Tuesday, 30 November 2010

While I was sleeping

It's been a while since I've been TV shopping. Our last tv was inherited from a friend leaving the country for better/brighter voltage and our second tv was a one ton box. So, it was time... plasma, lcd, led, hd, 3d... what? 3D?? When did this happen? Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago when these were on display at one of those 'Science of the future' exhibs?
Not only is 3D here, but there's a dedicated sky 3D channel. If you can't appreciate my shock, you should know that our household still hadn't taken the step to HD. But this 3D thing? I wanted one!!!

"Certainly not," says hubby. "The kids watch way too much tv as it is. No ways are we all going to be sitting behind glasses in our own little worlds all night long."

No problem. I shoved a pair of 3D glasses on his face and forced him to watch 5 mins of Avatar in 3D

"Oh, okay," he says, "maybe we need to investigate this a little more."

And off we went to the next shop.

"What? Plasma?" gulps the shop assistant. "But what about the burn-in?"

"Burn-in?" I frown suspiciously. "Isn't that, like, last century's problem?"

Apparently not. So we came home with a very ordinary, rather large, HD tv, but listen up 3D tv, I know your're out there, you can't hide from me, one day soon...

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

What am I reading this week

It's gonna be a white run up to Xmas, according to the weather man. Snow predicted this week, which means it's definitely time to cuddle close to the hearth with a good book.

What am I reading this week?

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare
My first venture into steampunk (at least, I think, still not quite sure of all the parameters that define steampunk - I know, and I call myself a writer!) Edited: So, apparently I still haven't read a steampunk. Into chapter 3 and really enjoying the story, but this is paranormal with the same world builing as her immortal instruments series, just different time period. The title made me think steampunk, lol

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Loved the Southern twang in this small town series.

What am I listening to this week?

Burned (House of Night) by P.C. Cast and Kristan Cast
This is my first audio book, loving it and trying to remain disciplined by only listening to it while I jog. The theory is that the deeper I get into the story, the longer I'll stay off the couch and on the road. I'll let you know how that turns out, lol

And also, fellow Carina Press Inez Kelly is throwing a Big Birthday Bash today and giving away a long, long list of books (including a copy of Betrayed) Always nice to go to a party where you're the one walking away with gifts :)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Breaking News

Betrayed is now available in audio and you can listen to a sample at audibles. I love the narration, especially the Scottish brogue of my villian, lol. Unfortunately I could only listen to the sample, as for some weird reason the Carina Press audibles are geo-graphically limited to US right now. This is being looked into, because our titles are available world wide, and hopefully I'll soon be able to download Betrayed and hear what my hero sounds like as well.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Analsysis of a Romantic Superhero

When the November squalls start to blow in, it's time for me to curl up in my armchair with my annual dose of Smallville's latest season on DVD. I admit, I'm a fan, but what really got me thinking this series is what makes a hero and is Clark Kent alias Superman a hero as well as being a superhero. Are the two synonymous or can you have one without the other?

And no, I can't believe I'm actually doing a post on superman, but there you have it! And where am I going with this?

Clark has two well known *weaknesses*, Kryptonite and what is often bandied about as too much compassion for the evil humans/aliens he comes up again and his refusal to take a life. The Kryptonite weakness is great, because no superhero can really be a genuine hero if they're infallible, right? Part of being a hero comes from acting in spite of the risks to yourself.

But what about his no-kill rule? As a romantic, how do I feel when he refuses to avenge his family honour? All in the name of fantasy, of course, in real life I'd be horrified at the notion. But in our fantasy world, don't we want the hero to have enough darkness in his soul in order to avenge things like honour? I think maybe I do. I hate Zod, he's going to destroy the world, and yet in that moment when he bloodied his own hands avenging Clark's family honour, I was more drawn to him than the actual 'hero' of the story. I turned the telly off, disappointed in my fav superhero and feeling he was more coward than hero...

After stewing this over for a few days, though, I realised that Clark could not be the superhero he was if he murdered cold-bloodedly. He could not take vengeance, he could not be touched by that darkness. I relaxed, smiled, and turned the telly on again and went to my happy place.

But this does make me wonder if that's why we don't have many superheros in romance. With all the paranormal fads raging, the superhero hasn't found a place. Is it because a true superhero can never really be a true romantic hero?

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A blast of words

I have only to look at the word counts racked up by people in my various writing groups to know why I don't participate in Nano. I'd be the horse that doesn't make it out the starting box!

On a good day, I'm happy to clock up 1.5k words, most days I'm delighted with 2 pages. I love the idea of completing a first draft in a month, probably because I love editing so much and there'd be so many juicy bits to dig into. Which is the root of my problem.

I can't skip scenes and my story staggers to a halt if there's something in an earlier chapter bothering me. I re-read from the start at least once a week, editing as I go before continuing to the new stuff. And if I'm writing a historical, I take long pauses in between for research. This used to drive me nuts and I tried to wean myself onto better, more productive habits, but I finally realised that creative streams are very much like the proverbial river, you don't get far when swimming against the natural flow.

On the brighter side, once I'm finally done, I really am done and there's not much left to edit--at least until my editor gets hold of it!

Happy Nano to everyone out there, I might not be particpating, but I'm cheering from the sidelines and swallowing down my awe.