People in the 19th century liked their books big. Brevity was not the object of such fawning appreciation then, as it is now. You pick up this book, or some Dickens, or Melville, and you just have to settle in for a long ride.
Tonight I am about a quarter of the way in. Most of the people in the story have met, and are beginning to interact.
He is describing the site of Waterloo-- now years after the war, abandoned and ruined. Spooky. He must have spoken to old men who were there.
So what is the music like.Well the jazz LP by Don Pullen is really quite funky. The track i have selected is Poodie PieThe Ulrich Schnauss CD is a remix project of other artist's work which i have yet to listen to in full but from it i enjoyed the remix of The Mojave 3 - Bluebird Of Happiness From the Rollins Band CD "Weight" this more downtempo tune form what is a hard hitting rock album, called Tired as the majority of the album is loud in yer face hardcore rock.
The National Maritime Museum published a lovely blog post today as part of International Women's Day commemorating the wartime artist Gladys E. Reed. Reed joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in 1943 and over the next two years, while serving in Liverpool and Birkenhead, she sketched her fellow WRNS at work and leisure. After the war, Reed offered her sketches to the NMM who procured fourteen of her drawings. Nothing of Reed's later life is known and the museum recently issued a public press appeal to try and learn more about her. Reed had a talent for capturing her colleagues in unguarded moments and, if anything, her works remind me of the sketches of Gabriel Bray who had a similar talent for recording the day to day lives of his shipmates 150 years previously.
A frustrating journey back from Thanet, not helped by the fact that i had missed the last bus to my village by five minutes and having to travel by train with one train breaking down making me wait a further hour before i could get home. Happy I was not.However, i did find some great CD's and a LP and a couple of books on my journey today. In Ramdgate I got these two for a quid each -Henry Rollins Band - Weight (Imago)Ulrich Schnauss - Missing Deadlines, Selected Remixes (Rocket Girl)The two books were a quid each -Plus this jazz funk fusion album i found in Canterbury for £1.50 by Don Pullen from 1977It was a lovely sunny day though and i took a few pictures with the reliable Canon Ixus camera that i use.I did two Travel shop visits buy the one in Broadstairs was closed. This picture is of the High Street leading down to the coast.This is a pub in Broadstairs where i had a pint of I Wantsum Ravening Wolf (5.9 % ABV)This hotel come restaurant use to have a famous author residing there when we has writing part of Nicholas Nickleby. Finally, when i got back to Canterbury i bought some loose pipe tobacco for the pipe, this time vanilla flavoured. Plus a pint of beer at the pub opposite, a tasty Summerskills Bolthead (4.7 % ABV).
I've figure out something: whenever other authors give you advice regarding the writing process, they tell you what works for them. However, there's no guarantee the same things will be effective for you too. Listening to the advice is still useful though, because it can give ideas for new things to try.
When I started out I flew by the seat of my pants and crafted my stories slowly and fastidiously. Consequently I could give them to my beta reader chapter by chapter. Then halfway through Last Stop I realized I had to make at least a rough outline for the rest of the plot or I'd get lost. I knew how the story would end and the various things that needed to happen to get there, but linking them up in the right order was a challenge.
Also while writing Last Stop I lost steam twice in an OMFG-I'll-never-finish-this! fashion. And that book is barely over 50,000 words.
Since then my writing process changed. I make an outline in the form of a bullet point list, have names for my supporting characters and fictional locations, character sheets, etc. This is all flexible, of course—surprise supporting characters pop up, MCs reveal secrets about themselves, the plot thickens—but overall the underlying structure is there.
Another huge change I'd made is that now I rush ahead and write a very rough first draft. When I get stuck on something I leave a note and move on. I write what I call naked dialogue—without beats or even tags. I give myself stage directions, leave reminders to phrase something better, check accuracy of details, etc.
