Changes

Aug. 20th, 2010 06:08 pm
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I can tell there’s a shift going on.

First off, I changed my hair color (which means those author photos I spent all that money on are now out of date, but oh, well). It’s actually still not quite where I want it to be — I have a follow-up hair appointment next week — but still, it’s a change I decided to make and followed through with.

Erik and I have been talking about moving, which for anyone who knows us might sound as if it’s coming out of the blue, since we’ve always said how much we loved this house. Well, we love parts of it, but more and more of it is becoming inconvenient — we’re tired of living on a busy street, and we’d really like a two-car garage, and the floors and yard are a mess and we know our landlady isn’t going to do anything to fix them (we sold our last place before everything went blooey in the SoCal real estate market and decided to rent; smartest thing we ever did, despite having to deal with recalcitrant landlords). So we’re taking the first cautious steps in that direction…looking around and deciding to get rid of a lot of things, getting an idea of what’s available in our price range (a good deal, actually; we think we’re sort of overpaying for this place simply because it’s a “character home”), trying to figure out what we can do to make our lives more efficient.

That could have been part of the problem — just the downward drag of too much stuff and the household entropy that seems to suck the life right out of you. We’ve been here more than seven years now, which is the longest I’ve lived anywhere since I moved out of my parents’ house when I was nineteen. During most of my adult life, circumstances conspired to have me moving about every two to three years, which is a great antidote against collecting too much crap. But after seven years, things have gotten out of hand, and we probably would have had a major purge even if we weren’t planning on moving. The reasons stated above are the primary motivating factor, though. I think it’s going to feel really good to pare down and focus on  things that can make our lives better.

And I’m sort of feeling the same way about writing. I still have my rant about writing to a market vs. writing what you love stored up somewhere, and I suppose I’ll let it out at some point. However, this week I finally got back to writing after too long away, and it’s something silly and fun that’s never going to be “officially” published (we’re planning to serialize it on the Dark Valentine website). But that’s okay, because it’s still writing, still that process of sitting down and staring at that computer screen and making something come out of nothing. And I’m not really sure I would have even gotten as far as I did if I hadn’t had that feeling somewhere inside that changes were coming, and that things were going to get better, and that somehow everything would work out for the best.

Because you know what? It always does.

—Mirrored from christinepope.com/blog

Epiphanies

Aug. 6th, 2010 02:37 pm
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It’s been a long time since I posted here.

There are numerous reasons for this, the main one being that I’ve just had more important things to do. It’s probably no secret that most writers (except the biggies and the ones with a decent backlist) have to work a “real” job to pay the rent. I had several big projects to handle this summer, as well as getting an ongoing freelance editing gig that pretty much takes up half my day. In a lot of ways, I’m very lucky — I have an understanding husband who’s fine with me only working part-time, so now that I have the ongoing gig, I don’t have to bother with taking on any more side projects. But for awhile there I was doing 50-hour weeks and not liking it very much.

So I thought once I had the second big project handled and off my desk, I’d have time to get back to writing. It’s more than a little depressing to realize I haven’t written a single word since mid-June. I’ve been doing a little editing, since I just found a new crit partner, but I don’t count that as real writing…not the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes hair-pullingly frustrating act of producing brand-new material.

However, I had a new release coming out this week, so that meant hours spent updating my website, emailing various people at various websites to work out promotional opportunities, Tweeting, posting on Facebook, filling out forms at said websites so that they had the information they needed to let people know about the book, etc., etc.

Jesus, I get tired just looking at that.

I ended up having a long discussion with my husband last night about the whole process, and how much I hate it. There, I said it.

I frigging hate promo.

There may be some who enjoy it, or at least don’t regard it with the same enthusiasm most people reserve for root canals or unexpected visits from the IRS. I understand that you need to let people know you exist, but I’ve seen certain writers hitting blog after blog and loop after loop, world without end, amen. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get turned off by that sort of thing. And even if you do jump through all those hoops, there’s no guarantee you’ll get readers. People read what they want to read; I know I’m pretty keyed into the sort of books I’m looking for, and I can read a blurb to determine that for myself. I don’t need an author with pom-poms hitting me upside the head to go read their latest opus.

