Friday, October 28

Funny Email

A few weeks ago, my mum sent me this hilarious email so I thought I'd share it with you guys! I don't know who originally wrote it, but I'd love to meet her (I'm assuming the author is a woman).

I don't want to brag or make anyone jealous or anything, but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school...

It is Good to Be a Woman:  

1. We got off the Titanic first.

2. We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.

3. Taxis stop for us.

4. We don 't look like a frog in a blender when dancing.

5. No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival the Speedo.

6. We don't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.

7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end.

9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.

10. We have the ability to dress ourselves.

11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.

12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look like an idiot.

13. We will never regret piercing our ears.

14. There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.

15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because they aren't listening anyway. 

I hope you enjoyed!!!

What was your favourite? I loved 4, 5, 8, and 9.

Thursday, October 27

Heck Yes! Rick Mercer Tells it Straight

For those Americans out there who might not know who Rick Mercer is, he's a Canadian icon. He's a comedian, television personality, and political satirist. Normally, he's a pretty easygoing guy. My family and I love to watch his shows and hear his rants. He's actually on my list of 10 famous people I want to have dinner with. He also happens to be gay. And this week, his rant was a personal one against bullying. I think this video is something everyone needs to watch--and take seriously. Bullying is preventable.

Wednesday, October 19

WIP Wednesday

So once again I've gotten lots done, but not so much with my story. Oh well, I've accepted that I'm super busy with school. There's no point in beating myself up about it. Anyway, below are some of the things I've been up to in the past few weeks.

School: wrote 9256 words in the last week
  • 1 presentaion
  • 2 Book Reviews
  • 1 Identificaiton Assignment
  • 4 Journal Entries
  • 2 Essays
  • A fellow CaRWA member asked me to read the first 30 pages of her new YA story. I haven't critiqued stuff in so long--it was nice to get back to it!
  • I attended the CaRWA monthly meeting last night. It was tons of fun =)
So there you have it. What have you guys been up to recently? Any progress on your stories?

Friday, October 14

5 Ways to Ignore Your Inner Editor

As I dive back into writing the first draft of A Highlander's Ransom, I am once again faced with the dreaded inner editor. You all know what/who I'm talking about. That little voice in the back of your mind that makes scathing comments at every word choice, plot point, and sentence structure you make.

Yeah, that little b*tch. I forgot how awful she can be; sometimes I just want to kick her ass. I don't think there's an easy way to deal with her, but there are a few things you can do to ignore her.
  1. Invest in a pair of good headphones: I can't tell you how beneficial this has been for my own writing. I don't know why, but music can help me block out my inner editor. It doesn't always work, but it certainly helps.
  2. Have a good alpha reader: An alpha reader is someone who reads your story while you're still writing it. Their job is to provide quick feedback and to address the larger elements of the story, such as pacing, tension, and character arcs. Not everyone uses an alpha reader, but I love mine. Sometimes, I just need to find out whether or not I'm going in the right direction. With the inner editor screaming obscenities at me, it's always nice to find out what others think of the story.
  3. Take a break: It can be difficult to step back and take a break, but sometimes it's the best choice. Go read a book, watch a movie, or hang out with your friends/family. When you're feeling a bit better, you can step back into the ring. Your inner editor might still be there, but it'll be easier to deal with her.
  4. Just keep writing.... I know, I know. This is easier said than done, but it's true. The only way to get through a slump is to keep writing. It seems impossible at first, but it can be done. Eventually, your inner editor will get the hint and shut up until revision time. Don't worry about what's on the page. Just write. Everything can be edited later.
  5. Keep sweets nearby:  If all else fails, indulge in your favourite treat. Mine happens to be ice cream. It doesn't help get rid of your inner editor, but it's one tasty way to cope with her.
So there you go, 5 easy ways to dealing with your inner editor. Like I said, we're all afflicted with one, but that doesn't mean we should let them rule our lives.

Have you found anything else that works for you?

Friday, October 7

Fall Workshop with Emily Ohanjanians

Hello everyone! So today I’m going to be talking about what Emily Ohanjanians said at the CaRWA Fall Workshop. Although I loved getting to hear Deidre Knight talk, I was absolutely fascinated by the editorial process Emily described.  As pre-published writers, we don’t tend to hear about what happens after you get that elusive book deal, so it was very interesting to see behind the scenes.

First, some background on Emily.  She's a single title editor with HQN, which means she only takes manuscripts of about 100,000 words. They accept all subgenres of romance, as well as fantasy and chick-lit (though these last two are not as prominent).

The Editorial Process
  1. First Read / Editor Revisions:  This is where the editor focuses on the major or broad aspects of the story.
  2. Author Revision
  3. Editor’s Line Edits: After the initial revision, the editor then goes back with her red pen and comments on everything.
  4. Author Reviews Line Edits & Makes Changes. This process can go back and forth between editor and author a few times before it’s completed.
  5. Once the editor and author agree on all of the changes, the manuscript is sent to the Copy Editor, who looks at the extremely technical and nitpicky side of the story.
  6. The copy editor then sends the story back to the writer, who makes the changes. Again, this can go back and forth a few times before it’s completed.
  7. Finally, a PDF version of the story is sent to the author. This is the author’s last chance to make any changes to the story.
  8. Once the author approves, the story is sent to production!!
What Emily is looking for:
  • A well thought-out concept: Is your concept new? Is it fresh? An editor has to be concerned with whether or not the book will sell. If your idea isn’t different enough—or is too different—from what’s out there, they won’t be able to sell it. It’s a fine line writers tread.
  • Tight plot: Although every story will need some tweaking, the basic plot should be quite concrete before an editor ever sees it. An editor is buying the idea to the story—everything else can be revised.
  • Clean writing/polished manuscript: Although Emily said she will overlook some errors (we’re all human, after all), it worries her if a manuscript is riddled with mistakes. It makes her wonder whether you’ve bothered with the editing process, and since she has to work with you, this could mean a lot of extra work for her.
  • Quality of writing: Once again, it all comes down to writing/voice. If an editor loves your voice, they are more willing to overlook other issues.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed =)

Wednesday, October 5

WIP Wednesday

Alright, so I don't have much progress to report this week. I've been neck deep in homework (and it doesn't look like it's going to get better anytime soon). October is my busiest month this semester, so you might not see much of me in the coming days.

Regardless, I still wrote 2000 words for AHR this weekend, so I'm happy. On top of that, my school word count is now at 4155 for last week. So... in total I wrote 6155 words. I wish that was all for my story, but school has to comes first.

So how are you guys doing this week? Have you made any progress on your story?
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