Friday, December 31, 2004
Happy New Year!
Be safe tonight, folks!!
Monday, December 27, 2004
Rereading through my first werewolf and the sequel, I realize that I still really like them, I like the characters a lot and the writing is strong too.
When I look back at other things I've written I don't have the same response. I suppose to a certain extent this is a good thing, it shows how much I've learned and I have to thank Raelene Gorlinsky for some of her really excellent editing comments and suggestions for a lot of how much tighter my writing is of late.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Switching genders -Another word, and this one makes me roll my eyes, is boner. It seems so very ninth grade and it makes me want to giggle. Another thing I prefer not to evoke during a sex scene would be giggling at the merchandise. Generally, I use cock, it's a good word, strong, a wee bit taboo, dead sexy (and I am thinking in a Scottish accent so work with me here) - just like the object it names. I've used penis from time to time, it's utilitarian, dick here and there but again, it brings up high school associations. Words I never use, schlong - uh, no, not sexy; tool, again, eww; or manroot (and yes, I have seen this one used, seriously, honest).
I find it mildly hilarious that I spend so much time contemplating such things.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
I've been thinking of ways to promote myself and my writing and I've come up with a few good ones. I met this amazing artist at a party on Friday and I'm considering asking him to design a logo for me for my website and bookmarks, etc. I also need to schedule some chats at the various sites and do some interviews.
It's odd to me how much extra stuff you need to do above the writing itself but it's the reality of the market, good writing won't do it all in itself and I've seen crappy writing do it because of great promotion. I've got to think of this as a business and be smart that way.
Friday, December 10, 2004
I have this BDSM story to finish, I'll miss those characters, it's a story that's been in my head for a long while now. I hope to have it done by the end of this month or mid January. There's an excerpt of it up at my yahoogroup should anyone wish to read it.
Then I also need to get back and finish my mainstream vampire story, I want to polish and edit it and have several rounds of crit and then I want to send it to some prospective agents and to a publisher.
I'm supposed to go to a cocktail party tonight but I feel very tired today and not very social, oh and the kidlets are not feeling well so I may just stay in, stay dry and drink hot cocoa and watch the cool puppet version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with my family.
Monday, December 06, 2004
Friday, December 03, 2004
And another one ...
I do have work to keep me busy though. I'm almost done with my BDSM story that I put aside for A Touch of Fae and I need to finish the novella I have to have in by 12/31. I also want to finish my contemporary vampire book to send in to Tor. I've got a finished werewolf, it's my favorite book of everything I've ever written, but they've got a hell of a lot of wolfies, so I think a vampire story might have a better chance. Plus, the lead character is a woman, she's a strong woman, a warrior, I like that.
My webpage has got some new content if you want to go and check it out http://www.laurendane.com - sign my guestbook, check out the very brief excerpt (18 and over only please).
I'm off to work now, enjoy your Friday.