Not a BIAW, I’m doing a NIAW

Posted in Romance on March 2nd, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

I often read about writers participating in BIAW–Book In A Week events. The very idea intrigues me…writing a whole book…in a single week. Now, I’m assuming that it is just writing–no editing. And you just write as fast and as furiously as you can.

Oh, yeah…I’m interested by the idea, but I’ve never been brave enough to actually join in for a BIAW. Why? Simple–I don’t think I can do it!!!

I like to think I’m a fast writer. When I’m motivated (key word: motivated), I average about five pages in an hour. Luckily, I’m a pretty fast typer ( 70 net words per minute according to this handy typing test), but I just don’t think I can pull off a whole book in a week.

After typing about 20 pages in a day, I tend to feel mentally wiped. Doing more than 20…I’m afraid that just might be too much. (Oh, yeah, I’m a big o’ coward!)

But the idea is so very tempting…

So, I think I’ll do a compromise. I won’t do a book in a week–I’ll do a novella in a week–a NIAW. Approximately 100-120 pages are needed for a novella. I can easily do my twenty pages a day and finish in a week…hopefully.

My plan is to start this new project on Monday. I’ll give it a go and post to let you know how my NIAW is going.

If anyone else wants to try (Ashley, Felecia–you ladies know you owe me novellas!), then join in! And post your progress with me.

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New Month, New Predictions

Posted in Romance on March 1st, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

It’s March 1st. That can only mean one thing…time for me to check out my new horoscope at

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The Manuscripts We Leave Behind

Posted in Romance on February 28th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

In my office, I have a small, white filing cabinet. The lock on the cabinet has long since broken, and the cabinet itself…well, it’s seen better days.

And inside the cabinet–my past waits. Yes, my filing cabinet is home to the manuscripts I had to leave behind. The manuscripts that didn’t find homes in publishing houses, the manuscripts that I didn’t finish, the manuscripts that…wait.

The first full-length manuscript that I completed was a young adult horror story, Lord of the Dead. I wrote it when I was in college. Several of my friends were archaeology majors at the time, and I went with them to a dig. As you can probably guess, the sight of artifacts, of muddy college students and of giant holes inspired me. I feverisly wrote my story, convinced I was about to overtake R.L. Stine and Christoper Pike. I would be the new voice of teen horror.

Apparently, my voice wasn’t meant to be heard. For, eight years later, that manuscript…waits.

Maybe one day I’ll take it out again. Maybe one day I’ll polish it up and see if I can find it a better home. Until then, it’ll stay hidden in my cabinet…waiting.

I think most writers have a manuscript like Lord of the Dead somewhere (and, no, I’m not saying everyone’s got a YA story about a dangerous, all-powerful Aztec god!). But I don’t think I’m alone in having a “might have been” hiding space.

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The Men in My Life

Posted in Romance on February 28th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

Today, I thought I’d do something different. I thought I’d tell the world (or whoever happens to read this blog) about the men in life.

No, there aren’t a lot of men. Just two. Nick and Jack.

Nick’s my husband of four years. He’s the dark-haired stud on the right. Nick is the genius behind my web design. Yep, I planned ahead. I married a web designer so I would never have to pay anyone to build my site! :-)

Here are Nick’s hobbies (for you with inquiring minds out there): Scuba diving, fencing, and blogging.
His favorite writers are: Cynthia Eden (of course!) and Tolkien

Here are little Jack’s hobbies: cooing, pooing, and sleeping (although he does enjoy a good walk and a good read, too!)

Nick’s my muse. He’s supportive, good-looking, and he always has positive things to say about my story ideas. Heck, Nick is currently the only person who gets to see my WIPs. He checks to make sure my scenes are hot enough. Oh, yeah, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

So…that’s them. My two men.

And in case you’re wondering…Nick and Jack are posing with Secrets, Volume 15 that features my story, Bite of the Wolf. As soon as the book hit the shelves, I had to take a picture because I was soooo excited to see my work in Books-a-Million.

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Another Erotica Article

Posted in Romance on February 27th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

I guess when you’re hot, you’re hot…and the general consensus seems to be that erotica is EXTREMELY hot right now.

The ladies at SmartBitches have posted about an erotica article that just appeared in USA Today. The article talks about how all the big name houses are starting their own erotica imprints. A few of the new lines are: Berkley’s Heat, Harelquin’s Spice, and Kensington’s Aphrodisia.

Yep, more erotica is coming to a store near you…very soon.

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