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Patrice Sarath tagged me in her Next Big Thing entry; these are posts in which writers talk about their WIPs. Patrice was tagged by Nicky Drayden. You should go read both their posts, because they are entertaining and funny. Then read mine because you love me.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing

1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?

I'm going to talk about the novel on which I'm in the process of a first revision, rather than the newest project, which is still in development phase and a little too delicate for the light of day. Or undercooked. Choose your metaphor.

Um, yeah, so the title of the novel is DEEP TERRAIN (I’ve been advised to change it, and will, but haven't settled on a new title yet).

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

My love of a certain three-character relationship dynamic that appears in many pirate and swashbuckling movies (and others) but is never played out in a way that pleases me. Also my love of adventure/swashbuckling tales in general.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Alternate earth/alternate history dark fantasy.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Snow - Ziyi Zhang; Thaniel - a talented young unknown; Captain Brule - Gael Garcia Bernal

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?

On the waters of an alternate 1600s South China Sea, two adventurers and the crew of the Sophia Obscura hunt for the Ordinaith, a legendary device for the navigation of the deep places of the earth's crust, where potent magic infuses mineral, water, and the life forms of the dark places.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Represented by my agent, if she goes for it.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I have a dayjob, so, a while.

8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

I’m really bad at these kinds of comparisons…

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The energy in the unfulfilled, dissatisfying relationships and arcs in stories I’ve otherwise liked. Also, what always inspires writing—reading, and other forms of storytelling (film, in this case, a lot of movies); for me, also and always, the wonder and inventive artistry of the natural world, which is so very amazing.  

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Chemical witchery, derring-do, swordfights and sea battles, sea serpents and arcane works, exploration and discovery…


Don’t forget to check out Patrice’s post; Patrice is the author of the Gordath Wood series and the Jane Austen-inspired The Unexpected Miss Bennet.

I’m tagging the following authors, all truly wonderful writers; interested to see what they have up their sleeves:

A.M. Dellamonica

Martha Wells

Meghan McCarron

Katharine Beutner

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Jun. 8th, 2012 09:49 am
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Okay, I don't usually meme, but hey, it's snippety! ... Post your work in progress, page 77 or page 7, lines 7-14, no cheating.

I'm between novels at the moment, so from a short story it is. From "The Chambered Eye" -- (that line really does end with the m dash)

“The waves sing of a sweet wind and all the sector’s beings breathe together,” Ben said, his rich-timbered voice carrying, though it seemed quiet and low. “Breathe a hope in the darkness, like the children of luciferase deep in the deepest depths of the sea, your breath is a phosphor lighting the heaviest of times.” He spun a quarter turn suddenly, hand out pointing—though it wasn’t clear at whom. Probably for the best. “Heavy times, the weight of loss and despair,” he went on, “it comes on us all—one time and another, and for some of us, it comes soon.”

            Mika and Hassif shifted, ready to intervene if he got too dark and doomy—

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15 books meme: Don't take too long to think about it. List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you -- The first 15 you can recall in 15 minutes.

Mostly because I wanted to see what my brain would cough up. Not exactly 15, though with sequels and series, more rather than less.

In the order thought of...

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Babel 17 by Samuel Delaney
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Fellowship of the Ring & sequels by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Riddlemaster of Hed & sequels by Patricia McKillip
Merchanter's Luck by C.J. Cherryh
Serpent's Reach by C.J. Cherryh
Faery in Shadow by C.J. Cherryh
The Sword of Winter by Marta Randall
The Flat Earth books by Tanith Lee
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

Plenty of other books have stuck with me and will always be on my shelves.  
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Happiness meme, Day 8 -

Meeting my friend K for lunch at the Clay Pit. K, Indian food, and a nice walk on either side. Sweet.

K is in town to read application stories for the Michener program. Her observation of the morning's reading? Young lit writers use cell phones the way young lit writers used to use cigarettes: character goes and stands by window, fiddles with cell phone. Apparently she's seeing a lot of it. Plus people sitting on toilets (Eyes Wide Shut, anyone?), lesbian love affairs, and rapes.
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Happiness meme, Day 6 -

Woke to the sound of rain.
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Happiness meme, Day 4 (yesterday) -

Afternoon spent with awesome women talking story, then eating fantastically good food and talking all kinds of things.

Happiness meme, Day 5 -

Cuddling in warm bed (with cat) on cold morning.

It is very grey out; oh universe, please send the rain.

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Happiness meme, Day 3 -

Today the sun made me happy, sleepy cats made me happy, and getting everything on my to-do list done with evening time to spare made me happy.

Even though the sun was lovely today, I'm about ready to do some rain dances. It needs to rain. The car's owner will be here next week and it's all dusty and I don't want to take it to a car wash. ahem.

Television PSA - Leverage is a great, fun show. It's braw, dude.