So I’m putting down the pom-poms. Oh, I know there’s a minimum I’ll have to do any time I have a new book coming out, but I’m going to do my darnedest to make sure it doesn’t take up more than one or two hours of my time. Anything more than that, and I know I’ll begin to stress out to the point that actually writing anything is going to be impossible.

Which brings me to the second epiphany.

I think one of the issues I was having with this blog is that I kept telling myself that each post had to be Meaningful (capitalization completely intentional), and had to offer some pithy, illuminating bit of writing advice, and that I had to be completely correct at all times. In other words, it felt a bit like the online equivalent of a job interview that just went on and on and on.

Well, sod that.

This is my blog, and I’m going to say what I want. Now, I can almost guarantee that I’ll never bring up religion or politics (because I’m not that stupid), but if I want to grouse about how much I hate promo or complain about how my crit partner just isn’t getting it, or even wax lyrical about how cute my dog is, well, then, I’m going to go ahead and do it. Sure, I’ll talk about writing, because that’s the whole reason this blog and the website it’s associated with exist in the first place. Otherwise, though, it’s the wild, wild west, kids.

I also have something of a rant about writing what you think will sell versus what you bloody well want to write, but I’m already spouted off enough for one day.

Don’t worry…I’ll be back.

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...or even those of you who just read something vaguely romance-ish from time to time.

Awhile back [livejournal.com profile] suburbanbeatnik made a comment while reading the first draft of my steampunk romance to the effect that romance novels don't usually introduce a male character who's not the love interest before you actually meet the "real" love interest. I just realized that I've done the same thing in the fantasy romance I'm writing right now. Does this sort of thing bother you? Do you need to imprint on the "real" hero first, or are you all right with a little obfuscation as long as the heroine ends up with the hero eventually?

(BTW, these aren't love triangles in the technical sense, although there is some interest between the heroine and the secondary character.)

I'm just curious as to whether this is a romance convention I need to follow, or whether I should just say screw it and go ahead with what I've written already. I could take out the earlier arrival of these characters if I have to, but some of the later stuff might not make as much sense or have as much impact. Frankly, I would think the reader would be able to figure out who was going to get the eventual HEA based on the cover art and back cover blurb, but maybe that just me. :-P

Also, sort of related but not really: Any good recommendations for fantasy romance? Like, real alternate-world fantasy romance, not paranormal romance or urban fantasy. I tried searching in "fantasy romance" at Amazon and all I got was page after page of vampire/demon/were stuff, complete with the requisite man-titty. Bo-ring.
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Closeup of eye

Point of view refers to the character or characters from whose vantage point we witness the events that take place in a novel or other work of fiction. Sounds simple enough, right? But choosing which p.o.v. to use can impact  your storytelling more than almost any other authorial decision you make.

This tends to be an unconscious decision for me; I’m a character-driven writer, so in almost every case I’ve had the main character tell me which point of view she wants her story told from. I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way to choose p.o.v. — you may have seen people stating on blogs that they hate first-person point of view or don’t want to read something that doesn’t include the hero’s p.o.v. along with the heroine’s. That’s their choice, but you shouldn’t let it influence yours.

I actually happen to love first person point of view, probably because I grew up reading Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense novels and Victoria Holt’s gothics, and the vast majority of these books are written in first person. Done well, this p.o.v. really connects the reader with the protagonist — you feel as if you’re taking a journey along with the character and often get a greater sense of the lead’s growth during the story. Done poorly, it can be riddled with info dumps or tangents that have little to do with a novel’s narrative direction. However, first person also can be a good choice when you have a hero who is somewhat enigmatic; in Fringe Benefits, my contemporary romance for Pink Petal Books, I wanted Pieter Van Rijn to be a mysterious character, and so first person seemed the best p.o.v. for the story I wanted to tell (never mind that Katherine, the heroine, started talking about herself in first person pretty much from the first moment she popped into my head).

The majority of romance novels (and novels of most genres except Chick Lit) tend to be written in third person. In some cases, you still maintain a tight focus on the main character and do not switch viewpoints, but more and more romances have begun to trade perspective between the two leads. Sometimes you can also get the point of view of secondary characters (such as the villain in a romantic suspense novel); opinions vary as to whether this adds extra tension or tends to dilute the dynamic between the hero and heroine. In grand, sweeping epics, there can be literally dozens of viewpoint characters; the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin is an example of this. All those viewpoints are necessary because of the scope of the story being told, but in romance you’re probably safer sticking with no more than two or three.

