I am admittedly either very good at avoiding writing or very bad at managing my time. I’m not sure which it is, but it’s sort of a personal epiphany to sit here and acknowledge all the things I do other than write when I sit in front of the computer. For example, when I received my reminder that this was my day to blog, I immediately ditched the manuscript and dove into writing here vs. there. Such a lack of willpower! I’m easily led astray these days, and here are a few of the things that occupy my attention:
Supernatural: I’m pretty much an urban fantasy diehard, and some of what I write is pretty graphic in the way of violence. Ironically, I have to watch half of this show through my fingers. But when the eyes are on the screen and the hands over the face, very little writing gets done. Yay, Netflix! NOT HAPPY. I blame Tibby Armstrong.
Merlin: I’m a total BBC-Wales addict thanks to this show. I don’t catch it on regular programming, but I bought the first season on a whim and became addicted within minutes. I absolutely love this show and will watch it over and over and over. So good!
Twitter: It’s nothing for me to fall into Twitter and emerge hours later wondering what happened. I become engrossed in the most ridiculous things, like #Sharknado. W. T. H. My brain automatically assigns hashtags to things now. It’s a real #problem.
Blogging: I love to blog. It’s like chatting, and I’m very proficient at chatting. Sometimes I’ll get a wild hair and have to go write immediately, sharing thoughts and ideas and best practices with my readers and fellow writers. Other times it’s publishing news. And yet others? It’s all about me getting a cat. Capital time suck.
Fotolia: This is my favorite royalty-free photo site. Sometimes, when I’m looking for inspiration for a book or a scene or a setting, I’ll spend an hour or three browsing photos and adding to my collection of MANhandler pics. Hey, somebody has to do it!
And the “more” I reference? That’s the internet in general. I get lost in it, browsing Ebay and CNN and Yahoo. It’s ridiculous! If I’d gain a little more focus and hammer on, I’d get a lot more done. I just don’t think life would be complete without my MANhandler days, though. They keep me sane. 🙂
What are your favorite online haunts? Share and give me other places to frequent. Pretty please?
I’ve never had a writing space. I probably never will. Here’s my bold statement (not meant to offend those who do) just to explain a perspective. To me, the idea of arranging that perfect writing space is a luxury I personally cannot afford.
I plan and plot to maintain a regular writing time in my life. I work full time at a demanding job, am raising a daughter by myself, have social and other professional obligations that require time, should exercise more than I do, have to cart my kid around. I wake up every morning and write and then sneak it in when I can. My house is small so I don’t have any personal space to do this so just plop myself on the couch in the living room and go. If I spent time getting the space perfect, I would lose even more writing time. So I’ve learned to write wherever I can–on the couch, at a desk, on a plane, in the metro, on an iphone, in a dance waiting room. For me, finding time is more important than getting the “write” space.
If you have a different structure, and you have to keep yourself on track, I understand that ritual and artifacts hold great value for getting writing done. And that’s what this is about–what you need to do to get your writing done. So for me, I just write where I am. Have computer, can write.
I love my blog sisters, but the dark heroes topic threw me for a loop. Done well, dark heros are twisted, tortured creatures—not quite villain, nor really quite hero either. I find it hard to get my head and heart around them. My pick really exemplifies that challenge—Jaime Lanister, from George R.R. Martin the Songs of Fire and Ice series. If you haven’t read it, or only read parts (I don’t have HBO so I haven’t seen the series and don’t know how it compares), spoilers coming. After finding this pic, I wish I did have HBO, he’s lovely.
Jaime starts out evil. E.V.I.L. Big time. Let’s face it, when we first meet him, he killed the former king (he’s called Kingslayer) whom he was responsible for guarding, is cuckolding the current king by sleeping with his own sister, Cersei, with whom he has three children in line for the throne and he tries to kill a child who overhears he and Cersei plotting, by pushing him off a tower. Yep, you really have to hate him…at first.
And then one of the greatest soldiers in all of Westeros loses his fighting arm and Jaime Lannister can no longer even pretend to claim to be a hero. Aware finally that he is missing an integral part of himself (ain’t imagery grand), he reluctantly befriends Brienne of Tarth, a female fighter with integrity and honor to spare, and we are brought inside his head to see the humanity he’d been hiding under a rock somewhere. Its still a little dusty and a lot out of practice. His wounds open, his love of and betrayal by his sister a palpable painful thing that’s almost physical in nature. And voila, Jaime moves from villain to dark hero. It’s George Martin’s handling of the complexity of characters that shows how near the edge dark heroes really are. And why they are so fascinating–because they can go either way. No HEA guarantee here. They are not heroes, they don’t always choose good even after we hesitantly start to open our mind to the possibility of liking them.
What makes a good dark hero is how well he handles that edge. Jaime has been on both sides, which makes him hard to love, like we love a hero. But as we get to know him, see the hero he might have truly been had things been different, we can ask ourselves if he may be a hero yet (Dance of Dragons is sitting on my bedside table. If he falls either way, don’t tell me!).
Hello and welcome to Darker Temptations. I’m excited to a part of this fabulous group of writers. I’m Sabrina and today’s give away is a $10.00 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (your choice). Let me introduce myself and then I want to hear about you.
First thing you all need to know about me is that as much as I love to write, I hate to write about myself. So I’ll rely on my virgo practicality and organize.
The Personal Lowdown
I’m a single mother of a nine year old (going on 16) who is the source of my profoundest joy and the greatest exasperation known to man and monster. You may know how that goes. 😉 Exploration is built into my DNA so I tend to be in perpetual motion, having lived in many places—Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Vienna, Austria, Florence, Italy, London, UK to name a few–and visited an awful lot more. That wanderer gene explains my love for books, the paranormal and science fiction—“to go where no one has gone before.” For years of my youth, I wanted to be an astronaut, just to see what’s out there. Stuck on earth, I live out those fantasies by just making it up myself.
I write paranormal, science fiction, romantica and contemporary. My focus is less on genre and more on characters and the best setting for them to struggle and shine. Strong, kick ass women who have as much pain to work through as the damaged hero they love are my passion as a writer and a reader. Life is hard and I like to see people move beyond their own limits. I have found much of my own inspiration to go further and higher from book heroines and heroes. Writing is my way of giving back to something that has been important to me.
Stuff I Like
- Coffee. I can’t seem to get by without it. I tried to give it up, several times, but…
- Movie nights with pizza, popcorn and beer (or wine) and don’t forget the loved ones.
- Sunday night storms when I am all snuggled up inside.
- Walking down the street eating a coffee ice cream in a sugar cone covered with chocolate sprinkles.
- Scrabble, boggle, banagrams (word games, love word games).
- Lord of the Ring Trilogy, Dr. Who. Star Trek, Disc World, True Blood and the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
- To quote Crash Davis in the movie Bull Durham “ long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”
I’d like to know more about you. To win the $10 gift card, let me know one of your favorite things and your email address. The winner will be chosen using random.org random number generator at the end of all the contests on October 15.
For the next two weeks, each blogger will pick a winner. comment each day for a chance to win prizes from each author. Good luck! Winners will be announced on October 15th, so be sure to check back!
Thanks for visiting. I blog on Darker Temptations every other Tuesday and I love to chat. Stop by and see me.
Fires of Justice Releases October 17.