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Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

yes its a post

What I want to know is who left it in the middle of the blog for me to fall over.

I see this has dropped back to not being read again. Oh well. the comments were nice while they lasted. tho i now know no one reads this for me, they came for Rhonda.

What plays in Vegas is almost finished. The sword fight is finally done.

what next? that's the question.

it'll be a toss between two. A rewrite of Maelstrom or Stranger. Both need completely rewriting. the question is which.

sci fi romance involving telepaths and a world of my own making

or

contemp romance involving a woman with anmesia and her husband who has to woo her all over again.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

well...

The theory goes if I can write 10 pages a day - or 2050 words on average - while the kids are home, i'll write more when they at school all day. Right?

Right?Uh.... nahhhhhhhh

Yesterday was 3 pages. THREE. Today i manged two so far.

I have an hour before EFC comes on. See pic for the reason why everything stops for efc.
Must write at least another page in the next hour.... If not two.
Dad's got physio this afty so won't get anything written after 1:30. Cracks whip... no its not that kind of a book :P

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The world can wait?

Good morning. My name is Rhonda Parrish and I've been honored to be asked to come write a guest blog here at Clare's blog 'The world can wait'.

I love to do guest blogs, but sometimes it's very tricky to figure out something to write about. I have done several guest spots lately and I was beginning to feel like the well of subject ideas had gone dry, but I logged in while I tried to think of something to write about. That's when I processed the title of this blog.

The world can wait.

Sure, I'd seen the title before, but I hadn't actually ever thought about it before. Today, my caffeine-deprived brain just latched onto that title like a pit bull and wouldn't let go.

As a writer my biggest struggle is with writing. Not the mechanics of it, or revision, or flow, or ideas, characters not any of that. The hardest part for me is actually sitting my butt down in a chair and writing. Just pouring the words out of my brain and onto the page. It seems like it should be the easiest part, but it's just not. At least not for me.

I am a very busy woman with a lot of things on my schedule, so it might seem logical that other commitments are what keep me from writing. They aren't. I am the queen of procrastination, often lack focus and tend to want more from my first drafts then they can reasonably give me. All these things contribute to my issues with actually sitting down and getting it done.

One thing that does get my butt in the chair and keep it there to write is fear. Fear that the world will not wait. Fear that I will die in a car accident and have all the stories still locked in my brain die with me. It's true. Perhaps that says something horrible about my psyche, but it's true.

Only I can tell my stories and time won't stop for me. I'm not exempt from crisis, emergencies, sickness or death. That means when I can find time to write I need to grab it and go with it. I know this. Knowing and doing are two different things, but I'm working on it...

When I do sit down and write, I am generally very happy with what I produce, and I write quickly. The first draft of my new release, Sister Margaret, was written in one sitting.

So the world can wait? In some cases, but for me, fear that it won't is a pretty strong motivating force.

How about you? What motivates you to write? Or if you don't write, what motivates you to get up and do stuff you know needs to be done?

Rhonda Parrish
http://www.rhondaparrish.com
http://www.niteblade.com

Monday, 20 April 2009

Rhonda Parrish Interview

Today’s and tomorrow's guest is Rhonda Parrish, author of Sister Margaret.

Today I'm putting her under the spotlight and interrogating her, uh asking her questions. Tomorrow I turn the blog over to her completely.

Review of Sister Margaret.

Sister Margaret is a short story about a vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman who are hired by a priestess to take care of an undead pimp. It’s written from the POV of Michael, who has never forgiven himself for abandoning his friend when they were younger. Determined to use this mission to put things right and make it up to her, Michael sets off, only to find things aren’t what they appeared to be.

The book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was fast paced from the start and its twists and turns make for gripping reading. The descriptions meant I had vivid images in my mind throughout the book. At just over 4000 words, Rhonda wastes none of them, throwing you straight into the story and leaving you breathless at the end.

Advertised as a coffee time read, it was something I could read in the brief lull between shouts of “Mummy!” And it’s something I will be reading again.

The Interview

Hi Rhonda,
Thanks for agreeing to this.

CR. First off, could you tell us a little about yourself and how long you've been writing. Do you write everyday? How does each session start? How do you proceed? How, where and why does it end?

