November 10, 2010
I will make this short and sweet:
Amazon, when I called them on it during a phone call about an hour ago, refused to take down the book, citing censorship. Shouldn’t there be a line between common censorship, which rests only on the opinion of the public based on subjective taste, and [...]
November 9, 2010
When I finally put the manuscript away last night at 4 a.m., I’d written a total of 6,734 words, thus completing chapters three, four and five. My total word count thus far: 11,807. In one week. ONE.
I’m beginning to get tired (I’m a very light sleeper and hear the least little noise in the house), but have 2,500 words to complete before bed this evening, and I intend to keep the pace.
It seems that switching my writing location has really made this much easier. And I’m also now hitting parts of the story that do not require quite as much research–I’m simply free to play with the characters and let them run into scenes and burning buildings where they may.
I will say, that it’s not funny yet, but that’s completely normal. When you’re writing comedy, you don’t shoot for funny first–you shoot for a plausible story. Then you spend your re-writes making passes that concentrate on adding more jokes into the mix. In the meantime, I have what’s called “placeholder jokes;” an unfunny line that merely marks the place where a real joke will go when it’s time. Continue reading NaNoWriMo–Day Nine, and getting tired
September 30, 2010
I got knocked on my ass again just a few moments ago. Seems to be a regular occurrence lately, and I have the ass-scars to prove it.
While involved in a heavy discussion for the last few days–wait, more like a knock-down-drag-out-here, hold my beer conversation–the guy who was gladly engaging me began taking things to a personal level and attacking my character. Mind you, the conversation began as a discussion about what to say to a writer who gets his feelings hurt with a less-than-glowing critique. Bitterly, I say, “how appropos.”
But follow along. It wasn’t until after I dragged this person back on topic to writing, that he suddenly threw in a critique of The Gaslight Journal. Now, understand, he obviously couldn’t be bothered to actually make his suggested edits in the comments section beneath the book. Nope. He had to drag them out into the open in a thread that was already 23 pages long, and then do it in such a way as to make me look like the idiot I probably am, but deny ever being, as I’m fully human.
The image came to mind of that of an Alpha male chimpanzee. Part of his job as the Alpha, is to literally smack down the females in a bid to make them become submissive. And while I am endeared to both apes and chimpanzees, I don’t really like the being smacked-down part, especially by a guy who freely admits he’s been unable to land a publishing deal with a DTB publisher, and so he’s resorted to selling eBooks on Amazon. While my accomplishments have been small, compared to many of my author friends, I at least can claim publication in both DTB and DTP. Continue reading Just how much weight *should* we give a critique?
September 20, 2010
Did I really look that threatening with my pink Chuck Taylors and my aqua-green hair?? I guess I did–maybe I’d missed the Homeland Security Memo with a BOLO for a green-haired nose-ringed 5’1″ cutie with the fashion sense of a troll in pink Chuck Taylors whose special terrorism skill involved explosives and cross-stitch. [...]
August 15, 2010
I had a killer audition today.
At 11:00 a.m., I called Nathan and told him I wasn’t there yet–that I would be a little late. He assured me it would be okay. But I felt like crap about it.
I met him at a huge warehouse that used to be a local department store, with its windows blackened. His was the only vehicle in the parking lot, which made me a little nervous, but never-the-less, I went in anyway.
I began by filling out some paperwork, and then we talked for probably an hour. He was happy to share his concept with me. Continue reading Tales from the CriBt.
August 12, 2010
Did I say “wow?”
Then I should have. This afternoon, after getting back to my computer and checking e-mails, blog posts, Facebook posts and catching up here on recent comments, I took one guy’s advice and went over to another site where I could post the first 10,000 words of my upcoming Victorian novel. After being signed up and posted for 20 minutes, already I was getting positive feed-back and had my title shelved on several bookshelves. It’s a thing over there–if you like a book, you “back” it, which puts it on display on your bookshelf. If enough people back your book, then I guess Harper Collins takes a serious look at it for editing purposes. I dunno–haven’t read the entire FAQ: it was as long as my first three chapters–but I guess if they like your work enough, they could option it for publication. It’s certainly a “novel” (Get it?) approach.
