorite show EVER!!

Someone on Twitter asked me if I write about college life a lot.  YES!!  Three screenplays, one novel.  But that ain't it.  In my findings of "ideas" I found a whole entire series for college life.  Back then my series collections had a broad theme and 26 books in it, for each letter of the alphabet.  So there are 26 story ideas in my college-life series.  How can I create that many original ideas??

Let's get back to "Our New Life."  I totally did not remember this until last night.  I had to read a bit, all handwritten, to remember it.  It is about two roommates who meet in college.  Well, those are the main characters anyway.  It deals with some of everything!  It's based off my experiences at TWO different colleges.  Yes, I attended two, one for a year, then finished off at another.  The roommates are both me...yes, how creative of me...and tell my two different stories through my first year at each college.  Okay, let's get this straight, the FICTIONALIZED me!!

I combined all my friends and experiences from each school, and they are all used in this drama series.  It was working quite well, I guess I got side-tracked with something else.  Anyway, the point is...do I, me, myself and moi, have enough stories to tell about college life???  Uh, no problemo.

I am a very observant person by nature.  SILENT BUT DEADLY they called me at one of those colleges I attended (and I am not explaining why).  I watch people, listen to their stories, and boy are they interesting!!  I mean, stuff I went through alone is story enough, but everyone else in college?  I think I touch some of every experience in all my college-related works.  Well, maybe not, but I am still observant of young people so I think I can continue to write about that age group and those experiences.

In my second novel, "Sister Circle," when my college friends read this book, just be warned I FICTIONALIZED YOU, sheesh, so vain...it's not about YOU (you know, not really...and it's not about me....I mean, not a whole lot about me).  I compare this novel to "Unfinished Business" the book in the movie "The Best Man" with Taye Diggs.  He kept telling his friends those characters where not them, but they really were.  Then he aired his dirty secret in there and Morris Chestnut nearly killed him over it.  Soooooo, I apologize now to any of my friends that want to strangle me after reading my novel and connecting the dots.

IT AIN'T YOU!  The names are not similar or anything.  Okay, no more apologies. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the craziness just keeps rolling in

So yesterday I blogged  about all my current wips, and I know it seemed like a lot, but really it's not.  Do I hope any of them get published?  Sure.  If none of them do? Well, I have a hundred more ideas just waiting to put out there.

How many different, original ideas can you come up with that you would like to write?  I have jotted done ideas and outlined stories, created character descriptions, clipped articles, whatever I deem as an interesting story idea, I collect them.  At work today I did an exercise.  I gave myself ten minutes and jotted down as many story ideas as I could.  Boy, that was tough!  Only seven came to me, and I thought it would be more.

Are any of them usable? Maybe.  Some definitely need fleshing out.  They go in my file of "ideas."  I'm going to gather them all, type them up, keep them on the computer in one place so whenever I need an idea for something new I want to write, it's there.

And I need new ideas!

Now I did say that I would not write anything new in 2011 except for Script Frenzy in April and Nanowrimo in November.  So I better make it count!

As such, here's the plan for April: FOUR SCREENPLAYS.

That is 400+ pages.  My screenplays tend to be longer than the 100 pages required of Script Frenzy, but still under 120.  I already know I want to do FOUR very different genres: horror, action, drama and romcom.  WHAT??  Is she nutso?  Perhaps.  Remember, I studied screenwriting in college, so I am more comfortable writing them than novels.  Plus, I am a dialogue person, less prose.  When I reread my first draft of Six Sexy A$$ Sisters, it nearly reads like a screenplay.  I definitely have a lot of filling in the gaps.

The horror and action plot I already know because they are past ideas I've tossed around for years.  The action, actually I had since college, even wrote out character descrips I must find and redo.  The horror, maybe ten years ago.  It was a movie inside of a story I wrote where a character was an actor and stared in this made-up movie.  I thought it would make an interesting movie and have tossed that idea around.

The romcom, I kinda know.  All I know is I am writing it for a certain celebrity and I will blog about that in the future.  Not saying she has to be the one that plays the role, BUT, I use her as inspiration.  The drama, I have time to come up with something, maybe one of my old ideas when I get them all collected together.

