Archive | April, 2011

Fave Fic Fridays: Just The Three Of Us by kuntrygal

29 Apr

For my first Fave Fic Friday, I talked about the first fic I read, Only Human by Amythest Jackson.  Last week, it was my current favorite, Eye Candy by Whitlock-Masen.    This week, I’m turning the clock back to my Edward/Jasper beginnings.


Just The Three Of Us
 by kuntrygal was the first Edward/Jasper story I read.  Okay, it’s an Edward/Jasper/Bella threesome fic, but it was the Edward/Jasper part of her summary that intrigued me:

“Jasper and I are kind of together. We don’t show it outside of the privacy of our home.”  I was almost pleading with her to understand.  “Bella love, please.” I said holding a hand out to her. “We do want you…we both want you.”

This story will always have a soft spot in my heart for introducing me to the hotness that is Edward/Jasper.  Cheers, kuntrygal.  Who would have guessed your story would start such an obsession?  😉

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Picspiration: Unseen Scars

25 Apr

LostImmortal makes really great Edward/Jasper manipulated images.  I saw this one and it made me think of my Unseen Scars boys.  Edward is so determined to get Jasper back, and Jasper is so conflicted about what he should do.

Fave Fics Friday: Eye Candy by Whitlock-Masen

22 Apr

For this week’s Fave Fics Friday, I’m going with the story that’s currently rocking my world:  Eye Candy by Whitlock-Masen.  Whitlock-Masen is actually a team of two writers, Naelany and SorceressCirce.  This story is written in daily 100-word drabbles and it’s going for the whole year.  Three hundred sixty-five yummy chapters of candy-making Jasper and his new boyfriend, Edward.  A story written in drabbles is a little different than a standard chapter-story; there’s more left to the imagination.  Still, it’s amazing how much these authors can say in just a few words.  It might sound easy to write drabbles, but it really isn’t!

Eye Candy updates every day, and I’ll be honest:  around 10:30 each morning I start stalking my inbox looking for the update.  If it’s delayed or I don’t get a chance to read it right away, my whole morning feels off.  😉

Goal Reflection, One Week Later

21 Apr

It’s been one week since I started this blog and set the goal to spend at least one hour on my writing five days a week.

How did I do?

Well, I’m not sure, to be honest.  I know I spent more than five hours writing this week, but I don’t know if it was over five days.  And that’s really the key, isn’t it?  To make writing a priority in my life so that I devote time to it five days a week?  Of course I have the standard excuses: “Well, this was Spring Break week so my schedule was out of whack”, “I’ve been unusually tired this week”, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Coming up with excuses is completely counter to my whole reason for setting the goal.  Instead of fitting in my writing each day, I need to plan for it.  Whether it’s at midnight or 10 A.M. — or maybe half an hour at both times — it doesn’t matter.  What matters is scheduling at least five days of writing a week and then doing it.

What I also need to do is track my efforts.  After all, how will I know I’m meeting my goal if I don’t have any record?  Even something as simple as a check mark on the calendar to say “I did my 60 minutes of writing” on this day.

So what have I spent my time on this week?  I began the week plotting Unseen Scars and that led me to really wondering about the antagonist’s  character.  Which led me to thinking about what he’d be doing after the story’s end.  Which led me to planning an epilogue for Unseen Scars.  Which led me to write an outtake for Unseen Scars that filled in some of the time between the last chapter and the epilogue.  Which led me to consider a sequel to Unseen Scars.

Have I mentioned that I haven’t even finished plotting Unseen Scars yet, let alone written a single chapter yet?  And  I’m already thinking about — and writing — outtakes and sequels?

*sigh*

But isn’t it wonderful when things just start to come together?  When the characters just take off on their own?  I now have a much clearer sense as to who this character is, why he acts the way he does, and how he will be defeated.  When that happens, it’s easy to remember that I actually do love to write.

Teaser: Unseen Scars

20 Apr

Here is a teaser for Unseen Scars which also, conveniently, fits the writing prompt at Novel Novice for April-May about dialogue.

This is unbeta’ed and written for a future chapter, so it may change somewhat in the final version.  I tried to focus on making the dialogue sound realistic, give hints to past events, and convey Edward and Jasper’s emotional states without the use of dialogue tags and adverbs.  Critiques?


“That’s just like you, Edward. Waltz into my life, mess it up, and waltz right back out.”

“I’m not leaving for forever. I can’t; I’m too miserable without you.”

“Oh, you’re miserable?  Well, that changes everything – poor Edward Cullen is miserable!”

“Jazz –“

“No, you don’t get to call me that anymore.”  Jasper’s face, tight with anger, relaxed slightly and his shoulders slumped.  “Why’d you have to come back here and fuck things up?  I’m finally at a good place in my life.”

“Bullshit.  You’re not happy.  You can’t honestly tell me you’re happy here with Peter.”

“Yes.  I am.”

“You’re not.”

“And you know me so well, don’t you?  You know everything about my life.  Let me clue you in; you don’t know anything about what I’ve been through.”

“Then tell me!”

“You don’t deserve to know me that way.”

“And Peter does?”

“Peter saved my life.”

“You don’t love him.”

“Yes.  I do.”

“Maybe you’re fooling yourself, maybe you’re fooling him, but you’re not fooling me.  I can see it in your eyes, in every move you make.”

“I’m not the same person I was six years ago.  You don’t know me.”

“I know you in a way no one else does.”

“In a previous life.  It’s over now.  Go – leave again and don’t come back.”

“I do need to go.  But I will be back, and I’ll keep coming back until I know you are truly happy.”

Who’s Excited for Water For Elephants?

18 Apr

I AM! I AM!

And no, it’s not just because the movie stars Robert Pattinson.  Honest!

Yes, it’s true I read the book because of the upcoming movie staring Robert Pattinson.  I’d never heard of the book before the buzz about the movie.  But once I picked up the book, I was so glad that I had.  It’s beautifully written, and it stayed on my mind for several days after I read it.

When I watched the trailers after reading the book, I got goosebumps!  It looks like they’ve done a wonderful job adapting the book.  Of course there will be differences; it’s impossible to replicate a book exactly in a live performance.  There are a few scenes I’m not looking forward to.  If you’ve read the book, I’m sure you know which ones I’m talking about.

Last week, Novel Novice did a feature on Water for Elephants, including ways to use the book in the classroom, a reader’s guide, and exclusive wallpapers.  They are hosting a contest until April 22 — the day of the movie’s release — in which the prize is a copy of the novel.  Go check out their goodies and enter the contest!

Haven’t seen the trailers yet or just want to watch them again?  Cue the goosebumps!

Weak Words, Strong Words

17 Apr

This is definitely one of my biggest problems with my writing, especially the adverbs.  A checklist of things to watch out for is good to have.

12 Weak Words We Can Turn into Strong Ones Weak words have no place in our stories. Removing them or replacing them with stronger words improves our writing. In my last post, I included a list of weasel words that can slip into our writing unnoticed. Those listed can simply be removed without the need for changing the sentence. Following  are 12 weak words or combinations of words that … Read More

via Keli Gwyn, Author

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