Archive | December, 2008

I finally feel Ok about my run-on sentences

31 Dec

After reading “The Subtle Knife” last night, I realized My few run-on sentences are nothing compared with Pullman’s.

He has even strung three sentences together with semi-colons, and colons!

I think it’s all about the feel of the book, especially when you write conversationally.

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The Intoxicating Smell Of A Book…

31 Dec

I was reading “The Subtle Knife,” when I took it upon myself to smell the book. Strange, I know, But have you ever done it?

I’ve spoken about the scent of a library book, very unique. But as the cool pages of this book brushed across my cheeks, I took in the subtle scent, of nature, long since past…

Paper comes from trees, naturally. But this smell lingers in books. The bitter undertones tickling your nose…

Just take a moment, open your latest read. Let the page linger within your senses. Now you’ll see what I’m talking about. As much as I endorse E-Readers, nothing beats the real thing. Something so tangible, so inviting.

How To Write A Novel At Work And Get Away With It…

31 Dec

So this depends on how IN TUNE your IT department is. I know that at my workplace, they can actually look at your screen and see what your doing, but I had one of the IT guys paint my house, mainly to quiz him on what he knows. Which isn’t much…

Here’s what I know…

Yes they can see what your doing, so surfing the net is dangerous…

They CAN see what you have on your screen, but legally they have to ask permission, at least according to my set of rules (yeah i signed it, I know.)

And if they want to have a reason to fire you, your hard drive will give them what you need…

SO…

My stealthy solution seems to skate by the radar, at least according to the IT guy.

what you need to do is utilize your email. If you are writing your book in your email, preferably one thats not connected to the company, but i also have an answer for that…

write your book back and forth to your self there, not only does it look like your the diligent customer service employee emailing your clients all day, its never saved to your platform in anything more than cookies. and unless their desperate, no one will know.

now if you DO choose to use the work email. write a generic work related paragraph or two before you begin writing, the key is to end the paragraph with “and to further outline how whatever job you do is better validated by my process, I will give you a scenario…”

this makes it seem that if anyone ever does read it, that they are confused…

ok undeniably there are loopholes such as heavy romance novels and fight scenes, and typically swear words are not deemed acceptable. This is why you need codes, or leave the sex scenes for home time, same with violence.

but code words for swear words are easy, you can bulk change them later when you edit.

Noe you may think this is too much work, BUT JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH YOU COULD WRITE! and besides, i believe that you can’t force creativity, it comes when it comes, whether at work or not…

hope you all give this a try…

and a small disclaimer: I am not responsible for any negative outcome ) Use at your own risk.

Feather Book Trailer!

30 Dec

There is now a trailer on the blog to the left on VodPod links…

From YouTube

Book One is out the door, time for book two…

30 Dec

Feather: Book One is officially in production, due to release on paperback in one month, perfect for Valentines day 😉 (Jan. 31 get your’s today through website and Barnes & Noble!)

It’s now time to focus my energies on Book Two, Guardian. so far I have a convincing outline, a couple good dreams, and 20,000 words. It’s a good start. I’m not sure how long GUARDIAN will end up being, likely longer than the last by a few. (last was 352 pgs.)

So far I’m excited about the chemistry between all the characters, a lot of tension, twist, and humor. I live with a smart aleck, so it’s pretty easy…

I’ve been doing a lot of research, watching the old Highlander, The thrilling Golden Compass (it’s been on Dish a lot lately) and also Pirates of the CaribbeanFringe, and Gladiator

with a little The Saint thrown in there 😉

I love mixed inspiration…

I Accidentally Killed A Bird…

29 Dec

So driving home after visiting my depressing family over Christmas, I drove through (or rather my husband drove through) a group of birds on the back-roads of Eastern Washington. We were in the middle of a wheat field, and he was driving about 80…

These birds love to dodge around your car, and this time, one cut it a little close. As you can probably imagine, I was horrified. I love birds, obviously. Needless to say I shed a tear for the poor thing as its brain’s were wiped from my windshield. Oh, I was so angry too, angry that we HAD to be driving THAT fast…

😦

Of course I outlined to my husband the absolute loss.

“He was probably enjoying the sunny day, bathing in the warmth of the pavement in the middle of a cold snowy field, careless and happy. Until you came…”

luckily he was more careful from there on out, and we saved a group of pheasant that way…

but still, makes me sad

Editing, editing, editing…

29 Dec

It never seems editing is ever truely done, or a book ever perfect. I keep finding some blaringly OBVIOUS mistakes in my book, time after time, and it’s just plum embarassing…

I’ve read through my book at least ten times, and have had editors as well, but it’s ENDLESS. Sometimes I wonder if one can truly be both imaginative, AND have spotless grammar. I know in some books I read, I often catch something, even those books that hit the best seller list. Forgive me for slamming it, but Twilight was a good example, lots of errors, but see, then again I’m not slamming it, because I fear mine will be the same.

But what it comes down to is the story, and how it effects us, dispite the errors. I don’t think Mark Twain gave much hum bug to his frequent use of run on sentences.

I just often read over certain things, like were and where, especially when the rest of the sentence flows, so trust me, you will find those in my book. Even though I’ve scanned the thing, to what I feel, an obsessive level.

I am only human, but aren’t we all?