Posted by: Jodi | February 18, 2015

Superheros and Gender Stereotyping

Last week at the “Life, the Universe, and Everything” science fiction and fantasy symposium, I attended a presentation by Andrew Bahlman titled “Superheros and Gender; What it is and why it matters.”  I enjoyed it so much that I would like to share a condensed version of that lecture here that’s only slightly tainted by my own opinions.

If you would like to see the actual presentation, there is a copy of the slide deck here.

It’s pretty clear that men and women are not equals when it comes to comic books. Heck, we can’t even achieve equality in real life, but that’s a topic for another blog.

We start by talking about what feminism really is.  He defines a feminist as someone who acknowledges that there are differences between men and women. Simple as that.

The problems come when men and women get unfair treatment because of their gender. One example of this is the way female cosplayers are treated at conventions. Yes, they are dressed sexy.  Some are wearing very few clothes to accurately represent their character. However, this does not mean they want people to feel free to touch them in inappropriate ways.

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A memorable example is when a cosplayer dressed as Tigress (pictured on the left) had a gentleman slip his hand into her bikini bottoms.  She was horrified and her friend dressed as Catwoman chased him down and beat him with her whip. Some would say that she asked for it, that her manner of dress somehow gave men permission to abuse her.

Wrong. Unwanted touching is never asked for, it is never deserved, and it is completely inexcusable.

The lovely to look at fellow dressed as Leonidas from 300 (who was also nearly naked) did not receive the same treatment. Neither did his friend dressed as Xerxes.

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Comic books are no better.  In general, men are portrayed as powerful, muscular, and dominating.  The women are drawn as sexy, submissive, and helpless. The movie adaptations are no better.  It’s rare for there to be a strong female lead who is not just a sex symbol. The few exceptions are Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, and Black Widow from the Avengers Universe. While they are still sex symbols, at least they have active and vital roles in the story.

This mentality, that women are seen as objects and things to be used, has created a culture where we see increased violence against women. The statistics are mind blowing.  1 in 33 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetimes.  For women it is reported as 1 in 6, although evidence suggests that it might be closer to 1 in 3.

Merchandising hasn’t helped.  In Target there are women’s shirts that say things like “Training to be Batman’s wife” and onsies for girl babies that say “I only date superheros.” Whereas for the men there is the “Superman gets the girl” shirt and “Future Man of Steel” onsie.

Why can’t girls be heros as well? Why are we perpetuating the belief that only men can do heroic things?

Even when a franchise has embraced a strong female character, she rarely gets top billing.  Gamora is often excluded in promo posters and merchandise.

What’s the moral here? If you are a writer of heroic fiction make an effort to change up the stereotypes. Give a girl a strong role.  Don’t use the obvious, overused trope of super dominant male lead with a wimpy female clinging to him. Not a writer? Seek out comics and other entertainment that treats women with respect. Support artists and authors who choose to do so.

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News!

My friend Ginger Mann is doing a series of interviews on her blog called Character Walks where she sits down with characters from different short stories, including mine, and has a conversation with them.  It’s fun to read and a great way to learn more about creating a backstory for your characters. Go check it out!

Character Walks with Ginger Mann

Posted by: Jodi | February 18, 2015

LTUE: The Culture of Immortality

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One of my favorite immortals, Duncan MacLeod from Highlander: the series.

Here for your reading pleasure is another summary of a panel presented at this year’s “Life, the Universe, and Everything” science fiction and fantasy symposium. Today’s post centers around a panel titled “The Culture of Immortality.”  On the panel were Howard Tayler, Track Hickman, Virginia Ellen Baker, and personal friend Paul Genesse.

This topic caught my attention because my own work in progress has a secret society of immortals. Yay!

Here we go!

Who are the the immortals?

Generally speaking, most immortals are beings who cannot die by normal means, sickness, age, etc.  Popular immortals include vampires and elves, but there are others as well. They can be killed by violent means.

What are some of the worldly effects of immortality?

If everyone were immortal there would be an immediate population boom, which explains why most fictional immortals cannot physically have children, or if they can they do so with reluctance. The population boom would bring violence when the food supplies could no longer support the people. Should everyone be immortal, say if medicine advanced to that point, then children would become the privilege of the elite, or those who could afford them.

Why do people like immortals?

