Sunday, April 8, 2012

Miscellania and Potentially Useful Links

Text reads, "I stayed up all night playing video games,
and now I've got big ol' bags under my eyes. Don't stay up too late playing this!"
I managed to not check my blog stats all weekend. If you watch my Twitter, you know that's a momentous occasion. You also probably suspect I've been playing Disgaea, and you wouldn't be wrong. This post and some of the responses kept me reading until very late at night, too. Also, Josh and I did some cleaning for the writing group meeting, which we had at our place this time. As you know if you've read far back enough in my archives, I'm not big on prioritizing cleaning over writing. Not that a lot of writing was going on. 

Josh and I have another collaboration post coming up, this one about an aspect of world-building. Other than that, in true pantster fashion, I have no idea what's coming down the pipeline. We'll see what inspires me.

I wanted to share this chart of the most common grammar errors with you. It was shared on Twitter by Steve Umstead. Tweets only last so long, and they're frequently lost in the noise, so I wanted to make you were all able to see it.

Today's writing group was a critique for the one who was just published, and I, the delicate snowflake, may have been the most negative and critical. I ignored my own guidelines for critique. It sounds like it was still a useful critique session; whether in spite of or because of my very vocal contributions, I don't know.

My writing group went from expressing awe at my ability to be pure seat-of-the-pants to nodding knowingly when I confessed that the book I was currently working on waited until about halfway through to solidify into a plot. An awful lot of what I've written for that book is going to be scrapped, because they're irrelevant or they slow down the pacing or because they just don't add anything. Pantstering is not without its drawbacks.

I set a goal to finish this draft of what I'm working on by the next meeting, which is at the end of May. That should be easily doable, but we'll see how well I do at keeping away from my video game addiction.

6 comments:

  1. It was an eye-opening crit, but I shall survive. The edits that darkened my door today, however, make everything said today childsplay.
    *FAINTS*

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    1. Well, it's good to know it wasn't THAT vicious. It wasn't my intent to savage. I just know you can do better than that, now.

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    2. One wonders. LOL Ahhh... the life of a published author. Edits and terror hanging on every word. LOL

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    3. Y'mean it's not all glitz and glamor and ardent fans? Bah.

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  2. The list takes issue with "orientate". Hey, there's "abominate" and "abomination"... Not that I use either word all that much, but sometimes the extra syllable is more mellifluous.

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    1. It also differentiates between curved quotation marks and straight ones, so I'm not taking it too seriously.

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