Tuesday, February 16, 2016
It’s a busy time in my Writer’s World. There are a couple of things on the back burner due to time constraints, but along with my creative partner, Charlene Brash Sorensen, work on the Planet Of The Eggs comic book series is moving forward quickly.
We already have three of the books published at Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions (well the third will be available in paperback very soon now).
And the fourth, Planet Of The Eggs: Eruption will release some time in March. Here’s a sneak peek with the first pages (raw & unedited) of Eruption.
We're further along than that, but we're not going to spoil the storyline.
Hey, keep up folks! This thing is moving right along. It’s taken on a life of it’s own and we can’t wait to bring out the next adventure starring our six Eggs of Legend, who are fully armed and ready to take on any world.
And we decided to bring out a line of fab T-shirts to accompany the books over at Café Press.
How does all this happen? Well, we’re a bit crazy and obsessed with eggs with attitude, personality and superhero abilities and we love what we’re doing. We use a combo of software and some quirky work-arounds to get what we want down on the page. If you have questions, drop ‘em in the comment below and we’ll do our best to answer.
So what’s next in our ‘eggciting’ world? Well, there’s a newsletter to keep you up to date, offer exclusives and brighten your day. Visit http://bitly.com/EggsSignUp to sign up or visit http://www.facebook.com/PlanetOfTheEggs for info and click the sign up tab on the banner.
Meanwhile, back to work here. Don’t forget to leave those questions below and visit our facebook page for updates, news and a heckuva lot more.
Will I be writing more novels and scripts as well – yep, for sure. I’ll keep you posted here.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Writer dreaming: Would you rather hire a maid or a cook?
I’ve decided to take a short visit to fantasy land since in reality I can afford neither, but it’s nice to think about.
As a writer my time seems to be gobbled up from every direction. There are distractions, things that just need to get done and a whole lot more that can keep me from accomplishing in a day what I want to accomplish.
So, once in a while, I ponder that question above. If a genie were to grant me a wish or I was to get just enough money, which would I rather have, a maid or a cook?
It’s a question that’s tougher to answer than one might think at first. There are good sides to both. And both or either would certainly cut down on the chores I have to get done myself. So who wouldn’t want that?
If there was a cook in the house, that would eliminate a lot of headaches. But I do like to cook at times. And, I have to admit, my usual escape hatch when time is pressing is throwing an interesting combo into the slow cooker in the morning and presuming it will produce something both edible and enjoyable by the time my writing day ends somewhere around 4:30. Ah, the writer’s daydream. Presuming having a cook would guarantee seriously good meals neither overcooked nor overdone and the smells of such excellent cooking would fill the house even as I continued to write in my study, well that has a lot of appeal.
On the other hand there is always that slow-cooker to fall back on.
Now if there was a maid in the house that would mean all the dusting, cleaning, vacuuming and picking up would happen without me doing the work. It would be like magic. Things would be dusted, vacuuming done (though I’d have to give some thought to all that noise going on while I’m writing in the upstairs office), dishes would be done.
I’m lucky, I have a husband with whom I split the work around the house, both cooking and cleaning. Nonetheless, wouldn’t it be grand to have to do none of it? Or to have one totally taken care of and need only split the work of the other? Yep, a true writer’s dream.
On the other hand, maybe what I need is a painter and around the house handyman. I do quite a bit of that myself around the house as well and am currently in the idle of repainting all the kitchen cabinets…then there’s the door frame and the downstairs bathroom cabinets…and…hmmm, maybe I just need to win the lottery to finance my writing.
But I got off track. Maid or cook? In the end it doesn’t matter, I’ll take either!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Taking time out to put something simple and basic out there for the writers who join us here – readers too who enjoy getting a peek into the writer’s world and just what goes into a good read. What a writer wrestles with to come up with that eyeball-grabbing story that keeps a reader up half the night because the book just can’t be put down.
It’s plainly written above. It’s very basic. Is the goal that’s been set for the hero of the story a worth y goal. And by that I mean, there are lots of things a hero can strive to achieve. BUT choosing the right one, the one with the right outside motivation, can be tricky and can require a lot of thought on the part of the writer. Is it a big enough goal? Is it a goal that is worthy of the hero?
It sounds pretty direct, but without thinking about it, deep down, the reader is automatically asking questions while the story unfolds. Does that goal set for the hero fulfill a basic human need? Safety and security? Love? Belonging? Physiological? Some fulfillment of self-esteem?
Why are we all looking for that element? Well, it reminds readers of their own goals and desires, then draws them into the story to find out whether the hero does attain his goals and desires, and if so, how.
Another question regarding that worthy goal is, is it logical and attainable? Really, if one is wrapped up in a story, there is little worse than the exclamation, “that doesn’t make sense!” or seeing through a paper-thin plot and knowing deep down that this guy couldn’t really accomplish that goal no matter how willingly the reader dives into the pool of suspended disbelief. If that happens the writer has lost the reader. Not good.
The next test is does the hero have an emotional attachment to the goal? Is he or she passionate about achieving whatever it is whether it is saving the life of a puppy, preventing a bank robbery or curing cancer? The protagonist absolutely must be passionate; must have a soul-deep motivation for plunging into whatever circumstance follows. If the attitude is a wimpy, it’ll be nice if I can achieve it, then the reader follows the same path, doesn’t care and gives up on the story.
Related to the emotional attachment is the question, what happens if the Hero doesn’t succeed? What’s at stake? Does the world explode? Is a child’s life at stake? Will an evil force succeed? Will a ship sink at sea? If he doesn’t get back in time to donate a kidney will his wife die?
There has to be a powerful motivating factor and hit has to be real to the reader. It puts a lot of pressure on the writer. See, readers, see what you do to all those slaving writers out there?
And at the same time, readers motivate writers to always improve, to come up with the next fascinating, exciting, dramatic, love-filled tale of adventure, success, mourning or joy.
Readers keep reading and the writers will keep writing. That’s a given.