naomi_jay: (Default)
26. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

This is a pretty simple one to answer. My artistic skillz are limited to stickmen and sheep. Luckily, I have some very artistic friends who have drawn pictures of my characters for me. [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory  drew me a gorgeous pencil picture of Scarlett and Ash many years ago, which I still keep framed in my bedroom. She's also drawn Christian and Isaac and Blade's theoretical son.

[livejournal.com profile] dwg  was kind enough to draw me an awesome picture of Ayla and Shannon for my birthday this year (as well as write me a cool little fanfic to go with it, and I'm sure she won't mind me posting said picture here, so:


 
Pretty! And so much better than my stickman efforts.

Questions under the cut )
naomi_jay: (halo girl)
 ... It's to know when I'm beaten. And as far as BAD DOGS goes, I'm beaten. I thought I'd figured out my problems with this book, but it turns out I haven't. Simply put, my heart is just not in it. So I'm scrapping it completely and moving onto the idea my heart is in. The plot I was originally saving for a potential fourth book in the Urban Wolf series will now be book two. BAD DOGS is dead, and BLOOD HUNT lives in it's place. Ta da!



 
1791 / 70000 words. 3% done!

I'm annoyed at how much time I've wasted, and I hope that I will be able to write BAD DOGS eventually, because there are elements to the plot I love. But right now I just can't do it. I don't know why and I don't want to waste more time examining the matter. Luckily for me, writing BLOOD HUNT now instead of later in the series won't affect any of the overarcing plots, and writing BAD DOGS later won't either. So Ayla and Shannon are going to Paris and I get to write about sewer monsters (OR ARE THEY???) instead of court cases, which frankly appeals to me a lot more right now.

On the plus side, I wrapped up all the loose ends with Demonised, and it's now out on submission. So that's at least one thing achieved this weekend. And my boss is back at work tomorrow so I can beg her for some time off asap before I go stark raving mad.
naomi_jay: (ash)
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?

The lazy answer is, I really don't know. I have so many ideas dancing around my head, half-finished on my laptop, languishing all over the place, in fact, that the best answer I can give is "probably too many."

I don't have any gender preferences. The majority of my stories feature female protagonists, but there's no real bias in terms of how many of each I have, as far as I can tell. That said, if you asked me to pick my favourite characters from different stories, I think the men would win out... Ash from the Scarlett university, and Nicomedes and Ethan from AFTERLIFE definitely win there. But in the Urban Wolf novels, the ladies win the day - Ayla and Shannon are my favourites from that series. Hmm, this probably proves nothing...

Full list of questions behind the cut )
naomi_jay: (wolves in snow)
I am all about the werewolves right now. Moreso than usual. For one thing, the remake of The Wolfman is out next month and I am excited. The original version of the film either created or cemented most of the werewolf folklore that's commonplace nowadays - silver, pentagrams, wolfsbane, etc. It was also a pivotal film in terms of estabilishing the werewolf as a victim of his condition, opposing the vampire's more predatory aspect. Lon Chaney Jnr made Lawrence Talbot a sympathetic, tortured soul, a slave to his curse, and this is the image that has largely dominated werewolves in the media since. Particularly when they're up against vampires - they're frequently placed lower on the supernatural ladder, with vampires as the all-powerful chessmasters.

Anyway, before I go off on a rant, to summarise: I can't wait to see The Wolfman.

Also, I'm still hacking away at Wild, my own tale of werewolves and their hilarious hi-jinks drug addictions. I cut out 2k during my lunch break *quivers* I'll be cutting out more tonight as I need to get rid of huge swathes of writing that have become irrelevant since Lizzie's family are no longer such a big part of the plot. My outake file is now well over 20k long, lol.

And in yet more werewolfy news, I got the edits for SILVER KISS yesterday. *quivers more* Actually, I'm looking forward to going through the book again since it's been a while since I wrote it, and I need to remind myself of the characters and world in preparation for writing the sequel, Bad Dogs. I've got loads of SILVER KISS news and excitement to share closer to the release date - I really wish I could spill it all now, but I'm sworn to secrecy... In fact, I may have to kill you all anyway, just as a precaution.

Squee!

