Not-fun thing first: I think that Night Duty simply isn’t meant to be published, because this is the third time I’ve submitted it and the third time it’s been rejected. I don’t know if it’s Phil’s voice, if it’s the not-horribly-obvious 1930s-that-never-were setting combined with mentions of the theater release of Gunga Din and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s awful little mustache, or if it’s something else entirely, but it just doesn’t work for anyone but me.
Note that I am not whining, merely utterly puzzled—clearly something is awry in the story, but I’ve no idea what.
Success Number 1: I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills has been submitted. YAY. Also eek, because that’s how I always feel, but hooray I finished something and sent it away.
Success Number 2: I went to Amazon.co.uk and FINALLY found a CoE Book of Common Prayer. It’s TINY! Legible and has the Coverdale Psalter with NUMBERED VERSES, but itty-bitty. Fine with me, I can put it in more pockets and take it with me all over.
Semi-Success: I’m in the middle of writing a mostly epistolary sequel to ILUMETTH. Things I Have Learned so far include basically all of Ezekiel’s history, both in terms of relationships and activities. (Also that he falls in love pretty fast, even if it’s only on his side.)
One thing I reeeeeally need to do is show Ezekiel being the competent Guardian he is, since so far all he’s managed to do is exorcise a puny spirit… At least on-page. He’s done more than that in the past, but that doesn’t count for right now.
Woohoo! Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1) has a new cover! Check it out. Designed by the fabulous LC Chase. :D This was the first coauthored book by me and MJ O’Shea. The 2nd edition is being released by Dreamspinner Press sometime in April. :D
If you’ve read MJ’s Catch My Breath, there was a brief mention of the Ventura brothers from the band Luck. Well, if you’re interested, you can read their stories in Moonlight Becomes You and The Luckiest (1st edition of that one is still available from all major e-tailers; 2nd edition coming in Sept/Oct with new cover art).
The blurb for MBY for whoever might be interested. :D
Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust.
Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot — lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.
Ooh, lovely cover. Congratulations!
The Odd Anglican Thing will always be called that in my heart, but it now has an actual title! Said title is I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills, which comes from Psalm 121 (Levavi oculos):
I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep;
The Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe.
The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore.
The Psalm is fitting for both the story overall and for Justinian Clark, one of the protagonists. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that Justinian has faith enough for ten acres of mustard plants as well as a deep and abiding love for the Psalms.
I’m almost ready to submit Eyes, but I have one. last. thing. that needs to be checked/reviewed before I do… Well, two, but one of them I can do on my own.
I have a synopsis, I have a blurb, I have read and reread and rereread until I’m pretty sure that if I fiddle with it any more that I’ll start messing things up.
I’m excited and worried and flappy and Small Mind has escaped from its cave on a couple of occasions and I haven’t even sent it off!
Speaking of sent off: I’ve submitted two stories already this year, which is pretty awesome. Both of them were for anthologies — One, Night Duty, is a Benny and Phil story that squeaked under the wire for the deadline; the other (Flying Colors) is a Max and Trev story that I won’t know about until somewhere closer to September.
I’m also fiddling with a couple of stories for a couple of other anthologies, but nothing’s really working at the moment. Not sure if it’s me, the story, the deadline, or the anthology, though. That’s okay–I’ll figure it out, and I’m not going to be completely devastated if I don’t get them done/sent off. I may get them published as individual stories instead of as part of an anthology.
I am SO, SO EXCITED to share my SVA thesis film at long last!!!!! This is what I spent most of the past year working on. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever made, and I still couldn’t have done it without the help and support of a bunch of really awesome people. I strongly recommend watching it in HD and I hope you like it a lot! :)
oh damn, wow, talk about inspiring.
HOLY FUCK I DIDN’T EXPECT THAT AT ALL
IT’S UNLIKE ANYTHING I’VE SEEN BEFORE OHWOWIJUST- /SCREAMING/
I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR ME DREAMWORKS BUT YOU NEED TO ADAPT THE HELL OUT OF THIS RIGHT THE FUCK NOW
This is sooo awesome
This is lovely all over and well worth a watch.
I AM DONE
I AM DONE
I AM FINISHED AND DONE AND IT’S COMPLETE
MY STORY IS DONE
MY STORY IS FINISHED
THE WRITING AND FIGURING-SHIT-OUT PART IS COMPLETE
In Discretion is the story of two idiots who spend entirely too much time A) lying to one another, B) lying to themselves, and C) feeling guilty for shit that’s not their fault. It’s awesome.
Okay, okay, the blurb actually says this:
Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.
Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Tanson must put aside their past long enough to try to save everyone.
The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.
In Discretion is another stand-alone story set in the Ylendrian empire, featuring places familiar from the other Ylendrian books–as it stands alone, however, you don’t need to read any of the other Ylendrian titles. (You should, though, ’cause they’re awesome.)
The plot moves fast; the bickering-to-resolution between Thanson and Kazra is believable; it’s by turns funny and awful and frustrating and wonderful — and you know me, I don’t rec anything that’s not worth it. It also has one of the best dedications I’ve seen in a book (and no, it’s not about me).
So yeah. Go check out Reesa’s blog tour, get the book, and sigh sadly when you realize that the next Ylendrian book won’t be out until next YEAR.
I like this. I really, really like this. I may actually kind of love it.
It also drives me up the freakin’ wall, but I like it.
Adjectives are not evil. Adjectives are not the spawn of Satan. Generally speaking, and I emphasize the word GENERALLY, here, adjectives aren’t going to get you rejected, fired, or excommunicated*.
Yes, it’s important to make sure you’re not using five adjectives when one or two will do. Yes, it’s important to make sure your adjectives are properly modifying the nouns to which they’re attached. Yes, there are people out there who use sentences like some people use wardrobes: stuff everything in and hope nothing falls out.
Use adjectives. Use adverbs! You’ll note that in the sentence I’ve reblogged that there are TWO WHOLE ADVERBS in it — adverbs are no more or less evil than adjectives.
Parts of speech have no moral qualities. [article] [adjective] [noun] [verb]. None of those things are “good” or “bad”, they simply are. Once you start choosing individual words, then you can start arguing the morality of them… But that’s semantics/definition/philosophy and beyond the scope of my post and point.
My point is, as always: as soon as anyone who agitates against two perfectly good parts of speech tells me a story that makes me gasp and flail and want to run around shoving it in people’s faces chanting read this! and do it WITHOUT adverbs and adjectives, I’ll start listening to those who act as if adjectives and adverbs are violently radioactive.
* I don’t want to
argue about discuss situations in which the use of adjectives will result in these things; we all know that they exist. Thanks.
*It’s new-ish! And, you know, debatably improved, depending on what you thought of the first one.
Whatever, guys, what I’m saying is: It’s totally a game now! A total game! You can download it today, and play with all your friends. Or your enemies. Or your cats. I don’t know. Live your own life, people.
A WTNV game? Yes please! (Link is still good, BTW.)
This is awesome.