- Clare Revell
- Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.
Saturday, 26 December 2009
but next yr the tree goes up on the 24th and down on the 26th. it would have come down yesterday morning if i had my way.
changing my name to scrooge and forgetting this stupid time of yr for the rest of my life.
Friday, 18 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
So, he'll play Rob and seriuosly tempted to get her to play Kaylie.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Oh well, pressures good for you, right? And that's a round 2000 a day rather than the odd 1666.
Or something like that.
The pics not perfect but I'm not that good at photoshop and that image was like 5 layers and took me a good 3 hours, so I'm pleased with it. :) Its my book cover, sig on the nano forums and I even added a word count calandar to it for my desktop for Nov.
It's all planned in ywriter, all my scenes and plots points and all i want to do is write. The waiting is killing me lol. As usual I cast my novel so I can picture the MC and FC better.
Wildfire by CL Revell
Starring Brad Johnson (Left Behind, Safe Harbour) as Marc Chambers and Lucy Brown(Primeval) as Debra Turpin. Yes my MC's initials are really MC. Was so tempting to do the same with FC ;-)
"The fire consumed me. That kind of love only happens once. It happened with your mother. She betrayed me and the fire died."
Love happens once in a life time. Once the rainbow has faded it never returns. Marc Chambers, widower, single father, is a man with a secret. A secret he is determined to keep at all costs. When he meets Debra Turpin, it starts a chain of events that lead the both in a direction neither expected or wants.
Just when they reach an understanding, circumstances overwhelm them and tragedy strikes as fire sweeps through the community. Will Marc reach Debra and his daughter in time? Or is he set to lose all he has left?
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Does anyone here use the programme? If so, how do i go about putting everything into one doc at the end so i can upload it and get it verifed at the end of Nov or for any other novel i may end up using it for?
I may well have missed that in the instruction pdf tht came with it...blame my hunk of an MC, who's name really is MC - don't ask.
Is there a way to do it? Or is it good old fashioned copy and paste?
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
the madness starts in November. I am Tels on there if you want to check me out and see how I'm going. Or I may - if I have time to do anything else - update my progress on here.
Monday, 5 October 2009
and what size would i do it? any ideas?
but yeah it's prob way too soon and I'll have 3 no thanks you's arriving in my in box. :)
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
I want to write. I need to write but nothing's happening. I even tried planning using a prompt table from LJ but that didn't help. Though that would be an idea for nano. A 50 prompt table, two characters and 1000 words per prompt or per scene. Hmmm. Okay, that's nano sorted. But doesn't help me right now.
Goes to find a wall to hit her head against.
Monday, 21 September 2009
Anyway... i've made 3/4 of an elf... tho I have run out of stuffing and tbh I think he looks more like a taelon than an elf... see above photo. I have another four cut out.
Had an email today to say my Christmas novel has been assigned to an editor and i should hear within 90 days. That makes it around Christmas lol. Very appropriate.
Guess I should start another or at least plan what I am doing for nano. I want to do a complee rewrite of Dark Orchid. Its more fiction than romance, yet I like it so I don't know. Maybe i keep planning the one i have in mind and write that for nano.
Better go, sounds like dinners boiling over. Already burnt my arm once today. Don't want to burn anything else.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Had a busy weekend, our church holiday. Great fun, didn't stop, didn't write. Trying to go through All I want now before I send it off. Will no doubt get it back with another rejection but can't hurt to try.
My aim is to have enough rejections to paper the living room with ;-)
Kids are back at school. I'm back at work. Nothing much else to report really.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
my christmas story now has a title. I asked on FB for one lol and 'the holly and the kyle' was suggested. So until something else turns up, thats it.
i read a huge book in 2 days so really should do some writing now. Tho sponge bob is singing campfire songs in one ear and the muse is yelling in the other.
