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I was pointed to an awesome site today.  Ever wonder if that rejection letter you received from Editor X is a form reject or not?  In most cases, it's fairly easy to tell, but some Editors send out such nice letters, I've sometimes felt it was a personal reply, only to learn later that it wasn't.  So wonder no more, the Rejection Wiki is for you!  There's navigation links on the left so you can upload your own if you so desire.  I found out that my Asimov's rejection was a form, but the "higher tier" one, which makes me feel better. 

Curse you, Jack!  I had an awesome yoga workout today, and was overcome halfway through by a longing for a milkshake from Jack in the Box.  So I was going to HAVE to have a greasy taco and french fries to go with it, right?  At the signal, I almost talked myself into going left and going on home for a healthy yogurt and granola bar lunch, but I decided ice cream was more what I needed to indulge myself with, so I went straight.  But the drive through lane was full -- FULL, I tell you! -- and I wasn't desperate enough to get in line.  Dammit.  Grief goes better with ice cream, you know.  Last night we went to Baskin Robbins for $1 scoop night, and it really did soothe.  So, I came on home and consoled myself with a Frito Boat lunch.  There may have been one or two
each of these. 

But it was a poor comparison to a strawberry milkshake with whipped cream topping.  *sigh*

Am doing much better today, although the house seems awful empty.  But at least I know poor Crooked Cat isn't hurting anymore, because in hindsight I see now how truly awful and pathetic he was at the end.  Thank you all for listening. 
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I swear, I'm getting ADHD in my old age.  I find it increasingly harder to concentrate on things.  Which accounts for my usually having open about 20-gajillion tabs on my browser all the time.  Because, I *am* going to read that article/story/research item one of these days when I can focus for more than 2 seconds.  But, as I'm sure most of you can attest, all these open tabs leads to a straggling internet.  But, thanks to a heads-up from the ever-knowledgeable [ profile] jamietr , I've started using Evernote.

Basically, it installs and you can keep and organize notes, which make it a great research tool.  But what I love best is the web clipper application, which is a separate download.  Now when I have a page I want to read later, all I have to do is click on the little elephant icon in the corner of my browser, and Evernote copies the whole page for me (or if you highlight sections in the page, it just clips the sections instead of the whole page) to read later.  I can add tags, and organize the notes.  It's a quick way to clip pictures from the web, too.  I believe you can sync your notes through your iphones and ipads and other such devices, should you have any.

Debut Day

Sep. 1st, 2010 11:21 am
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Daily Science Fiction arrived in my inbox this morning!  If you haven't subscribed yet, you *really* should!  Especially if you want to receive a story by Yours Truly in the sometime near future.

I've been a big fan of M.K. Hobson ([ profile] mkhobson ) since reading Hotel Astarte (now available on her website, but originally published in Realms of Fantasy.  Now her debut novel, The Native Star, has launched!  If you make a little trip to her website, you can read the prologue and Chapter 1, plus other assorted goodies, for free!  HERE!  I've read both, and the book is definitely on my WANT list!  Witches, zombies, warlocks, ghosts!  Oh, MY!
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I did it!  I have 10 subs out.  I'm still counting WotF, even though I know that's a rejection, but that gives me a week or so probably to get another story ready to sub.  Actually, that story is going right back out.  I feel so accomplished having 10 stories out at once.  Now to keep that number as steady as I can.  I still have 2 stories in the red, and another that *should* be in the red, but officially it's not, although it's over it's reading time.  Anyone else notice how long the markets are taking?  I imagine it's the quality of subs out there flooding them. 

Hey, have you ever written a story using the POV of the opposite gender and wonder if you pulled it off?  Now there's a definitive answer!  Wonder no more!  Just cut and paste your text into the Gender Genie!  I'm happy to know that the story I have written from a male POV has a slightly higher Male Score than Female.  :-D
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I'm having trouble with a story.  It started out as a flash, and now I'm trying to expand it full length by adding another scene to the beginning.  I can't find the right words.  I try to make a sentence and end up with about 5 different tries -- all fragments.  Then I realize, it's not the words I'm having trouble with, it's the voice.  I haven't found the voice for the story yet.  I never realized that's what's so hard about openings, is finding the right voice for the story.  And so I decided that instead of trying to find the perfect sentence, I should concentrate just on getting some thoughts and words and ideas down and muscle along until I know enough of the story to find the voice--or let the voice find me. 

