Sunday, September 28, 2008

Helpful Links

Just in case you were wondering what the correct form of address is for the younger son of the Duke of Marlborough....

Guide to British noble titles and the etiquette surrounding them
http://www.chinet.com/~laura/html/titles02.html

Guide to European Imperial, Royal and Noble titles
http://www.heraldica.org/topics/odegard/titlefaq.htm


There's a balance between authenticity and read-ability when dealing with characters' names. Watching Casablanca last night drove me crazy. Humphrey Bogart's character is named Rick Blaine, but in service of the rule of calling your character only one name, the script had everyone calling him Mr. Rick, Monsieur Rick, and Mr. Richard. Annoying, but possibly the origin of a new drinking game...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Writers of the Future Podcast

Towards the end of our Writers of the Future experience, our group was fortunate enough to do a podcast for Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. It was extremely fun and covered a huge amount of ground. We gave our best advice to anyone entering the contest, talked about all we learned at the workshop, got some insight into the process the illustrators went through, and a lot more.
You can hear it at:
http://adventuresinscifipublishing.com/2008/09/aisfp-62-writers-and-illustrators-of-the-future

Monday, September 15, 2008

Launch Pad Part Deux

http://www.launchpadworkshop.org/

Launch Pad

I was babbling on about this last meeting. It was my intention to post this information on the website after the meeting, but I forgot.

So, here it is....

Friday, September 12, 2008

Quick Fix for the stuck

I've decided that when my plot stalls, my characters are stuck and my muse looses her voice. There is a little box that magically appears! This beautiful box contains a pair of patent red leather stiletto heel shoes. Now, it does NOT matter if my character female, male, monster, alien, spirit, young, old, dead, alive etc. They are going to take the shoes out and run. They will run until the muse speaks to me once again.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Writers and their pens

Over at Justine Larbalestier blog writer's are talking pens. Let me just say, there's something about writers and pens that equals passion. For example, don't get me started talking about the difference between the Pilot Precise V7 vs. the Pilot Precise V5... Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that Sharpie has come out with a pen that doesn't bleed. Let the stampede begin.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Quotes...

"your imagination is your preview of lifes coming attractions" -albert einstein

"words are your seeds in the tree of life" -unknown

WotF Launch Video

The launch video for Writers of the Future Volume 24 is up on YouTube. It includes clips of some of the presenter's speeches and the book trailer video, which I think is quite cool :)
Check it out at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyoQMpA168

The actual release of the book is scheduled for October (although I believe it's available as an aubiobook from audible.com now).

Monday, September 8, 2008

Young Adult Fiction Discussed

Last week on our local public radio station, a high school English teacher, an English professor and a pundit discussed which books they thought should be taught in schools. While theses experts noted that when teens are asked to list their favorite books, ninety-percent of the titles are fantasy and science fiction, they couldn't come up with a single title on their own. Boy, was that some awkward silence.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/05/midmorning2/

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

special thanks

Do to circumstances beyond my control I’ve had a week of forced rest. I’d like to take a moment, to thank the computer gurus’ for invention of the laptop. In between sleeping, reading my never-ending list of books & magazines, it is lovely to have the ability to roll over to a statically placed shrine (laptop) that holds a crucial link to the outside word (e-mail) and also contains the very heartbeat of creativity (my stories).

Thank you computer gurus for having imagination, vision and not giving up! You have made the world a better place!