But Script Frenzy is months away, so I'll let all those story lines marinate in my brain.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nanowrimo day 30: Last Nanowrimo blog of the year

I cannot believe I blogged every day for 30 days!  That was not the goal for the month, but I had so much to say about my Nanowrimo novel and the experience.  For any writer out there who did not participate this  year, I highly recommend trying this for next year. Even if you don't make it to the 50K, it will get you in a writing frame of mind to JUST WRITE!

My mind has completely turned off of "Six Sexy Ass Sisters."  I do that when I need to give my brain a break.  Not that little elements aren't still floating in my brain, they are, but I have not opened the file since I hit 100,000 on Sunday.  Why?  To just begin edits?  They will be there for me in another month....if I start edits then.

Someone asked me well, what will you be doing now that nanowrimo is over?  Humph!  Where do I start?  How many WIPs do I actually have?  I actually had to break out the scratch paper and jot them all down.

1. All That It Seems.  My very first novel written, and as such, it is my top priority to send out.  I am doing one last edit to get it under 70,000 and then I will start sending out maybe first of next year.  This is my "best friends" novel about three friends looking for Mr. Right.  I blogged about the three main characters and the storyline quite a bit here back in August.

2. Sister Circle. In the grand scheme of things, this would count as my second novel (although in between the two I started and quit several).  It is at 56K and I would like to get it to 70-75K and start a round of edits.  This is second priority.  This is a story about four sorority sisters and the day to day life of college.

3. Millionaire Playboy (not the title). Also not the third novel written (another one in between it), but this is the order I place its importance.  I wrote this in about 20 days in September and it is 74K so complete, but I have not looked at since I finished it, so it needs editing.

4. November's Song (not the title) I started this novel early this year to be my third novel, but lost focus on it, and then MP came and stole its thunder.  Great story, I just lost it somewhere.  I would love to finish this and put it in the line up.  This is the story about a high school drama teacher involved with an older man and her high school crush at the same time.

5. Icee/Kitty Romance (untitled) Since I worked so hard on SSAS, I have to go back to this and decide if I ever want it published.  It is 97K, but I skipped a whole chapter (on purpose).   

6. Beauty School (not the title) a novel based on students in beauty school.  I started this a long, long time ago, immediately after "All that It Seems" but never finished.  This one is different in that it is erotica, so, whatever I do with this, I am unsure.

7. Six Sexy A$$ Sisters.  You know that whole story! This would be in the lineup at the end, for now.

So that is SEVEN WIPs in progress, but wait, I'm not done.  That's just my NOVELS, you do know that I am a screenwriter also.

1. new screenplay. I just wrote one in October and finished it, for the most part.  Need to work on some rewrites and sending it out.

2. Greek Freak.  Or at least that was the title of it when I wrote it 20 years ago.  Right!  My first ever screenplay that I still adore and needs a drastic rewrite, but I will do it and start sending it out there....Again!

3. Freshman Year. Another screenplay I wrote in college.  I never shopped this one out there, but now is the time.  Oh yeah, and I just found the handwritten sequel to this titled Sophomore Year.  Yeah, I'm a mess, but I'm not counting  this.

4. Sisterhood. Not sure if I want to shop this around, because it's not as relevant as it was when I wrote it in college.

5. This Is How We Do It. A screenplay I wrote for a class that I never vibed with.  Rewritten several times, but still cannot get it to work. I think I changed the title several times as well.

6. The Crew From the Lou. I hand wrote another screenplay I never typed up loosely based off my favorite singing group of all times, but yeah, that was just for fun!

7. It's Just A Job. This was a romantic comedy of short. Never finished it.

Also, I write other things:

1. Web-Opera.  Earlier this year I got the idea to write a soap opera-type story as a blog-type of thing.  I started writing it by hand and got pretty far, then got busy and forgot about it.  I still want to have a soap opera type blog.  I've seen it done and pretty successful.  Stay tuned for this!

2. Growing Up television series.  This is my heart!  I want to serious see how I can push this out there.  I have about 300 episodes written.  In all fairness, this should be my web-opera, but it's worthy of so much more.

