Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Nanowrimo 2009 is over, and to my great delight, I actually succeeded this year! I finally wrote a novel! It's a steampunk romance, set in the Old West. It still needs a title, not to mention some serious editing before it sees the light of day, but I have proved to myself that I can actually make time for writing when I need to, and produce longer works than I have ever previously attempted. Already I have an idea for another novel in mind. Further details to come once I actually put pen to paper for it.
For the time being, though, I have some short stories to get cracking on. I kept coming up with ideas while I was supposed to be working on my Nano novel. I often get a lot done when I'm procrastinating. Somehow even cleaning the toilet doesn't seem like work when it's not what you're actually supposed to be doing.
Upcoming stories include something Christmas themed, and a were story I've been working on on and off for a while. I'll continued sending off submissions, but I also plan to write one or two short pieces just to post up here. I don't have a formal posting schedule for this blog, I'll just continue to put stuff up whenever I can.
Congratulations to my fellow Nano-ites! Whether you 'won' this year or not you've done some writing and that's what it's all about.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
In other news, I am STILL way behind with my Nano novel. Nine days to go, and I'm not even halfway done. Ah well. I'm giving it a red hot go.
Friday, November 13, 2009
In other news, Nanowrimo continues. I'm still behind. I'll see how far I can catch up at tomorrow's Write In.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
A House Divided
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I love vampires, I really do. I persisted with Anne Rice's series as far as The Vampire Armand, but Lestat's ever increasing Mary-Sueperpowers got on my goat so much that I gave up. I enjoyed the Victorian spookiness of Dracula and Barbara Hambly's Those Who Hunt the Night and Travelling With the Dead, and the quirky Southern weirdness of Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls. I've watched everything from late night SBS vampire lesbian erotica to The Lost Boys and enjoyed them all.
Werewolves. What can I say? I don't know what it is about them, they're just sexy as Hell. I'm a big fan of the Kelley Armstrong books featuring the female werewolf Elena (and I just found out that there's at least one more about her I haven't read yet. Joy!) and it occurs to me that I haven't read much else in the way of werewolf fiction. There just doesn't seem to be as much of it around as there are vampire stories. Well, I guess it's time to investigate what's out there!
I'd be grateful for any recommendations.
Photo by Jelaga.
Edit:PS, check out this nifty progress meter from Write Or Die. Must get back to my Nano!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Good luck to my fellow Nano-ites!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I've taken the plunge and registered for this year's Nanowrimo. This is probably a completely mad thing to do, since I have quite a number of other time consuming commitments at the moment, but so does just about everybody else who signs up for it, and really, what do I have to lose? My mind, my family's patience, but other than that?
Now I just need to figure out what the heck I'm going to write about. I've had an idea for an historical novel in the back of my mind for a while, but I've left it a bit late to get the research done in time this year. Hmmm. Maybe some steampunk? We'll see... Wish me luck!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I have a pet hate. You know when you're reading a story and the author feels the need to use the characters' full names every single time they're mentioned?
John Featherington-Smith looked up at the sky. "Hmm. It looks as though a storm is on the way," mused John Featherington-Smith. "I had better close all the windows." With that, John Featherington-Smith walked home to the neighbourhood where John Featherington-Smith had lived in all his life... Etc., etc., etc.
I don't know if the authors do that because they are particularly proud of the names they came up with, or if that's just how they talk in everyday life, but the repetition really annoys me, and being annoyed distracts me from the story. To keep from breaking the narrative flow you can just use a pronoun instead (or at the very least just the character's first name- Surely if we get to share a steamy sex scene with him we're on a first name basis by the end of the tale!). This works okay in a heterosexual story, but I found that when writing lesbian erotica (and presumably the same apples to m/m action), all the 'she did this' and 'she did that' can get confusing. How do you make it clear to the reader which 'she' you're talking about each time? I try to get around it by describing the women (it helps if they're very physically different, or at least have different coloured hair), but it's tricky. If there are any other writers of girl-on-girl out there reading this, what do you do? I'm open to suggestions.
Photo by Ignacio Leonardi
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Everyone Worth Knowing by Laren Weisberger
This is the second novel by the bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada. There aren't as many laugh-out-loud moments as with her first book, but it was a lot of fun, and had me hooked on page one. I comiserated with Bette's struggles to balance her crazy new job with her personal life (though thankfully I've never had to deal with that kind of overlap between the two myself), and any romance reader could relate to the heroine's coming out of the closet as a romance fan. I'll definately be checking out Weisberger's next book.
A Twisted Bard’s Tale~ Selena Kitt
Genre: Erotic romance (lesbian)
Short Story (ebook)
This little story was a different take on Romeo and Juliet. I was expecting an alternate story with the two young lovers as women, but Selena Kitt takes a different, more interesting tack than that. It was amusing and original, and the sex scene was pretty darn hot. I recommend it as a fun, quick read.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Great, now the subject heading of this post has put the Pina Colada Song in my head. It's a little early in the day to go in search for cocktails. Maybe tonight...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. -Voltaire
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The talented EdBeale tagged me for this game. That was almost a year ago, so she may have long since forgotten about it, but now that I’m back online I may as well fill it out.
In this game of Tag, one has to list 7 things about him/herself and pass it on to 7 others, who in turn list 7 things. Should be simple enough…
1. I find glasses terribly sexy, on men or women.
2. Sometimes evangelical Christians spam my MySpace page wanting to save my soul. The last one said he’d had a dream about me, which is flattering, I suppose. I asked him what he was wearing in the dream, and what I was wearing, and did he mind if I invited a friend to watch. He didn’t reply. I guess I’ll never know.
3. If I find any change (down the back of the couch, under a chair) while I’m cleaning the house, it’s mine, regardless who it originally belonged to. Of course, this is irrelevant when you live alone.
4. When the planes crashed into the towers of the
5. I’m a terrible gardener. I can’t even keep pot plants alive. I have such good intentions when I buy potted herbs, imagining serving my guests pasta with fresh basil, or Thai with homegrown coriander, but then I forget to water them or the cats eat them.
6. My favourite ice cream flavour is choc mint. Or maybe Cookies and Cream. Or Rum and Raisin.
7. As you can see, I am often indecisive.
Well that’s that. Now for the tagging part. I tag…um…
Tales of a Fantasy Scribbler
I don't know some of them very well (or at all, I just follow their blogs), and of course there's no guarantee they'll want to play, but I had fun.