Tuesday, February 28, 2006
It's Wrong To Base A Novel On Research?
Read more at techdirt.com/articles/2...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/28/2006 07:01:00 AM Permalink
Monday, February 27, 2006
Another Miss Snark post to read
Read more at misssnark.blogspot.com/...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/27/2006 08:10:00 PM Permalink
Octavia Butler, brilliant master of sci-fi, dies at 58
posted by Carolyn @ 2/27/2006 06:47:00 AM Permalink
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Progress -- sort of
So that was pretty much my day. In between all the other stuff. It was raining today. My son had a friend over and they went down to the creek to play. Luckily, I told his mom to have him bring along a change of clothes. Good thing, too, because they came back to the house covered in mud. My son's friend agreed he should take a quick shower... Eight minutes later, he emerges from the bathrooom in his change of clothes. There is mud all over his face. No adult is surprised because boys do this all the time. Here's a typical reconstruction:
Parent of young boy: Did you actually get in the shower?
Parent: Did you turn on the water?
Parent: And you used soap and shampoo?
Parent: Why is your hair bone dry?
At least it was good for distraction from my mess. Still, I got a lot done so my day was OK.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/26/2006 08:08:00 PM Permalink
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Today, I fixed chapter 5 of The Rake. I'm on to fixing chapter 6.
Plus, I am also trying to think of better titles. She's a widowed authoress, he's a, well, a rake. Many of these are awful but here goes:
- The Affair
Obviously, I need ideas.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/25/2006 05:39:00 PM Permalink
Friday, February 24, 2006
Great Segment on Erotic Romance
P.S. Another elf sighting today!
posted by Carolyn @ 2/24/2006 05:05:00 PM Permalink
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Update to Yesterday
Meet with my prof today regarding the sucky Dark Elf chapters. We had a good discussion and now I have some interesting things to think about AND she pointed out a big huge gaping lack of resolution in the synopsis, so I'll be fixing that tonight.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/23/2006 05:13:00 PM Permalink
Jade Lee and Seduced by Crimson
Many people use the books for promotion, but once again, if I give away the book, then people don't buy it. I can give copies away in contests. Theoretically, one person wins a copy and the rest rush out and buy a copy. But wouldn't you just feel bad for not winning and think, oh well, I guess I won't buy it either? Or, I suppose more likely, I'm not going to buy it TODAY because I might win a copy TOMORROW. Then there's all that mailing stuff—getting the address, putting book and envelope together, going to the post office. You know, all that running around takes away from my I-Must-Write-Now dithering. (Note that I don't actually WRITE; I just dither about it. Actual writing takes place in coffee shops with a caffeine IV in place.)
But going to the post office is not the worst. The absolute worst is RUNNING THE DREADED CONTEST. No! No! Then I might realize how few people actually care that I have a book out. I mean, how bad is that for the ego? Hey everybody, I'm giving away a free book!!! Only to have NOBODY drop by to say I'd like one. AWFUL! I might never show up for promotion again!
What to do? What to do? Okay, okay, since Carolyn has graciously allowed me to blog on her site, how about I do this: respond in a comment to this blog and include your e-mail address AND I'LL GIVE YOU ONE! I’ve got these 19 copies burning a hole in my office (I had to give one to my husband, you know), and I'll pick a winner and send it out. Yes, I will actually GO to the Post Office for YOU!!!!! But then the rest of you have to promise to go out and buy the book! (Or lie and say you will. I mean, how would I know if you don't?) Bonus points for anyone who compliments me. My ego needs all the strokes it can get!
All right, readers. Bring it on!!!!
posted by Carolyn @ 2/23/2006 05:07:00 PM Permalink
New Scientist Quantum computer works best switched off - News
Read more at www.newscientist.com/ch...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/23/2006 10:07:00 AM Permalink
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Posting in Crimson
In writing news, oh wait. First, I had a really wretched day. Ok. In writing news, I got a lot of good work done on The Rake (gotta rename this book. I now hate this title) so I am feeling good about that. That's about it. I meet with my prof tomorrow about the crappy chapters for Dark Elf. I get to sit there and say, it sucked, I know. I'm trying to fix it. Oh fun.
