in_the_blue: (dany)
Because I'm not juggling enough shit, I decided to enter Pitch Wars. Part of that, apparently, is posting my bio in a place where the mentors can read it if they want to find out more about me. Because I agonized over this more than I've agonized over anything else lately, I'm sharing it.

If you want to take a look, it's over on my Wordpress blog. Let me know if you have any questions or comments...or if it makes you more (or less) interested in reading the book.

Unrelated, I spent last night doing a bunch of "Which Game of Thrones Character Are You?" quizzes. Usually I get Dany or Jon Snow. Last night I was Arya more often than not. Now where did I hide Needle again?
in_the_blue: (eddie's all alone)
[ profile] scribble_myname tagged me for this meme, so what the hell, why not! It goes like this:

Pull seven lines from the seventh page of your WIP, then you're supposed to tag seven other writers.

My moral dilemma is always this: do I go with my double-spaced manuscript to get to the 7th page, or single-space it to see what happens?

7 lines from the double-spaced version:

Without saying a word she hands me her coffee in its to-go cup. It’s sweet of her but I wave it off. I’m not a white chocolate mocha type of guy and for all the time we’ve spent together on this tour, I’m sure that’s exactly what she’s drinking this time of day.

"What," she says, laughter filling in the rough edges of her accusation, "are you afraid caffeine might actually make you string a few words together?"

"Guilty," I tell her, trying hard not to smile. This is the same dance we’ve been doing the past few months. A step forward, two steps back.

7 lines from the single-spaced version (so I'm cheating, too bad):

"Sound diffusion."

The corner of Jesse’s mouth curves up in a smile. "You really are a complete fucking geek." Before I can protest, she adds one more thing. "I like that about you."

I try not to smile too hard, but there’s nothing about that effort that isn’t a losing proposition. Lucky for my self esteem, she doesn’t say a word about it.

I don't even know who to tag, who's writing these days? Um... [personal profile] ceitfianna, [personal profile] misslucyjane, [personal profile] thewickedlady, and anyone else who's writing and wants to show off their work!


Jun. 3rd, 2015 05:42 pm
in_the_blue: (no opinion)
So, my kid and I saw Mad Max: Fury Road (in 3D!) today.

my thoughts )

(In unrelated news, I have tickets to see Brian Setzer in June.)

ALSO: Writing more, based on the first feedback from one of my beta readers because I agreed with her comments wholeheartedly.
in_the_blue: (a bolt from the blue)
I've been rewriting my NaNoWriMo novel from this past year. I let it sit for a while, then decided to rewrite it from multiple POVs. What started out as a 74k first draft is now a 110k second draft.

My initial plan was to tell the story in three voices. That grew to five, but I'm going to edit it back down to four. The most difficult thing was making each voice distinct to the point where you could open it up to the middle of a chapter and within a few lines tell which of the characters was narrating. Nothing drives me crazy faster than having to go back and check to see who's speaking because they all sound the same.

During this edit, I realized I cannot force formula on this story. I originally envisioned it as a standalone category romance, but my characters refused to do the usual meet-greet-fuck-disagree-break up-reconcile thing, and I'm glad because I've read so many badly done romances this past six months or so, and I don't like them when they're badly done. The writing can be good but the story can still suck, or the plot can be acceptable but the writing is so sloppy, and... just no. So I'm calling this one an adult contemporary with strong romance elements.

The more I worked on the story, the less formulaic it became. I think four is a manageable number of perspectives, and the story's widened beyond a romance to include a richer environment and far better cast of characters. I'll pitch it as a look at working, living, loving, stumbling, and getting back up again, all behind the scenes on a major rock tour. I'm good with that.

I just compiled it for Kindle, so next I'll read it on my phone or tablet because it's much easier to spot errors and inconsistencies that way. Once it's gone through that round of editing, I'm sure I'll be looking for a few beta readers. If you think you'd be interested, let me know.
in_the_blue: (yo ho yo ho)
...I just signed up for a Novel Intensive through SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) that takes place in a month and a half. I promised myself I'd do it, and... there. Registered.

I'm discovering a lot of interesting things about myself during this process of putting myself out there. That's a post for a different day, it's just... interesting. I mean, I'm an extrovert, but a shy one. Every step of this journey is work. I've been blessed all my life with things coming fairly easily, but this one's an uphill battle all the way.

