Monthly Archives: May 2008

What’s Your Type?

**My apologies for posting this late.  My internet is out so I’m using the library’s wireless.**

I’ve been thinking about heroes for a couple of weeks. Why I write the type I do. What type of heroes I like to read about. What makes a compelling hero. Stuff like that. Then I had this semi-crazy thought.  Would I want to hook up with any of the heroes I’ve written?  

At first I was like, Heck yeah!  Then I had to be honest with myself. 

Out of the three heroes in my WIP box, only one is my type. One guy is too Alpha for my tastes. We might be able to be friends, if he didn’t get on my nerves. The second guy is too pretty for my liking. I’d crush on him from afar. The third guy– geekish, unassuming and shyish– is right up my alley. Definitely my type. Long-term relationship potential.

So are any of the heroes/heroines you write or have read your type? Why or why not? What kind of relationship would you have?

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I AM NOT WHOOPIE!

So far, I have been really lucky. I have so many characters and stories in my head, they fight over who gets their story told first. And they pout if it isn’t them! Before I have barely finished one manuscript, I have another trying to crawl out of my eye sockets.

Take this week for example. I finished ML WIP last week, including what edits I can until my BETA readers get back to me. I had another tale to start. But I deliberately waited a week to start it. Why? I am afraid of burning out. As Emily pointed out, I started JXD at the end of October. I had to basically stop writing in December due to an excessive work load (70+ hours a week *faint*) so let’s cross that month out. So November, January and half of October and I was finished. I went headlong into edits in February. Final product, ROMCOM, 90+K

On March 12th, I started ML. Finished in under 60 days. Emotional Contemp 110K. Did edits nonstop for two weeks. Done.

And now this one, UNTITLED, is busting to get out. I thought it was a short piece, a novella. Yeah right. Once they started talking, there is no shutting them up.  I am guessing maybe 80-90K for this one too.

Uhm, I am scaring myself. So I forced a break.

Kinda.

I did research and thought about it constantly. Every single freaking minute. In the car, doing dishes, while trying to watch TV. This story will not shut up. So yeah, I started it to quiet them down. Like throwing gasoline on a fire. WHOOOOOOOOSHHH!!

It is not slowing them from telling me their tale. They want me to type faster. And more.

GRRRRRRR

And there is still more voices speaking, asking for their turn to tell their story. I am not a writer. I am a medium. I channel fictitious characters. Remember that scene in GHOST where Whoopie Goldberg has all these dead people around wanting to talk and it is driving her crazy? Yep, me. And it gets worse. Remember when the dead guy jumps into her body and takes over? Yep, you guessed it, I was walking around today doing Radio commentary, in my character’s voice. I was possessed by a two dimensional heroine.

I think I need medication. and a maid.

I’m ‘enry the Eighth I am. ‘ enry the eighth I am I am. Second verse same as the first…

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Release Day Approaches!

Wild Child Publishing will release Star Stepping on Tuesday, June 3rd. Hooray!! The wait is about to be over!

In celebration of this new science fiction / fantasy anthology, I’m posting interviews with my fellow authors each day leading up to the release date. Please join me at my Flights of Fantasy blog and get to know these talented writers!

I’m proud to say that my stories start and finish the anthology…with a third in the middle for good measure:

Beneath and Beyond explores first contact:
Archaeologist Erin Carstedter is a no-nonsense kind of gal. If something can’t be defined by scientific method, it doesn’t exist. Erin’s beliefs are about to be tested by a ruin beneath the polar ice cap. What Erin discovers in those icy depths will challenge her thinking…and change the world.

Wakinyan’s Valley is a ‘right-around-the-corner’ tale:
In a post-apocalyptic world, Mark Whitehorse and his friends search for a safe haven where they can raise their families. When they stumble across a hidden valley, they believe their search is over. But the valley is already inhabited. Will the band of survivors find refuge…or something else entirely?

And The Tie That Binds takes us inside the unique relationship of identical twins:
Twin brothers Cameron and Kyle McClellan have always shared a psychic bond. Though the adult men lead very different lives, when career military officer Kyle is wounded in Iraq, Cameron’s ability to decipher their special link may mean the difference between his brother’s life and death.

