Showing posts from March, 2007

Ah, the joys of editing

So yesterday was a productive day. I managed to get 80k of edits done on two different projects. I'm rather stoked about it all.

That's the good news. The bad news is that only 50k of it was on Asphodel; that means 66.66% left to go. *sigh*

It could be worse. Fortunately, almost all of my edits were technical nit picks instead of plot snags. Trust me: plot snags are MUCH worse. It's still not that encouraging to discover that you have a *that* and *was* problem in addition to the *adverbs* *dialogue tags* and *superfluous comma* problems. As if I NEEDED more technical problems.

I did receive compliments on handling POV and passive voice, however. I guess I finally fixed those issues. My English professors would be SO proud.

Some of you may have noticed my new graphic. *smirk, smirk* You can now find Elf Killing and Other Hobbies listed on Authors' Blogs, which is easily found at Apparently there are a lot of other writers out there …

Sorry I've been AWOL...

...but I spent the weekend at the NCAA tournament in Columbus. Oh, the joy! Allow me to say that I consumed copious amounts of beer, saw lots of great and a few mediocre basketball games, watched my team win and go to the Sweet Sixteen (YAY! GO VOLS!) and got absolutely nothing else accomplished. I was able to justify this to myself by thinking that the tickets for the aforesaid games were my anniversary present for my husband (our anniversary is tomorrow) but then was forced to admit that in actuality, I was too lazy to get any work done.

So, let the work begin.

I'm currently brainstorming my way through a new project. I've kind of decided that the Requiem vampire story will not be erotica (go figure) so now I have to come up with something else. Hmmmm.....what shall I write about? Something that will sell hopefully. As soon as I figure out what that is I'll let you know.

The new Pirate of the Caribbean trailer came out today. YOWSA! If the trailer is any indicatio…

And Two Power Cords Later....

The laptop is working again. Thank GOD. I've been going through withdrawal.

Isn't that funny? A couple of weeks ago I was complaining about all the work I had to do and I lose my ability to write for a few days and my body develops DTs. Totally unfair. Does that mean writing is an addiction?

What a thought. I guess in this house, at least, it is.

At any rate, when I wasn't working at my *real* job, I was reading. I re-read the entire Harry Potter series over the course of the last few days and remembered exactly how much I enjoyed it. Just for kicks, I've started Eddings over as well. *grin* I thought I could torture you all with more Eddings character references.

But for now, the plan is to WRITE---well, and edit too. Can't get away from that. I wish I could, but alas! No such luck. I'm hoping to kick out the vampire novella by the end of the week and then, perhaps, dig into my newest project. Yep, TBA. No one gets more of a clue until I am caught u…

Discovering Your Voice

So I've been thinking....

I know. Never a good start.

Character is starting to fascinate me once again. I was looking through some of my favorite books today and wondering why it is that I'm so caught up in them that I will reread them for years. For example, I was looking at David Eddings. Yeah, I know--all of you purists will boo. But this is how I look at him.

First off, he has a masterful way of developing a character. His earliest works, specifically The Belgariad series, was wonderful. I was a young teenaged reader, coming into 'adult' fantasy from the breeding grounds of C.S. Lewis and Alexander. The first Eddings book I bought? "Queen of Sorcery." Why? The cover and the fact that I thought it was about a female protagonist. Back in those days, there was very little fantasy written for or from the viewpoint of a woman. The book hooked me. The characters were instantly credible, breathing and walking on the pages while I read. What makes that…

Behold the power of Duct Tape!


I taped the power cord into the laptop tightly and got it running. I'm going to start my short story on the Yagremlins now -- the deadline is midnight. It is now 12:15. I have a three thousand word limit.!

...and Oh! The Irony!

The day has gone black. Someone has REMOVED the word programs from the family computer.

When the brat gets home from school, I may just kill her.

The gods must be crazy....

Okay, dangit. Snow today....almost sixty by Friday. Did the weather gods smoke some crack while I wasn't looking?

And now for something completely different.....Celina gets a day off.

No seriously. I was supposed to work the day shift today (hurls) but I got a phone call about an hour before I was supposed to go in informing that that I didn't have to come in. Rats. Doesn't that suck?


So today I'll work on my Yagremlins short (don't ask; it's wacky) and try to get some work done on my new vampire novel. Oh, and don't forget the edits.....*sigh*

Aside from that, things are going aft agley and aft aglier. The power cord that the fucking dog chewed through (now with another home, I might add) is completely dead. Oops; there goes the laptop. I should get my replacement in a few days. So I'm trapped on the family computer, much to the chagrin of my daughter who is now prevented from Myspace as long as I'm working.

"Mom! Why do you have t…

In for a penny, in for a pound

The Shequanti is done. *gasp!* I thought for a while there it was never going to happen. I have written--get this--TWELVE different endings for the book. Twelve. I think I finally found a way to resolve my least I hope I did because the editor has it now.

At any rate--freedom! Glorious freedom! Nothing going on but big edits! I could take some time off, maybe READ a few books, catch up on critiquing at the Dragon's Den...



I am now over 3k into a new project. Damnit. After hearing for several months now that I needed to write something *more commercial* I was putzing around yesterday trying to come up with ideas. Werewolves? There have been a lot of werewolves lately. Shapeshifters? Already working on that-- (remind me to tell you about the yagremlins some other time). Vampires?

Ah, vampires. The mythos of the vampire is portrayed so perfectly in Anne Rice's early books (I'm not partial to anything after The Vampire Lestat) that I'd nev…