Exploiting You: Help with German

Okay, I have a German baker in Rocky Start, and I have her calling her friend, my heroine, “Zucker” because that’s German for “sugar,” as an affection nickname. Except I have a horrible feeling that that might not be right. HELP.

In another place, Coral gives Rose some butterkuchen and Rose says the only German word she knows, which is “Danke” and Coral says, “Bitte.” Is that right?

Then in the last book, somebody tries to kill Coral and she says something in German, but I have no idea what, so maybe she’ll just stay beautifully silent as she breaks his neck.

This is a Good Book Thursday, June 13, 2024

Last week, I read Jennifer Smith’s Field Notes on Love and really enjoyed it, although it was a little weird reading something by Jennifer Smith since that’s my real name. I felt a twinge, wondering what it would be like to see my real name on one of my books, which was dumb. I’ve been Jennifer Crusie for so long, that most people don’t even know my real name, and if they do, still yell, “Crusie!” across the room when they want me. The point is, I would have been very happy to have my name on this book. It’s just a lovely, low key, YA romance between two strangers who are about to start college and end up traveling across the US by train together. No billionaires, no brother’s best friend, no fake dating, just two people on a train talking to each other and falling in love. Pure romance.

What did you read this week?

Working Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Speaking of working, I didn’t last night. I went out with friends to a great restaurant, thank you, and then came home and went to sleep. I’m working now, though, and uh, sorry this is late. Really.

What work did you do this week?

Argh Author: Deb Blake’s Wickedly Wonderful

Our own Deb Blake has a reissue out now.

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…
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Happiness is Real Books

Okay, I know you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy beautiful hardcovers and that are very happy making, not just because they’re beautiful, but because inside are some of the best times you’ve ever had reading. I just wrote a scene in which a guy who is leaving My Girl buys her a box full of hardcovers of her favorite books because he knows she has all them all in digital form, but he also knows that to make a home, you need books, beautiful books on shelves and not-so-beautiful books–some of them are very old out of print novels–but the books you love, like old friends around you, worlds you love you can escape to. And then since I’d given those books to My Girl in her story, I bought some for me in real life–Pratchets and a gorgeous reprint of the first Rivers of London–because I want those in my house. I want to be able to walk by a bookshelf and just pick one off. That makes me so happy.

What made you happy this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday

I was reading a really interesting romance and then the heroine started rejecting the hero for no reason and there was a big misunderstanding, and I just couldn’t go on. So I reread a Loretta Chase and felt better. Rereading: it’s a good thing.

What did you read or reread this week?

Working Wednesday, June 5, 2024

So here’s the thing about work: half the battle is figuring out HOW to do something. For us, it’s this new collaboration.

We already knew that Bob is a linear writer and I write in patterns. That is, he starts at the beginning and goes on to the end, with much revision, and I skip around the story, writing the scenes as the appear to me. On one book, that’s not too bad, Bob keeps going in a straight line and I fit my stuff in where it logically appears in his story line and then we rewrite a thousand times and we have a book.

But now we’re writing trilogies, and I have just realized that Bob is starting at the beginning of one book and getting to the end and assuming (after much rewriting) that we’re done, and I’m looking at the series as a whole, leaping back forth among the books, and I won’t be done with Rocky Start until we’re well underway on The Honey Pot Plot. And I had a meltdown that Rocky Start was coming out in three weeks and I wasn’t finished rewriting it yet. Bob, who really does have the patience of a saint, put it back for me even though he was sure we were finished. So let’s have a round of applause for a good work partner who sighs a lot but always come through.

How did your work week go?

Admin: Quick Reminder on Argh Author, Etc.

Three things:

1. While we value lurkers, if you’re not part of the conversation, nobody knows you. That’s fine, but it means nobody will recognize you which means you’re not part of what makes the community. Become part of the community for a couple of months and ask again. Or don’t–it’s a time sink, I understand, nothing wrong with lurk, I do it myself other places–but then understand that I can’t give you a post to serve a community that’s never met you. Which means if Susan does Macbeth again, we want to know, but if Brad Pitt asks for an Argh Actor post, he’s not gonna get one, no matter how much he begs.

2. If you do post here–YAY!–please don’t send me the title of your book or art or anything else without that accompanying information I asked for (see below). The idea is that you tell me exactly what you want the post to say and I cut and paste it, not that we go back and forth while I try to pull information from you. I don’t have the time for that and neither do you.

3. Please make sure this is your work. Don’t send me things that somebody else has done or information about a shop you run that sells work by other people, no matter how lovely it is. If you have an Etsy shop where you sell things that you make, have at it with a picture of one thing that you have made and a link, but this is not an advertising opportunity or primarily a way to sell to this community (although if people volunteer to buy, have at it), it’s an opportunity to share your work with a community that wants to know what you’re doing because you’re a part of it.

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