The benefit of this approach is that I reach the end relatively fast and without getting bogged down. To make the MS actually readable I have to do several passes of edits. First, I go through it and fill in the holes. Next I do another pass and refine the details. Then I make an ebook file and put it on my ereader—and let it sit there for a few days. The eventual read-through is the red pencil phase—I take copious amounts of notes, followed by another round of edits. And that's when the MS finally makes it to my beta readers.
Reading feedback from the beta readers is my favorite part but also the most painful one. This is when I get over my secret fears (This sucks! I suck!) but at the same time those pesky beta readers are excellent at skewering the lazy bits I thought I was getting away with, plus pointing out weak point I missed.
I don't know if there's anyone for whom writing comes easy, but if they exist, they have my full envy. Every time I send a manuscript to my editor I'm astonished I managed to get there.
PART FIVE - brassier and better :)Who loves a good story? We all do, of course! And the UK Meet Spice Girls(+ Guy) team are here to provide that for you :)Here's Liam's introduction to it all:"This is a blog story the five Spice Girls organisers of UK Meet are writing together. I shamelessly stole this idea from the Festival of Romance where they explained it was taken from the tradition of telling stories around a camp fire. This may be a mess as we all write very differently, but I’m hoping it’s a bit of fun. Do please share this by RTing, facebooking, blogging to spread the word to other writers and readers about UK Meet 2014 in Bristol."There are still some places left, come on over to the website and join in the fun!And in the meantime, here's the Story So Far - and the LATEST INSTALMENT from Elin Gregory :).As Liam says: *opens first page of book*Part 1 by Liam LivingsI stumbled back through the unfamiliar roads of Canal Street in Manchester. I leant against a lamp post while a drag queen handed me a light for the pink pastel gold tipped cigarette I’d just begged off her. I raised my eyebrows as I cupped my hand around the cigarette...Part 2 by Charlie Cochrane“I did my adductor last season. Bloody painful,” he said, running his finger down from his groin, as if I didn’t know where the adductor was. And hadn’t already noticed his groin.“They can be awful. Better now?” I had no idea whether—or how—it might affect somebody’s off pitch performance, but it was a worry...Part 3 by Clare LondonThe tequila was warm and smooth, and not remotely like sambuca. Maybe because we were already half-pissed. Maybe because we were drinking it out of tooth mugs. Maybe because when Rob leaned across the bed and filled up my mug for the who’s counting-est time, he planted his soft, sticky lips on mine and kissed me very soundly...Part 4 by J.L. MerrowI cowered under my entirely too flimsy half-a-sheet as fists the size of York Minster clenched by his sides. The only plus point was that if he was planning to rip my balls off for my sins, he’d have a bugger of a job finding them. They’d just shrivelled to the approximate dimensions of sambuca coffee beans....Part 5 by Elin GregoryI drank some water, clinked the tea cups, boiled the kettle, checked my phone for texts [nothing from Nigel but I could get laser eye surgery for a very decent price] and tried to ignore the running water, the sounds of movement beyond the bathroom door.I should go back to my room. I should get a good night’s sleep and try to put this evening behind me. I shouldn’t tempt fate by staying here.... ... TO BE CONCLUDED NEXT WEEK ... !!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lesbian Romantic ComedyPlaying My Love by Angela PeachPaperback: 200 pagesPublisher: Angela Peach (November 23, 2013) Amazon Kindle: Playing My LoveI'd never believed in love at first sight. I mean, it had never happened to me, so I guess I just didn't think about it. But then... Darcy. Beautiful, kind, intelligent Darcy, who showed me a whole new meaning to the word love, and how to live when I thought there was nothing to live for. While teaching me how to play the guitar a deep friendship developed between us, but it only made me want what I couldn't have...or could I? Faced with difficult times and hard choices, Darcy becomes a crucial element in my life. I'm hiding something from her though. Something big that could destroy all the trust we've built. Was it love at first sight? No. It was so much more. Charities Donation program progress:25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/83$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/140$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/300$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/TOTAL: 1090$** more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html
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