Quote of the Day -5/5/09

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
— Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, August 31, 2008

So What Are You Reading?

What are some books that you read over the summer?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I finished my first draft. I read my first draft. It needs a lot of work. It is a first draft.

I have never faced an entire FIRST DRAFT of a novel before. As a chronic multi-drafter, by the time I write the last word of a book, the first chapter has been re-written about thirty times already.

Not this time. This time I closed my eyes and jumped over the cliff. All 50,000 words are rough and raw.

So what do I do now? I have two options. I could take one chapter at a time, mark it up, think it over, and then revise that one chapter before marking up the next one. On the other hand, I could mark up the entire manuscript and then start back at chapter one. Which is better? Anyone have experience in this sort of thing? HELP! I'M LOST!

Monday, August 18, 2008


I used to think this was a vain and foolish thing to do, but after a visit to Pixar Animation Studios I realized the importance of visualization. The people at Pixar decorate their whole studio with art and promotional materials from their movies, and everyone knows they're the best in the business. So, go ahead and design your book cover! Create posters! Write book blurbs! Paste promotional material for your book up all over your room. It isn't vanity, it's visualization.

In this vein, I drove down to Tucson over the weekend (6 hours) just to get this great shot for my mock book cover. While I was there I toured the Titan Missile Museum and hung out with my rocket-science friends who work at Raytheon. Research trips rock.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Still Writing

Hello everyone! I have been quiet... perhaps too quiet... but anyway. I am now writing chapter three of the new novel that I started since the conference. Yes, I took my 'precious' novel that I had been working on for years and years, and PUT IT AWAY...

It has been so hard, but already I can see the benefits. I'm not so attached to this new story, so it's a lot easier to just sit down and write it. I've gotten great reactions from the people who've read it so far, too, which always helps. I think that, since I only have a loose storyline to work from, it's coming so much more naturally and easily. I have a deadline with myself of October before I turn it over to Carol for review, and hopefully send it off to an agent or something. Gotta get it finished! But for once, I actually feel that it's possible. It's totally doable.

And you know, even though I'm working on this other story (actually writing almost every day - gasp!), I'm still getting new and better ideas for the story that I put away. I'm getting very excited to work on it again later. I think it will be so much better this time.

What about you guys? Did any of you put your multi-draft novels away and started something new? How is that going for you?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Half-Way There!

I can't believe it. I wrote the 25,000th word of Earthcrosser some time during the last hour. I'm half finished with the first draft!