The term “head-hopping” gets thrown around a lot, and I have to say it’s one of my pet peeves and the one thing that almost always prevents me from finishing a book. I sometimes make exceptions if the rest of the story is compelling enough, but those tend to be pretty rare. Head-hopping occurs when you’re in the point of view of the heroine in one paragraph (or even sentence, if you really want to get mental whiplash) and then in the hero’s head in the next paragraph or sentence. For example:

“Melinda stared up into Byron’s eyes and wondered if he had any idea how much he had just hurt her.

Byron looked at Melinda and thought she had never appeared as fetching as she did now, with tears tangled in her sooty lashes.”

Okay, besides the deliberately purple prose, you can see at once that we’re getting Melinda’s thoughts in the first paragraph and Byron’s in the second. Effectively, we’ve hopped from her head into his. This weakens the writing because you’re not in one character’s perspective long enough to get caught up in his or her emotions. If it were written this way:

“Melinda stared up into Byron’s eyes and wondered if he had any idea how much he had just hurt her. Why he was just standing there and looking down at her without saying anything? She blinked at the sudden tears that started in her eyes and knew she’d never be able to explain.”

In this paragraph, we’re staying with Melinda. All we’re getting is her feelings of hurt and confusion. Because we’ve remained firmly in her head, we have a better idea of how much pain she’s in at the moment.

Head-hopping shouldn’t be confused with omniscient point of view, which is an entirely different concept. This p.o.v. was popular in the writing of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and can still be used effectively when a detached, godlike narrator suits the purposes of the story (the Lemony Snicket books and Douglas Adams’ A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are good examples of this style). In omniscient point of view, the narrator stands outside the action and often comments on it; we can be inside more than one character’s head at once, but the effect isn’t as jarring as head-hopping because there’s still an over-arching narrator describing the events of the novel.

Most editors these days tend to frown on head-hopping, so writers who find they have difficulties with staying in one character’s point of view during a scene might want to try a little exercise: rewrite the scene in first person. By focusing on that one character and describing events through their eyes, it’s much more difficult to inadvertently “hop” into the head of the other character or characters in that scene. While having more than one point of view in a novel is perfectly acceptable (and almost expected by some readers), most editors agree you should not have more than one character’s p.o.v. per scene.

I usually know from almost the moment I get an idea for a story how I’m going to tell it — first person; tight third (as with a steampunk romance I’m in the process of writing now); or alternating third, which is what I chose for a paranormal novella I have coming out in August 2010 from Pink Petal Books.

I believe the story should dictate the p.o.v. you choose, not necessarily what you think is most popular with readers or editors. You can never please all of the people all of the time, but if you’re not happy with your writing — or the point of view you’re writing it from — then probably no one else will be, either.

—Originally posted on the Avoid Writer’s Hell blog

It's here!

Apr. 8th, 2010 10:47 am
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Now available at Pink Petal Books!

It'll be available through the PPB website for approximately the first month, and starting on May 1, you can buy the book at All Romance Ebooks, My Bookstore and More, 1Romance Ebooks, Mobipocket, the Kindle Store, and Smashwords.  

Also, my publisher is offering a promotion for the first ten days of release -- use the code "magicfringe" to get 10% off at the Pink Petal Books site! PPB is a secure site, but you can also use PayPal for your purchases. Spread the word...I need the sales! ;-)
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And no, it's not Lifestyles of the Sith and Famous.

Dark Valentine magazine is, to quote the publisher, a quarterly journal devoted entirely to dark fiction, which we define as any story in any genre that is disturbing, provocative, haunting, scary, dangerous, or any combination of those things. Think of classic stories like The Mummy’s Paw, The Open Window, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Lady or the Tiger? Think of Jack London’s To Build a Fire, William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily, Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, J.D. Salinger’s A Perfect Day for Bananafish and Tanith Lee’s Because Our Skins are Finer.

I'm the third part of the evil triumvirate running this dark venture -- Katherine Tomlinson is our illustrious publisher, and Joanne Renaud ([livejournal.com profile] suburbanbeatnik ) is the art director. I'm the editor.