3. Young Adult series.  This is also my heart!  I wrote some of these as a teenager myself (of course, re-written as an adult).  I would love to serious work on these and get then out there.  I believe I have 8 out of the 20 done in the series.  Have not worked ion this in years.

4. Various miscellaneous short stories.  Where to even begin there!

So there you have it!  Not a boring moment for me and the choices I can decided to work on after nanowrimo.  Hey, writing a novel in 30 days was nothing to me.  How about we start a finish-edit-get-and-agent-and-publishing-contract-in-30-day-Group.

What does this mean??  Nothing new for me besides writing in Script Frenzy in April and nanowrimo 2011.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nanowrimo day 29: Hot, hot men!

Okay, since I am done with writing the story just a few more blogs about Six Sexy A$$ Sisters till whenever I start with the edits.  Thought I'd post my eye candy.  This is Primo Donatelli, the hot Italian Billionaire that falls for Twin #2 Krystle Kelly.  He's nice to look at, and when he speaks Italian it's a real turn on!  Well, you know to Kryssy!












Then there is Hugo, the hot R & B singer that falls for Diva in Training Tenille Kelly.  He doesn't have many lines, but his presence is very much felt in Tenille's story line.  What a cutie!












Of course, I had to add Icee!  I didn't really want to because you know, I use Tyrese as my model, but damn!  He's worth a drooling over as well.  Dark Chocolate.  I likes!









Of course, I already posted one of Killer Victor.  Other hot men include: T-Zack, Icee's best friend and the man Sarena cheats with and; Malik and Dallas, Ashley's two hot model type men and; TonE the young rapper that dates Nola Kelly

My Six Sexy Sisters have to stay up on their game!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nanowrimo day 28: It's over!!

I hit exactly 100,000 words today in "Six Sexy A$$ Sisters," my nanowrimo novel.  And if you're just joining in for some odd reason, read all my past posts this month to catch up.  Go!  Hurry! NOW!

Anyway, I plan on the next blogs till Dec 1 to continue to be about Nanowrimo and my novel and my thoughts about the experience, then, I will shut up about it!!  Find new exciting things to blog about.  My other novels, how they are progressing and the long, weary time I will have sending out queries.  My skin is still not as thick as it needs to be, but I will manage!

I still save a few characters in SSAS I have no clue about.  They either need more fleshing out or just a better direction.  One, Primo Donatelli, the hot Italian that falls for Twin #2 Krystle Kelly.  I don't know what I have done with him. Because of Kryssy's indecisiveness, I have him flip flopping, or rather, she keeps changing her mind.  Does he want to be with her or continue to be the playboy?  I did not want it to be so happily ever after, so I struggled with that.  Primo kept "falling in love" too fast for me.  I just could not write him as the bad guy, still wanting to be the player.  So I made Kryssy just a tad crazy for keep pushing him away.  In edits, I will definite re-work that storyline.  It is nothing new for me to TOTALLY change their whole storyline.  Hmmmmm....

Also, the long lost brother, Christopher Kelly, Jr. For ONE, I don't like the name.  I just threw it in as a place-setter name. TWO: what is his angle really?  Is he using the Kelly name to claim fame or is he sincere?  THREE: How important is he really? Well, I want him as a character in the next sequel, so I really need to be rock solid about who he is.  So far, he has gotten really close with Baby Sister Nola and TonE (formerly just Tone) the rapper.  The three of them are all main characters of the next novel because they are close in age, and right now all friends.  Yes, I already have HALF of that novel plotted in my head.

I wrapped up all story lines except one.  Diva in Training Tenille.  What is interesting about her is that she is such a DRAMA QUEEN, she should have a bigger presence in this one, but she doesn't.  Outside of her killer performance at the Grammys, she's not much of a diva....yet.  So pay attention, Tenille ALSO gets a sequel coming up sometime in the far, far future.  I would like to explore a real Diva in Training and write a novel following her rise to fame.  She's had some bad breaks so far: TA attacking her, AKA turning out to be insane as well, and Hugo, the one guy she was really starting to care about was murdered.  How can she get past all that?  Wait for the sequel!!

