check-in day 22

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:07 pm
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It's check-in time. Log your progress:

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

It's Saturday! Feel free to post a snippet, ask for help, brag about how well you're doing, or anything else.

check-in day 21

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:53 pm
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Happy Friday! You made it! What did you accomplish with your day?

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

I'll be honest, I have been embarrassingly distracted today. Which distractions do you have the most trouble staying away from?

[Art] A parrot. A parrot. A parrot.

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:04 pm
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I'm going to be cancelling my paid account at Photobucket,
so you may notice a lot of dead image links at some point in the future here.
(Right now they're still being hosted because I have a paid account).
I've switched over to SmugMug, so everything should be hosted from here on in.
So we should be good for a little while longer anyway.
Now let's see if this works.


Orange-Bellied Parrot as Totem



Pesquet's Parrot



Pale-Headed Rosella


check-in day 20

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:10 pm
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Hello! Time to share what you've accomplished today:

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

I hope you had a good writing day!

check-in day 19

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Hello party people, it's Wednesday! How's it going?

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

picture of Pixar's Dory with the text: just keep writing, just keep writing

Keep writing! Dory's not sure what's happening, but she's sure it's gonna be great.

check in day 18

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:43 pm
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Happy Tuesday! Log your progress:

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

There was a "describe your creative process in a gif" meme going around twitter last month -- what would your entry be? (Credit and/or describe the gifs if you can, but I'm not actually the gif police. If you can't use gifs, feel free to use text to describe Cher and Dee freaking out on the highway or quote a Kardashian or whatever.)

check in days 16 and 17

Jul. 17th, 2017 02:15 pm
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Sorry about flaking yesterday! How is the writing going?

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

Today I'm just gonna be nosey: what are you working on? How are you feeling about it?

August sign up

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:44 pm
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It's time to sign up for the August WIP challenge!

Some people join the challenge midmonth, or comment on check-in posts without signing up, which is fine -- I'm glad there's a way for the challenge to be useful in a variety of ways.

But for those of you who find the commitment of signing up useful, please leave a comment with the below information.

Signups will be open until the end of July.



  • Level of challenge: 1 chapter, 1000 words, 1 fic finished, whatever you like
  • Fandom(s) involved: if you know at this point
  • What you're looking for from the challenge: this could be as vague or specific as you like: someone to be accountable to, someone to remind you to write, someone to bounce ideas off, etc.
  • What you could offer other participants yourself: ditto!
  • How people should contact you: DW message, e-mail, IM etc.
  • Time zone: useful for seeing who might be up for a writing session at a time convenient to you


Copypaste below:



I couldn't continue to run this challenge without assistance with the daily check-in posts. Many thanks to everyone who's helped with the check-ins before!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping out. A week per person would be ideal (I usually assign weeks running Sunday-Saturday just for consistency). I'm happy to help come up with suggestions for discussion topics (& Friday or Saturday is usually the general chat/snippet/beta-seeking etc. post).

(& if you've completed a fic through the challenge, don't forget our collection on AO3! If you need AO3 invites, let me know.)
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According to Katharine Trendacosta on io9, Fan Fiction Is a Bad Television Show's Best Friend (thanks, [personal profile] msilverstar!).

Caroline Knorr took a look Inside the racy, nerdy world of fanfiction (CNN).

A recent episode of NPR’s Ask Me Another featured Fans, Fiction, And Fan Fiction (guest: Chris Colfer).

Breitbart’s Adam Shaw wrote that Newsweek Dabbles in ‘President Hillary’ Fan Fiction.

This story was amusing; as summarized by Clarisse Loughrey in The Independent, Man reading 'Harry Potter' realises he's actually bought adult fan fiction - except I’m pretty sure he just found it online. For New York Post, Hannah-Rose Yee wrote This guy mistook X-rated ‘Harry Potter’ fan fiction for the real deal. And, from Katie O’Malley on ELLE: Man Hilariously Mistakes Adult Fan Fiction For Harry Potter And It's Heartbreaking.

Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Wattpad, John Green, Jane Austen, The Rock )

Times-Dispatch’s Rachel Marsden wrote After months of gossip, speculation and fan fiction, U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin finally met in person for the first time at last week’s G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

For The Brag, Nathan Jolly wrote that Joel McHale from Community, The Soup (and your fan fiction) is coming to Sydney

In ‘Much loved misfits’ in The Hans India: It is an easy task for writers to be fan fiction writers as there is no need to start from the ground up, people just borrow established characters and stories and add their own take and thoughts to it.

