Monday, January 21, 2008

All sorts of fun stuff

Why are you looking at those pictures, you might ask?

Because when I think of Evil Editor, those are what I picture him looking like. Either-or, depending on my mood. Or maybe a combo of the two.

And why am I posting that?

Because The Man himself will be over at The Church Lady's blog this Thursday to promote "Novel Deviations 3", and everyone should stop by! All the cool kids are doing it. And really, what's more fun that hanging out with EE?

Next is that meme everyone's doing. I'm a follower, so...

1. Your genre(s)?
Urban fantasy. Scary things. Crazy things. Sexy things.

2. How many books have you completed?
Oh, boy. Um. Okay. Nine. Nine that have been or will be published. One more I have my fingers crossed on big-time. Plus a few novellas and shorts.

3. How many books are you working on now?
Right now I'm working on a novella I owe EC, plus vaguely plotting a new historical UF series and the next two Unholy Ghosts books (so I have something if there's actually interest from someone in an agenty capacity.) Depending on that I'll know what to start next.

4. Are you a linear or chunk writer?
I am not chunky. I've lost sixteen pounds and I wear size 4 jeans (okay, from Old Navy, so actually they'd be a six anywhere else. Still.)
I write start to finish. I only allow myself to skip if I am absolutely stuck for more than a couple of weeks. It's only happened once.

5. The POV you're most partial to?
Third. I don't like to write in first. I don't read much in first either, although I won't not read a book I'm interested in because of POV. But a book I haven't heard anything about that I pick up in a store...if it's in first, chances are I'll put it back down.

6. The themes that keep cropping up in your books?
*rubs hands together* Oooh, this is fun! Isolation. Loneliness. Depression. Rejection. Emotional damage. Self-hatred. Self-medication. Self-injury. Self-reliance. That love means wanting people to have their independence too. That being happy isn't as important as being strong.
They're fun books. :-)

(Actually I think they are fun, really. They're not as depressing as that makes them seem. It's just that's sort of what I always come back to. I can't write happy people because I don't understand happy people; there's no conflict.)

7. How many days a week do you write?
I try to write every day. Lately I've been on a little break, after doing two books back-to-back while simulatenously doing several novellas and shorts. So I've taken a few weeks off and I'm just about to get back in the saddle.

8. What time of day do you get your best writing done?
Late morning, and at night. Really, I've had to learn to work any time I can because of the kids. I can't always work when I want to or when I feel most productive.

9. Who are your inspirations?
I hate questions like that. It sounds kiss-assy. Pass.

10. Who are your favorite authors to read? (different from mentors)
Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. Stephen King. Herman Wouk. Neil Gaiman. Jeph Loeb. I used to love Elizabeth George but I won't read her books anymore. Same with Patricia Cornwell, although Cornwell didn't betray me like George did. Florence King. Sharon Kay Penman.

BTW, if you head over to my livejournal there's some pictures of me in the next-to-newest entry, portrait attempts for my Juno bio.


Church Lady said...

Oh, these are great!!! Those eyeballs will haunt me tonight though...
LOL!!! Thanks for the post!

Dayna_Hart said...

ok. I am laughing my behind off at : I wear size 4 jeans (okay, from Old Navy, so actually they'd be a six anywhere else. Still.) The short version: my sister was crowing about being a size 4 after her last trip to Old Navy. Then she had the gall to ask me (remember I'm 6.5 mos pregnant?!) if she's too scrawny. Erm. Since I usually weigh 20 pounds more than she does when NOT preggers, wth kinda question was that?!

erm. I just ranted on yer blog.

And Nine books? *shaking head* I'm such a slacker ;)

Robin S. said...

Hey December - no, no, say it ain't so, not the top one, please!!! You're messing with our fantasies there, girl.

But I really like that second one. Especially those little pants.


"I don't understand happy people; there's no conflict."

Hallelujah! If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me why I have to torture my characters, I could make a living off my unpubbeds.

But they not only have to suffer--they have to deal with it badly, in one way or another. The one character I've written with a healthy, well-adjusted perspective about the tragedies that have befallen her is pretty much universally disliked due to her excelling coping skills.

Suffering and angst go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Yum.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go subject someone to "fertility treatments" and ex-spousal abuse, because that's just the kind of girl I am...


That's supposed to be "excellent," not "excelling." Gah. This morning's typos will surely exceed The Great "Gut" When It Should Have Been "Tug" Fiasco of 2007.

Robyn said...

EE as the Sub-Mariner? Love it.

And if you are a size 4 anywhere it's okay for me to offically call you a skinny bitch.

December/Stacia said...

You're welcome, Church Lady! Thanks for letting me play!

Dayna, since she's not my sister I feel comfortable in saying your sister's a bitch. Also, everyone knows Old Navy's jeans run big. Wait until she tries on a pair of size 4s anywhere else. Then laugh behind her back. She deserves it. :-)

And yep, nine. Actually ten if you count my trunk novel (I don't.) It also doesn't count unfinished projects, of which I have a few haunting the hard drive.

See, Robin, I tend to think of EE as probably this sexy geek guy, but it's supposed to be funny, so I did my best. :-)

Lol Kerry I knew what you meant! And yeah, well-adjusted happy people are so blah. As I was saying to my buddy Mark the other day, why can't a character be cool and tough and capable but still have serious issues that can't be resolved in A-Very-Special-Episode fashion?

Hee, Robyn, I have no idea when or where he first mentioned the S-M (and WOW you knew who he was, how cool!!!) but ever since then the two have been linked in the crazy boiling pot of my mind.
I notice EE didn't post that photo, though, on his blog. I guess he didn't like it (and when I say "it", read: me.)

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool meme. I see the evil editor as Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer. Red eyes, black axe, horned helmet.

Robin S. said...

Hi December -

I agree- a sexy geek guy - that's what I think, too.

kirsten saell said...

Actually, I always envisioned him as J. Jonah Jameson with a pipe instead of a cigar and a bad case of "alien hand syndrome". Of course, I find that sexy.

Demon Hunter said...

EE is great! I wonder what he really looks like. I'll go with the first! :*)

Anonymous said...

Whoa. That first one is creepy!

Anonymous said...

EE is definitely a lot of fun, unfortunately I don't have the time I used to have when I visited and posted there often. -V95

Anonymous said...

My dumb-ass finally figured out where the pics were. You look hot -although I liked you better as a red ;~)> -V95

Camille Alexa said...

Hah! Love EE's Poseidon pic.

Soooo, you're one of those anti-1st-person POV types I hear about all the time. Interestingggg...