Monthly Archives: May 2018

Wednesday Words #178(5/23/2018)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a duck
someone is late
a change of plans

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Wednesday Words #177(5/16/2018)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a bully
lace
a fence

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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The Night Shift Method

So, Friday night into Saturday morning I started work on entering the changes from the first round of paper edits on Book 5 of The Academy of the Accord series, and it… didn’t go so well.

I looked at the words on the paper and on the screen and just stared at them in disbelief at how utterly horrid they were.

I know I suck at setting a scene, but I had poor Marsden just noticing someone in the middle of nowhere. (Until a paragraph or two later I established that he was, in fact, in a town.)

Then I read more and wanted to tear my hair out. Had I not read the preceding books? Like, ever? Why was I basically ignoring everything that had previously been established?

And the wording itself was beyond awkward.

So, yeah. The first couple of pages are getting a total rewrite.

Saturday night into Sunday morning went a little better. At least, it did once I decided to copy the stuff that’s giving me trouble into a separate Word doc and print it so I can do a paper edit on it in the future. With that out of the way I could get on with the rest of it and finally started making some progress.

Sunday into Monday went well, lots of progress made, but now I’ve run into a bit of trouble. I’ve hit the part where there are decisions that need to be made and a lot of fiddling to that it matches other books, and stuff needs to be imported from other files and…

Yeah.

I don’t even know if the parts I need are in that doc or if I have to find them and pull them from another one – or two.

So, I still have a long way to go and it’s not all going to happen this run of night shifts, but by the end of the month I should have it done and be ready to move onto the next book.

I think I might just start using night shift for editing and do my writing during daylight hours. That might help with the juggling so many projects thing…

So overall, I’m calling this experiment a success.

So far at least.

 

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Idiot or Genius?

I’m either an idiot or a genius.

Okay, let me back up some and admit that I have done absolutely nothing on working on The Academy of the Accord this year, despite my stated intentions to get them all ready for 2nd round edits by the end of the year. Part of that goal was to have Book Five’s changes entered by the end of January.

That, um, hasn’t happened. In fact, it hasn’t even started to happen.

But I just loaded the Word doc onto flash drive, and have the binder with the edited print out ready to take to work with me tonight. I’m on four night shifts in a row, so with luck this will be done by the end of the run.

It makes so much perfect sense that I’m kind of embarrassed that I didn’t think of trying this before now.

I have more room there to spread out the pages. I have better lighting there to try to read my handwritten notes. I (usually) have more uninterrupted time there (on night shift).

And suddenly I’m excited to be back to work on it. (And eager to go to work tonight.)

Truth be told, I’ve been doing very little of anything related to writing, other than poking at Song and Sight and a few other WiPs a little bit. I just haven’t been feeling energized or focused on much of anything related to writing.

Why?

I’m not sure.

I want to write, but I just haven’t been able to get moving. Opening a Word doc just feels like too much effort and it feels overwhelming.

I truly hope that this marks a turn around, the beginning of the end and the beginning of a new beginning.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll even be able to get back to work on Onyx Sun.

Or the Other Mages trilogy.

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #176(5/9/2018)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a fever
a cold night
a chicken

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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“Don’t Get Cocky.”

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of normal blog post. I’m hoping to get back into doing that.  (A set work schedule would help but it is what it is.)

Anyhow, what drew me into posting today is #cockygate.

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of it. I hadn’t either until Saturday when a friend shared a link to a petition on my timeline on Face Book and asked if I knew anything about it.

I didn’t, but then I’m not really tied into the writers’ community all that much, so I did some Googling.

Apparently there’s a romance writer named Faleena Hopkins who took out a trademark on the word “cocky” and is sending “cease and desist” letters to other authors who have that word in their book title – even if said book was published before hers were – and is reporting books with “Cocky” in the title to Amazon as copyright violations, apparently not realizing that a) there’s a difference between copyright and trademark, and b) you can’t copyright a title.

Amazon, of course, is taking the books down because that’s what they do (and what they should do!) when one is reported as a copyright violation, which is causing all kinds of problems for authors who have to prove that it is, in fact, not a copyright violation, and who are now having to pay for new/revised covers with a different title. (As if titling a book isn’t hard enough to begin with!)

So, anyhow, I tagged a bunch of writer friends that are more involved in things than I am, asking if they’d heard of this. Some had, some hadn’t, and the ones that had shed a ton of light on the subject. Through them I learned a lot, including that there is a discussion about it on Twitter using the above hashtag and also #byfaleena). And according to one of my friends, check out Courtney Milan on Twitter as she has the best summary of the mess.

Meanwhile, RWA (Romance Writers of America) is involved and has hired an Intellectual Property attorney to look into this and there may be a class action lawsuit.

And authors who have had to change their titles and book covers are being urged to keep a copy of what they paid and then sue Faleena Hopkins to recoup the costs. (I’m not sure if that’s part of the RWA thing or something different.)

And apparently one of the two trademarks she took out involves the font used for the word “cocky” on her book covers – but the artist who made the font apparently never gave permission for it to be trademarked.

I’ll admit that the legal stuff is confusing but it’s also interesting and I’m curious to see how this plays out, even though it doesn’t directly affect me.

Meanwhile, I signed the petition because what she’s doing is a total dick move.

(She was complaining that people were buying books with “cocky” in the title thinking they were hers and they weren’t so it was affecting her brand. Frankly, if your readers don’t recognize your name, no amount of trademarking in the world is gonna help your brand.)

Here are a couple links if you want to read more about it.

http://www.pajiba.com/think_pieces/cocky-writer-romance-author-faleena-hopkins-trademarks-cocky-and-tries-to-shut-down-others-using-the-word.php

http://legalinspiration.com/?p=503

https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?336213-Getting-Cocky-Trademarking-Romance-Titles

Meanwhile, please take a minute to sign the petition. Authors need all the help we can get – it’s tough enough out there without someone going out of their way to cause problems.

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Wednesday Words #175(5/4/2018)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a glowing sword
a masked figure
twins separated at birth

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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