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Back to the daily grind. My last two days of six days off were at home and included a lovely dinner out with lovely people--and glorious infused hot sake and Peking duck--and a screening of friend Maragaret's latest documentary, The Order of Myths. Really, really awesome film--well worth seeing. It begins a run at the Alamo South this Friday, for the locals (go see it!) and the DVD, with cool extras, like a section on the Osiris Ball, comes out in November or December. The Q&A with Margaret was of the edifying.

Beachy pictures to be posted this evening.

I meme, cause the pictures are pretty...


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Sep. 18th, 2008 07:23 am
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From all over my friends' list; really, it was pretty swell to see all your faces almost first thing in the morn. Plus, oy, the peer pressure.

Take a picture of yourself right now.
don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
post that picture with NO editing.
post these instructions with your picture.

I would just like to point out that this was 6:45 am (with flash) and I was still in my pjs.

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Haven't felt very posty of late; for one thing, busy. For another, sometimes seeing how productive others are, writing-wise, and how everyone seems to get an agent and be posting good news...I get a wee smidge depressed. Sometimes it's hard being alone, the only bread winner in my household of me and felines, working full time while trying to have a writing career...doing everything myself without any support or hugs or help...and, well, wah. Yes, pity me, for I am pathetique.

So, having snurtched this very cool thingy (a Java applet called Wordle that makes word clouds from text you feed it) from [personal profile] matociquala (who snurtched it from...etc.), I post these here word cloud things made from some of my fiction in progress because they please me and because they tell me that, despite how it often feels, I am writing...


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Even though I knew the term "meme" from lit and cultural theory when I first started my lj, it always seemed to me that the more appropriate interpretation of the term, judging by most memes, was as shorthand for "me-me-me-me-me..."

Name meme…cribbed from [profile] spike21…cause I don’t have the brain power for anything more contentish.
1.YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car):
Lady Jane Jetta

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):
Pistachio PB

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name):
J Rei (I have a friend who started calling me this, and I like it)

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal):
Green Cat

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born):
Wynne Philadelphia (that's no good at all)

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first):

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, first tool that comes to mind, put “The” at the beginning):
The Garnet Hammer

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers):
Sam Abraham (that’s a Jewish Nascar driver, yo)

9. STRIPPER NAME : (favorite candy, the name of your favorite perfume/cologne):
M&M Rain

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names )
(my mother doesn’t have a middle name—she swears--so I’ll reverse the order and use one of her past married names) Samuel Gottwald

Yes, I do feel somewhat ashamed when I meme.


Jul. 17th, 2007 10:32 am
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And meme-ing, no less. Via [ profile] matociquala, because I like the pictures, what I have been journaling about... )

meez meme

May. 7th, 2007 02:36 pm
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I took today off and it's been lovely, but of course, unable to resist the lure of this sort of thing, have just spent half an hour producing this (grakked from [profile] darkling1) at the site.  No animation on this, though it's actually quite fetching (the animation). Plus she's more glamorous than I am.

You can see it animated here.


Apr. 20th, 2007 05:37 pm
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Haiku2 for jess_ka
more reading a nap
a walk this morning at low
tide so beautiful
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by [profile] douglain ...


1. Grab the nearest book
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag 5 people

One saw there how the continent, with its central sea and rays of islands, made, bizarrely, occultly yet overtly, the shape of the sun.

On the west side, beyond the Hearth, lay open sea, with monsters in it and imagined lands. Certain things had come from the wastes of water beyond Artepta, Charchis, and the Benighted Isles.

Tanith Lee, Mortal Suns


In other news, a file I clearly remember doing a lot of work on doesn't contain any of that work. wtf? I'm either losing my mind or there's an evil dervish in my computer. Color me grumpy.
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Jane Austen wrote you. You are extremely aware of the power of a single word.
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Nov. 2nd, 2006 07:31 am
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Wow. Even though I haven't lived there for many years, this is exactly right.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

The Midland
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Simply because it made me laugh (and snaked from handworn):

[ profile] jess_ka's Halloween party:

baddolly dressed as Paris Hilton.
j_cheney dressed as Karl Rove.
jaylake dressed as Adriana Lima.
kate_schaefer dressed as Janet Reno.
lonesome_crow dressed as a bear.
marthawells dressed as a disturbing self-made character called "Cheeseball Barfmouth".
peaseblossom dressed as a character from Harry Potter and the Cauldron of Miami.
rusty76 dressed as Cameron Diaz riding a dog.
spike21 dressed as a fullback for the Broncos.
stinabat dressed as a elk.

Throw your own party at the Hallomeme!
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Wrist: still aching and I now have this hard lump that feels like bone, but how could it be? where there didn't used to be one.

Writing: am I supposed to be writing?

Weather: getting up to the triple digits in the deep end of the day; still nice in the mornings, currently 74-ish.

In other news, dinner last night with N&C and the kids. Shrimp kabobs off the grill and brown rice, with organic strawberries and fresh whipped cream for dessert. Walked the puppies with N after; they are lovely, sweet pupsters, Meadow and Copper. Been a rough year for N on the kitty front, with only her grand old dame, Peri, left now, so it's probably best they stick with walkable, leashable beasties for now.


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