Sep 22 2009
The good news is that I didn’t have to have a root canal. Instead my tooth is cracked and needs a cap. The bad news is that if the temporary crown doesn’t alleviate my problems, I’ll have to have that root canal.
In other publishing news, Ballantine has bought Jenny Sanford’s memoir. As much as I have sympathy for a woman whose bastard of a husband humiliates her non stop on the national stage, I wish these politicians would just stop spilling their guts about their private lives. I’ve had enough of the John Edwards’s story too.
Jessica of Racy Romance Reads guest blogs at Romancing the Blog about how art should not be judged on the relative morality of the artist.
Visual artists, musicians, film directors, and writers throughout history have been some of our most wretched human beings: liars, cheats, egomaniacs, thieves, heartbreakers, sellouts, and all purpose scumbags. A favorite example among philosophers is the painter Gauguin, who left his wife and family destitute so he could go to Tahiti and paint nudes.
Reading "Lie with Me’ made me realise that romance, as a genre, can cross all boundaries and social issues, and transform negative elements into a positive light, which made me fall in love with the genre even more. Doing it the right way, with an emotionally or physically handicapped hero or heroine, can bring out the best responses in this particular trope.
SmexyBooks posts a rundown of books she’s excited about for 2010 in the paranormal/futuristic subgenre including Kresley Cole’s next Lykae book (if you are jonesing for a shapeshifter story), Pleasure of a Dark Prince. I am excited about the next Larissa Ione Demonica book. Surely Ione can write faster than she is currently doing so I don’t have to wait so long between books, right? Patricia Brigg’s Silverborne is due in March. Most exciting though? Carolyn Crane’s debut novel, Mind Games. It’s an UF and I am hopeful that there will be a thread of romance through it. Crane has been a long time blogger in the romance community.
Nathan Bransford gives examples of the showing v. telling in fiction.
Being told that a character is “angry” is not very interesting – we’re reading the book, we know his dog just got kicked, of course he’s angry! It’s redundant to be told that the character is “angry.”
More interesting is how the character reacts to seeing his dog kicked. Does he hold it in and tap his foot slowly? Does he explode? Does he clench his fists?
Orbit released a super cool website for Gail Carriger’s book, Soulless. It’s a digital “paper” doll. I spent way too much time playing with the doll and her various accouterments. Don’t go there. You’ll only…well, I don’t say I didn’t warn you. See you in a few hours. As for whether this promotion works? It did for me. I’m very interested to see where she wore these different outfits. Am I shallow? I guess I am. Book is due out first week of October.
The parties to the Google Book Settlement have succumbed to the intense pressure of the opposition. Armed with the Department of Justice filing, the parties will attempt to recraft the settlement agreement. This is not to say that there won’t be some settlement in the future, it just won’t be the one we’ve discussed.