Nov. 15th, 2009 04:02 pm
naomi_jay: (moon over city)
I've seen the concept cover art for SILVER KISS! I can't share it yet, but it is gorgeous!
naomi_jay: (mike)
I spent last night at Pip's, and there was much pizza, wine, jelly babies, and watching of the Scary Movie trilogy. I have to say the highlight of the evening was getting to sleep on a bed that wasn't propped up by a record box and a lot of hope. A solid bed that you could roll around on without risking total calamity. For those keeping track of my bed adventures (just me, then?) the story so far is thus: five weeks ago I got a new bed. One week ago, James broke it by jumping on it. Two days ago Tesco agreed to deliver a new bed free of charge, as well as refund me for the original one. So I'm getting a new bed and £140. Can't argue with that really.

Anyway, now I'm home and showered and ready to leap into SILVER KISS with gusto. I'll shortly be moving into the living room and putting on my Ayla/Shannon playlist to get myself in the mood. I really like having different music for different characters (it seems to be a common thing amongst writers); it's a good shortcut to getting me back into those characters' heads. So far, Ayla/Shannon's playlist looks thusly:

Cut for awesome musicality )

This is a relatively short list compared to some I have (my Scarlett/Ash playlist is ridiculous). But it does the job. The other thing I really need to get into writing is a giant bag of M&Ms, but I'm resisting that and telling myself a nice cup of herbal tea will be just as good. Sigh. Where's Pip and her jelly babies when you need her?

Oh well. I'm determined to get a lot done today since I'm out to Salon Rouge tonight (I get to wear a mini top hat and a velvet dress and fishnets and paint my nails neon pink! OMG!) so enough of this nonsense! Time to work. *cracks knuckles*
naomi_jay: (moon over city)

Stop everything! Seriously, stop. Listen to me.

I'm beyond excited to announce that QueeredFiction have contracted me for two more Ayla/Shannon novels to follow up SILVER KISS!

You heard me right - that's three Ayla/Shannon novels altogether, to be published over 2010 and 2011. That ringing you hear in your ears is the fading echoes of my thrilled screams of joy :D

I honestly can't tell you how pleased and proud I am. I loved writing SILVER KISS and exploring the characters and world more, I love writing about werewolves, and I love that I've now got the chance to write even more.

All I need now is a series title. Suggestions on a postcard, please...
naomi_jay: (am I lion?)
I've been off work since Wednesday afternoon and have written roughly 8k on SILVER KISS. It's not quite as much as I hoped, but it's still a lot, and I did have the day off yesterday to put the new bed together. Not that it took me a day to do it, but there was other stuff going on, like staying at Pip's parents on Friday night and watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Important stuff. Can't say I wildly adored the film; it reminded me a bit of Forest Gump - just stuff happening to a guy, but with a gimmick!

Anyway, it's back to work tomorrow so I'm hoping to knock out a few more thousand words tonight. I'm in the end zone of the novel, I think, racing towards the thrilling conclusion and putting Ayla and Shannon through the wringer in the process. SILVER KISS has turned into more of a relationshippy novel than I thought it would, lots of conflict between the pair of them in addition to the external conflicts. I've written myself into a couple of corners in terms of their relationship, and I'm not sure how I'm going to resolve it just yet. I'm sure the solution will present itself as I write, and I like not knowing exactly what's going to happen. That's part of the reason, I think, that I can never plan my books out in advance. If I plot it too concisely beforehand, I lose interest in writing it. Does anyone else find that?

So, here's the progress metre. Behold!



54285 / 60000 words. 90% done!
naomi_jay: (humans among us)
SILVER KISS progress:



41022 / 60000 words. 68% done!

I'm now sure my 60k estimate is conservative, since the book is sprouting subplots like the potatoes in my kitchen are sprouting roots. I'm finding a lot more angst and drama to throw at Ayla and Shannon than I'd originally planned. I'm not too worried by that though; I don't think going over my estimate is a bad thing unless what I'm writing is actually rubbish, and at this stage I don't think it is. Of course, that's why you have beta readers and critique partners, right? So they can tell you it is actually rubbish.
naomi_jay: (dark phoenix)

 
23009 / 60000 words. 38% done!

I'm thinking my initial 60k estimate may have been a little conservative as I certainly don't feel like I'm nearly half way through the story. More like a quarter. 2k added last night. Here's the score so far:

Stuff Going Down

1.
 Ayla found a runaway teen werewolf unconscious in the woods.
2. Naomi made a bad Sudoko metaphor.

Background Stuff

Futurama season 2 and [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory 's thoughts on Richard Nixon.