This happened once before and this was the result. Though you need to be a fan of Stargate SG1 to fully understand it as its from my fanfic collection.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Also want to do a second draft of sound of his voice then maybe send it to my CP.
and I have sent off my hearts crossing entry. Honestly not expecting to win and I know I'll only hear if I do win, but I had fun writing it and I've done my best and can't do anymore.
It's 10.37 and today so far i have made welsh cakes, scones and melting moments.
yesterday i cleaned the house, changed the beds, defrosted the freezer and cleaned the oven.
and hubby thinks i do nothing all day long.
oh and i also minded the kids. Who go back to school in 15 days. Fifteen verrrrrrrrrryyyyyy lonnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggg days.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
“First, he’s not my young man. He’s some fisherman I’ve spoken to on the radio.”
Angus laughed. “Some fisherman who makes your eyes sparkle and your creamy skin flush each time ye speak tae him. I seen in it my own girls and in my wife.”
“How is Rachel?” Kaylie tried changing the subject. From the position Rob gave her, he was too far out to make port in time.
“She’s fine. Taken the car and the cat and headed twenty miles inland.”
Kaylie did a double take. “Twenty miles inland? It’s a bit of rain.”
“Lassie, lassie, lassie. Dinnae ye hear the weather?”
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Well this is what i did today :) Got really sunburnt building sand castles on the beach. And i mean really sunburnt. When we left home for the 80 mile drive to the coast it was cloudy. We took coats. Didn't need them. I kilted my skirt way above my knees and even my legs burnt!
I should be retyping Sky. A horrid mishap, which i prolly moaned about yesterday means i have to retype all 392 pages. I've managed 52 so far. But then 52 pages in 11 hrs of typing aint bad.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Look - not evey other line - my 70 page short story had 500 of these
Nod - see above!
in order to
see/saw - no no, playing on the see saw in the park is still fine ;-)
Oh so many and so hard to avoid. My hero can no longer run quickly to his car, he has to speed or bolt or zoom. And as for hugging Miss Heroine tightly... ummm he hugs her until she can no longer breathe, faints and has to be revived with some mouth to mouth :D
So i have HC back from my CP and it's good to go. Will sit on it for one more week, give it a final read then send it in. It's a contest entry so won't hear anything until after Christmas, if I hear anything at all.
I spent the last 10 days doing the first draft of a new story. It's a Christmas one. I'm now doing a second draft. It needs a lot more conflict than it has. It's funny though, the bits i'm adding in, fit perfectly with what's there. For example at the start she recognises the colonge he's wearing but can't place it. Now I know why. At the time it was just a random thought she had. Now it has a far more sinister purpose.
It's also written in first person pov. Unlike the other one I'm doing, which is both hero and heroine first pov, this is just the heroine. No terrorists in this one. Yet anyway lol.
In other news. S will soon be on her way back from her deployment. Hubby has most of this week off so we can take the kids out. Of course they want to go to London, and Bournmouth and places that cost a bomb to get to or get in and then want stuff when we get there and we're trying to do this on a shoestring. Counting the days til they go back to school. 23 to be precise. Half way thru the holiday. And I still have Friday's headache.
Back to the new (with the wierdest working title ever of Falling Xmas, why I have no idea it just it) story.
Okay, there's meant to be an edit button on each post but can I find it? Nope. I managed to change the header pic. YAY. and yes this is one I made myself. I was learning how to make a rainbow in photoshop and this was my first attempt. Gonna go fiddle and get rid of the green now. If I can. And try to add that edit button back.
okay, its an invisible edit button. Uh huh. Found it by clicking randomly on the bottom of the entry lol. And yes I found a black layout. :D
And I got the clock back. Not the same one as before, but a clock none the less. :) Yeah I know, little things please little minds.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Honestly don't know why others can manage it and I can't.
oh well. Nearly finished this new short story i started last week.
Friday, 31 July 2009
maybe i just try and work a new layout for this. No idea how to change anything without screwing it up. I'm not clever like that. So maybe we just screw it up and see what happens.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
They were up at 5.30am!!! So much for my quiet time to read and write and think.
