azhure: (me phoenix)

I was tagged by Martin Livings in the seemingly never-ending chain of Next Big Thing meme that’s been doing the rounds of pretty much every online writer in Oz (or so it seems).

1) What is the working title of your next book?

At the moment, I’m reworking Shaede, the first book in the Crossing trilogy.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’m honestly not certain where the original idea came from, I’ve been working in this story universe for so long.  I have a long fascination with the idea of a city built around the worship of art and creativity, a place where being a creative is something almost mystical and to be worshipped.  Old Quarter’s Crossing, the city which is the focus of the trilogy, is such a place.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Once upon a time I would have called it urban fantasy.  But these days, I see UF being applied more and more to what are, in my mind, paranormal romances.  Nothing again PR, but this book isn’t it.  So I’d have to say contemporary fantasy.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I have no idea.  I do spend time working up character sketches, including trying to find photos of people who resemble my characters.  I tend to use stock photos, though, not anyone famous, as sources.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After the unexpected suicide of her boyfriend, Sycamore Brannen takes his ashes back to his home town, Old Quarter’s Crossing, and discovers a place devoted to creation and steeped in magic.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

No agency representation yet, though my plan is to pursue that first, with self-publishing an option to be explored if that doesn’t work out.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Too long.  Also known as, I have no idea.  This is currently something like a fifth draft.

8)8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I have to go with Charles de Lint’s Newford books, in feel only.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I have a wonderful writer’s group and several beta readers who have loved earlier drafts (some have even read more than one draft, the poor things).  I was flailing about working on another novel a few months ago, and my astute critique partner persuaded me to give Shaede another go (as it had previously been trunked).  Not certain if it’s going to end up being publishable, but it’s a good writing lesson at least.  And I get to see how much my writing has improved over the last few years.  I actually came close to agent representation with an earlier draft, and I’m glad that didn’t happen, to be honest.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

The Crossing is a city founded on magic and by magic, though few people who live there are aware of that fact.  When you walk in a dream all your life, you grow accustomed to it, and no longer see it for a dream.  Its only by looking differently that you can see the dream.  I want to make people see the magic in their own lives.

I’m now supposed to tag five people to do the meme, but pretty much everyone I know has already completed it.  I can find two – Pia Ravenari and Sarah Diemer, it’s your turn.

 

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (dreaming tree)

I may be doing a little better today.  I can sit up without feeling like I’m going to keel over, anyway, which is progress.  Dying to do some real exercise, since inactivity is hell on my joints and muscles.

No writing, for obvious reasons.  Instead, have a meme that I’ve been meaning to do for ages (and have put off for fear of showing my ignorance): The SF Mistressworks list:

The list is in order of year of publication.

You know how it works: bold those you’ve read, italicise those you own but have not read. (If you’ve read the entire named series, you can even emboldenize that as well.)

