Month: November 2007

Ending at The End

I was just reviewing the books that I’ve read this year in preparation for a future post, and it occurred to me that there were a lot of great reads. Action, adventure, etc. The build to the climax was generally good in all the… Continue Reading “Ending at The End”

Cowboy Up

Tonight I had a conversation with my mother about westerns (movies specifically). Westerns are a very traditional structure, story-wise. Hero falls into great calamity, everything looks dark, then the cowboy gets up off his duff and does the hard work/killing/etc. Sometimes it’s a happy… Continue Reading “Cowboy Up”

Strange and Norrell

Here’s something that’ll get to the friendly-neighborhood-demon (hey, she said it)… I finished reading the gigantic book Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell these last couple days. First, let me say that I was very impressed by Clarke’s use of language. She captured the feel… Continue Reading “Strange and Norrell”

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The Home Stretch

Somewhere I read that the last 20% of a novel is the hardest part to write. I’m believing that I concur. Part of it is because you say goodbye to the freshness of your characters–after this it’s all editting and revising. Doesn’t seem like… Continue Reading “The Home Stretch”

Looking at the Bright Side of Life

I just handed of FJR to Shane so that he would be so sweet as to print out the copies I need for tomorrow. It occurred to me that I have been playing negative Nellie on myself. I’ve been so hard on myself for… Continue Reading “Looking at the Bright Side of Life”

NaNo Month–I’ll Be Short

I’ll be short on two fronts:1. There’s no way I can finish FJR by Monday. I’ll be two chapters shy. But–before the demons come out! I will give what I have to my first readers (yes, Ali, that’s you!) and e-mail the final two… Continue Reading “NaNo Month–I’ll Be Short”

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