Odds and Ends, Again

I do apologize for my lack of posting over the weekend.  Between fighting through a writing slump, trying to find a job, and doing some freelance web work for a client, I kind of had my hands full.  You’ll have to take my word for it that that’s a good excuse.

So here are the highlights:

  • I’ve introduced everyone and moved lots of people into place in my new project, which takes care of the boring, frustrated feeling I mentioned last time.  It’s not that the writing or the plot is terrible, it’s just that exposition is essential, no matter how you spruce it up, and I get hung up on one or two sentences when someone has to walk in or out of a room.  I keep thinking so much about what they’re doing once their in the room, that I don’t particularly want to go through the motions of writing the mechanics to get them there.  There’s really no way to make “Serdaro walked into the kitchen” that exciting, unless I want him to go everywhere with jazz hands and a top hat.  Well, now that I think of it…
  • Because it’s May 1, I am experiencing my very first Beige Bar of Shame.  I haven’t actually been selling books on a regular basis, due to

    Shame!

    my aforementioned lack of publicity savvy, but the giveaways count towards my stats, as do purchases by family and friends.  But I don’t have many of those left who haven’t already been brainwashed kind and generous enough to buy a copy.  It doesn’t really matter, in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a little depressing.

  • I’m kind of realizing that one of the reasons I had a period of ennui, and why I found The Paper Flower so difficult to get through, is that there are certain things that make my little writerly heart light up with joy, like battles and noble heroism and people getting horribly jilted by traitorous lovers, and some things I just can’t stand, like detailed political intrigue and whiny rich people.  So why was I trying to write about political intrigue and rich people?  Does this make me narrow minded and shallow as an author?  Or should I embrace what I’m good at?  I kind of want to write the fantasy equivalent of the Richard Sharpe novels: somewhat more mainstream popcorn literature, basically.  But like, good.  Maybe under a pen name.  I’m happy with where I’m going with SZ-K (although honestly, I’m probably going to change the name), but maybe when I’m done.  We’ll see.  There’s something to be said for trying to be commercially successful in order to support your other endeavors.
  • Also, I am really good at making pizza.

So that about covers the weekend, I think.  Stay tuned, at some point this week, for another “Anything You Can Do” post about evil women and why we love them.

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4 thoughts on “Odds and Ends, Again

  1. The best advice I can give you is that, if you don’t toot your own horn, then nobody will. It’s not about selling this image of yourself as the next big thing since sliced bread, but rather as a passionate author in love with her work and committed to delivering quality material. You could also hand over review copies to your favorite bloggers and have them write a blurb for you.

    Good luck with the publicity!

  2. I completely understand the problem of writing the boring bits into a story. I get bored doing it- I just want to write the meat of it and have the other pieces just be there magically. But, someone has to walk them out of the kitchen I suppose……………
    As far as what to write- write what you love, not what you think you should write. Even popcorn lit can be something for a reader, without you ever intending it to be anything. Just write and love it. The readers will follow.
    (And talk yourself and your books up- be confident!!)

    • Well, I don’t want to just stick with what I love and then never grow as an author because I’m not pushing myself. I *want* to be able to write about dastardly doings at court, etc., but I’m just not good at it – yet. It’s a matter of how far out of my comfort zone I’m willing to travel while still keeping the process fun.

  3. It’s a funny way of thinking, really, about the boring bits of the story. The first time I wrote a story and asked my wife to read it, she said she couldn’t get through the first chapter – it was too boring! The characters were interesting, the plot was engaging, but there was way too much of walking in and out of rooms, so to speak. With my current story, I’ve put a safeguard in place: if I can’t write my way out of a boring situation in less than a hundred words, skip it entirely. Why does the character need to walk into the room? Isn’t enough for them to just be there? It works about half the time :P.

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