Hooray for new releases! A major goal in the writing life…

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Summer Reading

Today’s post is going to be a bit short. I’m in a writing-woes down cycle, too many false starts and not enough dimensions, seeing everything flat and from afar instead of finding the immersion point. I keep looking for other things to do – dishes, exercise, books to read – so I think it’s time for a creative replenishment vacation and I’m going to take one. I’m currently free of contractual obligations. This is a good time to sit back and knit a sock, work on losing three or four pounds, read a ton of books. Not sure how long vacation will last (probably not too long; usually these things go in two-three week stretches and then my stories start talking again) so anticipate some book reviews in coming weeks 🙂

Last night hub and I made a B&N trip and I picked up Elizabeth Hoyt’s new novel, BLACK SILK by Sharon Page and SINS OF THE NIGHT by Devyn Quinn. I also rejoined booksfree.com and might drag hub to the library today just to be surrounded by books.

Too bad I go in two hours to be hooked up to a 24-hour heart monitor (trying to locate the arrythmia that’s in my pattern). All these sexy books, plus all those wires and rolls of tape, don’t create a good environment for post-read snuggling. 😉

Hope everybody has a good week – do something good for yourself!

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Think hard

Think hard, make it count. And then have some fun!

(Image courtesy of Camilla Eriksson.) memoriald.gif image by tootsanderson

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To Prologue or Not to Prologue

I’m one of those people who really like seeing inside and behind the scenes. Yup, that’s me, I dig the bonus features on movies, especially the blooper reels. And for me, reading a Prologue is like getting a sneak peak into the story before actually beginning the story. IF done correctly.

I’ve read info dumps, really fun character introductions and even a few that had me bawling my eyes out before I managed to get to chapter one.

Currently, in my story, I’m having my hero and his brother fighting. Something has happened to in their lives and now one must take care of the other. At least in this scene. I’m hoping it gives the reader a bit of insight to the hero’s personality and how his brother can have his sooo mad but still be willing to take care of him (despite being an ass).

Now, if you remember last week I mentioned writing gothic type stories but I also hope they are a little bit witty as well.

In my Prologue, you meet Ashton (the hero) and his brother (who is well in to his cups). So far I’m really enjoying the interaction between these two and have found myself laughing aloud. Trust me when I say taking care of a drunk person while sober can be hilarious! Even if you are so mad you’re ready to strangle them. I’m hoping I can bring that to the table!

We’ll see.

Anyhow, I’ve rambled on long enough about stuff long enough. It’s now question time: Yay!! *Umm, you’re suppose to cheer too*

Today’s questions: What are you’re thoughts on Prologues? Love em? Hate em? Don’t care either way, it just better move the story? And if you don’t feel like answering those questions how about this one: Are the flowers beginning to bloom where you are?

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Incomplete Endings

I need closure when I finish reading a book or watching a movie. I don’t expect a happy ending, but I do expect to be satisfied with how a story ends, even if I’m not thrilled with how the writer chose to knot the plot strands. Like with The Professional and a few other movies. Eventually, I get over it.

But I have a hard time getting over stories that just stop. Some or a few important plot strands left untied. An incomplete ending.

For example, I got up early last Saturday to watch this Japanese movie about two friends who set on a journey to become Samurai warriors. The story even had some romantic elements. Cool. So I’m vibing on the storyline. Liking one of the friends because he’s got some issues (and a sculpted lower body). And hopeful the one friend (with nice legs) will hook up with one of the female characters.

So all is good in my movie world until Nice Legs goes to see his love interest before he heads out of town. She begs him to take her along on with him. He agrees. She runs off to get her stuff. When she comes back, he’s gone. She goes to where he was standing the last time she saw him and finds a message he etched into the wood railing. Then THE END shows up on the screen.

I seldom curse. But this day as I stared at the credits rolling on the tv screen, I had to. I was like, Oh, H- no.

I had a similar reaction to a book I read a few years back. The author got me totally invested in the characters’ lives and then ended the story without resolving (or attempting to resolve) the major obstacle preventing the main characters’ happiness.

I thought there were pages missing from the book. There weren’t. I’m still disappointed with the book’s ending and have yet to read anything else by this author. I doubt I will again.

At some point, I’ll get over this movie’s incomplete ending. But in the meantime, I’ll imagine the story ending the way I wish it had ended. And remember the scene where Nice Legs emerges from the river with his kimono tucked into his sash.

So how do you deal with unsatisfying endings?  Has an incomplete ending kept you from reading other books by an author?

 

 

 

 

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