Michelle Rowen

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Tuesday rambling

I bought this really cool printer that lets me print wirelessly. It prints great. I love it. But then I realized that I only get 300 pages of black type outputs before I need a new ink cartridge. Since my manuscripts typically run 350 pages, that means it’s costing me upwards of $25 to print one of them out. Grrr. What cost per page is that? That’s 8¢ a page. Boo Lexmark. Boo.

I’ll have to figure out where my nearest Kwik Kopy is.

This morning I finished my Christmas Shopping. Thought I was going to finish early this year. That did not happen. Since I was really immersed in writing LIVING IN EDEN, this month seriously flew by. It was encouraging today when I went to the bookstore (Chapters, to be specific) and the line up was ridiculously long. Yay for book buying!

Today I’m working through the second half of my copy edits for TALL, DARK & FANGSOME. I’m really happy with this book. It’s going to be great to have multiple releases next year. Even though I’ve been working my tail off lately I keep forgetting that I’ve really only had one Rowen release for ’07 and ’08. 2009 will have three books out, four if my Blaze is moved up, plus an anthology. That will be very good. And 2010 is shaping up to have a similar number of releases. We shall see!

Starting tomorrow I’m going to be working on my read-through of EDEN and figuring out all the things that need to be tweaked before it goes to my beta-readers. I know I want it to be funnier. Even though I fight the funny — wanting to be a dark urban fantasy author at heart, you know — I have to accept that teh funny is important to my writing. Angst, sure. there can be the angst. But it needs to be tempered with the funny. And I realize this while I go through FANGSOME. The first draft of this was, um…not very funny. I’ll admit it. I thought I was justified in writing a darker manuscript because Sarah is going through some serious stress. But my editor pointed out that it needed a lighter tone and a main character who didn’t CRY ON EVERY PAGE. Yes, I agreed. It took me a while, but I agreed. And now as I read through it I see how very right she was. The angst tends to play out a bit draggy and preachy while the comic bits are, well, funny and entertaining.


However, I am more inclined to read dark so I guess that’s why I have a dark fiction addiction. But even if I were to write another Michelle Maddox book, I don’t think dark and tragic are my style (well, not on the page. Ha ha). It can be more serious and darker, but I think my writing will always have some comic relief. Life’s depressing enough without writing whiny, crying characters all the time.

Okay, enough dark reading. I’m going to grab a comedy off my TBR shelf later. I think I know the one. I’ve been avoiding reading this particular vampire series since I didn’t want it to influence my own vampire series — even though I have the first four books purchased. But now I can get the chance to read up on some funny vamps. Woot.

4 comments to “Tuesday rambling”

  1. MJ
     · December 23rd, 2008 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Two words:

    Laser. Printer. I got one for $100 last year, and I can print wirelessly. Not sure how, because the dh set it up, but I can print like 4 mss before I need more toner.

  2. Michelle Rowen
     · December 23rd, 2008 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Yeah, but isn’t a laser printer cartridge like $100? There is no easy answer here. *cries*

  3. Marci
     · December 24th, 2008 at 5:42 am · Link

    Laser cartridges are more expensive but they last forever. Usually about 5000 pages. I think they’re well worth it!

  4. Michelle Rowen
     · December 24th, 2008 at 11:24 am · Link

    Okay, I’ve done some research — I’m going to return my inkjet and get a laser printer. Makes way more sense. Thanks for the input!! :)

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