I have one link for you today. I'm behind on reading blogs because this week has been all about teeth--the six that my son is getting in all at once. So really I'm just lucky to be able to type coherently.
But I enjoyed this video of Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories at Writer's Digest.
I enjoy a lot of the articles posted at Writer's Digest. But every time I pull up the website, I gets sucked into memory-ville. You see I interned at F&W--which does Writer's Digest, Writer's Market and a number of other craft publications. I worked on the 1999 Writer's Market and Novel and Short Story Market. I edited listings. Let me explain how exciting this is. I was in charge of the fax campaign. So when a new fax came in, I would compare the new listing to the old listing, marking any changes on hard copy. Then I would take it down to this room where editors insert the changes into the electronic copy. I would then double check the electronic copy. After that--I went back to the fax and stared at it until a new listing to came in. I did this for three months. It was very Office Space.
But! But I loved being around all those writers. Because most of the people who work at F&W are writers, even if they are editing listings or managing faxes. Since my short time at F&W, I've never had another job where I was so surrounded by writers. Even teaching English--many of my co-workers were readers more than writers. That is why I love blogging so much--being surrounded by all you lovely writers!
There are a few other interesting stories from my time at F&W. Like getting robbed (twice). But that will have to wait for another day because you've already hung in for enough of my babble. Thank you for that.
I've put off my current draft, which I'm now calling Carbry for lack of a better title, for a short while to do some outlining for the next novel (which will be number five--craziness!). If I don't have something to work on right when Carbry goes out to alpha read, then I will start to stress about it. And I'm not sure what I want to work on next. I've got two dystopian ones, both dealing with mind alteration, a fairy tale retelling (that I think is just going to be for fun), a stranded on an island idea, and the one that I always come back to but never finish: Aria, my ancient Roman gladiatrix.
And I'm still toying with the idea of re-writing a legend. I don't have any idea which one or how that will work. But that's always how ideas start, right?
What's a girl to do?