Category Archives: WRITING

Listening to Shame. Vulnerability. Weakness.

If you listen to this first, this blog post will make a lot more sense.
So, as I have a solid 35 minutes each way to where I work, I have plenty of time to listen. This is made especially frustrating because where I live (Doha) has only one radio station. It’s not good. It’s…literally unlistenable. Seriously, there is only so long you can listen to unprofessional DJs and playlists that don’t make sense. It’s so bad, I actually look forward to the call to prayer.

In which I am probably influenced by things I hear.

So, the heroine of the first Fates project is a woman.  She’s been alive for a very long time.  She’s well traveled.  Right now, she’s pretty Anglo-centric.

Now, I’m not sure about you, but I have a decent little commute to and from work every day.  With thirty minutes each way (and only one highly terrible English radio station to tune into), I like mixing up a variety of podcasts and, needing a bit of culture and interesting subjects, recently started listening to TEDTalks (well worth the download!).  On my drive home tonight while I ducked in and out of the chaos on the roads that is rush hour in Qatar, my iPod randomly selected a discussion where the speaker brought up the concept of Ubuntu.

Book Review: The Fate of Destiny

I’m seeming to shake off whatever funk I’ve been in recently, and, especially with Hubs out of the country, have been reading a lot more! As I’m always interested in topics that I’m writing about (the Fates and hotels especially), I like to read other authors’ takes on my favorite subjects. With Danielle Bourdon’s The Fate of Destiny (clunky title, that), mythological elements are sort of seamlessly woven into this paranormal YA book. I had posted earlier in the week that for the majority of the book, I couldn’t really get past the characters names (and even neglected to mention an additional two randomly named characters, Driscoll and Rowley) and that feeling didn’t let up. Even though I love the topic of Fate, I never bought into Farris’s story.

I don’t want to write, I have to write.

I love social media.  I love connecting with people all over the world about topics that mean a lot to me.  I love having virtual friends and getting opinions from people I’ve never met.  I love that it brings pictures like the one above into my life.

Unique names – memorable or annoying?

Let me first say that I don’t want to come off as a hypocrite – many of my characters have strange unique names, however, I do strive mostly for balance in my fictional naming conventions.  At the moment, I think the appropriateness level of dynamic names is directly proportional to the genre.

Here’s hoping

Trying to figure out what to work on next. While I will be devoting quite a bit of time to marketing Major Pain (just waiting on the final cover image – all set with book trailer and final manuscript!), I’ll definitely have time to write or edit.

Under Pressure

I’ve had this post in my head for awhile. It’s hard to communicate because it’s announcing I feel like a failure, which isn’t necessarily part of the ‘branding’ I’d like to associate with my name. Once upon a time, circa 2005-2010, I was a writing machine. Seriously. I was not only churning out original work, but a fairly high level of fanfiction as well.

This weekend.

Although I’m experiencing some technical difficulties at home (no steady internet since Tuesday – the horror!), I am hoping to finish up the book trailer and review trailer for Major Pain this weekend. With a cover almost finished and the manuscript formatted, I am on track to do a soft release later this month and a bigger release in November.

Glad to know I’m not alone

As an “adult,” there are some things I would not like to admit to.  Jealousy.  Obsession.  Anger.  But these are all emotions I experience.  Maybe one day I will become a more zen person, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.  In real life, I love expletives and while I celebrate friends successes, sometimes I do get jealous.  The secret above is one I could have easily written. 

Edit for Structure and Content First

Too often, writers start their editing by polishing up every sentence – and then end up cutting out huge chunks of their material later. It’s much more efficient to do your big picture editing first: that means looking for:

  • Chapters or sections that need to be cut out – perhaps they’re too advanced for the piece, or they’re a tangent to the main point
  • Missing information that you need to add in, like a whole new section or chapter
  • Scenes or sections that need to be radically revised

Major cuts, additions and rewrites need to happen before you start digging down into the individual sentences and words.