Monday, October 6, 2008

Has Frances Been Writing?

When one has access to the Net, one is online blogging, researching, or answering e-mails etc. Before you know it, the day is gone and you have not written a single thing in your WIP. Bummer!

Ah, but having been forcibly Netless for the last three weeks, how did use my time? Well, I read, and I wrote, and I judged a contest. I'm leaving out those pesky little items like laundry, and cleaning house, that you're really not interested in.

First: I reread Linnea Sinclair's Gabriel's Ghost, and then read Shades of Dark. I also reread Lois McMaster Bujold's Cordelia's Honor. All of these were worthy reads and I will be posting my reviews of them over the next several weeks. Just in case you wonder, I will only be reviewing books that I like. Books don't have to be perfect, but I refuse to open a can of worms by saying what I really think about something that I DON'T like! I may be crazy, but I don't think that I am a total fool. Those of you who know differently... just be quiet!

Second: I worked on my Science Fiction Romance WIP, The Husband. I have been spending entirely too little time on this. The forced time away from the Net made me realize this, and it will be corrected. I also began writing an Adult/Children's book about the Supreme Poodle Pasha Zackery. I did receive his permission (this is authorized after all), but only so long as I also included his harem girl, MaxieCat in it. He also insists upon royalties... but, Mygosh! I haven't even finished it, much less gotten an agent yet. Ah, the perils of educating children!

Third: As I told you in my I have jumped into the pool. post, I volunteered to judge a writing contest for the RWA Futuristic Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter. It was a fabulous (if somewhat difficult) learning experience, and worth of its own post. Just give me time and I'll get them all out there.

Happy writing,


Writing Science Fiction Romance
Real Love in a Real Future


Jace said...

Hi Frances, I've given you an award. :-) I know that you're probably too busy to participate ... that's ok. Just take a look all the same. :-)

Frances said...

That award is lovely, and I went to your brother's web site. What can I say, except his work is awesome! Please tell him what an artist that I think he is. I know that you are so proud of him.

Aymless said...

I think you should review all books, but that just my opinion. I find the non-positive ones most helpful when I'm on the fence about purchasing/reading a book.

I look forward to reading your review on Linnea Sinclair's books.

Jace said...

Frances, thanks for the compliments on my brother's work. Coming from you (as seen through your artistic eyes), that's a great honour indeed! Yes, I'm very proud of him, and I'll tell him what you said. :-D

Frances said...

Hi Aymless,
Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I find the non-positive reviews to be very informative also. However, consider the position that I find myself in as an aspiring author. The writing community is very small. I confess, up front, that I am a coward. Many of the writers of the books that I read are personal friends who are helping me in my career. If I have something non-complementary to say about something that they have written, it will be to their face in private communication.

My time is extremely limited. I do not have the time or energy to expend upon reading or writing about a book that I don't care for. I am writing my own book and blogging to further that end. That is where my time and energy must be applied. If I were primarily a reviewer, I would be doing exactly as you suggest. You are doing an excellent job of that. Congratulations and best of luck.
Keep up the good work.

Frances said...

Hi Jace,
One of these days (I hope before I kick the bucket) I'll get some of my illustrations posted. :-) Take care.

Jace said...

Oh, I'd LOVE to see your illustrations! *huge grin*

Frances said...

Jace, Let's just hope that I can get it done before He!! freezes over!

Heather said...

Three weeks offline?! My condolences! I did wonder where you were. Glad to hear you got some reading and writing done.

Frances said...

Yeah, Heather.
I'm still trying to figure out what to do about my e-mail for the future. After having a hard drive turn into slag, and losing all of my e-mail and addys for the past eight years I need to figure out an alternative to Outlook. I like it because I can have sub-files within files. I can't do that at Yahoo. G-Mail is a little better. If anyone has any smart ideas, I am open to suggestions for online storage of e-mail. HELP!