Now its 6.39am. And we already have teh disney channel on. Loud. Honestly makes me long for the old days. When tv was only 2 hrs long and we had to make our own entertainment. These kids have 24hr tv, x box, sims on the comp, the internet and spend all day complaining their bored cos I wont'/can't spend out £40 a day on theme parks or train travel to london!
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Take the new one. Working title of Stranger. No I don't know why. It just is. Anyway the hero, who I still haven't decided is Robert Leeshock or Ryan Reynolds, has given me his name, rank and serial number. Literally as it happens. Squadron Leader Jared Jason Hawkins, one of the RAF's finest pilots.
But the heroine? Ummm she can't remember. Actually she can't remember anything, her name, the hero or anything. So she can't tell me a single thing about herself.
Course I could ask Jared, but he's too busy being a flyboy atm.
I have spent 3 hours on the babynames site trying to find her a name. Got it down to two. And if she decides she doesn't like them its Tough. I'll put her back in a coma for antoher 3 weeks and write the story from Jared's pov.
And having found a template I like and uploaded it, I can't have it. Not if I want to keep all the widgets on the left hand side. I don't get it.
oh well. Just have to have the boring template then. Not a custom made one.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
wish i could make my own with nice properly centered header. and background that fits properly and text you can read.
But i really want something differeent from the one i have now or the plain ones blogger offer.
Friday, 3 July 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Its been up in the low 30C's - that's the 90F's - little if no wind, no cloud and the humidity - ugh. Over 70% on a good day.
Add to this a daughter who dislocated her kneecap and is in a cast from top of her thigh to her ankle, a muse who's packed up and gone some place cooler and the fact school doesn't get out for another 3 weeks...
Rhys wants school to close cos its tooooooooo hot. His reasoning being it its too cold they close the school, so they should if its too hot as well.
We went to my sisters on Sat, sat in the garden, got very sunburnt, watched the Hercules coming in to Lyneham.
Am watching the men's tennis. I refuse to watch the women play cos they scream too much. If I can play tennis without doing that so can they.
Monday, 22 June 2009
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds KFC, Subway or Nandos.
Even though all the shops closed at 5.30pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and thenride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built treehouses and dens and played in river beds with Matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,no video/dvd films,no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chatrooms............WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn't have to go to work to help Dad make ends meet!
RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those whodidn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT
Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
On another note, I'm still trying to get HC right. Keep finding typos in it. Still tempted to give up completely.
The computer is being stupid too. Turn it off over night and it can't even find the IDE drives when it boots up. Leave it on and you get the blue screen of death at 4am. I know its 8yrs old, but its XP and I like XP. Don't like vista.
Have vista on the laptop but thats acting up. Some days it finds its internal wireless network card and some days it doesn't.
Guess today I start backing up EVERYTHING. All my photos and so on. Mind you some of them won't be a great loss. hope I have enough room on my USB pens to do this with.
Friday, 12 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Common sense yes? Well, maybe... Mum read HC, I read it, my BF read it, 2 CP's read it - several others still have it and how many picked up on the error in this sentence?
“Did your mother never tell you not to eat with your mouth full?”
what error? Just read it very very carefully.... Yep, that error. See I know what I mean and most people know what I mean so read it as if it said it lol.
and its raining, so mum isn't getting her car back anytime soon. I don't want to have to start walking to and from work in the rain. Its meant to be a really hot summer? We had 4 days and now tis back to the rain again. Still, its made the grass nice and green once more so its not all bad.
personally i'm blaming hubby cos he's finally put the washing line up in the garden. :)
his new jobs going well. he comes in for lunch :) which is cool. And right now wet. :)
I'd like to be able to reconfigure this layout and make up my own. Maybe one day. When I work out the html required.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Saturday, 30 May 2009
oh... how did that happen? Okay who added the lets blow up the place the instant the hero and heorine leave it to the plot? Me thinks a long chat with the muse is called for.