As I said previously, I have not written the very ending of SSAS.  I wrote up to a point, where it starts to switch focus, then stopped. Instead of all the sisters POVs, it goes to just Kitty and Icee's.  They make a couple of BIG decisions regarding their life and the twins she gives birth too.  It won't all be wrapped up in SSAS but there will be bits and piece of it in the sequels.

So let's count so far....

1. The very first in the series is an incomplete work of short stories about the rap group Fact Iz and their rise too fame.  It starts with right before they are signed on and will go up until the point Icee meets Kitty.  I started this as just a side thought, wondering what Icee was like before Kitty.  He was WILD!  He has a song called, "Hit it, Lick It, Split It and Quit it" (well, the Facts does) so that pretty much sums it up.  He's the self professed "iceaholic" and "sexaholic."  These short stories are more on the "erotica" genre than anything.  HOT!

2. Icee and Kitty love story.  (I NEED A TITLE!)  If I had to put this in a category, maybe romance--well, till the end.   It just follows Kitty and Icee through about two years and their relationship.

3. Sex Sexy Ass Sisters.  What more can I say about this.  The sisters intrigued me, I had to write more about them.  Even though Two Gun Toting Hot Momma tried to steal the show in this novel (which she really does) toward the end, Baby Sister Nola really stepped her game up.  It starts with Nola beating down her ex-boyfriend, it ends (least at the part I stopped) she's giving a heart-felt speech at a press conference.  She just received her defense training from Victor and now she is another deadly weapon.

4. Nola, TonE and CJ.  So after SSAS ended so well with Nola finally becoming a strong character, I had to continue her story line.  All I know is this: she is dating TonE and they are in love....well, they think so.  But TonE is about to become the next big rapper and as Icee's protege and wanting to be as much like Icee as he can, can he resist temptation?  Not when hot young pop star Fianna is after him.  Not that Nola is being the innocent little girl, flirting with male model Rian.  In the middle if it all, CJ is friends with both.  He actually sings the hook on TonE's first single and he is signed to a record deal as well.  So again, this one will really be in the hip-hop world as well.

5. Diva in Training Tenille.  No story line in the works for her, but know it will be something hot!!

6. Big Sister Sarena.  Oh, you KNOW I have to write more about  my favorite sister!!  Hers will be a prequel to it all. Going back in time when she is just 14 and first meets Victor.  So this will be more of a romance story.  Lots of back story here, but none that hasn't already been discussed but it'll add a few things like 1. Their mother is still alive and she is where they get all their spunk so it will be cool writing about her and 2. Readers will see exactly how Sarena and the rest of sisters become "deadly weapons."  I believe it will cover at least 4 years, from when she meets Victor till when she gets married at 18.

Okay, and no, I am not forgetting the other sisters, Ashley and Krystle.  I have NO clue what I am doing with them.  Duh, Ashley's has to be a prequel though.  Kryssy's may be a prequel as well.  Actually, I'm thinking it should be called "Switchblade Twins" as it has been mentioned several times how deadly Twin #1 and Twin #2 are with knives.  Hmmmm...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nanowrimo day 27: Bring the action

It's a little rough, unedited, but I thought I would post an excerpt.  This is a scene were the psycho, TA, has been spotted while all the Six Sex Sisters are attending a party.  They are sequestered into a holding room where Victor wants them to stay put, with a body guard watching them.  They are all frantic and the scene is fast-paced (as most of my scenes are).  Scenes are short, lots of dialogue and switches POV a lot.
 
“Hey, hey, can we not get into that today?" Kitty said, going over to Victor. “Vic, where’s Icee?”

“Icee went to look for him too.”

“What? Vic, why would you let him do that? He’s not equipped to handle him like your guys. What if something happens? He could get hurt!” Kitty was about to have a break down.

Vic put his arm around her. “Come on sis, you know I wouldn’t put him in harms way. I could not convince the man to stay, he has his heart set on catching him himself.” Vic rubbed her shoulder. “Stop worrying, okay. Take care of your babies.”

“Fuck this, send me out there to look for him,” Sarena said.

