Happy Halloween

Wishing all of you a safe, and warm Halloween tonight. May your costume impress and your bag overflow with your favorite goodies. 🙂

Funny Pictures - Cute Halloween Kittens
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It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Since signs of that time of year are showing up, I have my Swiss Colony catalogs and right next to the Halloween candy are bright red stockings, I began to ponder what kind of seasonal short story to write this year. My son is 11, and really too old for the kid type stories. Right now he's enjoying "Death Worlds" by Harry Harrison so I can safely say he's beyond the cute Santa's Reindeer.

Since these are pretty much for me and my kid-let, I get to experiment. I haven't written any steampunk, and since I enjoy Girl Genius comics. and liked Cherie Priest's "Clementine," which I do recommend, here's the kindle link, I decided I'll try it.

To those who do write steampunk and do it very well, this is me stretching my writing muscles with something new, in no way do I think it's easy as pie to write steampunk. It may be a very good thing no one but me and my kid will ever see this. 🙂

So the premise I have is a woman is traveling back home from the Woman College where she's training to be an lady's personal secretary, to be with her family for Christmas. The dirigible she's on got delayed by a nasty blizzard and had to land in a town part way home. The storm finally clears on Christmas Eve and my miss is distraught that she's missing all the family. The captain tries to comfort her as they fly through the cloudy winter's sky. The end will be her sighting Old Saint Nick in his sleigh flying past them in the distance.

A bit of research on Victorian Christmas rituals first, then I'll get started.

Wish me luck!

Why I Write

All over twitter today, because it's writer's day or writing day, or something like that, is the tag #whyIwrite. And I paused to ask myself that.

Why Do I write anyway?

I write because I like stories. I like worldbuilding. I like the what if? I enjoy filling in the picture, painting with words a complete 3D scene of what reality is like if you changed just this one thing. I like exploring the domino effect of that one change on society and technology. Deciding that if both sides of WWII had the same benefit from your reality change, it would have worked out pretty much the same way.

While all that pondering, making the wheels in my brain turn, is enjoyable, I also like creating something that will make someone else feel better. I want my reader to 'dive in' to my story and forget their own problems as they navigate the hell I put my protag through. 😀  I want to give my readers a well-deserved vacation from reality, that's my main goal. When they hit the last page, I want them to feel less stressed.

So, I write because creating worlds is fun for me, and stories are a vacation for my reader. All that for the price of a paperback. Not bad.

Excited Writer is Excited!

My story is flowing along, from two points. Since my muse gave me a climax from the middle, I've been adding words from the beginning and from that middle point. It is a different way to do things, I admit, but I suppose this is just my cat-muse's way of making sure I am never bored. Or something. Anyway, I decided since shooting for 70,000 words didn't work, I only got 60,000 words, I'm just going to use 60,000 as my marker and see what happens. Since Murphy likes me and my cat-muse is purrverse (sp intentional), I expect I'll get 70,000 words this time.

Hey, at least I'm having fun with this insanity. That's a good thing, right?


4283 / 60000

A Writer Needs Our Help

needs a new computer to finish writing the book following his THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, forthcoming from DAW Books in March 2012. His computer is not repairable and he hasn't the funds to buy another, so he's holding a raffle to raise the money. It's got some awesome prizes so go check it out. Please help a writer finish their story!

I copied part of his LJ profile, and he has some impressive achievements.
Saladin was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, the Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction or Fantasy Writer, and the Harper’s Pen Award for best Sword and Sorcery/Heroic Fantasy Short Story. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and podcasts including Strange Horizons, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, StarShipSofa and PodCastle, and has been translated into Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, and Romanian. THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is forthcoming from DAW Books in March 2012.

Guess what Happened to Me Today?

My muse came up and bopped me upside my head with the climax from the next June n Peaches book, then ordered me to write it OR ELSE!  Having worked with the little feline tyrant before, I knew I didn't want the ELSE. Ruining this project by taking away the storyline is not what I want to do.

So I told Hunnybun the muse smacked me a good one (that's a quote by the way), and he nodded, smiled and said he'd leave me alone. He's such a good Hunnybun, I don't think I can ever deserve him, no matter what I do.

So I wrote, about 1,400 words. The second June n Peaches story, working title June n Peaches and Martha Too! (don't judge), has now begun. Shall I tease you with some of what I wrote today? I think I shall. *grin*

As usual, normal disclaimers apply*. Enjoy!

June woke with a headache.

Day Off? or Off Day?

Kid-let doesn't have school today, and since he really shouldn't be left alone, and he is my kid, I didn't go to my morning classes today. Looking on the bright side of things, I have a day off to write, right? (Yes, I am cute when I'm delusional.)

It being October, which is the Halloween-est month of the year, I have our Pandora box set to the Halloween station. While I'm enjoying the silly Halloween songs, my son is not so impressed. How could he make a face at They're coming to take me away Ha-Haaa!? It's a classic!

Well, maybe if he goes outside to play and get away from the 'weird' music, I can get some writing done, right?