Show Me the Romance

No cherubs. No doilies. No crap.

Snowed in & dreaming

I’m in a bit of a netherworld right now…waiting for some feedback on Veiled Iron before I induce the Heavy Edit, complete with all the different passes I blogged about a month ago. My query is also kind of in a limbo stage (I’m scheduled to get some critiques on that toward the end of the month). So what’s a writer to do when there are 2+ feet of snow on the ground outside, continuing blizzard conditions, and my mind wants to create? Why, come up with the idea for the next novel, of course.

Looks like this one will be my version of Little Women–my deviation from all the fantasy and high adventure to write what I know. And what I know is a small high school in the valley of Virginia where cheerleaders are ignored and the annual musical rules the school.

This won’t be Disney’s High School Musical. This will be about what happens after auditions divide the stars from the chorus line: the escalating expectations from one year to the next, the tears, broken toes and power tools, paint that smells like rotting eggs, and the endless hours of “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2…” There are power trips, intrigues, romances sparked and allies lost, costumes finished at 3 am, falling sets, and directors laughing so hard they lose bladder control–WHEN they aren’t threatening to cancel the show altogether. Welcome to Broadway, Virginia.

And of course, it’ll be a romance. Sound like fun? I hope it will be 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Snowed in & dreaming

  1. I know you never had any in your experiences…but can there please be tap? I could be your consultant!

  2. Well I’m leaning toward having the musical be Guys and Dolls, since I know firsthand what it was like to stage that one and it suits the characters, but I don’t see why the “Bushel and a Peck” song by the Hot Box Dancers couldn’t be in tap. I think it would be cute. Do you think that would work? My main character, Sadie, is a dancer so she would already know a lot of the stuff.

  3. I’m pretty intrigued by this project; I think you may be on to a winner.

  4. Crystal Sechrest (Whetzel) on said:

    Hey Michelle, I stumbled into my old gmail account and saw your note to check out your blog and when I read about this next book, well… you know I got excited. Sounds like a great book and will bring back tons of memories. Just remember to leave out any big red sightings. LOL.

    Hope your doing well…. I’m horrible about keeping in touch and I’m sorry. Email me sometime (when you find time in your busy life) and we’ll catch up. Either on FB or my real email-


  5. Karen on said:

    This idea actually sounds like a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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