Hmm. This year I had grand plans that I would post to the blog at least once every week. I kept to that for a while, and then poof. Nothing. Bad Cassandra.
Anyhoo, I’m emerging from the shadows to say hey, I’m still here! I’m working on SILK & SCHOLAR and having a lot of fun with Christopher and Etta. That Christopher, he’s such a saucy minx and he absolutely delights in teasing Etta, to the point where she simply has to grab his delectableness and kiss him silent…ahem. So yeah. It’s going well!
In other news, SILK & SCORN has been released as an audiobook, read by the wonderful Ana Clements. Ana will be narrating all the books in the Silk Series – she’s already done a bang-up job on SILK & SCANDAL and SILK & SCARS is currently in production. Get thee to Audible, Amazon or iTunes to have a listen, or check out a sample on SoundCloud.
Alrighty, back into the shadows I go. Maybe I’ll post next week…
…Yeah, I guess you can tell that, hey? There are a lot of exclamation points there.
Seriously, though, I’m so excited. My love for Joss has been well documented here and in various other arenas (sorry for the obsessive love, Joss) and I’m so excited and happy for him that he continues to kick goals all over the place. He’s inspired and taught so many writers how to be awesome, including myself (because I’m so totally super awesome, you know). I mean, just look at the list of people who worked on Buffy/Angel/Firefly and tell me those people are not super awesome at what they do and, most of them, praise Joss to the high heavens. I would LOVE to meet him one day, to chat about writing and other fun things…although I’d probably be intimidated out of my head.
Still. I’m going to see The Avengers tonight. Sweet!
Recently launched in Australia, Netflix is just da shiz. I signed up last week mainly so I could stream the new Netflix series, Daredevil. part of the Marvel Universe, created by Drew Goddard and now run by Stephen S. DeKnight, Daredevil blew me away with its awesomeness. The only problem is I desperately want to watch it again, but by binging the series on the weekend, I’ve already blown half of my download limit for the month.
Here in Oz, we have a pesky sitch where you have a limit on the amount you can download. If you want a greater limit, you have to pay more. In addition to this, I’m in an area where I’m limited in which ISPs I can have, so I’m kinda stuck with one who won’t count Netflix as unmetered content. However, it seems a LOT of other providers are cottoning on to this very clever idea and hopefully my provider will too. Eventually. One day. Probably after my contract has ended and I can go with another company.
In the meantime, I’ll sparingly enjoy the wonders of Netflix and watching downloaded television in a legal manner.
I’ve been re-reading a lot of Anne Stuart’s books recently. Before I go to sleep, I like to comfort read bits and bobs of my (plethora) books. It seems to be just the thing to signify to my too-busy brain that hey, you know what? It’s totally nighttime and dude, you should be sleeping right now.
Anyhoo, Anne Stuart. I love her dark and dangerous heroes, her too-innocent and trusting heroines, the intrigue and suspense of her novels. I started off re-reading Fire and Ice, the fifth in her Ice series and have now read bits of most of the 25 or so books of hers I own. I also went on to Amazon and 1-clicked several of her out of print books that are only available via second-hand book stores (for a ridiculous amount of money) or in ebook. As a side note, that 1-click function is the work of the devil. Sigh. Will power, Cassandra!
According to her website, the first in her new Fire series will be coming out soon. A companion to the Ice Series, I’m looking forward to reading these new stories and enjoying more dark and dangerous heroes be felled by too-innocent and trusting heroines.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I also hope the coming year brings you lots of joy and laughter and really nifty things like…a pony. Everyone needs a pony, right?
As for me, 2015 will be a year of new beginnings – new books, new series, new adventures, new fun times…the possibilities are endless, and that’s what a new year is all about, isn’t it? The story that has not yet been written.
I find it really interesting what I use as place holders in my writing. In the first draft especially, I’ll put in little phrases or words that would completely not make sense to anyone but me, but I know they mean “big massive fight scene filled with blood and gore here” or “tender, loving moment between hero and heroine with lots of smooching etc”.
The latest word – blergh. Blergh, peeps. Who knew? Apparently, this means to my brain that the hero and heroine are experiencing their first real moment of URST (UnResolved Sexual Tension, another placeholder) with lots of eyes locked, beating hearts, loaded silences, skin prickling, almost kissing but not really. Blergh. Of course it means that.
These placeholders, in whatever form they appear, are really quite important in just getting the first draft done. As I’ve mentioned before, the first draft is the Vomit Draft, where you’re just trying to get the story down on the page so you can fix it later. At this stage, I don’t need to get into the nitty gritty of what my hero and heroine are feeling in that moment, don’t need to describe the emotion and sensations they’re experiencing. That’s for the second or third draft. What I need to do is write a placeholder, a word or phrase that will describe what that section of story is, a kind of shortcut for my brain, and then move on to the next scene. The most important thing is to finish, and as my film-making friend says, we’ll fix it in post.
Just a quick note to let you all know I’ll be offline for a few days while I have a bit of a rest. Real Life, writing WTF 2: The Reckoning (now called Fools’ Gold) and other odds and sods have contributed to a very tired Cassandra. HOWEVER! There’s still exciting bits and bobs about the place, including: