Still chugging!

Yeah, a lot is going on, but today I found some time and edited chapters 3-6. Some things I’m happy with, but I’m not sure how well I’m balancing the need for exposition with the need to keep things interesting—I feel like, OK, you don’t have to explain EVERY last thing….

Behold, I live!

OK! I am now living halfway across the country, but things have calmed down enough that I decided to take a shot at editing Trials some more! I’m starting at the beginning (because it’s been a looooong time), and I did the first two chapters!

An announcement

Obviously I haven’t been very focused on the novel lately—part of the reason is that it’s tax time, but the other part is that my mother (who lives in Texas) has been doing more and more poorly. I’d pretty much decided that I was going to have to move there, and a recent visit has made it clear that I’m going to have to move as soon as possible (i.e. after April 15, for none dare challenge the Tax Gods).

So I’m going to be very focused on all of that for the next few-to-several months. Hopefully once things settle down and there’s a good routine going, I can dive right back in and finish Trials!

Fantasy, race & romance

Via Isobel Carr, there’s an interesting article up about how race is used in the fantasy genre, and how that might be improved.

I’ve read a couple of fantasy/science-fiction romances that I felt were a little…weird this way. The way that they work is that the Protagonist is secretly an X. Then they meet Romantic Object…who is also an X! This means that they are soul mates who will bond and marry and live happily ever after, the end.

I mean, I know I’m a hard sell on romance, but I can’t be the only one to think this is lazy as shit. Why bother trying to generate chemistry between two characters when you can just make them both, I dunno, androids or empaths or Greek gods or aliens from the plant Blorn! Easy-peasy!

Except it’s not very engaging, and it’s got this weird, forced, essentialist element to it. I mean, if I’m from Blorn, and you’re from Blorn…there are probably a billion or so other Blornians back on our home planet, so what makes our relationship so damned special? Maybe we feel a connection because we are two lonely Blornians on Earth, but it’s going to take a bit more than that for our relationship to move past the hot fling stage into love eternal.


The year end/beginning of tax time is a real bitch, huh?

There’s also some personal & family stuff going on, so we’ll see how much I can get done. I’m hoping to resume editing in a few days, so fingers crossed.

Progress report

I started editing today and did the first two chapters. They’re generally OK (this is part of the book that’s been gone over before), but since the first draft is done I can dive a bit deeper and better address structural issues and flow.

Progress report

Took it easy today and just fixed some things that had bothered me after I finished writing yesterday. In the process I realized that a major scene in one of the last chapters…also happens about 10 chapters before. Whoops! The perils of having a lot of time pass between writing days!

Progress report

Another 1,000 words down! Whoo!

This is for Trials, by the way.

Tomorrow I have an allergy shot—I’m stepping up again, but it’s only four shots (tomorrow is shot three), and they haven’t been bad. Hopefully I can continue Saturday or maybe even Friday.

Progress report

Yes! We have progress once again! I wrote 1,100 words—this is part of the climactic end. I’m OK with it as a rough draft, although I do feel a bit like it’s one of these James Bond-type situations where the villain stops to explain his evil plan.

I live!

Yeah, things have been pretty crazy—I had jury duty, and not only was I seated but it turned out to be a three-week trial. After that was done (and I did the research I wasn’t allowed to do as a juror—holy shit, did people lie to us! I mean, we didn’t believe them, so still I think we ruled the right way, but it’s kind of ridiculous what people are allowed to say under oath, and I definitely think the way medical science is presented in court could use some reform), I had to take care of everything else that had fallen by the wayside. At this point I’m mostly just shopping for winter, though, which is something I can obviously do in my spare time. I was going to write today, but I got four hours of sleep last night, so that’s just not going to happen. I should be able to get up and at it tomorrow—honestly, I don’t have that much left to do on Trials, I’m really at the climactic ending now, so I’m hopeful I can get this first draft done sooner rather than later.

Progress report

I've been away, but I'm back and wrote 1,180 words! Whoot! And some exciting words they were!

You know, I've mentioned that I'm a tough sell with romance books, but I've been really enjoying the ones by Amy Raby (be aware that they are fairly erotic). I think it's because she does a really good job of fitting the romances into some pretty complex fantasy/adventure plots. Often when I've tried adventure romances, it feels like there's this We Must Save the Universe! story going on, and then it gets interrupted by, Will Our Heroine be Able To Find Love? which winds up making the romance feel extremely trivial. (You're never going to find romance if you're all blown to kingdom come!) But with these stories the geopolitics going on actually affect the main characters in personal ways, so resolving the one helps resolve the other and makes it all very gratifying. I like 'em!