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I'm not sure if you've noticed, but Fictionwise is having a huge anniversary sale right now. If you've been planning to get some stuff there, do so soon.
In case you're wondering, yes, I bought some books -- fourteen to be exact. They include Claudia Gray's Stargazer and Jim Butcher's Turn Coat. The latest Dresden Files is out in HC only, and Fictionwise was selling it for only $10 plus whatever discounts / rebates / promo it's having, so I couldn't resist. Besides I adore Harry.
Last night, I stayed up late brainstorming with May. I have the characters and basic dynamics among them, but I don't have all the plot threads or GMC to make everything work. May was helpful and totally hilarious. I think she's overly obsessed with hell, the apocalypse and the utter destruction of mankind these days. I'm going to spend several more days on plotting and see how everything comes together before starting a detailed scene-by-scene outline.
For your listening pleasure, here's the music that inspired the opening scene of the new project, which I'm calling "Eve Clare Project" until I have a suitable title. (It used to be called Nine but I don't think that works anymore.)
I finished reading Butcher's Small Favor. Very very good, although the middle part felt a bit slow. Also read Cole's Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night and Rich's Free-Range Chickens.
On my own writing front -- I figured out what's been bugging me about the second quarter of the book. There are two sex scenes, and they're so...dry.
What I mean is that the characters are doing this and that, but very little emotions are coming through. My characters have a lot of history together, so the scenes rang false when I reread them for the sheer lack of feelings from both of them. A lot of missed opportunities.
I also decided to add a couple of short scenes to advance the main subplot (the court intrigue part). They're all new and feature secondary characters. I think they'll add a bit more to the subplot because currently the book's about 85% romance.
After dinner I spent about ten minutes jotting down notes on my next project -- a futuristic paranormal romance. I can't decide if I want to write it in 1st person or not. The heroine is snarky and slightly eccentric, but I think the snarky 1st person narrator is a bit of a cliché now. I wonder if her voice can come through just as clearly in 3rd person.
I've been feeling very blah about my own writing. Of course it's expected since I haven't read anything in over four weeks. So I went on a reading binge. Since Thursday, I read:
I also watched 32 episodes of Hamtaro in original Japanese (no English subtitle). I can now sing the entire opening song in Japanese and picked up several new words.
Currently I'm reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher.
So what did I get at the end of reading & Hamtaro marathon?
I'm more or less happy with the first five chapters (about 100 pages) from my WIP. They went to my 1st beta reader. (No, May, you didn't lose them in your spam folder.) Am working on the next five chapters, and I'm very happy with where things are going. I also subscribed to AutoCrit. Will post more on what I think about that online editing software later.
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I'm rereading All the King's Women, and believe it or not I'm actually happy with it so far. A miracle. W00t!
I don't have any real content for the day, but thought you might enjoy a little book pimpage.