The fabulous Lois McMaster Bujold is discussing her latest novella, “Penric’s Fox,” with the fabulous Eight Ladies Writing right now. From our Micki:
“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?)
First, thank you all very much, you gave me a LOT to think about.
One of the best ways to focus an idea is to argue with somebody about it. I’d read through your comments and think, “No, not that,” and then think, “Wait, why not that?” Some of the time there was a good reason, but just as often I had to stretch my plot to discover that there was a good reason to include that. My background plots suddenly got a lot deeper not just because you all had good ideas, but because I had to think about them all. All of which is to say, thank you very much.:
Today is International Tiger Day.Celebrate.
First, I forgive John McCain for Sarah Palin.
So I’m doing some world-building in service of the plot, and I need some more business names. In particular, I need motel and B&B names. Inn Fernal and Motel Styx (again, thanks to Lorna) now play a big part, and I added luxury hotels The Deville and The Elysian, but I need a couple more motel names and a couple more B&B names would be good, too. Continue reading