Saturday, August 3, 2013

Kinda Feels Like Masturbation...

The three Sasha Jackson PI mystery novels came out between Fall 2009 and Fall 2011, so it's been a while since I've worked on them.  And yes, even though I wrote the books, I don't remember every little detail (Did I ever mention Shane's hair colour? What about Lindsey's zodiac sign? Did I spell Candace with an I instead of the second A? )

So, as I've been typing away on the next book in the series, I found that I kept having to go back to one or another of the earlier books to fact check for continuity.

Eventually, I got tired of flipping through pages and/or searching for key words or phrases on the electronic files, and decided that I should just go back to the beginning and re-read all three books!

At times it's almost like reading something new... But then I remind myself: Hey I wrote this book! 

I'm chuckling as I read!  There are a few turns of phrase, a few quips that I had simply forgotten about, and I find myself smiling or laughing as I read them.  And I think to myself:  Hey, that's clever... or  Hey, I really  like that line... and then I remember I wrote it! 

It feels a tad strange - narcissistic in a way - to be reading and enjoying my own works.  It's kind of like nominating myself for Most Valuable Player, or sending myself a dozen roses, or ...masturbating. 

4 comments:

  1. I think it's a great idea to re-acquaint yourself with the novels. Not only are they great stories, but I think it does help in keeping the next one consistent. And I can't tell you how happy I am that there's going to be a new one :-). Yay!!!

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  2. lol, just be careful you don't get any paper cuts.

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  3. This made me laugh and it's so very true. I've just started my very first series and have made myself a little list of those things I'll need to remember. As for reading my other novel's...very satisfying.

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  4. Cheers Caroline! Good luck with your series!

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