A Brief Update

I’m taking a momentary break from reading a book about anthropologists while drinking tea out of a mug with a skeleton on it — and if that’s not simultaneously the most English, academic, bioanth thing I’ve ever done I’ll eat my hat — to let you all know what I’ve been up to.

Short answer? Working.

Long answer?

Sometimes life sucks, and sometimes your supervisor wants drafts five months in advance, and sometimes you don’t have the energy to blog when you’re consumed with thoughts of the Neolithic Demographic Transition and its implications for health.

And when I’m not working, I’ve been trying to be a good social primate and interact with actual humans instead of hiding in my room and doing solitary things (like blogging).

This sounds like complaining – it’s not! I’m having a fabulous time. (Mostly). But I am very busy.

In terms of writing, I’ve re-plotted Act III and am currently teasing out a couple of tricky scenes. Progress is slow (funny how school will do that), but we’ll get there eventually.

And now, before it gets cold, to return to my tea.

Brief Hiatus

As you’ve no doubt noticed, the blog has been on a bit of a hiatus! I originally thought this would be just one week so I didn’t bother posting anything; as it’s turning into two I thought I should probably let my vast legions of readers (*cough*) know what’s going on 🙂

I’ve been pretty much totally occupied with paperwork for my upcoming overseas adventure (stay tuned for more information), and also with an important presentation at work. This week I have to do some visa-related things (biometrics, passport photos, etc.) which will have me running all over the damn city, leaving…not so much energy for blogging.

So. I’m definitely going to take the rest of this week off. The next upcoming Friday Fiction is scheduled to be a Bell, Book, and Candle entry. That requires a little more work than just a flashfic, so I may or may not be mentally prepared for that this coming Friday, and there may or may not be a post. In any case, we will definitely resume regular blogging starting Monday the 24th.

Thank you for your patience!

Housekeeping, and Announcements

No Friday Fiction today — instead, some announcements.

The Hiatus

That last long hiatus? Was because of exams. Somehow, despite this semester appearing to be fairly light, I ended up with ridiculous amounts of work at the end of the term. (Seriously: FOUR TERM PAPERS, plus a final exam paper, three final exams, a stats project, and the 15-page summary of an 800 page textbook).

And now I’m done. Continue reading

Good Housekeeping

IT’S ALIIIIIIVEEEEE!!

Yes, that was a very long blog-break. Yes, it was because school is terrible and I needed a break. Yes, I’m on top of everything now (mostly), and yes, there will almost certainly be more unscheduled and unannounced breaks in the future. But for right now, we’re back on the regular Monday/Friday schedule.

Look out for a Friday Fiction morsel later today. Next week is a Bell, Book and Candle entry (already written and scheduled). Up next in terms of blog posts is a two-parter on the storytelling/roleplaying online game Storium, and then probably a post on Prewriting.

So…get excited, I guess?

My life, which is not terribly interesting why are you reading this blog?

I’m still around! Exams, you know. Terrible things.

What I’m up to:

Spiderwebs

I’ve got a good 2k and change written so far, plus some scribblings in my notebook that are only half coherent because I was sick and also on jury duty (fun times, let me tell you). The plan going forward is:

  • Finish scene 2 this weekend
  • Write the rest of this bugger
  • One final pass for all the bits I left in brackets instead of writing
  • I inflict my Masterpiece upon those unfortunate enough to want to read it
  • And then I suppose I edit
  • And then perhaps I shall serialize it on the blog

Princess

Poking along, very very slowly. I think I’m having perfectionist fears with this one. I have to keep telling myself I’ll never become a better writer if I don’t practice. Silly me.

The Blog

It’s summer! So in theory I have time to update this thing. In practice, not so much, but I’ll give it a shot. Coming soon to a post near you:

  • Why I keep reading (and disliking) Holly Lisle books
  • Indie Author spotlight: MCA Hogarth
  • Updates on my writing, assuming I actually put hands to the keyboard and write something
  • At least one more installment of Black Swans (hopefuly more)
  • I don’t know? You tell me. What do you want to see here?

