Posts Tagged ‘fantasy’

Reviews are coming in….

March 14, 2010

My beta reader’s circle has been widened for my #1 novel Allyria, and I’m starting to get tweets and e-mails from friends who are reading it.

I KNOW these people are not reading it with a critical eye, and I’m not sure they would tell me if they thought there was something wrong, but I thought I’d share a few of their comments. 

From one of my best friends, whom I have know for 35 years, who is reading it with her 17 year old daughter:  

“I am loving the book.  I am so impressed.  I can’t believe you wrote this.  This is a real book.  I am on chap. 5 and want to keep reading, but my eyes are hurting….Yardley is loving it too.  I will ask her how she feels about the fantasy/other world part of it.  I am liking Ash despite his poor hygiene.”

From the intern at work, who loves YA fiction:

@CNC999 I am [reading it]! Haven’t been able to put it down – thus i missed your tweet. This is really REALLY good! Lex’s thoughts crack me up 🙂 6:50 PM Feb 28th via web in reply to CNC999

(followed by this) 

@CNC999 Just finished it. Now you must hurry with the 2nd one bc that ending has left me on edge! I need more! 8:21 PM Mar 3rd via web

From my third pair of readers, I haven’t heard anything yet — the daughter is 11, and the mother is PTO president this year, so it’s going to take them a little longer.  I am trying to be patient!  🙂

I still have not done any more writing of Book II since my revelation last week that I need to put the characters in more agony.  I am contemplating putting the manuscript into that program that allows you to chunk the book by scene and then switch scenes around, but I can’t remember the name of it.  Does anyone know the name?  If so, please leave a comment.

That’s all for now.  Life gets in the way once again.  (Go Duke!)


MS is sent!

February 9, 2010

Well, I took the plunge — after cutting 8,000 words from my Allyria manuscript, going through four complete passes at reviewing, revising and editing (including eliminating unnecessary characters, giving up scenes that didn’t advance the plot, and eliminating pretty much all backstory), I have now submitted my manuscript to a literary agent.

Granted, she is someone I know well, and she asked for the whole thing, and she agreed to send me comments and tell me the truth about whether it is marketable.  I know she’s swamped and may not get to it for weeks or months.  So…I have a three-part strategy for distracting myself from my fears while I wait patiently for her response.

1)  I’m going to simultaneously widen my beta readers’ circle — I have friends who love to read, and who have been clamoring to read the manuscript for months.  I am going to print it out and have a few bound copies made.  They probably won’t be as critical as I need them to be, but it will make me feel good to share the story and characters I love with a few more people.

2)  Then there’s always Book II to write.  I am halfway done with the first draft, but I know with certainty after going through the edits of Book I that I will be eliminating a lot of what I’ve written.  Still, it will be glad to immerse myself once again in Allyria and see where my characters take me.

3)  Finally, I’ve developed a query and showed it to a few people.  I’m going to await the agent’s feedback before posting it here.

Feel free to wish me luck as I await the first real (aka from the publishing world) criticism of my manuscript.  I have received so much support already from past comments.  Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Over 300 pages/100,000 words

September 18, 2009

I have really been humming along on my blook; hence the lack of posts to this blog. I realized today that I had been in a funk for a couple of days, and it was all because I had created a conflict for my characters and I was mad at my heroine Lex for being so stupid about her relationship with Ash.  I got a good laugh once I realized why I was upset!

Anyway, I reached two milestones in the last couple of weeks — I am now well over 300 pages and 100,000 words.  More important to the process is that I am rapidly approaching the climax of the book.  Still enjoying my visits to Allyria.

Editing my writing

July 4, 2009

Last night I read chapter 1 of my book aloud to my daughter, and made a decision to cut out part of it to improve the pacing.  A hard decision but one that I’m feeling good about.  I plan to read the entire book aloud to her–it’s very revealing.  Hope the rest of it holds up better than chapter 1 did!

Music to Write By

June 28, 2009

I’m writing to the sounds of Shinedown.  The slower songs on their album The Sound of Madness are beautiful and romantic.  I especially love “Call Me,” which perfectly fits the mystical mood of my book.

Listen to them and let me know what you think.

Writing vs. Reading

June 27, 2009

I’m reading a great book, and I find it difficult to make time for both writing and reading.  Consequently, I’ve only written about a page in my novel this week.  The book is “The Witching Hour” by Anne Rice. 

How do other writers find time to write?  (When you work fulltime at something else, that is.)  Leave me a comment and let me know your secret!

A Great Quote

June 20, 2009

I get these daily inspirational e-mails, and sometimes they really hit me.  If it’s a really inspirational one, I might print it out and tack it up where I can see it.  Today, however, I saw one that made more sense for my heroine Lex, who overthinks everything.  “Stop making life so difficult and stop being so uptight.”  The rest of the quote perfectly describes my hero, who is her opposite.

Here’s the quote:

I highly recommend signing up for The Daily Motivator; it’s great!

Writing a Book

June 19, 2009

I’m writing a book, the first in a series, and have decided to blog about it.

Been working on it since February, and the most surprising thing is how much the characters and situations dictate what happens next.  The process of writing has been fascinating and exciting.  I feel as though a part of me has been living inside this book for the last five months!

I’m currently on page 207.