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12 March 2007 @ 11:15 am
I signed up for a contest on Elizabeth Boyle's website a couple months ago. Over the weekend I received a box full of goodies, including autographed cover flats (by both EB and other authors), a signed copy of Laura Lee Guhrke's She's No Princess, some pretty cards with a Regency motif and some sweets. It was a very pleasant surprise.

If you're into Regencies, I definitely suggest that you check out Elizabeth Boyle. She's so much fun to read! His Mistress by Morning (the first one of hers that I read) had such a neat twist. I loved it!

Cross posted to romancenovels
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Linda Writes
09 March 2007 @ 09:57 am

I am a mad plotting fiend! *bwahaha*

I think I like it that way.
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Linda Writes
02 March 2007 @ 11:19 am
I recently joined an RWA chapter for Regency writers. Many of the writers on this list are not only published, but are NAMES that I read a lot. It's both intimidating and inspiring.

One the one hand, these are Published Authors, so far above my touch that they seem mere ephemeral beings of light and words. On the other hand, the emails on the list are from Real People, full of questions and anecdotes and mundania.

I don't quite know how to react. I'm all aswirl. Now I just need to get my ass writing so I can get published and feel like I actually belong on the same email list as all these NAMES.
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Linda Writes
01 March 2007 @ 05:34 pm
I haven't been posting (or writing) a lot the last week because work has been crazy busy and it saps the life from me. I've gotten out to lunch once this week.

This is really just an "I'm alive" post. Oh, I did start up my Thursday writing dates with a coworker again. Starting this coming Thursday. Yea for that!
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22 February 2007 @ 01:57 pm
I think I am seeing a pattern, if twice can constitute a pattern. Today I chucked what I'd written this week (into another file, so it's not lost forever) and started the novel over. It works soooo much better already. Today I've written twice what I wrote the last three days.

This is what happened with my NaNo novel, too. I wrote a beginning that was heavy going, didn't work, etc. Then I chucked it and started over and it flowed from there. Maybe I just need to get to know the characters a little before I know where their story should start.

Anyway. Two days in a row I've been late back from lunch 'cause I don't want to stop writing. I need to watch that. I told Himself yesterday that I wish I could win the lottery or get on Wheel of Fortune (I'm pretty good playing from home ;) and win enough money to take a year off from work so that I can write. He replied that getting fired for being late isn't the same thing as "taking a year off". Of course he said that with a smile, so I'll let it slide.

I wonder what it would be like to be a writer as a full-time profession. Did anyone see pubrants yesterday? She estimates (very ballparkishly) that most writers average four full manuscripts before writing the one that gets sold. Definite food for thought!
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Linda Writes
21 February 2007 @ 03:39 pm
I love reading other author's blogs because it is entertaining and eductional for me to see what they're doing and how it's going, etc. And yet there are times when it totally wigs me out and I have a "oh, my gods, I suck, they're sooooo good, I'll never even finish this novel much let get it published, woe is me!" moment.

Right now is one of those moments. I've been following the trek of misia to get her latest book, Virgin: An Untouched History, written and then published. Today she posted a picture of the finished book with pretty cover, et al. And I spaz. Reading madrigalist, matociquala, shanna_s and laurabowers does the same thing to me.

I wanna be a good writer. I get feedback that says I am at least not bad, and yet I read their stuff and I realize HOW FAR I have to go to become a good writer.

OK - moment of self-pity over. (mostly ;)
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Linda Writes
21 February 2007 @ 10:37 am
I've started on my new novel. I'm quite excited. So far I've only been writing on my lunch hour, so I'm only a couple hundred words in. I've also been doing character sketches/plotting, so it's not all gone to the text itself. I figure next week I'll really begin to buckle down to make my daily word count goals.

Still, it feels AMAZING to be writing again. I'm loving it. I have learned so much since NaNo last year. I can already see places that I will have to revise heavily and I don't think my first chapter/sentence are at all grabbing enough, but it will come.

I'm wearing one of my favorite necklaces today. It's bigger than my normal jewelry. It's a pegasus that Himself bought for me at Ren Faire last year. When I started NaNo I hung this necklace up by my word count chart to remind me of Himself's support of me and my writing. I wear it from time to time to remind me not only of Himself's support, but of everyone who listens to me babble about writing, reads my stuff, asks me how its going or otherwise helps me on this journey.
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Linda Writes
19 February 2007 @ 11:17 am
I am a diehard Phan of the musical PotO. It's coming to the Kennedy Center in June. While I'll be in Alaska on vacation when it starts, it's staying long enough that I can get to see it again.

So far I've seen it in the following venues:
1st - Kennedy Center, Washington DC
2nd - Hippodrome, Baltimore
3rd - Majestic, New York

I want to see it at the following venues:
Las Vegas, US
London, England
Sydney, Australia
Essen, Germany

*does happy dance* If you're interested in coming, let me know. :D
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15 February 2007 @ 03:56 pm
I know I'm Posty McPostum today, but I wanted to share some goals I've finally verbalized. I was emailing back and forth with my brother today and this came out of our conversation.

I am aiming for 95,000 to 105,000 word Regency historical stand alone novel. I want to have the first draft done by the end of July. That's about 20,000 words a month, which I feel is very doable, and I want to begin submitting it to agents and/or publishers by December (my holiday gift to myself!).

So, the goal is set. I aim to start writing this weekend. If things go faster, swell, but I won't let myself dawdle.
Current Mood: determined
Linda Writes
15 February 2007 @ 11:32 am
Why Maureen Dowd Should Avoid Bookstores. It's all about the commercialism of publishing, but in a good, makes you think way. One paragraph that I really like:
In order for publishers to acquire “real” books and pay the authors something resembling reasonable advances, there must be money in the bank. Editors simply cannot afford to buy “dignified” books; there is a need to keep the lights on, you know. Also, little known secret: editors must eat at least once a week. This requires a paycheck that doesn’t bounce.

I want to remember that when I start trying to submit, but also as I write. Yes, I want to speak my Truths and explore varied themes in romance and the human experience, but I also want to be a selling author.
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