May 17, 2013
Rumours of a my demise are greatly exaggerated, I am back! I’m not full steam ahead or anything so spectacular – more rowing at minimal speed behind the QE2-like boat that is HMS Limebird.
I’ve hardly written a ruddy thing since I became sick a few months back. Which is, creatively speaking, something of a nightmare.
When you are away from your quill and parchment for so long, your inner doubts settle in. Am I any good? Do I care if I am? Oh, very philosophical questions indeed and certainly metaphysical in the most part.
It’s been actually quite hard to get back in the saddle, I’ve found. I seem to have lost all concept of grammar and voice too – I have no idea where I left them.
From a grammatical point of view, it’s been something of a hairy massacre. Infinitive’s split all over the shop, punctuation banished and abandoned and sentence structure having been reduced to little more than an incoherent pulp. Not pleasant for all involved. read more »
May 13, 2013
A while ago I wrote about my experience of submitting a story to a publisher for an anthology which was rejected. Despite obviously feeling a little disappointed, I was so grateful to receive specific feedback and it was a good learning experience for me.
Since then, I have submitted two other pieces of writing to publishers, both of which have been rejected, but both of which have left me hopeful. Again, I was lucky with both to receive some feedback rather than a generic rejection, and there is nothing in either one that makes me think I should give up. They both made me feel like I’m almost there, but not quite. Rather than leaving me disheartened, they have spurred me on to keep going.
The first is a non-fiction parenting book, and this is what the publisher said: read more »
May 10, 2013
Soooo. My last post, one may recall, was about why I’m not writing. This one will be about wanting to. It’s for a snarky reason, I admit.
I’m reading a sci-fi book. I’m not going to name it; I don’t want to be unkind specifically. I’ll just be a little candid. A neutron star comes close enough to upset our solar system. We have a base on the moon as well as a space station and we can’t do long distance space travel yet. The Earth won‘t be able to escape.
With so many pen names out there it’s always hard to tell but I feel certain the author is a male. All the women are described as buxom and most are wearing tight spacesuits and clothing. Early on, the amount of cleavage a woman does or does not display is described each time one walks into a scene, as well as what everyone think about it. It isn’t risqué, so far there’s been nothing more than a few kisses but the character descriptions are a definite tell. I’m not saying that most men think that way or any such thing, don’t send me any nastygrams, but women simply don’t describe themselves like that. I’ve never seen a book by a female author where the bosoms of every single woman are included in her character description. I found it amusing, even if it did pull me out of the story for a second when I noticed it. read more »