Monday, December 22, 2008

Word of the Week #34

Status: HOLY COW it's snowing... and snowing... and snowing...
Song: "Let it Snow"

horripilation [haw-rip-uh-LAY-shuhn; ho-] - noun

Definition: the act or process of the hair bristling on the skin, as from cold or fear; goose flesh

Usage: The event of showering in the winter is always a battle between instant horripilation and the razor (at least with my legs).

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Publishing industry up for a bailout?

Status: Finally have a pretty good query letter. It only took a week. Halleluja!
Song: "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (one of the greatest, and least heard, Christmas carols, IMHO)

As far as the title of this post, I don't have any inside information or anything. It's just that so many industries and companies are against the wall over foolish business practices, and the publishing industry is no different. For those of us interested in the economical ramifications on publishing and writerly scribblings, here are some explanations from some blogs I follow.

C[r]ash Flow. An explanation of why the publishing world was hit so hard. *Note: I saw this happen with my own royalty statements. This comes from the Editorial Ass blog.

Here is just some of the bleak news from not too long ago.

Here's a great essay by Richard Curtis that I found through the EditorialAss blog.

I don't know if you've taken a gander at Amazon's e-book reader, the Kindle. I don't know about any other book addicts, but I drool over it. I want, I want. That's the future of publishing - but transitioning is going to be interesting.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Word of the Week #33

Status: Cold. Brrrr. (A high of 30 today. Yuck)
Song: "Little Drummer Boy" by Josh Groban

caitiff - [KAY-tif] - noun, adjective

Definition:
1. cowardly and mean
2. a mean, cowardly person

Usage:
The caitiff driver that dented my car door in the parking lot took off without even a note.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

FINISHED!!!!!

Status: WAHOOOOOO!!!!
Song: "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang

I finished my book!!!!
Hip Hip Hooray!!!!

That's right! We're talking 300 pages, 75,000 words of pure, finished awesomeness!

I actually have a few things to go back and fix, but they're so teeny tiny minor that they really don't count. Now begins the hunt for an agent, since I plan on going national with this one. I've got about 40 to try.

I'll be back in the blogging groove now. Yippeeeeee!!!!

*There are 17 exclamation marks in this post, but I really think this big of an accomplishment deserves 20. So... !!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Word of the Week #32

Status: Been MIA, I know, but I can most assuredly say that, except for a couple more tweaks, I am finished with my latest book. Yea!! (After the tweaks I'll really celebrate - be ready)
Song: "Message in a Bottle" by The Police

This week's word of the week (4 days late) is just because it's fun to say:

lugubrious - [loo-goo-bree-uhs] - adjective

Definition: mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.

Usage: Eeyore and Marvin from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are beloved lugubrious characters.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A little note

Status: So close to finishing my current book
Song: O Come, All Ye Faithful (because it's that time of the year)

Just a little apology for being such a blog slacker, but I'm frantically working on this book o' mine and it's almost finished. Like this week (barring the world collapsing, which it is likely to do now that I've vocalized it). But I have to say that I'm really enjoying my final WOW climactic scene. So fun!

I'll be posting regular and brilliant blogs after this is all done. Cross my heart.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Since we mentioned Terminator

Did you know there's a new one coming out? It's called Terminator Salvation and Christian Bale - love him - is John Connor. Oooooh, I can't wait!

Here's the teaser.

Word of the Week #31

Status: Still MIA, but the book's almost finished. Yea!
Song: "You Could Be Mine" by Guns N Roses (just cause we cycled to it in class this morning and I love the Terminator movies.)

Lucullan - [loo-KUHL-uhn] - adjective

Definition: rich; magnificent and luxurious

Usage: I'm still recuperating from the Lucullan feasting of last week. All I can say is I don't want any more turkey for a while.