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Book signing in Vero

Posted by nightphoenix on May 9, 2010 in News, Output |

So I went to see Holly Black and Cassandra Claire at a little book signing in Vero Beach last Friday. (Good thing I do check LJ every so often, or I might not have known about it). Vero’s only about an hour drive from where we live, so it was really great that they came […]

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Vampire Academy

Posted by nightphoenix on April 29, 2010 in Books |

Yeah, yeah, I can already hear the groans. More vampires, right? After reading Twilight, I decided to delve into all the other YA vampire literature that’s out there, to see how they all do it, and what works. And what doesn’t. I have to say that as of right now, VA is now at the […]

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Well, it could have been worse

Posted by nightphoenix on March 5, 2010 in Books, Input, Output |

I have a computer again. I’m back to using the much smaller hard drive that came with the computer, and it’s pretty much stuffed to the brim. The hubby has ordered a case that will let him try to boot the messed-up hard drive outside of the laptop…that’s pretty much going to be our last […]

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Brandon Sanderson…and a divine problem

Posted by nightphoenix on February 28, 2010 in Books, Input, Novels, Output |

Brandon Sanderson has officially impressed me. I just finished Warbreaker, which I grabbed because the library had it sitting on their new book shelf. I said, “Oh, that’s the guy that’s finishing the Wheel of Time series, and does Writing Excuses (my favorite writing podcast).” And the inside cover blurb actually looked interesting, in a […]

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Behind again, but for good reasons

Posted by nightphoenix on February 22, 2010 in Input, News, Output |

So, let’s see. I think I hunted around for some art to post in here last Thursday, but realized that the one thing I’d been working on was something I hadn’t taken pictures of yet. In cleaning the apartment, I found an unfinished mail-holder, and remembered that I’d once intended to use that to replace […]

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Doing Friday on Saturday

Posted by nightphoenix on February 13, 2010 in Books |

My mother and I spent a good chunk of yesterday cleaning the entire apartment, which left me completely exhausted. I took a nap before dinner, and then after we ate, I laid back down. After about two hours of this, the hubby and I decided to just go on to bed…so we did. Which is […]

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Progress today

Posted by nightphoenix on February 7, 2010 in Novels, Output |

Last Friday I used the last of my Barnes & Noble gift card money (you know, the cards that my New Years thief didn’t steal because thieves apparently don’t read…), and bought myself a book entitled: First Draft in 30 Days, by Karen S. Wiesner. I initially picked up the book because the title intrigued […]

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The writer’s library, thus far

Posted by nightphoenix on February 5, 2010 in Books |

Thought I’d share the list of writing books that I own, and personally found very helpful. (Obviously, if I hadn’t found them helpful, I wouldn’t own them…) Stein on Writing – Sol Stein A standard. Anyone who wants to write good fiction should read this book at least once. Better yet, attack it with sticky […]

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Reviews, both paranormal and YA

Posted by nightphoenix on November 24, 2009 in Books |

Must Love Dragons: by Stephanie Rowe Wow. I saved this one for last because I thought it had the greatest potential to be really, really cutesy or just plain bad. Well, it was neither. I think it trumps Industrial Magic as my favorite so far, in that it was very good and it actually stayed […]

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The paranormal romance genre

Posted by nightphoenix on November 11, 2009 in Books, Output |

And why I need to be careful of blithely assigning such a label to ANY of my stories. Seriously. I decided that if I’m going to write a paranormal romance, I ought to read a few paranormal romances, so that 1. I can see what’s out there and 2. I learn how it’s done (and […]

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