Netflix’s The Defenders dropped on Friday morning, and I considered dropping it Friday night. Why? It’s an eight-episode story, and at the end of the third episode, the four protagonists finally met. Everything up till then? Exposition and back story. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. Continue reading
Today is Break the Monotony Day. Except, I don’t wanna.
There’s a lot to be said for a solid foundation of sameness when there are butterflies in your brain. Find some quiet and get in touch with your butterflies. Continue reading
So thanks to all of you, I have been reading up a storm lately and not watching TV at all. Weird. I’ve been doing series–the Lockwood books were a lot of fun, the Myron Vale books were not–in between looking at my own book with new eyes. The best news, though, is that Michael Sheen and David Tennant are starring in Amazon’s six-episode mini-series of Good Omens. OMG, when that comes out, I’m goin’ back to TV. (Actually, I’ll be back when Legends returns in October, but definitely for Good Omens.)
In the meantime, I’m sitting in front of a fan with a dachshund lying on his back beside me. No parasol, though. So what good book have you read this week?
“Lois McMaster Bujold’s new novella, “Penric’s Fox” came out last Tuesday, and she’s agreed to answer three questions about writing it for the Eight Ladies Writing Blog (August 12, 2017: Michaeline: Lois McMaster Bujold and Three Questions About Writing “Penric’s Fox”). I hope you’ll come over to see what she has to say about process. The new novella is the third in the Penric series, but the fifth she’s completed, which I found fascinating. How does a writer write out of order like that? It’s all about writing what wants to come next.”
You cannot go wrong with Bujold, or with the Eight Ladies, for that matter. Go check it out.
Today is World Elephant Day.
The elephant is white because it’s also Garage Sale Day.
I did look up images for “garage sale,” but they looked too much like my present garage to be anything but depressing.
So let’s have an internet white elephant swap. What totally useless thing will you give up from your house? (I’ll have to think about it. The selection here is wide.)
I’ve been on a Rex Stout/Dick Francis reading jag lately. Must get some estrogen into my fictional life. Or I could, you know, write a book with a female protagonist. That would do it.
I’ve often said that you can’t write a first scene until you’ve written the last scene, at least not a final write. You have to know where you’re going to know where to start from, know what happens in the final scene to introduce it in the first scene. So now that I’ve written the final scene (not finished the book, I just wrote that scene), I can go back to the first scene and do some of the massive cutting and shaping it needs. I’m looking at it in several ways, but the one that’s most crucial, I think, is seeing how it bookends..
Sex scenes are not fun to write. (Well, for me, they’re not; Krissie loves writing them.) And since I’ve struggled with them for over twenty years, I now have Theories, which I am about to inflict on you, mainly because I’m struggling with the sex scenes in Nita now.
So here’s what I think about sex in fiction: Continue reading
Today is Sandcastle Day.
Enjoy something ephemeral. Continue reading
It’s really hot in the northern hemisphere. Apologies to the south for non-representational illustration. (How ya doin’, Australia? South Africa?)