We're looking for the following: Short stories in any genre so long as they fit under the overall heading of “dark.” Here are just a few genres we want to see: black humor, dark romance, urban fantasy, horror, mystery, SF, paranormal, dark fantasy, speculative, slipstream, surrealism, magical realism, lit fic, steampunk, splatterpunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, and so forth. Surprise us with your take on a famous fairy tale or an urban legend. You can go to the submission guidelines to get the full story. We do pay for stories and art ($10 each, but at least you can say you got paid for your work!).

I know I have a lot of fellow authors (and some artists) on my f-list, and I encourage any and all of you to submit if this sounds like it's up your alley. Spread the word!

See you on the other side.

Grr

Jan. 15th, 2010 06:19 pm
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One of the (many) annoying things about this busted finger is that I can't seem to write. Short blog entries like this are about all I can manage. I'm too slow and make too many mistakes to get into the flow, as it were. Gave it a try this afternoon and abandoned the effort after about a half hour. Seems that if my fingers can't keep up with my brain, then the creative flow peters out. Sigh.

Voice recognition software would be awesome, but I'm not willing to drop $200 on something I'd only need for about a month. :-(
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Wow, I spelled that right on the first try!

So...Gunther is totaled. Bye-bye, Gunther. It saddens me, because although we had our issues with the car, we always got it working, and Erik poured a lot of love and sweat into making sure it stayed running. Gunther was part of the family. So I'm feeling sadder than I probably should be, because really, it's just a car, and the important thing is that Erik's OK (we think...he's still having some neck pain, so he got in to see his doctor today and went and had some X-rays taken).

Friday we'll meet with our adjuster and get the check for the payout on the vehicle. Erik still wants to go to Loscon, so I guess we'll try car shopping on Sunday. We can't take too long about it, because there's a limit to how long the insurance will pay for us to have a rental after we've gotten our settlement.

No word count bar today, because with all the hullabaloo and the emails and the phone calls on the car situation, I couldn't concentrate for squat and only squeezed out a measly 500 words. At this point I really don't know how much farther I'm going to get over this long weekend, which promises to be pretty busy. Good thing I already made my 50K.

Also, very bizarre dreams last night. I can't remember everything, but at one point I was sitting at a table with Nora Roberts and a bunch of other women authors discussing how we should create our own co-op online bookstore, and then further on I was at a barbecue at a house in (of all places) Minnesota, where these three old men pulled up in a Winnebago to drink a beer with us. Only it turned out they were the Devil and a couple of his henchmen (I guess the Devil got tired of walking the earth and traded up for an RV). Then at the same party I walked into the family room, where a bunch of people were sitting in front of the fireplace and drinking beer, and one of them turned around and was General Veers (I say that because it was Julian Glover, but in Imperial uniform). He gave me a hug, and I remember thinking how nice it felt to have that warm wool uniform against my cheek as he hugged me.

Maybe this means I need to write General Veers porn. Hmm.

Half hour to go. Man, these days before a holiday drag on forever.

Woot!

Nov. 24th, 2009 02:22 pm
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Neither storm, nor sleet, nor hospitalized fathers, nor mashed Mercedes could keep me from my appointed writing!

50057 / 50000 words. 100% done!

OK, so not done, though. Maybe halfway? I'll keep writing and will probably validate my word count next Sunday.

But here's where I'll wax philosophical about What This Year's NaNo Taught Me:
  • I have to be enthusiastic about the project.
  • If I write fast enough, I still have time to do research on the fly.
  • The "signpost" method seems to work best for me -- I have scenes scattered throughout the book that are the "target" scenes I aim for, but other than that it's sheer seat of the pants, baby.
  • I really can write almost every day (I think I've missed two days so far) if I stop angsting about it and just frigging do it.
  • Most of the time, I can't seem to tell a story in fewer than 100,000 words. :-P
Still no word on the car, though. I do have a rental, so at least I'm not totally without wheels. It's amazing how...adrift...I feel when I know I don't have access to a car!
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'Cause it sure feels like I don't. However, even with cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, taking down the Halloween decorations, and going grocery shopping, I still managed to hit my goal.



20261 / 50000 words. 41% done!