It's good for me.
in_the_blue: (yo ho yo ho)
Happy Friday, everyone. Time for some writing updates.

I've been brave and putting my work out there. I entered a contest called Pitch Plus 1, where you're judged on your novel's pitch and first page (up to 250 words). I made it past the first round and now my pitch and first 250 are up at the contest website. If you're so moved to leave a comment or constructive criticism there for me, I would appreciate it!

I also entered Pitch Madness, because why not? This one's your 35-word logline ("hook," they call it, much to the dear Captain's dismay) and first 250 as well. Got something to enter? It's hosted by author Brenda Drake, and you have a couple days to get your entry in there. This is a huge contest with no limit on the number of entries, so the odds of making it through are small. But small>none in my book.

My philosophy still stands that a story sitting on a hard drive can be the best thing ever written, but if it stays on the hard drive and no one gets to read it, is it still snowing in Boston? The futility of not sharing writing with other people is one of the most dangerous pitfalls of being a writer. It's so easy to second-guess and be filled with doubt over the worth of our words. Honestly, if no one ever gets to read those words, it's just a black hole of despair etc.

I've been polishing this novel I'm pitching (and I have to crow and say I'm really proud of distilling all 300+ pages down into 150 words for a pitch) until I'm sick of it, so for now, I'm done. Some of you have read it (it's 2013's NaNo novel, but reworked within an inch of its life and edited up real pretty), and your feedback was invaluable. Thank you. I've also been sitting in on Twitter chats with agents (I know, look at me actually using social media in ways it was intended) and coming up with a lot of valuable information. It's also helping me narrow down that big list of people I'm interested in querying.

Also, if you're interested, Samantha Fountain ([ profile] Fountainwriter) is putting together a sort of pitch gallery. If you follow along on the #AgentMatch hashtag, you'll find out when she's accepting new people for the launch in 2 weeks. She's described it more or less as a dating service for authors and agents, where they can peruse each others' profiles and reach out to see if there's interest. The info for that is here. This is from the email Samantha sent me:

As I developed Agent Match I started to realize how equally important it is to agents and writers alike to find their right match.

I’m beyond excited to announce AWESOMENESS in the making that will connect agents and writers in a fashion like never before. The big launch is roughly 2-4 weeks out. Right now under the hashtag #AgentMatch I’m running contests for writers to get their manuscript pitches into the launch. I’m taking six profile and pitch entries a day and they will be plugged into the LAUNCH for the day we go live. After that writers are free to sign up and create their own profiles for agents to search and be able to search for agents.

If that sounds like something you're interested in, follow along! Note that after the launch, enrollment will be open. If you want to be involved and have your profile up by launch time, you'll need to play along with her on Twitter. Good luck!

Finally, if you want a place to keep track of your writing goals and dreams, I'm liking Write-Track. It's a make-your-own-goals, track-your-own-progress low key sort of place with the loveliest and most supportive writing community I've met. If you want to see the kinds of things I've been tracking, here's my profile.
in_the_blue: (rob hair)
...also known as "I would love to write something for you."

In the moment, this seems like a perfectly wonderful thing to do, so I'm stealing it wholesale from [ profile] scribble_myname.

So I love doing the holiday fics/posts every year, and I'm opening up the requests post again. Pick a date, whether fic or essay, a fandom or storyworld, and a prompt, and I will write at least 300 words for you and post it on that day.

You can request more than one. If no fandom or storyworld is stated, I'll try to pick one I know you like.

December 1. Carol story based on "I heard the bells on Christmas day" - Harry Potter for [ profile] miriammoules
December 2.
December 3. fic, more about fate and/or Tom's sister in Open Door for [ profile] scribble_myname
December 4.
December 5.
December 6. Charlie on the Valkyrie for the first time (♥) for [personal profile] lostinapapercup
December 7. A Black Family Christmas for [ profile] bitchet
December 8.
December 9.
December 10.
December 11.
December 12. Sirius' favorite Christmas for [ profile] jules1278
December 13. People at [ profile] outpost_12 getting into the holiday spirit for [personal profile] lostinapapercup
December 14.
December 15.
December 16.
December 17. Something from [ profile] dogstar_academy canon for [ profile] govcampbell
December 18.
December 19.
December 20.
December 21. books that inspire/influence your writing for [ profile] scribble_myname
December 22.
December 23.
December 24. Fandom mashup: two characters who wouldn't normally encounter each other meet while Christmas shopping for [ profile] kit_the_brave
December 25. Father Christmas and Albus Dumbledore. OR any other holiday-themed Wizarding world vignette for [personal profile] vivien
December 26.
December 27.
December 28.
December 29.
December 30.
December 31.


