Thursday, December 30, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
So, while Korean Pop music is blaring in my ears (it's what's inspiring me right now, I'm not questioning Brigid), I am presently working on a new project. And for those of you who read about the blog a book idea I ran across last week, you know I have decided to try this for fiction. I'll give you three chances to guess what those two have in common, and the first one doesn't count. That's right, I'm going to blog this new project as I progress on it.
The way I'm going to make it work is set up a different blog dedicated exclusively to this project, do a brief intro post to explain the premise, then post an entry every 500-700 words until the entire rough draft is posted. The theory is, by making a blog dedicated to this book and making it a read as I write it kind of thing, it should garner a readership by the time I'm ready to start querying, and thus better promote a writing routine for myself with that motivation. I hope the experiment will pay off and feel free to use this format or make your own improvements if you feel like trying it out.
The project is an urban fantasy where faeries are running loose right under the nose of modern America, and people are dying because of it. That's why the Fianna were made: groups of faerie attack survivors whose job is to hunt these creatures and stop them from striking again. Lucy Harper and her mother, Helen, sought asylum with the Fianna, and now fight these things under the leadership of Yoel Schwartz and his daughter Kaida. Unfortunately, when members of Yoel's group turn up dead, there is reason to think that something is hunting down the Harper family on in addition to the faerie that drove them to the Fianna in the first place. Now Lucy and Helen must find a way to catch both faeries chasing them down before they and their entire new home become the fae's newest victims.
If you're in any way interested, check it out! And if you still like it after that, tell your friends!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Meanwhile, while researching some alternative self-promotion techniques, I ran across this blog where the author Nina Amir blogs about blogging a book...while she's in the process of doing that herself. While it took me awhile to wrap my mind around her approach to writing, I got curious about whether it could apply to fiction. I read through some of her posts, and it is definitely geared toward non-fiction works, however I saw a lot of sense in some of what she says.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
This business leads me to the topic of today's post. This month, I'm sure people have been beating the subject of 'balancing life and writing' to death. I thought I'd try a different format if I can successfully figure out how to embed a video into this post. Wish me luck, and even better, watch if I'm successful!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
In every series I've read, the ending of the book didn't necessarily tie up in a neat bow, but the meaty big plot of the story DID tie up. The same goes for every episode in a series I've seen unless it's those ominous 'two-part' stories. Even then those are technically one episode. When I personally read or write a book, I want to be filled, regardless of if it has sequels or not. The only way of bringing that feeling, in my opinion, is to give some kind of closure and not leave it off for the reader to be cursing the author until their next book comes out. I, at the very least, am eager enough because of all the loose ends.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
The basic rules of a workshop are pretty simple: a group of writers get together, one of them reads their work, then shuts up while the rest of them proceed to give him/her their two cents worth. If you've ever been in a workshop of any kind, you know this can be one of the most humbling experiences in your writing process and one of the most valuable tools in your arsenal. For interpreting it's surprisingly the same way. One of the interpreters performs/recites their translation, then shuts up as the other interpreters give their constructive criticism on the various points of improvement.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
I am a little fish and it is the big fish. The big fish wants to eat me and I have to swim my little tail off so it doesn't accomplish that goal.
That's probably exaggerating a tad, but that is supposed to be my job, right? Selling exaggerated lies that hide truth? Using this particular analogy is fitting though, because the little fish in this scenario is getting ready to leave the shelter of mommy fish. Mommy fish is big enough, but to come from that to the publishing fish? A big dream with staggering odds.
I admit, I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm gradually learning bit by bit. The only conclusion I'm coming to in all this is to keep swimming against the giant publishing fish and have the patience to know it will eventually pay off when I'm a bigger fish that can hold my own.
Ironic part of all this is I really don't like fish...
Monday, June 28, 2010
I ended up returning to my high school job and my hours have been looking up. Finances is still an issue, yet God has provided and I know he will continue to provide. The summer semester is going well, lots of signing. My writing has been going great, and I even finished a first draft of a project just recently. Even better, however, is that I have sent out my current manuscript to many smaller press publishers and one has shown an encouraging response.
