And this is where the author discovers CafePress

…or the wonderful world of merchandise (or would you call that shameless self-promotion? :p)

Anyway, let’s call it ‘just for fun’ or ‘character obsession’, but I kinda like this:

Yeah, I know. Apparently I have too much time to tinker at the basic level of photoshop, but I still kinda like it 😉

That said I definitely need to get the ‘I WILL NOT STALK THE AGENT’ shirt from over here.

😉

Moving woes

Okay, so besides reading, finishing a huge 30×40″ painting of Stephen’s and mine WoW characters and wallowing in procrastination as far as rewriting Shadows is concerned – what did I do this weekend? Well given that in all likelihood we’ll be moving around August 8th and 9th, I’ve been contemplating packing. Sadly enough, after filling four boxes with books, I had to realize that a) I don’t have enough boxes and b) I apparently do have to concede that I do have too many books (though I’m still on denial here). Four boxes don’t even hold one fourth of my little library so I’ll have to go and beg my sister in law for more of her Avon boxes get some more boxes. Might even end up buying some, because my in laws’ moving boxes got peed on by  Angel one of their more vicious kitties.

Did I mention that it was probably the same mean-hearted cat that saw it fit to pee on my brush set whereupon I had to throw away most of them along with my palette? No, Nym’s not very happy about that and I’ll probably make another trip to Hobby Lobby tonight to get me some new brushes, because even though the huge painting is finished mostly to my satisfaction, I already have a handful of other ideas whirling about in my head.

Did I mention how long oil needs to dry and that I’m really glad that most of my thirteen -yes, it’s that many by now- paintings are already dry? Moving those, but the 30×40″ one in particular (since it’s anything BUT dry) will be a bitch.

It would have been the reasonable way to wait to paint it until after we moved, but noooo since when am I among the reasonable people? No, I had to get this out of my head and on the canvas, because I already picked the perfect place for it to go in the new apartment. How sad is that?

And yes I’m OCD, so what?

This week in the Blogosphere…

Honestly? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been pretty lazy this week – blame the heat, the lack of sleep and lack of caffeine… Still, I’ve been able to find some interesting, brilliant and flat out hilarious posts – success 😀

As a writer of urban fantasy I always love to read other urban fantasy writers’ blogs. Can I just say that Jeff Somers makes me crack up? Read his TOP TEN REASONS MY DYSTOPIAN VISION OF THE FUTURE IS BETTER THAN YOUR DYSTOPIAN VISION OF THE FUTURE… here. It’s awesome, especially with emphasis on:

3. Profanity is not only accepted, it is pretty much the only way to make yourself understood.

4. Physical violence is not only not frowned upon, it is expected. And often enjoyed.

I daresay Damian would be happy to join in on that. Hang on, forget the would be 8)

Nathan Bransford wrote this awesome post on the fact that character and plot are indeed inseparable. I mean, you tell me how can you have an intriguing character without the plot that surrounds them? I’m thinking that most of us – myself included – who prefer the character-based approach in writing, rather unconsciously develop character and plot together without even noticing it. After all it goes hand in hand and plot is what makes a compelling character and the other way ’round.

Jessica Faust from Book Ends is quelling some of the most common Submission Freak Outs. For some reason this post reminds me of people going absolutely ballistic on me in a discussion whether to use Times New Roman or Courier New as standard font in manuscripts. Honestly? As long as it’s double-space with first line indent etc. nobody really cares. Really. Calm down.

Like I said, I suppose I’ve been a little too busy procrastinating and getting myself hung up on PoV and general editing crises, but the good thing is, revisions get moving again and maybe next year around this time I’ll be ready to think more seriously about submission. Maybe I’ve read too much Sarah Monette, but the word “bitchkitty” comes to mind whenever I think about editing. Strangely apt 8)

Book Meme

Yes, I’m procrastinating….Got this from Lynn Flewelling’s blog.

1. One book that changed your life.

Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time (hey it’s because of those books that I’m living 6,000 miles away from Germany after all :p)

2. One book that you’ve read more than once.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind (in German and in English and man it’s great)

3. One book you’d want on a deserted island.

Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora (and the sequel for the pirates 😉 )

4. One book that made you laugh.

Richard Morgan – Thirteen (the Jesusland parts were awesome!)

5. One book that made you cry.

Rebecca Gable – Das Laecheln der Fortuna, Lynn Flewelling – Stalking Darkness

6. One book that you wish had been written.

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan. Though I’m curious what Brandon Sanderson will make of it.

7. One book that you wish had never been written.

Everything by Goodkind. Period.

8. One book you’re currently reading.

Lynn Flewelling – Traitor’s Moon

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read.

Khaled Hosseini – Tausend Strahlende Sonnen

Bonus question: What book scared you the most?

Stephen King – The Dark Half -> great book, but twelve-year old me got the creeps from the murder scenes 😉

Procrastination

That pretty much sums up my weekend on the writing side. After having a blast, writing 2,200 words on Friday, I didn’t write anything Saturday or Sunday – shame on me.

Instead I painted a lot, which was fun, even though I still need to go over a 20×24 canvas painting that I’m not quite happy with yet. Anyway, it seems that I have rediscovered art as another creative outlet, especially as far as Light is concerned. I love painting or drawing my characters and scenes of the book. I’ll upload a picture of the canvas painting with Ares, Dawnelle and Damian as soon as I’m done editing it.

Another thing is that painting certain scenes or characters helps me concentrate on plot and upcoming chapters. I realized that I sort of wrote myself a little bit into a corner with Nineteen and thus took it off here to do some edits. They are only minor, nothing drastic, but I really don’t want Ares to end up becoming a total druggie. It kind of defeats the purpose of future plot twists, so it’ll need to be tweaked a little.

Other than that I spent my weekend plotting, buying a bike and paint supplies (yay for that!), going to a movie with Stephen, eating my first rare steak (which was an interesting and yummy experience, but I still prefer it medium-rare I think ;), reading Kim Harrison (Jenks is hilarious!) oh and sleeping for once 😉

EDIT: to the latter one: due to me and Stephen being out really late for a movie yesterday I only got about 5 hours of sleep tonight – trust in me to never really catch up with my lack of sleep…. *is drinking her second cup of coffee this morning* 😉