“No, stay here.”

“In hiding?”

“Let me make sure everything is cool before I send you back out there. Okay, can you do that for me?”

Victor left the room, and only Timothy stayed with them. Kitty pulled out her phone to call Icee.

“Babe,” he said.

“Where are you?”

She heard Icee blow out a breath, but he did not say anything.

“Icee, come back! I don't want you out there. Let Victor’s guys handle it.”

“Hell no! This is my problem, okay.”

“Icee,” Kitty said, in tears. “Please come back. I’m scared. I don’t know what I would do if something--”

“Stop that talk,” Sarena said, grabbing the phone.

“Icee, find his ass, kill his ass. Period.” Sarena hung up the phone.

Not my best scene, but a scene that moves the story a bit at the frantic paced ending.  Actually, the next few lines is where Sarena takes out the body guard Timothy and disarms him, rushes out after TA and gets into a shoot-out.  But it needs a lot of editing to get it to move right.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Nanowrimo day 26: Mean, mean girls!


Six Sexy A$$ Sisters being bad!

"I could have iced you in the back of the head but that’s the punk move. I wanted my pretty motherfucking face to be the last thing you saw.” Sarena Kelly-St. James as she guns down the bad guy.


"The things he did to me . . . I can't ever forget that. He has to pay! Motherfucker, you ready to die?” Kitty Kelly before she blows off the bad guy's head.


“You dumb motherfucker!” Nola Kelly said, kicking and punching the poor helpless guy on the floor. She wanted to see lots of blood, oozing down his face if she could. “How does it feel to get your stupid ass beat by a girl?”

After taking down a pretty boy model:
“Don’t ever grab me like that! What the fuck is wrong with you?  Now look at that pretty face!” Ashley Kelly



Nola getting her lesson with Killer Victor:
“After you take him down, what do you do?”
“Umm, I want to make sure his ass is down, so I’d stomp him in the face with my six-inch stilettos and go for help.”



Tenille Kelly asking if TA is dead:
"Are you sure? Did you do it yourself and make sure?”
“Naw, I didn’t wax him. But his face is missing and I just squished his eyeball, so baby, you ain’t gotta worry about a thing.”

All of them have bad potty mouths.  I even cleaned up some of the quotes for my blog.  All of them get a little action in, maybe not Krystle, but she talks about a past run in she had slicing and dicing somebody.  Victor always cleans up their mess if they use enough deadly force on a victim.

My word count is 96K and I may get in another thousand tonight and finish tomorrow.   I haven't written the very end because I want to save that for when I come back to edit it, which will be a couple of months.  I did this the same way with the original.  The end becomes dejected from the rest, takes on the effect of a whole other story.  I actually like that.  The original was a romance about Kitty and Icee, then the last few chapters took on the sisters' POV.  This end will go back to just Icee and Kitty POV as they battle to save their lives of their newborn babies.  I felt like that was enough to focus on, without the other sisters and their issues (which I have wrapped up anyway).

I even have written in some of my next sequel ideas, which will be Nola, Tone, and their long lost half-brother CJ. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nanowrimo day 25: Yo, ya hear me, ma!

Part of the hip hop culture is the way that the people talk.  I don't use that much slang in "Six Sexy A$$ Sisters" but I do.  And when I do, it's just most words that I use when I'm around my peeps (people).

I started writing this blog early Thanksgiving morning, it is now midnight and there was just so much!  So, I will only break down a few items right now.  Maybe I will add more to this blog later.

Money is the most used word in the various slang forms.  Here are a few of words that may be used:
cream
cheese
cheddar (chedda)
Benjamins or benjys
duckets
ends
papers
bread
cake
dough
paper
scrilla
snaps
 
Friend, also used quite a bit and I don't think I captured them all, but here's a few:
homie
homeboy
home slice
home skillet
partner
bestie
BFF or BFFL
brother
brah
bro
cat
dog or dawg
peeps (short for people)

Diamonds/expensive jewelry are pretty easy in slang form:
bling
bling-bling
ice


To murder or kill:
ice
wax
whack 
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Gun
heat
heater
gat
glock
nine


Cute or attractive person:
hottie
dime piece (or simply a dime)
totty
babe

Terms of affection:
ma
shorty (also shawty)
honey


Contraction like words:
I’ma is short for “I’m going to”
Innit is short for “isn’t it,” “Isn’t he/she,” ’”isn’t there”
Y’all means “you all”
A’ight means "all right"

Yo is short for “you," also used to address a person whose name is not known i.e., “Hey yo! What’s up?”