Hubby starts his new job on Monday. Lol, just cos he and i had arranged something for Wed and now we can't do it. Oh well.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Hubby got the job in Winnersh - a 10 minute drive - or if he really wants to spend 3 hrs getting to work he can walk. Slowly. Cos even walking would only take 40 mins.
:) so right now homes a bit high and a bit silly. and writings a bit hard but oh well....
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
its going okay, apart form the fact the mc's changed the plot a few times. I now know the ending - YAY.
Should have enough left to wrap this up before the 25k cut off. Am aiming for around 23k me thinks.
only thing i not worked out is.. does my villian
1. end up in a nice warm jail cell at her majesty's pleasure for eternity
2. end up dying in a hail of bullets
3. concrete boots
right now i veering towards number one, tho 3 might be fun to write. Thing is MMC can't kill him. So either he goes quietly or dies in a shoot out with police.
or.... hmmm maybe that would work... runs off to write it down
Saturday, 23 May 2009
on the writing front, wrote 2533 on HC yesterday. I have the whole thing planned with one excpeption. How to get rid of the bad guy. Feed him to the fishes in the local pond maybe? So far this morning am 730 words into chapter 2. going to aim at a chpater a day, more would be good but i not pushing it as i also wanted to work on S and S which is thinking abotu changing its name to FR lol. We'll see.
Did you guys know that live long and prosper is actually Deut 5v33?
Thursday, 21 May 2009
And just as i got into rewriting sword and shield... along cmes an inspirational romance contest which i just HAVE to do. They provide the synopsis, you fill in the blanks and off you go.
So i have the hero sussed, his name, age, why he lost his faith and his deep dark secret.now for the heroine. All i have is her age lol.then i need where they met, the villans name and i can start writitng :)
has to be 20-24K
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
course i'm getting nothing written with hm around. i've got a couple ideas but even trying to get the bare bones down is hard. wondering if its worth continuing trying to write or do i just give up?
like i gave up trying to code this and come up with my own layout. Wanted to do the same over on lj but can't work it out there either. Still it freed up a bit of space when i deleted all the pics i'd made for it.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
i forgot to note my word count before i started writing. so no idea how much i have done today.
C rang me 3 times at work to ask where her trousers werehow do i know???? i empited the laundry basket yesterday. this morning it was 3/4 full, how do they do it? Not my fault if she decides BOTH pairs need washing on a Thurs night.
i got a headache i can't get rid off too and hubby won't be home for hours. mind you, the day was screwed when i got up at 4am... no take that back. it was screwed last night. hubby got in about 730pm and vanishes upstairs. i go up there to sit with him and he promptly goes out again.
Really am not wanted round here. Gonna go join a convent and become a nun
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
What plays in Vegas is finished. Yay. Total of 49,785 words. Not bad for a first draft. Now to put it aside for a couple weeks and work on my query for Dark Orchid. Maybe...
Thing is I had this idea... the stranger with her face.
Maybe I can do both. Read DO and summarize it a little tonight, while kids around then work on new one while they at schoool tomorrow.
:O Just worked out I wrote 3860 words today!!!
Monday, 4 May 2009
not even a new desktop wallpaper helped. Maybe I just sit and stare at him a bit longer. Or I close this down and go sit by hubby and watch him watching the football...
Thursday, 30 April 2009
I see this has dropped back to not being read again. Oh well. the comments were nice while they lasted. tho i now know no one reads this for me, they came for Rhonda.
What plays in Vegas is almost finished. The sword fight is finally done.
what next? that's the question.
it'll be a toss between two. A rewrite of Maelstrom or Stranger. Both need completely rewriting. the question is which.
sci fi romance involving telepaths and a world of my own making
contemp romance involving a woman with anmesia and her husband who has to woo her all over again.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
I love to do guest blogs, but sometimes it's very tricky to figure out something to write about. I have done several guest spots lately and I was beginning to feel like the well of subject ideas had gone dry, but I logged in while I tried to think of something to write about. That's when I processed the title of this blog.
