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And the award goes to…. July 26, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in award-winning, Princes of Air.
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Someone else. Princes of Air took an honorable mention in the Passionate Plume tonight. Not too shabby for a first novel, I think!

Congratulations on the win to Sophie Oak and her novel Bound: A Faery Story!

My Thotful Spot July 16, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, except-for-when-it-is.
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No, that isn’t a typo. Really. Go read Milne if you don’t believe me.

Today, someone in one of my writing communities asked for pictures of where we work. I have two spots in the house where I will sit and write. One is in the family room, the other is my office.

Here is the family room:

That’s my backyard out there, where squirrels Cassius and Poppin live. The red striped basket and the white thing with the lime green bag in it are both knitting, and the cardboard box is the cat’s house (courtesy of J.)  I actually do get work done here, surprisingly.

Then there is my office.

My desk. Yes, that is a laptop in front of  a desktop monitor. The laptop is my writing weapon of choice. It’s a Windows box, running Libreoffice. The desktop is a Linux machine, running Fedora (yes, that does mean I am bitechtual). That shelf there is full of toys, and the books are references for two of the upcoming WIPs (The Sea Prince and The Navigator).

And I am not ashamed to admit that yes, the purple thing is a Disney bear. First edition, back before they changed it into Duffy.

Close up on some of the toys. You are not seeing things — that is a Yoda Stitch there. The postcard is from Shangri-La, and the button says “I love being a writer. What I hate is the paperwork.” And the pin next to the postcard holds a sign that I may have to give away soon.

(If you can’t read it, it says “Future Award-winning Author At Work”)

 There is also the other side of my office, the sparkly side. This is where I make jewelry. (Before any of the geeky people ask, that IS an Alex Ross SuperGrover poster. I love it!) 

And no tour of my office would be complete without the books. Or at least, some of the books. The two shelves you can’t see are all jewelry related.

So, this is where I work.  Now to get back TO work!

We can haz Squirrels! July 16, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in easily amused writer, wildlife.
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Two of them, to be precise. They come and raid our birdfeeder, which I don’t mind, since it keeps them out of my tomatoes and away from my pineapple.

J has decided that they are both named Poppin Cassius. Because he wants to name them both Poppin, and I think the thin one should be Cassius. The fat one is Poppin. He actually LIVES in our yard. Cassius comes over the wall to have lunch, and he stays only long enough for Poppin to chase him away.

This is Cassius. He has a notched ear.

Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look:
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He thinks too much:

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Such squirrels are dangerous:
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No pics of Poppin yet.

Drop back ten and punt. July 10, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in short story, submission tracking.
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Kidnapped by Pirated was passed over. The editor loved it, but the publisher didn’t think it was a good fit for the anthology.

Back to the drawing board. I’ve already sent it out to another call.

The To-Do List of Silk July 2, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2012 plans, Princes of Air, progress, summer, Ta-da, Tales from the Arena, to-dos.
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I just finished reading that, by the by. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz is the first Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by the Conan Doyle Estate. A very credible job, and I enjoyed  it greatly.

So… it’s been a few months since I last updated the state of the writer. Not much is going on right now — my son is out of school, and my writing time is strictly curtailed. So, for the summer, I’m doing some fun writing (aka Sherlock fanfiction. Bringing that series to a close), and working out the outlines for Tales from the Arena and The Navigator (which I used to call Steam and Screw.)  I’m also planning on finishing From Dusk ’til Dawn, which I might need to break down and outline — a first for me, since I usually don’t outline a short piece.

Off the old list, Oh, Promise Me has found a home. Kidnapped by Pirates may have found a home . So might Sapphires and Gold. Got an agent call for Nomad’s Moon out of nowhere (two YEARS after initial query) but that went nowhere. Still waiting on a publisher who seemed interested in a seven books fantasy series (if they take it, I will be sending a thank you note to George RR Martin.)

And, the big news, Princes of Air was nominated for the Passionate Plume, a RWA award for erotic romance. I can’t be in Anaheim to see the awards ceremony, and I’m up against last year’s winner, so we’ll see what happens on the 26th. But, to celebrate, Circlet has put Princes on sale for the rest of the month — use the coupon code RAVENPRINCE over at Circlet to get a copy for half off.

So, on to the to-dos:

To Revise:

To Write:

  • The Willow Sword
  • From Dusk til Dawn
  • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)

To Outline

  • Tales from the Arena
  • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
  • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
  • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
  • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
  • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
  • Rainbow Wars (YA)
  • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)
  • The Navigator

To Sell

  • Nomad’s Moon
  • Exile’s Moon
  • Sapphires and Gold
  • Kidnapped by Pirates
  • Heart’s Master