Archive for January, 2006

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
Underworld 2

We just went to see Underworld 2. The mythology and history are evolving as fast as the blood flows in this latest venture. We learn more about how vampires and werewolves began. (They trace back to a single family.) We also learn why Seline is so pivotal to the world’s existence.

This addition to the Underworld series is no deeper than the first release, but it is action-packed. I’d sit through it again just to see one particular vamp, that annoyed me to no end in the first film, bite it. *ggg* The ending is a double threat showdown that lays the foundation for another installment (big surprise). If you liked the first film, you’ll enjoy this one.

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

I’ve been thinking a lot about the evolution of writers as I watch several of my peers begin to soar. Some of the paths they’ve traversed are easy to trace. You can see the changes taking place, the planting of seeds, and understand how they’ve arrived at their current location.

Others are less distinct. I’m not talking about talent here. They’re ALL very talented. That’s a given. What I’m talking about is evolution. I’ve seen how a ‘simple’ change in writing or an aggressive stance in business have taken them from good to great.

So I’ve started to wonder, how does writing evolution take place? I’m mainly talking about the writers whose paths are less clear. We know that in the animal and plant kingdom that if you don’t evolve you die…unless you were created as a near perfect species. (sharks and crocodiles come to mind) Is it something that happens over time? Is evolution dependent upon productivity? Is it something learned? The latter is how most animals evolve and adapt, but is that what writers do? As you can see, I’m full of questions…among other stuff. *g* I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
Absent without a note

I’m so sorry for the lack of posting gang. (Sorry Chey;) I have been reading through this manuscript one more time to make sure the changes I made make sense and work with my original idea. The sad thing is after spending the last two weeks combing over the pages I can honestly say I have no idea. 🙁 I’m down to the last two chapters and then I have to type in my changes. It feels like I’m working on the never-ending story.

Here are a few things that I’ve discovered about myself since the beginning of the month. 1) I’m not a writer who can take any significant length of time off. I must write something at least six days a week, even if it’s only a paragraph, or I’ll get out of the habit. 2) I find contemporary romances without paranormal elements the hardest thing on the planet to write. *g* 3) I should’ve started reading other genres a long time ago because I’ve missed out on a lot of wonderful books. 4) I thought I was busier than a one-legged man in an arse kicking contest–until I spoke with Sylvia Day. 5) I need time to allow my work to sit. Unfortunately that’s a luxury I don’t have.

Now it’s your turn. What have you learned since the beginning of the year? I know a lot of you have signed up for Jo’s Uber-challenge, but it doesn’t have to be about writing.

Sunday, January 15th, 2006
Outside the Genre

I’ve decided that I need to start reading more books outside of romance. This has been building in me for a while. I still love my favorite authors and occasionally grab new authors, but I think I’m ready for more.

I’m not into biographies or historical text. I’m looking for fiction. That said, I don’t really want women’s fiction, fantasy (unless it’s urban) or chicklit. (I know, I know, I’m picky and being incredibly biased.) I’m looking for a lot of action/adventure in the story. It can be scary (as long as I can sleep with the lights off at night) or funny. I don’t really care. Just don’t kill off the protag in the end. 😉 I want a good story.

This is where you all come in. *g* Can anyone recommend a good book that fits the above criteria? I’m desperate.

Friday, January 13th, 2006
I Hear Music

The title of this entry is from an old Kings X song that talks about hearing music in your head. I would’ve never understood what those lyrics meant, if I hadn’t experienced that same thing.

I’m not talking about hearing a song from the radio run through your head all day. I am talking about hearing actual music and lyrics that you compose. This used to happen to me all the time when I wrote songs. The music eventually faded, probably with my waning interest in singing and songwriting.

For the longest time its disappearance made me sad, then I realized that I HEAR dialogue in much the same way that I used to hear music. It repeats over and over in my head until I expand it and write it down.

People have asked me where I get my ideas. I never know how to answer that question without sounding like a loon, so I say from the ether. It’s a much better answer than ‘the voices in my head’. *ggg*

This got me thinking about various story ideas that I’ve come up with. Atlantean’s Quest came about because of my obsession with the actor, Miles O’Keefe who played Tarzan (scroll down to the bottom of the page on the link to see him) in Bo Derek’s classic *g* Tarzan The Ape Man. (Yes, I watch quality movies.) Anyhoo, I watched that a few times and remember thinking, what if you were in a jungle and someone like that came out of the trees and swept you up? (Okay, it was wishful thinking on my part.;) Combine that with the myths that surround Atlantis and the Atlantean’s Quest series was born.

Tears of Amun (my Egyptian time-travel) came after I watched the Mummy (newer version) for the fifth time. I kept wondering what would’ve happened if the Mummy had found love instead of losing it.

Gothic Passions was my attempt at writing a historical. I’d started out reading them in my early teens and tried to write my first one when I was 15/16 years old. (My ode to pirates. *ggg*) Anyway, since they’d (historicals) been my first encounter with romances and my first love of the genre, penning one seemed an obvious choice. I did it simply to see if I could. Why a vampire showed up in the book is beyond me, since that hadn’t been my intention at all. Some books are just like it.

Revenge of the Sky Goddess came about as a form of therapy. *g* The Phantom Warriors were created after I obsessed about a particular dinosaur in the Lost World book. It could become virtually invisible like a chameleon. I thought, what if there was a race of beings like that, except they were capable of not only becoming invisible, but walking through solid objects? (Hence the Phantom aspect.) They’d be virtually impossible to defeat in a fight. On top of that, I made them some of them shape-shifters as a nod to the dinosaur who triggered the idea. 🙂

I’ve shown you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours. 😉 Where have some of your wildest story ideas come from?

Thursday, January 12th, 2006
Why Doesn’t Anyone Read?

Dh and I went to Pier 1 last night to pick up a coffee table and side table. They were out of the side tables, except for the floor model (which we bought, since it wasn’t scratched). We were told that they had the coffee table in the back boxed up. So we waited for the girl to bring it out to us. I didn’t think to look at the box because I ASSUMED (and you know what that means) that she’d READ the box to make sure she grabbed the correct product. Silly me. We got home to find that what she’d grabbed was a console table. Teensy weensy difference…like twelve inches taller. We were just as guilty of not reading as she was.

This brings me to the question of this entry. Why doesn’t anyone read? I first became aware of this phenomena when I worked for the airline. No one ever read the gate signs or the signs on the overhead bins or their tickets, etc. Now I’m not saying tickets are easy to read. They vary greatly from airline to airline. You may have to search a moment to find the info you’re looking for, but it’s there.

The funny thing about this whole discussion is that I find it amusing that I’m actually shocked that paperback sales are dropping. Why am I shocked, when no one will read a sign or the outside of a box?

Sylvia mentioned that today is critique partner appreciation day. I must say that I’m beyond grateful to have Sylvia Day and Julia Templeton around to help me through this mire of publishing. I couldn’t do it without you ladies. Thank you for your attention to detail and most of all for your friendship!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
Water Off

Our water has been off all day. Something about a broken pipe. It’s now back on, so I’m off to have the shower I’ve been waiting for…since I left the gym at 11:30 this morning and to remove the stones from my toilet tank. Don’t ask. And how was your day? *ggg*