Reading into La-La Land, Working the Return, and ACE!

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June 23, 2013

View from under a tree while taking a snack break during ABQ Comic Expo

View from under a tree while taking a snack break during ABQ Comic Expo

Read
I started Entwined with You, but my reading has been limited to me trying to get in a couple of pages at night before I pass out. I’ve been getting to bed too late a lot, because . . .

Write
The RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in Atlanta is fast approaching, and I have to get my manuscript finalized, vetted by my Hot Tub Readers, and prepped for the pitch. The Return phase is coming along pretty well. Only problem is, I’ll go into a scene thinking that all I need to do is polish it up a little and then I’ll realize, oh, wait, this scene has been rendered totally obsolete by all the changes I made in the previous fifteen chapters. As Charlie Brown would say, “Augggh!”

Jazz got an impromptu water hose bath after I found her playing with a dead bird. Totally interrupted my writing sprint.

Jazz got an impromptu water hose bath after I found her playing with a dead bird.
Totally interrupted my writing sprint.

Bliss
Headed to Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) on Saturday even though I was tired and had a killer headache that Excedrin couldn’t even stifle for longer than two hours. I wasn’t missing ACE, though, no way. The art, the costumes, the Breaking Bad panel. (More on that later this week.) I got to see Michael Golden again, and picked up a luminous Power Girl print he created. I told him that I remember a lot of his tips from his storytelling workshop last year, and that I am applying them to my current project. “I’ll think a scene is really cool because it’s subtle, but my readers will say, ‘I don’t get it’ and then I remember: Okay. I have to spell it out again. Right here and now in this scene.”

MIchael Golden signs one of his prints at ACE 13

MIchael Golden signs one of his prints at ACE 13

Michael said, “Number one rule. People are stupid.”

Reading into the Wee Hours, Starting the Return, and Man of Steel Let Down

June 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

June 18, 2013

Read
I stayed up until one in the morning reading Reflected in You because I got to the last quarter of the book and I just had to see what was going to happen next. Compared to the first book, Reflected was in some ways more romantic, in some ways a lot darker, and the sex scenes were even more intense.

Reflected in You

Saturday morning, while I was making my coffee, I kept replaying the book in my head. It brought up a lot of issues. I really liked how this story played with the theme of trust. Next, I’m reading Entwined with You.

Write
I finished the Dark Moment and, yes, it involved a lot of Vodka. I had promised myself a comedy run when I finished so I rewarded myself with a The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air marathon. That show is still hilarious, and the chemistry between the family, particularly Will and Uncle Phil, is gold. Now, I am on to the Return. It should be in pretty good shape because it is the section that I worked on extensively last year. It should be in pretty good shape. We’ll see.

Bliss

Laughing, remembering the ridiculous “I think he’s kind of hot” line. Of course he’s hot, you idiot, he’s Superman, but you don’t have to act a fool in front of your commanding officer over it. Save it for the beers with your girlfriends.

Man of Steel movie night. Remembering the ridiculous “I think he’s kind of hot” line.
Of course he’s hot, you idiot, he’s Superman, but you don’t have to act a fool in front of your commanding officer over it. Save it for the beers with your girlfriends.

I was super excited for the Man of Steel movie, but—and I hate to say it—I was disappointed. Henry Cavill did a great job of filling (and I do mean filling) the role of Superman/Clark Kent, but Amy Adams’ Lois Lane lacked the quirky spunk I’ve come to expect and love in that character.

HENRY CAVILL as Clark Kent in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Source: KryptonSite - http://bit.ly/18YwAJH

HENRY CAVILL as Clark Kent in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo source: KryptonSite 

There were so many cool ideas that would have been great for the character development and chemistry building if those ideas had actually played out. Like Clark Kent working under the radar as a laborer, saving a bunch of people from an industrial disaster, and then disappearing, while Lois Lane chases after this mysterious hero, this urban legend. They could have done more with that, and many other scenes that put Lois and Clark in fresh and interesting situations, but were cut short for, oh, let’s see, ANOTHER childhood flashback.

AMY ADAMS as Lois Lane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo source: KryptonSite:

AMY ADAMS as Lois Lane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo source: KryptonSite

While it’s pretty much expected that Superman and Lois are going to kiss, because they’re supposed to kiss, I still need to see why they’re supposed to kiss. I need the chemistry, the build up, the “yes, kiss, dammit, you’re made for each other!” moment.

I guess I’m just going to have to keep watching my Smallville Blu-Rays for my Lois and Clark fix.

Man of Steel topped the box office this weekend. What did you think of it?

Reflected in You, Dark Moments, and Lois & Clark Chemistry

June 12, 2013 § 6 Comments

June 10, 2013

Read
I am almost done reading Reflected in You by Sylvia Day, the second novel in the Crossfire series, and am enjoying it just as much as the first book. I am also staying up too late at night reading, but it’s worth it.

Reflected in You

Write
I am finalizing the rewrite that I will be taking to the RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in Atlanta to pitch to an agent and editor. I am at the point in the novel of the Dark Moment. You’d think by the third rewrite, the dark moment wouldn’t be so hard to handle, but it is. All the layers and inner turmoil and character flaws are in full play. My own personal demons come screaming up from the depths. I hurt as my characters hurt. I want to cry. I am sloshing through the bottle of Vodka at an alarming pace. After this is over, I am watching nothing but comedies for awhile.

Let there be blue skies again . . .

Let there be blue skies again . . .

Bliss
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In anticipation of the upcoming Man of Steel movie, I have been re-watching my Smallville Blu-Rays. I love Tom Welling and Erica Durance as Clark and Lois. Their early sharp banter is classic playground flirtation:

Clark: “How did you get here?”
Lois: “Feminine charm.”
Clark: “Huh.”
Lois: “I do have some.”
Clark: “Great job protecting your short supply of it.”

I am interested to see how the newest Kent/Lane chemistry a la Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will work. Their exchange at the end of the Man of Steel trailer at the bottom of this post looks promising.

Are you looking forward to the new Superman movie? Who are your favorite Clark Kent/Lois Lane portrayals?

Book Review: Bared to You, by Sylvia Day, Crossfire #1

June 2, 2013 § 5 Comments

Obsessive love: I can relate to that. And, “raw, primal, sheet-clawing” sex—hallelujah!

Bared to You

After I finished this book I had to turn right around and read it a second time. Wonder how I count that on Goodreads? I’m seriously lagging in my 2013 Reading Challenge.

A lot of people compare Bared to You to Fifty Shades of Grey and there are some similarities, the most obvious being that the guy, Gideon Cross, is extremely rich and powerful. The girl, Eva Tramell, however, while considerably lower on the economic scale, is no babe in the woods. She is smart and takes care of herself, which I love.

The sex scenes are way hot, but do not involve contracts or bondage, which I also love. Both characters have dark pasts, so they are a good match for each other, but also have a lot of barriers and traumatic aftermath to work through. They have their jealousy and possessiveness issues, but it doesn’t get to the point of being threatening or suffocating or controlling, so I am totally okay with that.

Later edition--I love this cover.

Later edition–I love this cover.

Bared to You is tightly written and the characters are  grounded in everyday life with real jobs and friends and families. Eva has a loyal yet self-destructive roommate, a stalwart yet lonely father, an anxious and overprotective mother, and an indulgent stepfather.

I read Bared a second time and just started the sequel, Reflected in You. I am so glad these characters and their story continue on.

4 out of 5 stars.

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