Archive for February, 2009

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Thanking Charli

Charlene Teglia pointed me to a wonderful, wonderful article written by Barbara Samuel. She said things I REALLY needed to hear. A few of the standout points for me are: ‘Write things that are not for public consumption’ and ‘Remember, too, that you are creating a whole body of work, and not even you know what is good work or your best work until you get to the end of the road’.

I don’t tend to write things (outside of an occasional journal entry) that aren’t for public consumption. I think that’s where I’ve made the biggest mistake. My rebel has been ignored. *g* No wonder the bunny is so angry. 🙄 Seems so obvious now. I also don’t look at my books as a ‘body of work’. I take them individually and try to determine if they are a success or a failure. Time to widen the lens a bit.

What have you been doing that might not be in your best interest?

Monday, February 9th, 2009
Push and Coraline

We made this weekend a movie weekend. We went to see Coraline and Push back to back. Coraline was playing earlier, so we chose it first. The movie had a very Nightmare Before Christmas feel to it. Solid story (as you might imagine) and beautiful visuals. The version we saw wasn’t 3D–thank goodness. Those tend to give me headaches. The story is about her girl whose parents are writers. *g* In fact the father reminded me a little of Neil Gaiman, if he had exaggerated features. Anyway, she moves to a spooky house that has been subdivided into multiple units, leaving her friends behind. Every neighbor she meets is ‘quirky’. Her parents are super busy with their upcoming gardening book, so they don’t have a lot of time to entertain Coraline. She’s lured into this alternate world where she has another set of parents. These parents have button eyes and dote upon her. At first it’s all sunshine and rainbows, then she gets a glimpse behind the curtain. From there the adventure/nightmare begins.

It’s a really good flick. Like I said, solid story telling and wonderful visuals. I imagine it might be a tad scary for some kids. I probably wouldn’t take little ones to see it because of the ‘dark fairy tale’ elements sprinkled throughout. Highly recommend seeing it.

We saw Push later in the afternoon. Dh was a little disappointed with the ending. I suppose it could’ve been stronger, but I thought it was a really fun film. The film is about two misfits who are out to change their intertwined destiny and save the people they care about. The twist (not a hidden one) is the future is always changing, so they have to try to stay a step ahead in order to survive. I love how they handled the supernatural aspects. (They were commonplace.) I also liked how our hero and heroine weren’t exactly at the top of their game. Both were a nice change. There are a plethora of background shots of Hong Kong, which made for an interesting setting. Tons of action. I would’ve liked the hero to have a bit more stake in things from the beginning, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Dakota Fanning was terrific–as always. I’m really surprised it didn’t do better over the weekend. I will be buying it when it comes out on DVD. All in all, it was a two thumbs up for me. 😀

I’m still working on the vampire novella. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to write a straight story, but it is. I will get it done on time. Waiting to see what if anything is going to happen on the publishing front. I’m hoping to be able to attend the Romantic Times Convention, but I have to wait and see. I know a lot of people who are in a holding pattern with their jobs. Hopefully we’ll all know more within the next month.

Friday, February 6th, 2009
Having Something Else

Just realized that Monsters vs Aliens doesn’t come out until next month. I got it and Coraline’s release date mixed up. I’m looking forward to seeing it, too. Going to be a movie weekend.

Anyhoo, onto the post. Given the current climate in publishing, it’s easy to get discouraged. Long wait times have basically doubled tripled. You have to be prepared to stick it out. Lots of ‘helpful’ companies are popping up. You know the kind. Give us some of your money and we’ll help develop/push/edit/etc. your book. I’m not sure where they expect writers to get the money if they aren’t selling, but I suppose they don’t really care.

I think the most important thing a writer can have these days is something else to concentrate on. I had my cooking classes for a while. Still miss them, but I’m on a diet and really can’t afford three more months of wonderful food. That means I have to find something else. I’m just not sure what that something else is at present. I’ve never been the type of person to have hobbies. I’m not what you’d describe as ‘craft’ oriented. I equate things like that to a form of punishment. I do work out several times a week thanks to my Wii Fit and Wii Sport, but I wouldn’t call it a hobby.

Why am I bringing this subject up? Because I think it’s important–now more than ever–that writers have other things to concentrate on. (Note: I’m not saying to do as a career.) If you’re a writer, you should continue to write the stories you want to tell. At the same time, find something you like to do. Something that will take you away from the computer and the constant industry updates. They don’t do anyone any good and certainly won’t entertain your muse.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Can’t Afford A Conference–Brush Up Online

Before anyone asks, no, I’m not affiliated with this bootcamp course. I just thought it was an affordable way to brush up on your writing skills if you are so inclined. I’m a firm believer in taking writing classes outside of college. You always pick up a thing or two that helps. So if you’re interested check out Bootcamp for Novelists.

Anyone else looking forward to Push and Monsters vs Aliens? 🙂

And finally, I’ll leave you with this fabulous quote from Stephen King. He so makes me laugh.

“Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that [Harry Potter author] Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and [Twilight author] Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”

– Stephen King tells USA Today

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Embracing My Angry Bunny

You’ll find me at Romancing the Blog. 🙂