Guilty of Neglect

I’m not ignoring this blog. I do think about it in a sort of fly by “oh man, I need to work on that” kind of way. I’ve been hideously bad with writing for the 23rd, too.

Got fiction on brain. Plus, I’m researching and the poor noggin is crammed. Believe it or not, back-to-school things are already happening in the Elliott household. Daughter starts marching band next week and it goes on pretty much until school starts which is not that far away.

I am enjoying my new critique group and since I’m in two, I think my old critique group is happy to get the new stuff. Maybe? Yes? Been with those ladies for around ten years if you can believe it. In that time, we’ve become unbelievably good friends and in a heartbeat, any one of them would be here for me if I needed them. I would do the same. Can’t imagine not having them in my life. In fact one of them, who will hopefully have a website soon, has an historical vampire romance coming out very soon from Samhain Publishing. I couldn’t be more excited!

The new group is a different sort. We have strict “at least a chapter per week” rules and we critique hard. I must have had a feeling because I set it up on Yahoo and named it Critique Me To Death. It can be difficult to have someone catch all those odd little problems you have as a writer, but it’s better to chuck that ego in the trash and really listen. For instance, I have this problem of getting lost in dialogue and pretty soon, it feels like my characters are just sitting in one spot, not moving and talking. This new group is so good at telling me to move the poor people.

It’s hard work but it feels like I’m accomplishing something on a consistent basis and that, my friends, is priceless.

So, I am trying to wrap my head around a full time writing schedule with husband and kids still home 24/7. Love the people who live in my house like crazy, but man, I produce faster when I’m alone. That is the beauty of school starting soon. Long, quiet days to myself. I love nothing more than to turn up the music, light candles (yes, even during the day– I’m a candle freak!), sip tea or coffee and plant the butt in the chair for the duration.

Enough jabber, eh? I have a couple of funny ways for you to procrastinate today. First of all, check out this wonderful cover. Okay, once again, Blogger has image issues. Grrr!

So, go here and look at the cover.

Amazon.com: Ill Wind (Weather Warden, Book 1): Books: Rachel Caine This is a fantastic cover that depicts the heroine of this book perfectly. The woman loves her freaking car. Now, go here and look at one of the foreign versions of the cover. OMG!!!!!!! Why? Why?

Rachel Caine

Also, a little while back I mentioned a contest for readers of the Smart Bitches to create their own book covers in a contest. The first set is up and I guarantee a laugh or two. I’m serious, pull these suckers up and even read the fine print. Lots of clever, clever bitchy readers out there. If I hadn’t been so busy, I would have tried this myself. Click on More,more more to get the covers. Romance Novel Reviews – Smart Bitches (Go back and look at the Amateur ones!)

Oh and since I vowed to do one new Write Snark design a week, here’s last week’s new offering.
Jr. Raglan > Could Be Worse > The Write Snark CafePress This design is on a lot of different products. I ordered this raglan myself to check size and color and it should be in any day now.

17 Comments

  1. I’m glad you take time out to post on the Write Snark. Soon, soon, soon the kids will be back at school…and I’ll be back with them! When will I have time to read blogs and/or post? I will imagine you with your tea and candles, and get vicarious reinforcement.

    p.s. I thought the European cover of Rachel Caine’s book was intriguing in a way…it has an edge of mystery about it. To me.

  2. Well, if your comments get sporadic, I will understand and know you are still hanging around in spirit.

    And I promise I’ll get more inpirational writing life posts back in here soon. I’m reworking the schedule as you can tell. I have to focus on fiction first now because it’s time for me to make it. I have a feeing I’m closer than I could have been in the past.

    I’m still not getting the tentacles tho– what’s up with that? Those are incredibly good, fun books and I have no memory of tentacles. None.

  3. Alone time? What’s that?

    I get alone time when everyone is asleep. The problem is that I’m yawning by then and my brain is mush.

    I’ve never read the Rachel Caine books, but they look really interesting.

  4. Heather, you my friend, should run out and buy. Urban Fantasy at its best. I love her books but they should come with warning labels.

    Will not get up and return to life until completed.

  5. That foreign cover is just wrong. Seriously.

    I envy you. Silence while kids are at school. I had counted the years down so I could do that. I had one, and it was only half day. Then the new addition came along. I thought, I’ve only got one more year and I can be at home and write while the kiddies are a school! Wrong… I’m not liking my husband this month. I have a ‘job’ now.

    Shoot me.

  6. Wow! 10 years with the same critique group? I admire that! I’ve been with a few critique groups, and although the experience has been great and I’ve learned a lot, I’ve never developed that bond with them. Or none of the members have, for that matter.

  7. Rinda’s exaggerating about her characters being unmoving when they talk. She’s really good. And in defense of the very occasional talking heads (which we all do every now and then) her dialogue is fantastic. 😉

    Silence? There are people who actually work in silence? How? How is that possible? I don’t understand…

  8. Why thank ya. My dialogue used to be terrible. It was. But I do tend to have those talking heads, so I’m so glad I have you and Dana to catch them. And to catch the other problems. All writers have them. 🙂

  9. I still have a myspace page. I’m just using it for networking. I don’t really plan to use that blog unless I have writing sales to announce. It’s enough to keep up with the two I already write.

  10. Okay, Rinda, you’ve introduced this avid reader to a new author. I’ve never read (gasp!) anything by Rachel Caine before, and feel terribly ignorant in this genre. So, I checked out Ill Wind from the library tonight. I’m looking forward to a good, silent, night of reading.

    Oh, and this copy has the woman standing up in her convertible on the cover. 😉

  11. I went to Waldenbooks earlier, and they didn’t have Ill Wind. I bought Roxanne’s Thrill Me To Death and J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover.

    Will I ever get to read either?

    I dunno.

    The pile keeps growing.

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