Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Month, New Novel

Today is the last day of September (at least in my time zone) which means it is also the last day I’ll spend on God-Chosen. I would add “indefinitely,” but that makes it sound like I don’t intend to return to it at all, which is not true.

October is planning month for me. I shall spend the entire 31 days going through the Snowflake Method for my next novel, which is yet unnamed.

November, I write it. If I can write the entire novel in November, fantastic! If not, I’ll do my best to finish in December. I will write at least 50,000 words in November (NaNoWriMo), though I think the plot will finish closer to 60,000.

After that, I don’t know. We’ll have to see what 2011 holds for me in terms of writing.

To end the month on a high note, I’ll share what I’ve learned about myself, my writing style, and writing in general: Read the rest of this entry

Ten Ways To (Seriously) Improve Your Writing (via Broadside)

While I disagree that you should “write for your reader” (I strongly believe you should write for yourself more than anyone else), this is a fantastic post. Definite emphasis on reading and being persistent. Never give up!

Ten Ways To (Seriously) Improve Your Writing It's commonly said, (among writers who do it for their living), that blood to a surgeon is like rejection to a writer — a necessary part of every day's work. Whether a surgeon likes blood is irrelevant. Do professional writers — and ambitious amateurs — enjoy rejection? Irrelevant. It's not a game for d … Read More

via Broadside

Again with the graphs

What.

Is WordPress playing musical graphs here?

Personally, I thought the original line graph was just fine. I didn’t see much of a need to change it to the ugly blue mountains we’ve dealt with the past couple weeks. I guess they heard us complain and now we have this:

Bar graph now?

The new new stats graph

Why? I don’t understand. Wakarimasen!

It’s not even “Blog Stats” anymore. It’s “Site Stats.” Alliteration aside (to avoid being overly pedantic), I suppose it’s all the same. Which is why I ask: Why change it? What’s the difference? Was it so terrible to begin with?

It’s not that I dislike change. In fact, sometimes it can be great! But as the Bert Lance proverb goes: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The bar graph isn’t terrible, I’ll give them that much. The shading for the weekends is a nice touch, but I still don’t like how the dates are labeled in fives. Yes, I am smart enough to figure out what date it is by counting. Yes, you can see the date more clearly by hovering your cursor over the bar, but this graph should be easy to understand at a glance. I don’t want to have to finagle with it to get the most basic information. Perhaps I’m being picky.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the change? Hate it? Indifferent? Which of the three most recent graphs do you like best? (For pictures of the last two line graphs, see my previous post)

UPDATE: WordPress’s announcement. I don’t think it’s sexy. I liked the line graph better than the bars. However, the added functionality of moving modules around (or hiding them) is nice, and I do appreciate that. Though I don’t view WordPress on any other device but a computer/laptop, I can imagine the ability to view these graphs on one’s phone is also useful.

But my opinion still stands: It’s easier to see changing trends using lines and labeling every day instead of every 3 or 5 days.

Day 21: Unused Scenes

Want to join in? 30 Days of Writing About Writing

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Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

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Amara was in “metal form” (which involves using lightning/electricity) after defeating an earth-based low demon. Lucian ducked away as if scared of her. She asked him what he was doing and he responded: “Last time you were in this form I ended up getting electrocuted.” She promptly hit him with the bo staff she carried and told him “It’s been over one thousand years since then, don’t you think I’ve improved at least a little?”

That was just one of those little conversations that I tried to use to show Amara and Lucian’s relationship. They fight constantly, but it’s “with love.” I’ve no place to use that conversation or the battle versus the earth demon in my current version of God-Chosen. It’s in the pile of unused scenes I might use in the future, whether in rewrites of God-Chosen, or in a prequel/sequel to it.

I also had several scenes with Amara and Felix which featured several sexual jokes, playing off Felix’s description as “like a cat.” These would involve kitty treat, collars, leashes, and other such items. Amara would make a comment likening Felix to a cat, and he would play off it in a sexual manner. Joking, of course, as Felix is a naught but a hatchling, but those conversations showed both Felix’s humor and Amara’s wit. Again, perhaps I’ll use those in the future, but for now they’re yet unwritten.

Okay that was more than one scene. Oh well.

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Tomorrow’s question: How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?