Monday's Muse~Icy River

Last week I worked on another new chapter that's going into Channeler novel #2. I'm kind of surprised by how much new material I'm putting in to this one, but in a good way. The inspiration that's coming to me will make the novel richer and the characters deeper so I'm happy. Already I love the story more! It didn't hurt that I got to look to this chilly picture for inspiration while the temperatures have been in the eighties and nineties here. In this chapter Eren learns a tough lesson and faces and even tougher truth.

I just finished reading Gone by Michael Grant and loved it. It's not a novel for everyone as it is very dark, but that made it right up my alley. In fact, I haven't read enough dark stuff lately so I devoured this book. They weren't kidding when they compared it to 'if Stephen King had written Lord of The Flies.' Now I'm getting my adult paranormal fix by reading Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank.

As for music, I'm enjoying the latest Dropkick Murphy's cd, a lot. But then, I'm a huge Dropkick Murphy's fan. How about you peeps, what inspired you last week?

Today's Tour of Secrets stop is at freelance editor TS Tate's blog. Stop by to learn another secret and to get more points for the giveaway!


  1. I'm rereading the 7th Harry Potter book. Totally inspired me...again.
    I like Dropkick Murphy too! Good music.

  2. Heather, this is beautiful! A wonderful muse. I'm on my way to learn another secret. Then off to bed. Night in Istanbul... what a great place for a story.

  3. E.R., I love that book! It's one of those that I could read again too. Yay another Dropkick Murphy's fan! :)

    Karlene, thank you. Get lots of rest, you'll need it for Instanbul!

  4. Beautiful picture this week! I absolutely love the Gone series. You're right about it being dark, but it's so good. :-)

  5. I've been wanting to read Gone too! How great that you're getting lots of good fodder for your WIP. :)

  6. I don't know where you find those pictures, but they are AWESOME. I'm glad you're feeling inspired.

  7. I love the picture!

    I really liked Gone; the next book in the series is good, too. I haven't read Lies yet.

  8. Such a beautiful pic--I can see how it would work to inspire you. I have to keep that in mind next time I need to get setting right.

  9. It is a beautiful picture this week, Heather. And especially appreciated due to my oven-apartment! I am currently re-reading, THE RETURN OF DR. FU MANCHU, reliving League of Five memories. Also reading the last Robert B. Parker Spenser novel, SIXKILL.

    I just discovered that I have been 8 months writing the sequel to THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH. Wow. I'm only 40% through with it. Happy trails, right?

  10. Shannon, it definitely is, on both counts! I'm ordering the second one today!

    Lydia, you should, it's really good!

    Lisa, I scour through artwork, one of my favorite things to do. :)

  11. Golden Eagle, that's excellent to hear, I'm about to order it!

    Elle, it works great! I find pictures that inspire me for my scenes and it helps so much.

    Roland, it's all about the journey, not the destination. ;) You'll finish it though, I have no doubt!

  12. I love dark and edgy. I enjoyed GONE. I have the other books in the series on my TBR list.

    And that icy river looks so refreshing with all this hot weather.

  13. So good to hear of your inspriations, Heather!

  14. Karen, whoo hoo another fan! I've got to get the next book. I know exactly what you mean about the river, I think that's part of why it inspired me so much.

    Lorelei, thank you!

  15. Rich and deep, that sounds excellent! And I've gotta say, Heather, 'Channeler' sounds like an excellent title!!!

  16. Love the photo. That would be inspiring. :D

    I read GONE when it first came out. I couldn't put it down. Not so much with the sequel. Not only did I put it down in the first act, I didn't pick it up again.

  17. Linda, hmmm.... I like that. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Stina, uh oh! Well, I'm forewarned on Hunger then. Thanks. :)

  18. Stunning pic Heather.

    I'm not quite sure what inspired me this week, but I did accomplish writing the chapter I was so nervous about. On last chapter to finish my hopefully final edit. Of course I will go over it one more time just in case I missed something.

    Ah, the joys of a write.


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