Archive for May, 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011
Phoenix Comicon Impressions

First off, let me say that I will be giving a more in depth write up for Phoenix Comicon. As you might imagine, I am knackered. This was my first Comicon and I really hope it won’t be my last. It was a BLAST. I ended up speaking on nine (yes, you read that right, I said 9.) different panels over a three day period. My panels were: Fairy Tales of the 21st Century, Mixing Paranormal With Other Genres, Being a Newbie Writer (not sure how I got on that one), Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Big Idea (Thank you, John Scalzi), Urban Fantasy Authors Go To Town, Getting the Word Out, The Future’s So Bright, and Advice for Beginning Writers. Whew!

I will touch on some of these talks and tell you about the cool people I met over the next few days. The most important thing you need to know is that I was standing five feet away from Leonard Nimoy and not much further from Stan Lee, breathing the same air. Woo HOO!

In all seriousness, the thing I enjoyed most about Comicon was the sense of community. I’ve never seen anything like it. EVER. They welcomed everyone. And I mean EVERYONE. It was truly wonderful to see. These so called misfits could teach the world a thing or two about inclusion.

As a reminder, the Brenda Novak auction ends tomorrow. You only have one more day to bid on a massacre of your manuscript critique from me. (evil grin) Get those bids in now and prepare to bleed prepare to be enlightened. *ggg

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Off To Phoenix ComiCon

Hope everyone has great weekend. I’m off to ComiCon. I’ll probably Tweet all the action. Catch you when I get back.

Also as a reminder, there are are only 5 days left on the Brenda Novak auction. So if you want me to rip your manuscript to shreds critique you, bid now. 🙂

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Tag You’re It

I’ve been tagged by Sherri Meyer.

1) Do you think you’re hot?

I had my moments in the past, but not anymore.

2) Upload a picture or wall paper you are using at the moment.

3) When was the last time you ate chicken meat?

Probably recently, but for some reason I can only remember the turkey sandwich I had the other day.

4) The Song(s) you listened to recently?

Basket Case by Green Day

5) What were you thinking as you were doing this?

That it’s sad that I have to give it this much thought to come up with the answers. I guess that’s what happens when I have writer’s brain happening and I’m getting ready for a conference.

6) Do you have a nickname?

Not for a lot of years.

I’m tagging everyone who is reading this meme. 🙂

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Manic Stage of Development

I have finally started working on the new book. It is at the manic stage of development. I’m still researching a few things, but the plot of the book is together. Yesterday I wrote out several scenes that need to be in the book and realized there are a few things missing. Fortunately, I don’t think figuring out what they are will be a problem. Like I said, I now know my plot. And for the first time EVER, I also know how the series will end. I’ve never been one of those writers who knows a lot about upcoming stories. This is the first time where the final book in a series fell into place. I still have to figure out what would happen in the other books. There would be a total of six if all goes well. Right now I only know what’s supposed to happen in the first and sixth book. I’m sure the rest will come to me, since I have a pretty good idea who the next heroine will be.

I did realize that my ambitious writing schedule for the rest of the year is a little too ambitious. There’s no way I’ll be able to get all the books finished that I wanted to write this year. That said, it still looks like I’ll get a few done, which will make this a fairly successful writing year over all. I don’t expect this book to take three months to write, but that’s what I’ve penciled in just to give myself wiggle room. Once I finish it, I’m going to start on the next project, which will probably be a follow up to my Blood Lite 2 ghoul story. I have some ideas for what will happen in that book and I have an opening, so I’m hoping more will come to me once (or while) I’m writing the UF romance. If not, I’ll write a few of the shorter pieces I have planned, which includes a Dead World spin off, a Phantom Warrior novella, and the final book in the Lords of the Night series. I also have 2 middle grade books I’d like to write and one YA. I’m going to try to balance editing with writing the rest of the year. Thus far I’ve done a piss poor job of it. I tend to dive into editing, spending months at a time going through book after book. That’s great for getting a bunch of stuff done. Not so great for the creativity. In fact, it’s kind of like stomping on it.

What does this all mean? It means I’ll probably not blog as often because the book needs all the words I can give it. I will stop by from time to time to publish a post. I’ve been wanting to do a series of entries about developing characters. The hero that I’m writing is the inspiration behind the entries because he’s loyal like the people in Ukrainian mob towns, kills with the proficiency of a trained sniper, and believes that every one of his actions are justified. He’s also crazy about animals. As soon as I get the entry written up, I’ll post it. But for now, I desperately need coffee.

Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Movies I’ve Seen Lately

In the past couple of days, I have seen THE BRIDESMAIDS and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:ON STRANGE TIDES. The only reason I went to see THE BRIDESMAIDS was because of the buzz I kept hearing online. For once I’m glad that I listened. Bridesmaids was a delightful, funny, gross, funny, cringe-worthy, funny, well-written movie. In parts, it reminded me of the Bachelor Party. There are a lot of sight gags that had men and women belly laughing. For as much as the movie comes off as a chick flick in the previews, it really is so much more than that. The dialogue is fantastic. You have to listen closely because there’s so much funny stuff being said. Like the Bachelor Party movie, there are things in The Bridesmaids that really will have you cringing. If it’s possible for a secondary character to steal the show, then Melissa McCarthy from Mike & Molly and the Gilmore Girls does so. Her comedy in this movie is pure genius. When I found out her real life husband plays one of the characters, it made a couple of the scenes in the movie even more funny. It has strong language and there were certainly some questionable scenes in the movie, but even so, I would highly recommend this film for both men and women.

Now onto PIRATES…I know this movie was made to make up for the last Pirate’s film. It does a bit, but seemed to spend more time ripping itself off than anything else. It was like someone decided there were certain scenes from the Pirates’ movies that needs to be in every film and so that’s what they did, which would’ve been fine if they’d have run with the interesting story premise. As you can tell from the previews, the film revolves around the hunt for the fountain of youth. There are three groups searching for it: The Pirates, The English, and the Spaniards. Each have their own motivations for making the journey. On the trip, they encounter mermaids and for Jack, Blackbeard, who was perfectly cast, but didn’t get a chance to really shine. This PIRATE’S film isn’t a bad movie per se. Like THOR, it had all the elements it should have, but the heart was missing. If you’re a PIRATE’s fan, I’d still recommend seeing it…but it does make me long for the first film.

Next weekend I’ll be traveling to PHOENIX COMICON. I’m scheduled to participate on several panels. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. Personally, I’m hoping to meet Leonard Nimoy and Stan Lee though there are several others that would be pretty cool.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
New Release–Tears of Amun

I hadn’t planned on putting this book up until next month, but it was short enough to get through the edits quickly, so Ta Da! If you own a Nook, give it a couple of days. I have to re-upload the book because of one tiny &$%# word that shouldn’t have been there in the first place. (Got to love it when a manuscript thinks it should track changes when ‘Track Changes’ is turned off.) Below you’ll see the new cover for TEARS OF AMUN. Hope you like it. 🙂

Saturday, May 14th, 2011
What Does It Mean To Be Ready?

If you talk to successful authors, you’ll find a lot of commonality when it comes to preparation. Not how they prepare–because every author has their own way of doing things. I’m talking about what they prepare. Successful authors tend to have multiple projects ready to go out for submission at all times. We’re talking a minimum of two partials, most of the time three or four. It’s called being prepared since you never know what an agent or an editor is going to like. I have a difficult time working that way. I find it simple enough to put together partials, since it only requires writing a synopsis and a few chapters, but rather difficult switching between projects or trying to pick up old projects. By the time I get back to things I’ve lost the spark that created the idea in the first place. I think that’s why I’ve been focusing on finishing books this year. I’m tired of having partials lining my desk drawers. And yes, I have a LOT of them. Some have been shopped (they were sent to one place and were never sent anywhere else or they were sent to the wrong editors), many have not been. That leaves a lot of mental clutter. I call it mental clutter because they are still viable ideas that could be developed (some I really, really like), but I have no idea when I’ll get around to writing the books…or if I will. Because these projects aren’t in a distinctive category, they tend to linger in the back of my mind. Hence the mental clutter. When there’s too much mental clutter there’s not a lot of room for new ideas.

So is it possible to be ready/prepared and have less mental clutter? I’m sure, but I’ve yet to figure out a way to do it beyond finishing the books. They may still take up space in my brain, but at least it’s a designated space and not a scattered mess. Of course these days a lot of publishers are demanding that the book be finished before they’ll even buy it, but that depends on your writing track record. For someone like me, I have no doubt I’d have to finish the whole book if I wanted to sell something to New York.

If you’re a writer, how many partials do you think an author should have ready to go at any given time? If you have multiple partials, how do you maintain your enthusiasm for a project if significant time has passed since you wrote it?