Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tell Me Tuesday – 01/31/12

Swamp gas bubble on fire

 

Tell me about this picture. What it makes you think of, who took it, what you see that someone else doesn’t. Write a story, a poem, a comment, an essay. Leave a picture of your own.

Tell me something.

(If you write something on your own blog, leave a link here so we can all enjoy it.  Or, if you prefer, go crazy in the comments.)


WIP Wednesday

So we’re closing in on the end of Peripheral People and I’m experiencing a wee bit of stress. Without a doubt, this is the most intricately-plotted novel I’ve ever been a part of (Reesa doesn’t get to claim that. Her Memory Keeper is mind-blowing!) so I feel like I have to keep re-reading and checking and re-reading again to make sure I stay on top of things. Now more than ever, since things are lining up for that

As I may have mentioned before, my favorite book tends to be the one I’m currently working on, so that moves Peripheral to the head of the line. It’s also done a pretty stellar job at pushing all other WIPs not only to the back of the line, but over a cliff as well. It’s all Peripheral, all the time! Twenty-four hours a day! Live it, breathe it, sleep it!

So anyway, if you find me a little remote or scattered or, well, outright grouchy, that’s why.


Tell Me Tuesday – 01/24/12

Arms stretched over head, gripping sheets

 

Tell me about this picture. What it makes you think of, who took it, what you see that someone else doesn’t. Write a story, a poem, a comment, an essay. Leave a picture of your own.

Tell me something.

(If you write something on your own blog, leave a link here so we can all enjoy it.  Or, if you prefer, go crazy in the comments.)


What was that name again?

There’s a reason I tend to stay out of book discussions amongst my friends. Well, okay, and movie and television discussions as well. I can’t remember anything. No, seriously, I can’t. It’ll take me at least two reads of a novel before I remember character names, even main characters. Plot lines are a little easier, at least in a general way. Specifics are usually a washout. And keep in mind that I only read things I LIKE. This can be particularly frustrating at conventions when everyone is having these interesting conversations and I’ll think “Damn, that sounds familiar but I really don’t want to make a complete idiot of myself, so I’ll just shut up.”

Now, what’s really odd and problematic about this? It happens with my own writing! I mean, come on. Who doesn’t remember the names of characters they created? Or their own plot lines? It’s not right. But then again, it explains why my favorite book is always the one I’m currently writing. I stand a chance of recalling something about that! Same with favorite characters. During Slipstream, it was Kellen, hands down. Balance? Riv. Well, okay, Riv still holds a special place for me. Now, while finishing up Peripheral People? It’s all Corwin and West, baby!

Ginkgo biloba cocktail, anyone?


Hop, hop, hop BANG

Disclaimer: The author in no way advocates the hunting of cute fuzzy little bunnies

So I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in things I’ve read recently. Point of view issues. As in switching the PoV not only multiple times within a chapter with no delineation, but sometimes from paragraph to paragraph. And while cute fuzzy little bunnies hopping around in a frenzy might be adorable, uncontrolled head-hopping in a story? Not so much.

I’m the first to admit that it took awhile for me to even understand what point of view was. I remember a very patient English teacher in high school going over and over it until something finally clicked. So yeah, if it were the case of an author not understanding, I might be more sympathetic. Um, no, kidding. These are professionally published books.

So maybe it’s deliberate. A case of being all avant garde and bucking those creativity-stifling stylistic rules. To that I say piffle. Okay, it was actually something a little ruder, but I’m trying to cut down on offensive language this year. Me, that is. Not my characters. But I digress… Style rules usually exist for a reason. To create readable prose. Sure, you can bend ‘em a little, maybe even break a few (a FEW!) here and there, but over-all you really need to follow them. Use periods. Use quotation marks. And for goodness sake help the reader know who is talking and/or thinking!