Immortals are especially appealing to teenagers because they are becoming aware of their own mortality and it scares them to death. Vampires solve that problem to an extent. However, some vampires, like those created by Ann Rice, endure a torturous life and are miserable.

What are some of the problems that immortals face?

Change is a huge problem. Living a very long time means that there is a long time to become accustomed to one type of living. Innovations and political changes force change, and that change is especially painful for those who have lived in one particular way for so long.

Also, to be immortal there must be some sort of cost, it should never be free. Sometimes that cost is watching everyone you love die, and fearing that finding love again would mean watching them die. Sometimes it is enduring boredom, nothing is ever new or exciting after you’ve tried it several hundred times.

Do immortals become senile?

Good question. If someone lived for a very long time they would have a long chain of memories. They would have time to master many different fields of study. In essence they would all eventually turn into Doctor Who. Having the potential of losing their mind is very real, too many memories, especially painful ones, might trigger forms of mental illness.

There is also the factor of not creating any new memories day in and day out for weeks on end simply because they have done the same thing so many times their brains no longer feel it necessary to record the experience. The brain simply indexes that experience against existing memory.

Are humans meant to be immortal?

Humans are fragile creatures, being forced to live the centuries being forced with loss makes them lose their humanity.  So, the answer is – not really.  There aren’t that many perks to living forever.  After a few hundred years when everything has been done and they have seen too much then suicide would become a viable option.

What about Tolkien’s elves?

Tolkien’s elves lives are long and monotonous. When cool stuff happened, that’s when they woke up and took action. Other than that not much changed. Their architecture doesn’t evolve over the years because they believe they have reached the pinnacle of beauty. Each group of elves have their signature look, but it is a look that they have not changed for millennia.

The reason for this rests with Tolkien himself.  He hated the industrial revolution and did not what to see things change or evolve. The Lord of the Rings is a post apocalyptic society, read the Silmarillion for proof.

Tolkein’s elves are very sad, they have seen so many sad things and have lost so many. They don’t have the capability for dramatic change. There needs to be a cycle of growth and rebirth and death so that there is always something new to learn and master.

Short lives mean more intensity, because there are limits that need to be reached.  It gives more incentive to work towards something. Not having limits mean it always will take longer to accomplish anything. Tolkien’s wizards and elves remark about this when talking about men and hobbits. They admire the trait.

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Serene, majestic, and only slightly boring.

What’s Howard Tayler’s take on immortality?

In Howard’s graphic novels, immortality is a matter of advances in technology where stopping the aging process has become possible. The brain material has been edited to retain meaningful memories.  Technology has also made humans more durable, which is not necessarily for the better. It now becomes important to be able to kill a character in a way that they actually stay dead.

What about Tracy Hickman’s  “Immortals”?

Tracy takes a different, more philosophical approach to immortality where it’s not about physically living forever but being remembered after you die. His story is about a dystopian future where there are disease concentration camps to contain the new violent (and currently fictional) VCID, which stands for virus counter-immune disease. The people living in these camps know that when they die they leave no trace of their existance unless they find a way to preserve their memories.  How do I survive my own death, preserve who I am? Immortality doesn’t have to mean living forever – It can mean leaving a legacy behind.

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Posted by: Jodi | February 11, 2015

Writing Exercise: Active Idea Search

We hear it over and over, editors are searching for unique ideas and stories they haven’t read before. That’s the tough part, because it seems that most all stories have been told already. Or have they?

Finding a new idea is our goal today.  Now when I say new, I don’t mean so bizarre that it’s not writable.  Space squids searching for the holy banana of peace is a new idea, at least I’m pretty sure it is, but is it something you’d want to write about? Or more importantly, read about? Or maybe it is, I won’t judge.  Go for it!

As writers we usually keep our eyes and ears open for little gems we can weave into our stories. Today we are actively seeking ideas.