However. I hadn’t been there ten hours, and already I’ve met a smart-ass who thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to retaliate and annihilate you if you didn’t give glowing reviews on their own book.
And you know me well enough by now, to know that I didn’t. I COULDN’T! Of course, I was very diplomatic about it, as I can be as politic as the next guy.
But here were just a few of the problems: Continue reading Wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow-oh-wow-oh-wow.
August 11, 2010
Some have it, and some don’t.
Ever get sick of hearing this? Sure, because it rings true–I know you.
But how does one really gauge if they “have” it or not? We grow up listening to the nice encouragement of our families, friends and sick strangers who don’t know better. And for a time that’s all we need, really; just to know that the people who love us, love what we do as well.
But what about when we’re older? I got a nice, hot slap in the face today when I read my first review on Amazon. As you can guess, it wasn’t promising. Lessee, how did it go? Oh, right:
“…$.50 would’ve been too much to have paid.” Continue reading I Think this is one of those Hideously Disfiguring Disappointments I Warned you About
August 6, 2010
Once or twice this week I was able to sneak under Discipline’s radar. I got a lot done! I rent a room in my landlady’s home, so while she’s been on vacation this week, I have been keeper-of-the-canine, and with him being a German Shepard/Husky mix, he’s required a lot of my attention. I’ve also cooked a few good meals for myself, and came up with “DJ Squeak,” her cat’s new rap name. So you see, it wasn’t all fun and games. But, discipline always finds me and drags me back. [...]
August 5, 2010
It’s amazing how topics can just hit ya without expecting it, y’know? Like now. I was responding to another writer who replied to yesterday’s article, and in that response, I found myself soon delving deep into the topic of adding more conflict to one’s writing, when I realised, I’d probably be better off to expound upon that and put it here for public consumption. Not that it will actually give you consumption, but follow along.
How are you with conflict? My friend, mid-list author J. A. Konrath (who just got published for an interview this week in Newsweek about this whole self-pub craze), was a member of my online writing group before he was anyone with his six-figure advance from Hyperion Press for Whiskey Sour, and when he had time to contribute, he would always hammer one thing: If you’re having trouble with your piece, go back to conflict. And he was right. Conflict is inherent in everything we touch, see and do. So why do we avoid it in story-telling? Maybe because we’re afraid of it. How often do we avoid it in real life? I know in private, when I get behind the wheel of a car, suddenly I’m possessed with Turret’s Syndrome, but when I’m sober? Look out! Continue reading Conflict! I need more conflict!
August 4, 2010
I hate it when I have weeks like this. The last two days have certainly been busy, and hectic, but the truth of the matter is, I’ve been a real slackass and haven’t gotten much done. How is this physiologically possible? I mean, I’ve applied for some acting jobs out of it, and that’s good because it’s a paid gig for Halloween–one of my favourite times–but what else do I have to show for it? Uh, a novel that didn’t get worked on yesterday because I could feel my mind beginning to implode, and as of right now I still need to sit down with it, and two columns I am just now getting to, and here it is, 10:00 at night. (Which really sounds more dramatic than it is, because I end up turning in usually no earlier than 5 A.M. But follow along.)
*sigh* Doesn’t speak too well of my social life, does it? I mean, it’s not like I even had one up until now, but now it seems the small one I was beginning to cultivate has gone to hell in a big old doily-covered basket. That doesn’t make me happy. Continue reading I don’t think more writing can be healthy for a writer.
August 3, 2010
After ALL of this self-aggrandising I’ve done, you’d think some of it would have paid off a little quicker. I think I broke some rules of etiquette, but here’s what I did: [...]
August 2, 2010
I will not puff myself up (except for the lie about implants) to make me seem better than I am. Merely looking at me will convince you of this. So I won’t lie and say I’m not a fresh, new face on the publishing scene. I am. Have you seen my skin?? The real point being, I’m just starting out on this self-publication journey, and instead of blogging ad nauseum about toxic waist (Pun intended), or deforestation, or even the recession, I’ve decided that I’d like to share my pure and raw experiences, both good and hideously disfiguring disappointments, in the blog. I mean, what good am I to keep around if you can’t truly mock me? [...]