And my dad's back in the hospital again. I actually spoke to him this afternoon, and he sounded pretty good, all things considered, but they're keeping him for more tests because they can't seem to pin down where his bronchial problems are coming from. He doesn't have pneumonia, and so far it doesn't sound as if the cancer has come back, but it could be the beginnings of emphysema (he was a two-pack-a-day smoker for 60+ years). The weird thing is that the doctors can't seem to figure out what's going on. I'm crossing my fingers that this latest battery of tests will reveal something they hadn't yet discovered. He doesn't sound too down about it, and I'm sure they'll figure it out eventually, but still...just one more thing to worry about. Sigh.
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OK, not really, but I am doing so much better than the previous two years, it's not even funny. Guess it goes to show you what a difference it makes when you have a project you're really excited about.



15161 / 50000 words. 30% done!
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So far, so good.

 
10672 / 50000 words. 21% done!


Also, now with cover art!




I think doing the cover art is my favorite part. ;-) Okay, not really, but I like visual aids.

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Courtesy of the Smart Bitches, I have come across a link of such horror that I feel utterly compelled to pass it on to you, my dear f-list. (Mostly because I'm sitting here processing with a bunch of dye on my head and have nothing better to do to fill the time until I can go wash it out.)

It kills me that stuff like this was actually published.

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Actually, this post has nothing to do with that. Or maybe it does on some quantum level, but since I'm not a physicist I can't really tell for sure.

I find it sort of funny that today I got reviews for two of my WIPs that I haven't updated in awhile...when I'm actually in the midst of writing updates for both of them. So for once those little "update soon" pleas won't be in vain. The Terminator fic update will probably go up tonight, and Refugees should follow in a few days. Not saying I've kicked writer's block to the curb, but I'm sort of forcing my way through it. I just try to tell myself that even 500 words is 500 more than I would have if I did nothing, and so far, so good. Slow progress is better than none at all.

Total non sequitur:

I should probably not bother reading reviews of No Return on Amazon, because if there's one thing I've learned it's that people on Amazon are nasty (and no, it's not just me being thin-skinned -- I've seen pro writers leave comments on various blogs that they don't bother looking at the reviews over there anymore because people on Amazon suck major ass). However, I can't resist making this comment for the latest person to crap on my book (and it's still got four stars, so I guess I shouldn't be too worried about the whole thing):

Dear bitch-tastic reviewer:

If, according to you, what makes the story of the Phantom of the Opera is the Opera house, the Parisian setting, the whole gothic Bel Age vibe, then WHY THE HELL DID YOU BUY A BOOK THAT IS CLEARLY LABELED AS A "CONTEMPORARY" PHANTOM STORY???!

Talk about setting yourself up for disappointment, dipshit.

No love,

Moi

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You and I are done. DONE.

OK, I tried. I tried to "research the market." I read contemporaries. I read historicals. I read paranormals. And out of all of them, I think I actually really liked two of them. And those two were both written by Jennifer Crusie.

I thought it would be a great fit. I mean, hey, I love to WRITE romance. So I figured reading it would be cake, even though up until that point I'd always been more of an SF/F person, with the occasional mystery or suspense novel thrown in for good measure (along with a good leavening of Jane Austen and my annual rereads of LOTR).

Um, no.

Maybe I've just bought (yes, BOUGHT...there's a chunk of change I'll never get back) a series of duds. But it seems to me that editorial standards for romance novels are just waaay lower than for books in other genres. Now, I'll admit that I'm seeing more mistakes in NY-pubbed books than I used to. Let's just chalk that up to the deplorable state of education in this country and the fact that copy editors probably aren't as good as they used to be. I know I'm overly picky because I used to be a copy editor. Fine.

But after finishing a completely shit-tastic paranormal (seriously, it had plot holes I could drive a Star Destroyer through, not to mention some of the flattest writing I've seen in a long time), I just plowed through Death Star, which a friend gave me last weekend. Everyone knows I'm a big ol' Imperial sympathizer, so it was great to see nuanced Imperial characters in profic, but what struck me more was how much better written that book was (and actually, the two Terminator novels I read as well, even though I really can't stand Alan Dean Foster) than any of the romance novels I'd sampled. And it was mass-market genre fiction, not exactly a novel that was trumpeted as the next Finnegan's Wake or something. I devoured that book, and all I had left was another paranormal, one that was a huge bestseller and one that a lot of people really seemed to love (I won't name names...there's no point, really). Anyway, I started it and wanted to claw my eyes out within the first 20 pages.

Dark, brooding, alpha hero? Check.

Total Mary Sue heroine with psychic powers, cascading raven hair, huge "sapphire" eyes, and a teeny-tiny waist? Check.