Writing Exercise: 

1. Arm yourself with your trusty notebook, or whatever you use to capture your writing gems.

2. Select your sources – choose between 3-5 of the following founts of information, or choose your own:

  • Youtube videos
  • Magazine articles
  • People in the supermarket
  • The recommend reads shelf at your local library
  • Audio podcast of a topic you are interested in
  • Your photo albums
  • A movie in your collection
  • The radio
  • Wikipedia random article
  • A favorite website of your choice
  • A phone conversation with a friend
  • Your Facebook news feed -
  • Or Instagram -
  • Or other social media outlet
  • Random word generator, then put the word into Google and select, “I’m Feeling Lucky”
  • A box in your home you haven’t opened in years
  • The back of a drawer you don’t open often

3. With each source spend only 5 minutes.  You want to seek out the tidbits that interest you or catch your attention. It can be some words, or an image, a place, or even a feeling. It doesn’t have to feel like a story or an idea, that will come later.  What’s important is to find different elements that speak to you.

4. Now you have between 3-5 different story elements for when you are looking for something new!

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“The Favorite” by Georgios Lakovidis

Here are mine –

  • Youtube video about not being lazy – Crazy busy people sometimes feel bad about about periods of rest because they feel like they aren’t working hard enough.
  • Facebook – Magical key wrapped in silver wire with jeweled leaves
  • Wikipedia random article- Somondoco, ancient Colombian village where there are emeralds in the nearby mountains
  • Random word “Grandparent”  – Picture of old man who looks like a cobbler, is wearing a floppy pointed hat and red scarf around his neck.  A baby, perhaps one year old sits on his knee, she has curly red hair.
  • Favorite website (failblog:win) –  Robotic pack mule by Boston Dynamics

Stay tuned, next week we will play with our new ideas and create the bones for a new story!

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Posted by: Jodi | February 4, 2015

Genre Talk: What is Space Opera?

I’m ashamed to say that up until a few years ago I honestly believed that Space Opera had everything to do with singing and was some sort of movie length music video set in space.

I was wrong. REALLY WRONG.

Good thing the topic doesn’t come up in conversation very often or I’d be in real trouble. That is unless you hang out with other writers, especially those who work in speculative fiction. Whoops. I guess I was lucky, in the course of all the different writer’s conventions, retreats, and critique meetings, no one brought it up either.

Which is a little strange when you consider the different franchises that have made millions with their space opera titles. Here’s a list:

  • Star Wars
  • Babylon 5
  • Ender’s Game
  • Flash Gordon
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Red Dwarf
  • Farscape
  • Stargate
  • Star Trek
  • Firefly
  • Doctor Who

While this is by no means an exhaustive list,  but you get the idea. These titles are the ones that I have personally experienced. There  are dozens, if not hundreds more.

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So, what does it take to make space opera?

Wikipedia defines space opera this way: “a subgenre of science fiction that often emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, usually involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, weapons, and other technology. The term has no relation to music but is instead a play on the term ‘soap opera’.”

A space opera will have a strong sympathetic protagonist who for the most part is traveling in space. His goal is almost always something noble and romantic, like efforts to save a civilization, save the universe, restore peace between two worlds, return a valuable artifact, or explore strange new worlds. There will always be something big he is fighting against, like an empire, or a space monster, or a massive death-dealing spaceship.  He will have advanced technology and expertise at his disposal, but so will his opposition. In his travels, he will fall in love with someone and have to choose between her or his goal, but usually ends up bringing her along. Sometimes she is in league with the bad guy, sometimes not. In the end he will win, but never in the way he set out to do.

To put things simply: good must conquer evil, it’s gotta be big and epic, lives must be at stake, and don’t forget an unforgettable space battle with explosions!

Want to read more about Space Opera? Check out these resources!

Posted by: Jodi | January 28, 2015

Interview with Scott E. Tarbet

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Welcome Scott E. Tarbet to My Literary Quest! I’m glad to have you here and looking forward to hearing the wit and wisdom you have to share with my readers.  I got to know Scott through the editorial process of The Toll of Another Bell and am thrilled to be part of the anthology with him.

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Here’s the interview:

What was your inspiration for your story “Year of No Foals”?

The heart of the story is at least partly autobiographical, including the family problems. But most especially the fantasies I had about the horse that was the focus of my affections when I was eleven. The metamorphosis in the story is one I dreamed about. Fifty years later that fantasy floated to the top, and became the story you see in Toll Of Another Bell.

You’ve written in several genres including paranormal, steampunk, and fantasy. Which is your favorite and why?

Here’s the part where I confess that I am a total writing junkie, and that I am also seriously ADD. Fortunately I have evolved coping mechanisms for both.