ETA:  And.... it's worked.  I kept stumbling along and writing down ideas and words, even if they were essentially repeats of what I'd just said, even if they were out of order, and lo and behold, the story found me.  Or the scene.  I have the whole end, I just need to add a new scene onto the beginning, and then do some expanding on the rest.  This is the feeling I've been looking for, for quite a while now.  That big excitement and joy in writing, the enthusiasm to finish the story, to discover that world.  I've been in a very blah mood about writing, and was beginning to fear I would never feel inspired again.  I'm so very glad I kept hammering away at it.

Now, may I direct you, if you haven't seen it yet, to Nathan Bransford's post HERE. Specifically the part about relationships.  It strikes me as very true, and something to keep in mind when crafting stories.   It's about creating tension for the reader by having the character's relationship being full of up's and down's.  One moment the boy feels the girl enjoys the heck out of him, the next moment, he feels she's ignoring him. 
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A few lookies:

May I direct you to [ profile] maryrobinette 's journal?  Two posts there I think you'll find very informative.

The first:  Changing the Opening Line  A post about revising and moving an opening line that changes the reader's perceived emphasis of the story. 

The second:  The Shades of Milk and Honey style sheet  The Shades of Milk and Honey is her upcoming novel.  I mean, who knew there were style sheets?  Well, obviously I didn't.  You can download her style sheet to see what an honest to goodness real one looks like.

From there, I suggest going over to the said copy editor's page, Deanna Hoak  to read an interesting entry explaining just what a style sheet is and what items of importance she looks for when making one.  Brings up an interesting point about keeping track of character names, spellings, and all, and a possible easy way to do it in one's own work.

From there, I suggest the [ profile] odysseyworkshop  with a post on Character Arc.  This is one of the ideas I've been trying to get straight in my own mind and my writing agenda, paying close attention to it as opposed to letting it happen by chance (or not happen, as the case may be, resulting in a flat story).  This post is an interview with Odyssey graduates on how they create character arcs in their own reading.  And by the way, did you know you can download podcasts from the Odyssey Workshop guest lecturers from the Odyssey site?  Or, here on their LiveJournal page   I'm still trying to find time to actually *listen* to them, of course.  If I'd use one of my ten brain cells, I could probably figure out that I can put them on a CD (no I do not have an iphone or a ipod or anything like that) and listen to them in the car. 
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Dame, a buddy from Liberty Hall, has a really cool flash story up at Flash Fiction Online.  You know, it's a flash, so it only takes a few minutes to read, and I guarantee you'll really like this one.  So drop on over to FFO and give "The Door" by Damon Shaw a read.  You won't be sorry!

Flash Fiction Online

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First, two writing links.

The first is snurched from [ profile] syndicated

The MigWriters site has an amazing post breaking down the difference between the two children's categories of middle grade and young adult.  To define the two, they pull a lot of good info from a variety of different sources - editors, agents and writers alike.
It's just a big, fat post tackling tough questions about these categories.  If you're a kids reader, this is a post you want to read. Questions they address include the following:

•    How long is a MG vs YA book?
•    Who reads MG and YA books?
•    How old is the protagonist?
•    What are MG and YA books about?

Next, a post about procrastination (I could have my Masters or a Doctorate in this area!  I do consider myself a Professional) from [ profile] damcphail .

And last, an "I knew it!" moment!   Doubt that Hitler really died in that bunker   Many years ago I read a mysetery/suspence/spy thriller on this very subject.  Hitler escaped to South America and had founded a whole new generation of Nazis.  Can't think of the name of it though.  Anyone remember?  It made a lot of sense and I always wondered if it was based on fact/gossip. 

Over and out.

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Some good advice from [info]nancyfulda :   

Three Things Every Aspiring Writer Should Know

I especially liked the section titled "Your Stories are not Babies; They're Guinea Pigs"


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