Friday, May 29, 2009
I'm a fangirl of the written word. I get chills when a new book from a favorite or an exciting new author comes out. I gush over books I love to anyone who will listen. I have trembled and tripped over words as I've had books signed by amazing authors. And if I have my camera, I get pics, too. :D
I have, and always will be, a voracious reader. Selling doesn't change that. Yeah, my time is a bit more limited than before, but I make time to read. I must. One, because I love it. Two, because it's part of the business I'm in. And three, because I still learn something with every book I read. Prime example was last night. I stayed up until 1 A.M. reading MAGIC BURNS by Ilona Andrews. What an amazing book! But also an excellent lesson in tight writing, show-don't-tell, and amazing dialogue. Eagerly awaiting my copy of MAGIC STRIKES now! Seriously, if you haven't read the Kate Daniels books - Go. Now. Read.
Reading feeds my soul, keeps me thinking and imagining. It inspires me and makes me a better writer. And the list goes on and on... I suspect most writers would agree.
On my Book Blogs link to the right, you'll find a list of great sites devoted to books (mostly sci-fi/fantasy, urban fantasy, and parnormal romance). Some of these are new discoveries and some are ones I've had around for a while and remain my favs. All of which are great resources that feed my appetite for books, and might feed yours, too. ;-)
EDITED TO ADD: And if anyone has a good site to recommend that is not listed, just post it in the comments!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Two comments made by several folks regarding the cover is the Tomb Raider type look of the model -- which is awesome in my opinion, cus Lara Croft rocks. And (this is hysterical) but I've had six people thus far say 'she looks like you'. It must be the hair style b/c I wear my hair like that a lot, and my hair is dark. Other than that, I don't see the resemblance (except maybe the tough look the model has might resemble me when I'm pissed. Ha!).
Off to work on Book 2...
Monday, May 25, 2009
Gwenda follows up with some additional thoughts on her blog -- a must read. Check out her "Some Things I learned". Great stuff.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I have never, since I began writing seriously ump-teen years ago, written on one project at once. (And kudos to those who write this way, and have found what works best for them). I've actually tried that, and it stifles me completely. It's very constraining to my creative process. So, I'm always writing a rough draft of one thing and then polishing something else on my free time. Or revising a main project while making notes on a new project. It's like I need or thrive upon the creative fuel of multiple projects. One feeds the other in amazingly positive ways.
Just my morning observation... turning in Le Super Secret YA project to my agent last night made me think of the way I write, the way it works best for me, and ideally what kind of career I want to have, and what kind of writer I am most comfortable being.
And fingers crossed for the YA, folks!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
In other news: Had a fantastic two days of writing. Good stuff. Got a lot accomplished and am hoping to get even more done today.
Got a look yesterday of the basic text of The Better Part of Darkness -- the font, the chapter headers and stuff like that. Looks great!
Le Super Secret YA was finished a while back -- don't think I mentioned that. Been polishing it up here and there on nights and weekends, and that baby is almost ready to go forth into the world.
That's about it for now. Have a good weekend!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Oh, and yesterday I had thee most amazing idea for another series. It's O. M. G. worthy, and something no one has done before. At all. Not even vaguely. And it's full of good stuff that it gives me chills. *sigh* This is why I love writing. This is also one of my biggest distractions -- new ideas.
Unfortunately, I cannot give this my attention now. There isn't enough time in my day, and I don't want to lose the momentum I have with Book 2. But I did make some notes, so that I can pick this one up after turning in B2 (which is surprising me at every turn, and taking Charlie places I never thought she'd go. Yay!) and after polishing up Le Super Secret YA.
Friday, May 08, 2009
I'm sooooo happy that Pocket chose Chris McGrath as the cover artist for The Better Part of Darkness. His style fits in so well with the dark, urban feel of the book, and the model is gorgeous and mysterious, and totally looks like she could kick anyone's ass or die trying. I can't wait to show it to you guys!
Today I'll be working on Book 2, which now has a title (I'll see if I can share that with you all), and possibly putting the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. We'll see about that one. ;-) All in all, it should be a productive day...
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Also, I'll be checking comments, so if you have any wrtiting/publishing questions feel free to ask!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
Gonna go pass out now . . .
Oh, and check back next week because I'll be posting a pic of the awesome tattoo I got yesterday, and I'm doing another guest post at Fantasy Debut on some milestones I've completed. So please stay tuned!
Have a great weekend!