From Star Weekly: Julie Dollery used to juggle a job at IBM while writing fan fiction online. When she was made redundant, the 50-year-old Sanctuary Lakes resident used it as an opportunity to focus on her writing. She tells Charlene Macaulay about completing her first book, and her love of Wyndham.

CBS Miami reported that Fan Fiction App Has Users ‘Hooked’ Through Text-Style Stories.

Finally, from a Wicked Local Malden piece about a visit from author Cammie McGovern: Malden Reads will collaborate with the literacy coaches and educators in the Malden Public Schools to share the students’ fan fiction with McGovern.

[Art] A Fox. A Grouse.

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:15 pm
moonvoice: (o - games - eleven of pokemon?)
[personal profile] moonvoice
It's always weird to draw a grouse while thinking of how,
in Australia,
'grouse' means 'awesome'
like: 'that's so grouse man.'
But I'm glad it's fallen out of colloquial vernacular in Perth.
I was never a fan.


Darwin's Fox as Totem // Available

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Photos under the cut. )

Red Grouse as Totem // Available

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Photos under the cut. )

This week in books 7/14/17

Jul. 14th, 2017 02:56 pm
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This week! Books!

But first, a programming note. Posts will be a bit sporadic in the next few weeks as I am headed to San Diego for the wonderment known as Comic-Con International, but you can expect some good cosplay photos on Instagram.

Then I'm moving apartments. You won't notice, but I sure will.

But. BUT. I have some great stuff in store for August. So please stick around. Like, okay, don't just stare at this page for two weeks but please remember to come back for August.

SPEAKING OF COMIC-CON. I'm going to be moderating not one but count them TWO amazing panels, so if you somehow White Walker-ed your way into getting a badge, please attend them both.

Panel #1: Writers: Get Published! Get Greenlit! Get Working!
  • Want some secrets on how the publishing process works? This panel will explore the process end-to-end, and it features agent Holly Root (Root Literary agency), editor Adam Wilson (Simon & Schuster), publicist Kristin Dwyer (Leo PR), brand licensing agent Jane Putch (Eyebait Management), and Sean Berard (Agency for the Performing Arts). That's Friday at 3:30pm in 24ABC.
  • The seventh edition of this panel is one of the best ever! It features Jennifer Armentrout (The Problem with Forever), S. Jae-Jones (Wintersong), Lish McBride (Pyromantic), Brendan Reichs (Nemesis), Beth Revis (Star Wars: Rebel Rising), Megan Whalen Turner (Thick as Thieves), Kiersten White (And I Darken), and Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything). That's Sunday at 1:00pm in 29AB.
Now then. On to the links.


When I reach 84 years old, I hope I'm cutting eight figure book deals like Wilber Smith. [Insert We're Not Worthy GIF]

Meanwhile, a new book by the late Maurice Sendak has been discovered and will be published in 2018! (via Alyce Harley)

Author Jennifer Hubbard has a great image for what it feels like when a story is really working.

Michael Bond and Paddington Bear had a huge influence on me when I was younger, to the point that I even tried to like orange marmalade. He passed away last month at 91 and will be missed. 

I love Jimmy O. Yang on Silicon Valley as the jerkish prankster Jian-Yang and foil to Erlich Bachman, and was psyched to see he's writing a book.

Joanna Penn had an interesting interview with agent Mark Gottlieb about the changing publishing landscape.

Why does Jane Austen endure? Well, the NY Times Upshot has some cool charts and theories that I do not profess to understand in the slightest.

This week in the Forums...

A request for query help
Ask me anything!
Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Comment! of! the! week! goes to Julie C., who had a great and evocative comment about what Harry Potter meant to her. I think we've all been there with a book:
...Years later, I made my first cross country move all on my own to a new town in a new state, where I knew no one. The day after I got there, my possessions were unloaded and crammed in my small apartment. But the bright spot was, that was the day The Goblet of Fire came out. So I grabbed my wallet and headed to the nearest store. I got home with my book and lunch, literally crawled over boxes to get to my comfy chair. And sat, cross legged as boxes were surrounding my chair, and read. And for that time, things were so scary in my world. It gave me an escape from the uncertainty of my new life and gave me some comfort when I needed it.
And finally, we should all be so lucky to have this problem, but it can be daunting to choose a life when you live in a world of limitless career options with a nonexistent ladder. I really enjoyed this article and the advice therein.

Have a great weekend!

