Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What's Happening Now?

Well, folks, it's that time again – time for our midweek update. Now, normally, this would be the characters' chance to reveal their current whereabouts, but given the suggestion last week that “we need an author's day without their input,” I figured it was the authors' turn to share what's happening in their lives – and in their stories.

So, let's hear it, authors. What have you been up to lately? Seen any interesting places? Encountered any memorable creatures? Found yourself, uh, in a spot of trouble, supernatural or otherwise?

Feel free to spill any and all of your latest adventures – including, of course, what you've been working on this week.

Remember, this is for authors only!

43 comments:

sex scenes at starbucks said...

The boys are going to be pissed. :)

I'm working on a bunch of projects: most currently a book to submit to small presses. It's what I call a straight fantasy: medievalesque world, guy hero who inadvertently gets close to the crown and affects the situation deeply.

But the boys keep calling me. I have their storyboard next to my desk covered in random stickies.

Marenya said...

“Aden fath, Marenya,” said a deep-timbred voice behind her. She turned to see Harth gazing at her with an appreciative grin, his hands clasped behind his back.

She returned the traditional greeting warmly. “Aden fath. It’s wonderful to see you again.”

“And you. You took my breath away a moment ago. I've never seen you looking lovelier.”

She bowed her head in acknowledgement of the compliment. She didn’t see Faldur, but didn’t want to appear rude by asking for him, as if Harth’s company were insufficient.

“I’m sorry we are so late arriving.”

“Is the Captain with you, then?”

“He is, but he had to clean himself up first. You know what messes he gets into.” He rolled his eyes. “I'm constantly getting him out of scrapes.”

“Since he isn’t here, would you dance with me?”

He sighed dramatically. “Unfortunately, as much as I hate to refuse a lovely hawin such as yourself, I cannot. Captain’s orders.”

“He didn’t!”

“I’m afraid he did. ‘Hands off,’ he said. You would think he didn’t trust me.”

Marenya wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or offended. Harth was the most incorrigible flirt, but surely she was old enough to decide that for herself.

“However–.” He looked around to see if anyone was watching them, then leaned closer and murmured in her ear,“He said nothing about my lips. So if you would care to stroll outside with me, I promise to keep my hands behind my back the entire time.”

The peal of laughter that escaped Marenya at this suggestion was so loud that it drew several surprised looks from those around them. Harth drew back, looking so offended she thought perhaps he had been serious.

Faldur said...

(scowling) Bo and "the boys" are a terrible influence. She never would have done that a year ago.

I need to have a talk with our author.

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Haha!

Demon boys are not meant to be a good influence.

Faldur said...

We should strive to be an improving influence on our acquaintances, not the reverse.

Marenya said...

And I suppose you were so interested in visiting Kalila's lamp a while ago in order to improve her morals?

Faldur said...

There is nothing wrong with Kalila's morals.

She simply doesn't have any. Which is better than disregarding the ones you have.

Marenya said...

I suppose you think that just because you choose to disregard me, everyone else will too?

Aidan said...

Hey Faldur, I don't really have any morals. I just pretend for Marenya's sake.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Aidan! You aren't supposed to be here today.

Aidan said...

Snort. Demon, remember?

Aidan said...

And Marenya, I would never disregard you. I do like you. And even though I don't have any morals and I'd like to...

Well. I won't. Not because of Faldur. But because of you.

Marc said...

It is SO PRECIOUS when he tries to be gallant, isn't it, Jase?

Jason said...

Too true, Marc.

Adorable.

Aidan said...

I want to know more about what happened with Kalila, Faldur. Kae's been wanting to get in her...um, lamp for ages now.

David Jace said...

Well, not too much has happened from a story point of view, but lots from the author's!!

First, I've been updating and adding to the website. There are now excerpts from the novels, as well as bonus pages of Meet the Characters stuff. I've added more poetry than there was before. And I've added entire short stories, one of which is a serial, so there will be new 'adventures' hopefully about once a month. Also, on all of the readings pages, there is a link at the bottom to use for commentary on the work. That's the website.

