Archive for October, 2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
Happy Halloween

Today is Halloween. My favorite holiday truth be told. There’s something incredibly energizing about this time of year. It almost ‘feels’ sacred.

Don’t have any big plans for tonight. Going to stay home and hand out candy. Exciting, eh? *g* The moon should be great for setting the mood this evening. It’s a little less than half full. Hopefully some clouds will drift over it and really lend to the ambiance. If you’re going out, be safe and remember those veils are thin. Bwaaaaa!!!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
30 Days of Night

Although I’ve seen the graphic novel for 30 Days of Night, I haven’t read it. I have read several other books by Steve Niles. Quite enjoy him actually. I did read the novel, but the movie was a bit different from that story. Contrary to some of the online complaints that I’d heard, I didn’t think that the casting was bad. I actually thought it worked. What didn’t work IMO was the story.

For those of you not familiar with 30 Days of Night, it’s a story about a small town in Alaska that goes dark for thirty days every winter. The town is Barrow. Nothing special about this town other than the darkness. Unfortunately, during the start of the 30 days, vampires arrive via a tanker ship. I’m not even sure vampires are mentioned until the end of the movie (if at all), which I found a little odd. Now I’m not saying in those circumstances that I would immediately jump to a supernatural conclusion, but I’m pretty sure after I saw a half dozen people getting drained that the word vampire would cross my mind. HELLO!

Then there was the part of the movie where the people were supposed to be hiding and they’re turning on flashlights. I did mention that it was dark, right? Nothing like a spotlight to tell the ‘whatevertheyare’ where you’re hiding. Grr… I’d like to say that the movie was cliched and had the women doing this, but it was the men who kept turning on the flashlights. Also, as a general rule, when someone tells you to run for your life, it’s kind of important that you…oh, I don’t know…RUN! Standing there thinking about it isn’t really part of the ‘survival’ equation.

The sad thing is I really thought they had a good set of characters. They could’ve done so much with them, but they didn’t. Instead it was an hour and forty-five minutes of watching vampires screaming like dinosaurs and leaping on people. Think Jurassic Park raptors with less personality. 🙁

Monday, October 29th, 2007
Went to the Bookstore Last Night

Yesterday dh and I picked up a LOAD of boxes for the move. Uhaul was nice enough to sell us everything that we could possibly need…and MORE. *ggg* After we left there, we went to the office supply store to pick up boxes with handles. They were actually cheaper at the office store than at Uhaul. (Have to have boxes for all of my books.;) Later that evening we found ourselves at the bookstore. I’d planned to pick up the new Ghost Hunting book by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, but it was sold out. 🙁 Those are the same guys who are on Ghost Hunters Wednesday nights. Yes, I was bummed. To ease my pain, I picked up Once Bitten Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin and Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge. I read the first page of Jennifer’s book and cracked up. Knew I had to have it. As for Younger Next Year, I’m a little ‘young’ for the age group the book is targeting, but it’s got some fantastic info in it for keeping your health as you grow older.

I also picked up a calendar. I do this every year, and every year I have a hard time deciding what to get. This year was no exception. I ended up with a Pema Chodron calendar. She is a Buddhist monk. I thought the combination of fabulous photos and thoughtful sayings worked. It was either that or the New York City Firemen calendar. *wg*. Give you two guesses which one dh thought was more appropriate for ‘our’ office. 😉 LOL!

I’m off to take more notes for my book and pack up the bathroom. Yes, it’s exciting. You can be jealous if you like. *ggg* Does anyone have cool Halloween plans? We aren’t doing anything this year. In the past, we have attended parties, but our social skills are dismal. That probably explains the lack of invitations this year. Snort.

Sunday, October 28th, 2007
Packages are off…I hope

I put all the books in the mail today, except Tempest’s book. Hers will go out this week. I hope that the post office sends them out. See, I might have accidentally put them in the box for packages 13 oz. max. It was an honest mistake. One I hope that the post office doesn’t hold against me, considering they are all in flat rate envelopes. What can I say? I got excited when I saw that big shiny silver box. :-O I guess I’ll find out soon enough…and so will the winners.

