Friday, July 29, 2011

anthology on the Upcoming Products page of DSP

"Cross Bones" Anthology listed about 2/3 of the way down this page. Sorry, I don't know how to make the link go to that part of the page.

Release date is indeed August 15.

Or go directly to e-book and/or paperback.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

cover art for Cross Bones

Cover art for the anthology coming out in August:

It's almost exactly like the cover I wanted for my *novel*, if I ever get that finished, so now I don't know what to use for that. But since this short story is actually finished, submitted, accepted, and being published, I'm not going to complain. ;) BTW, the galley proof looked amazing, they picked a perfect font.

Friday, July 15, 2011

DH2 -- no spoilers

End of an era tonight. I'm a HP fan, although not a very good one, but it was still a big part of my life. If it hadn't been for HP, I never would have started writing. And while the movies aren't as important to me as the books, they still held out a thread of the magic to grasp even though the books were done, and now that thread has come to an end.

I'm sure I'll pick apart the movie in the days to come, but for now, I'll just say that they did a good job wrapping up the series. And now, off to bed, "For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own." -- Albus Dumbledore (movie canon, but it seemed appropriate.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summertime in Georgia: those little bastards

The problem with mosquitoes is that by the time they're big enough that you can feel them land on you and kill them, they've already bitten you about five times, which is why they're that big and heavy. That is all.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Grammar-type question


inside of
off of

Do you need to include "of" or not, or does it depend on the object/sentence?

Moonlight reflecting off of the water
Moonlight reflecting off the water

Which is correct, or is it entirely a question of writing style?

Monday, July 4, 2011

interesting POV thing

I'm working on a short story for the next Dreamspinner Press anthology, Higher Learning. I don't think I'm going to get this one done in time, it's just not coming.

BUT a weird thing happened while writing -- I started a paragraph, writing in 3rd Person omniscient, I think it's called, and the words were usual, ordinary. Then I remembered that the story is told in first person, and as soon as I switched, it was like a blast of color onto the page. My narrator is SO much more interesting than my 3rd person POV. His expressions and way of speaking is so much more fun.

So now I'm wondering, how can I get that "voice", that liveliness to come through in all my other writing that IS in 3rd person POV? Obviously this character can't narrate every one of my stories, but there must be a way to get that interesting sound onto the page. Unless the problem is that other stories CAN'T be told in a fun way, if the subject matter is not fun?