Archive for November, 2008

Sunday, November 16th, 2008
Galaxy Express

I’m playing at The Galaxy Express today. Come join us. 🙂

Saturday, November 15th, 2008
Copyedits Are My Friend

I finished the third chapter of my UF last night. It was a HUGE relief. I’m waiting to hear back from some folks, who are kind enough to read it. They were given orders to shred me. *g* Bring on the pain.

Today, since dh and I live such exciting lives, we are going into his work for the day. He will spend it catching up. I will begin my copyedits. They are due on the 25th so I need to get started. If I can make a good dent in them, I’ll be SUPER happy. Scarlet is such a different book compared to Red. It’s truly a transitional piece in the story before the big finale. It’s not as scary as Red, but is packed with a lot of emotional upheaval.

If I owe you a book, *coughGretacough*, I will be sending it out this coming week. I’m sorry I didn’t get it out this week, but the dentist appointments threw off my plans.

Friday, November 14th, 2008
Unpublished vs Pre-published and Writing Backwards

There’s a big conversation taking place on one of my loops about how unpublished authors should refer to themselves. I started seriously writing in 2002 and sold my first book later that year. I know this is unusual. It normally takes years and years and many, many manuscripts to get published. I was lucky in more ways than one. I decided to go the ebook route instead of the N.Y. route and erotic romance was just starting to take off online. Like I said, lucky. But that’s not what this entry is about. This entry is about how I referred to myself before I sold. I know these days it’s common for unpublished writers to refer to themselves as pre-published. It’s a positive mental affirmation that you will someday sell a book. I understand. The problem is within the industry the term pre-published means that you’ve signed a book deal, but your book hasn’t been published yet. So when you say things like that to an agent or an editor, it confuses them. In some cases, it makes them angry. I know of one editor who will correct anyone who calls themselves pre-published. She also keeps track of their names in case they submit anything to her. Yeah, she takes that term pretty seriously.

I always referred to myself as unpublished because that’s what I was. There’s nothing shameful in being unpublished. All of us start that way. I heard the term pre-published for the first time after I’d been writing for a couple of years. I didn’t think anything of it, until I heard the reactions from some editors and agents. 😯 So here are my questions, if you’re published, what did you call yourself before you sold? If you’re unpublished, how do you refer to yourself? If it’s pre-published, have you ran into any negative feedback?

Today, I’m writing my third chapter backwards. I’m starting from the end and working my way toward the beginning of the chapter. Sometimes I have to do this if I’m fighting a chapter. I know how this one ends and I know what needs to take place, but I’m not sure the order of events. Whatever works, I guess. *g*

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Well I knew my dentist no pain streak would end sooner or later. Unfortunately, that day was today. Double bummer is I have to go back in tomorrow for the root canal. Thank goodness it’s on the opposite side. Ouch!

Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to get much done today. (Three hours at the dentist will do that.) I hope I can swing something tomorrow. I can’t afford to lose two work days. Copyedits for Scarlet have come in and I’m trying to finish chapter three of my UF. I feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland screaming, “I’m late.”

Looking forward to seeing James Bond this weekend. Also managed to catch a haunting foreign vampire film called Let the Right One In. It’s such an odd, but watchable little film that it’s tough to describe. It’s basically a Young Adult movie that could never get made in the states due to some nudity and situations. It’s the story of a young boy who’s being bullied at school. His parents are separated and he’s a bit estranged from his father due to his father’s new relationship. A ‘young girl’ moves in next door and the bodies in the city start piling up. I should mention the boy has a morbid fascination with murder in general. I hear it’s being remade, but I doubt I’ll go see it. I know they won’t be able to do the original justice. If you don’t mind subtitles or if you speak Swedish, then check it out. Are there any movies you’re looking forward to in the future?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Not Here Today

You can find me playing HERE today.

Amended to add: You can also find me at John Scalzi’s Whatever today. Please pop in and say hello.

I’m just everywhere, which is wild since it ‘feels’ like I’m still here in my office. *g* 😉 Did manage to finish going through the first two chapters of my UF and the synopsis. Also started chapter three. Should have a rough draft of it done by the end of the day. At least that’s the plan. 😆

Monday, November 10th, 2008
Must Do’s Before The Dentist

I have two dentist appointments back to back this week. One of which is my second root canal. Yep, fun times. Before I go in on Wednesday for the first appointment, I’m trying to get my UF partial finished. Yes, it’s a race against time, but quite doable. So I probably won’t be around much today–at least until I’ve finished going over my first two chapters. Hope you all understand.

As an aside, has anyone out there purchased Red from Target or Walmart? Just curious. Thanks!

Tomorrow I’m being interviewed at Milady Insanity. Drop by and say hello.

Friday, November 7th, 2008
Online Friendships

I’ve been fortunate to make quite a few online friendships over the years. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of my online friends at conferences. Some I hope to meet in the very near future. What never ceases to amaze me is the loyalty these online friendships have shown me. They’ve defended me, when I never asked for their help. They’ve come through for me, when I have needed them. I’m truly humbled by their generosity and beyond grateful that they’ve come into my life. Thank you. 🙂

Today, I’m going to tidy up the kitchen and living room in preparation for a friend’s visit tomorrow. Do another French lesson and workout. I also plan to work on my UF partial. I’d like to have it ready to shop by no later than the end of this month. Wish me luck.

What is everyone up to? Any great reads? Good movies? Book deals? Time to spill.