I posted my thoughts on the first lesson here, hopefully I’ll have something about lesson 2 soon.
I’d like to give you this great post I found that sums up the entire course pretty well. I know some of you have expressed an interest in my experience, so think of this as a bonus:
Review of a (Writing Tool That Has Changed My Life) by Rachel Stephen
Well it’s been a week since I started Holly Lisle’s – How to revise your novel course and the first week does not disappoint.
The lesson warns that it will be the hardest and most work intensive. I now believe it.
I’ve barely made a dent in it.
There was one interesting thing (it wasn’t the only interesting thing, but it’s the one that I’m writing about today.) I did this weekend, I signed up for an online writing course.
This isn’t strictly about writing or anything. The long Easter weekend was a bust in almost every way. My daughter went into it sick, I fell to it on friday and my hardy wife followed suit on Saturday.
We ended up postponing Anna’s 1st birthday party til next weekend and locking the doors in miserable isolation.
As children tend to do, my daughter recovered before her parents. We are still pretty miserable this morning. I’m fever-free, which is a plus but my poor wife has an ear infection, a lost voice and is still going into work.
Sadly, while I did write almost 2000 words this weekend, they weren’t particularily good words, nor were they words I could count on any of my official projects.
On the plus side, I got a lot of reading done and did something else (that I will post about later today)
Time to get back on track this week! My goal is to get at least another installment of The Expensive Universal Instrument in by the end of the week.
I’ve created a twitter account in relation to The Basement Office.
Follow me on twitter at: @Frank_Cote
Feel free to say hi!
Well the pumpkin was sick, but is quickly recovering as children often do. The parents however are floored.
One advantage is that I’m getting an awful lot of reading done.
The weekend wasn’t great but it won’t be a waste.
I’m finishing up “The Kingkiller Chronicles Day two: The Wise Man’s Fear” and making a dent in “Playing for Keeps”
What are you folks out there reading this weekend? I can always use some suggestions!
I was recently referred to Nathan Brandford’s great blog by the I Should Be Writing podcast and this gem caught my eye because of the subject matter in this post.
One of my biggest pet peeves about e-books is the price. I’ve always cringed at paying the same price (or worse, MORE) than the physical book. I’ve never understood why this is and frankly, I’ve always suspected that publishers are pricing e-books this way to protect their physical media markets and making the same mistakes that the music industry has been doing online for a decade now.
Nathan’s post gives a ‘behind the scenes’ look at e-book pricing that really clears things up for me. I’m still not happy about it, but I understand a lot better what’s going on now.
I still don’t like it, but for different reasons than a nebulous conspiracy theory…although I really like a good conspiracy theory.
I urge you to go over and read “Why some e-books cost more than the hardcover” over at Nathan Brandsford’s blog!
And while you’re there, check out “Social Media, there’s no such thing as too early” which is giving wannabe writers like me a reason to blog!
When lying awake at 2am, it was a bad idea to think that reading a good book would help me sleep.
It’s almost four and I see that now.
It’s going to be a very long day.
The WordPress dashboard has neat little utilities for site traffic statistics. One such utility which amuses me shows the google search terms that have lead people to this site (and hopefully those people enjoy it and come back for more).
Today’s top search is currently listed as this:
“my basement office, would you like me to use the handcuffs on you wink”
It was worth a giggle.
“Kenneth” is the working title to my latest short story (the project I submitted yesterday). I spent so much time in the last month thinking about it, writing it, re-writing it that it’s hard to let go.
Seems like a great time to write about the lessons learned. An experienced writer might find these incredibly obvious, and frankly they are, but there’s something about actually making mistakes and learning from them that hammers the point home in a way that reading will never do.
I’m expecting other would be writers will read this and also fail to learn, make the same mistakes and go “Ah! Now I know” as well.
It’s the cycle of life.