Quaking in my little goth boots…

Or something like that. πŸ˜‰

Miss Snark is opening the Crap-o-meter for submissions tomorrow. Basically, it’s a chance at a public (informative) shredding session of a query and first page.

Masochistic little me? So going for it.

Add to that, the Evil Editor is almost through the metric shitload of queries he received when the Snarklings invaded. So I figured, what the hell, and am sending to him, too. *headdesk*

In other news, I’ve also decided on insanity and am going for the Three Day Novel marathon. Not officially, because I’m not spending $50 for something that’s biased towards lit-fic (which I don’t think I could write if I tried). But it’s been a long time since I’ve actually done a marathon, dammit.

Which, of course, means I’m liable to come down with the Flu From Hell on Saturday. πŸ™„

Regardless, I’m itching to get into The Reaper’s Price, which I haven’t actually done anything with yet, and I hope at the very least I’ll make a decent dent in it. πŸ™‚

Anyone else joining me? πŸ˜‰

This weekend!

Join us August 11th, 12th, and 13th at Evolution for an event you wonÒ€ℒt want to miss. The ladies from the hot new epublisher, Cobblestone Press, will be dropping by for a full-fledged Q&A. HereÒ€ℒs the preliminary lineup, with perhaps more to come:

Karen Erickson
Cora Zane
Marie Kulhane
Lucie Simone
H.A. Fowler
Madison Layle
Brandi Broughton
Shelli Stevens
Sara Dennis
Crystal Jordan
Tempest Knight
Susan Greene
Charlene Sands
A.L. Debran
Loribelle Hunt

Publishers:
Sable Grey
Deanna Lee

Editors:
Brandi Loyd (managing editor)
Susan Greene

Ever had a burning question you wanted to ask about editing, writing for epublishing, the business? Or just been curious and want to find out more? Stop by and let it all out. This should be a real blast. :D

Feel free to pass this on. ;)

The First Sale

Posting this again because it’s closer to the deadline…

As some of y’all know, we’ve been doing author interviews over at Evolution, the writing community I co-administrate. One of the other admins and I were brainstorming the other day and we’d like to do something a little bit different …

Here’s the deal. We’re looking to feature a quasi-collaborative essay about writers’ first sales. What counts? Anything — a novel to New York, a novella to an epublisher, a short story to a big name market or your college newspaper … whatever. If it counts to you, then it counts for this.

Feel like being chatty about losing your first sale virginity? πŸ˜‰ Great. Write whatever you’d like, as long as it relates to the subject of your first sale. Also, the essay should be under 500 words, as I imagine there should be a fair bit of response to this.

Send me the essay at [email protected] — and please, just post it in the body of the email. With something this short, it’ll be easier than trying to manage attachments. Also, include your name/pseudonym and a link to your website, which we’ll post along with your essay. πŸ™‚

The deadline will be midnight on July 31st.

If there’s any questions, please feel free to post here or drop me an email. If you’d like to forward this along to other groups/loops/etc, go right ahead.

Thanks!

Cobblestone Press Q&A at Evolution

Join us August 11th, 12th, and 13th at Evolution for an event you won’t want to miss. The ladies from the hot new epublisher, Cobblestone Press, will be dropping by for a full-fledged Q&A. Here’s the preliminary lineup, with perhaps more to come:

Karen Erickson
Cora Zane
Marie Kulhane
Lucie Simone
H.A. Fowler
Madison Layle
Brandi Broughton
Shelli Stevens
Sara Dennis
Crystal Jordan
Tempest Knight
Susan Greene
Charlene Sands
A.L. Debran

Publishers:
Sable Grey
Deanna Lee

Editors:
Brandi Loyd (managing editor)
Rochelle Weber
Susan Greene

Ever had a burning question you wanted to ask about editing, writing for epublishing, the business? Or just been curious and want to find out more? Stop by and let it all out. This should be a real blast. πŸ˜€

Feel free to pass this on. πŸ˜‰

The First Sale

As some of y’all know, we’ve been doing author interviews over at Evolution, the writing community I co-administrate. One of the other admins and I were brainstorming the other day and we’d like to do something a little bit different …

Here’s the deal. We’re looking to feature a quasi-collaborative essay about writers’ first sales. What counts? Anything — a novel to New York, a novella to an epublisher, a short story to a big name market or your college newspaper … whatever. If it counts to you, then it counts for this.

Feel like being chatty about losing your first sale virginity? πŸ˜‰ Great. Write whatever you’d like, as long as it relates to the subject of your first sale. Also, the essay should be under 500 words, as I imagine there should be a fair bit of response to this.