I'm gonna go surf the web and see if I can't cheer myself up. Somebody besides me better have blogged.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/22/2006 08:01:00 PM Permalink
Writers lists of Must Read Books for Children
Read more at www.slv.vic.gov.au/serv...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/22/2006 07:00:00 AM Permalink
About Google Print?
posted by Carolyn @ 2/22/2006 06:16:00 AM Permalink
Monday, February 20, 2006
In writing news, I'm going through the paper edits on the chapters and things are going well, I think. I never know until I start reading again. Also (remember, I saved a lamb tonight!) there is a writer who shall remain nameless who is having a writing issue (can't reveal the issue, sorry) and I am just a bit gleeful. As far as I'm concerned, said writer has racked up bad karma in such massive quantities that it's a wonder the MSS don't just spontaenously combust from the evilness. Said writer is coming back in the next life as an alpaca or something. Maybe a goat, yeah, a goat. OK, back to my usual sweet self.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/20/2006 10:35:00 PM Permalink
At Last! Writer Beware Blogs! A.C. Crispin and Victoria Strauss Reveal All!
Read more at accrispin.blogspot.com/
posted by Carolyn @ 2/20/2006 07:45:00 PM Permalink
Sigh Times Three
Possession was -- I don't know what the heck it was besides in need of massive amounts of work. I'm OK with that seeing as how I just recently threw out all the other stuff and wrote new stuff. I thought chapter 2 would be horrible, but it wasn't, which was a pleasant surprise. But I'm wondering if I haven't given away too much of her situation from the get go.
I also read Shift which last time I read it, I chopped and chopped and whacked. Now the chapters hang together much much better, but the last chapter has horrendous issues with POV. I'm going to pretend that's just an artifact of all the chopping and moving. Still, it's not bad. Of the three, I think it probably sucks the least.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/20/2006 04:50:00 PM Permalink
Sunday, February 19, 2006
- Jennifer Ashley just needs to post more often.
- So does Marjorie Liu
- Sandy Schwab lives in Germany so she's probably asleep right now. I forgive her.
- Patti O'Shea is probably working on her house and revisions. So, reluctantly, she is off the hook, too.
- Megan Framptom is off visiting the Picky Vegetarian which means right now she's on a plane and can't post.
- I just subscribed to Elmore Leonard's feed, so can't say if the lack of a new post means he's goofing off and writing a book or something instead of posting in his blog.
- I have already sent Liz Maverick emails pleading for a resumption of her blog which I LOVED and would like to love again. Liz! Post!
What this means is that it's plainly the fault of Jennifer Ashley, Marjorie Liu and Liz Maverick that I have to go read those stupid chapters. I can't blame Miss Snark because she's an agent, not a writer. Thanks, gals. Really.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/19/2006 02:58:00 PM Permalink
Friday, February 17, 2006
Wow, am I p*ssed off!
posted by Carolyn @ 2/17/2006 05:40:00 PM Permalink
Coding Horror: Fear of Writing
posted by Carolyn @ 2/17/2006 07:16:00 AM Permalink
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Move along folks, nothing to see here....
posted by Carolyn @ 2/15/2006 09:45:00 PM Permalink
Fun with words Again
Depresspter: adj. (d · PRESST · ter). What you are when writing chapters. One symptom is the belief that small and/or despised tasks require one's immediate attention. Right now. A depresspter writer often has a clean closet, color coded sock drawers, a sparkling bathroom and kids with itchy nametags sewn in their underwear. Oh, hey, that writer is depresspter, invite her over to alphabetize the pantry!
posted by Carolyn @ 2/15/2006 07:11:00 PM Permalink
Look what I found under a rock!
posted by Carolyn @ 2/15/2006 06:59:00 PM Permalink
Ad-Supported Free Books Arrive
Read more at www.infotoday.com/newsb...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/15/2006 06:50:00 AM Permalink
Sunday, February 12, 2006
More More Fun With Words!
Proposalgia: n. (propose · al · GEEyah). An extreme fixation on proposals known to be sitting on an editor's desk. One symptom is an inability to rationally assess the passage of time. A writer suffering from proposalgia commonly mistakes 24 hours as reasonable period of time in which to asses a proposal. Another more serious manifestation of this disease is the conviction that the proposal is being set on fire in a ladies room somewhere in New York City. Frequent moans and groans accompanied by sweating and nervous tics are a hallmark of this disorder. No, sweetie, that's not a ghost you hear. That's a writer with proposalgia. Just ignore her.
I blame the previous post on proposalgia.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/12/2006 07:50:00 PM Permalink
Life in general I guess
One question has occurred to me: in some of my recent reading (more than one) I felt that an author was making some gross assumptions about a profession and that got me to wondering about the depth of research necessary. I mean I have what I think is fairly broach knowledge about a number of professions, but what if that knowledge is wrong? Like suppose I had a hero who's a Yak Inspector. I've been around cows. Cow manure smells and cows are a lot bigger up close than when you're driving past at 45mph, say. Plus, I drink cappucinos, and they have milk in them, a cow product. Yaks are cows, sort of, right? If my Yak Inspector hero never actually has to inspect a Yak in my story, is it OK that I know nothing about Yaks? I mean, he could comment about the dangers of stepping in Yak doo, right? Is that enough verisimilitude for a Yak Inspector Romance?