Foodstuffs

Cadbury's chocolate ice cream with Cadbury's chocolate chunks!

naomi_jay: (dean!)
Okay, so we all know I had a short story published in QueeredFiction's Queer Wolf anthology, right?

And we all know Wolf Strap has been getting some pretty good reviews, right?

And we all know I've been working on a novel-length follow-up to Wolf Strap called Silver Kiss, right?

Well, I am thrilled (and a little bit nervous) to announce that SILVER KISS HAS BEEN CONTRACTED BY QUEEREDFICTION! Which means I'm going to have a novel published! A whole, full, genuine novel all by myself etc!

Details are tentative at this point, but we're hoping SILVER KISS (yes, I will henceforth capitalise it all the time, sorry) will be released in early 2010.

This is by far the most exciting thing that has happened to me since I started writing, and I'm over the moon to have the opportunity to do this. So, virtual party at my place! Bring cocktails!
naomi_jay: (stewie)

 

 19701 / 60000 words. 33% done!

I did an epic 3600 words today on Silver Kiss, curled up in my parents' conservatory. It was ... um ... my gift to my dad. For Father's Day. He really appreciated my efforts. My arm is killing me now, but I'm too happy with my progress to really care. Stuff is Going Down in the werewolf world. Crazy Stuff. Werewolf Stuff. And Ayla doesn't like it.

I picked up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at the train station on Friday, and I have to say I'm disappointed so far. Jane Austen's parts are still marvellous, charming, and funny. Seth Grahame-Smith's parts are just ... I don't know. Wrong. I don't know how you can mix zombies with Jane Austen and have it go wrong, because in theory there's nothing bad about it. But they just fall flat. I feel like it wasn't done with any love for the original or real understanding of what makes Pride and Prejudice so great to begin with, but just as a novelty money-spinner.

Anyway. We're back into workshop season at work from tomorrow - three back-to-back workshops, which are just going to wipe everyone out, so I don't expect to be very productive writing-wise, although I shall try and crack something out where I can. And, oooh! Then it will nearly be time for this year's RNA conference. Woo! I'll be going along as a published author this year! ^_^

naomi_jay: (ragged angel)

 
13011 / 60000 words. 22% done!

I had a most productive Girton Write-In last night and added a hefty 3k to Silver Kiss. And my arm isn't even too sore this morning, which only adds to my smug sense of satisfaction.

I'm at that stage in the writing process where the more I write, the more I want to write. I've got to grips with most of the world-building - Pack laws and rituals, how the werewolves have integrated with the humans, all the fun stuff. Now it's time to bring on the Issues! Which Ayla has lots of! Apparently I can't write a werewolf story that doesn't have Issues. Lizzie, the heroine from Wild was addicted to heroin and accidentally killed her boyfriend (... but I've said too much ...). Christian, the werewolf in the Scarlett novels, is an irrepresible playboy with too much money and not enough morals.

So far Ayla hasn't taken any drugs, killed any of her loved ones, or slept around yet but hey, it's early days.

ETA: Squid can hear! Just further proof that they will one day be our masters. And I for one welcome our cephalopod overlords.
naomi_jay: (ocean girl)
I managed a bit over 2k today before my arm gave out. I've got to start doing my exercises regularly, and not just when I'm in pain. It's harder to stay motivated without the physiotherapist checking my progress.



3338 / 60000 words. 6% done!

That's chapter one done and chapter two started. I'm now going to curl up with a book and wait for ice cream to happen to me.
naomi_jay: (glittery)


947 / 60000 words. 2% done!

I'm not sure how long it will actually be at this point - it might wind up as a novella rather than a novel. It depends how much plot I can cram in.

I would have done more, but the Girton write-in fell apart last night when Becks found a road map from the 1930s and we spent the next hour looking for rude place names. You're never too old to laugh at the word "cock."
naomi_jay: (dark phoenix)

1. Finish first draft of the gothic horror short story. (It took a wrong turn and became a gothic romance, which has set its progress back somewhat).

2. Get the lawn mowed. Sounds simple, but the grass is knee high at the moment, so I'm drafting in my parents and Holly to help. Because cocker spaniels are awesome at gardening.

3. Get some serious work done on planning Silver Kiss, the Ayla and Shannon piece.

4. Ponder some more on Lone Wolf. I'm leaning towards rabies and super volcanoes at the moment.

5. Resolve all my personal problems in one fell swoop. (This probably won't happen. But you've got to aim high, right?)

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