WEDNESDAY LINK LOVE
- I thought this post on how to read like an editor, from Parking Lot Confessional, was very helpful.
- More Maureen Johnson being awesome in her answers to NaNoWriMo questions: wherein she talks hilariously about Hulk Edit, and then this post about how sometimes people will read the strangest shit between the lines, and that can’t scare writers from writing the stories that they want to write. See also: we are not our characters, ect., ect.
- Also, she posted a video with a man racing/harassing (raceharassing?) a turkey, and I haven’t been able to stop laughing since.
- Nostalgia Chick posted a run-down of the top 10 Disney deaths.
- I’m a huge fan of OMOcat the artist (who draws fantabulous fanart of Earthbound and Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes), and I especially appreciated this interactive comic. Great song and spectacular art.
- I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s an awful lot of writing advice out there. So it’s nice to get articles like this by Anne R. Allen. It’s called 9 Pieces of Bad Writing Advice It’s Best to Ignore, and I have to admit that I’ve given some of this advice myself to my critique groups/partners, but it’s important to remember that it’s not one-size-fits-all and that you have to evaluate things on a case by case basis. And that sometimes even your critique groups/partners (*cough*me*cough*) can be wrong. Sometimes.
- From Gawker – the Beetlejuice gag that Community has been setting up for three years.
- In related news, please don’t let this fall off the air. Please.
- Top fifteen opening lines of books. As with any such list, it’s subjective, but these are definitely great opening lines, and a helpful resource if you’re trying to write some opening lines yourself.
- From Jezebel – some Daria cosplay. And it’s pretty fantastic, if the picture below gives any indication.
Yep, still pretty fantastic
- Finally, from Cute Overload, a ridiculously adorable video with a dog and a kitty. Consider yourselves forewarned.
ROW 80 UPDATE
To recap, my ROW 80 goals:
1. Finish outline for the first book.
- 2. After the outline is finished, write 4000 words a week on KtLO.
- 3. Write a short short for every meeting of the monthly critique group.
So I haven’t posted on my blog in 10 days. And my Sunday Link Love and ROW 80 Update has mysteriously become Wednesday Link Love and ROW 80 Update. (Curious!) And I haven’t had an actual, y’know, content post in pretty much forever. (Three weeks=forever.) And I LOVE responding to comments, but I haven’t been doing that either and basically I have a social media sad.
In related news, it’s That Time of Year Again.
You know That Time of Year. Finals. Big end-of-term projects. Even if you’re not in an academic environment, you’re probably dealing with a myriad of holiday responsibilities. And if you’re doing NaNo, then you’re probably freaking out today as you race toward that precious 50,000 mark.
So. I’ve been busy. There’s a 20 pg + term paper due next Tuesday. And also all the finals. All the finals ever. And another big paper/research project. The only bright spot is that I already got a paper out of the way, but only because I misread the deadline, which is the kind of mistake it’s okay to make as long as you don’t sideline other projects. Which I kind of did, so oops.
But, yes. I’m like the singers in that music video of It’s Raining Men, except there are no men.
Just papers and finals.
But I can definitely sing that good. Oh yes.
And my papers and finals don’t dance half-naked in trench coats either
Despite this, I managed 3,191 words last week. And even though I thought I wasn’t going to get any writing done this week, I still wrote 362 words this morning on a random burst of inspiration. I keep falling short of the 4000 goal, which is frustrating, but at the same I have a hard time feeling like a word count upwards of 3000 is a bad thing. You know? And besides, right now?
I need to focus on not failing my classes.
Because, in general?
I like not failing things.
Also KtLO threw me for a loop this morning when I realized that it probably needs to be first person present tense. And my WIPs always go through a phase where I’m changing the point of view or the tense, but I have a feeling that this isn’t some experimental whimsy. Like, the story really needs to be first person. And that means that it also needs to be present tense, because spoilers. Also, I’m starting to realize that KtLO probably is YA, albeit dark YA. But YA nonetheless.
Which is causing me all sorts of identity crises, because historically I’ve been someone who writes adult fiction in the distant future or the romanticized fairy tale past, preferably in third person past tense. Yet right now I’m somehow writing young adult science fiction in a modern setting, with first person present tense.
So, don’t be too surprised if I start posting on the challenges of first person (because there are many), as well as defenses of present tense (because I don’t understand why this was ever a taboo? ’cause it sure ain’t no second person).
In the meantime, I’m going to get back to work now. No Sunday update this week, but hopefully (fingers crossed) there will be a Tuesday content post next week and my blogging schedule will stabilize again.