1 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1818)
2 Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915)
3 Orlando, Virginia Woolf (1928)
4 Lest Ye Die, Cicely Hamilton (1928)
5 Swastika Night, Katherine Burdekin (1937)
6 Wrong Side of the Moon, Francis Leslie Ashton (1951)
7 The Sword of Rhiannon, Leigh Brackett (1953)
8 Pilgrimage: The Book of the People, Zenna Henderson (1961)
9 Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Naomi Mitchison (1962)
10 Witch World, Andre Norton (1963)
11 Sunburst, Phyllis Gotlieb (1964)
12 Jirel of Joiry, CL Moore (1969)
13 Heroes and Villains, Angela Carter (1969)
14 Ten Thousand Light Years From Home, James Tiptree Jr (1973)
15 The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin (1974)
16 Walk to the End of the World, Suzy McKee Charnas (1974)
17 The Female Man, Joanna Russ (1975)
18 Missing Man, Katherine MacLean (1975)
19 Arslan, MJ Engh (1976)
20 Floating Worlds, Cecelia Holland (1976)
21 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm (1976)
22 Islands, Marta Randall (1976)
23 Dreamsnake, Vonda N McIntyre (1978)
24 False Dawn, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1978)
25 Shikasta [Canopus in Argos: Archives], Doris Lessing (1979)
26 Kindred, Octavia Butler (1979)
27 Benefits, Zoe Fairbairns (1979)
28 The Snow Queen, Joan D Vinge (1980)
29 The Silent City, Élisabeth Vonarburg (1981)
30 The Silver Metal Lover, Tanith Lee (1981)
31 The Many-Coloured Land [Saga of the Exiles], Julian May (1981)
32 Darkchild [Daughters of the Sunstone], Sydney J van Scyoc (1982)
33 The Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey (1982)
34 Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin (1984)
35 The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1985)
36 Jerusalem Fire, RM Meluch (1985)
37 Children of Anthi, Jay D Blakeney (1985)
38 The Dream Years, Lisa Goldstein (1985)
39 Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind, Sarah Lefanu & Jen Green (1985)
40 Queen of the States, Josephine Saxton (1986)
41 The Wave and the Flame [Lear's Daughters], Marjorie Bradley Kellogg (1986)
42 The Journal of Nicholas the American, Leigh Kennedy (1986)
43 A Door into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski (1986)
44 Angel at Apogee, SN Lewitt (1987)
45 In Conquest Born, CS Friedman (1987)
46 Pennterra, Judith Moffett (1987)
47 Kairos, Gwyneth Jones (1988)
48 Cyteen , CJ Cherryh (1988)
49 Unquenchable Fire, Rachel Pollack (1988)
50 The City, Not Long After, Pat Murphy (1988)
51 The Steerswoman [Steerswoman series], Rosemary Kirstein (1989)
52 The Third Eagle, RA MacAvoy (1989)
53 Grass, Sheri S Tepper (1989)
54 Heritage of Flight, Susan Shwartz (1989)
55 Falcon, Emma Bull (1989)
56 The Archivist, Gill Alderman (1989)
57 Winterlong [Winterlong trilogy], Elizabeth Hand (1990)
58 A Gift Upon the Shore, MK Wren (1990)
59 Red Spider, White Web, Misha (1990)
60 Polar City Blues, Katharine Kerr (1990)
61 Body of Glass (AKA He, She and It), Marge Piercy (1991)
62 Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler (1991)
63 Beggars in Spain [Sleepless trilogy], Nancy Kress (1991)
64 A Woman of the Iron People, Eleanor Arnason (1991)
65 Hermetech, Storm Constantine (1991)
66 China Mountain Zhang, Maureen F McHugh (1992)
67 Fools, Pat Cadigan (1992)
68 Correspondence, Sue Thomas (1992)
69 Lost Futures, Lisa Tuttle (1992)
70 Doomsday Book, Connie Willis (1992)
71 Ammonite, Nicola Griffith (1993)
72 The Holder of the World, Bharati Mukherjee (1993)
73 Queen City Jazz, Kathleen Ann Goonan (1994)
74 Happy Policeman, Patricia Anthony (1994)
75 Shadow Man, Melissa Scott (1995)
76 Legacies, Alison Sinclair (1995)
77 Primary Inversion [Skolian Saga], Catherine Asaro (1995)
78 Alien Influences, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1995)
79 The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (1996)
80 Memory [Vorkosigan series], Lois McMaster Bujold (1996)
81 Remnant Population, Elizabeth Moon (1996)
82 Looking for the Mahdi, N Lee Wood (1996)
83 An Exchange of Hostages [Jurisdiction series], Susan R Matthews (1997)
84 Fool’s War, Sarah Zettel (1997)
85 Black Wine, Candas Jane Dorsey (1997)
86 Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman (1998)
87 Vast, Linda Nagata (1998)
88 Hand of Prophecy, Severna Park (1998)
89 Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson (1998)
90 Dreaming in Smoke, Tricia Sullivan (1999)
91 Ash: A Secret History, Mary Gentle (2000)

Yeah, I haven’t actually read a lot of this list.  Which brings me to the question – what is really worth reading on the list that I haven’t yet?