This sudden spike in my writing has unfortunately left me at a loss of what next to apply my efforts to. There is always room to edit old projects and I still have many to choose from if I want something new. My muse simply refuses to tell me which to work on. I have done everything I can to try and prod it into acting up, but fickle as usual, it decides to stay obstinate. With my usual methods not working, I'm led to wonder what exactly it takes to stir a muse or creative impulse into jumping on command. An author I have been following recently on Facebook said that the muse always favors a working writer. Perhaps all I need to establish is a few hours a day dedicated to spitting out pages or set a goal of a certain amount of words. How do other writers make the creative juices flow?
It does help to have my favorite person back in my life. She is doing wonders for my stifled creativity, and ambition for that matter. I have known this girl since we were ten years old and we are still thick as thieves. She has always provided the best balance of confidence and critique on both my work and my life. I could go on about this for pages and pages, but the point is that having a real life muse always helps my writing immensely. Having someone to always rely on for honest feedback is the biggest asset, I think, to professional and budding writers alike. That person may be an editor, an agent, or a best friend, yet they're always needed for success.
So, instead of consulting my inner muse for ideas, perhaps I should consult my outside muse instead. Maybe, on the off chance the inner muse gets jealous, the conversation will spur some ideas.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
On top of wondering if the manuscript will get published, I have finals coming up in subjects I sorely want to excel in. Trouble is there is a little thing called "work ethic" I need to master. Consistently doing homework on time while turning it in on time would be a lovely quick fix habit to be granted.
And finally, the universal problem of Americans in this day in age: finances. After all, college is expensive. The next year is covered, but what then? I hardly qualify for anything need based and is there anything academic that's even being offered anymore? I'm looking for jobs, applying to all kinds and asking around. No one seems to be hiring or at the very least are taking their sweet time in looking over my applications. I've had a total of one summer job at Taco Bell when I was 17 and now I find myself either overqualified or under-qualified for everything I see.
The common thread in these issues seems to be waiting. I beg for more patience yet how else can it be gained but this agonizing process of waiting for something to happen? I am making initiative for once in my youthful life, so why isn't it paying off lickity split? Why can't opportunities be served to me on silver platters with federal grants and silver spoons?
Such is the curse of the middle class student, to wait and build patience that way. Character is built is more than a day, as are experiences that make us who we are. I'll have to keep waiting until the fruits of my labor finally start to show up. Until then, I can either whine privately or keep trekking along. I'm finding more often that I end up wanting to choose the latter of those more and more.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Welcome to BrieTheCheese: a blog about myself, my life and my work as an aspiring novelist. Now, I’m sure some of you are wondering why exactly I picked this blog name and even if you aren’t, you’re reading this post so I hope you’ll be interested enough to continue. My real name is rather long and drawn out, Briannon, so when I was little I endeavored to come up with a nickname for myself. Since my name is rather long, I was often called some variant of “Bri, Bree, Bria,” however you spell that. My mother sat me down to help me find a way to spell that nickname. We looked through all the combinations and I liked the aesthetic quality of “Brie”. My mom then told me that was a kind of watery cheese. From then on, my nickname has been both Brie and Cheese among friends and family alike.
Quirky anecdote aside, I am a college student majoring in Sign Language Interpretation with a minor in Creative Writing. So what’s with it, a “cheese” that’s going to be a sign language interpreter and an author? There have been odder combinations, you have to admit. Either way, this combination fits me best and I intend to see both through to their inevitable ends. Sign language lets me use my hands in the same way I use my pen to express myself on a level deeper than mere language by using just that medium.
However, this is supposed to be about my writing primarily. I’ve been writing since seventh grade where I completed the first crap manuscript I ever thought up about a tough girl princess with dragon wings and a bitter prince who rode dragons like horses for a living. I let my English teacher read the entire thing, start to finish, and she actually told me to try getting is published at 12 years old. Luckily, I have matured past that level, but everyone has to start somewhere and that 263 pages of notebook paper was mine. Nowadays, my characters are more fleshed out and my plots less fantastic despite the fact I like dealing in the fantasy genre. I have recently started sending out my manuscript, Faerie Games, out to a potential publisher and a literary agency. Here’s hoping my unpublished status won’t stay that way for long!
So that is basically me in a nutshell! I hope you enjoy the blog as I readily update it whenever something interesting enters my thoughts or happens in my life. Happy reading and thank you for checking me out.