Archive for August, 2007

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
Strange Days

It’s been an interesting few days. I’ll be back with you all tomorrow after I’ve digested all the information.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
Reading Books in a Series

First I’d like to take a minute to wish Julia Templeton a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Julie is one of my dearest friends. She keeps me sane in this crazy, crazy business. Happy Birthday, J! May you have many, many more. L, J

I was looking at my bookshelf the other day. Yes, I know that’s a scary prospect, considering the size of my TBR pile. I didn’t realize how many series books I had. Gulp. And even worse, I didn’t realize how many series books I haven’t started to read. Part of me wonders if I’ll ever end up reading them.

I have a confession to make. I’m fairly good at reading a series, if I manage to read the books when they first come out. If I don’t get to them right away, then I tend to fall WAY behind and get overwhelmed by the thought of starting a new series. How will I ever catch up? That’s not to say that I won’t ever read an author’s series, but it lessens the likelihood. Does anyone else feel this way? Sadly, that reasoning never stops me from buying the books.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
Contemplating College

So yesterday I’m sitting at the kitchen table, contemplating going back to college. I do this occasionally, when the fact that I didn’t finish my degree starts bugging me or I’m convinced I am a writing hack and it’s only a matter of time before the reading public catches on. Yesterday, I was lucky, it was a bit of both. *wg*

On the table, I had notebooks spread out in front of me. The pages had everything on them from book idea scribbles to the redesign of my website. I was tapping a pen on my palm, trying to decide what my major would be in college, when the entire second Tor book fell out of my head and onto the page. Mind you, up until this point, I only had bits and pieces of the story. I wasn’t sure exactly what was going to happen. All I can figure is that I scared the living crap out of my muse with the threat of returning to school. LMAO! That’s a new approach to writing that I hadn’t tried before. Snort!

The real odd thing about this event is that the more I wrote, the more frightened/overwhelmed I became. There are so MANY plot threads running through this second book. I have no idea how I’m going to keep them all straight, even with writing them down. Plot-wise this is the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on. I admit I’m scared. Can I pull this off? Will readers enjoy a book this plot heavy, when the focus isn’t on building the romance? I don’t know, but I have to write the book the way that I see it. I’m just praying it doesn’t turn out to be 500 pages long.

Today, I’m going to expand each point that I wrote into one paragraph each. I hope that by the time I finish I’ll have a better idea of the layout of the book. Currently, it’s only missing a few minor pieces and needs a couple of clarifications. I plan to get that finished, then start writing on Monday. I’m going to use the Fast Draft method so that I can get the first draft of the book down by the end of October/beginning of November. That way I can leave it sit for a month and a half before I begin edits. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.

Monday, August 20th, 2007
Eddie Izzard’s Show

We went to see Eddie Izzard last night. He’d flown in from Berlin Saturday afternoon to do that evening’s performance. (He’s in that Nazi movie with Tom Cruise. He plays a German General, but not a Nazi. I didn’t know that you had choice of whether to be a Nazi or not back then, but apparently you did.) Anyway, he was a little jetlagged from the flight the night before. No surprise there. But it in no way affected his performance. He didn’t come out in his usual makeup and fancy dress. Instead, he looked comfortable in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with a jacket over the top.

‘Work in Progress’ was by far the funniest show Eddie has delivered since Dressed to Kill. I laughed so hard that my throat hurt afterwards. Eddie delivered his usual frantic take on a lot of different topics, which ranged from religion to giraffes communicating. The latter was one of the funniest bits in the show. Picture Eddie playing the part of two different giraffes. One is trying to tell the other that a tiger is approaching. Charades were involved. I know it doesn’t sound funny from my description, but the facial expressions made the skit. I’m laughing just thinking about it. He also pretended to be a pole dancing stripper. Just take my word for it, it was hilarious. I cannot wait for this to be released on DVD.

The thing that I love the most about Eddie Izzard is that whether you agree or disagree with his clever observations, he ALWAYS makes you think. It’s comedy at its best.

Sunday, August 19th, 2007
Mixed Bag

Yesterday dh and I went to see Superbad. It had its funny moments for sure, but it’s definitely geared for guys. Lots of penis and vomit jokes. The three ladies who were sitting behind us walked out of the movie within the first ten minutes. :-O

Dh returns from an unexpected business trip today. We’re hoping he gets back in time, since Eddie Izzard rescheduled his show for tonight. It’ll be close. My neighbor has agreed to go in his stead, if he doesn’t make it.

I’m using PBW’s Novel Notebook to plot out the second Tor book. She’s done an amazing job. It’s very helpful. I’ve also bought two notebooks specifically for the next two Tor books. I’m hoping that keeps me better organized. I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉

Friday, August 17th, 2007
Passports and other fun things

I went out this morning to get my passport renewed. I packed a jacket, a book, a notepad, water and a Zone bar. Yes, I planned to be there for a while. I found the courthouse and walked in. There was no line, but the girl sent me home because she said that it was cheaper for me to fill it out and mail it in on my own. Guess I know what I’ll be doing later today. *ggg*

So what kind of fun are you guys having?

Thursday, August 16th, 2007
Transition Time Again

It must be transition time again in the business. A lot of authors are switching representation or changing direction with their writing. I haven’t been in the business long enough to have the ebb and flow of things down yet. I’m still finding my way. I don’t think there are any perfect situations in this business. There are good ones, bad ones, and a lot of in between. The whole thing boils down to what an author is willing to put up with. This is when it’s really important to know what you want from your career and your professional relationships. Like I’ve said many times in the past, you have to be willing to leave a situation that isn’t working for you. I know it’s scary, but it tends to work out for the best in the end. Good luck to everyone who’s in the middle of a transition. 🙂