Whichever genre of SpecFic I’m writing in at any given moment is my favorite. And that changes frequently throughout my writing day. My best coping mechanism for my ADD is to change projects, which I do every few hours.

I might write on a Steampunk story and outline a fantasy novel in the morning, edit a paranormal screenplay and draft a techno-thriller novel in the afternoon. If I stall out on one project, I jump to another, and find myself refreshed when I come back. Problems seem to work themselves out best when I’m letting them simmer in the background. It’s the old “watched pot” phenomenon.

One side effect of this coping mechanism is that I wind up putting in long writing days without them seeming burdensome, because I have jumped around during the day. If I put in three hours on four different projects, I’ve put in a twelve hour day. And ultimately that amounts to a lot of words going onto the page in a given day.

What is your personal writing process? How do you turn an idea into a story?

The first dichotomy that comes to mind in response to that question is the old “outliner versus pantser” thing.

For your readers who might not know those two terms, an “outliner” is a writer who outlines their novel/story/screenplay etc, and works out the broad details before starting the actual writing. This can be compared with a sculptor making a wire frame of a figure before putting clay on the frame. Generally, outliners don’t like pantsers because they don’t see how a pantser can have a story that is coherent overall.

A “pantser” is someone who writes by the seat of their pants, who sits down and just lets the words pour out, and sees where the story takes them. Generally, pantsers don’t like outliners because they think that process restricts creativity.

I start out every project as an outliner, working sometimes for months (in one instance, years) to get the story arc, then the characters and their arcs down in outline form before I start to write.

But at the top of every outline I put the paraphrased quote from von Moltke, “No plan survives first contact with the enemy.”

And I live by it. As soon as I start to write things begin to change. Characters become clear, plots twists begin to suggest themselves. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a new twist or situation. When that happens I go back to the outline, make sure I can make all my plot points and character arcs fit, and I proceed. So the outline is every bit as much a living document as the draft itself.

What is your favorite book of all time?

The one I haven’t written yet. Or maybe one that I’m writing right now. I really want to read the rest of two novels that I’ve got half finished.

Seriously, if “favorite” means, “Which book have you re-read the most?” there is a hands-down winner: Ender’s Game and Speaker For the Dead, which I consider a single book. I have re-read them the most, have given away multiple copies, and have recommended them to literal hundreds of people. Particularly young readers.

In so doing I feel a bit like a heroine dealer: the first one is free. I know the user is going to become addicted.

If I, as an author, were ever to write anything approaching EG and SFTD in caliber, I could die happy.

You’ve published several stories and also a novel. Which of all your works is your favorite and why?

Wow.

Let me answer that one this way:

I have three kids. Are you also going to ask me which of them is my favorite?

I pour my all into most everything I write. If I don’t care enough about a piece to do that, it doesn’t get written. So each story winds up with a different little chunk of my heart and/or soul incorporated into it.

My story in Toll of Another Bell, entitled Year of No Foals, is, as I mentioned above, painfully autobiographical and cathartic for me. Of everything I have ever written, it came the hardest. So—at least for right this very minute—it is my all time favorite.

Where can we learn more about your writing and published works?

I have an author blog at http://www.scotttarbet.timp.net. It’s a red-headed stepchild, unfortunately, because the time I would spend blogging about what I had for breakfast I could also be spending writing my next stories. But there are excerpts of all my published work up there, including from pieces that are on my publishers’ schedules to see the light of day. That is where I make announcements about when and where new pieces are going to be published. Like my story, Nautilus Redux, which will be coming out in the next couple of months in Xchyler Publishing’s Mechanized Masterpieces II: A Steampunk Anthology.

MMSA2 is Steampunked versions of classic American Lit, and Nautilus Redux is my take on a synthesis between Moby Dick andTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Are you planning to branch out beyond the SpecFic category?

Thanks for asking! I have submitted an LDS Young Adult project to Deseret Book, entitled Rise of the Stripling Warriors, that I hope they will pick up. My editor at Xchyler Publishing, Penny Freeman, is working on it with me, and says she will publish it if DesBook doesn’t. But we both hope they will, since it is aimed at a demographic outside Xchyler and/or their parent, Hamilton Spring’s, wheelhouses. Cross your fingers for me.

