Posted: 15th June 2013 by amschilling in General, Humor, Writing
LOL for the week. If you don’t get the reference, might I suggest you crawl out from under your rock and catch up on Game of Thrones? At least to the Red Wedding:
From the Tumblr of the funny Kathleen Kay. I hope she doesn’t mind I filched it to share with you guys.
Not much new on the writing front. R&R is in progress and going well. And I’m catching up on my reading list. I just finished “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater and am in awe. Serious awe. I also have a bit of a crush on Gansey, but who doesn’t? Now I’m kind of pissed that I didn’t wait longer to read it. Why? Because book 2 doesn’t come out until September, dang it.
This is why I read series I think I’m going to like later rather than sooner. If I love it I want the ability to buy the rest of the books and inhale them in a short period of time, not wait a year in between fixes. As a writer, I know authors can’t just churn out sequels like something mass-produced. But as a reader, I want them to. So darn it, Maggie, churn! I’ve got enough authors I love torturing me with once-a-year releases.
Have a good weekend, everyone!
Posted: 8th June 2013 by amschilling in Queries, Writing
It’s been an eventful week for me. I had a conversation with an agent who’d read GRENDEL last weekend, and she had the nicest things to say about it. She also had a lot of questions, but I don’t see those as bad things. Questions from someone who enjoyed the story are GOOD–they tell me where I wasn’t clear enough, and where I can tweak to make the story shine. After a week of mulling the conversation over in my head, I’ve embarked on a revision of the book. And it’s going well.
Most things I need to address were just failures on my part to make things obvious. I see a character as a particular ethnicity, but never actually say it. So the reader doesn’t know. I’ve got tech in the book that I researched. It’s real, even exists today, but most people have never heard of it. So they wonder if it’s possible. And some things I held back, making them mysteries I’d answer in book two. But the agent wanted more, and she’s probably right. By adding the answers in now, I’ve found that they’re rounding out a supporting character, and in an odd way, making it clearer why my main character has the habit of forgiving that character as much as she does.
So. Revisions. Who knew they could be such positive things? Not me, when I was a bratty twenty-something who thought my writing was perfect as soon as I put it on the page! But I’m older now–older than I realize, probably–and I’m a lot more open when someone’s got an idea that will make my work better. And it’s fun. Almost like a collaboration. In the end, if it gets the story from good to great, it’s worth it.
That’s pretty much it for this week. I’d like to leave you with a cartoon that’s both funny and kind of scary. All the items in the cartoon? Yeah, I was using them when I first got out of college and started writing hard. So if you thought I was joking about the age thing, this will pretty much prove I’m not:
Courtesy of the every-funny George Takai. Happy weekend, everyone! Go out and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Posted: 28th May 2013 by amschilling in General, Humor
A quick funny to make up for my lack of post this past Friday. I changed day jobs, so I’m still trying to adjust to all the newness there. I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled program (aka writing, not sleeping, and eating too much chocolate) soon!
If you’re really jonesing for updates before then, there’s always Twitter.