April 26, 2015

Currently Reading: Lori Wilde’s BACK IN THE GAME (Stardust, Texas Series, Book #1)

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I’ve momentarily put Susan Mallery aside for Lori Wilde. I read an excerpt from this current story and was immediately intrigued. And had to buy it and start reading it. What are YOU currently reading?

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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April 22, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #11

This month’s theme is: construction

I love the “Don’t fuck with me, man” look on this guy’s face.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

April 21, 2015

WPS Writing Tip Tuesday #3

I’m actually going to do three tips in one today because these were just snippets that grabbed me:

Linda ClareHow the Rule of Three Can help Writers Avoid Backstory Slumps

Limit the number of backstory sentences you write before at least touching back on the present-time scene. The Rule of Three: For every three sentences (or in some cases, paragraphs) of backstory, go back to the present scene at least briefly, to remind readers where the character is actually on stage. That first chapter backstory, if used at all, needs to be short and woven in and around the present action. For every detail but the most crucial, save the backstory for after readers are committed to your character. Use the past perfect (had) only at the beginning and the end of a backstory bit.

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Randy Ingermanson – The Power of Flash Fiction

Writing flash fiction is good for you, in the same way that running hills is good for you. It makes you strong.
Flash fiction is very short fiction with a strict word count limit. That forces you to do three hard things:
• Get your story structure right before you start
• Make every word pull its weight
• Make every sentence do “double-duty” in plot, characters, story world, and/or theme

I try to participate in Chuck Wendig’s weekly Flash Fiction challenges and I’ve only been able to do it once or twice. Flash fiction is tough. As. Shit. Especially when you’re not used to doing it. I think I may try it again at some point, once I get this other story written.

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Christy Distler: The Two-Edge Sword of Backstory in Dialog

Like many things in life, backstory is all about how it’s presented. While dialog is an excellent way to incorporate backstory, it needs to be in the right context. We never want to dump a ton of information that would be better received if it’s presented so it sounds natural and doesn’t seem forced. The bottom line is, backstory is incredibly important. But in dialog, it can be a two-edged sword: there are good ways to convey it and bad ways to convey it. Dialog can be an excellent means of showing “the story before the story,” but it can also deluge the reader with information that would be best introduced sporadically or in another way.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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April 20, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Jared Padalecki

He was a final candidate for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in McG’s abandoned reboot. One of his rivals for the part was Henry Cavill who was cast before it was scrapped and got to play the role in MAN OF STEEL (2013). To be honest, I can’t picture Jared playing Superman, so I’m glad that Henry got the part.

But with this pic, who gives a fuck. Jared’s got ABS of steel.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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April 18, 2015

Follow Friday #86

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Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

How does this work? You follow a blog, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! With that being said, please review my Follow Policy before making any rash decisions.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve participated–and it’s Saturday, not Friday–but whatev.

This week’s question:Here is €/£/$100,000. Buy something. Anything at all! What would be the first thing you choose, and why?

 

First of all, with that amount of money, I would pay off my student loans. Granted, it’s not up to $149,624.50 (exchange rate to US dollars), but what I do have would make a dent in that above amount.

Then I would buy a Mini-Cooper. Straight-up. No payments. Because really, with that amount of money, who the fuck would want car payments?

Then I’d put the rest in savings. Because Mini-Coopers are a little “spensive when you buy them outright.

What about you? What would you buy?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

April 16, 2015

Booking Through Thursday #81: Unread

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Brought to you by Booking Through Thursday:

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This week’s question:What proportion of the books you own are unread?

 

12. I just downloaded a free one earlier today. That’s unusual for me.

Having 12 unread, that is.

I usually try to keep at least 6 books in my Library at all times. And that worked for me because I was blowing right through them.

But I’ve been tapering of my reading lately and trying to ease up on the freebie deals I get on a daily basis.

$.99 and Free e-books have been a little addicting for me as of late. I’ve got a 29 Wish List that I haven’t bought from in months, but I guess I’ll eventually get back to it.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

April 15, 2015

826 Boston Write-A-Thon 2015 Is Done

826BostonSo, the Write-A-Thon is over.

Done and done.

826 Boston raised ________

And I reached my 10,000 word goal. BOOYAH!

Barely.

My first Write-A-Thon ever was not without it’s challenges and Thank God I chose to incorporate both random scenes and research notes or else I would’ve been sunk.

I can’t even say “Well, this is what participating in NaNoWriMo–or Camp NaNoWriMo, for that matter–must feel like.” But it isn’t.

Far from it, my friends.

LESSONS LEARNED:

1) If nothing is coming to me story-wise, I can always fall back on book research to help me reach my goal.

2) Reaching my fundraising goal was tough. Getting people to donate past that was WAY tougher.

3) I liked the Gift Tool software thing they used to raise funds, but the drawback is that mass emails sent from that application might get lost in your recipients’ Spam/Junk folder. :( I came across that a couple of times and my family/friends were kind of enough to tell me.

Overall, it was a great experience and I would do it again, but hope that I could actually focus on writing a story.

Oh, look at that, Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up in June…

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

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April 15, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #10

This month’s theme is: construction

 

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

April 14, 2015

WPS Writing Tip Tuesday #2

At some point, this is going to happen to me so I’m glad that someone else brought it up. LOL I’m a subscriber to Writer Unboxed and an article by Cathy Yardley posted 10 days ago about “Four Questions to Ask When Your Writing Is Stuck” gave me something to think about. Actually, I’m thinking I should keep these questions on hand as I’m writing, not just when I’m stuck.

  1. What does your character want?

If you don’t know what your protagonist wants, both in life in general and in this story particularly, then odds are good you’re going to get stuck. Protagonists are characters who, as a direct result of their journey through the struggles of the novel, change and grow. They also go from reactive to proactive. Consequently, they need to want something.

This is also best put in positive terms. State what the character wants as opposed to what he doesn’t want.  (The other side of this coin: if you have a story with an antagonist, knowing what he wants is also crucial. He can’t simply be bad simply because you want a conflicting force. That’s how mustache twirling two-dimensional villains occur. Nobody wants that.)

  1. What is the consequence if the character doesn’t achieve what he wants?

This is a test for stakes. The character must not only want something, he must want it very, very badly. He can be confused, he can be reluctant, but he’s got to have a clear desire, and there needs to be a real and significant consequence if the goal isn’t met. That will increase urgency, both for the protagonist and for the reader.

  1. What’s the worst thing that can happen to the character, in terms of the story goal?

Note that last phrase: in terms of the story goal. The “worst thing” question is both a test of focus, and a test of conflict scalability. If the worst thing is both ineffective and could happen relatively quickly, you may not have enough conflict to sustain a full length novel.

  1. How is the character different at the end of the book, as a result of the struggles he’s been through, as opposed to the beginning of the book?

The change must be more than simply a situational change. You can have a character in the same job, same house, same life situation, but if his attitude and character have been altered, and if he has noticeably grown and developed, then you’ve got the change readers are looking for.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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April 13, 2015

Currently Reading: Susan Mallery’s ONLY HIS (Fool’s Gold Series #6)

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Jumping back into the Fool’s Gold series. It’s been a while since I’ve visited this little town. What are you currently reading?

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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