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Help Me Name A Character!

All right. I recently ran a poll on my Facebook page, but for those who didn’t see it, here is the summary. I’m trying to decide on the name of the Felidae Clan leader in Changers 2. This character is gender fluid, and I picture xem as Black + Asian. Not that culture really makes…

WIPjoy #17

What was the first thing you knew about your story’s world/setting? That it would be set in Regency England? Seriously, though, I knew Faebourne would be an old house set in the forest—a place of mists and fey influences. It’s almost gothic, at least from the outside. The interior, however, is far from spooky.

The Popularity Contest Writer

I’ve noticed more and more—and maybe it started with shows like American Idol, where contestants rely on voters in order to succeed—that “awards” in writing are based more on how many votes a writer can muster than whether or not their work is any good. For example, cover art awards offered by various bloggers and…

WIPjoy #16

How would you describe your setting? Most of the action takes place at Faebourne, which is an old, gothic house surrounded by forest. In fact, Duncan notices how unnaturally close to the house the trees are. However, though somewhat spooky from the outside, on the inside Faebourne is elegant and comfortable. The place is strange,…

1%

No, I’m not talking politics. I’m talking about Hamlette. I need to write 1% per day at the very least in order to make my deadline. Can I do it? I’m gonna sure as heck try!

Random Thing

Sometimes—particularly during the summer—people will speak to me in Spanish. Then they’ll see the blank look on my face and say, “You’re not Hispanic?” I’m not. I’m Creole. I have skin that gets dark as toast when I’ve been out in the sun, and being in California, Latina is usually the first assumption. I told…

WIPjoy #15

From the MC: Your favorite music? We’ll ask Duncan Oliver, the hero of Faebourne: Anything soft and mellow, really. Maybe a bit of harp music? I find the pianoforte can be jarring unless the player has a light touch. Alas, so many young ladies attempt to showcase their abilities by going quite the other direction.…

Revisiting Goals

Okay, so a lot has happened since my last check-in with my yearly goals. For the record they were: Publish Brynnde Finish and submit Changers: The Great Divide Finish Hamlette Write another Sherlock Holmes story (Accomplished goals are in green.) Well. I did publish Brynnde, and though I didn’t write a new Sherlock Holmes story…

IWSG: Lessons

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. I recently completed a writing retreat and workshop in France. As idyllic as it sounds, I was insecure about it! Six writers, all strangers (at least to me), in an…