Sunday, October 30, 2011

NaNo, a no-no...?

I wish he were in our NerdHerd.
I am planning on doing NaNoWriMo again this year. I have Plot Bunnies online group to support me as well as an incredible group of IRL writing buddies, no name, but we should be dubbed The Nerd Herd or something to that effect.


I've Snowflaked again this year. 
If you've never Snowflaked, it's similar to this
(I use my own reinvented formula. I would be more than happy to share my whacked out derivative of Snowflake Outlining if you leave me your email). 
I got nearly finished with that last week.


I also did a Five Acts outline where you outline your Exposition, Rising Actions, Climax, Falling Actions, and Resolution, but you do it in the eyes of one or two characters. It was actually REALLY fun.










I'm working on a character interview as well, something to get my head around the narrator's personality and voice. It's actually fun to do as well and I can send you the outline if you'd like to do it as well. Just leave me your email :)






So I have been trying to finish the last few bits of outline and timeline so I am not flailing in the NaNo wind come Monday night, but my body seems to be procrastination station!




Not only am I sick- a fever for nearly two weeks, sniffles, sneezing, coughing, stuffy head, no sleep, nausea, and body aches. (Aren't you glad you asked?)- but I'm also finding every reason NOT to work on my NaNo. 
I promised myself I would work on it on Friday since it was a chill day at work and I ended up helping my dear beta client, Michelle, finish three chapters in her own story. Then I got home and we went to dinner and hockey. Instead of writing in my NaNo journal that I brought to hockey, I whipped out my Kindle and read 300 words of pure, ridiculous drivel. It was awesome.


Saturday was gonna be a good day. I was gonna go sit at Starbucks full of caffeine and write. My friends from my writing group met me there. We had coffee... then laughed and giggled about women who kept arriving sans pants. There were A LOT! And then a lycanthrope showed up. Serious. All black, tats, mid-back length hair in jet black, goatee, and aviators indoors. Dude was a character from a ZA Maxfield book! 


And my dear girl, Elise, brought me Kristen Stewart Porn. Her new Glamour mag spread. I was a waste of a human after that. Such a sucker for little brunettes! Even if Amelia June mocked me. I'm okay with it... and I kinda like it when she mocks me.


This my dog, isn't she pretty?!
So I spent the rest of the day sleeping or playing with my dad's new dog and introducing her to our old dog. 


That didn't go well... another story for another day.








I was planning on Skype date/ writing challenging with Kat Watson, but I fell asleep about halfway through watching Pan Am (I know! Even Christina Ricci couldn't keep me awake!) while she finished editing something.






So today, I wake up all "RAAAAAAAAAAARING" to go. Yeah! Writing! Outline! Timeline! YAY! 


Yeah, no.


I laid in bed well after my husband left for a triathlon at six in the morning. I read a bit of smut, messaged with my mom and set up a hair appointment, took a shower, got dressed, tidied up, started laundry, cleaned the litter box, yelled at my cat for being an asshole, read six chapters of the book (Nine-Tenths of the Law by LA Witt) I promised myself I'd use as a reward for good writing next week, and walked across the street to get a cup of coffee.


Now I'm blogging.


*hangs head in shame*


Worst.NaNo.Prep.Ever.






Who's with me? Are you NaNo-ing?
If you wanna be friends/buddies on NaNoWriMo.org, I'm zonagirlie on there :)


Let's see if we can motivate each other, eh?


<3 B

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Book Release by Kerry Freeman "What We Deserve" On Sale Now from Loose Id!


Below is my interview with my dear friend and writing partner Kerry Freeman. She is promoting her newest release, "What We Deserve" and I am proud and honoured that she allowed me to pick her beautiful brain!



Just a few more days, until What We Deserve comes out. How do you feel about your sophomore project being released? How are you keeping calm?


The book coming out is so much different than the short story. When the short story came out, no one but my friends knew who I was. It was a while before other people began reading and reviewing. For WWD, which is my first novel, it's going to be different. Through my short story and the freebie I wrote for the Goodreads M/M Romance group's Hot Summer Days, readers have gotten to know me, and they are waiting for the book to come out. I'm absolutely terrified :)  I'm not keeping calm at all. I hope everyone likes the book *fingers crossed*
 

How excited are you for this book? What does What We Deserve mean to you?
Wow, this is a hard question to answer. WWD isn't just a year's worth of work. (I started working on it last October, and wrote it for NaNoWriMo 2010.) I'm very attached to Sean, Tyler, and Jamie. They're like my babies. And I'm sending my babies out into the world and just hoping everyone loves them as much as I do.
 

What gave you this plot bunny for What We Deserve? Where did this idea come from? 

WWD started as lunch at Arby's. I like to go there sometimes to get away from the office and write. As I was eating, I saw two kids, one a boy of about sixteen and the other a girl of about twelve, waiting for their to-go order. The girl looked at that boy like he hung the moon, and he listened to every nervous, rambling word she said to him. He doted on her, and I immediately thought that, in a few years, he was going to look at that girl in a whole new way. When I got to work, I couldn't get those two kids out of my mind. Then the voices took over, and the kids became two boys, the younger completely besotted with the older.
 

How did you prepare for this complicated story line? How did you keep all the "hes" straight? *snort*
 
I'm going to be honest: I don't see how anyone writes gay menage in third person :)  I immediately started writing in first, which got rid of one of the hes. From there you just have to make sure that any "he" when all three guys are together is proceeded by their actual name. I don't outline sex scenes. I have an outline, but the sex scenes are indicated by "and they make love" or even "and they fuck like bunnies." ;)
 

Tell me what you love about each of the boys: Tyler, Jamie, and Sean.

Sean is confident in himself. He's geek, he's gay, and he doesn't hide either. When he does hide something, it causes him a great deal of mental distress.

Tyler has this chill, confident exterior, but he really just wants to be loved and loved in return. He wants to make his lovers happy.

I love Jamie's loyalty. He's learned the hard way how not being true to yourself can hurt a person and the people they love. He would never betray his lovers or purposely hurt them.
 

Give us a little taste of what we can expect from What We Deserve please!


As a long time fan of Kerry's (you can ask her about how I stalked her), I can tell you that this story does not deviate from her incredible prose and emotional binds between her characters' relationships. Although, there are now three in this book, you still feel the passion, the loyalty, and all of the emotion we have come to expect from Kerry's work. Go pick up a copy of What We Deserve today. You won't regret it! :)