Thursday, October 28, 2010

Writing process

I've recently noticed a pattern emerging in how I do my writing. I spend a day or two mulling over the next scene in my work in progress, whatever that happens to be, before I write a word. I get it all set in my mind - not only the overall arc of the scene but also the details, dialogue, descriptions, pacing and so on. I have most of the section "written," down to the specific phrasing I plan to use, before I type a word. The next step is to spend a couple of uninterrupted hours doing the actual writing (usually anywhere from two to six pages), and I spend another day or so refining the scene.

That's not exactly the most efficient process. My word count is about 1,000 to 1,500 words every three to four days. Most serious writers kick out that many words in one day. I suspect most serious writers don't have to deal with the time-sucks of a full-time job and three children, but those are just excuses. If I plan to someday become a successful writer (as in, get professionally published), I need to do better.

In other news, I went to MileHiCon for the first time this past weekend. I had a great time, attended some good panels and met several of my fellow writers in the "Six Guns" anthology.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Photos from the signing

Photos, courtesy of my husband. Here's the sign right outside the door to the Broadway Book Mall:

Here's the book itself, with Laura Givens' wonderful artwork:

And here's me signing the book:

Book signing

The book signing for "Six Guns Straight From Hell" was this afternoon at the Broadway Book Mall, and it went quite well. The setting is nice. I've never been to this bookstore before, which is actually 10 retailers sharing the space; it's very nice and I wish I'd had more time to browse the stacks. Probably between 20 and 30 people showed up, many of them writers themselves. It was great to meet some of my fellow writers in the anthology and listen to their readings. I managed to get through my reading of "Snake Oil" without stumbling too many times, and I wrote my name correctly in everyone's book. So, success!

Next weekend is MileHiCon, at which there will be more "Six Guns" signings and readings. Plus, a whole bunch of writers, including Katherine Kurtz, Daniel Abraham and Paolo Bacigalupi, whose credentials are far, far better than mine.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Steampunk zombies released into the wild

This is amazing: Two weeks after receiving word of my acceptance into "Six Guns Straight From Hell," the anthology is available for purchase on Amazon.

Buy it here.