Well, it's a glorious day even if it is Monday. And it's a working Monday, the day I do general plotting for my stories and books.
But I just got my author copy of Magical Mayhem (paperback) and that's pretty good for a squee moment. There are some terrific authors in this anthology and some terrific YA stories. I enjoyed this so much that I'm actually writing another story for the next anthology, Love Stinks.
I had a bit of difficulty coming up with the plot for Midnight Prom (tentative title) and during a convo with my VBFF, I admitted that I'd probably fall back on my YA days. I was pretty sure that I could come up with something that fit the anthologies theme - Love Stinks. Well, VBFF started talking about her prom and things just started clicking. I made a couple of notes and sent them to myself on my phone (got to love these gadgets!) and when I got home, I started writing the story of a late bloomer shapeshifter and her prom night. (No, VBFF is NOT a shapeshifter, lol).
This isn't a whole lot different in plotting terms than some of my other projects. One story was inspired by a NASA news article I'd seen about binary stars. Another was inspired by a dream about dust bunnies (my inner Sally Homemaker was probably trying to convince me to get busy, lol).
A sexy male photo inspired Heartstone (available in print or Ecopy). A conglomeration of things inspired Altered Destiny (Kindle) (I won't detail all of them because I'd take the whole page to do it but I did huge amounts of research on Scots to write Altered Destiny (Nook) and that was lots of fun!). My book, Rider (still looking for a publisher), was inspired by a TV commercial but, of course, I took it three steps sideways and two steps forward.
Heart of a Dragon, my short story in Magical Mayhem, (Kindle) was inspired by my love of dragons and the clothing of a young girl I'd seen at the mall (always looking for things I can write about of use as details, lol).
I'm not sure how other authors come up with plot ideas but I sometimes worry that I'm a bit…er…out there, lol.
Wookie, my alien kitten, tells me I haven't offered a copy of Altered Destiny here for a while. The first two persons who send me an email (Lynda@lyndakscott.com) with Altered Destiny in the subject line will get a pdf copy.
Have a Blessed Day!