Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On Creative People

So this is a fun article - and I've lost the place I linked through to get to it, gah! Anyway, it's all about the Creative Personality from a psycological perspective.

Favorite part?

"Another way of expressing this dialectic is the contrasting poles of wisdom and childishness. As Howard Gardner remarked in his study of the major creative geniuses of this century, a certain immaturity, both emotional and mental, can go hand in hand with deepest insights. Mozart comes immediately to mind."

So this is why I don't clean, still laugh when I burp even though I'm almost 31 years old, dance to the toaster oven's clicking noise (hot beat, yo!), randomly run in place and make loud noises after sitting still too long, and love video games, random junk for under $5, wacky socks and cute stuffed animals.

I'm a genius!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hellooooo zombies?

Apparently, my zombies aren't hungry. And how can I have zombie book 2 without more people getting eaten? Uhm... So how many pages can one have without zombies in a zombie book, anyway? Is there a guide somewhere out there? Something like, five pages, no problem. Ten, meh. Twenty, getting itchy. Thirty, thin ice. Forty or more...am I even still writing a zombie book? My guess is I need to do what I always do, which is just keep going and then revise the hell out of my first 100 pages. Because right now? Yeah, there isn't nearly enough noming of brains going down.

Monday, March 21, 2011

So much win!

So Wasted Talent is always hilarious, but today...well, this is what I'm going to imagine my characters' battle cries to be from now on. Good or bad? You decide!



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Onward!

So looks like HOUND is finished! Very exciting stuff! After a few more small tweaks, I sent my final version to Joanna (my agent) today. And happy danced a bit. (Okay, a lot.)

Soon we'll go on submission and try to sell the manuscript. This will likely take months. How many? Impossible to guess, as every author has a different experience - just like when querying. From here on out, I won't be talking much about HOUND. I like being pretty open about my writing experiences and the process of chasing this crazy dream of publication, but some things don't belong on a public blog.

Feel free to cross fingers and toes for me, though!

What's next then? A sequel to HOUND is my plan right now. I'll be working on a first draft and taking that to BONI come April. After BONI (if not before) I'm going to try and get into a pretty strict writing routine.

Aside from that? Playing a hell of a lot of video games! I've about 2/3 done my second Dragon Age II playthrough (which I'll blog about soon) and I'm fighting the itch to load up Dragon Age Origins and play it a third time with all the downloadable content I never played. Then that makes me think of Mass Effect and how I really need to play Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and all downloadable content before the release of Mass Effect 3 - which is waaay too far away.

But if I don't give boyfriend more of my time on Rift, I have a feeling all my other games might mysteriously vanish...

I've mentioned this before, but if anyone is playing Rift, let me know. I'm on the Corthana shard, Defiant, character name Archon. Eirk and I have a small, casual guild and would be happy to invite more friends.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Last week

So I was left alone for a few days since the boyfriend went to visit his family. Interesting times.

Thursday: Took boyfriend to airport EARLY IN THE MORNING, worked, tried to edit my BONI submission but ended up cleaning cat pee instead, showered, watched The Girl Who Played With Fire, snuggled kitty because I felt bad for screaming at her about the cat pee.

Friday: Worked, MOAR EDITING, played some Rift, googled some stuff about Rift, showered, watched Daybreakers, snuggled cats.

Saturday: Played some Rift, took cat to vet, went to lunch and saw the Adjustment Bureau with Maggie, MOAR EDITING, ate a chicken patty sandwich, decided not to shower because cats don't mind stinky people, watched The Ugly Truth, snuggled cats.

Sunday: Very excited to find unopened pop tarts on desk! Score!, played some Rift - which isn't so fun alone, downloaded a cheap game and ended up with nerd rage, ate a chicken patty sandwich, googled and for some reason ended up reading about True Blood, watched first episode of True Blood, ate a chicken patty sandwich, worked on synopsis, watched True Blood, watched more True Blood, synopsis, True Blood, synopsis, True Blood, True Blood, chicken patty, True Blood, TALKED TO BOYFRIEND ON THE PHONE AND SOUNDEDLIKEI'MTYPINGBECAUSEIWASSUPEREXCITEDTOTALKTOHIM
ANDBECAUSEI'VEHADNOHUMANCONTACTINLIKE36HOURS, True Blood, True Blood, no shower because meh boyfriend isn't home until tomorrow, snuggled cats.

Monday: CHICKEN PATTY FOR BREAKFAST, True Blood, finished synopsis, True Blood, showered since humans like other humans to be clean, picked up boyfriend YAY!, played Rift with boyfriend YAY!, put boyfriend to be early since he was super tired, MOAR TRUE BLOOD, debated staying up until midnight to pick up Dragon Age II early but decided to go to bed.

Tuesday: Boyfriend goes to work and drops me off in shopping center, 30 minutes to kill before Gamestop opens, shopped for breakfast and ended up with ice cream and chocolate covered coconut for breakfast and little sandwiches (no chicken) for lunch, ACQUIRE THE DRAGON AGE II, walked home, installed, crashed, tried again, couldn't find save files, computer crashed, obscenities, threats, NERD RAGE, call boyfriend, whined, MOAR RAGE, then YAY IT WORKED, played Dragon Age II, almost starved but remembered to eat at the last second, played Dragon Age II, greeted boyfriend, played Dragon Age II, ate dinner, played Dragon Age II, watched America's Funniest Home Videos, bed.

Wednesday - Work. :(

So I've learned that being left alone results in questionable eating habits, general lack of hygiene, lots of games and odd choices is TV and movies.

Somewhere in all that, I managed to finish my BONI submission and will be mailing it tonight. Hurrah!