And can now go back to a life without being bombarded with hateful tv, Internet, and radio ads. Thanks for keeping it classy, candidates.
Author Archives: Miss Rosemary
Omg. Just signed up for NaNoWriMo. I’ve tried for two years and never made it. But I’m going really try to write every day during my lunch break this month. The novel I started is going to be WAY longer than the target 50k but since I plan on breaking it up into three sections anyway, I’m aiming to finish Book One by the end of the month.
And yes, I know I signed up four days late. But I’m going to try.
As I am editing my query letter and synopsis (OH MY GOD, I’M IN THE FINAL STAGES!!!) before I send them out (OH MY GOD, I’M READY TO SUBMIT) I realized how many words I used that wouldn’t have existed without the Bard. Downstairs (crucial) elbow (where would we be without elbows?) green-eyed (how would we describe our jealous antagonists?) drugged (where would most college students be without this word?) countless, accused, generous, frugal … I could go on but the list is countless (thank you, everyone, I’ll be here all week).
So I just wanted to take a second and tip my hat to the master who thought so much of himself and his talent that he just plain made up word when his language fell short. I wish I always fly highly so highly of my writing, I probably would have submitted long before now.
The English-speaking world thanks you, William, you brilliant, ballsy man.
You find years of your life in books. Years. Eight boxes worth. And you can’t bear to part with a single one.
I am writing and my hands are covered in ink. I immediately think of the opening scene of Shakespeare in Love. Obviously, I am Shakespeare.
Now that The Novel is done and I think is in pretty decent editorial shape, it’s time to begin searching for An Agent to whom I must Submit the Manuscript in order to become Published. This requires extensive research and short summaries and query letters, which i have mot yet written. So why won’t I DO said research and WRITE said summaries and query letters?
Because procrastination is easier than rejection, I suppose. I don’t want people to tell me what’s wrong with it. I want them to tell me how great it is.
But, no pain, no gain. Can’t get to where you wan to be without taking a risk and all that. So off I go, query letter writing is the aim of the next hour.
Also, not to sound 100 percent full of myself but I happened to have done my hair quite excellently tonight, and it’s giving me a tad bit of extra confidence in my querying ability.
…when you read the second novel from an author you loved years ago and hate said second novel. Gahahdmrockwndcsndaaa!!
I read Anne Easter Smith’s A Rose for the Crown when I was about fifteen and could not put it down. Now being twenty-two I’m reading her second novel Daughter of York and am seriously struggling. I don’t know if it’s my changed/older perspective, the writing itself, the slow character and plot development, or the fact that I have a cold and am pumped full of NyQuil at the moment (which is undoubtedly playing a huge role. Btw, please attribute any spelling errors in this post to that fact) but I’m not into this novel. The age-old conundrum: Too much telling where I would enjoy more showing.
Example: A sentence reads “Edward reacted angrily,” and then launches into a description of his actions. So my question is, why include that sentence at all? His table-hurling, mug-smashing and insult-throwing would inform me of such an angry reaction without spelling it out so simply.
I also seriously dislike her overuse of the word “was.” It’s a fluff word and she’s got it printed about five times per page. “Margaret was perplexed.” “Margaret was elated.” “Margaret was devastated.” It points back to what I lamented in the previous paragraph: telling too much. I once had a writing instructor tell me that if you used “was” more than four times in a chapter, you used it too much and you had better think of more inventive descriptions of actions.
I’m not saying telling is an ineffective method of writing. At times it’s extremely useful, like of you’re relating backstory or action that took place far away from the central characters. But if you’re smack in the middle of the book where everything is happening to the characters at that moment, readers want to see it go down.
I guess all this ranting means I’ve been in the publishing world long enough to never be able to read without overly critical examinations ever again.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and if any of you have read this book or this author, please share your sentiments.
NyQuil kicking in. Good night.
One of the greatest feelings in life springs from seeing physical manifestation of your work. I and many of my fabulous authors are experiencing that very feeling right now. Laptop Lit Mag has just published our second issue Be sure to read these wonderful stories and poems.
Also, let freedom ring.
I’ve reached a milestone in editing what was formerly Ensnared and is now The Apartment on Parker Street. I bumped the 32,000 word novella up to 50,001, granting it official novel status. Boo and yah.
Plus I still have a few scenes left to write. The grand old thing will eventually be over 50,001!!
Miss Rosemary pats self on the back.
And I predict that many posts will be made in this fashion from here on out. Just saying. I’m kind of pumped about this new little genius of a gadget.
Must go to bed but before I do I must also remind everyone about Laptop Lit Mag for some great reading and also any new writers are always more than encouraged to submit.
I love how this keyboard sounds like a typewriter. An homage to past times.