Fun with website buttons! I even made one for my own site. Cause I'm nerdy like that.
I'm back to my editing duties at AnthologyBuilder. Hooray! So send me all of your published stories and poems that you have lying around in need of new homes... In shiny anthologies that readers design themselves. ;)
AB is also in need of cover art as well. Please go to the website to see the artists' guidelines!
Shameless Plug Time!
It looks like I might have to download my website and find alternate hosting for it. Google is switching their websites to Google Sites which apparently doesn't allow java, custom css or even html editing... I suppose it was too good to last at only $10 a year. Any of my web savvy friends know where I should go next? My domain's registered through GoDaddy, but I'm not really tied to it. I have no idea how to move a whole website. Any tech help would be appreciated... Lauren? Help! ;) :D
I just read the news that Realms of Fantasy will be resurrected (and almost immediately at that)!
Read more about it from the slushmaster himself. The news starts here, and then continues in further entries. Exciting stuff. I'm happy for all of the authors and artists who will now see their work in print through this magazine. And I'm selfishly happy that I'll be able to continue reading the magazine...
This past week has been full of surprises. First, I was offered the position as the Managing Editor of AnthologyBuilder. I'm very excited, as I've always hoped to gain experience in the field. I've been editing the works of my friends and peers for years, and I'm always game to read a short story or ten.... thousand. I'm also looking forward to meeting the many authors and artists that AB is currently bringing together. I've noticed a few new watchers on my LJ profile. Please feel free to introduce yourselves! I don't bite... ;)
On top of that news, we heard back from the sellers of a home we put a bid on over two weeks ago. They went through our offer, and we're now in negotiations. Before the week is out we may (hopefully) be in escrow! It would be lovely to have a home of our own, though hectic for a while!
On Saturday I discovered that I received a Daily Deviation (a feature on the main page of the art website, DeviantArt) on my photograph, Hope. Over 1000 messages in the space of a day! After years of struggling to carve out some sort of creative niche, I feel a bit overwhelmed. And honored and thrilled at the same time. It's nice to get a bit of recognition now and then. So now I can say I've had my fifteen minutes of web fame.
I've just gotten everything confirmed and sent off to the publisher. My first sold story will be accompanied by a Tim Sale illustration! I'm so giddy with excitement. And honored to have such friends.
If any of you are wondering, Tim Sale is a comic book artist very well known in his field for work on Batman: The Long Halloween, Spiderman: Blue, and numerous other runs. His work is also seen predominantly in the show Heroes. I have been a regular poster on his message boards for the last few years, and we've met a few times at different events. When he heard about my first story sale to The Drabbler, he offered to illustrate it.
The editors seem almost as excited as me!
I got to see his initial sketch and the finished inks, and they're so much fun. This will be a publication I treasure forever. For so many reasons.
I stole this from caeruliusbarba , who snagged it from junebuggery : (word for word, even!)
The first five people anywhere in the world to respond to this post will get something created by me. It will be personalized for you. I get to pick what it is.
You've been warned. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
If you don't repost within 24 hours of your comment, I must take you off the list.
Last time it could be a gift of any kind, bought or made. This time it will be something made by me... And something made by you! Care to play? :D
Tim Sale offered to illustrate my story, "Vanishing Act". I think I might be dreaming this whole thing. Tim Sale illustrating my story?! I never would have even dared to believe that might happen. Not even in an alternate universe. *faints*
It might not be a pro sale, but it was a great feeling to get something other than a rejection slip for once! And the editor of the publication is really nice. :)
*A drabble is a short story of exactly 100 words.
I'm still alive! Just recovering from a particularly nasty bout of the stomach flu. Jake has two herniated discs in his lower back, and is considered a surgical candidate. The one small silver lining is that his work immediately returned his sick days, and are no longer insinuating he might be making it up. I'm pretty sure he'd have rather found out he was a hypocondriac, than have two class four herniations. :P
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (most of it, but it's so painful at times I've never read the whole thing)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (one of the best books I've ever read)
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Here's my take on an old classic. I've been working on a retelling of the story, and many of these images have been stuck in my mind for months.
The drawing itself was done for Tim Sale's Travel Sketchbook. Tim Sale is the artist behind Batman: The Long Halloween, Spiderman: Blue, and the art of the TV show Heroes. I was really blessed to get to be a part of this experience. Thanks, Tim!
You can read all about the submissions and the book's travels here -- [link]
And you can see the images here -- [link]
My pictures should be up there within the next few days, so check back often!
The drawing was done with graphite pencils and Prismacolors. It took me about four days to complete. Too many hours to count. I'm glad it's done and that the book is on its way again. But it's a memory I'll treasure forever.
I did it. I wrote over 50,000 words of a novel in under a month. And the novel's not done. Oh, no. It's only a few chapters over halfway there. I'm going to have a hell of a time editing it when I'm done, but for now I'm just going to keep spewing up story until I can call my efforts a complete novel. I like my characters. I like the world I can see when I write it. I like what my main character is doing with herself, and how the story is progressing. I hate my obsession with where commas should go, and my desire to constantly go back and edit what I just wrote three seconds ago. I confess I would have hit 50,000 much sooner if I'd been better able to control my inner editor.
Still, I learned I could tone down that pesky part of me that wants to fuss about fixing verbs and improving sentence structure. It will still be there, ready and willing, when I give it a complete novel to edit to its heart's content.
I'll need a month to sleep in after all of this writing and editing comes to a close. I only hope I'll end up with a readable and enjoyable (to people other than me) novel when I'm done.
Off to bed. Good night!
|What The Holidays Mean to You|
For you, the holidays are a very spiritual time. You have as much holiday fun as everyone else - but you never forget what you're celebrating.
You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.
During the holidays, you feel happily busy. There's so much do to and not a lot of time to do it. But you enjoy every minute of your holiday chores.
You think the holidays should be comforting and relaxing. You don't like the holiday rush... you just like the simple pleasure of the holidays.
Your favorite holiday memories strongly evoke your senses. You are vividly aware of all the tastes, smells, and sounds of the holidays.
It's almost that time of year. No, not Halloween. And don't you dare say Christmas, it's not even December yet! It's almost time for the National Novel Writing Month! Go see the insanity that is writing a novel in a month here. Amazing, isn't it? I thought so. And I decided to enter it this year. Why not? I've always wanted to finish a novel. I've started a number of them, but I lack follow-through. I think this might help me get into the groove of writing daily again. And whether it does or doesn't affect my future efforts, I'll at least have a good start into a book. I'm excited. Especially since people I know will be taking the challenge. I hope more of you do! It'll be fun, and insane, and busy, and did I mention insane? But what an accomplishment that could be achieved.
In other news, Daniel is taking his first steps. He balances better day by day, and finds more ways to get into trouble by the second. :D He's a very inquisitive kid.
Southern California is on fire in every direction, so I've been spending most of the day indoors. I feel awful for all of the displaced people, the lost homes, the dead wildlife. Blah. But I am hopeful for a speedy recovery, and thankful for the amazing team of firefighters we have. I just saw on the news how firefighters have been risking themselves in homes that have been abandoned to fire to save personal effects like photos. How touching is that?