I also use the book "Urban Dictionary" by Aaron Peckham.  There's a lot more words in there.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nanowrimo day 24: All Cried Out

Okay, I know I was supposed to do the slang blog, but that is a biggy to break down, I need more time.  I'll do it tomorrow some time during Turkey Day.

So last night, I wrote the most emotional scene I have ever written in my 25 years of writing.  I'm sure I have had people die in all my stories (maybe one or two out of....200 stories), but this was like a big event.  You first have to understand that this story idea has been in my head for at least 3-4 years.  Even before the Kitty/Icee love story, I wanted to write a novel about a large set of sisters.  As I developed Kitty, I kept adding more sisters, then remembered I always wanted a family of a bunch of girls.

So I gave her that.  But they were side characters really.  None of them had big scenes, not even Krystle and she's the twin.  It took the third leg of that novel for me to get into the idea that these sisters were more than just pretty faces.  At first is was just supposed to be Sarena that was a little rough.  Kitty was this sweet, church-going, non-cussing, non-drinking, celibate girl that was as innocent as could be.

There were a few flashes here and there of her rage, but she was trying to "change."  Anyway, that third leg brought out the beast in all the sisters, even the brainiac Nola who was never in a fight a day in her life.  So I made these sisters deadly weapons.  I blogged about how they were trained by Killer Victor.  (Nola never received her training till she asked for it in this novel on her 21st birthday and THAT scene is HILARIOUS.  She takes Killer Vic down!)

So when Kitty and Kryssy have the chance to escape the psycho, gun in hand, what does Kitty do? Pow!  Okay, I'll save the rest for whenever you guys get the chance to read it, LOL!

I was happy for killing that character off.  It was pretty cool.  But then, one of my sisters is dying from cancer.  Oh lord!  I could barely type I was crying so hard.  I was shaking, my eyes red, snot flowing, tissues everywhere, breaking down like this was my best friend.  BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THEY ARE!  I've known them for years and their story has been in my head running around.  I knew this scene was coming.  I had visioned it in my head several different ways.  One of course, she makes it.  They live happily ever after (I actually wanted the SSS to record an album together in a sequel).  But alas, I could not make them prone from tragedy.

The scene was touching (actually, she hasn't officially kicked the bucket, she's hanging in there till the twins are rescued).  She's just saying her goodbyes to everyone.  Ashley is the one dating two men.  Both come in, men that did not get along before, and they are crying, telling her they love her.  She wants her baby father to keep her daughter in the other guys life.  He agrees.  It is touching. The one that proposed 39 times, she asks him to ask her one more time, just to have a round number.

So yeah, I put a few comedy moments in it, but if (when) you read this novel, if you are not teary eyed at that point, WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!!  If not that, cry for the ordeal the twins had to go through with the psycho.  I didn't detail every moment of it, but enough to give you chills.  It's not wonder Kitty goes crazy after that.

There also was a shoot-out last night.  Definitely need to work it out in editing.  Like, where is Sarena pulling guns from?  She had three at one point.  She does get shot, but nothing serious.  Her target bites the bullet though.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nanowrimo day 23: It's all about the fashion

Between the recording studio Da Factory Hitz and the artists it has, KStyle Fashions takes up the remainder of the hip hop focus.  The clothes are very important in hip hop culture.  In "Six Sexy Sisters" it plays big because it is what launched the sisters into the world.

Kitty started off as the spokesmodel, while serving as the President of the up-and-coming clothing line, her face was plastered everywhere.  Then she comes up with the concept of all her sisters doing a series of ads titled "Six Sexy Sisters" and they all become every guy's dream.  Even though Krystle is lead designer, she was content with staying unseen, but she agreed to do the ads along with the others (a few others hesitated).

