As Jane Austen famously said: I am not at all in a humour for writing; I must write on till I am. Having trouble getting into the groove here so I thought I'd warm up with a blog post. Maybe it's the terrible weather we've been having. Almost every day for the last three … Continue reading Writing to Write
I've been mulling over the vampire novel, and decided I need another character, another foil. It just wasn't working with the characters already in there, I need more people. So, I'm expanding the cast by at least one, possibly more later. You know what this means, right? MASSIVE re-write coming. Got some ass-kicking to do … Continue reading Cast of Players
UPDATE: I've put up a new page with the chapter in question. You can find it under the Fiction tab, labeled "Revenants Abroad." After consulting with my beta reader/editor (aka GypsyScarlett) I'm cutting the first two chapters from the vampire novel and going back to the original opener, which had become Chapter Three. I feel … Continue reading Out, Out, Damned Words!
If only there was a way to get around having to sleep. I've had several more ideas for stories lately, but no time to do anything with them. I'm still revising the vampire novel and am determined not to move onto something else until I feel satisfied with that. I'm just afraid that if I … Continue reading No Time
How did I miss the beginning of this? By a roundabout route I won't go into and bore you with, I found an amazing thread going on at Black Gate magazine, initiated by Robert Sawyer on his own blog, posing the question, "Are the days of the full-time novelist numbered?". If you've not read any … Continue reading I need to pay more attention
Can you say that to your own fictional creation? I started this vampire story with the intention of it being a short story, but here I am, more than 10,000 words into it and I'm not done yet. I still have more I want to do with these characters, more I want to say. Do … Continue reading Don’t Leave Me!
I ran across this quote today, and I wasn't sure what to make of it: 'Reading groups, readings, breakdowns of book sales all tell the same story: when women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' Ian McEwan I didn't know the context of it, so I didn't know what point he was trying to … Continue reading Are Novels Just for Girls?