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Saturday, 17 June 2006
Pop My Comment Cherry!
I'm not against comments, in fact, I'd love some! If you like what I blog about, let me know. If you don't, let me know. If you're indifferent, let me know. Just let me know! I see from my traffic counter that some folks are checking out my blog. Don't be shy.

Posted by phoenix9227 at 7:15 PM EDT
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Speedy Query Response
I sent out a few queries. With the last novel, it took agents weeks and even months to respond to my queries. So I figured if I sent a few out, as I started the novel, they's get back to me approximately around the time I was ready to send it out. I sent them to big, reputable agencies. One of these illustrious agents responded to me- the same day! Asking for a synopsis and partial on a four week exclusive. Knock me over with a feather! So now I need to write three quality chapters. Maybe I'll get one of those elusive three chapter contracts, you know, fairy tales we hear about every now and then.

I worked seven days straight at the new job, and towards the tail end I had to deal with the BF having some dramatic two day episode. I had today off and accomplished nothing as a result of his issues. I have tomorrow off as well, and I'm definitely writing, no matter what. I refuse to let him, anyone or anything stand in the way of my writing career.

PETA ambushed Beyonce at dinner, here's a video clip. I think that PETA is out of control. Educating people and invading their personal space are two very different things. Luckily they don't seem to bother authors, no matter how many books they sell. I don't own any fur, never have. But I've never been able to afford it! Who knows what I'll do after I've sold millions of books. But I may catch a case if they ever come after me with red paint. I mean, I'm just saying.

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Updated: Saturday, 17 June 2006 7:17 PM EDT
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Thursday, 8 June 2006
Ann Coulter is a Madonna Wannabe
The first step to a bestseller? A killer opening hook! Thanks to my pre-writing, I know exactly what scene I'll open with. However, that first line has to hook an agent, editor, and reader right away. I'm going to do my best to start with a huge bang. But I won't obsess over it, my objective is to get that first draft written! I can always jazz up the opening paragraph in editing.

I start retail sales at a second-hand store tomorrow. For peanuts. I'm less than thrilled, because I enjoyed having tons of time to devote to my writing. But the BF's rosy financial picture has...lost its bloom so to speak, so additional income is required. All the more impetus for me to write the most awesome novel I can and sell it, so that I can write full time again.

I think Ann Coulter is a blatant attention addict masquerading as a pundit. She is the political equivalent of Madonna, saying anything she can to get a rise out of the American public. I respect Madonna because she makes no bones about it. She is an entertainer, and she does what she can to entertain millions and make lots of money. Coulter would have us believe she gives a rat's ass about the state of this country's affairs. But anyone who would say that 9/11 widows are thrilled that their husbands died? Just trying to get a reaction, however she can. Which would be just fine, if she admitted that's what she's up to. But instead, she'd like us to see her as a wise, venerable voice on the "real" America. An opportunist by any other name...

Speaking of undeserved accolades, you've got to be kidding me! I admire JK Rowling for her phenomenal success with the Harry Potter franchise. I aspire to her level of success with every fiber of my being. But the Greatest Living British Author? If that's true, then Spongebob Squarepants is the Best Television Show Currently on the Air!

Posted by phoenix9227 at 11:58 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 8 June 2006 12:16 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 7 June 2006
Picture of Me
Topic: Picture of Me

That's me. (In case y'all were wondering!) So I finished the narrative description. 30 pages, a Cliff Notes of my book, if you will. Now, I just sit down and write it. I'm looking at an estimated 270pp, and I want to write a minimum of 4 pp (4 GOOD pp) a day, finishing in roughly two and a half months. I'm quite geeked about it, the narrative description is awesome, and the book will be even better. I want to finish it so I can read it, that's how good its going to be! I highly recommend the Snowflake Method, you literally grow your book from a mere one sentence summary.

This is such a tragic story! Just goes to show that too much money can be a curse! It's stories like this that keep things in perspective when I'm dreaming of high six-figure book advances...

Posted by phoenix9227 at 8:50 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 June 2006 8:58 PM EDT
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Monday, 5 June 2006
Excellent Career Move For Anna Nicole
So I'm getting more excited about the narrative description work I'm doing, because my plot has such a solid definite structure, before I even write it! It's like I'm creating a Cliffs Notes for the book prior to it being written. Websites of various published authors vary in their stance to pre-write or not to pre-write. Some of them say it's better to let the story unfold as you write, to let the characters tell you what happens next. That all sounds very exciting, and I'm sure it works out well for writers with 20 or 30 novels under their belt. But for me, when I tried that method with my first novel, it was a disaster. I did a lot of research on the time period (given it was a historical romance), but that's it. After that I just dove in, and the plot structure was a mess. This one will be so much more cohesive. Here's am awesome article on building better scenes.

As far as my personal life goes, all I want to say today is that grown folks should stay out of other grown folks business, period. Unless personally invited into it by the folks whose business it is. Needed to get that off my chest.

Speaking of chests, Anna Nicole is pregnant! (wasn't that an awesome segue?) I think this latest endeavor of hers is inspired. After all, if your claims to fame are marrying a geezer for his money and getting huge as a whale, then losing all the weight for another 15 minutes, then what's next? Get pregnant by a papparazzi! That way you don't even have to leave the house to get into the tabloids! People, Anna is clearly a lot more clever than we give her credit for. And is her son really 20? Egads, how old was she when she had him? He must be so proud...