The world can wait.
Sure, I'd seen the title before, but I hadn't actually ever thought about it before. Today, my caffeine-deprived brain just latched onto that title like a pit bull and wouldn't let go.
As a writer my biggest struggle is with writing. Not the mechanics of it, or revision, or flow, or ideas, characters not any of that. The hardest part for me is actually sitting my butt down in a chair and writing. Just pouring the words out of my brain and onto the page. It seems like it should be the easiest part, but it's just not. At least not for me.
I am a very busy woman with a lot of things on my schedule, so it might seem logical that other commitments are what keep me from writing. They aren't. I am the queen of procrastination, often lack focus and tend to want more from my first drafts then they can reasonably give me. All these things contribute to my issues with actually sitting down and getting it done.
One thing that does get my butt in the chair and keep it there to write is fear. Fear that the world will not wait. Fear that I will die in a car accident and have all the stories still locked in my brain die with me. It's true. Perhaps that says something horrible about my psyche, but it's true.
Only I can tell my stories and time won't stop for me. I'm not exempt from crisis, emergencies, sickness or death. That means when I can find time to write I need to grab it and go with it. I know this. Knowing and doing are two different things, but I'm working on it...
When I do sit down and write, I am generally very happy with what I produce, and I write quickly. The first draft of my new release, Sister Margaret, was written in one sitting.
So the world can wait? In some cases, but for me, fear that it won't is a pretty strong motivating force.
How about you? What motivates you to write? Or if you don't write, what motivates you to get up and do stuff you know needs to be done?
Monday, 20 April 2009
Today I'm putting her under the spotlight and interrogating her, uh asking her questions. Tomorrow I turn the blog over to her completely.
Review of Sister Margaret.
Sister Margaret is a short story about a vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman who are hired by a priestess to take care of an undead pimp. It’s written from the POV of Michael, who has never forgiven himself for abandoning his friend when they were younger. Determined to use this mission to put things right and make it up to her, Michael sets off, only to find things aren’t what they appeared to be.
The book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was fast paced from the start and its twists and turns make for gripping reading. The descriptions meant I had vivid images in my mind throughout the book. At just over 4000 words, Rhonda wastes none of them, throwing you straight into the story and leaving you breathless at the end.
Advertised as a coffee time read, it was something I could read in the brief lull between shouts of “Mummy!” And it’s something I will be reading again.
Thanks for agreeing to this.
CR. First off, could you tell us a little about yourself and how long you've been writing. Do you write everyday? How does each session start? How do you proceed? How, where and why does it end?
RP. Truthfully I'm having a very difficult time with writing these days. I've plenty of excuses but I just sort of lack the discipline to sit down and do it this month. I'm going to blame the fact winter is finally ending…but that's probably not fair LOL
When I am writing it's pretty unexciting. I just do it. Not everyday, except in May and November I don't write on weekends. That's the time I spend with my family and my Warcraft addiction LOL
I generally write Monday to Friday and I just do it. There's no ritual or anything I'm afraid. I just do it.
CR. Where do you get your inspiration from?
RP. All over the place. It's crazy. Sometimes something from a movie will twig something in my brain and then I can feel my sub conscious chewing on it for a while. Eventually it will spit something out, which I'll combine with something else (the person I saw on the bus who I turned into a character, the story starter I have jotted down on a post-it note somewhere) and then something else, and eventually I have a story.
Sister Margaret was inspired by a large number of things. Sin City, a writing exercise on NaNoLJers, my best friend in junior high, one of my old roleplaying characters…the list is extensive.
CR. Sister Margaret is written from the POV of Michael. Was it easy writing it from the male POV or a challenge?
RP. I didn't find it difficult to write from a man's POV at all…hopefully that doesn't mean I didn't do it well LOL
CR. I know you run a webzine. Could you tell us a little about it?