In a less marketing framework, I discovered a free program called FreeMind, which uses great free-thought, brainstorming/organizing sort of software. I'm using this t try to map out the characters and plots for my next project. This one is loaded with characters that all interact and yet all need to be different. I want none of the nearly one dozen main characters to be stock. So there's a fair pile of planning to do for that, which I'm in the process of.

Editing of Common Ground is on hold, in the mindset of "setting aside the first novel" and writing a few more instead. The other novels are just waiting in line to be written. My plan is to attack all the listed ones before bringing in any new worlds.

Finally, I've made a new resolution (last night) to regularly post on my blog. I'm going to shoot for once a week to start with, and see how that goes. :)

This week's coming post: The 200-Word Challenge!

bunnygirl said...

I'm so busy getting ready to go out of town and trying to close on my house that I haven't been able to promote Maelstrom at all. I only got my author copies this week, though, so it's not like I could've done much, anyway. It'll have to wait until I get back.

More frustrating is that for the last two months I've been more interested in writing flash fiction for my post-apocalyptic YA novel, Steal Tomorrow. Dystopian fic was my preference long before I wrote fun and frothy Maelstrom, so I suppose I'm just returning to my roots. Stress will do that to a person.

I've figured out what was wrong with my Steal Tomorrow sequel and I've been working on a new plot outline to see if I want to commit. I also have some new ideas for how to fix the Maelstrom sequel, so I'm feeling pretty torn these days. No wonder I'm spending all my writing energies on flash.

Here's hoping two weeks of hiking and massages will clear my head!

Laura Martone said...

Well, I should have known better than to think that our characters could keep quiet for a week. I did make it clear that this was supposed to be an "authors only" day, right?

Jesse Littleton said...

Oh, you made it clear alright. We just don't listen too good... or do what we're told.

Laura Martone said...

But, seriously, David, congrats on the new website. I'll check it out as soon as I have a free minute.

And, speaking from experience, blogging once a week is certainly doable, but almost every day? Not so much. So start slowly and work from there!

Laura Martone said...

Wow, Ann, two weeks of hiking and massages sounds wonderful! I'm so jealous. :-) Even as a travel writer, I've never experienced THAT much relaxation and rejuvenation! Go, you!

Aidan said...

Sorry, Laura.

Okay, not really.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Aidan... I think.

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Aidan said...

At least no one's talking about being naked.

Oh. Sorry again.

Daryl Harper said...

Great, Aidan, now I have nakedness on the brain again. Oh, wait, I'm a teenager. Goes with the territory.

Jil said...

I should be trying to get an agent for my last completed novel but everything I read about it is so discouraging, and writing queries etc. so time consuming, I just sat down and wrote another , a mystery about a woman photographer hired to chronicle the progress of thirteen foreign diplomats by trailer caravan across the US, but someone is trying to sabotage the journey, and Kendra must find out who. That one is in the editing stage and then, against my better judgement, I began Candy's tale.My kind of pet project. Between all this,my dog and husband,painting and going to the gym- let alone usual house stuff -the days are too short. (And here I am wasting more of it!)How do you all make time to send things out etc.?

sex scenes at starbucks said...

You have to just stop writing and send stuff out, Jil. I try to keep all my short fiction out at all times, and then I sub to agents, too. But I also publish with small presses. Writing is a journey, not a destination. Trying to break through to the big 6 is tough and I finally decided I wanted to write and be read, so small presses are working okay for me (so far - we'll see if this fantasy sells!) I'm also teaching a class at a community college and working at Electric Spec (http://electricspec.com)

But I'm discouraged too - here it is late May and I have NOTHING coming out for the rest of the year! I MIGHT have a book out late this year if the publisher gets their act together. Dunno.

Thinking of the fantasy, Draken should come hang around here for a bit. He wouldn't have the slightest idea what to make of Aidan, but he'd like Faldur just fine.

Laura Martone said...