Mar. 18th, 2014 10:37 pm
in_the_blue: (faye in blue)
Man, that was a long time coming, but I finally wrote a thing. I haven't felt like writing at all for at least a week, so even though it's short at 389 words, at least it's something.
in_the_blue: (yo ho yo ho)
Thank you all for your kind words of support. ♥

I joined Ladies Who Critique. If you're looking for a critique partner, it seems like a pretty good place. The hardest part is filling out the profile, and I say this (and it might come as a surprise to you) from the perspective of someone who's notoriously shy about filling out online profiles.

If you want to check it out:

Go To Ladies Who Critique

(On an unrelated note to those of you who follow me on tumblr, if the reblogs are driving you crazy, feel free to unfollow. I won't be insulted.)
in_the_blue: (yo ho yo ho)
Guys, I've just been writing.

A lot. And reading a lot. I try not to crosspost everything, so if you're interested in the writing stuff, join me at [ profile] gwynnejackson. I figure if you want to read the more process-oriented stuff, you know where to find me.

I also decided tumblr is more fun when I don't take it seriously. I'm [ profile] eleven02 there.

And you all know I'm [ profile] notsuestorm, where I'm usually quite silent in open defiance of the whole point of social networking.

Soon, I will be searching around for a first reader or two ([ profile] kit_the_brave, I'm looking at you). I have a first draft deadline of April 12 for no good reason other than it's what I picked.

OK. Off to watch either True Detective or Raiders of the Lost Ark. As you were.


Feb. 23rd, 2014 06:14 pm
in_the_blue: (we're... friends!)
...and a little thing on writing for the young adult audience, over on Wordpress. This one's been brewing for a while.


Feb. 23rd, 2014 04:00 pm
in_the_blue: (yo ho yo ho)
I'm at a sticky, thorny part of this book I'm writing (aka "the middle") and I have to set the scene for dastardly doings, but I don't want the villain to be predictable. On the other hand, I don't want to sacrifice one of my good guys to evil, or to bring in a previously unknown person because deus ex machina, anyone?

Hmm. Sometimes, just acknowledging this kind of dilemma is enough. Layers upon layers of intrigue it is. Thank you for your kind indulgence.
in_the_blue: (spike in the rain)
I'm so good at procrastinating. I do it like a champ.

If there was a world title for procrastination, I'd be in the running for the crown.

Ultimately, though, I did what I wanted, writing-wise. Got to 4158 words, and I'm putting it away for the day before I drive myself crazy. All this on a day after the worst night's (lack of) sleep I can remember, and also a day of chronic pain. It's no fun, I tell you.


I'm not one for reading period romances as a rule, but I just started The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin (mostly because it was $.99 the other day, but also because I have an abiding interest in Chinese history and a Chinese family in part). I'm intrigued! That's a good sign. I'll let you know what I thought when I finish.


Time for Advil. Hope all of you are doing well.


Jan. 14th, 2014 06:31 pm
in_the_blue: chibi!nightcrawler (bamf!)
(I started writing the sequel to FtG tonight. It picks up where the other one left off, just a month or so later.)
in_the_blue: (kara waving goodbye)
My summary on NaNo

Also, for those of you who don't have a Wordpress account, do you see ads when you visit my site? I'm thinking of springing for ad-free, because I just can't stand to see them on other sites. I don't know. Thoughts on that?


Jun. 20th, 2013 04:48 pm
in_the_blue: (surfer crossing)
Writing is easy, writing is hard. Over on the Wordpress blog.

On Writing

May. 23rd, 2013 09:31 pm
in_the_blue: (sam kneeling to kara)
You know what I say?

Just tell your story.


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