Friday, October 26th, 2007
Plan? What plan? There is no plan.

Well we received news that the house will close on December 5th. Yay! It’ll be a busy and beyond stressful time since we have a family visit planned in the midst of the chaos. Pray for me and send tranquillizers. *ggg*

I’ve discussed writing plans a few times on my blog. Mainly it was in the terms of me not having one. That really hasn’t changed. At least as far as having a ‘written’ plan goes. I do however have a much better idea of what I want out of my writing career and the direction I’d like to move in. I suppose I should thank the powers that be for that much of a clue. *wg*

I know a lot of authors who write down their five year plan. And I agree that it’s much easier to reach a goal if you have some idea what that goal is in the first place. That said, my writing and what I’d like to do with it has changed so much over the last couple of years that any plan I would’ve had is now obsolete.

Do I think you should throw out your writing plans, if you have them? No, I do think they help you focus your energies. I just know for me personally I’ve had to figure out where my writing was going before I could make any sort of realistic stab at a ‘plan’. And that’s only happened in the last couple of years.

Also, looking back at the way my writing career has unfolded, I wouldn’t have been able to plan for the majority of it. I started in the ebook world. (This I planned.) I won a contest, which led to my first N.Y. published book. (This I didn’t plan (beyond entering the contest).) I submitted another book for a contest and won. (Again, didn’t plan that.) I queried an editor that I knew and received a request for a full. (Hoped that would happen, but certainly didn’t plan it.) Are you seeing a pattern here? All the plans in the world wouldn’t have aided the majority of my journey. In fact, the way I figure it, the only thing/s I can plan is the type of books that I want to write. That’s it. Everything else appears to be a crapshoot.

Do you agree? Disagree? Have you laid out plans that have logically progressed and achieved the outcome you’d hoped for? Just curious. 🙂

Thursday, October 25th, 2007
What’s My Name Again?

I’ve been so busy that I feel like I’ve forgotten everything but my name. I’m sure it’s coming though. *g* I pulled out a bunch of paperwork from my files. Actually, I suppose that sounds random, when in fact I was gathering character ARC sheets and plot help pages. I actually don’t think my story has a plot problem, but at this point I’m willing to go over anything to get things moving again.

Marjorie Liu mentioned this link on her blog. I have to admit that until I read Jeff’s entry I’d never thought of a chapter in those terms. Yet, as I think about it, the concept is so simple and so very spot on. Doh!!! I’m going to try it and see what happens. While you’re at Marjorie’s blog check out her new and GORGEOUS artwork for her upcoming book.

Tonight dh and I are going to go to a concert. We are going to see Hilary Hahn. She’s a very young, extremely talented violinist. We have front row seats so it should be wonderful.

I am opening my blog up to publishing questions. We’ve covered agents recently. I thought I’d bring editors and publishers into the mix. If you have any questions about the publishing biz, then ask away and I’ll try to answer.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
And The Band Played On

Sorry I’ve been away. I really have been running around chasing my own tail for the last few days. So much to do. A bit overwhelmed by it all. I never realized how hard (emotionally challenging) it was going to be to go through old photo albums and try to sort the pictures out or to get rid of stuff that I’ve had since I was a kid. Man, it’s been downright painful at times and we haven’t even started to pack yet. I’m supposed to be writing a book right now. Key word ‘writing’. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Sigh. Today maintenance came in to fix my walls in a couple of places. Don’t ask. It’s truly not exciting.

I’m trying to come up with new titles for my next two Tor books so that they sound like a series. Have I mentioned that I generally suck at titles? Probably should have. *g*

I found myself getting in one of those ‘don’t have anything to read’ moods last night. The weirdest thing about this is that I’ve truly enjoyed the last few books that I’ve read. Normally this mood only happens when I pick up books and put them down after a few pages. So before the strange malaise could take over completely, I grabbed one of the new young adult novels that I’d recently purchased. I started reading Marked (thanks Amie) last night and must say that I’m really enjoying the book. It’s entertaining and well written. Not sure where the authors are taking the story at this point, but I’m definitely along for the ride.

What is everyone reading? Is there something that has recently blown your socks off? If so, share. 🙂