Monday, June 29, 2009

Rethinking my novel

I've been re-thinking the first chapter of my ms. While I love it and think the scenes themselves are great, I don't know if they really work as a first chapter. There's no real inciting incident. In fact, while there's a smaller conflict started in chapter 2 (and I guess even at the end of chapter 1), the big one happens all the way in chapter 3. Then, there's the whole this-is-set-in-college thing, and my intended audience is YA/Teen. The content alone makes this a story that I can't make younger. It's about DJ's of a sex and relationship show...not exactly something they could do if they were in high school, seeing as how there's no way this would be sanctioned by school authorities. For that age, it would have to be a pirated show, and even then, it's part of who the characters are that has got them into the show...that includes studies they've done in college and their goals for the future. While I could take a pirated show or a show via internet for another novel, I don't see being able to do it with this story, because a great part of it is how the show affects the way others perceive them and how they deal with that. Gah, I just don't know. The thing is, I really believe in this story. I just don't know what the best market would be for the content. What to do, what to do?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Why, oh why?

So, I've just dedicated myself to digging in and doing some intense editing and polishing of my current manuscript. And then... Angela James puts out an informal call for submissions for a Holiday-Themed Novella, between 18,000 and 35,000 words. And I instantly think of that holiday short story I wrote several years back and never did anything with. The one that sits at just over 15,000 words and with a little tweaking and polishing would be perfect for this anthology. So now, the question is do I put aside my teen novel for a little bit longer or do I wait on this one for another year, when I can better wrap my head around these characters I haven't thought about in such a long time? What to do, what to do...?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Excerpt Monday

Read about excerpt monday HERE
This is just a small excerpt from the first draft of the novel I'm working on. It's listd as a YA, but it's more of a teen read. I know it needs editing and parring down, but the power went out for 7 hours last night, so all the editing I was working on was lost. ------- REMOVED SINCE I'VE CHANGED MUCH OF THIS

Here are other snippets given by other authors participating in Excerpt Monday - all of varying genres and ratings:

Mel Berthier, Urban Fantasy (PG 13)
Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG)

Bryn Donovan, Paranormal  (PG)
MG Braden, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Babette James, Fantasy Romance (PG 13)
Cynthia Justlin, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Kaige, Historical Romance (PG  13)
Adelle Laundan, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Jeannie Lin, Historical Romance (PG 13)
RF Long, Paranormal (PG 13)
Crista McHugh, Paranormal  (PG 13)
Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG)
Dara Sorensen, Paranormal (PG)

Evie Byrne, Historical Romance (R)
Grace Draven, Fantasy Romance (R)
Cate Hart, YA- Paranormal  (R)
Aithne Jarretta, Paranormal (R)
Inez Kelley, Contemporary Romantic Comedy (R)
Aislinn Kerry, Paranormal (R)
Kim Knox, Erotic-  Sci-fi Suspense (R)
Cherrie Lynn, Erotic-  Contemporary Romance (R)
Alina Morgan, Urban Fantasy (R)

Stephanie Adkins, Erotic-  Supsense (NC 17)
Ella Drake, Sci-Fi Romance (NC 17)
Annie Nicholas, Sci-Fi Romance (NC 17)
Kirsten Saell, Erotic – Fantasy (NC 17)

I've signed up for Excerpt Monday!

After regretting not doing it last month, I've decided to participate in June's Excerpt Monday. My post is up already, but that's because it's a new blog and no one is going to actually see this until tomorrow. At that point, I'll be adding at least five more excerpts so I can see what others are working on.

Gulp! Hope I don't embarrass myself.

First Post

Well, here it is, my first post. I'm here, I'm a writer, I'll be working on the road to getting published here. Any question? Probably not, since I've just opened this blog and no one knows I'm here, but that's about to change, I hope.