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This is what I have playing on the iPod. Most of the time music gives me the atmosphere I need to get on the page.

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Franz Stuck, Sin

I’m coming into the home stretch of my Young Adult, which after wrangling for longer than I care to admit, I like. After it’s done I get to revisit Selah’s favorite, an unnamed multicultural contemp set in Brazil, which will be published by Parker Publishing next year. I have to admit, it’s a favorite of mine, too and I’m looking forward to arguing with Selah which is where we left off (how loyal must Olivia be to her brother-remember?).

But all of this stops the research for my next ms, and I have to say, this research in particular is mightily seductive, mostly because this book is a long time coming. 22 years I’ve been cradling this one like the most precious seed, learning about the subject, building my world, creating arcs and plots.

It’s funny how some stories you simply write, like yanking a thought out of the air, and other stories you’re pulling in all that you are and know to write them. You realize writing them has been an unconscious journey, and your personal wanderings become knowledge you needed to have brought. Just like a woman who’s waited 9 months to give birth and knows it’s time, now, after all these years of knowing it WASN’T, time-I’m ready. And very excited. It’s a deep excitement and frantic all at once. I want to explode it all over the pages, and yet I want to meticulously craft it as well. It has epic possibilities, this world can last and I haven’t even tapped it’s potential with the first book.

One of the paths I’m researching is Goddess. And it has come about by my own personal wanderings, adding to the threads of plot seamlessly, making me know that this was something I needed to discover. Right now I’m reading GODDESS: MYTHS OF THE FEMALE DIVINE by David Leeming and Jake Page. This is a toe dip in the pool, I know. I have in my huge canvas library bag all of the Joseph Campbell’s I could get my mitts on, and then another 25 (so it seems) books about Goddess. As I go through them I’ll blog about the great ones, I’m sure.

The most interesting aspect is coming from a Christian perspective and noting (so far) that the Hebrew Yahweh’s gender never was up for any gender interpretations. An aside: I left the institutional church because of it’s never ending need of $$ and building projects, and because I didn’t want my daughters learning the absolute submission that was being preached.

I’ve read 3/4 of GODDESS now, and I’m to the part where the authors are telling the stories of when Goddess starts to be undermined in myth. Pandora, once Gaia, now is forced by Zeus to unleash ills that he’d collected instead, becoming the source of all human affliction instead of the giver of abundance.

I remember reading most of by Husain Haddawy and realizing that in every story women were deceitful and treacherous (I stopped halfway, disgusted). I, ignorantly, never realized that most myths were the same- sublimating women- and how can people raised on such Archtypes be any different? 

Knowing what I do about romance, I can see why it’s so popular, and so needed. It’s a reclaiming. It goes beyond feminisim to strike at the root of patriarchy, all the way back to the storytelling. 

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Everything Old Is New Again – Using Mythology in Romance

May 16, 17, and 18 at Romance Divas

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Alyssa Day

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And I still do. I get in these phases when I’m percolating. It’s a personal deep thing and it consumes me and I don’t like sharing my thoughts when I’m there. I feel naked because I’m dwelling on nuance, and I’d much rather be seen in public with my makeup and my hair done. Not for real-I’m not a makeup every day and must have hair perfect kinda gal, but you understand, don’t you? Anyway, if you read it I’ll be naked anyway, but at least there’ll be pages between us.

It was a very draining weekend-Hatchling #3 won 2nd place in the Pinewood Derby the first time out. He smiled so much his face looked like silly putty about to crack. At least there was a moment of humility when I had to tell him to win graciously because there were some that were crying. Sunday we went on the six hour trip to see family and it’s a day I tell you. But I got three (so six) full handwritten pages of a story done-although not the one I’m supposed to be writing. Sigh. And it’s so unlike me. I’m a finish the first task person but these other two stories are overwhelming me. One I’m still adding to and letting simmer on the back, but it got a full two pages of notes from me the other night. So tonight I am concentrating on the WIP. Must Finish It This Week. Maybe I overreached with this story. It’s all new to me being a YA and then more with magic realism. I know I can do it-I’m just on deadline and so I can’t play too much with wayward ideas.

So I’ll try and blog more, but now I need to go walk my dog in the drizzle. Hopefully it will clear my head.

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Other than to tell you that I’m writing my first Multicultural YA to hit bookstores in January 09, the only other thing I can tell you is that I started Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson and I CANNOT put it down. I started it late last night, which was a VERY VERY bad thing to do. I am now tired. Extremely tired. I’ve been reading some friends reviews of it, and they are right- it surpasses Lord of the Fading Lands (as if that were possible). I really wish they would have published these two in hardback. I can’t wait for my daughter to read these.

My buddy ZEEK reviewed it (she’s an actual reviewer whereas I am not) and gave it a 5 out of 5 if you want more than gushing. 🙂

So while you’re out today, if you go out, make sure to pick up LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS and both if you haven’t read LORD OF THE FADING LANDS.

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It’s here.

Today is the day. I have an appointment to get my long hair cut above my shoulders. I’m going for Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair, one of my favorite movies- both the old and the remake. I haven’t stopped losing weight from being sick, so it’s kind of all connected. I’m feeling lighter all around. :0)

I finished an erotic historical short last night, and today am taking notes for a YA I’m going to start. Her name (the YA) is Grayson Collins and she’s heading to the Met for a class trip. She becomes drawn to Cezanne’s Jeune homme a la tete de mort, a very brooding sort of chap, and from there it turns magical. I love Grayson, too – she’s not a joiner. She loves vintage 40’s and dresses every day. This has the opposite effect on the kids at school, instead of making her more accessible, they think she’s a prima donna. Her mother just loves that she never has to worry about Grayson wearing jeans that show off a g-string.

Enough of that-I have to write a few more notes and then get the hair chopped!

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About a week ago I perforated my eardrum.

I had NO idea when it happened how much it would affect my life. Music? Everything sounds like an out of tune jugband. BACH sounds tinny.  You know those dollar microphones the kids get that distort everything? That’s what my one ear takes everything in as, and the other ear hears the same.

It made me wonder about a heroine with a hearing handicap. Not deaf, but distorted. It changes your whole perception. A rushing stream sounds like white static noise.

It makes me wonder how differently we all see things when our perceptions of something are skewed. It’s like a ship being a hair off course. It doesn’t matter much in the beginning, but the end of the journey is far from the mark. That affects someones life in immeasurable ways, and their relationships, too. It’s annoying beyond words to live with because I know what the music and sounds are SUPPOSED to be.

Have you ever read a heroine who had a disability?

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