Send me the essay at [email protected] — and please, just post it in the body of the email. With something this short, it’ll be easier than trying to manage attachments. Also, include your name/pseudonym and a link to your website, which we’ll post along with your essay. πŸ™‚

The deadline will be midnight on July 31st.

If there’s any questions, please feel free to post here or drop me an email. If you’d like to forward this along to other groups/loops/etc, go right ahead.

Thanks!

Book in a Week!

June 24 – 30 is Book in a Week at Evolution. I know some of y’all who read my blog have been having difficulties attaching seat to chair… so maybe this will provide some incentive. πŸ˜‰

The FAQs:

What is Book-In-A-Week?

It’s a 7 day challenge designed to let you write without worry about pesky rules, inner editors, or stuffy internal critics. Our book in a week challenges will run from Saturday to Friday, your time zone.

Do I have to write a whole book in the week?

No.

You can pick your own challenging goal. For example, if on a normal day you write three pages (750 words), you might want to declare a goal of five or six pages for each day.

Pages and word counts seem to be the preferred methods of keeping track. Feel free to pick another if it’s more logical to you.

Do I have to work on a book at all?

No.

Your goal can be on anything writing related. The only rule is that you must be writing new material. Maybe you want to set a goal of a short story a day, or an article a day. Term papers and essays for school can also count.

Can I edit a book during the week?

Not really.

The purpose of the challenge is to have fun and just write. Editing tends to invite those pesky inner demons: critic and editor. For this week we’d like you to set them aside.

Check out the Missions for some editing/revising specific challenges which will run in two month blocks throughout the year.

Interested? Click here.

May’s Progress (and a couple announcements)

I compiled my wordcount for last month … total: 21699.

Wow. The most I’ve written in a month in a few years has been 10k. Whee.

I wrote or did something writing-related like editing almost every day. There were six days where I didn’t get anything done — considering my various health problems, I don’t think that’s bad. πŸ™‚

In other news, we just posted interviews with Piers Anthony and Kelley Armstrong over at Evolution. Go take a look!

We’ve also started a book review blog. I’ll be posting regularly — my review of Deidre Knight’s Parallel Attraction is up now — and we have other reviewers, too. I’m pretty excited about this. πŸ™‚

All for now… still catching up on stuff that I got behind on this week. πŸ™„

Call for Moderators

(x-posting from Evo)

Seeking:

A handful of members who understand the direction we have Evo heading toward and would like to take a more active role about the community.

Evolution’s direction:

Evolution is a community for writers to focus more on the actual act of writing. We’re here to help people learn the basics of writing and submitting, true, but our main focus is to share our common love of writing itself. We want our members to develop their skills and comfort levels with writing — but not to forsake their initial love of the act with the stress and pressures of ultimately reaching publication.

What you’ll need:

Evolution, even though we have been around for a couple years, is still very much in its infancy.

Because of that, moderators need to be able to devote actual time and energy to the community — encouraging discussions with members and helping to come up with activities (and running said activities) to take place around the boards and in chat.

If interested: please PM one of the administrators: Amme, Nonny, or Morgan.

Have questions?

Feel free to ask them here. πŸ™‚

Ugh…

It’s been a hellish week. I haven’t gotten much done in regards to writing due to a fibromyalgia flare, combined with nausea from acclimation to birth control.

Also, I’ve been having some difficulty with the chapter I’m on of Resurrection. Mainly because I think it would work better in Orell’s point of view — but I haven’t used it before in the book and I don’t know if I will again. Also, I need to dip Xalidora’s (other villain) thoughts, because he’s semi-telepathic. My inner censor is screaming, “Head-hopping! Bad girl! No donut!” πŸ™„

*beats head against desk*

I’m probably going to end up handwriting it — as for some reason, that seems to help anytime I get into a sitch like this. Unfortunately, my hands don’t tolerate it as well as they used to. *muttergrumble*

In regards to pen names, at this point I’m pretty much wavering between Elisabeth N. Morgan and Elisabeth Drake. Someone commented on my LJ post about the subject that there was a famous court case some years back regarding an Elizabeth Morgan, so there might be some negative associations with the name. However, I really do like it — but I like Elisabeth Drake, as well. (Which is a pen name I’d considered before.)

I’m so indecisive. πŸ™„

Also working on stuff for A&B — next lecture is due tomorrow, so I need to get that finished sometime today. I’ve got it mostly written from last class, but there are a few things I’m going to add/edit.

Book in a Week starts today over at Evolution. I’ve got a 10k goal for this week. Let’s see if I can do it. *crosses fingers*