Monthly Archives: February 2011

Victory Vaughn in the City of Heroes

Reader and friend Carlos Thomas has created an avatar based on Vicky for the online 3D game City of Heroes. In the game, Vicky has shapeshifting powers, just as she does in my series, which is why Carlos thought of basing an avatar on the character.

Here are some screenshots of Vicky in action. I love the longsword, which is perfect for the Sword of St. Michael, and Vicky-as-panther is pure awesomeness. I hope she’s kicking ass for him in the game!

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And now for something completely different

It’s Friday, it’s snowing like crazy, and I’ll probably be spending a good part of the afternoon shoveling off the sidewalk. So instead of deep thoughts, here’s a silly Monty Python video.  Enjoy!


Thankful Thursday

I came across a new meme on writer A.E. Rought’s blog today: Thankful for Thursday. The idea is simple—take a few minutes to list things you’re thankful for. It’s a wonderful exercise because changing your perspective on an issue can often turn things around. The more you find to feel good about, the better you feel. It sounds obvious when I put it that way, but I’m always surprised how easy it is to sink into complaining and focusing on the negative. And, honestly, how does your life look when you view it through that lens?

Lately, I’ve been focused too much on the negative stuff, even though I know I’ve got lots of wonderful things happening in my life. So I’m going to jump in on the Thankful Thursday meme and pay more attention to some of those wonderful things. Here’s my list:

  • I’m thankful for three months’ worth of work at good pay on a new freelance project.
  • I’m thankful for an insightful, encouraging editorial letter that “gets” my WIP and has me excited about revising.
  • I’m thankful I get to work at home, on my own schedule.
  • I’m thankful for new opportunities and ideas.
  • I’m thankful for an impending visit from someone special (it’s a surprise for someone else, so I can’t say who’s visiting 😉 ).
  • I’m thankful for my husband. ‘Nuff said.

That’s enough for now. I think I’ll keep doing this on Thursdays. Maybe next week it’ll be an essay instead of a list, but today this was good for me to do. What are you thankful for today? Or how can you take something that’s been bugging you and turn it inside out to see the gleam of that silver lining?

By the way, this meme was started by the bloggers at Oasis for YA, which is a great source of information and inspiration for YA writers.


Plot holes and other things

No, I haven’t fallen into a plot hole and disappeared (in case you’ve been wondering), although I did fill in quite a few before I met my deadline last week. Now I’m waiting to see how many new ones my editor finds in the manuscript. Plot holes are the subject of this week’s post at Dark Central Station.

There’s also an interview with me up at Larissa’s Bookish Life, where I’m giving away a signed copy of Hellforged, open internationally.

And Bloodstone has a release date! It’ll be out on September 27, 2011—that’s three months earlier than originally scheduled, folks! You can even preorder your copy now at Amazon.


Updates

As I zero in on finishing revisions to Bloodstone (this round of revisions, anyway), here are some other things that are going on:

My post today at Dark Central Station is about (what else?) deadlines. I share a fun stop-motion animation video, made with Post-It Notes, about the topic.

Hellforged is the topic of this week’s book chat at Bitten by Books. Please stop by and share your thoughts with other readers. I’m working today, but I’ll be there later in the week.

On Sunday, I’ll be doing a reading and signing at Flights of Fantasy Books and Games in Albany, NY. Also attending will be Shannon Delany, author of the awesome YA fantasy series 13 to Life. We’ll be there on February 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information about this event is here.

 


Still deep in the writing cave

I’ve been polishing up Bloodstone (haha), which is due next week. I’ve been lucky that my work schedule has allowed me the time to get totally immersed in the novel. I live, eat, breathe, and sleep my story. And today I’ve also blogged about what that’s like at Dark Central Station.

Back to the cave. I promise I’ll emerge before spring! 🙂


Tina sets the norms straight

Tina, Vicky’s teenage zombie sidekick, blasts away at the top four myths about zombies at Falcata Times today. She’s got some strong opinions on the subject, and she’s in a feisty mood. Stop by to see how your ideas about zombies measure up.


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