Art: Photo by me. Follow me on Instagram!
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Hello on Thursday!  I'm out for the rest of the week after today, so I am declaring the weekend early.  Looking back at the day today -- or yesterday, if today hasn't gotten going yet -- how did it go?
  •     I thought about my fic once or twice
  •     I wrote
  •     I did some planning and/or research
  •     I edited
  •     I've sent my fic off to my beta
  •     I posted today!
  •     I'm taking a break
  •     I did something else that I'll talk about in a comment
Looking forward, how are you planning to spend your weekend?
  •     I'm going to make up for not writing all week by having a writing marathon
  •     I'm going to keep writing at my current rate and see how it goes
  •     I have other plans, but I might have time to get some writing in
  •     I'm going to take a break from writing
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Hello on Wednesday! It's the middle of the week already, how did that happen? What kind of a writing day has it been today -- or yesterday, if today hasn't gotten going yet?
  • I thought about my fic once or twice
  • I wrote
  • I did some planning and/or research
  • I edited
  • I've sent my fic off to my beta
  • I posted today!
  • I'm taking a break
  • I did something else that I'll talk about in a comment
Wednesday Discussion - Errors, brought to us by the Fanfic Flamingo: Sometimes errors occur as we write that we miss until later, and then it's a huge burden to try to go back and repair the damage.  Does this happen to you?  How do you deal with it, and how do you prevent it?

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If you would like to nominate your query for a future Query Critique, please enter it in this thread in the Forums!

Also, if you'd like to test your editing chops, keep your eye on this area! I'll post the pages and queries a few days before a critique on the blog so you can see how your redline compares to mine.

Now then. Time for the Query Critique. First I'll present the query without comment, then I'll offer my thoughts and a redline. If you choose to offer your own thoughts, please be polite. We aim to be positive and helpful.

Random numbers were generated, and thanks to Feltenk, whose query is below:
Dear (Agent's name)  
Counting the Stars, a YA contemporary novel with speculative elements, is complete at 83,904 words.  
16-year-old Lucy Andrews knows she's different. No one else fears the color red, secretly draws in bathroom stalls, or blames themselves for the world's problems. Fortunately the people who mean the most to Lucy accept her, quirkiness and all. But then her best friend Janice commits suicide and her father is in a car accident that leaves him in a coma.  
Lucy is left with Janice's parents who notice her odd behaviors, worry that she'll hurt herself, and have her committed to a mental hospital. In the hospital, Lucy is given a drug which "cures" her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but destroys her creativity. She realizes she'd rather be so-called crazy than unimaginative.  
Along with the help of her new artist friends, Lucy must destroy the drug before it is mass produced and prescribed to teens everywhere.  
Thank you so much for taking the time, and I look forward to hearing from you.  
Sincerely,
Kristy
One of my key posts on how to write a query letter is a basic query formula where you can plug in some elements of your novel and then output a basic query letter. This gives you a natural starting place.

But it's just a starting place. It's important to flesh out your query with more details and really give an agent a sense of what it's like to read your novel.

In this case, there are some good ingredients here, but it feels a little rushed -- it's only 175 words, well below the 250-350 I'd recommend for a query -- and it appears as if the main plotline is introduced abruptly at the end.

Flesh this out, add a bit more illustrative detail, and you'll be in your way.

Here's my redline:
Dear (Agent's name)  
[Insert personalized tidbit about agent] 
Counting the Stars, a YA contemporary novel with speculative elements, is complete at 83,904 words.  
16-year-old Lucy Andrews knows she's different. No one else fears the color red, secretly draws in bathroom stalls [not sure this feels that extraordinary - might be helped by the detail of what she draws?], or blames themselves for the world's problems. Fortunately the people who mean the most to Lucy accept her, quirkiness and all. But then her best friend Janice commits suicide and her father is in a car accident that leaves him in a coma. [This feels a tad too jarring relative to the tone to this point]
Lucy is left with Janice's parents, who notice her odd behaviors, worry that she'll hurt herself, and have her committed to a mental hospital. In the hospital, Lucy, where she is given a drug which "cures" her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but destroys her creativity. She realizes she'd rather be so-called crazy than unimaginative.  [This paragraph feels a little rushed]
Along with the help of her new artist friends, Lucy must destroy the drug before it is mass produced and prescribed to teens everywhere. [Not sure how literally to take this or how she thinks she's going to do it? This feels abruptly introduced]
Counting the Stars, a YA contemporary novel with speculative elements, is complete at 83,904 words. [This is more a matter of personal taste, but I tend to prefer the title/summary at the end to facilitate just getting into the story]
Thank you so much for taking the time, and I look forward to hearing from you.  
Sincerely,
Kristy
I’m available for manuscript edits, query critiques, and consultations! And if you like this post, check out my guide to writing a novel.

Art: The Baker by Job Berckheyde

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