Month: November 2014
So for today’s very special linking post, have some posts and pages that promote indepedent artists and small businesses during the holiday season.
First up, on DW we have alexseanchai hosting Giftmas Open Mic and ysabetwordsmith hosting the Winterfaire 2014. The Faire can also be found on LJ here. And John Scalzi is hosting the Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2014 starting December 1st.
Oh, and M.C.A. Hogarth has put the ebook of Black Blossom on sale until December 1st. It’s a gorgeous book and I happily recommend it. And I apparently did not talk about in detail. Oops.
Have fun shopping! ^_^
Many of my friends are avid listeners to music. Some of the authors I know practically swear by writing with music in the background. I used to, but nowadays I tend to get distracted. (I can still do it, but I need to have been writing for a while and by then I forget I wanted to turn the music on. *sigh* So nowadays I write in silence.) Still, I have several powerful weaknesses when it comes to music and I thought it could be a fun topic to discuss. ^_^ Though these are weaknesses, they aren’t necessarily things I actively seek out. These are some of the things that can (and will and have) halted me dead in my tracks within a couple of seconds and derailed my thoughts completely.
Just a couple of links for you today, some are crowdfunding projects and some are not. Enjoy! ^_^
Learn about Vivandières and Cantinières: also known as “women who were an official government-sanctioned part of the French army for centuries, who saw combat and who were emphatically not prostitutes tagging along”. This is a very very basic gist of what the site is about.
The Sustainable Economy: Co-ops and Other People-Friendly Businesses: This is mostly about a sustainable law center. (I really love the idea of a writers’ co-op, by the by.)
Horses of the Moon, a Kickstarter for a series of novellas by Judith Tarr.
thebonesofferalletters on DW is currently hosting a prompt call with the theme: LGBTQA themes and/or creators and creations.
The Redeemer Chronicles, a Kickstarter for a novel (series) by CE Murphy.
SUNY-ESF have managed to develop a blight-resistant version of the American chestnut tree. They’re fundraising to help restore the tree to its native range.
Angela Korra’ti is having a promotional sale of Faerie Blood which runs until December 1st.
Lastly, meet Zeus, a blind owl.
I have three words for you this week. Just three: Dragon Age Inquisition.
All right, that’s not everything. Other highlights of the week include: insomnia, central heating breaking, more hours at work and mostly it’s been one thing after the other all week long. Except for DAI which, um, may have seen me lose track of time under the guise of “Just one more quest” turning into “Oh, just one more area”. Oops. And, of course, it means the writing suffers. Tremendously and dramatically.
I am okay with that, for the most part. I’m not trying to write a whole novel in a month, after all, just to get properly started and a decent way into at least one project. I’m on chapter 4 of this one and so far all chapters have clocked in around 2,500 words. We’ll see if that lasts, but it means I’ve got around 10K on this story. I got stuck on a particular scene there, which is part of why I let myself get distracted. Something about the characters was feeling off. I’m still not entirely sure what’s bothering me despite letting the story percolate for a while.
It doesn’t feel like a situation where the major events of (some of) the scenes are wrong, just that the emotional shift of them and some of the motivations resulting from there aren’t quite where they should be. Yet.
Apparently, I am still utterly awful at this whole linkspamming thing. So, today, I’m offering you a grand total of 10 links. This is by no means the entire list, but I figured I’d spread them out a bit.
- Book Pages through the Eyes of a Synesthete (Or, how one synesthete sees books.)
- Airline Employs Dog to Help Return Lost Items to Passengers at Amsterdam Airport
- How to Survive Your Next Monday as Told by Owls
- These Long Exposure Pictures Of Fireflies Reveals Just How Beautiful They Actually Are
- Sheep Herding Demonstration with Border Collies
- 25 Baby Animal Pics
- Diversity: Australian Women Writers Challenge (lots of posts on diversity in Australian fiction; lots of books mentioned too)
- The Prince who Never Laughed by Amy Rae Durreson (Actually, go poke around the Queer Romance Month website as a whole. So many good posts.)
- Honeybees love coffee too: an infographic
- Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen envisioning what the girls of Disney might look like in real life.
Over on Dreamwidth (and probably LJ), there’s a talk meme going around for the month of December. The idea behind the original meme is that you write a post for every day of December discussing… Well, whatever people ask you about. (This is, of course, provided that you get enough topics to cover the entire month.)
I’m not going to be able to write a post every day in December, but I’d be happy to take topic suggestions all the same and I’ll get to them when I get to them. ^_^ (Unless, of course, you ask about something I don’t want to or can’t talk about.) Hopefully we’ll get some lovely conversations going! I’ve actually got a writing meme I got tagged for still lying about somewhere that I’ve been saving up for the new year or so as well, so that’ll probably show up in January/February too. But I’d love some more topics to discuss. ^_^
So… Anything in particular you’d like me to talk about? ^_^ I don’t bite, I promise.
Last month, I interviewed friend and fellow writer/blogger Cheryl Mahoney about her newest book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters. This month Cheryl is interviewing me about my latest release, Tales of the Little Engine. You can read the interview here at Tales of the Marvelous. A little later today Cheryl will also have a review up about Tales. Once it’s live (in a few hours or so), it can be found here. (*bites nails*)
I hope you’ll enjoy both the interview and the review! And please do check out Cheryl’s own works if fairytale retellings are of interest to you. Hers are lovely. ^_^
Just to remind everyone reading alone who doesn’t know the plot twists and hasn’t seen this yet: SPOILERS GALORE. In fact, spoiler warnings are off once you click the cut, so please make sure that you’re caught up to episode 10. You will encounter spoilers. Lots of spoilers. ALL OF THE SPOILERS AND SOME OF THEM ARE FAIRLY BIG. Turns out I was wrong. There are surprising twists of spoilerificness still to be had.
I AM EXCITE. And I’m looking forward to redoing this whole thing again some time in future when I have a) the episodes to marathon them and watch them entirely at my leisure, b) have watched the episodes enough times that I’m a little more capable of objectivity and coherence. Still, for now. Episodes 9 and 10.
And, just so you all know, this twice-a-month thing is slowly starting to drive me batty. Just make it bi-weekly, please. Or, you know, I’d settle for a time machine so I could travel into the future and watch the rest now. But, alas, we have to wait. *flop*
I feel like I should be writing some more today, but I’m actually pretty tired and I figured I’d try and write up the second week commentary a little early for all that I’m still scheduling it for the Sunday. I’m not sure what the weekend will bring in terms of writing yet. It should see me through into the 30K total and comfortably on track for the rest of the month.