August is RAM. I bet you didn’t know that. I didn’t know that. But luckily I have romance novels set as a key term in my Google News feed and ~ voilà ~ an article materialized to inform me of such.
I enjoyed reading what the various authors in the linked article had to say about the genre, about the joy of the happy ending, and especially how predictability is not a bug but a feature. Sarah MacLean noted that the genre is evolving to highlight not only the empowerment of women in general but also has given prominence to the “non-standard” heroine. Yes, we can have overweight women finding their soul mates now, along with older women, disabled women, women of color, on and on. Gone are the days when only “perfect” 19 year old white girls were allowed to find true love.
But romance novels are still scorned by many in a way that other genre novels are not. Sure, there are a lot of crappy romances out there. There are also a lot of crappy science fiction stories, crappy murder mysteries, etc. It does take some effort to find a good romance, since the market is flooded with them, but the same holds true for the other genres as well. This is where the library comes in handy, so you don’t waste $8 on impulse, and/or exchanging paperbacks with friends.
SSC: I have been on a break from romance novels for most of this year, but I’m sure I’ll go back eventually. I always do.
SSC2: I may do NaNoWriMo in October (would end my count on 10/30 to be fair)!
Some of you are probably going huh, wut, November? It’s the middle of the summer!
But a few of you will know exactly what I’m talking about.
November is coming.
And I’ve spent couple years faffing about writing poetry, NTTAWWT. Poetry is nice and all. Sometimes you just need to write poetry for a while… well, I do anyway. But then you get tired of creating adorable appetizers and delectable desserts and you want to make the main course again… you need to tell a story.
At some point in the near future, I’ll be organizing the poetry I wrote over the past few years, together with some relevant material from the distant past, into a new themed e-book available for purchase. I may also have one or more of my works narrated into an audio book and see how that goes. Dunno if I’ll do that with a poetry book or one of the romance novels; need to look into the whole dealio first, but it seems like a neat idea.
Aside from all that, however, the story drum is beginning to beat, faintly now, but slowly and steadily growing louder. Tell a story, beginning to end. So, savor my whimsical poasts and musings on social media for the moment. Soon it’ll be time to get serious again.
November is coming.
The Daily Prompt: Savor
No, this isn’t about you.
This is about Britain’s annual Literary Review award ~ and this year’s honor goes to Manil Suri for his scene in The City of Devi.
Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.
It sounds pretty painful, especially the shoal-diving. But it’s hard to write a good sex scene… they all start sounding the same after a while. In my latest novel (from NaNo and not a romance per se), I did a fade to black. YES, I CONFESS. I did the fade. But it’s better than summoning a team of statisticians to help out, I’m pretty sure.
Apparently this consmasheration of holidays won’t occur again for 70,000+ years, so if you’re gonna try that pumpkin latke recipe you’d better do it now.
For all my peeps who are feverishly churning out words during these last few days of NaNoWriMo, I wish you good luck. I’m no longer attempting to get to the 50K mark, but I am pleased with the progress I’ve made this month and plan to finish this novel. I received very positive feedback on the first chapter at my writing group last week.
It’s been a tough couple of months for me, but things are looking up. I hope all my peeps have something to be thankful for as well.
I’m having a hard time killing off my casual acquaintances.
So I’ve begun editing two WIPs, neither of which are this year’s Nano project, but both of which are much further along toward an ending, or so it seems at this point anyway.
First WIP was intended to be a 100K contemporary romance novel, way back when I had the insane idea there was a possibility I could see a book of mine in actual physical print. Oh, the LOL. Right now the thing is at 61K and the plot is pile of hissing snakes. However! Now that I’m only writing for e-pub, the entire novel should be around 55K total, so I can pull half the snakes out and ~then a miracle occurs~ the rest of the snakes will then magically morph into a perfectly plotted wonderful romance novel.
But which snakes? Right. It’s not like they’re all so great. Not saying that. But they’re pretty freaking tangled up. Saying this.
Other WIP is finished and the right wordcount. It just kind of, well, sucks. I’ve had some feedback that the male protag isn’t developed enough as a character. Men have characters? What? Isn’t it enough that he has…
OK. ~eyeroll~ Gonna go program some feelings and an arc or whatever for this dude.
Wish me luck! 🙂
***** CAUTION: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!! *****
I loved this movie; however, I stand by my general dislike for the awkward present tense start (books or films) that falls away into massive backstory with voiceover. Yes, I’m sure there are exceptions … this wasn’t one of them. Even so, I highly recommend this movie.
Reese Witherspoon rocked as Marlena, the trapped wife. I’ve liked every movie I’ve seen with her (not that I’m claiming to have seen all). She was most excellent in Walk the Line and just as good here.
This is the first time I’ve seen Robert Pattinson (gasp!). Didn’t know him from Adam and thought he did a fine job as Jacob, the romantic lead. My daughter suffered from a problem identifying him with some popular vampire thingie, but I don’t know what that is, so no problem here. 🙂
And I adored Christopher Walz as August, the (mostly) evil husband/circus owner. I knew him from somewhere and stayed until his name rolled in the credits … then I was like, OMG, the Nazi! And my daughter shouted, “Inglorious Basterds!” Yep. He is just awesome. I see on IMDB that they first cast Sean Penn. I can’t even imagine. Walz was scary perfection as August.
Also, I see on IMDB that Sara Gruen wrote Water for Elephants as part of NaNoWriMo … wow! Pretty inspiring, I must say. November will be here before we know it. 🙂
I tried to Google if “red-lighting” is a real expression for throwing people off a train, or getting fired abruptly, but gave up.
From what I’ve read about circuses, there was nothing unusual about the way the Benzini animals were treated (fictionally) in the film, and this was always why I never went to circuses or took my kids to any. Not sure if things really have changed much. How do you motivate an elephant into performing stupid tricks?