Dude, Where's My Muse?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Moving...

All new blog posts are going to be on the website :)

http://www.lisa-chalmers.com


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Editing

Working on editing/revising one of my manuscripts right now. Taking a break from working on the cover because I can't get the font right. All the fonts I like don't look good or readable as a thumbnail, and the ones that do look okay, I don't like. Hoping I find one somewhere that's readable and I really like.

Taking a workshop on editing this month. We're going through the manuscript looking for words we can cut. I started with 423 'look'. I'm down to 264 at the moment and would like to nudge that number down some more. The only bad thing is some of the words we're looking for (ie could and seem) I can't seem to come up with rewrites for, so the number of them in the manuscript haven't dropped that much yet. I've also read over certain chapters so many times I can quote the dialogue. Not sure if that's a good thing, or not. :o)

I'm still trying to find an old website I had bookmarked. It was geared to writers and had lists of alternate words for things like look, said, etc. Thinking I may have lost it when I put in the new hard drive. Thought I'd printed out the info, but I don't see it in my revisions folder. If you know what I'm talking about and remember the link, please feel free to share! :o)

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy 2012!

I didn't do anything really exciting last night. Felt a little sick, so stayed home and watched some movies. Did a little writing. Was trying to stay up for something, but ended up crashing around 2:30. On the plus side, what I added to the WIP isn't bad and will probably stay in, so that's a good thing.

Taking two workshops this month, one started today, I think the other tomorrow. One's on editing, the other something else. Interesting to see how it matches up to a side project idea I've been thinking about the last while.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Progress

Finally making some good progress this week. Well, month actually. I've added about 30,000 words to the revision of one manuscript (the old original version was pretty short) and if I can get through the really emotional scenes this weekend, I can print it out and spend next week revising on a hard copy. Always fun to see your mistakes glaring up at you in print. :)

I bought the cover image for the story as well tonight. I've spent about a month trying to find an image that fit. I thought I found a few in the last couple weeks, but the hair on the one girl just kept bugging me and there was no way to fix it, so I crossed that one off the list. Then the two premade covers came off the list, one someone else was already using the image in the last while and the other didn't go over so well with a few people I showed it to. Finally last night I stumbled onto the perfect shot, and grabbed it tonight. Once I figure out the lettering issue, it'll be all set to go. Hopefully be able to post it to the website by Christmas.

In other good news, my promo postcards I ordered for myself finally showed up today. Have to say they look awesome. So happy with them. At least they got here before Xmas as I'm sending a couple to my grandma and great aunt and uncle so they can see what the covers look like since they don't have computers. Anxious to hear what they think.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

10 Days...

Well it only took ten days from applying for the Canadian ISBN Service System and getting my username and password sent to me today. Didn't take all that long and I already have three ISBN numbers for what should be my first three titles. I went with ePub versions and am research to see which other formats I need numbers for.

So far November's been a pretty good month, two covers and now my ISBN numbers :) Starting to feel like a real writer lol
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tougher than a synopsis

Coming up with a half decent bio for the author website is tougher than trying to come up with a one page synopsis. The first version I had up was really really short. The current one isn't that much longer, but it does have a few more sentences on it. Still not sure it's the greatest, but it's the best I can come up with right now. Who would have thought writing your own bio would be this hard?
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