I know what you mean, Jil. I haven't been doing the query route either - too discouraging. And, realistically, I know that my novel simply isn't ready. After having a few beta readers read it last summer, I realize that there's a long editing process ahead, and frankly, I've been dreading it... hence, why I've escaped into my travel writing lately. So, while I have no novel publication on the horizon, I at least have a travel guide coming out this fall. It's not the same, but it's something!

David Jace said...

Oh Jil, you're Candy's author? She's so adorable. Somehow, I think I was hoping that my characters would end up stranded on the island with her. :)

We all understand the discouragement. I started teaching this year, and almost NOTHING has gotten written all year, except for the start of a novel during NaNoWriMo when I was writing alongside my students. Very frustrating to go so long without being able to write anything.

Laura Martone said...

Yes, David, I must admit that, while I wish everyone here the best of luck with their writing goals, careers, etc., it's sometimes heartening to know that I'm not the only one discouraged by the current state of the publishing industry... and the challenges of becoming a published novelist. :-)

sex scenes at starbucks said...

The industry is going through a lot right now, along with the rest of the world. I can't reiterate enough the value in publishing a lot of small stuff, too. Don't sell yourself short (meaning, don't blow of the Big 6) but don't just quit with them. There are TONS of opportunities for writers out there.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Sexy! That's solid advice.

Christine H said...

Jil, I haven't sent anything in five years. I'm still trying to write the same novel, with all the other stuff you mentioned happening, too: 3 jobs, husband, child, dogs, housecleaning, etc.

Christine H said...

P.S. It seems everything I have posted has gone wrong today, in one way or another. So perhaps that's a sign from God to quit blogging and just write.

Laura Martone said...

I wouldn't read into it too much, Christine. On the other hand, blogging DOES tend to put a crimp in actual writing! Good luck!

Christine H said...

No, it's more like I'm tired, distracted, and not reading things through before I respond.

I had no clue this was really an author day until you said something in the comments, and even then I thought you were being sarcastic at first!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Christine, don't be so hard on yourself. I was only half-serious when I made my "authors only" comment. Humans are creatures of habit - believe me, I know this to be true - so I figured that, after weeks of doing character-only posts for "What's Happening Now?", I might cause a ruckus if I switched it up... but I was only trying to appease the author(s) who mentioned it last week. So, no worries! CIC is supposed to be fun!

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Well the boys are rule breakers so they came anyway.

Laura Martone said...

Don't I know it, SSAS?

Donna Hole said...

Wow, so good to see so many authors here.

Sex Scenes: your project sounds intriguing. You have story boards? That's cool.

And David, I'm excited for you and all the work you're doing to your site to promote your writing. That kind of dedication will end in more sales you know? :) I'm intrigued enough to stop by your site later.

Bunny Girl: Is Maelstrom finally out for purchase? Or was it May 31? I'll have to check out the site again. I am anxious to get a copy. I know what you mean about distractions of shorter writings. I've been more focused on that myself.

(waves to Laura) Hello; hope the travel brochure is doing well. I haven't seen you posting lately; but I haven't been around much either.

Hey Jil: Wow, started another project, that's cool. Sometimes setting aside one project for a while is a good thing. I'm glad you're working on Candy's story; she's so sweet. I enjoy her postings.

Hang in there Christine H. Marenya and Faldur's epic will be published. Its too good a story, and your writing is excellent. I adore your characters.

So you're wondering; what am I doing. Procrastinating. (lol) Actually, just taking a break from searching for an agent, sending out queries for Not Her Mothers Fate (boy do I need a new title) and doing some revisions.

My first week of vacation is almost over - and I haven't got a thing accomplished except finished the beta read.

Back at it. It was nice seeing you all.

...........dhole

Laura Martone said...

Thanks for stopping by, Donna! And good luck with your queries - that's so exciting!

(Yeah, I haven't been blogging much at Laura's Simple Pleasures lately. Been too busy with my Florida Keys guide and my American Nomad blog... but I plan to change that soon.)

David Jace said...

Thanks for the nice words, Donna! Nice to see another face here. :)