I've returned from my trip and I had a GREAT time. It was a wonderful week, and although I was able to relax and decompress after a very long and stressful Winter/Spring, I wasn't completely off the clock. I mean, normally I wouldn't choose to go on vacation without my family. I decided to do this mainly because I needed the time, space and quiet to really dig into my WIP.
So while I missed my hubby and son like crazy, I'm glad that I went away because I don't know that I would have had the opportunity to really flesh this out the way it needed to be, or get into Justice and Mira's heads the way I did if I'd stayed at home and been subject to all the same distractions and stressors. I know that life will throw curve balls to us each on occasion and I can't always bury my head in the sand and ignore them all to focus on my writing...but it was nice to do that just this once, for just a little while :)
One thing that I realized while I was working on the book this week is how closely related my vampires are to my immortals. I hadn't planned on it exactly, but now it's so obvious I can't believe I didn't see it before. I also found my theme (ah, the unpredictable life of a pantser). It's not what I expected, but I'm glad that it has come out this way. And oddly enough, the book is both lighter and deeper than I had expected it to be.
Mira and Justice are a wonderful match, each bringing out both the best and the worst in the other. Also, their journey together is going to be one hell of a ride, but I guess it wouldn't be a proper urban fantasy without some uber evil threatening to annihilate the human race, now would it?