RP. I am the founder and editor of Niteblade Magazine. It's a fantasy and horror magazine that I think rocks…of course, I'm a bit biased J
Every three months we put out an issue with stories, poems and book reviews. There is a free version available online, we've switched from html to a Wordpress layout for now to see how that goes. In addition, people can pick up a .pdf version with no advertising for just a few bucks. The .pdf version is a superior product in regard to layout and appearance but contains the same content.
One thing that I think makes Niteblade stand apart from the crowd is the illustrations. Marge Simon illustrates all the fiction plus the cover for the magazine and her skill and artistic touch have definitely given us a look and a feel that really pops.
We also have author interviews, art showcases, book reviews and news on the Niteblade News blog.
You can find the website at http://www.niteblade.com/
Sorry, I got a bit carried away there, but I love Niteblade.
CR. What do you do in your spare time? (Assuming you have any ;-) )
RP. Mostly I play World of Warcraft LoL I read an awful lot as well, volunteer in an inner city elementary school, am working on a degree of my own, quilt, cross stitch and garden. I like to be busy.
CR. What person or experience inspired you to become a writer?
RP. There are many. Mostly teachers, actually. My teachers all through school were very supportive of my writing. My grade five teacher is the one who set my feet on the writing path when he gave me an exceptionally good mark for a composition I wrote, but others definitely were like bumpers, not letting me stray too far.
CR. When you write do you start with a plot outline, a character sketch, how do you begin? How do you stay on course?
RP. I don't outline or do character sketches. Now and then I will do a character-inspired exercise on NaNoLJers but that is mostly for fun rather than to actually be helpful LOL When I start writing I tend to know the beginning and the ending of a story and the middle is a great big question mark. Once I start writing, however, I find that the story (and characters) take on a life of their own and propel me through the question marks to the other side.
As for staying on course, sometimes the ending is nothing like how I imagined it originally LOL So I don't know that I do stay on course. It always works out though J
CR. What genre would you classify your work as? How do you decide what genre to write in? Is it your favorite?
RP. I don't classify my work…mostly because I can't LOL I write across several genres and so I wouldn't know what title to pick. As for choosing a genre to write…I don't consciously do that. I write whatever I am inspired to write so, at the risk of personifying the story, that is what decides the genre, not me. The story.
If we are talking about Sister Margaret specifically though, I just call it fantasy. I suppose it's a dark fantasy, but I've definitely read darker LOL
My favorite genre to write, however, tends to change. At the time I wrote Sister Margaret and its sequels my favorite genre to write was fantasy. When I wrote my zombie novella Deadmonton, my favorite was horror. My favorite tends to be whatever one I'm working in at the time :-)
CR. What genre would you like to explore that you haven’t tried to write in yet? Will you? What would you never see yourself writing?
RP. I'm intrigued by steampunk but I haven't written anything with that flavor yet…I don't know if I will actually I guess we'll have to wait and see if inspiration for a steampunk flavored story comes to me. The same with science fiction. I'd like to write a time travel novel at some point, and I have a few ideas, but they haven't congealed into anything solid yet. Someday maybe…I hope.
CR. Do you have a favorite author or authors? Do you read a lot? Is there an author whose books you pick up just because they are the author?
RP. I love Peter S. Beagle and Neil Gaiman's work. They have a lyrical feeling to their prose that I envy and admire beyond words. I also love Joe Haldeman, Jim C. Hines, Stephen King's short stuff. Actually, I read a lot of short stories, not just because of Niteblade, but also in my leisure time. There are a HUGE number of very talented writers out there who specialize in short fiction.
I do read a lot. I read an obscene amount really LOL I love reading and I truly believe that to be a good writer you need to do it a lot…so that works well for me ;)
There are several author whose books I buy just because their name is on the cover. Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman, Jim C. Hines, Carrie Jones, S.G. Browne, Patricia Briggs…it's a long list ;)
CR. What are your writing pet peeves, if you have any?
