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As I have not been posting here, but there seem to be some people who've managed to find me here anyway, I thought I should update that my Blogging has moved to an actual website: This was going to be necessary eventually, since I hope to one day be published, and need to squat on my own domain for one thing, and build up my own website for marketing purposes for another. So my reviewing and blogging about writing will take place on my new site, and I hope to see you there. :)

I quit

Sep. 13th, 2010 08:07 pm
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That's about it. I start at MTS on oct 4th, and tendered my resignation this afternoon. OPs was really nice about it. I'm sad to leave all the friends I've made there, and got to know better than I did before, if I already knew them, but I'll be keeping in touch with them.

New job will be much closer to home, and pay more. No guaranteed hours, but full time is supposedly not hard to get. I hope to have more time to go visit my family in portage la prairie, at least after training. It will be nice.
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Gigabite has molted and emerged from her nest. She's not quite 2 inches in legspan. week or so, and she'll be ready to eat again.
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I don't know if it's surprising or not, but it's quite satisfying to come in to work in the morning to find 2 inches of water under your boss's desk.
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Once, when i was in job's daughters, we went to supreme sessions in Surrey BC, near Vancouver. The weekend fell across my birthday and I was just overjoyed to be going traveling, and first time traveling without my parents, I was like, this is as good as a birthday as I need. Then when we settled into the dorm we were staying in, they told me to go to my room for a bit. I thought they must be talking about grownup stuff, and I was twelve or thirteen at the time, maybe fourteen. Then Brianne came and told me I could come out, and in the kitchen, they had a cake, with candles, and everything.

Nathan threw me a birthday dinner party. He got his brother and his brother's girlfriend, and his mom, and I invited turtle and the turtle man. It was a great night. People brought food, Nathan made salad, beans and sesame chicken (which always turns out amazing). Nathan's mom, who is awesome, helped out with preparation and cleanup afterward, so that on a work-night, I didn't have to do anything. I could just hang out and enjoy the company. Today was the best birthday in a long time.
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When I pasted in "The Box":

I write like
Mario Puzo

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

(yeah, I made it analyze the whole 60k words; it kinda choked a bit before it spit out the result)

Cod Liver Oil:

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

The Eyelet Dove:

I write like
Harry Harrison

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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why, oh why do I have a short story in my head screaming to be written, when I have a novel to edit?

I might be able to get it written in a couple of hours, but still. NOVEL! EDIT!

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Ok, so lots of things happened at Keycon 2010, but only one thing really matters. Sheila Gilbert gave me her card and personal email address and said I could end her my manuscript.

I was gonna go to the author panels mostly, but I thought, hey, this lady's an editor and might be at this pitch session they're having and I should go to this meet Sheila Gilbert panel, and see what she's about. And at the panel, I realised she's not just a slush reader or first reader, she's like, big time, person-who-decides-what-gets-bought person. And it slowly sinks in that this is a woman who could decide that Lindsay gets published. So I went to all her panels. Missed some that I had really wanted to go to, but I'm glad I opted for the editor content of keycon than the author content. Because really, at this point, I've asked enough authors all the questions I'd want to ask of authors, and been working on the craft for long enough, that with a full novel as close to final draft as it is, the editor networking is far more valuable to me at this point.

Cut to the pitch session; I'm really glad I had my query letter and synopsis critiqued by the proposal package focus group. I brought them both, and I didn't expect her to read them both, but she did. At the end of the query letter, she laughed a little. I was confused and paranoid, and couldn't think of anything in the query letter that would make anyone laugh, but then she went on to the synopsis while I sat nervously waiting. Then she said it was a refreshing idea, and I couldn't think of a negative way of interpreting that. Then I explained I was still editing it, and she said when I was ready, to send it to her, and she gave me her card with her personal email address, which is something editors only do if they're serious. I walked away and the bunch of people waiting for their turn were like "You got her card! You're shaking!"

So now I have a bit of editing to do. In serious form. And thus begins the nano-style caffeine abuse until the deed is done.


May. 4th, 2010 05:43 pm
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Finally got all my tax forms a couple months ago for years ago, and got four years of taxes done. And since I'm poor, I get monies back. I've got one year back just today, and it's almost a month's wages. And there's three more years coming. I should be out of debt shortly. :)


May. 3rd, 2010 08:01 pm
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Second draft is done, Query letter is in final revisions, as is the synopsis, and I'm a chapter into the third draft. I have some major scenes to add here and there, but there are entire chapters I will probably be able to skim over and leave as is, after the second draft.I think I'm going to make myself a 2 month deadline for the third draft.
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He drinks black tea and plays fetch, and there's a new thing.

He's always had this odd preference for water he perceives to be fresh. You can take the water from his dish and pour it in a glass and put it down for him, and he'll drink that, but he doesn't want it from a dish, and he doesn't want it if he knows it's been sitting there more than a few minutes. He especially likes it if you hold the glass for him. Put a glass of water on the floor and hold a glass of water for him, and even if he sees both at the same time, he wants the glass you're holding. Only thing better than a glass you're holding for him, is a glass you're pouring, but once the water's in his dish, it's no good anymore. Getting them a water fountain with a filter and all has not helped.

