Archive for April, 2009

Friday, April 17th, 2009
Still Playing

I’ve managed to do some business along the way (ie set up ad for Romance Sells, joined Author’s Guild, and mailed off ARC), but mainly I’m playing (ie reading, cooking, working out, coloring, sculpting, etc.). Thinking about writing a few short stories. Never really did that before. Should be an interesting experience. Wish me luck. 🙂

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Frolicking At Magical Musings

I’m talking about incorporating travel into your writing at Magical Musings today. Come over and join the fun. 🙂

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Me Want Now

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll remember my posts on the Wii Fit. Yes, I’m still in love with that ‘game’ and the sports one that came with the Wii when we bought it. Well, there’s something new on the horizon. Something I cannot wait to get my hands on. It comes out next month, which seems like an eternity from where I sit. Sigh. What am I babbling on about. It’s THIS gem. Yep, this program has my name written all over it.

Monday, April 13th, 2009
Saw This And Had To Buy It

I saw this book, THE WRITE BRAIN WORKBOOK on PBW’s blog. I admit I was intrigued. Not because I’m suffering from writer’s blog (I’m not.) nor because I’m in need of a story idea (I have plenty, thanks.). I bought the book because it sounded and looked like fun. I thought it would be cool to play with it. And I was right. It is a fun, well-designed book.

For example, the author, Bonnie Neubauer gives you a prompt such as: His taste in women was…

You have to use the various condiments listed on the page to create a short, short story (or opening to a story).

I came up with this:

His taste in women was…as sophisticated as ketchup, as exotic as soy sauce, and as available as mustard. He picked up women with the same discernment that a soccer mom strolling through the condiment aisle in search of pickles and hot peppers shows at four o’clock on a Monday. He relished the chase and nothing more. That’s why most women rarely lasted longer than a jar of organic mayo placed on a Phoenix sidewalk in July.

It’s a short exercise, but a fun one. You can totally play with the ideas with no expectations. (Novel for me. *wg*) If you’re a writer or a reader who’s always wanted to ‘try’ writing, here’s your chance. Go out. Have fun. Play.

Friday, April 10th, 2009
Tuning In, Turning Off

Dh and I have been working on a way of unplugging more often. We want to take an information cleanse. We’re starting small because we know this won’t be easy. We’ve built up to a lot of hours. We’re hoping that it will lower stress and create well-being. (That’s sounds so New Agey, but it’s true.) I’m personally try to take a break from the biz of writing. Not easy to do when I have a book coming out in a couple of months. A lot is riding on the release of Scarlet. I feel like I’ve done all that I can do. The rest is up to the readers.

I have an urban fantasy making the rounds. Hopefully it’ll find a home. In the meantime, I think I’m going to give my brain time to recharge.

What does that mean? In all likelihood, it’ll mean less blogging for me. I’ll be guest blogging at various sites over the next couple of months, so it’s not like I’ll be gone completely, but I do need to spend more time away from this computer (and all the online groups). Hope you understand. Have a nice weekend. Watch out for the Easter Bunny. I hear he’s quite the trickster. 😉

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Nobody Told Me…

There are things they don’t tell you when you get into professional writing. You’re warned about how hard it is to get published, how hard it is to find an agent, and how hard it is to stay published. (The latter is far harder than the first two.) But they rarely (if ever) warn you that there may come a time when you have the opportunity to stay published, but have to turn it down. It’s one of the hardest decisions you as a writer will ever have to make. In fact, it’s so hard that most people will simply disregard their personal feelings and accept whatever is presented to them, even if it’s something they don’t want to write. Writers in general tend to be desperate. They want their work published at all costs. They’ll ignore distribution, pay, horrific clauses, etc. for that chance to end up on the shelves (and/or internet). Why do you think so many people self-publish?

I’ve seen exceptions over the years. Sarah McCarty comes to mind. She had the guts to turn down several book deals until she got terms she could live with, but she is rare in this industry. I suppose a lot depends on what your publishing experience has been (ie how long you’ve been writing, what has happened to you over the years, are you an author for hire or a muse writer, etc.). Every author has to decide where to draw that line in the sand.

What would make you turn down a publishing opportunity? Would you turn down a publishing opportunity, even if you knew in the long run it wouldn’t help your career?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Rough Few Days

I’ve had a lot of decisions to make over the last few days and they haven’t been easy ones. Sorry for the quiet, detached blogs, but I’ve needed to think. (Nothing life shattering.) This is such a strange and wacky business. I can’t figure out what’s changing faster, me or it. 😯 I think that’s one of the problems with entering this business while you’re still learning to write. You ‘think’ you know what you want to do, but as time goes on you realize what you thought you wanted really isn’t what you’re interested in exploring any longer. 🙄 Yeah, I’m there.

I finished editing my vampire novella for the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances 2. Thankfully the edits were light. Not a lot of changes needed just a few additions. Tomorrow I’ll get back to work on my Blaze. The second it’s out the door I’m jumping into the YA. I’m really looking forward to thinking with a ‘different’ part of my brain for a while.