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January 2012

Short Snippet Saturday: The Die is Cast

So I know there's this writer thing called Six Sentence Sunday, where you post six lines from one of your works for people to read. There's even an official site for this little bit of promotional fun.  Well, I never tried it before, so I'm ready to give it a shot.
 
But wait…
 
My problem is that I usually cannot find just six sentences that I think work for a short posting that piques interest. So rather than searching in vain for the required content, I'm starting my own tradition that I can carry out just here on my own web site. Welcome to "Short Snippet Saturday", where I'll randomly grab a passage from my WIP "Fate's Apology" and toss it out there. Here goes!

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            Jaiynder snorted derisively and shook his head, his tangled hair skirting about his stealthy eyes. "Friends we may be, but in my business, work must override such social conventions. So I would suggest, 'friend', that you make yourself comfortable for the ride."
            The captive man glared at Jaiynder for a long moment, then spat into his face. "I don't suppose you have an extra pillow I could borrow?" he snarled.
            Jaiynder reached up and methodically wiped the saliva from his cheek. "Now that is going to cost you."

Arts, Charts and Blueberry Tarts

So it's a new year with new projects, and I'm scrambling to get organized so I can churn them out as efficiently as possible. Because although I can think them up and put them on my ta-dah list, actually making them happen within the precious few hours of free time I'm allotted each week is a whole nother story.

First up is the "arts". I need some. As in, I need photos to post with my blog posts, because this particular format gets pretty boring to read without pictures accompanying the text. So I went looking and discovered that 1) most of the sites that offer free use photos don't have what I want, and 2) hunting for what I want on free use sites is immensely time consuming and ultimately time-wasting because I didn't find what I wanted.
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So. That means I'm going to have to take pencil in hand and learn to sketch up whatever it is I need. Sound easy? Not really. I'm not much of a cartoon artist, which is along the lines of what I'd be trying to make - something simple and quick to illustrate my point. So I'll have to practice. But hey, that's good, right? A new skill to learn out of necessity. Beginning today.

I'm also about to begin another portrait for my friend's Eric Stoltz fansite, something I don't have to train for fortunately. Having found a reference photo that has all the qualities I require, I'm ready to begin. Give me a few weeks and I'll show you the results. It will look better than this.    ---------------------------------->

Why, you ask, for both of these I don't just post easily-found photos on the internet? Because 1) that's boring and 2) it's stealing. The last thing I need is someone screaming copyright violation, and if preventing that keeps my pencil-hand in good shape, why not just make 'em myself? So there's that.

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As for the "charts", that's in the writing category. Actually it's outlines, synopses, elevator pitches and back cover blurbs I'm working on. And those things help chart the completion of the story as well as the later effort that will be required to hopefully get it to print. I've been working on Fate's Apology for far to long to shelve it just because my first-and-a-half-draft hasn't turned out the way I wanted it to. So I took several months off to rethink the areas that need work, make tons of new notes, and re-organize the 'bible' and reference photos-n-stuff. I started a fresh outline today, something I hadn't utilized so thoroughly before, and am looking forward to editing and rewriting the gadzillion words I already have that won't be completely discarded. I'm well on my way again and looking forward to the ride I know my characters are waiting to take me on!

Now about those "blueberry tarts"...well...it rhymes and I'm hungry!

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2012? Bring it on, baby!

It's 2012. Not nearly as cool as 2112, but it's here nevertheless, with its big blank slate of possibilities. The question is: what am I going to do with it?
 
Answer: pretty much the same thing I did with 2011, with emphasis on completing my book "Fate's Apology". My poor characters have been frozen in some most uncomfortable situations for a while now, as a new job and a new musical gig took over my days. Fortunately that didn't stop me from at least formulating fixes for plot holes, conjuring up what exactly a cutterskiff looks like, and revamping a few characters' back stories. But all that just got slapped into my notes, and now the real work begins: organizing the tangled mess and writing an honest-to-goodness detailed outline so my second-and-a-half draft will run more smoothly and finally make it to the end. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it!
 
When I'm not off playing in Imaginationland with my favorite peeps, I'm getting back on the bassist beast and learning songs in a style of music I've never played before (I'd call it Jewish folk/klezmer music), working towards performances with an all-female trio I was asked to join. That's the new musical gig I mentioned. Word to the wise: playing an instrument is not like riding a bicycle. You CAN forget, or at least your fingers do. I've cleaned off the rust and grown back my calluses, but it took a couple of weeks and moving around the fret board with the ease I had twenty years ago is still something I'm working on. A lot. But it'll come. In the meantime I'm wishing for a fretless, because that'd be a pretty cool new skill to learn since I'm re-learning anyway. Maybe the Fretless Fender Fairy will see fit to grant my wish one day and make my ol' Ibanez jealous. One can hope!
 
Still working on getting this site the way I want it. Yeah, yeah I know…I need to add some photos, write some rants, and move the whole Swinging Abby story into its own place so it can be easily read in chronological order. That's all on the ever-growing Ta-dah list. I did change the name to reflect why I got this place to begin with though - to get away from MySpace. Man, I don't need space, I need a whole room. MyRoom was the logical choice, especially since The Happy Corner was already taken by a head shop and yeah, I don't need that association, confusion or competition - hah! So there it is. My room to put my stuff for my enjoyment and hopefully that of the half-dozen or so regular readers I know come here. And that's fine. Not looking to change the world with insightful blogs and opinion pieces, although one day I may have to rethink the place should I get lucky enough to need it to promote my book.
 
But I'll worry about that later. Right now it's 2012. Not nearly as cool as 2112, but it's here with its big blank slate of possibilities. Are you ready? I am. Bring it on, baby!