 

 

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

The first thing that pops into my head is for the latter.  Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series has devolved into…what?  I don’t even know any more.  There’s a lot of aspects of the world of the books that I still enjoy as brain candy, but I honestly think that there’s a limit to how powerful you can make your protagonist before it all starts getting silly.  Not to mention how many weird sexual situations you can force her into ;)

I actually think that a lot of urban fantasy series are heading into this territory.  It becomes all about relationships and love triangles and heroines or heroes who keep on accumulating powers without too much actual character development.  There’s only so much I can read about the same character moaning about the same damn thing before I get fed up.

Series that I wish had gone on longer.  This is actually tougher.  I’d love to say Charles de Lint’s Newford books (even though I think he’s still writing in the series sometimes), but I think that he’s done as much as he can with the setting and characters without dragging it all painfully out.

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

The first thing that pops into my head is for the latter.  Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series has devolved into…what?  I don’t even know any more.  There’s a lot of aspects of the world of the books that I still enjoy as brain candy, but I honestly think that there’s a limit to how powerful you can make your protagonist before it all starts getting silly.  Not to mention how many weird sexual situations you can force her into ;)

I actually think that a lot of urban fantasy series are heading into this territory.  It becomes all about relationships and love triangles and heroines or heroes who keep on accumulating powers without too much actual character development.  There’s only so much I can read about the same character moaning about the same damn thing before I get fed up.

Series that I wish had gone on longer.  This is actually tougher.  I’d love to say Charles de Lint’s Newford books (even though I think he’s still writing in the series sometimes), but I think that he’s done as much as he can with the setting and characters without dragging it all painfully out.

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (Labyrinth Sarah Jareth)
One little compliment can make you feel amazing. So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you how great you are.

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(Cutting out things that I've already answered here)

From [livejournal.com profile] darakat_ewr

2. alice in wonderland

I've always loved the idea of worlds lying beyond this one (which is reflected a lot in my own writing). I think the Alice books were amongst the first exposure that I had to the idea.

3. vampires

I'm not quite so obsessed with vampires as I used to be. Though I still have a fondness, and will probably indulge in writing a vampire book or two at some stage. Weres don't do it for me usually (for all that I'm writing about shapeshifters right now).

5. tuxedo cats

I have always loved tuxedo cats. Getting Jilly was an absolute bonus - I was prepared to get any cat we loved, and it was awesome that she was a fluffy tuxedo :)

from [livejournal.com profile] starla80

1. Gentle

I love the gentleness in nature, especially since it's such a contrast to the violence that she can hold. Look to the sea - gentleness is leashed power. I think there is more that can be accomplished by gentle means than violent.

2. Mystery

My favourite word. There is so much mystery and wonder in this world. In every person, in every moment, there are so many hidden things. I am a seeker, and I will never stop searching for the mysteries.

4. Natural beauty

I'm going to be upfront and state that I am a major fan for cosmetics. I don't like the way I look without makeup, and I don't like my natural hair colour. I fix that using the most natural ways I can find - henna for my hair and mostly mineral makeup. It's much better for me, in every way.

5. Seeker of meaning

I cannot cope with the idea that life has no meaning. It just doesn't make any sense to me for this all to be random. Even if that meaning is the universe finding order. There has to be something, or what's the point?

from [livejournal.com profile] writer_lilies

Biology

The human body has, and always will, fascinate me. I was poring through books on biology before I was ten years old, and always intended on being a medical doctor. It still fascinates me, for all that I'm glad that I don't work in science any more.

Jewelry

I'm a fan of the shinies. Being able to make them is a bonus, for it means that I get stuff cheaply :) I really, really love making random shinies for people - I love making them pieces that sing their spirit, and it makes me smile to see them enjoying them.

Meme time

Feb. 19th, 2009 01:19 pm
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Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.
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1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. And thus the endless cycle of the meme goes on and on and on and on...

moonvoice's questions )

Photo meme

Jan. 11th, 2009 03:37 pm
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My poor camera has been getting neglected, and I just renewed my Flickr account for the year - so, it's meme time!

Ask me to take a photo of anything. Multiple requests are fine, just make them serious ones, please :)
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What fictional character do I remind you of?
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If you could urge, persuade, or ask me to write any particular thing (fiction, mostly), what would it be?

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