August 02, 2002

Good stuff!

I finished the second of my two character bios for class today. The antagonist's. Personally, I think it rocks, even if I do say so myself. I really got a sense of the character and he isn't pure evil. He's just lived an F-ed up life. Frankly, his father came across as more evil than he did.

This novel is really fleshing out and I love what I've got so far. I feel really good about this one. Almost too confident for my own good. But when the writing feels good, so does everything else. This whole working nights thing is great. It's nice to be able to start my day off with a good stint at the keyboard (and not have to wake up at 4am to do it) before dragging myself off to the job.

August 01, 2002

First Bio Done

And that was a little harder than I thought, but I'm happy with what I turned out. Only one more to go then I'll be spending the weekend filling out the character chart. Of course, we're supposed to stay with friends this weekend, so I might not have as much time as I'd like. I thought I'd try to get a start on the other bio tonight, but my ass and back are aching. I have a really crummy chair and no money to buy a better one.

I'll take a rest and see if I can at least start after dinner.

July 30, 2002

Character Bios

I'm prepping myself to do my character bios for the class and I'm a little nervous about this. I mean, it's one thing to crank out a bio for yourself when you're working on a novel, trying to get into a character's head. I've done this many times before. But usually they're very rough and more for getting the juices flowing rather than a pretty document to refer to later. But for class we have to post these things. Two characters, 1000 words each. That means they have to be less rough and even a little pretty. And knowing myself, anything I hash out now about my characters will change when I start writing.

Other News: Just joined Team Forward Motion on Project Dolphin. Very weird little thing, but I figured since I will be typing a lot, I might as well do my part to help. Let's rack these keystrokes up, baby!

Book Talk: So lately I've been suffering from book boredom. Seems like every book I pick up just doesn't grab me. Though I've been picking through Mindhunter, about the guy who pretty much started criminal profiling as a regular practice, I'm really never happy unless I'm reading a good novel. I started and stopped a few, not necessarily because they were bad, but I just couldn't get into them. I was in a funk, not quite sure what I wanted to read. So I took a trip to my local Borders, figuring I'd pick up a thriller by an author I hadn't tried yet, something so nail-biting I wouldn't be able to put it down. Instead, I found myself in the science fiction section (which happens only rarely these days) eyeing S.L. Viehl's sequel to her most enjoyable Stardoc, titled Beyond Varallan. What the hell, I thought, and picked it up.

I'm so glad I did.

Since starting this novel, what I've come to call my "reader's block" has ended. I'm tearing through it and loving it even more than the first one. (How often does a sequel do that?) What is it about Viehl's novels that just suck you in? She just knows how to tell a story. I think that's the bottom line. She writes the kind of books that make you want to get through your day already so you can curl up in bed and read. She's also the kind of writer that reminds me of why I signed up for this writing gig myself. I want to have that same affect on someone, to pull them so deeply into my story it's all they can do to tear their eyes off the page. And though I don't write SF, I am positive there's a lot to be learned by reading Viehl's work. If you're a writer (or anyone hungry for a damn good book) I'd suggest picking up anything or everything by S.L. (Sheila) Viehl, who also writes romances under the name Gena Hale. If I had the money I'd go out right now and buy the rest of the Stardoc series.

Happy reading! Happy writing!

'Nuf said.

July 28, 2002

Getting Ready to Rumble

Things have picked up in Holly's class and she body slammed us with a ton of homework. But this is good. We're getting into the meat of our stories now. This also means I'm at another crossroads in developing this story. The question of the "love interest." Should I develop one or not. I've envisioned it both ways. My gut tells me it'll only detract from the MC's relationship with his son. But I won't want the story to feel empty or n too narrowly plotted. I do need some more characters and I need to decide if one of them is going to have an attraction to Paul. But Paul's already working really hard to forge his relationship with his son. Any more relationshipping might be overlead. Yeah. Think I've just made my decision on that. But this doesn't mean another pair of characters can't fall in love. Hmmm.

I need some characters with subplot potential, some more viewpoints. Lucky for me I dropped the twist ending and can now use the son as a viewpoint. Maybe he gets a subplot? Perhaps, if I attend the Breakout Clinic today I can brainstorm with classmates and find some characters that work.