Monday, December 1, 2008

Cup of Bitch to Go

I used to wake up and bounce out of bed with a smile on my face. I still wake up, but my bouncing and smiling days are over. I am such a bitch in the morning. Don't talk to me. Don't interrupt me. Let me get my breakfast and leave me the f*** alone. Somewhere below I posted my morning routine, but I neglected to add that my sunny self does not appear until rather late---10:30 A.M. in fact, when I must (wo)man the circulation desk at the high school library. I am sweet as sugar then, because lots of kids need to be smiled at.

My poor husband has only recently discovered he married a BIM (no BO, just Bitch in Morning). Our schedules have changed lately, and he actually gets to see me before I put on my lipstick and my smile. Poor guy, he wants to talk. Fat chance. I want to drink my tea, read my blogs and write.

For the last book in my Courtesan Court Trilogy, Mistress by Marriage, I've decided to use my crankiness as a plot point. What happens when opposites DO NOT attract? Nothing good so far. My heroine Caroline has been banished by her husband to live on the most infamous street in London. How they patch up their differences is as yet unknown, as I am a Pantser-Plus. But it's going to be fun to figure it out, and maybe I'll learn how to manage my own marriage a little better. (For a sneak peek of the new WIP, you can read the first few paragraphs here.)

Yes, I finished writing Mistress by Mistake yesterday, almost 4 months from the date I started.
93,175 words. D-U-N. Yahoo!

Beauty or Bitch in the A.M.?


Kelly Krysten said...

YAY for finishing Mistress By Mistake!!! You worked so hard on that!! Now Mistress By Marriage has my 100% favorite plot!! I love those reunited lovers. And the beginning paragraphs are so good. I have to read this book. Good luck writing it!!

Maggie Robinson said...

Ha, Kelly---just missed you---I was commenting on Originals, LOL. Thanks.

Tiffany Chalmers said...

Woohoo on finishing MBM2... The awesome thing about being a crit partner is that I get to read it soon! And I can't wait for you to write MBM3... it's going to be fab!

I'm just a bitch most of the time... but especially in the morning when all I want is coffee (I drink coffee first switch to tea later) and to surf my blogs and whatnot!

J.K. Coi said...

Congratulations again on finishing the book, Maggie. I can't believe you're already diving right into the next one, but that's great!

When it comes to mornings, I'm far from a sunny personality myself. Both hubby and son know to leave me alone for as long as possible. They get up and get their own breakfast together, and then pull me out of bed later.

Although this morning my son did the sweetest thing and I just couldn't bark at him for waking me. He'd poured a half-bowl of dried cereal for me ('cause he knows he's not allowed to pour the milk himself) and brought it to me in bed.

Laura said...

"Mistress By Mistake" is a great title. When/where can I read it?

Kelly Krysten said...

Ya, I saw you at the Originals right after I posted

Elyssa Papa said...

I'm a total bitch in the morning, or rather a total bitch after I wake up. I'm grumpy and all I want to do is go back to sleep. Don't even think about talking to me until 10:30 a.m., if that. It takes me a while to wake up, and I postpone it as long as possible.

And I'm going to gloat right now. I read Mistress by Mistake yesterday and it is . . .
F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Not only is it so well written, but Charlie and Bay are so much fun and just awesome.

Maggie Robinson said...

Tiff, I don't believe it. :)

Kris, so sweet! I remember those breakfast in bed days, when they'd find a fake flower and bring it up.

Thanks, Laura! Some of the first chapter is posted on my manuscript blog,
If you just click the "here" link in the post, Mistake is right under Marriage....and Midnight's below that!

I love the goon part.

Kisses to you, gloating Ely! Gloat away!

Janga said...

Congratulations on another completed mss, Maggie! And in four months. Just thinking about that turns me green. :)

I just read the opening of MBM, and I loved it. No surprise there. I've been a Maggie Robinson fan from the get go.

I'm a morning grump too. One of the benefits of living on EST and teaching on CST was that I gained an extra hour to progress beyond growling by the time I walked in to teach my 8:00 class.

BernardL said...

There was a young woman years ago I would see once every week at a warehouse I frequented for supplies. She had a sign on her wall: 'I can go from zero to Bitch in three seconds. Don't test me!' I never did. :)

Maggie Robinson said...

Bernard, I have a slower response time, but it's still too fast. :)

Janga, I know you're a night owl. You're entitled to be grumpy. I, on the other hand, usually go to bed pretty early, so there's no excuse.

And to think---you're a time-traveler!

terrio said...

I have always been a BIM. Even my little girl knows not to wake me on the weekends and not to expect anything nice to come from me until I've been up for a while.

I'm loving the idea of this plot. I'm reading an Historical right now and I keep rolling my eyes at all the silly things included in every story. He's instantly attracted though she looks like crap. His kiss is potent enough to make her forget every hang up she has. His announcement that they will become lovers with in moments and right after he realizes she's not as low as she seems.

All the silly things I used to love. Not sure why they are bothering me now. But the idea that it's not easy and instant sounds really good to me.

Congrats on finishing the book and on starting another. You're a force to be reckoned with, Maggie my dear!

rubyslippers said...

Congrats, Maggie! I have to say I am LOVING reading your blog and exploring the many links to it!

I am envious of your dedication to your writing (not to mention your delicious writing style!) I'd love to be an author, but I'm not so hot on the writing part -- too much like work!

As for mornings, I'm not exactly Mary Sunshine, but I don't think I'm a bitch either, more of a zombie. I generally wake up about 21 miles into my 20 mile commute each morning!

Keep writing -- I'll keep reading!

irisheyes said...

Congrats, Maggie! That is so awesome. I, too, love the idea behind this latest book of yours. I like the married couples having problems/being reunited plot. EJ has used it quite a bit with lots of success.

I'm definitely not a morning person. But then I'm not a nightowl either. The older I get the more apparent it's becoming that the window for catching me awake, coherent and in a good mood is shrinking to somewhere between 1 pm and 4 pm!

Maggie Robinson said...

Oh, Irish, that's my sinking spell. Between 3 and 5, I'm barely conscious, waiting to punch out of the library. The last hour is particularly difficult, as kids wind up roaming the halls and fighting. I feel obliged to go out and school marm them.

Rubyslippers (love your name---my daughter did a marvelous painting of them once, flying in the sky), thanks so much! I must say, when things are flowing, writing's more fun than work. :)

Terri,I know just how you feel. It's been hard-going reading lately. Don't know whether it's my mood, or I'm just not reading the right stuff. In this latest WIP, poor Edward is instantly in lust for the first time in his sober life, but lives to regret it. It's going to be a case of can't live w/her, can't live w/o her, which should be interesting!