I’m doing a Q&A over on Cari Quinn’s blog about Stakes & Stilettos and writing. I’m giving away a copy of S&S to a commenter. Check it out here.
One week until the official release! I’m going to do another Virtual Release Party here on the blog next Tuesday so please swing by for virtual margaritas and virtual chocolate fountains and real prizes.
My goal this week is to do another 50 pages (or more, preferably) on Reign Check. I brainstormed the middle section the other day, having to answer two very specific questions about character motivation, and I’m glad I took the time because I ended up with two lovely plot twists that work into things very nicely. Also, while I find the second book in a series particularly tricky (case in point: Fanged & Fabulous was the hardest book I’ve ever had to write), it’s fun finding the little subconscious “clues” I left myself that I can build on in future books. In the Immortality Bites series, it was a random MacGuffin of a gold chain that comes into major play in the last books (and I thought it was just something I’d never refer to again) and in Demon Princess it’s a bracelet that’s given to the main character by her demon father. Small things that become large plot points. It’s helpful having a wagon to hitch one’s plot onto.
I’m also working on a side project which I really don’t have time for, but the muse disagrees. I had another side project, a women’s fiction, that I should work on, but I’m not as inspired by that at the moment as I am this other thing, so I’m giving it a little attention to see what springs forth.
Some random thoughts on entertainment I’ve viewed lately:
Watchmen — I went into this movie with next to no knowledge about the world or story. I liked it. I bit relentlessly grim and bloody, but it did work. There were some pacing problems I found and I wouldn’t have complained if it had been cut by 30 minutes. 8/10
Forgetting Sarah Marshall — Caught this one on the movie channel. I’ve avoided it like the plague because I was convinced I’d hate it, based on the previews. I didn’t hate it. Actually, I quite loved it and laughed out loud several times. Very clever premise and writing and likable characters. Now I want to see I Love You, Man and I hadn’t planned to see that one, like, ever. 9/10
Supernatural, Ep. 4.16 – “On The Head Of A Pin” — After the slumpiest middle in the show’s history, we’re back to the good angels vs. demons stuff. I could not love Castiel more. After some googling, I’ve found some proof (although not conclusive — it was an interview with the actor portraying Castiel) that the angel’s going to be added to the regular cast in Season 5 which is a very good thing indeed. The only thing better is if they spun him off into his own series. My only problem with this episode and this entire season is the fact that I just don’t buy Dean having been in hell for, what is it? 50 years? And torturing other souls after he was broken. Nah. But I’ll play along. 10/10
America’s Next Top Model — My favorite guilty pleasure. The show is exactly the same, cycle after cycle, and that’s why I like it so. It’s reliably mindless, with some insights on “what it takes to achieve your dreams.” 7/10
Dancing with the Stars — I have no idea why I watch this show. The one thing I admire is the fact that these “stars” take it so damn seriously. Even Steve-O!! Read yesterday that they all get $200K for being on it, even if they’re voted out the first week. 6.5/10
Twilight — I have the DVD in hand, have already watched the bonus 3rd disk. Will watch the movie itself soon, followed by the rest of the bonus bits + the commentary track with the dreary Kristen Stewart and the dreamy Rob Pattinson. Love. This. Movie. Why? I. Do. Not. Know. 100/10