What’s Up Wednesday? Changing Things Up…

September 10, 2014

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blogfest to share the answers to a few simple questions… Join us! Looks like there’s a header tweak in WUW-land this week. Inspiration is out and perspiration is in! 😉

TreeWhat I’m reading:

Mostly “Victory Conditions” which I just finished today. I also finally got to the end of Richard Kadrey’s “Sandman Slim”, which I first picked up from Audible in January. Hmm, I thought that was longer. Possibly that’s because it was on my ‘to read’ list for longer than that.

What I’m writing:

Still not that much. I did a little work on revising “TimeBubble Blues” over the weekend.

What works for me:

Well, in general, finding time to work on public transit is still a good one, though exactly what I spend that time on is a little scattered lately. But I’ve got some good critique work done on the bus lately, and even some preparation for a Nanowrimo ML prep meeting. (It’s only seven and a half weeks to November!)

What else I’ve been up to:

Earned myself another ‘Most Productive Critiquer’ award with the critters.org workshop, and walked the charity 5k in around 52 minutes, which I’m pretty proud of. Ordered yet another refurb Dell laptop, and this one is doing pretty well so far, no defective drives or really any problems that I’ve noticed. Tried doing another sketch exercise over the weekend, from a still TV frame, and got frustrated with myself and gave it up. I think I may try again this Saturday and pick a different video ‘model’ 🙂

Keeping up with Doctor Who (yay!) and still watching the Harry Potter movies. This afternoon I finished the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Oh, and I signed up for a new Storywonk class, Sufficiently Advanced Magic. I’m really excited to be part of Alastair’s first live course, and it sounds like a great way to help flesh out two book ideas for Nanowrimo this year. I’ve got one idea so far–Tricia Colt, touched by Nox and Lethe–but I want to have two partial manuscripts so that I can pick whichever one is working better to submit to Kij Johnson’s workshop next February.

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What’s Up Wednesday? The creative doldrums…

September 3, 2014

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blogfest to share the answers to a few simple questions… Join us! And if you’re looking for Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I’ll probably be posting tomorrow.

TreeWhat I’m reading:

Well, I got a lot of reading done this week, especially when I was waiting in lines at Fan Expo. Finished “Lords and Ladies”, the novelization of “Spider-man 3”, and “Command Decision.” Read about five graphic novels, including two Doctor Who comics, and the first three volumes of the hilariously weird “Chew.” Reached the halfway point on “Annals of the Heechee”, started Elizabeth Moon’s “Victory Conditions”, and listened to some more Escape Artists.

What I’m writing:

Not that much just at this moment. Started fleshing out an urban fantasy idea that I may be saving up for Nanowrimo this year. I actually got the idea from the character prompts in a Dresden Files RPG session I played at Fan Expo, a girl with stealth magic who was ‘lost and never found.’

What inspires me right now:

Weird comic books, all the geeky energy I got from the crowds at Fan Expo, new Doctor Who episodes with Peter Capaldi, and Harry Potter movies.

What else I’ve been up to:

Went shopping for iPads with my Mom tonight, though she couldn’t find the model and color she wanted. Getting ready for a jam-packed weekend; trivia night in Dundas on Friday, then the BrightRun fundraiser for breast cancer on Saturday, and an epic write-in Sunday afternoon!

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Camp Nano Spotlight: Pretty, Pretty Bird

April 18, 2013

The letters of the A-Z appear to be following me in my real life. After getting into Odyssey, I found out that my Pocket PC got a busted screen. 😦 Will be calling around today to see if anybody can fix it cheap.

But moving on, today I’m spotlighting HeraldMage on my A-Z challenge series of interviews for Camp Nanowrimo, because Herald’s April project is titled “Pretty, Pretty Bird.”

How did you find out about Camp Nanowrimo?
I found out about Camp NaNoWriMo through the NaNoWriMo website.

Have you participated in Camp Nano before? If so, would you call it a success?
I took part in it last year during August. I didn’t win it, but I’d still call it somewhat of a success because I was able to get in a decent word-count and get started on a story that still has promise.

Do you know what you’re going to write this year?
Yes, I’m planning an Urban Fantasy. Well, I guess ‘planning’ should be used loosely…

What’s your favorite part of your Camp project?
Probably the ending, because I have no idea how it’s going to end. I usually have a vague idea on the ending for most of my stories, but this one I’m leaving up in the air until it’s time. I’m just hoping it’ll be a happy ending!

Sneaky Ninja question! What is your biggest fear when it comes to writing?
Definitely not being able to get the right emotion/message across to readers. Sometimes when I try too hard, it looks painfully obvious that it’s tacky or cliché.

chickadeeThere’s nothing much to say about me. I’m 23, have two dogs and two very loud, very messy cockatiels. I first got into writing in the eighth grade with (badly written) fanfiction. It wasn’t until the tenth grade and the assistance of my amazing English teacher that I began original fiction. My first story centered around an Egyptian prince going on a quest to save the Nile from drying up (it’s okay to laugh!). Even though it’s been a little under ten years since I first put pen to paper, I still have a lot to learn, and I’m quite content to frolic in made up worlds for as long as I can.

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