RP. My biggest pet peeve in regard to writing is that I am not consistent. I tend to work in fits and starts, which is not the system I would like to use LOL I can turn out the first drafts of two different novels in six weeks and then not write anything else for six months. I would much rather have a slow and steady approach, but that seems to be beyond my ability. That is irksome.
CR. If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?
RP. Oh man, I don't even know.
If we are talking writing-related wishes I would ask for 1) an awesome agent who loves "Shadows" as much as I do and would love to represent it. 2) enough money to go to five or six conventions a year and 3) the ability to sit down and write everyday unlike how I described in question #11 :-)
CR. If you could go anywhere to tomorrow, where would you go?
RP. Europe or Peru. I lived in England for a little while and I miss it quite a bit, plus I'd like to visit my family there and explore a few other nearby countries. I would also love to go to Peru. I want to hike the Inca trail and go to Machu Picchu. It's on my "to do before I die" list.
I'd also love to visit Sumatra and Java as they are the setting for a novel idea that is simmering in the back of my brain J
CR. If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?
RP. How about that agent from question #12? That would be pretty sweet! :-)
Come back tomorrow when she takes over the blog.
Sister Margaret is available from Eternal Press
Friday, 17 April 2009
kids go back to school on monday, well 2 of the do. Bet i'll write less without the interupptions tho. lol
and i did a random search on facebook for robert leeshock, thinking maybe he had a fanpage or something. Uh no, did find him tho. or someone with the same name who looks just like him. and no i didn't friend him . wouldn't even consider it.
i did email hubby and tell him its poets day so he has to leave early, but i don't suppose it'll work because..."Sceince is not an exact subject. It doesn't finish at 5pm or 430 on a Friday."Wish it did. Hate being a commuting widow. :(
oh and in case you were wondering... Poets Day =
Thursday, 16 April 2009
On the home front we've had 2 storms in 2 days. Oh how we love running round the house at 1am unplugging modems, phone lines, comps and tv's when the storm goes from a mile away to over head with no warning.
i've written so much the last few days. I'm averaging 10 pages a day somehow. Course when it comes to writo de mayo next month, Cade the muse will prob pack his bags and head for the hills lol. Not that I write anything between 6 and 8 in the evenings. Can't think why. Probably something to do with a certain actor on a certain tv show. :)
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
“Why, what have you done?”
She put her hands on her hips and looked him square in the eyes. “Do you insinuate that I should tolerate such diabolical insubordination, from such a mere microscopic specimen of anatomy as yourself whose comprehension cannot even comprehend my meaning? Therefore consider yourself well and truly squashed.”
She laughed at the look of shock on Martin’s face. Then laughed even harder as he spluttered, trying to find a response. “That one always shut Garth up too.”
Saturday, 11 April 2009
noooooooooo. this has been read by the editor sev times and by mum and my CP went thru it sev times and only just sent it back. wheres 23 gone....
read 22 and 24 and it carries on fine. get to the end and... 24, 25
phew. we just had 2 24's....
calms self down. checks again all thru the doc and then attaches it and sends back to TWRP as requested. Now we just sit and wait.
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Rhonda Parrish has just had her novel Sister Margaret published http://www.eternalpress.ca/sistermargaret.html
Michael has always felt bad about the way he treated his friend Charmaine when they were younger, even going so far as to blame himself for her becoming a prostitute. Now she's a priestess to Rakkir, the god of secrets and lies, and he is given a chance to make up for mistakes of the past when she calls him to deal with a problem for her. A vampire problem. But the more involved Michael gets, the more he realizes Charmaine may not be telling him the whole story…and she may have changed even more than he suspected.
I'll keep you posted as to when she'll be guest blogging here
Monday, 6 April 2009
Written one chapter and almost 2500 words so far today. Started writing at 7am and its now 11am. I've been procrastinating for half an hour now, so really that's 2500 words in 2hrs 30 mins. And if i could work out my speed i would, but i'm useless at maths. Sides which i'm getting up everyso often to do laundry, see to kids and ease my banged up knee. So take out half hour for that and you get 2500 words in 2 hours :P
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Well i decided that Ben Browder can be the hero in my latest novel. :) I can just see him with a cane too playing the part of Martin the cop. I know just the person to play Tamlyn opposite him and may post a pic of her too at some point.
