Today’s topic is supposed to be a picture of my handwriting. I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to make an entire post out of that, but I’ll give it a shot.
How Can Anyone Read That?
Honestly, I have pretty crappy handwriting. Remember that line in Steel Magnolias where Clairee says to Ouiser, “You have the handwriting of a serial killer”? Well, mine isn’t quite that bad, but it sure isn’t good either!
(By the way, I had no idea that was how they spelled her name until I looked it up on IMDB. I always assumed it was “Weezer”.)
On with the post.
A to Z
The first place somebody might encounter my actual handwriting is in the epilogue of A to Z. That postcard from Ruby? Yep, I wrote that, then scanned it in. The biggest hurdle at the time was figuring out what Coda’s zip code might be. Then we had to figure how to get the Florida postmark on there. I think the art director at Dreamspinner helped me with it, but it was so long ago, I don’t remember who it was.
What’s funny is that if I were writing that book today, I’d probably assume having an image as the epilogue would be too difficult. But since it was only my second book, I was still of the mindset that I was the author and therefore I could do whatever the hell I wanted in it. (Maybe an attitude I should try to reclaim.)
My White Board
I have a magnetic white board over one of the desks in my office. I’ve posted a few random pictures of this over the year, because it usually has a list of potential and/or upcoming projects on it. Here’s how it looked a few years ago:
At the moment, there’s no list of books to be written. But a writing book I read a few months ago suggesting making a list of things you like to read in books, and then a second list of things you don’t like to read in books. It was actually a bit of a challenge for me to list the things I liked to READ, and not the things I liked to WRITE. For example, my first inclination was to put “small-town settings” on the list of things I like, because that’s what I most often write. But then I thought about the books I enjoy reading and realized I hardly ever pick books with small-town settings.
My current list looks like this:
(Note: That bottom item wasn’t written by me. My daughter added that.)
I won’t show the list of things I don’t like, but suffice it to say, it’s mostly covered in the post I did a few days ago on Literary Pet Peeves.
I suck at outlining. I mean, I *really* suck at outlining. It just isn’t my thing, although I still do some version of it with every book, especially as I get into the last half of the book. And of course the more complicated the plot, the more I have to chart things out, although I end up with lots of lists and diagrams and lots of arrows and things crossed off. Here’s part of my “outline” for my dark, kinky, semi-cyberpunk novel, Release:
Conclusion, and a Discount!
So… how’s that for a whole post about my handwriting? Hopefully slightly more interesting than you expected. Since I ended up talking about Release, how about if I give you a discount on it? Go to my Selz store and use discount code P3M8AJNB to get the ebook of Release for $1.49. (Discount expires 9/28/16)