Last week I spent a little time playing with some ideas for a new book. I actually outlined the first eight chapters, then life got in the way. One of my cousins died unexpectedly and we went to Idaho for the funeral. Today I tried to get back in the outlining mode, but it just didn't work. I'm not really an outline type of writer even though I know I write faster when I work from an outline, and when I only have small blocks of time in which to write, I find the story flows more smoothly if I have a rough outline to follow. Yet for some crazy reason I like to surprise myself as I go and find it more fun to just write than follow an outline. So instead of staring at my outline and trying to decide what chapter nine is going to be about, I did what I usually do. I jumped in and started writing. I actually made it to 1500 words. This one is shaping up to be a murder mystery. We'll see how that goes.
How would you like to help me name my heroine? Reading back over my rough outline I discovered I was using a name I've used before. I changed it to a similar name, but it just doesn't feel right. She's single, 27 years old, shoulder length brown hair and hazel eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall, an executive at an advertising firm, and enjoys running. She's smart, grew up as an Army brat, recently bought her first home, and has been called as a den mother in her family ward. I'll consider any reasonable suggestion. If I choose the name you suggest, I'll give you two entries in my current contest (three if you're also a follower.)