Monday, April 21, 2014

In Which I Hit A Stride

Here we are, Monday again. I hope everyone had a good weekend, and a good Easter if it's a holiday you celebrate.

I had a good writing week last week. I put out 21 pages in three days, which is great. It helped that I hit a scene or a point in the MS that makes writing fun. One of my characters suffered an injury and I frickin love writing injuries and recoveries. So, yeah. I hit that point and the pages just flew out of me. I mean, heck, I even put out 4 pages on Friday, and I rarely write on Fridays.

I also like writing romance scenes. I almost always have romance in my novels because I think romance inherently adds conflict and tension. But also because it's fun and frequently cathartic and yay kissing or something.



From my WIP Inspiration Pinterest Board

And sometimes action scenes fly out of me too, but sometimes it's like pulling teeth, it does so slowly. There's no rhyme or reason as to whether an action scene is going to be easy, or hard either.
I want them to be exciting and fun. I expect them to be fun to write, so then, when sometimes they're not, it's an extra pain in the ass because I'm all like "really? Shouldn't this scene be flying out of me easier?" Frustrating.

So anyway, I'm super excited to get back to my MS tomorrow (still dealing with the injury) and I'm hoping that pace and excitement carries through the rest of it. Because that would be awesome.

I'd love to hear from you. What type of scenes are always easy and fun for you to write? And what type of scenes are a pain?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Fun

Woo!  It's time for the weekend, ape-friends! Which means another opportunity to start it off right, with some fun.

The snow has finally melted, which means soon the grass will be green again!


Here we go!

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 


I really wish I had trained my ratties to do some of these awesome tricks
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Weird: The Woman From Lemb Statue

Though there are many different objects that have been considered haunted or cursed throughout history, few are said to bring on as much death to its owners as the Women From Lemb idol.





Nicknamed "The Goddess of Death," The Women from Lemb is a statue carved from pure limestone that was discovered in 1878 in Lemb, Cypruss. The item dates back to 3500 B.C., and is believed to represent a goddess, similar to a fertility idol.

The first owner was Lord Elphont. Within a six-year period after becoming the owners, All seven members of the Elphont family died in supposedly mysterious manners (there's no real record for what their deaths entailed).

The next owner was Ivor Manucci., whose entire family died within a four- year period. Then Lord Thompson-Noel obtained the idol, and also lost his family in a four-year period.

After this time the statue fell into obscurity for several years, but mysteriously was found in a cellar cabinet from where it had ‘disappeared’ from before.
        
Sir Alan Biverbrook was next to purchase the statue. Shortly after, his wife and two daughters died from a strange illness, followed by Sir Alan Biverbrook a short time later. Sir Biverbrook had two remaining sons and though they weren't big believers in the occult, they were scared enough by the sudden and strange deaths of four of their family members that they decided to donate the statue to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, where it remains today.
Though the curator claimed not to put stock into the idea of curses or haunted objects, the chief curator where the statue was placed took ill and died within the year. No one has handled the statue since and the item is safely under glass and protected from human hands

Some people theorize that the statue contains a poison or a disease-based fungus or virus on or within the limestone, which I think is always a possibility. But who really wants to test it, amiright?

Thoughts? Theories?

Monday, April 14, 2014

In Which I Work Work Work

I'm back to blogging after my two week hiatus. But the two weeks off let me get done what I needed to get done, mostly finish up my two papers for my MFA packet.

Of course, now I'm working on packet #3, which means more writing, more revising and another paper. The work: she never ends.





My mentor this semester is Anne Ursu.

Have you guys read this? Because you should. I love it so much.


And she's been awesome. She's great to work with, and really gets what I'm trying to do with my WIP (because right now, it's in the "fumbling" stage. You know, where you keep going forward and you know things are wrong and will need to be fixed, but you can't fix them now because you don't quite fully understand the story or the characters yet? Yeah, that stage.)

I'm only 80 pages in. I wish I was further. Honestly, I wish I was done with my first draft at this point, but obviously I've had to slow down for revisions and other MFA work. I'm not worried or anything, but, you know, a completed draft is much more fun than one just barely started.

Anyway, yeah. Back to the grindstone I go!
But I'd much rather be doing this kind of work, and writing, than pretty much anything else. So, you know, yay!

How about you? What are you working on right now?
 

Monday, March 31, 2014

In Which I Take A Break

Hey nerds. I'm taking this week off from blogging. Maaaaaybe a bit of next week, too. I have some MFA work that's due next week, so I've hit crunch time and need to spend pretty much all of my time finishing up my revisions and papers.




See you when I get back and have a great week!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Fun

Well, ape-friends, we've made it through another week and emerged, hopefully unscathed, into the weekend.



And since it is my job to get you ready for the fun of the weekend, I guess I should get right on it.



 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Weird: The Dancing Plague

Aww! A dancing plague, you say? That sounds kewt!



Wrong.

It is not cute and leads to death.

The Dancing Plague was an actual disease in France in the early 16th century. One day, Frau Troffea started dancing in the streets in Strasbourg, France. 6 days later some people joined her. After a week there were 34 people dancing. After a month this number had climbed to 400.

That's 400 people dancing in the street.

Aww! It sounds like a fun party!

Wrong again.

By that point the dancers started to die from starvation, exhaustion and strokes. You know. From dancing.




If a lot of this sounds ridiculous, prepare to scoff even louder when you hear what the solution was. (Keep in mind, this was in the early 1500s. Medical science just wasn't, back then)

Strasbourg officials thought the best way to handle this situation was to encourage the dancers to dance even more. They rounded them all up, put them in a building, and hired musicians to play music for them, like some sort of ass-backwards homeopathy.

The results from this treatment? More death.

Then, one day, the Dancing Plague just stopped. It never happened again, and despite it no longer being the 16th century and medical science existing now, there still is no solution or answer to why 400 people danced themselves to death.

Two of the biggest theories are Mass Psychogenic Illness (MPI) and ergotism (ergot poisoning)(which is poisoning by a certain fungus and causes convulsions (it may also be the culprit for the Salem witchcraft accusations)) but both of these theories have big problems.

For ergotism, one of the common side-effects is a loss of muscular control, which makes complex muscle movements pretty much impossible.

As for MPI, it would require 400 people to, more or less, develop the same mass hysteria at a staggered pace, which is really unlikely.

So, there you have it. The Dancing Plague. Any thoughts are theories?
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