Writer Life

From a meme:

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

In other styles, I write in drabbles, science fiction, and in two modes.  My two modes are writing 2500 words in a couple hours, although it might take me all day to get motivated, or decide I should be writing, I want to write, but I don’t accomplish anything during the day.  My fix to that is to write something that day.  Sometimes that turns into just writing out notes and plotting out stories.  There are days that I work on editing for Desert Breeze or my friend’s fanfiction to fill in my writer fix.  The evenings I work with my friend on story ideas is the best way to kill time and get the muse kickstarted because it turns into teasing and frustrating each other with snippets of scenes that we’re going to work into the overall stories.  Research also helps with the writer kick because one little idea can spark you into writing a scene or idea that turns into multiple pages before you realize it.

As for where I write, it’s mostly in the living room with the laptop on my lap.  Depending on the coolness in the air, my feet might be propped up on the recliner or curled up underneath me in fuzzy socks.  There are times when noises in the house get too much and I write from the bedroom.  I also keep my tablet next to the bed and journal/pen handy in the living room, bedroom, and messenger bag for the random ideas when they hit.

When Tamara and I were writing Gemina, there was personal deadlines along with the ones set by our publisher.  It could get rather hectic but it helped ensure that writing got done each day after coursework (I was, and still am, working on my BA in English Literature).  Now, to work on imposing self deadlines to get more writing done on the book ideas I don’t have optioned yet.

Wishlist Wednesday

From Amazon:

We all know “there’s no such thing as monsters,” but our imaginations tell us otherwise. From the mythical beasts of ancient Greece to the hormonal vampires of the Twilight saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a noted science journalist and monster-myth enthusiast, employs an entertaining mix of cutting-edge research and a love of lore to explore the history behind these fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with things that go bump in the night.

Ranging across history, Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite tackles the enduring questions that arise on the frontier between fantasy and reality. What caused ancient Minoans to create the tale of the Minotaur and its subterranean maze? Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and werewolves, and why are we so drawn to them?

With the eye of a journalist and the voice of a storyteller, Kaplan takes readers to the forefront of science, where our favorite figures of horror may find real-life validation. Does the legendary Kraken, a squid of epic proportions, really roam the deep? Are we close to making Jurassic Park a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? As our fears evolve, so do our monsters, and Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite charts the rise of the ultimate beasts, humans themselves.

Wishlist Wednesay

From Amazon:

A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013

A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101—the DIY way

The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college—or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics books—which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math—Susskind and Hrabovsky actually teach the skills you need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind’s enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum—the theoretical minimum of the title—that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.

An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

2014 Reading List

This will be updated every month for the books I’ve read.  I won’t put individual listings from my coursework, just the textbook title when we finish with a textbook.  My GoodReads shelves/challenge are only for physical books that I own so a list like this serves as a tracker for the ebooks and borrowed books that I’ve read as well.  My challenge for 2014 is to read 75 books.  Asterisks are for books that are for ebooks, doubles for editing projects.  Every month the previous month will be moved below the cut line and the post will be found under the Reading List category on the sidebar.

Total:  18

March (4)
The Norton Anthology of American Literature Vol A:  Beginnings to 1820
Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg*
Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux*
Italian Ice by EM Lynley*

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Release Day! Gemina: The Lost Legionnaires

Axilla goes against orders to find out the fate of his outpost, only to realize he has made the greatest sacrifice of his lifetime. His existence now rests on his skills to survive his captivity as a Roman gladiator.

Corvina, the scarred protector of her outpost, faces challenges to her loyalty as a constant reminder of her failures. Powerful forces put her in the center of Rome to spy and safeguard her people and the old Roman ways.

It falls to the lost Roman legionnaire and the scarfed woman to orchestrate the heroic plan of saving an empire from itself. They coordinate a daring escape and set the challenge on the very steps of Rome’s aristocracy. A fight to inspire a rebellion, a fight to inspire a revolution.

via Gemina: The Lost Legionnaires – Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.