Sunday Link Love
- Ohmygosh, I forgot to link this in my post 7 Favorite Talking Cats, Part 2! It’s a Puss In Boots custom My Little Pony. Appropriate, no? Awesome, yes.
- I’m loving Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read tradition.
- Did you know that there’s an Occupy Writers? It’s true. There is.
- Major thanks to KD Sarge for pointing me out to Set Phasers to Lol! And now I procrastinate on everything forever.
- There’s a BABY MONKEY CAM ON THE INTERNET. And now I procrastinate on everything forever.
- Informative video about how the NYT Bestseller List works:
- More video madness – Kiersten White posted a video this week that somehow managed to make me love Nathan Fillion even *more*:
- Okay, so I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this November. I admire everyone who does it, but I just don’t think I’m made of the right stuff! Nonetheless, I’m loving all the NaNoWriMo humor that’s going around, such as this handy NaNoWriMo Pyramid of Consumption.
ROW 80 Update
To recap, my ROW 80 goals:
- 1. Finish outlines for the three books.
- 2. After the outlines are finished, write 4000 words a week on KtLO.
- 3. Write a short short for every meeting of the monthly critique group.
Something surprising happened this week, from Wednesday evening into most of Thursday. I just got absolutely possessed by my outline. It was bizarre – suddenly, after spinning my wheels for a couple weeks, I knew what I needed to do! And then I did it. And I felt like this:
No lie, probably some of this:
But don’t tell anyone
Well, sort of. I reached the end and wrote the summary for the last chapter. But it’s not completed. I kind of developed this habit of changing important things but not going back to make it consistent. For example, there are several characters that feature in the first few chapters that no longer exist in later parts of the outline. So that’s something to work on this week, but I’m still kind of stoked because I know a lot of important things now. There will be around 50 chapters spread over 4 main parts. It’s close third person past tense with 3 POVs.
I also made some important decisions about that first ROW 80 goal. You see, I don’t want to take another month (possibly longer) to write an outline for a book that may never be. Ditto on the third book. Moreover, I don’t think I’m ready to write the second outline. For me to write an outline, I have to know the big points on the map – writing the outline is basically an exercise in connecting A to B and so on. But for this second book in the series, I don’t have the major points yet. And from what I do know, all the events in the first book should remain the same. So, the way I see it, there’s no harm in just jumping into writing the first book. I won’t lie – I’m pretty itchy to get down to the whole writing thing!
Long story short, I’m modifying my ROW 80 goals from finish outlines for the three books to finish outline for the first book. And since I’m pretty much done that, I can cross that first goal off my list! Yay!
As much as I would love to start writing KtLO like right now, I really can’t. I never got around to working on my short short for my critique group, and the deadline is approaching fast. It would also be nice if I could rework another short story (not a short short, about 4,000 words) and send it out. In addition, my dad is visiting with his girlfriend this weekend, which is fantastic since I have not seen my dad in two months, but writing time? Not a thing. I don’t know about you, but I think revising two short stories and an outline is enough work for one week.
So! The week after this coming week, I will definitely start writing KtLO. Like, for reals.
- As I sit here to type this, I find myself surprisingly wordless about the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. I just don’t know what to say, other than I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. And that you should go read Meg Cabot’s essay about what it was like to be blocks away from the tragedy while it was happening, because she has better words than I do.
- Sommer Leigh has already featured on my Sunday Link Love, but maybe she should stop being so awesome then. This week, her post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (a group I’m currently not in, despite the fact that I certainly qualify for the criteria) had me smiling. Again, all writer-types should see this, insecure or not.
- Two years ago, a new best friend introduced me to the wonders of X-Files, which I had previously only recognized as “that weird show whose opening credits traumatized me as a kid”. Something that immediately hooked me about X-Files was how it felt like getting great, stand-alone mini-movies in every episode, and like Doctor Who, they could reinvent themselves all they wanted and come back as a completely different show every week. If you’re interested in X-Files, here’s a great list of episodes to get you started.
- I’m excited for this movie, even though I might be the only person in the universe who didn’t like Juno that much.
- More Alyssa Rosenberg, because she’s also awesome, but also because I think this is an important conversation. Honestly? In a sexist world, we need some of our female characters to function as role models, but that doesn’t mean that all writers have that responsibility. I don’t write role models. Sometimes I even depict females who are incompetent, not because they’re female, but because individual variation among gender is a true thing. And because I happen to love reading and writing stories that turn horrible, horrible people into sympathetic characters.
- Stole this from Ari Susu-Mago – Get Out of There Cat! Wherein cats forget that they’re cats and that they should not be wherever they are.
- Oh man, I discovered Elana Johnson’s blog this week, and I’m in heaven. I love finding good blogs that go back a few years so that I can archive trawl. And I thought that this post, about what people should blog about, was particularly good.
- I got 2 parakeets yesterday! I am so excite. I never had pets growing up, because my mom is allergic to everything. My dad had a cat, but it was his cat, not my cat. Plus I ended up becoming severely allergic to his cat.
- By accident, I got a male and female parakeet, but the Internet tells me this shouldn’t be a problem so long as I don’t put a nest in their cage. I named them Lucy and Desi. +100 if you get the reference, which is not particularly hard. I would post pictures, but right now they’re still terrified of me so I don’t think I should approach them with strange objects such as a camera.
- I can already tell they have distinct personalities. Desi is chill and sleeps all the time and has even nuzzled my finger, while Lucy refuses to sleep because she is still convinced that I want to eat her or something. But I respect her survival instinct. This is pretty much in line with what everyone says about male/female parakeets, which is that the females are harder to train.
- Which brings me to my point: Whipper the parakeet. Seriously, he is adorable.
- More cute animal stuff. Seriously, this cat really is the cutest cat in the world.
- Remember when I posted pictures of Avatar (the television show) My Little Ponies? No? Maybe? Well, this week io9 has some much more disturbing Doctor Who My Little Ponies – of some of the creepier aliens on the show. Seriously, don’t miss this. Relatedly, tomorrow I’m posting about my favorite Doctor Who episodes! Whee!
- Wherefore art thou, Jonathan Taylor Thomas? I thought this was funny. Maybe you will too.