By the start of this novel, the ads were well received and everyone knows these ladies.  I wouldn't say there is anything special about KStyle Fashions.  In fact, I simply compare it to Baby Phat.  Hip clothes and put a cool logo on it.  I spoke with my sister, a REAL fashion designer, and we both agree, there's no real designing in these types of clothes.  BUT you can get them to stand out.

But that is not all that KStyle puts out!  They also have a men's line called IceMan Wear (a play off Icee's name of course), and a couture line KStyle Originals.  That is the evening gowns and formal wear that many celebrities die to wear, which they also have an inexpensive branch of that.  Last night I just wrote a scene with all the sisters at the Grammys, so you know they had on smoking hot dresses!

Now Kitty and Krystle are pregnant, so of course Krystle decided to come out with a maternity line.  They will premiere that line towards the end of the novel, not quite there yet.  And Krystle also whispered to me about a baby clothing line, so I think they pretty much have everything covered. (Although, she did mumble something about maternity footwear after having swollen feet from partying all night at the Grammys.)

The anti-climatic ending has a big fashion show for all the lines and introduces the maternity line. I haven't written it, yet so no details, but all the sisters take part in it somehow.

Ended with 85,022 words last night, so the end is near!!  And I have a good blog idea for tomorrow.  The hip hop slang deserves its own look into.  I even have to research the proper way my hip hop heads would talk.  Hey, this novel is more than a hand full!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nanowrimo day 22: Feel the beat

Since this is hip hop lit, it really is all about the music!  Okay, maybe not all about it, but if this were a movie, better believe the music would move the storyline.  I'm not even a hip hop head.  I like the old stuff, from the 80s and 90s, with a few of the newer songs by rappers that have been in the business ten years or plus.  New rappers, naaa, you can keep that!

So what the heck am I doing writing a novel set in the hip hop world?  Actually I think it works for my benefit.  I can make my music acts fresh and new and not confuse them with current artist (although I use a few to compare them with.)  There are several rappers and singers in this novel, most all signed on Icee's record label/management company Da Factory Hitz.

First there is AKA, the female member of Fact Iz.  She has released her solo album.  If I had to compare her with a female rapper, let me go with a MC Lite.  A little rough with it, nothing all sexy like Lil Kim or a Nicki Minaj.  She's more like a guy with her rap style.  She doesn't rap about girly things because well, she's not girly.

Then there is Tenille Kelly.  She is promoting her solo album.  She's all R & B.  She first sang the hook on one of Icee's song to get her name out there.  Then she released her first single, "Get Me Get Me."  She's more like a Ciara or Rhianna, very sexual when she performs (like on stripper poles and lap dances in her video).  On the other hand, since a lot of young girls are admiring her, she tries somewhere in the novel to tone down her sexuality.

Then there is Tone, or TonE, as he was required to change his name mid novel.  He's only 19 and dates Nola Kelly.  He's a rapper formerly of a group called Guns and Steel (I think that's it, I get confused).  They were hardcore rap guys, violent in the nature of their rap.  But ToneE was the one with the skills, and Icee took him in as his protege.  He raps relevant issues of his day to day life, so if I had to compare, I would go with a Drake.  Not gangsta rap, because well, they live in a city not much exposed to that.  His first single is titled "Mad at the World," which he wrote out of anger after the group split up.  It'll go on to be Da Factory Hitz biggest hit.  He's basically Icee's shadow, wanting to mimic everything Icee does, especially with his relationship with Nola.

Then there is my surprise.  Christopher Kelly, Jr or CJ (not sold on his name either, it keeps changing).  Yes, the Kelly sisters have a half-brother!  I'm still not sure of his relevance and in fact, I wrote his first few lines just yesterday as he delivered his demo to Big Sister Sarena.  He's the brother the girls never knew about until recently.  He wants a record deal, and first Sarena is hesitant, wanting nothing to do with the son her father left them for.  But once she hears his song,"My Heart Belongs to You," she jumps on getting him on the label.  He's more like a Trey Songz.

