Wonder Woman. So many reactions to this movie. And for me, the movie itself has not only inspired the Feels, but the reactions to the movie have as well, good and bad.
I see “Yes, and” in the reactions to the Wonder Woman movie like the Bazaar piece, and I find that as inspiring as the movie itself. Because how we talk about issues even in a Wonder Woman movie has implications and impacts that go way beyond this one movie.
I love the Christmas season. But there are only so many good holiday movies. And then you start to get into the less good holiday movies. If you don’t ration properly, you may be watching Earnest Saves Christmas before you know it.
I also am a sucker for romance. Anyone whose read my stories probably picked up on that.
Which brings us to that special class of movie: the Hallmark/ ABC Made for TV Holiday Romance. These have, I’ll admit, become my guilty pleasure over the holidays. And here’s my breakdown of the ones most commonly available.
HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS
Despite the lack of BDSM play, it still had a better story than 50 Shades.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting some info on how to become a novelist. Here’s the first, an infodumpographic and general Q&A on the first step — write a novel.
Why? Well, careful scientific studies have revealed that the number one reason for not having a novel published is, in fact, not finishing a novel. A lot of writers struggle to get past this step, but I hope this information helps.
How big is this mountain I must climb? (How long is a novel?)
Are we there yet? (How long does it take to write a novel?)
How many millions will I make from my books and movie deals?
Seems easy enough, you just … Oooo, cat videos!
Don’t Stop Believin
Is a novel like a long short story?
I finished! Now what?
Here finally is a wrap up of my book tour experience for Finn Fancy Necromancy — the good, the awesome, and some lessons learned — not only to say thank you to everyone who helped or attended, but also to maybe help those who are trying to plan their own book tour. This is way overdue, I know. And I’ll do a separate post about promotion in general.
Randy at Gatsby Books, LA
I figured I’d talk about how I set up the tour, how I promoted it, then share some pics, and a list of the bookstores.
Hey all! I’ll be at Norwescon this weekend, hope to see you there!
Here’s my scheduled events (not including individual workshops):
“Finn Fancy” Fun Time with Randy – Randy will read a bit from his new novel from TOR, titled FINN FANCY NECROMANCY, do a little dance (Q&A), make a little love (PRIZES!), and get down tonight (TREATS!). Finn Fancy is a dark and quirky contemporary fantasy set in Port Townsend, with sasquatch mercenaries, mobster gnomes, and more. Randy might also read something new, demonstrate miraculous powers, or at least juggle. It’s not just a reading, it’s Finn Fancy Fantastic Fun Time!. Rated PG
Panel: Character Arc, Plot Arc, Story
Knowing how your plot and characters change as the tale moves forward helps a writer to craft more powerful stories. What makes a great character arc, and how can you make your character’s internal change more compelling? What makes a great plot arc and how can you intertwine it with your character?
Nina Post (M), Randy Henderson, Craig English, Nancy Kress, Alex C. Renwick, Susan DeFreitas
On July 20th, Clarion West is holding an “Ask Me Anything” online streaming hangout with me, followed by a round robin reading by other authors: https://plus.google.com/events/cbu3p5961d144cric4stpiu07vo
Although only 10 persons can actually actively participate in the hangout, anyone can watch it being streamed. I’ll be taking questions, and you can send them ahead of time to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Questions for Randy Henderson”. Ask me anything about writing, writers of the future, my forthcoming novel or my experience (to date) with getting it published, or anything really. I can answer any question (even if I don’t know the answer).
So it was recently announced that Abigail Gibbs, an 18 year old, has received a six-figure deal for her Vampire romance series Dark Heroine.
Ugh. News like this can certainly be frustrating and demotivating to emerging and even established authors who have worked long and hard on their craft to little or modest success. And between this and 50 Shades, I expect to see a ton of
panels, blog posts, and discussions about whether fan fiction and online serial publishing is the new path to success. However, while there are these anecdotal success stories, I think that working on being a good writer and creating a well-crafted story are still the best way to go. I can’t imagine a young woman will be saving 50 Shades or Dark Heroine on their bookshelf until they are a mother and handing it down to their daughters, or going back and reading that well-worn paperback each year with the feeling of visiting an old friend. And for every one success story like this, there are hundreds of thousands of folks who get nothing but a couple of “ZOMG! kewl storey!” comments. So please, don’t aspire to write the next Dark Heroine. Aspire to be the next Le Guin, Butler, or even Anne Rice. I mean, I enjoy a light read as much as the next person, but I don’t aspire to, or chase after, the lukewarm leftovers of crappy snackfood novels past. And really, I doubt that agents and editors will now be scouring fan sites and online forums for their next big success. They are already overwhelmed sifting through the submissions of authors who have proven themselves serious by submitting a well thought out and correctly formatted query or manuscript. Which is not to say that online serial publishing and other online methods don’t offer the chance to grow as a writer through reader feedback (including the feedback of nobody wanting to read your stuff). But in quality of output, odds of meaningful success, and for the respect of your peers, I think the more traditional paths of the serious writer still win out.
On this day, mine father, who was sent to earth from
- Wow. I had a pocket protector BUILT IN to the shirt. I didn’t have a chance.
his dying planet, did give virgin birth to a lotus flower, which did spring fully formed from his head, and out of which grew the Tree of Life, which was burned to ash, and that ash mixed with the blood of the Titans, and given the breath of life, and then dipped into the waters of Styx by mine mother, and then didst the wizard burn the sigil of Life upon my chest, and thus was I born. That’s my story, which though it grows by a sentence from year to year, I am sticking to it.