I just finished reading Karen Marie Moning's Darkfever, the first book in her Fever series. Two things precipitated the purchase: recommendation from a friend and part of my continuing education (specifically following Dean Wesley Smith's advice to read for pleasure and then study the pleasurable reads from long-time, best-selling authors). Moning's Darkfever met both those… Continue reading Learning experience: The right way to do first person
In fiction, flashbacks are scenes that take place in the past (i.e. not current/running story time) and some readers (supposedly) hate them so much they skip them. Here's a great "flashback" from L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, on "...the constant struggle between the efforts to entertain and the efforts to spread a message." Even if you're the kind of… Continue reading More on serving the needs of drama
I have to admit, the last person I thought I'd see with an essay in Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series was L. Jagi Lamplighter. I'd read several of the books in the Anita Blake series after a co-worker got me hooked. I did not stay a devotee of the series. I honestly… Continue reading Seeing the light on romance
I understand word count limitations. I really do. After administering a contest, how could I not? First, you have to be able to do an apples-to-apples comparison, and second, there are still--despite numerous sacrificial offerings consisting of REM cycles, fluffy cotton sheets, and clock parts--only 24 hours in a day. So here I am, happily… Continue reading When words don’t add up
While we were in Lost Wages--I mean, Las Vegas--last week, I got a publication offer. I signed the contract today AND I'm putting the finishing touches on an urban fantasy short story. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, aimed at UF tropes, and courtesy of a few half-days stuck in a hotel room.
An excellent piece on the state of writing. “Why won’t they love me?!” It’s said that schadenfreude is an unworthy sentiment. But after reading this tearful piece, I must confess that my schadenboner is prodigious. Fe… Source: Poor little rich girl