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Saturday, 3 June 2006
Any Publicity is Good Publicity If You're On the D-List
Still bogged down in the narrative description work, still hoping to finish by Tuesday and start the first draft. I've been experiencing a little insecurity about the whole novelist thing today, what with my previous failed attempt. I had a great story with that one, and I just didn't write well enough to support that story. I've got a great idea for this one as well, and I'm doing all this pre-writing work, but it still doesn't guarantee an awesome finished project. But this too will pass, I'm PMSing and I always feel generally hopeless about things at this time. This is an awesome list of plotting problems to avoid in a novel.

Did job-hunting crap this morning- not much else I'm inspired to say about that.

I can imagine what a hassle false and slanderous press can be for A-list stars. They are a carefully crafted and controlled brand name, and anything negative can be potentially harmful for their brand. But when it comes to the D-listers, it would seem that any publicity is good publicity. These people will be in and out of the limelight every five years or so, for 15 minutes. Every now and then the tabloids will toss out stories about these people being strung out or dead. They freak out, and seek legal action, do press about it, jazz like that. All of a sudden we're interested (for a hot second) in someone we'd forgotten about (ie. Lark Voorhies) or never really knew existed (ie. Aishwarya Rai. Who is she? Why is she on the E sexiest people and the Maxim list? She's very pretty, in a fakey/fresh off the assembly line way, but the most beautiful woman in the world? Come on. Her website says she has millions and millions of fans...but the site does admit that most of those are in the rest o the world, not the U.S. because, like I said, we have no idea who she is over here, and don't care). When I get my best-selling author career off the ground, I welcome tabloid stories about alleged coke binges, and erroneous tragic death. Anything that gets people Googling me, and ultimately buying my books. I contend that, when these D-listers freak out about bad press, it's a colossal front: they are secretly thrilled with the publicity, and I betcha at LEAST half of them helped (behind the scenes) to get these stories out there. Period. The best example of this? The Paris Hilton sex tape coming out right before her show debuts. She went from a socialite that Everybody USA had never heard of and didn't give a rats ass about to a bonafide celebrity. Nice work, babe!

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Friday, 2 June 2006

Here's the female mutilation link.

Posted by phoenix9227 at 12:23 PM EDT
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Descriptive Narrative, Jobs, and Female Mutilation
Now Playing: Pure Moods
I hope to be done with my descriptive narrative by Tuesday, June 6th. It will definitely be less than 50 pages, although I imagine Randy Ingermanson meant that count as a suggestion. Either way when I'm done, that's how many pages I'll have! Some chapters are just easier to plan than others. I'm sure that once I begin writing my first draft, the story will develop even further and the hazier chapters will become more concrete to me. At this stage in the Snowflake method, you make sure every scene has conflict. If there isn't any you add some, or scrub the whole scene. I've had to beef up some, and ruthlessly axe a few more. But as painful as that is, its worth it. I don't want a novel full of trite, useless padding. A smart reader can spot padding a mile away. I sure can!

Four or five times a week I sit down to do web research. If I don't need to do research on anything in particular for the novel I'm currently working on, I catch up on the news, read the blogs of a few favorite writers, and research how to be a better writer. The Internet is a treasure trove of helpful articles and websites. Today I came across this one, and I think it's quite informative about plot outlines. The article was written by a childrens author, but I think that most good writing techniques can be applied to any kind of writing. Hope someone finds it helpful!

It looks like I may be getting a part-time retail position here shortly. I'm not thrilled, I'd much rather have the time to spend on my novel. But the BF's financial situation took a drastic dive, and suffice it to say it is necessary for me to bring in some additional loot. Whatever, he'll have to realize that all the Betty Crocker like cooking and cake baking and whatnot I've been doing will decline drastically. I will put the time into the writing regardless. He may actually have to do some household chores (the horror)! And I will probably be less relaxed, and therefore less inclined to be frisky. He already complains about that, but oh, well. Hopefully he figures something out soon so things can go back to the way they used to be.

The female mutilation* is abominable. The men of these countries force the horrific procedure upon the women. They defend the heinous crime by insisting it is cultural and we don't understand. Bullshit! I understand that it's barbaric and undoubtedly insanely painful. If they gave those girls a choice, I imagine quite a few of them would be like, "Is that a serious question?" This is going on my list of Thing to Get Vocal About when I'm rich and famous, along with the rape epidemic in the Congo.

*I'm going to put a link to an article concerning female mutilation in the entry above.

Posted by phoenix9227 at 12:22 PM EDT
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Thursday, 1 June 2006
Mistaken Identity
This is awful. My heart goes out to both families and all the loved ones who were forced to suffer through such an ordeal. I hope BOTH families sue. They did absolutely ZERO scientific/medical tests to verify the identities of the two girls. Unbelievable.

Posted by phoenix9227 at 5:45 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 30 May 2006
Snowflake Method to Write a Book
I'm using this method to pre-write my book, and it feels like a TON of extra work. I'm on step 9 (approximately 50 pages of narrative description of the plot) at this juncture. But I can already tell that all of this will make the process of writing the first draft a lot smoother, and the editing should be easier as well.

I love the show "Frasier". There's something strangely comforting about two successful psychiatrists who constantly make a mess of their own personal lives. The show emphasizes the fact that no one is perfect, no matter what their profession. I think its awesome that Kelsey Grammer is a producer for the show "Girlfriends". It's such a funny show, and their problems are so much more relatable than those of the "Sex and the City" girls!

Posted by phoenix9227 at 6:44 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006 2:09 PM EDT
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