Monthly Archives: December 2009

Amazon contest


Could you be Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award winner?  You won’t know unless you enter! With two novels in the works that need finished stories and one that needs a re-write/editing, I definitely cannot go for this, but I am sure there are some of you out there who are ready and just awaiting your chance! Enter and best of luck to you!

Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest




Ooh you lovely green eyed monster. You’re so fun to write about. You cause people to punch things, lie, turn on their friends and all sorts of other great reactions that can lead to greatly expanding one’s word count. Our son of a scientist, Ryan is sooooo not a fan of Cat Boy and when he hears that the damned Felinian has run off with his object of desire,  he is definitely not a happy camper.  Thanks emotional characters for acting predictably tonight and allowing me to get a decent word count in!

Tomorrow we get back to our MC and her Cat Boy, whom I hope will be talking again. Books need dialog, you know?

Time’s Top 10 of ’09


Again, I haven’t read any of these, but I will certainly try to get to some of them…Although after recently reading about how graphic some of the sex scenes in Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones are, I may opt to skip out on that one…then again, I guess it’s pretty creative of him to compare the vagina to an unblinking Cyclops..

Top 10 Fiction Books

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  2. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
  3. Swimming by Nicola Keegan
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  5. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
  6. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
  7. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
  8. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
  9. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  10. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell

They won’t move!


I seem to be having this problem where my characters are content to sit around and drag out my story rather than moving forward and getting to the more interesting stuff.  While it is helping to character build (I suppose) I have a feeling that much of what I’ve written in the last couple of days will get cut during the editing process (Should I ever get to that. Ha!).  Maybe it’s because I don’t have my plot all lined out? I have vague ideas and I know the direction it should be going, but I’ve never been one to outline or note card the entire plot.  I like to let my characters lead me where they may. It often yields some great and interesting scenes, but this time, those damn characters seem kind of lazy. Maybe I shouldn’t have made my MC fall from that cliff. She’s healing fast, but not fast enough and the pain is slowing her down.  Then to have our love interest/Cat Boy get bitten by a poisonous animal? These two need to live in a bubble for their own protection! 

I did get them back on their way last night and now I have to flash over to our other group of travelers who are coming to meet them, so hopefully by the time I get back to MC & Cat Boy they will have gotten their shit together and will be fowing as they should.

Pesky misbehaving characters. What can you do about them?