Ninja Spotlight #1 – Megan

June 13, 2012

Okay, so, I’m pleased to finally kick off my Ninja Spotlight interview series with Megan, from Paws, Fangs, and Smiles. Because though Ninjas may love the darkness, every writer needs the light shined on them every once in a while! 😉

Are you more of an optimist, pessimist, or exactly in-between?

I am absolutely more of an optimist. Whenever anything happens that sets me back I’m always thinking that it happened because there’s something better around the corner. I think it’s a pretty good way to look at things when you’re dealing with writing and publishing, because it’s so easy to get discouraged otherwise.

Do you believe in true love?

Absolutely! Every story I write has some sort of true love element in it.


Who is the most important person in your life?

My husband, and my true love. He’s the one person who’s always there reminding me to revise something or to keep writing when I’m about to give up. Without him I don’t think I’d be as far as I am in my writing journey. 🙂

I’m currently revising and cutting the word count on a Young Adult werewolf novel about Charlie Manson-like pack leaders and running from your past. And of course, there’s a love story. Paws, Fangs & Smiles is my way of connecting with other writers out there who may be facing some of the same obstacles I am. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet a lot of really talented writers and connect with some truly awesome critique partners along the way.

I hope to be finished revising by the end of July, and- after my critique partners read through it- I’ll be querying to agents by September with my fingers crossed.

Thanks for volunteering for the spotlight, Megan!


Lost notes from long-ago conventions.

May 26, 2011

Well, I went through the memo pad files on my Palm tungsten handhelds this evening, looking for more material on Ad Astra, but when I realized that I had some notes from even longer ago, I thought that I had to share them first. I’ll try to edit for a bit of clarity when I can, but these will generally be very rough, just what I managed to type down at the time. Please reply with questions in the comments about anything that intrigues you, and I’ll answer in more detail if I can, or speculate otherwise.

This first memo I don’t honestly know where it’s from, but it could be from Polaris 2010:

How to write
worldbuilding – know how things work and where things are
map of dystopian ontario – civilization around hydro plants, cancer pollution zones
writing a story in 24 hours – with prompts from strangers and libraries
outlining a story before starting the first sentence
have to be willing to kill characters off, even if you like them and they don’t want to die
two characters running around a building in opposite directions but not meeting
to master the art of outlining… Or not?
character driven writing – know their skilllsets, and then make them go beyond
appendectomy with a spoon and first aid training
wars and the aging of characters – retconning your history
computer tools – custom dictionary spell check, massive internet research, excel file for character bible, search and replace, macros for italicizing ship names
chinese font issues – pdf submissions
preparation details that don’t get into the book – lots of them
helps you live in that world
the grist mill – after being in one when it was working, the feel was wrong, needed to rewrite
tinker’s plague, triangular trade deficits, drove some of the plot
writing programs – ms word with all auto functions turned off, simple good manuscript format
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