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A huge thanks to Scott for being willing to come and be interviewed here at My Literary Quest. Be sure to check out his blog and also his books.

For more info about Scott’s current works, click on the covers below:

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ScottTarbetScott E Tarbet writes in several genres, sings opera, was married in full Elizabethan regalia, loves Steampunk waltzes, and slow-smokes thousands of pounds of Texas-style barbeque. An avid skier, hiker, golfer, and tandem kayaker, he makes his home in the mountains of Utah. He blogs at http://scotttarbet.timp.net/

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Want to connect?

The Facebook release party for The Toll Of Another Bell is coming up fast.  Join in for the chance to win fun prizes and get to know the authors this Saturday, January 31st. Check out the event page for more details!

Scott and I will be attending the annual “Life, the Universe, and Everything” Writing Conference February 12-14 at the Provo, Utah Marriott Hotel.  Look for the Xcyhler Publishing table and come say hi!

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Posted by: Jodi | January 21, 2015

Whoops!

oops1I was so excited to be working on my next post that I accidently published it instead of saving it. My apologies to those who saw the sneak peek in their email.  Please tune in next week for a totally awesome interview!

Posted by: Jodi | January 21, 2015

Grammarland: Affect, Effect, and Affectation

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Despite the best intentions of english teachers everywhere, affect vs. effect still ends up on almost every single common grammar mistake list out there.  I should know, I mix them up nearly every time.

The fact is, most normal people won’t call you out on this. But if you are reading this blog I have to assume you are indeed a writer and you don’t tend to associate with “normal” people. You let other writers read your work, heaven forbid, and chances are they will rub your face in catch this mistake, if you don’t get it right.  You could even be sending your material into an agent or publisher (gasp!) and your credibility depends on your expert usage of words.

So pay attention! (You can thank me later.)

Effect – Like in ‘special effect’ or ‘sound effect,’ is a thing.  It is a noun and must be used as one. For example: That color has a great effect on people’s moods.  It refers to the change itself (noun) and not the act of changing (verb). The word effect also refers to your personal items, specifically the things you fell you must carry around with you. They are your ‘personal effects.”

Affect – is not a thing. Like ever. It is and will always be a verb. It refers to the act of changing. For example: How is that drug affecting you? If you aren’t sure, swap out ‘affect’ for the word “change” and the sentence should still logically work.

Affectation - a way of acting that is meant to impress but is artificial. I’ve heard it used when people speak in a very deliberate way or with a pretend, more dignified accent. He had the affectation of a man used to speaking at formal gatherings. Affectation is also used to express a display of real or pretend feeling. The actress put on an affectation of calm, despite her frazzled nerves.

Effectation – NOT A WORD – DON’T YOU EVEN DARE.

Ok, I lied a little.  Nothing in the English language is set in stone. There are very few exceptions to these rules.  In rare cases, ‘effect’ can be used as a transitive verb that means to bring about or make happen. Weird, I know. Example: My new girlfriend effected a bizarre need in me to learn how to cook.  Also in super rare cases ‘affect’ can be used as a noun, almost as a swap out for the word ‘influence’.

Just in case you didn’t think I was serious, here is a list of different grammar articles that include ‘affect’ and ‘effect.’

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Note from Jodi: You may have noticed a few changes around the blog.  I’ve removed the insane list of links from the sidebar, updated the About me page, and added a Books page as well.  I’m looking for a different theme as well that has a better sized font for reading. More changes to come, but until then poke around and see what you find!

 

Posted by: Jodi | January 13, 2015

The Anatomy of an Airship

Lately I’ve had a huge interest in steampunk and a huge part of steampunk is airships.  Today we shall learn all about the parts of an airship. It’s been a while since I’ve done a glossary post so here it is!

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Steampunk Airship

First the three classes:

Rigid: This include ships like the Hindenburg and have an internal frame that holds a series of gas-filled bags. They are usually long and bullet shaped, often greater than 360 ft.

Semi-rigid: Instead of an internal frame, a semi-rigid airship uses a long metal keel that runs the length of the inside belly of the envelope.  The Norge Italia is a good example and if you look closely in the picture you can see where the keel is attached to the envelope.

Non-rigid: Now the most common modern airship, this class includes the blimps, like the Goodyear blimp. These are less expensive than the other two classes because of the lack of rigid internal structure in the envelope.

