Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
Today, I wanted to respond to various and sundry pieces of the internet. Hope you don’t mind my piecemeal approach to this post (and I’ve always loved the word “sundry,” don’t you?).
There’s a few things I live in fear of becoming, and being like the stereotypes on this list are some of them. Specifically, I don’t want to become “the writer who doesn’t write” or “the writer who loves to bemoan the difficulties of her craft.” I spend a lot of time trying to write and not being successful at it, either by giving away my writing time or by not being productive when I manage to sit down at the keyboard. On top of that I occasionally feel I spend more time blogging about my writing than I do actually working on my manuscript.
Writers love to discuss the writing craft, and I am no exception. I enjoy learning how to improve my writing and sharing interesting links with my friends. Most of us don’t have the luxury of an academic setting in which to discuss storytelling, grammar, and the special sauce that makes stories pop. Again, my primary outlet for this is my blog, and often I feel that I have to tread a fine line when sharing my writing experiences. I want to be amusing or informative, certainly human in my shortcomings, but I worry about being whiny.
If this starts to happen, will some please tell me?
When and if I ever have sales that qualify me to be a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, I’m not sure I’m going to join. Frankly, the vitriol spouted about an open call regarding how to address the SWFA Policy on Self-Publishing is off-putting. It was literally a request for comments and feedback, and within a half dozen comments, the frustration and stronger emotions were palpable.
Part of the trouble with SFWA’s image is that the larger group of us on the outside looking in don’t have the same context as the in-crowd. We only hear about the drama and controversy, never about how things have been made better for members because we aren’t members.
Doug Dandridge had some great thoughts about SFWA and political agendas. Sometimes I think the SFWA crew take the concept of freedom of speech to a new level.
Tara Sparling has some amusing book title generators on her site. Here are mine; feel free to share some of yours.
How Rainbows Can Steal (Your Smile) – Makes me think that a seemingly good thing turned out poorly for the chick lit heroine.
The Indubitable Eulogies of Quail Hollow – This has small town spirituality revealing larger truths about the world written all over it.
The Mortal Room – Ooo, so creepy! Obviously some death-dealing kinkery is going on behind closed doors.
Tracy Cembor: My Spirited Tempest – Indeed, I have a life story like none other!