Anyway, second part of this backstory: we got spray bottles to spray the cats with water when they're bad. I know, you see where this is going:

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Lots of people do book reviews on their blogs, and since I read books, I figure I might as well.

The latest series I've got into is the Age of Fire Series by E. E. Knight. It kicks ass. It's about dragons. But real dragons. Not the new age dragons that form a spiritual telepathic bond between themselves and their rider upon hatching. Real dragons - that eat people.

They're sentient, but they're definitely not human. They have instincts that are very not human, and it affects how they're relationships and societies form. Males are territorial and will kill one another. When they form cities, one of the most important trade routes is the one that brings in incense for them to burn that covers up the male smell so that the males can live together peacefully. There's all kinds of point like that; the whole world is very well thought out.

They're also easy to read, the plots move fast, and while the world is rich and seamless, the author doesn't get bogged down with details. This one, I would highly recommend. Unless you have a problem with toddlers being eaten.
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People are doing hypothetical cage matches between fictional characters from books, and George R R Martin has been posting about the results of his own characters' matches. Jaime apparently did in Hermione Granger, though I hadn't bothered to read about it, but this one I had to check out. I was amused, even though I haven't read A Song of Ice and Fire.
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I listened to a podcast story a couple of weeks ago, by Peter S. Beagle, called Gordon the Self Made Cat. It was cute, and it had a clever ending that I should have seen coming. And telling others who are unlikely to bother hearing the story, others guessed the ending when I got to that. It made me think, "why didn't *I* see it coming?"

And then I remembered a critique I got a year ago on the novel version of the Eyelet dove, where the critiquer said, "I know you're writing, and I should have seen that coming, but I didn't think about it, I just kept reading..." (this critiquer is going to love "the Box")

I think there was an immersion factor. The same way a stand-up magician redirects your attention to his other hand while he sticks the orange foam ball in his pocket. Then the ending comes up faster than you can stop to think about what the ending is going to be. When you're paying attention to the story, as long as the pacing is good, you don't think about what's going to come next. When I was telling the story, there wasn't that immersion, and the ending was obvious. Avatar was similar, it's so pretty and so real, that most people don't stop to think "This is an old story told a million times already."
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The Box is up to 53k words now, with the scenes I've added, and will probably be well over 60k when I'm done, with the scene I still plan to add. Which is a nice length for YA; for once I'm not agonizing over trying to shorten it; it has room to grow.

The thing I hate about editing is I have to be alert. I can do nano completely exhausted, jotting down bullshit tow get the story down and finished. But editing, there's no "bah, I'll fix that later." Later is now, and I have to fix it now.

And I'm so wiped after the stress of work now, that my brain just doesn't want to cope with that when I get home, and the caffeine has worn off, and I don't want to drink more caffeine because I have to go to bed and get up at 5:00 am to go back to work. It's not that I hate my job; it just takes up so much of the time and energy I wish I could spend writing. I think I will have to start abusing the caffeine again in order to get any real writing done. I made a goal of having a first rewrite of The Box done by the end of march and I'm quite a bit behind; chapter 6 of 14.


Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:10 am
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Plot has always been my strong point in writing, but even that had room to improve. I come up with plots in my head as a series of scenes that I want to fit in, then string them together in a way that makes sense and fill in the gaps between. The gaps between can be difficult sometimes, when I know what I want to happen, but not always how to get the characters there without using a fragile plot device.

The problem with that is that the story tends to be segmented then, with each chapter starting from status quo, and only one major thing changing at a time. And I keep telling myself I need to get as much out of each event and scene as possible. The plot of novel version of the Eyelet Dove is starting to come together in my mind much better, with several events happening all in the same scene, instead of isolated; which will make it all more compact and the story move faster, with fewer scenes needed to be set up, so I can pay more attention to the scenes that are set up. The battle for Avalice, for example, has a lot more characters involved, and where the characters end up in the end is a quit a bit different. It's now amalgamated about four different events into this one battle, so that I don't have to bring the action level up four times, just once, and keep it going.


Feb. 19th, 2010 08:24 pm
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I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Bard (4th Level)

Ability Scores:







Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment because it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)


Feb. 8th, 2010 06:47 am
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I have 5 critiques now on the first two chapters of "The Box", my Nano novel, and the general consensus is that it needs "polishing." Not rewriting, just touching up. Of course, it's got rewritten anyway. I had to, to smooth things out. I've cut a character, and took three characters I originally introduced in chaper 3, and used them in chapter 1. It helps pull it together. But it sounds like it doesn't have far to go before being publishable. The next novel submission package workshop they get going on the OWW, I should be able to get in on. Though, my pitch is already pretty good; it's got more than one person to start reading.


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