OK, I'm done being stupid. Until the next time.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/12/2006 07:36:00 PM Permalink
Friday, February 10, 2006
How Am I stressing? Let me count the ways. I'm working on the synopsis for the new Possession and, as I believe I have mentioned, synopses are horrible evil little things except they do get you going in a not totally wasted direction. But it feels wasted because there are no words to add to the word count. I have to drop off chapters for 535 Directed writing at school and at some point I ought to have some chapters to drop off, right? Only I'm writing synopses. I haven't even touched my stack of RITA books. I haven't heard anything from my agent about the proposals out there in editor land. Today someone emailed me about The Rake and I swear I feel like I ought to say the whole thing's just hopeless. Sigh.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/10/2006 07:32:00 PM Permalink
Thursday, February 09, 2006
posted by Carolyn @ 2/09/2006 07:39:00 PM Permalink
What else. The puppy is asleep on my lap so I can't get up. I have to work.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/09/2006 07:17:00 PM Permalink
Nasty Little Truth About Spacetime Physics
posted by Carolyn @ 2/09/2006 01:44:00 PM Permalink
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Even More Fun With Words
Hackolomaniac: n. (hacko · low · MAIN · e· ack). The megalomanical convicion, usu. of a writer who is not yet published, that she has nothing left to learn and that any words of advice dispensed to fellow writers are pearls of wisdom ignored at peril to everyone else's writing career. The hackolomaniac is frequently heard telling multipublished authors they don't know what it's like to be rejected and agentless, having never had to struggle learning how to write. Almost invariably, the hackolomaniac's writing is wretched beyond belief. No! No! Don't ask him about dialogue tags. He's a hackolomaniac!
posted by Carolyn @ 2/08/2006 08:32:00 PM Permalink
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
All kidding aside
At the gym today, I took a deep breath and committed myself to a riskier Possession story. And it started out great! It will work. I think I can keep some of my chapters but the synopsis has to be redone. After I work out a few more details.
Got some feedback on the Dark Elf synopsis. Very helpful. I'm about to make the necessary adjustments and then start in on the the chapters.
Pretty much that's it for now.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/07/2006 08:55:00 PM Permalink
More Fun with Words
Manuanoia: n. (manu · ah · NOYah). The near maniacal fear that the manuscript just submitted to one's agent is, in fact, the worst book ever written and means near instantaneous dropping from said agent's list. The fear has little, if any, basis in reality. Run for your life! That writer has manuanoia!
Not me this time, but someone who should know better. But I'm next. I can feel the nervous tic already.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/07/2006 08:49:00 PM Permalink
Monday, February 06, 2006
Fun with words
Man, I have it bad.
posted by Carolyn @ 2/06/2006 09:30:00 PM Permalink
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Feminism Pioneer Betty Friedan Dies at 85
Read more at news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/05/2006 09:45:00 AM Permalink
Saturday, February 04, 2006
posted by Carolyn @ 2/04/2006 08:44:00 PM Permalink
Friday, February 03, 2006
In other news
posted by Carolyn @ 2/03/2006 09:54:00 PM Permalink
Now I've done it...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/03/2006 09:20:00 PM Permalink
Thursday, February 02, 2006
A Date With A Zillionaire?? Hot Diggity!
Read more at www.romantictimes.com/i...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/02/2006 06:48:00 PM Permalink
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
what evil lurks? I'll tell you...
The synopsis is an evil horrible thing. But I'm whipping mine into shape for Dark Elf. Today at the gym, I wrote the new opening scene and started on the new chapter two. My new hero Miss Snark says no more than 1000 words, but I've had editors ask for "A detailed synopsis." Not this time, but whatever. I just want one that conveys the feel of the story and doesn't suck.
In other news, I've begun worrying about my proposals. Last I heard, proposals had not actually gone anywhere yet but that this would be addressed quickly. I have not further inquired, but maybe I should. It is February. I should email and ask. Sigh.
Lastly, no elf sightings in a very long time. I'm thinking of looking around for an elf-subsitute. There is this one candidate... Does that make me an elf-slut?
posted by Carolyn @ 2/01/2006 10:33:00 PM Permalink
Miss Snark, the literary agent: Trick questions
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posted by Carolyn @ 2/01/2006 10:14:00 PM Permalink
Creating Passionate Users: Death by risk-aversion
Read more at headrush.typepad.com/cr...
posted by Carolyn @ 2/01/2006 09:22:00 AM Permalink