I can’t believe how fast this week has gone by. And here we are again. I think there’s a connection between getting older and the relativity of time because when I was younger it went sooooooooooo much slower. Now all I have to do is blink and it’s next month.
Anyway, below are 11 topics. Respond to what moves you, ignore what doesn’t.
1. BOOK/MOVIE CENSUS
I’ve been doing some library cleaning, mostly because I’m running out of space. When all was said and done, I counted close to 2500 novels.
Romance made up the vast majority. Next came horror, followed by paranormal ghost story stuff. Movie-wise (DVDs) I’ve got a little over a thousand and there’s an equal mixture of paranormal, drama, romance, fantasy, horror and drama. It’s weird because I won’t read fantasy, but I’ll watch it. Another interesting tidbit is that I can probably count the number of comedy DVDs on my shelf with two hands. I’m just not into laughing, I guess. lol
What’s on your shelf? How many NOVELS (approximately) are in your library (including your TBR pile) and what genres are they? How many DVDs do you own?
2. SAN FRANCISCO, 1906
Market Street, April 14th 1906, San Francisco California. This is said to be the 1st 35mm film ever. They filmed this gem with a camera mounted atop a cable car. Incidentally, it was taken just FOUR days before the tragic earthquake that caused the great San Francisco fire. Looking at this is like gazing through a window back in time. One thing’s for sure, I’m glad our traffic isn’t as chaotic today.
3. MUST-SEE TV
What are your favorite (cable and network) TV shows? My must-see list includes: Legend of the Seeker, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, House, V, Human Target, Supernatural, The Mentalist, Lie To Me, Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Flash Forward, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, True Blood, Hell’s Kitchen.
Here’s some Spartacus eye-candy.
By the way, I’m still grieving Varro!
4. WELCOME BACK
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has decided to reinstate Harlequin.
“We are pleased to welcome Harlequin, and all of its imprints, back onto our Approved Publishers list. Harlequin has agreed to abide by all of our existing criteria for inclusion. This means that Harlequin books, including those published within the last year, are eligible for Edgar consideration and their authors for active status MWA membership.”
Does anyone have an idea what the “existing criteria for inclusion” is? And if MWA welcomes ALL Harlequin imprints, does that include Dellarte Press? Or is that not considered a Harlequin imprint anymore?
5. NAME JUST ONE
Nathan Bransford asked a very good question on his blog:
Reading is, dare I say, important to being a writer. (Controversial statement, I know.) But if you had to choose one book that you think every writer should read, which one would it be? The perfect novel? A guide to writing? Strunk and White?
I’d have to go with Stephen King’s On Writing. The book gets straight to the point and isn’t loaded-down with a bunch of redundant blubber. Here are three of my favorite excerpts:
“Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless; when you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your head. Even when no one is listening (or reading, or watching), every outing is a bravura performance, because you as the creator are happy. Perhaps even ecstatic.”
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
And this little gem:
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
Name the one book you think EVERY writer should read. It doesn’t have to be nonfiction. It can be a novel too.
6. SUBMISSIONS FROM HELL
The editors at Ellora’s Cave have compiled a summary list of the worst submissions they’ve EVER received. Here are a few highlights:
~ First person fan fiction featuring Nintendo characters. Umm, “romance”?
~ A lovely, uplifting story of an escaped prisoner, the family he takes refuge with (all of whom he eventually kills), and the woman who loves him enough to commit murder and suicide at the end of the book so they can be together forever.
~ Ick, ick, ick! Hero and heroine marry when she is three years old. Hero actually gets turned on at one point by child bride. Typical dialogue from husband to wife: “Suck it, bitch!” I don’t think so.
Read the rest HERE.
7. E-BOOK AGENT
Lori Perkins announced she’s hired a new agent who will handle e-books exclusively.
“Saritza Hernandez is a new agent working in my agency who will be selling ebooks exclusively. She already has offers from Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and Dream Spinner Press for some of her clients.”
She’s looking for:
“Male/Male Erotic Romance
Paranormal (angels, demons, mythical beasts, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, etc.)
Dark, edgy thrillers
Male/Female Erotic Romance (though I prefer m/m to be honest)
Same subcategories as above
Menage where the trio gains the happily ever after”
Question: Since most e-book publishers have an open-door policy for writers, is an e-book agent even necessary? I know the e-book industry is evolving and, as a result, has become more complex, so I’m really curious about this one.
What do you think about Tori Amos’s “A Sorta Fairytale” music video? It kinda creeps me out, but it’s well done nonetheless.
9. CLIFF HANGERS
Dear Author opened up a discussion on cliffhangers as hooks for sequels. I see them as a good thing in some circumstances. Like if the story is so plot/character intensive, that it requires a two or three book series to lay it all out. Unfortunately, sometimes the reader is baited to buy the next book by a strong cliff hanger, only to be disappointed by a weak/thin plot and wooden characters. As a reader, are you turned on or off by cliff hangers? Has one ever disappointed you?
10. X-RATED VEGGIE
And now for your weekly dose of porno food.
11. A GREAT RESOURCE
Found this wonderful listing of 50 famous writer interviews. Some of the fifty include: John Grisham, JK Rowling, Stephen King, Fern Michaels, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich, John Irving, Clive Barker, Amy Tan and Mary Higgins Clark to name a few. Check it out to see if one of your favorites is on the list.