Archive for September, 2007

Thursday, September 27th, 2007
Really Disturbed

I was blog hopping this morning. I know, I shouldn’t be doing that anymore. (And this is one more reason why.) It’s such a hard habit to kick. Sigh. Anyway, I was reading Gennita Low’s entry and the comments that followed. One in particular I found very disturbing. I’ll give you a couple tries to figure out which one. What I’m curious about is how many readers/reviewers out there feel this way? Is that how reviewing a book goes these days? I sure hope not. I find the hostility in that comment frightening. I’m not sure where that anger comes from. Seriously, if anyone knows, please drop me a comment. I know authors aren’t supposed to say anything about bad reviews, but what about when it obviously crosses the line? Does that make any difference? I’m actually really saddened by that comment for a lot of reasons. It’s not just the hate and the name calling. It seems like something much deeper is at work than simple hostility.

More on the subject here. Apparently, that full moon is affecting a lot of people.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
Almost Home

We’re one step closer to being homeowners. A few more hoops to jump through and hopefully, we’ll be there. 🙂

I haven’t managed to start writing yet. I’ve spent the last few days compiling data/definitions/names/descriptions/locations/etc. into a big notebook so that I won’t have to look for the info on my computer. This is truly the most intensive pre-work I’ve ever done for a book. My head is spinning with all the information. Every time I think I’m finished, I find more. Ugh! I sure hope that once I start writing it goes fairly quickly. Now where is that damn muse? *g*

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
No one is home

You can find me visiting here.

Monday, September 24th, 2007
Finished-Now Fast Draft Begins

We went to see Resident Evil yesterday. I didn’t think it was as good as the other two. Normally they are kind of fun…in a not much story/big action kind of way. There was something off with this one’s pacing. Bless dh’s heart for sitting through it because I know it’s not his thing.

I also managed to finish charting the second Tor book. It’s currently sitting at 23 chapters, but that will probably change. My guess is it’ll go higher, since I know there are a couple of things that I forgot to put in there. *g* Tomorrow I plan to start Fast Draft, so I will probably be a little scarce on the blog front. The rule during Fast Draft is I only get to blog if I get my chapters finished. (wg) Wish me luck!

For those of you out there who are TV fans, the fall schedule started last night. All this week, the new/old show debut. Should be fun…even though they’ve postponed one of the vampire shows until Jan. 08. New Amsterdam won’t air until then. Grrr… What shows are you looking forward to seeing?

Friday, September 21st, 2007
Ready For the Weekend

It’s been a LONG week. I am so ready for the weekend. I’ve been re-charting my book, using PBW’s outlining technique. I should finish today. I have to go back in a re-adjust a chapter because I realized something was missing. It shouldn’t take too long.

Still no news on the house. It’s really up in the air. It could go either way. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us.

There are a ‘couple’ of books that I’m really looking forward to in the next week or so. I can’t wait to get my hands on 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill et al, No Rest for the Witches by Chey McCray and Christine Warren et al, An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris, and Servant: The Awakening by L.L. Foster (ie Lori Foster). What books are you looking forward to next month?

Thursday, September 20th, 2007
Next Thing To Work On

Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while know that a couple of years ago I struggled with understanding plots. I’ve since figured out how to plot, even if I can’t describe the steps taken. Now I find myself tackling a new issue. That issue is world-building. My dh said that much of my problem comes from not truly understanding what these terms mean (ie plot/world-building/etc.). And I think he’s probably right.

I’ve read a ton of articles about world-building. Each one was good in its own right, but rarely did I understand what the authors meant. Dh started me on the road to understanding by using Harry Potter as an example. He said that things that make a world special are the normal items (going to school) mixed in with the unusual (Hogwarts). (ie flavored beans, owl mail delivery, chocolate for healing, real-time maps) I get that. It makes sense to me.

Anna Genoese took that lesson a step further. She told me during edits that I needed to get all the things I was seeing in my head out onto the paper. It wasn’t until she said that, that I realized that was what I’d been doing. Perhaps I’d been world-building all along and didn’t know it because most of it was in my head filling in the gaps that were on the pages.

Like plotting, I still struggle with world-building. I do think I’m getting better at building worlds. Goodness knows my plots are getting downright complicated. I figure it’ll probably take me a few more months to get a real hang of world-building.

Have you ever read anything on world-building that gave you an Aha moment? (I’ve read all of Holly Lisle’s articles and the links on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America site. I have also read Stephen Gillett’s World-building book and Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy.) If you’ve mastered world-building, what are you currently working on?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Today is my anniversary. Dh and I have been married for nine years. I can’t believe it. Seems like just yesterday that we were bright-eyed students doing a little harmless flirting. *g*

It’s been a rather hellish day so far, but I’m not going to let the publishing biz get me down this evening. I’ll catch you all tomorrow.

Til then, here is something for your viewing pleasure from Rachel Vincent’s blog: Funny!