Friday, October 17, 2008

What I'm learning...

I've been participating in The Muse 2008 Online Writing Conference all this week. While it's turning my brain into applesauce, I'm learning a great deal of valuable information.

I think the most important thing I've learned so far this week has been that I do have potential. It isn't coming in form of the typical "ooo"-ing and "aaaah"-ing from people who like to pet the sparkly words on display that I normally encounter. This is coming from people who are in positions to KNOW because, well, they make those kinds of decisions and/or are published authors in houses I would give body parts (my own, even!) to be associated with. While this scares the bejeebers out of me (no big news that I have a fear of success rather than failure), it also has encouraged me in ways I can't ever remember being encouraged before.

I've also learned that my bio sucks (well, it wasn't THAT big of revelation) and a new one will be unveiled just as soon as I clone myself so that I can be doing three or four things simultaneously. :D

I'm still trying to figure out how to blog about my WIPs without (1) killing the story by sharing before it's done or (2) giving the stories away because while I love to share (and will have free stories I never pursue having published), I really would like for people to BUY my stories someday. I'm also still trying to figure out what to blog in general. I'm no expert on writing and don't feel in any way, shape, or form qualified to give advice on the subject so... what SHOULD I blog about?

There's so much more I wanted to include in this entry but I have to scurry off to get groceries now. The family demands that I feed them once in a while. It's a trade off we're working on: I feed them, they let me write. It's mutually beneficial to all parties involved.


Love and bondage,
Rubi Jayne <3

Monday, August 11, 2008

Anyway.

Have I ever mentioned how much I suck at blogging?

Anyway.

I have a 2k-ish word snippet (can 2k words really be called 'a snippet'??) that was written in fun some time ago with no real purpose in mind other than, you know, fun. Now I'm thinking it should be part of a short story. I've been struggling to outline the story so that I have an idea of where to put the snippet and where I'm going with the story in general.

Have I ever mentioned how much I suck at outlining? Yeah. Completely suck. Can't even pretend I'm any good with outlining.

Anyway.

School starts next Monday (WOOHOO!! *ahem* Sorry...) and with school starting, I go back to having the majority of my days to myself. I'd really like to the have this outline at least rough drafted by Friday so that I can submerse myself in the actual writing part next week. I'm hesitant to edit the existing 2k-ish words because without the outline I'm not sure what should be edited (besides, you know, the painfully obvious things like -ly words and passive verbs) or how much it should be edited.

Another thing nagging at me is that I haven't even met the characters yet. Not really. I have... glimpses... of them but that's it. I haven't sat down with a pot of tea and really met them yet. Unfortunately, with this week being as it will undoubtedly be, I think meeting them will have to wait until Monday which automatically wipes out a full day of writing.

In other news, my other "mystery piece" has stalled, largely due to the whole lack of outlining skills on my part. Also, I'm not sure how to start it. I think I should outline it (even though outlines and I don't get along at all) since I want the final product to have some sort of actual plot rather than being nothing more than a semi-steady stream of deviant smut (which is what it was originally planned to be).

That's it for now. I should be working on an outline. Or maybe character development.

Love and bondage,
Rubi Jayne <3