Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday


Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

Today's Question: What is the best book you read in September?

Due to my return to school, and therefore, my decreased Novel Consumption, I would have to say:

my own.

It's beautiful!


I finished the first draft of my novel at the end of August and read it over about the middle of September and it was the best (and only) fiction I read all month.

I really hope next month is not as dry novel-wise.

What was the best book you read in September?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Realistic Male POV: Never-Fail Technique

Russell Crowe smoking2 Russell Crowe Admits To Smoking 40 Cigarettes A Day
"I get so emotional in times like these."
Unless you're a guy yourself, you might find it difficult to write a convincing and realistic male point of view, or even just authentic male characters.  The other day, Tyler-Rose weighed in on this during a discussion and I found her advice too good to not share. 

"I just imagine Russell Crowe saying the lines.  If it works for him, I figure it's manly enough."
~Tyler-Rose Counts

Well said, my good blog-partner.  Well said. 

I've read a lot about how to write a good male POV or a convincing male main character, but at the end of the day, what could work better than testing those lines or thoughts on a real-live man? 

If not Russell Crowe, who would you use for this exercise? 


That's all for now...  I'll be back eventually with another Blog-Epic installment.  We're nearing the end!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Manuscript and Warprize

I started the first full read through of my WIP yesterday. I simply couldn't wait any longer. There was practically smoke rising from the hole it was burning in my desk drawer.

I've heard it suggested that one should do one's first read through all in one sitting. I think that might have been possible, had I been content to read all night. However, there is only so much sleep I will lose. Even for my writing. And I did have an exam today, so I read Part One (I have parts, did I mention that? I think It's awesome) and left Part Two for today.

My reactions so far?

Before I get to that, I think I should probably tell you about Warprize . . . 
 
                                             
 
 This is Warprize.
 
Can you see the see-through dress?
And it is supposed to be the guy with blue eyes.
Those are clearly female blue eyes.
 
 
It was published in 2005 by Tor Romance. This is from Tor, people.
 
 It is rife with character inconsistencies, bad dialogue, implausible situations, men who move like hunting cats and wear nothing but black leather and chain mail at all times (even though they're in a desert?), battle rage, slavery which turns out not to be slavery, amazing non-sex, see-through dresses . . .
 
And I love it dearly.
 
In fact, I find it very motivating. I would even say it has become something of a luck charm for me. Warprize was the first book I read where I stopped reading to think, "Good heavens, my writing is better than hers." I keep it with me to remind myself that if this can get published, I can get published. When I'm feeling especially gloomy about my prospects I read bits of it to myself and to Susan and find I cheer up almost immediately.
 
So, how did I feel about my manuscript?
 
As I set the last page of Part One down on the table in front of me, I found myself thinking, "Hmm. It's better than Warprize."
 
And that is very encouraging.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Plot Revelations!!!!

This has been one of the worst writing days I've had in a long time. 
 
Not only did I accomplish almost nothing from eight in the morning to midnight today, but my failing, flailing, ailing attempts at getting some writing done led me to neglect all homework, until now.  (As I write this it's just past midnight.  Hence the "things not to do" label on this post.) 

But that's okay, because I just had a....

PLOT REVELATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And let me tell you, this is a plot problem my subconscious has been working on for a LONG.  TIME. 

A long time. 

Really. 


And now I'm wondering if I had such a bad writing day because my brain was finally finishing up with that idea.  Is that possible???

In any case, I am HYPER.  (Poor Tyler-Rose...I think I woke her up when I knocked on her door to tell her this...)  I have no idea how I'm supposed to focus on translating Cicero at this point, but I am going to try!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

RTW #146: Favorite Required Reading


Road Trip Wednesday  is a weekly even hosted by YA Highway!  Click here to join in! 


This week's question:  Back to school time! What's your favorite book that you had to read for a class?

Since it's "YA" Highway, I have an inkling that this is supposed to refer to highschool.  I'm going to have to go with Shakespeare (meaning, in my high school experience, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet).  I liked Shakespeare, and even if I didn't really know why at that point, I think I knew he was worth liking.  In any case, Shakespeare's plays were a lovely respite from the miserable stuff they kept raining down on us.  (See this earlier RTW post if you're wondering where that comment's coming from...)

Shakespeare cookies, found in a giftshop in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tyler-Rose and I didn't buy any, but they sure looked good.
And is it just me, or does he appear to be sleeping?

As far as college goes, I absolutely cannot pick a favorite book I've been assigned.  Probably because my professors are so brilliant and good at their job.  (Although...it might still be Shakespeare, now that I've studied more of him.  Figures.)


In other news, our Summer Blog-Epic is wrapping up!  Check out the Blog-Epic tab above or click here to see Tyler-Rose's latest addition!  (Will Marianne save the cave-dwelling rebels?  Will her brother gain night-vision?  Will their dragon be cured of the Flake?  I don't even know, and I'm writing the next installment...)