But how could I forget Hugo.  Hmmm, where to start.  He's the hot R & B singer that falls for Tenille.  He's on a different label, and meets Tenille through various promotional concerts they share. I'd compare him to a Ne-Yo.  She only wants friendship, confused about her sexuality (she thinks she's gay).  He sacrifices a lot to be with her . . . literally, his life.

Icee doesn't do any music in this novel, although he still performs from his last solo album as needed.  He films a movie during most of this novel, putting off recording his second until Kitty gives birth.

So there's the music.  I'll flesh it out with more music, lyrics to the song in the edits.  I'm hoping to name each title a song title, which is what I "tried" to do with the original. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nanowrimo day 21: Those three little words

So kill me, I like happy endings.  I am trying to make all six of my sisters have that, but . . . only four out of six will.  I don't like it one bit!  But I have to be true to where the story is going and this is how things look right now.

I'm 68,000 words in.  Can I make it to 100K by the end of nanowrimo?  Today will be do or die day.  Can I get in at least 7K?  I have already done 1K at the write-in today, so now I am at a race for time (and yet I have time to write this blog). 

There have been a couple of twists in my story.  Not one psycho, but TWO!  Hmmm.  And a long lost brother and I want his story line to be juicy.  I haven't really thought it through yet.  Maybe that will come in the editing process.  I thought I'd make him the psycho, or at least had a tie-in with him.  Still have no clue!!

I'm sure I will give him some romantic story line.  To say this novel is epic would not even do it justice.  Six distinct storylines, now I have to add another?  Or do I really?  He's not one of the six sexy sisters, just the brother they never knew.

And how many time are those three little words repeated in my novel?  About 100 times and in two languages.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nanowrimo day 20: Have Money to Spend

Icee is a millionaire, so it has been fun writing him with all this money to spend.  I can't even fathom.  I spent most of yesterday just to research Icee and Kitty's five cars plus limo and their own private jet.  Yeah, fun!

This is Icee's Maybach 62.  These cars range from $300,000 to $400,000.  And they are not even listed as the most expensive car.  They were number ten on the list I was looking at (he also has a red Ferrari Enzo that is ranked a lot higher).  Maybach's are loaded with things like a refrigerator, desktops built into the arm rests, TV screens, and look at those reclining seats.  Money, money, money, money!

This is also the car Diddy bought his son for his sixteenth birthday and caused a storm.  Yes, I agree that is a bit too much even for a grown man.  But if you have the money to spend....

Icee has been in the music industry over eight years at the point of this novel.  He has modeled for several labels.  He has made three movies, and signed on for two more during the span of this novel.  He has started his own recording studio and acts as a manager to talent he finds.  He started a construction company his father oversees in his hometown.  He along with Kitty, started the clothing line KStyle that has been in business about two years now.

Money is not a thing to them.  After he proposed to Kitty, she immediately started building their dream home.  Icee already had two mini-mansions, one in Los Angeles and one in their hometown.  Kitty never liked either.  The L.A. home was picked out by Icee's ex, Bonnie.  The Springfield home was nothing more than a pimped out bachelor's pad to her.

Kitty designs a mansion she calls "Ice Palace." Eight bedrooms, eighteen bathrooms, 5-car garage, an additional garage with the chauffeur's apartment over it, outside heated pool, tennis court, two kitchens, a maid's quarter that houses the live-in maid, a bowling alley, gym, entertainment area with wet bar, movie theater, a staff wing (which houses the live-in body guard and includes the security monitoring systems), master suite includes two bathrooms, and large walk-in his and her closets.  Okay, that sounded like a real-estate ad!

I had to look at many of them to figure out what this home would have.  All this house to care for and Kitty is busy trying to build her own empire and raise a newborn son, while Icee is off filming a movie.  The girl needs a little help!  I tried to write her as doing it all, but there's just no way.  I hired her a maid, a cook, housekeepers, and a chauffeur.   Everything but a nanny.  I want to see how long she can go before she gives in to that!  Her sister Ashley has hired a nanny for her one daughter while she travels doing her modeling work, and Sarena eventually breaks down and uses the same nanny for her two.

I guess Kellys can't do it all!