Archive for March, 2008

Mar 23 2008

String Sex

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A friend pointed this guy out to me. He’s hot, and honestly, he doesn’t need to be, because with hands like this… And his music is pure sex. Tasty tasty Adam Hurst cellist man!

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Mar 19 2008

Over at Moira Rogers’ Place!

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Today, I’m over at Moira Rogers‘ place, talking about critique groups! Why not go have a look?

I’m sorry I haven’t posted more lately. I’ve been a little under the weather. However, I think I’m on the mend, so you should see more activity here soon. I’m writing like crazy, and I’ll do some talking about what I have in the pipe.

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Mar 13 2008

Free Read from Moira Rogers!

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Hey, folks! Everyone likes free stuff, right? Well, my scribbly buddy Moira Rogers has just posted one. It’s a cute, short little story that starts to set the stage for their winning Wicked entry at Cobblestone Press, Moonshine.

Moonshine will have you howling for more. This cute little story, called Faking Human, will have you howling with laughter. So go have a look!

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Mar 13 2008

Hell’s Handbasket of Ideas

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Some writers complain about having no ideas. I do. Lately, though, it’s been the opposite, the “feast or famine” curse. I have too many ideas. And none of them want to stay put.

Oh no. They have to hop in the Handbasket of Ideas and go straight to Hell. I had an idea for a simple little fantasy story. I don’t know that fantasy is popular in this particular genre, though. Science fiction, urban fantasy, those do well, but what about your garden variety fantasy? So I changed the idea a little.

Enter handbasket.

What was a simple idea became a grand, sweeping epic. My “I can write this while I sort other things out” story seed became something to be sorted itself. So I picked up the next idea, and watched as it, too, jumped into the Handbasket for a ride.

It’s nice to have a fertile imagination. But as the weather turns warmer and my mind comes out of hibernation, the ideas are just so happy to spin that they don’t know when to stop. I want to work on everything. I have ideas, and my ideas have ideas. Organization has flown the coop into spring skies, leaving me to flop around and figure out how to pin something down.

I think I’ve got it now. I always forget how my brain flails before I start writing down loose notes for a world. Then suddenly, things start falling into place, and I get my quacking ducks in a row. I have a story to write at the end of it. Sometimes the process goes awry, but I always get there.

First, I will finish my Christmas story. Then, I will work on The Kingbreaker.

Provided, of course, that Road to Canaan doesn’t snag my attention.

Damn it.

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Mar 04 2008

Un-a-Mused

Published by under Writing Things

Well, that’s not quite the term I want. I’m very Mused. It’s just that she’s brought friends, and they’re singing in a barbershop quartet instead of the torch song I’m used to.

It’s not unusual for me to have several ideas at once. Usually, though, one story’s fighting to get out, screaming for me to write it. In this case, though, I don’t have that. I have a harmony of stories that would like to be told, and it’s making it hard to choose. I haven’t lit on that single one that compels me to plunk down and write a few thousand words a day.

So I’m browsing, something I seldom do. I write a thousand words on this one, a thousand words on that one, continue the outline on this other one… I’m used to a singular focus. I expect that one will come as I work through this handful of ideas. But for now, it’s making me a little nutty.

Like I wasn’t already.

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