UPDATE; Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Misa Bourbon Ramirez is on sale at amazon for kindle today. I haven't reviewed it, but I have reviewed some of her other books. I read this one and really liked it. Fun read and now only 99 cents.
I started to try and follow JAK's advice and pin down my core story. Having worked on it a while I have come to the conclusion that I'm not ready for that yet. It's murky and covered in fog. I need to write it a few more times before the fog lifts and the murkiness clears.
Here is the rest of what she had to say about it, if you are interested:
"FIND YOUR CORE STORY. Yep, every author has one, regardless of the genre the writer chooses and regardless of what that author believes. Your Core Story has nothing to do with the fictional landscape -- historical, contemporary, paranormal --... or the genre you prefer. It has everything to do with the emotional conflicts that intrigue you. Those are the conflicts from which you will pull your power as a writer for the rest of your career so it pays to identify them early on. Trust me. In case you're stuck thinking you can only write historicals or vampires or contemporary settings or mysteries or suspense or paranormal or, fantasy or, yes, literary fiction, I urge you to step away from the computer and take another look. Your core story doesn't care what backdrop or genre you prefer -- your core story is all about the emotions and internal conflicts and the kinds of characters you like to put on stage -- these are the things that compel you to tell your story." Jayne Ann Krentz on facebook September 10, 2013.
This reminds me of another book - Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. In the story the antagonist is trying to plug the source for all stories and Haroun has to stop him. Haroun's father, Rashid, is a story teller.
""Haroun often thought of his father as a Juggler, because his stories were really lots of different tales juggled together, and Rashid kept them going in a sort of dizzy whirl, and never made a mistake.
"Where did all these stories come from? It seemed that all Rashid had to do was to part his lips in a plump red smile and out would pop some brand-new saga, complete with sorcery, love-interest, princesses, wicked uncles, fat aunts, mustachioed gangsters in yellow check pants, heroes, fights, and half a dozen catchy, hummable tunes. 'Everything comes from somewhere,' Haroun reasoned, 'so these stories can't simply come out of thin air...?'" Salman Rushdie
It's an absolutely enchanting story and if you have an opportunity to listen to the version where Rushdie himself reads it, it's mesmerizing.
Now as to the obligatory question at the end - I'm going a completely different direction:
Do you follow your favorite writers on facebook or twitter?
I do. I like feeling connected to them.