Archive for June, 2006

Friday, June 30th, 2006
Abrupt Endings and how to piss off this reader

I mentioned that I recently purchased an anthology that I was looking forward to reading. I’m going to preface this by saying that the comments that follow have absolutely NOTHING to do with any of the authors’ writing ability. They were all in fact very good writers. My problem stems from choices that were made.

Now I’ve heard readers talk about abrupt endings and snippets from books, when referring to some of Laurell K. Hamilton’s novellas, but I’d never encountered this problem until this anthology. I must say that by the second story I came very close to returning the book. I’m glad I didn’t because the next two stories I read were complete, even if they left a few threads dangling.

I don’t mind short novellas as long as the writer wraps the story up. They don’t even have to have the traditional HEA, although I’d appreciate it if they’d hint at it. That is not my problem here. My problem stems from reading a story and having it end so abruptly that I have to page ahead and back, trying to figure out if I’ve somehow missed something. Once I’ve figured out that I haven’t, then I attempt to hunt down the rest of the book, only to realize there isn’t anymore.

Now I’m all for teasing the reader with a sequel, but when a story ends so abruptly that you think chapters are missing, then there’s a problem. By the end of the second story, I was ready to throw my ebook reader across the room. I started thinking that maybe the whole anthology had been set up to tease readers about longer books, which is something I personally HATE. If you’re writing a novella, then write a novella. Don’t leave the reader hanging in confusion. If I hadn’t already read the one author and loved her work, I’d probably never pick up another book by her. As it is, I doubt I pick up another book from the second author who did the same thing in the anthology.

What peeves you off as a reader? And I’m not talking about too stupid to live heroines, that’s too easy. What Really makes you put a book down never to be picked up again?

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

I recently gave someone a copy of one of my books. This person proceeded to read it, and then tell my dh that she’d never be able to look him in the eye again. LOL! It got me thinking about reader perceptions, when it comes to writers. Now I’m not saying that I never was a wild child. I certainly had my moments in my college days and early twenties, but I can honestly say that I haven’t done a fraction of what I’ve written about. I also don’t tend to use ‘real’ people in my books. I have blended multiple people to create a character, but never one on one. I’m not sure why people would think when they’re reading a romance, or an erotic romance for that matter that the book is semi-autobiographical. Surely they don’t think that Stephen King is offing people. Well, maybe they do.

My guess is this has more to do with the subject matter. In this case, sex. If the book didn’t have a sexual undertone/or overtone, then I doubt anyone would question the author. My dh just laughs the whole thing off (eats it up;). After all, it makes him look…talented, which he is. (wg)

This leads me to something else. The fact that people feel the right to say almost anything to a romance author. I’m not talking about dissing their books or not liking their writing voice. I’m talking about personal things. I had one woman walk up to me at a signing and say she felt sorry for my dh, alluding to her belief that I ‘lived’ the way I wrote. I hated to break it to her, but I had to tell her my life is not that exciting. The fact she felt ‘safe’ saying something like that to me is what truly surprised me. This woman had NO idea what kind of temperament I have. I could’ve been like those road rage people and stood up and clocked her with a chair. Hmm…now there’s an idea. *g* Instead, she felt safe because I was one of “those” type of writers.

Someone should’ve probably told her that I was born under the sign of the snake. You all know what happens when you poke a snake with a stick, don’t you? It bites. (evil grin)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Friends & Reading

A friend called me today. She’d offered to take a look at Revenge of the Sky Goddess to see if she could help me with the edits. I’m always amazed when I hear suggestions from people who’ve never read the work before. She was spot on in her observations and her ideas are going to help immensely. I’ve already started plugging them into the manuscript. I’m nearing the section I’d intended to cut and rewrite. I think the edits will go much faster once I get there. (Rewriting is far easier than fixing.:)

I was in the mood to read something new on ebook, so I went to New Concepts Publishing and bought the Dark and Dangerous anthology. So far it’s good, even though I was a little disappointed that the first story ended so abruptly. It felt as if it were a ‘preview’ to a larger book. I’m hoping the others are a little smoother. I also bought two of Michelle Pillows’ Var warrior books. (I mentioned before that I was really enjoying that series.)

Tomorrow, I have to get to the store before the cleaners come, then it will be edits, edits, and more edits. Have I mentioned that Pirates starts in a week and a half? Not that I’m counting or anything 😉 Argh! (wg)

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
You can find me here

Put on your best Denis Leary accent and go read my entry here.

Monday, June 26th, 2006
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Okay, I know, I know, this movie is geared to the adolescent boy in all of us, but I have to admit, it was pretty fun. There isn’t much of a story (Troubled boy goes to live with father where he learns responsibility via the Japanese mafia. He also strangely understands quite a bit of Japanese, which is impressive considering his mud-deep southern accent.) beyond the thrill of fast cars, but the action is non-stop and keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you want an hour and a half of mind candy, this movie is for you. 😀

Saturday, June 24th, 2006
A Third of the Way and Counting

I’ve officially hit a third of the way in edits. It’s been slow going. Originally, I was reading over each change, but then I stopped and continued forward. I think today that I’ll go back and actually read through the chapters and make sure that the changes I’ve made make sense.

I’m a little concerned about the growing length of the manuscript. I am one of those people who add in…even when I make severe cuts. So far I’ve added 18 pages to the book. :-O
And that’s in the first third of edits. Gulp. It’s a good thing I plan to cut a couple of chapters later or I’d be looking at a ST in no time.

Friday, June 23rd, 2006
A Month of Changes

I don’t know about you all, but June has been turbulent thus far. Between the edits and career changes happening behind the scenes, it’s been all I could do just to hold on. It hasn’t been bad per se, simply unsettling. (Yes, I’m one of those people who have a love/hate relationship with change.)*g*

I found out yesterday that the place I live has been sold to a new owner. It happened suddenly. Even the employees were left scrambling. Not sure what, if anything that’s going to mean for dh and I. I refuse to acknowledge all the horoscopes that keep telling me I’m going to have to move. Don’t they understand that I have edits to do and a book to finish writing? Obviously not.

The strange thing is with the exception of the edits getting temporarily lost, I seem to be very ‘Que Sera, Sera’ about the whole career thing. I don’t know if that’s because I feel like the work I’ve recently sent out is some of my best to date (so if no one likes it, then there’s really not jack I can do about it) or if I’ve finally found my niche.

As many of you who visit my blog regularly know, I’ve been trying to find my writing niche/genre. It’s taken me a lot of false starts, but I have finally found my comfort zone in paranormal suspense and urban fantasy. I cannot believe how much fun I have writing these types of books. They’ve reminded me why I became a writer in the first place. I can’t wait to get back to the urban fantasy that I put on hold in order to do the edits. It’s my first ‘1st person POV’ book and I’m truly enjoying it. Before my readers read this and panic, I have no intention of completely abandoning third person POV. This book just happened to lend itself to first. (I tried writing it in third, but it changed the tone of the book too much.)

I feel like I’m starting my career over again. Instead of the prospect being daunting, I am kind of excited. So I suppose after further consideration the changes taking place this month are a good thing after all. 🙂