I was willing to overlook that. OK, some people like the overblown, purple approach to these things.

But then the author started head-hopping all over the place, and I threw the book away in disgust. I've ranted about that before, so I'll spare you the reruns, but seriously -- does NO ONE in the romance editorial field know what the hell third person limited is? It's not as if this book was purposely written in the omniscient p.o.v. I could have put up with that, even though it irritates the snot out of me. No, the author was in tight third person at the beginning and then started bouncing back and forth between the hero and heroine once they were actually in the same scene together. I felt like I was getting mental whiplash trying to keep up. Is he looking at her? Is she looking at him? I have no freakin' idea. Who am I supposed to be relating to in the scene? God knows, because I sure as hell didn't.

I'm sure there's some good stuff out there, and maybe I'll eat my words if I ever do end up publishing something in the romance genre. But at least my readers won't have to worry about me screwing up something as simple as p.o.v. Sheesh.

Dear God

Jun. 8th, 2009 06:39 pm
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Once again the gals at Dear Author have unearthed a steaming pile of dreck from the epub universe, one so bad it's pretty much made me lose faith in humanity (or at least what tattered shreds I had left)...not to mention  any confidence in editors who call themselves professionals but who obviously couldn't tell a good novel from a cartoon on the inside of a bubblegum wrapper.

At first I was just amused, in a disgusted sort of way. Then I found myself getting really, really angry. Here I am, working hard to get better as a writer, collecting piles of rejection slips (sigh), and something so stupefyingly bad that my writing from junior high looks like Pulitzer material in contrast gets epublished? Seriously?

From the horrified chorus in the comments, it appears this may have been an aberration, something that just slipped through the cracks. I sincerely hope so, because if the only way to get published these days is to write horrendous werewolf-demon menage porn (or what-have-you), then I'm just going to call it a day and stick to fanfic, and maybe self-pub another one of my titles if I really feel like it.

This may be the hormones talking, too. I am seriously tired today, and it didn't help that I was borderline sick all last week. I don't know what I had, but it was just debilitating enough to sap my energy...a low-level fever that went on for days, weird aches, sudden shooting pains in my head. It's gone now, but I think I'm still dealing with the effects of whatever bug invaded my system.

Anyway, there's some cheer for your Monday evening. :-P

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...6,500 words!

Maybe it's writing as therapy. Who knows? Who cares, at this point?

Erik and I went to see Terminator Salvation on Friday night. While I had a few issues with how some things were handled, overall I enjoyed it very much. I also came home with a raging plotbunny that wouldn't leave me alone. Since I'd already planned to spend most of the weekend avoiding Erik's family, I figured this was a good time to get writing. Frankly, I didn't want to have what happened with Star Trek happen again -- I had what I thought was a great idea but waffled around, thinking, 'Oh, I should read the novelization first," and didn't do anything about it. Then I find out someone's already started writing a fic with the same basic idea. While I know our stories probably would have been very different, I didn't want people thinking that I had ripped off someone else plot idea (it would have gotten a bit tedious to keep dragging my husband in as a character witness to vouch for the fact that I'd discussed the idea with him over dinner right after we saw the movie for the first time). So anyway, long story short, I sat my ass down in the chair and got writing. I think 6,500 words in two days is pretty good (especially for me, since my output has been rather, erm...spotty...lately).

I wrote the story as a standalone, but there's certainly room to go on with it. I'll probably just wait to see how it's received. Here's the link, if anyone's curious:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5085862/1/

But for now, it's probably time to go to bed. :-o

Woot!

May. 3rd, 2009 06:48 pm
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I am about to become a published author.

No, I don't have an agent yet, but my short-short, "Moving Day," is going to be published in Vol. #7 of Astonishing Adventures magazine! And the amazingly talented [livejournal.com profile] suburbanbeatnik is going to illustrate it!

Now at least I'll have some street cred. :-P

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I'm going to blather about writing and fanfiction, so I think I'll put the rest of this behind a cut so as not to inundate the good people on my f-list who don't really care. :-P

Lightbulb moment! )

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Seriously, I have no words. Warning: The following is probably NSFW. It is, however, hella funny:

http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2009/03/05/review-knight-moves-by-jamaica-layne/#more-10623

After reading some of those excerpts, I will never again beat myself up over my writing skills. Ever.

Oy gevalt.

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