Real Life

MCATs, Jury Duty, BookCon, running around the city with my camera and a roll of film, cleaning the house. Some good things, some bad. The usual.

Where Did the Novel Go?

 I Didn’t Abandon Princess

It’s still there, I promise. And soon I will get around to editing the side bars. But I will admit to not doing a lot with it, mostly because by the time I’m done with classes and homework my “producing” abilities are severely compromise, and soon I am too burnt out to do anything but consume (books, some TV, food) and sleep.

But rather than simply not blog at all, I’ve been experimenting with some new things. Like the Black Swans series, which I will continue (but slowly, because that actually involves some research and writing of coherent sentences). Also like book reviews.

I’m not planning on turning this into a review blog, but there will be more reviews coming. Mostly because they’re helpful to me, as a writer.

Reviews are a Teaching Tool

Reviews lead me to read critically, and to think about books critically. And that is something that is vitally important to improving my writing. Reviewing books allows me to see what works and what doesn’t, what plot devices feel fresh or overused, what dialogue sounds natural and engaging….etc. etc. etc. until the cows come home -there is so much to be learned!

Also, reading is fun.

The Friendly Bit

So, anyone else review the books they read? Why/why not? If you’re a writer, do you find it helps your writing?

Rabbit Rabbit

You may have noticed a lack of posts last week. I decided to take a week’s vacation, to spend my last days of summer with my family. Now I’m all moved in to my dorm and the school year is looking shiny and bright! It’s a feeling that will last all of two weeks, and then I’ll be desperate for summer again.

Considering the inordinate amount of things I will be doing with my time during the fall (1. School 2. Nutcracker 3. Heading up a club 4. MCATS 5. Writing 6… Put me out of my misery, already!) blogging will be reduced to once a week. Posts will go up on Fridays. When I have Princess news to share, I’ll post updates on Mondays. Hopefully that will be every week or almost every week, but realistically it will likely be less often.

And yes, I’ll update the sidebars…eventually.

EDITED to add: There will be one more post before I start with the new schedule – I was given an ARC in exchange for a review and I want to post it right away. So that will go up later.

The Title of the Blog

So…the title. “The Great Novel Adventure: Chronicling the Trials and Tribulations of a First-Time Author”.

The first part is more accurate than the second.

I’ve been writing semi-seriously (as in, trying to finish projects, educating myself, honing my craft, actually writing often, etc etc) for a couple years now, and it’s time to reevaluate the goals I set for myself way back when.

I was sure that this was going to be fun. See: “Great,” and “Adventure”

I knew I this journey was going to be about writing,  primarily long-from prose. See: “Novel”

I suspected there would be challenges along the way. See: “Trials and Tribulations”

I was convinced I wanted to be published. See: “Author”.

How much of that is still true? When I started this blog I had only the vaguest notions of what I was getting myself into. And this journey has turned out to be both difficult and joyous – more joyous and more exciting than I had imagined.

So…this is still a “Great Novel Adventure”, and it still chronicles my journey. But “Trials and Tribulations”, despite the way it trips off the tongue, is a bit of a downer! And yes, there are trials…but there aren’t really tribulations.

Okay, what about “First-Time Author”? Well, I’m not a first-time author, because I don’t have anything published and won’t for a while. And you know what? I’m fine with that. I’m enjoying this process, this adventure, and I don’t need to race to the finish line just yet.

Besides, with traditional publishing comes deadlines and schedules, and I’ve got too much on my real-life plate right now for that.

So not “first-time author”. 

What about “aspiring novelist”?

Well, I’m already a novelist. A novelist is a person who writes novels, which I do. So I’m not an “aspiring” novelist, or an “aspiring” writer.

But I am an “aspiring author”.

Because, you know what? I’d like to have my name on the cover of a book someday. And it may not be tomorrow, or a year from now, or even 10 years from now. But when the time is right for me, I’m going to do my damnedest to make it happen.

Welcome to “The Great Novel Adventure: Chronicling the Trials and Triumphs of an Aspiring Author”.

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am.