Monday, April 14, 2008

Progress Maybe?

After last night's post I felt a little angsty about possibly losing great story ideas because of not having anything handy to record a spark of inspiration. Today, I wandered around Target with a co-worker during our lunch hour and she found something that immediately peaked my interest.

It's a 4x6 index card wheel. It's got a removable bolt in one corner that allows you to reorganize the cards, there are four different colors (four different story ideas? hrmmm) and a neat little elastic to hold it all together in my purse. I rather liked it since spiral bindings always trip up my wrist or make my writing even worse as I try and angle the notebook just right. Trust me, my handwriting is bad enough. I need no additional obstacles to make it worse.

So now I have a new way to manage my story ideas and I'm pretty satisfied with it.

Meanwhile, I'm getting ready to send the first book of the "As The World Dies" trilogy off to be red inked to death (gotta love editing!) and my husband is getting ready to launch the website soon. It feels good to be working together on this project and it means a lot to me that he supports my writing. Horror is not his thing. He likes movies with the horror element, but he's not keen on horror novels. That he has sat down and read three of mine and liked them means a lot to me. He's a sci-fi kinda guy and he has a good idea for a novel we hope to work on together. Sci-fi is my first love and I do hope to write some novels in that genre in the future, but for now I got my zombies and vampires to take care of.

It seems like every day I'm learning something new about the publishing world and I'm so grateful for the Internet. It is such an incredible resource. I'm getting more and more excited about our self-publishing endeavor. Musicians and filmmakers get to enjoy the concept of independent producing, but writer's really don't. I already know I'll get the "oh, but you're not really published" spiel from people, but I'm ready for it. The way I see it, if someone buys my book, likes it, and feels satisfied when they reach the end, my book has merit whether its published my a major book company or me and my husband.

I have to admit, I have not felt this good about anything I've done in a long time. If anything, this will be a fun and exciting experience.

1 comment:

  1. Who doesn't like sci-fi?!

    My first love is also the same. I was raised on Star Trek by my dad (although I don't really like the show so much, myself) so space fiction is in my blood. The first novel I think I read was The Sword in the Stone by T.H.White. It's funny how your first experiences are the most formative, or is it that predilection leads you to make these choices in reading/viewing? Whatever.

    I have a spiral notebook that is a bit too awkward to carry around all the time, so I've lost a few ideas, I fear. I've also managed to save one so unusual, I may never speak of it for fear of someone taking my idea.

    How did you manage with re-writing from moviesonline? I find it such a tedious task to reassemble my story from the site. I hate going over my writing. (I'm extremely self-critical!)

    Also, what is yWriter, where can I get it, and how much does it cost?


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