What Happens in Vegas…Goes in my book.
Well, the CM-TD-IC critique trio is back from our whirlwind tour of Las Vegas, which was anchored in our lovely suite at the Venetian. We ate, we drank, we gambled away all of $20. (No high roller upgrades for our party, sadly.) We saw Phantom – squee! We toasted Courtney Milan’s Golden Heart final at a very, very fine restaurant that serves yuzu cocktails and expertly stroked beef (you’ll have to ask CM about that one).
And we fixed some books. On Saturday, we sat down with a bunch of sticky notes and hashed out Amy’s scare-a-minute plot of her sexy thriller, Black Box Warning. Let me tell you, I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about that book. It’s so awesome. It has bestseller written all over it. I can’t wait until all of you can read it, too.
Then on Sunday, we did some work on refocusing on my current book, A Lady of Persuasion. I’ve actually written about 34,000 words on it. And about 20,000 of those are now going to have to change. But it’s good. It’s all good. (Can you hear me trying not to stress?)
Vegas – like any tourist destination – is a great place for people-watching. You really see all kinds, from the rich-and-famous to the cheap-and-tawdry. I love the spectacle, the excess of it all – but I really get itchy in the casinos. Part of that is from all the smoke. And part of it is because gambling just makes me really, really nervous. Like I’m almost afraid to participate in it. I’m irrationally convinced that I’ll throw two twenty-dollar bills onto the felt and somehow a matter of seconds later, my house, car, and kids’ college fund will belong to the casino. The slot machines feel safer, but they get boring real quick. I wonder if I’ll ever write a scene in a gaming hell. Doubt it.
How about you? Do you get a thrill out of gambling, or does it bore you? Do you play the penny slots or blackjack or Texas hold-em or something else entirely? Do your characters gamble?
Discuss. But remember, what happens on Tessa’s blog…stays on the Internet forever.