January 29th, 2007

Steampunk Nayad #1

a meme from medeine







Which Orisha Crowns You?




Oshun - Oshun is the Goddess of Love and the Rivers. She radiates beauty and teaches us how to love and please our bodies. Oshun belonged to no man and believed all was fair in games of love. Oshun is the Goddess of Divination. When you seek guidance through the art of divination call on Oshun."Oshun is brass and parrot feathers in a velvet skin. Oshun is white cowrie shells on black buttocks. Her eyes sparkle in the forest, like sun on the river. She is the wisdom of the forest. She is the wisdom of the river. Where doctors fail, she cures with fresh water. Where medicine fails, she cures with fresh water. She feeds the barren woman with honey, and her dry body swells up like a juicy coconut. Oh, how sweet, how sweet is the touch of a childs hand." -Yoruban chant to Oshun
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2007 Books #7: Your First Novel, by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb

here's where i admit that i'm planning to write a novel. i'm not starting right now, because i'm doing research and making a plan first on this attempt, which will be the first successful attempt, as opposed to the two practice attempts i made before i was ready to do this. got it? okay, then.

i might as well, since i'm making pronouncements, officially declare that i will never finish the first novel i started to write. i will not in any way attempt to improve upon that idea or develop it further; it's over! i have my reasons for putting this statement in writing - mostly, i want to call that project finished as part of my theme for 2007, my "Year of Clearing the Queue."

my second attempt at a novel is still a good idea, btw, and i just *might* start over with the basic premise of it one of these days, but if i do, i'll have to let go of the parts that i wrote before, and think it through as a new thing, from my current perspective.

anyway... the book i just read, Your First Novel, was different than other books on writing that i've read, because the first half was full of useful ideas about writing from a published novelist (laura whitcomb), and the second half was full of *extremely* useful information from a literary agent (ann rittenberg). learning about the agent's role and perspective was revelatory in several ways, from the reasons why agents are important, through the steps a writer should take to produce a professional manuscript, all the way through what happens in each step as a book is being published.
blood sucking fiends

book meme from kitnish (and there will be no more memes here 'til march!)

BOOKWORM:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.


from the 15th annual collection of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, in a story called "Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Cafe":

"I don't even know why you're going through all of this," Tyrone said.
"I want to meet someone normal."
"You mean not like us."