I had to share this email that a friend sent me yesterday. Too funny:
A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him. She says hello. He's rather taken aback because he cannot place where he knows her from.
So he says, 'Do you know me?' To which she replies, 'I think you're the father of one of my kids.'
Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, 'Are you the stripper from the bachelor party thatI made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery???'
She looks into his eyes, and says calmly, 'No, I'm your son's teacher."
I also made some headway on my WIP, which I'm officially nicknaming One Night in Napa (thanks, Marianne!) until I make a final decision. Wrote the chapter where we meet the heroine, and I love that she's a totally non-traditional heroine, esp. for the romance genre. She has super-short, spiky hair and an eyebrow ring; she smokes; and she has no interest in dating. Tough cookie, right?? I just have to remember to make her likable, too...
Actually, I love that I have a fairly clear picture of where I want this story to go (I know, I shouldn't speak too soon, or I'll jinx myself). I think that comes from it rattling around my brain for so many years. Every so often, when I got tired of working on whatever other novel I was dealing with, I'd take a break and sketch out a character for ONIN or think of ways to up the tension. Turned out all those breaks gave me a lot of ammunition to tackle the actual novel.
So I'm happy so far. We'll see how long the bubble lasts :)