27 May 2009
To what do I refer you inquire?
Celebrity books, this case the hijacked ship's captain getting a book deal.
Most writers slave away in anonymity. Trying to bring to life the stories in our heads in a way that will entertain readers - bring them back for more. We dream of simply getting our books accepted (most of us know huge book deals are even more fantastical than the fiction we create), and put hours of work into writing and editing, then suffering the awful wait and possible rejection when we send our babies out into the cruel, cruel world.
Then there are celeb books. Whether they be long term or flash in the pan celebrities, books deals seem to tumble into their laps. Had these people ever even thought of writing a book (or getting it ghost written) until someone offered them mega bucks - probably not. Do they really care about the book or the readers - probably not.
I'll be lucky if I can afford a new fridge with what I'll earn from my first book; they get to go home and swim in their money, without having put in the hard graft to get there. I'm not saying this fellow, Captain Richard Philips, didn't do a brave thing; but it's hard not to be annoyed when someone who doesn't care about your dream, gets your dream.
Anyway, enough bitterness. Before I head back to my writing cave I'll leave you with a link to an article "When Love Is Strange: Romance Continues its Affair with the Supernatural".
Currently reading: Still going on "The Chaos Crystal";
I've been editing/writing in the evenings and I haven't found time to finish this one.
20 May 2009
Publishers Weekly had a short article that discussed, amongst other things, the issue of DRM (Digital Rights Management).
For those who are interested some additional links.
- A list of non DRM publishers, including my own soon-to-be-publisher The Wild Rose Press.
- Sarah at Smart Bitches discusses (and yes occasionally rants) about DRM, she also has some interviews with the publishers themselves.
- Jane at Dear Author talks about why ePublishing needs to grow up.
Bra Boosts Clevage When Aroused.
Slovenia-based Lisca lingerie's Smart Memory Bra alters its shape when the wearer's body temperature changes, pushing breasts closer together when a woman gets flushed after seeing someone attractive.
Designer Suzana Gorisek said: "As a woman's body changes, so the size of the bra changes. That's the advantage of this bra." As soon as the wearer's temperature decreases the bra deflates. ...
[And even more hilarious] ...
Earlier this week, underwear firm Triumph International showed off their new bra offering, which boasted a ticking clock on the front. The bra is designed for women who are looking for a husband, and the only way to stop the clock counting down is to slip an engagement ring into the mechanism. When the jewellery is put in place, the clock halts and Felix Mendelssohn's 'The Wedding March' begins to play. The bra is yet to go on sale. ... (full article)
Currently reading: 'The Chaos Chrystal' by Jennifer Fallon
The last in her Tide Lords series. For any one who is interested this series is not romance (none of her books are) it's straight fantasy.
14 May 2009
She takes a sample piece writing and gives examples of how to make it more powerful...
The case of the exploding cat:
- Plot crash
- Characterization crash
- Style crash
- Structural crash
The case of the undead patrician:
- Viewpoint/filter crash
- Priority crash
- Human nature crash
- Structural crash
If I can work out how to get this as one video instead of two I will (for some reason I can't make the code on her site work).
Holly Lisle strongly believes in paying it forward in term of giving advice to writers and I recommend giving these a watch. Her website.
Music: Beats international
Currently reading: Still reading 'Palace of Impossible Dreams' by Jennifer Fallon
11 May 2009
I got a nice chuckle out of this one....
Currently Reading: 'The Palace Of Impossible Dreams' by Jennifer Fallon
07 May 2009
Fast & Furious: This movie carries on from the first installment "The Fast and the Furious". (Same cast as well.) If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. Fast cars, unbelievable special effects etc... There is actually more story/better dialogue than "Tokyo Drift" - but it doesn't take much to get over that threshold. Never saw 2 Fast 2 Furious - no Vin Diesel :)
Now for the things I haven't seen:
Wolverine: I enjoyed the X-men movies (although the first two were better than the third I thought) so I'm looking forward to this. Hugh Jackman reprises his X-men role.
Terminator: Christian Bale takes us into the future to join the fight against the machines. Again I liked the first two Terminator movies but the thought the third was weak (John Connor really wasn't believable as the prospective leader of the resistance, the girl had more gumption).
Public Enemies: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, and writer-director Michael Mann, give this movie a jump start even before reading the gangster movie blurb. Based on a true story apparently - how closely? Well, this is Hollywood after all...
Star Trek: Prequel to the original series; we see the start of Kirk and The Enterprise. I'm not a Trekkie but this looks like it has potential to be a good yarn. Simon Pegg (from "Shaun of the Dead") plays Scotty, and a New Zealander, Karl Urban, plays Bones.
From this you can probably determine - yes, I like action movies; yes, I like Sci-Fi; and yes, some of these may include eye-candy.