Head hopping. What a wonderfully descriptive term. Head hopping is when the point of view (POV) jumps between multiple characters within the same scene. I am clearly revealing my newbie status when I tell you that I had never heard the term until I learned that I was quite guilty of it in a contest entry.
Lately I haven't been holding up my end on the New Kids Blog. The holidays, my family and life in general has conspired against me, and I stopped blogging. Well, it's time for me to get back into the blogging saddle again. It's time for me to get back into the writing saddle again too. In the last month or two, my writing time has suffered. As a result I couldn't think of anything pertinent to say about writing on this blog. But recently a couple of my outside responsibilities ended and I'm ready to get back to it. And today, with the predictions of freezing drizzle, seems a good day to stay at home and get some writing done.
My first item on my to-do list is to get a handle on the flow of one of my historical romances. I have a couple people read it, and they like my hero, a lot. Not so much my heroine. They also tell me that my first chapter is more backstory, so I have to decide whether it stays or goes. And if it goes how and where can I weave in tidbits of pertinent information. Then I have to look at all the scenes to decide if there are any unnecessary one hanging about. Writing it down here makes the task seem overwhelming, but at the same time it gives me a clearer plan for what I'm doing. So here I go. Wish me luck.
|Coming soon from Ellora's Cave!|
What's your name: Clancy Metzger, although Clancy is a nickname given to me when I was only a few weeks old and I've never gone by anything else. Funny story - I was so nicknamed because an Irish vacuum cleaner salesman told my parents I had a temper like 'Clancy the Cop' of old Ireland (a boogieman type of character who had a terrible temper and got red in the face). I've since mellowed with age :)
Favorite hobbies: I love to watch movies and TV, at home, at the theater, on DVD - I don't care - just love it. Mostly I like to watch romantic comedies and action flicks, but almost anything goes. Favs are Hunt For Red October, Don't Tell Her It's Me, Bent, anything Monty Python, anything by Joss Whedon, RomComs featuring Sandra Bullock or Hugh Grant, musicals, old movies, NCIS, NCIS:LA, Justified, Leverage, NFL.... the list is seriously too long to go on, but you get the idea. I also love reading and the list of books and or authors is also too extensive to list here although some of my new favorite authors include Grace Burrows and Victoria Dahl.
Pets, Food and Tattoos: I have two small dogs and a few cats. I'm a really picky eater, so I get a lot of flack about that. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of gal and not much for veggies. But, I have a lot of peccadillo's when it comes to food, so it's not just what it is but often how it's prepared and well.... it's a long list and more than can be explained here. But, if you are in a Chinese restaurant and someone orders Broccoli Beef without the broccoli - it's probably me. Just saying... As for tattoos - love them, have about eleven of them and want more. Instead of getting charms or spoons when I travel, I get a tattoo that represents the place I've been. A little weird but they are really small and I can't lose them.
Writing: I am pre-published but working on getting there. I have written throughout my life in various forms but only spent the last few years writing romance novels (my favorite genre). What I've tried my hand at so far includes historical western, paranormal, erotic and my current WIP is a contemporary. The current is about a pilot and a reporter. Love it!
Funny anecdote: I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. One winter, when I was around fifteen, it was about 40 degrees below zero and I was running late to catch my school bus. We lived way out in the country at the end of a very long driveway; I had just gotten out of the shower and my hair was dripping wet but I had to pull on clothes and run for the bus. Halfway down the drive, my hair which was long then, froze and I accidentally hit it with my hand breaking off a chunk. I picked up what looked like a hair Popsicle and caught my bus. Then had to spend the entire day explaining why I had an eight inch chunk of hair missing from about ear height down on my right front side. An awful shag haircut followed. Not one of my finer moments.
So, that's me in a nutshell. See ya'll next month with a post on something other than just me :)
I'm so happy to be one of the “New Kids” on the Writer's Block. I learned about the blog from chapter mate (and terrific writer) Lynn and I really look forward to being here. I write historical--that is to say, medieval--romance. No, not the ones with the hot Highland heroes. The ones with the hot English knights.(Brief pause for big sighs.)
During the day I’m a mild-manned teacher of English at a local college. But on nights--and weekends when I don’t have my granddaughters--I’m filled with derring-do. Sword fights, word duels, kidnapping, tournaments. And happily every afters. Well, for my characters, at least.
Most of the time. Sometimes they are recalcitrant. They refuse to conform to the outlines I have for them. Refuse to mouth the words they ought. Refuse to move the story in the direction I really want them to.
Consequently, I’ve learned to leave a lot of bracketed blank space I’ll eventually go back and ‘fill.’ Just as soon as I know what goes there.
And that was a hard lesson to learn. I've been writing fiction for five and a half years. When I began, I honestly thought I had to get it right the first time. Not that other writers didn't warn me, they did. But I 'felt' the story couldn't unfold properly unless every plot point was perfect, every piece of dialogue precise, and all the characters fully developed from the start.
My first manuscript was written that way. Page by revised/re-edited/re-polished page. And it took for-ever. But I really thought it was finished when I wrote ‘The End.’
When I actually went back to re-read it, I found lots of places to 'fix' again. Lots of revisions. Lots of sections that could be said much better the second, third, even fourth time through.
Hummmm. A lesson. Since I was changing a good deal of that finished product, perhaps the first version didn’t have to be exactly right. Perhaps I could write a ‘rough draft’ kind of chapter (especially when the story proceeded slowly) then go back and fix it later.
It’s a little easier to skip around now. I still have trouble not re-reading and editing and revising what I wrote the day before. But at least I know it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time through.
I don’t know why that was such a tough lesson to learn.
Do any of you have similar problems with wanting to revise and polish instead of forging ahead?
|This is not my new cover,|
although it's a newer
cover, and so pretty...
For those of you who didn't know, I've sold my first novel to Ellora's Cave. A bit of a fangirl crush I've had on them, and for many years. But I finally got up the courage to submit my Steampunk novel, and they accepted it. So I've been going through the new author motions, getting myself ready to edit and edit and edit.
And then I got my cover. Of course, I'm sure every author waits for the day when they get the cover of their first novel, and while I've published several novellas, I just can't say enough about the moment I got the cover for Airship Seduction.
|Also not my new cover...|
For now, at least you can see it.
Without further ado, the cover for my first Steampunk novel. Airship Seduction.
|Now, this is my new cover. **pets** Isn't it beautimous?|
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