I find it easier to cast my novels as i write for some reason.
Back to writing. Tho the rate things are going, if i can't find a site that describes blackjack or roulette in siimple terms i can understand, the novel won't be in Vegas.
Friday, 3 April 2009
not that we've got past Chapter Four lol. I have five and six planned and figured i might just sit here and plan the rest of the novel. Then at least with the kids on school hols now i have some kind of a plan to follow. I don't like writing like that but won't have much of a choice the next couple weeks.
It needs an impartial eye over it really but oh well.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
She found a few typos that i missed and then i found some she missed. She kept correcting my spelling, not realising that color was deliberately spelt that way and not colour. But she liked it :) And yes she's biased but even so! :D
Hopefully i'll get it back from my CP soon then can send it back to TWRP and just cross my fingers again.
Still need a title for the new one. Tempted to cal it 'what plays in vegas' but i dunno. That implies erotic and its far from that. I'm sure one will come to me when i least expect it. like when i'm working at the school, or half way home and have no way of writing it down.
Monday, 30 March 2009
Sunday, 29 March 2009
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours
Saturday, 28 March 2009
what can i say. Tamlyn's a very decisive woman. Spoiled brat, but decisive. It still doesn't have a title. Might have to go consult my lj list and see what ones i have that i've not used yet.
Ugh, i'm covered with hair now. Just cut hubby's hair with the clippers, gave him a grade three, tho i did tell him it was a zero! And think i've got as much on me as he does on his back now. ;-) No point in changeing cos eldest son wants his done when he gets back from his mates house.
problem solved. Sword and Sheild, altho mainly Tom's story has to open with Suzanne. Maybe have a chapter form each POV there. We'llsee.
And the other one stays in Tamlyn's pov the whole chapter. Aside from one little bit of Martin's.
My problem is I write like a movie. Scenes change depending what the audience see. It's a hard habit to kick, but oh well.
http://behindthegardengate.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-makes-it-romance.html is a good one too. I did that with Sky and both Sara and Luke get well over the 1000 mentions they need. Of course, she spends half the time calling him Leftenant, half to annoy him, half to teach him to pronounce words correctly.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
And after today i'm not speaking to my comp anyway. I dragged and dropped the WRONG COPY of Shattered onto the backup drive! I put the PC one onto the USB not the other way wrong.
30 pages gone!
No idea what they said. Can't get them back.
on top of that its the wrong day to try to do anything.
Saturday, 28 February 2009
J got her place at the other school.
I just having a bad day today. My 18ct gold bracelet i had for my 18th bday is irrepairable. The jewller made it into a smaller one to fit my girls but its not the same thing.
I couldn't get the fabric i needed for the doll.
the dragons didn't work so i threw them out.
and to rub it in, if S was serving on a Brit Base I wouldn't have to pay postage on her parcel. But cos she is in the USAF not the RAF I do!
Doesnt' it really matter which miliary it is?
She's still serving her country on active duty.
Thursday, 26 February 2009
in other news hubby starts his new job in 3 weeks. And then i become a commuting widow again. So not looking forward to that but nothing i can do. He needs a job and there just aren't any scientific ones round here.
So i'm trying to change J's school to the one i work in so she can come in with me at 7am, otherwise i have to quit work or she's late for school every day else there's no one in the house.
Yes i know R and C are here but at 14 and 13 they can deal with themselves and not a 9yr old. Dunno i trust them tbh to deal with themselves but what can i do?
not much else has happened.
the novel is still going back and forth. least they havent' said no yet. It's currently with my crit partner. once i get it back i can go thru it then sent it back to my editor.
maybe one day....