Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Doing the Homework

I have to admit - one of the biggest thrills I get out of starting a new manuscript is the 'homework' that needs to be done to ensure the details are right.

For some reason my gladiator got railroaded by fairies and I'm now deep in the Irish Sidhe sorting out kings and warriors and who belongs in a fairy court. Gotta say Irish history and fairytales make for facinating reading.  I always start at Wiki and Google then surf from there.

So far my world building is at the stage of figuring out what details are important to the story; and what details I can gloss over.  Detail affects pace. Too much at the beginning and a reader will throw in the towel at chapter two.  Too much later on and a reader will want to curse me for stopping her in the middle of a chase to explain why the colour yellow on my heroines dress aides her running skills (it doesn't btw - I just made that up as an example :-)  ).

Also - this is the first time I've had a full-on fairy book (or two) stuck in my head.  I'm not sure why it's fairies - except, I love the idea that fairies can't lie, which means I have to write some pretty clever dialogue for my bad guys. (Gives me the happy-shivers just thinking about it.)

Happy writing - Happy reading.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Pottermore???  Youtube teaser??? What is she up to now?  Author marketing at its best!!

(BTW: The Youtube page is a teaser extra-ordinaire! - try it out, you can't subscribe (unless you go down the bottom) the 'likes' number is static, etc etc etc - it's a teaser within a teaser - probably a code (because that's what JKR does) - this brain teaser will keep the population hooked for the next five days.)

Romance under fire

Is this inspiration for a Romance Writer? - you can bet your sweet Canuck it is.

This guy - an Australian...who knew they could be that heroic? (Kylie you don't need to answer that) - kissed his girlfriend as he comforted her after she got caught up in the Canadian riots.

It's a moment captured in time - it's not sexual - he is absolutely, my hero!

Photojournalist Richard Lam took the photo and it's gone viral. Girl - Canadian, Boy - Autralian. Gotta love the big boost the two countries have got for their international relations. *sigh*