Archive for April, 2013

What? We’re Not Married

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Playlist: Duets

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Bro, Can You Read My Manuscript

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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Oh! The beloved beta read, both giving and receiving, can be brutal. So, here are some things to consider when you’re asking someone to beta for you.

You are asking someone to spend six plus hours on something you know isn’t finished and probably isn’t good yet. Give them some space and time to do the very thing you’ve asked them to do. That said, a reasonable deadline is helpful.

Know your beta readers. What are their strengths as a reader? Do they know your genre? Are they good at grammar, character development or plot? The best beta readers are usually writers. They understand the feedback you want and might be able to give solutions when things aren’t working.

Be clear about the feedback you want. Are you looking for overall story or line edits? They’re different. If one of your characters is cyclist you may have want a beta reader who rides. They can double check details and facts. Setting clear expectations helps everyone.

Are you ready to receive critical feedback and do something with it? If not, then you’re not ready to be beta read. If all you want is warm and fuzzies, then give it to your friends and family to read. There’s nothing wrong with needing a cheerleader. Just know, at some point you are going to need a critical eye besides your own looking at manuscript. Beta reading is about finding out what is and what is not working in your novel.

Beta reading is usually a tit for tat kind of thing. If another writer is beta reading for you chances are they’re going to want one in return. Just know that going in.

Next post, How to Give Good Beta.

 

 

I Have No Survival Instincts

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

I Once Joined a Coven

Monday, April 15th, 2013

I Like Rules

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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For somebody who can’t be bothered with following the rules I have a lot them.  Game of Thrones seems to violate every single rule I have. Thank god, I was born in modern times because there is no way I would have survived.  Here are some of my rules.

- If there is a chance that a baby will be born on fur, I will not watch, read or participate in it.

- Dragons, I don’t do ‘em.

- Little people in crooked crowns, that’s a NO.

- Wine drunk from the skins of animals. Get a glass, hell  I don’t care if you drink it straight
from the bottle.

- Polyamory or swing parties. I’ve never been invited so I’m pretty sure this is a mutual feeling.

- No hot tubs with friends.  This could get creepy fast.

- Mandals – Man Sandals. The only time a mandal is allowed is at the beach or near a large body of
water. Mandals and jeans are a no, cover them toes up.

What are some of your rules?

 

I Love a Good Anti-Boyfriend

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Lena Dunham is amazing. Now that season 2 of HBO’s Girls is over, I feel the void. My voyeuristic need to watch uncomfortable sex, complicated relationships with friends and Adam. Yes, Adam. I am, not so secretly, in love with him. I know, he’s kind of neanderthalish looking. But, there’s just something about him that attracts me. Yes he’s off his rocker. Yes, he’s a bit on the creepy side but he’s also super sexy. He accepts Hannah for who she is. He lets her spin and waits to catch her. And I know that women don’t need catching. But sometimes you can go deeper, crazier, wilder when someone is waiting for you.

I applaud Lena Dunham for writing the perfect anti-boyfriend. That guy your friends will never like, your parents will always hate and deep down you doubt him yourself, but ultimately you can’t resist him. He’s the right one for your own brand of crazy.

 

Make Sure There’s a Picture of Them Smiling

Monday, April 8th, 2013

 

Who Knew? Marge Simpson

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

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Please be warned. You are about to fall down an Internet rabbit hole.

My friend lost her voice for a week. At first I thought this was funny because I stopped texting and only called leaving long rambling messages about nothing on her phone, knowing she wouldn’t pick up. But also knowing that she would listen to the message. I ‘m a good friend that way. After two days of silence. I missed her.

Anyways, when her voice did come back it was hecka sexy. You know that voice, Stevie Nick undertones with a hint a Demi Moore.  Yowza. What I didn’t know is that there are two camps about smokey voices. You either find them sexy or reminiscent of a lady with a tall, blue beehive.  When my friend told me that a disturbing amount of people commented on her Marge Simpson voice with a dirty glint in their eyes I immediately looked up Marge Simpson porn.

Amazing.  I am forever changed and not in a good way.

Go ahead look it up. You know you want to.

Image courtesy of The Telegraph, The Simpsons 20th anniversary: Marge Simpson appears in Playboy article.