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Lettermo Day Two — Thanks for Being on TeamPooks!

I’m participating in lettermo, and having a lot of fun:

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LetterMo2014squareMary Robinette Kowal says, I have a simple challenge for you.

  1. In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.
  2. Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

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I sent out another postcard.

Yes, another postcard that has my BRAND NEW COVER on it.

That you can’t see yet.

But the PR person at Story Spring Publishing is about to get one in the mail. We did a google hangout with my editor/publisher yesterday and had fun scheming, and she asked me to send her a postcard.

Twist my arm. Seriously. As if I’m not wanting to spread this cover everywhere!

But I can’t. You know, not time for the cover reveal. So this is all you can see today. Sorry!

Day 2 #lettermo 2014

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And I earned my Wee Spot of Mail Badge.

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Lettermo Day One: Thanks for Being My Inspiration

I’m participating in lettermo, and having a lot of fun:

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LetterMo2014squareMary Robinette Kowal says, I have a simple challenge for you.

  1. In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.
  2. Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

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To be honest, I didn’t know what it was until I saw a writer I greatly admire post about it. Following the breadcrumbs back to the site, I found out that not only was this a very cool project for somebody who loves using real pens and real paper, but that by participating, I’d be able to send that writer something directly, a shout-out “thank you!”

So I did.

On a postcard that has my BRAND NEW COVER on it.

That you can’t see yet.

But that writer will see it. Which kind of makes me happy.  So with no further ado, day one. I’m showing you the postcard! [Okay, without the cover.]

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I am sending out a thank you to somebody for inspiring me to write the story in my heart instead of the one agents told me to write. It’s a postcard, one of a bunch I had made with my new bookcover on them. So here it was, waiting for me at the exact moment when I needed it. [Cover reveal hasn’t happened, so this will be the first time my cover has been out into the wide world. Think the letter carriers will appreciate the honor I give them? Probably not!]

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And I earned my First Letter Badge.

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Count me in…

Amongst the ranks of the certifiably insane.

 

Because, dear reader, I’m in.

What is it? National Novel Writing Month, where I and around 300,000 of my closest friends will attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!

I will be posting a daily word count, and I hope to have cheerleaders. Get ready to say “yay!” and “you go, girl!” and “wake up and write, ya loser!” (Wait. That last was not exactly cheering.)

Are you in?

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Bloodletting Resumes

In the sidebar I have “Bloodletting,” which is supposed to track and document my last (well, I can dream) pass through my novel, the first in the trilogy I’ve been working on for awhile now.  I decided to go by chapters, how many I have rewritten.

Right away, I bumped up against issues. One of the things I’ve been considering is breaking up some of the longer chapters so keeping track by chapter number will be a bit confusing as the chapter numbers change.

Also, I had done 3 but now am going back into them.

No matter; it’s all excuses, really.

Today (Monday) I am going back into it. Rewriting. Writing. A daily practice. No excuses.

This means if you ever were going to give me notes or feedback on it, it’s not too late. Specific or general, no matter.

Pooks Cleaning Off Desk

Which also means, I have to clean off my desk.

Oh hush.

 

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Baby Got Books (a remix, credit to Jim Hines; a whine, credit to me)

Baby Got Books
by Jim C. Hines
(with apologies to Sir Mixalot)

I like big books and I cannot lie.
You other readers can’t deny
That when a kid walks in with The Name of the Wind
Like a hardbound brick of win.
Story bling.
Wanna swipe that thing
Cause you see that boy is speeding
Right through the book he’s reading.
I’m hooked and I can’t stop pleading.
Wanna curl up with that for ages,
All thousand pages.
Reviewers tried to warn me.
But with that plot you hooked
Me like Bradley.
Ooh, crack that fat spine.
You know I wanna make you mine.
This book is stella ’cause it ain’t some quick novella.

More here.

And now, I whine. I whine because I deliberately wrote a book, the first in an epic fantasy trilogy, that is a Big Book. 240,000 words long.  I knew it would be a tough sale so I kept that in mind when editing, and got it down to a svelte 200,000 words.  Now I’m going in again and even though I was advised by an agent that I’d really love to work with that I should cut it the word count in half, I can see that it’s not happening.  Beginning next Tuesday, January 3, 2011, I will be diving into a new edit/rewrite. I can make the story clearer and sharper.  I can improve and tighten the prose. These things I acknowledge. But it will not end up half the length, and I recognize that I simply don’t want it to.  I plotted a complex story that will take three volumes to tell, even at this length.  And I’m not willing to start cutting subplots and characters, because that is not the tale I want to tell.

So I’m glad there are still people who love big books.  I hope that mine will be some of them that make it into print. If not, they will end up ebooks and in that case word count won’t matter.

Big fat books. What’s not to love?

I like big books and I cannot lie...

And you? Do you have any big books you love? Do you still read big books or are you much more likely to buy shorter ones? Does size matter?

Big Book Bag available here.

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Parking This List Here

Writing stuff I need to do:

Short story for anthology [am getting plotty wid it]

Synopsis for book one [begun]

Synopsis for book two [begun]

Book review for The Shattered Vine: Book Three of The Vineart War (take photo to go with) [begun]

Finish reading and write book review for The Heiress Companion [done!]

Alpha-read ebook and write book review for Guardian of the Balance (Merlin’s Descendants, Vol. 1)

 

I suppose it’s not surprising that all the reading/reviewing looks a lot more enticing than the writing.

Some of this needs to happen this weekend.

The Resident Storm Chaser’s list this weekend is simple:

Finish painting the house.

I like my list better.

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Johnny Depp dances a hornpipe for me.

You know what I love? [besides an excuse for a johnny depp pic?]

I love when wasting time surfing the internet reading an article on something totally unrelated to anything I’m writing about turns into Johnny Depp info I desperately need for my writing!

This is why anything you read, anything you watch, anything you hear, is research. You never know where inspiration will come from. You never know where material will come from.

You never know.

So when i09 set out to debunk everything we know about pirate talk and instead gave me new info on how the people of the West Country spoke, I danced a hornpipe.

Newton based his pirate talk in the film on the dialect of his native West Country in southwestern England, which just happened to be where Long John Silver hailed from in the Treasure Island novel.

In the English West Country during early 20th century, “‘arr’ was an affirmation, not unlike the Canadian ‘eh,’ and maritime expressions were a part of everyday speech,” [Woodard] said.

West Country! Cornwall! Yay!

And more where that came from.

And just for fun… Bugger! I tried to post a youtube hornpipe but it wouldn’t post. Oh well, click here to see it.

And to bring this full circle, more Johnny Depp as a pirate (you’ll have to imagine the hornpipe).

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