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Rigid: The Hindenburg

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Semi-rigid: The Norge Italia

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Non-rigid: The Goodyear Blimp

Now, what all the little bits do:

Gondola: The structure that holds both passengers and crew below the envelope. Usually the engines are anchored here although it’s not uncommon on rigid and semi-rigid ships for them to be placed further aft to help with balance. On rigid ships, because the gas is contained in smaller bags, the crew can also work and store equipment within the envelope itself.

Engine: Powers the propulsion on the airship, which are usually large propellers on either side of the craft.

Stabilizers: These are the fins that keep the ship from rolling side to side and up and down.

Ballonet: Smaller balloons within the larger envelope that hold air and are used to displace the lifting gas to gain or lose altitude.

Ballonet air valve: Controls intake of air into the ballonet to control altitude.

Air Scoop: Used to fill the ballonets with outside air to adjust altitude.

Nose Cone battens: These are the flexible but sturdy ribs that extend from the front of the the nose cone in a non-rigid airship that prevent the front of the ship from caving in on itself if there is a headwind.

Blimp: Another name for a non-rigid airship

Dirigible: Another name for a rigid airship

Aerostat: Another name for lighter-than-air aircraft

Envelope: The main “balloon” of the airship that holds in the lifting gas.

Lifting gas: Today mainly helium is used, but in earlier years hydrogen was the gas of choice. It is lighter and less expensive.  It’s only drawback is the tendency to explode in the right conditions. Heated air doesn’t have enough lift for these ships, but it works for hot air balloons.

Catenary Curtain: In blimps there are two of these curtains that are sewn into the envelope and then attached to the gondola with suspension cables.  These help support and shape the envelope as well as hold up the gondola.

Zeppelin: A name given to rigid airships after the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin who pioneered their use.

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Additional Resources:

Wikipedia:Airship

How Stuff Works: How Blimps Work

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News!

I have a book release coming up on January 31st! “The Toll of Another Bell” is a fantasy anthology from Xchyler Publishing. You can pre-order a copy on Amazon today. There will also be a release party on Facebook with lots of great prizes. Check out the links for more details!

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Posted by: Jodi | January 7, 2015

Lighting the Fire for the New Year

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It’s a new year and it’s filled with brand new possibilities.  For writers, that might include setting writing goals. I’ve found that writers tend to be incredibly artistic free-souled people. This often results in the complete inability to make realistic goals. Some of the most common writing goals I’ve run across fit into one of the following categories:

1. Daily Time and/or Word Count Goals

These goals are meant to keep momentum on a project and are very helpful, especially when working on longer projects when it’s hard to see the end in sight. There is a huge tendency to set these goals too high.  For perspective, the prolific and popular Stephen King wrote in his writing book that he aims for 2,000 words a day. For a full-time professional writer this is a solid goal. For someone who is writing as a hobby and has other responsibilities that must be attended to first, this is way too high. Back when I was starting out, I tried for 1000 words a day. That was when I only had one kid and he still took naps.  Now I can only hope for any time at all, and I’m happy with what I get.

2. Submission Goals

Submitting to agents and publishers is a terrifying prospect for many writers. It means completing something and being ready to let it go.  My first five submissions were rejections, and honestly I’m better for them. The pieces I was submitting weren’t strong enough or the right fit for where I was submitting. Having a deadline to submit, whether it’s self imposed or not, is great motivation to see a story to completion.

3. Publication Goals

Publication goals are tricky. If you are planning on being published by anyone other than yourself then you will have no control over whether the things you write get published or not. That said, if your goal is to publish then you need to be doing the other two categories of goals as well. You can’t submit what you haven’t written, edited, and polished first.  You can’t get published what you don’t submit.

Whatever you’re goals end up being, here’s to a fabulous new year of creating and getting your words out to the world.

Happy writing!

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What are your writing goals for this year? Share in the comments!

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The Motivation/Burnout Cycle

Self Bribery – The Art of Getting Things Done

Guest Post: The Seven Virtues Every Writer Needs to Succeed

Posted by: Jodi | December 30, 2014

2014 in review

Ahhh, there’s nothing like the smell of prefabricated blog in the morning.  I’ll consider it my little gift from the WordPress helper monkeys straight to you.  Enjoy!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 44,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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