RP. Truthfully I'm having a very difficult time with writing these days. I've plenty of excuses but I just sort of lack the discipline to sit down and do it this month. I'm going to blame the fact winter is finally ending…but that's probably not fair LOL

When I am writing it's pretty unexciting. I just do it. Not everyday, except in May and November I don't write on weekends. That's the time I spend with my family and my Warcraft addiction LOL

I generally write Monday to Friday and I just do it. There's no ritual or anything I'm afraid. I just do it.

CR. Where do you get your inspiration from?

RP. All over the place. It's crazy. Sometimes something from a movie will twig something in my brain and then I can feel my sub conscious chewing on it for a while. Eventually it will spit something out, which I'll combine with something else (the person I saw on the bus who I turned into a character, the story starter I have jotted down on a post-it note somewhere) and then something else, and eventually I have a story.

Sister Margaret was inspired by a large number of things. Sin City, a writing exercise on NaNoLJers, my best friend in junior high, one of my old roleplaying characters…the list is extensive.


CR. Sister Margaret is written from the POV of Michael. Was it easy writing it from the male POV or a challenge?

RP. I didn't find it difficult to write from a man's POV at all…hopefully that doesn't mean I didn't do it well LOL

CR. I know you run a webzine. Could you tell us a little about it?

RP. I am the founder and editor of Niteblade Magazine. It's a fantasy and horror magazine that I think rocks…of course, I'm a bit biased J

Every three months we put out an issue with stories, poems and book reviews. There is a free version available online, we've switched from html to a Wordpress layout for now to see how that goes. In addition, people can pick up a .pdf version with no advertising for just a few bucks. The .pdf version is a superior product in regard to layout and appearance but contains the same content.

One thing that I think makes Niteblade stand apart from the crowd is the illustrations. Marge Simon illustrates all the fiction plus the cover for the magazine and her skill and artistic touch have definitely given us a look and a feel that really pops.

We also have author interviews, art showcases, book reviews and news on the Niteblade News blog.

You can find the website at http://www.niteblade.com/

Sorry, I got a bit carried away there, but I love Niteblade.

CR. What do you do in your spare time? (Assuming you have any ;-) )

RP. Mostly I play World of Warcraft LoL I read an awful lot as well, volunteer in an inner city elementary school, am working on a degree of my own, quilt, cross stitch and garden. I like to be busy.

CR. What person or experience inspired you to become a writer?

RP. There are many. Mostly teachers, actually. My teachers all through school were very supportive of my writing. My grade five teacher is the one who set my feet on the writing path when he gave me an exceptionally good mark for a composition I wrote, but others definitely were like bumpers, not letting me stray too far.

CR. When you write do you start with a plot outline, a character sketch, how do you begin? How do you stay on course?

RP. I don't outline or do character sketches. Now and then I will do a character-inspired exercise on NaNoLJers but that is mostly for fun rather than to actually be helpful LOL When I start writing I tend to know the beginning and the ending of a story and the middle is a great big question mark. Once I start writing, however, I find that the story (and characters) take on a life of their own and propel me through the question marks to the other side.

As for staying on course, sometimes the ending is nothing like how I imagined it originally LOL So I don't know that I do stay on course. It always works out though J

CR. What genre would you classify your work as? How do you decide what genre to write in? Is it your favorite?

RP. I don't classify my work…mostly because I can't LOL I write across several genres and so I wouldn't know what title to pick. As for choosing a genre to write…I don't consciously do that. I write whatever I am inspired to write so, at the risk of personifying the story, that is what decides the genre, not me. The story.

If we are talking about Sister Margaret specifically though, I just call it fantasy. I suppose it's a dark fantasy, but I've definitely read darker LOL

My favorite genre to write, however, tends to change. At the time I wrote Sister Margaret and its sequels my favorite genre to write was fantasy. When I wrote my zombie novella Deadmonton, my favorite was horror. My favorite tends to be whatever one I'm working in at the time :-)

CR. What genre would you like to explore that you haven’t tried to write in yet? Will you? What would you never see yourself writing?

RP. I'm intrigued by steampunk but I haven't written anything with that flavor yet…I don't know if I will actually I guess we'll have to wait and see if inspiration for a steampunk flavored story comes to me. The same with science fiction. I'd like to write a time travel novel at some point, and I have a few ideas, but they haven't congealed into anything solid yet. Someday maybe…I hope.


CR. Do you have a favorite author or authors? Do you read a lot? Is there an author whose books you pick up just because they are the author?

RP. I love Peter S. Beagle and Neil Gaiman's work. They have a lyrical feeling to their prose that I envy and admire beyond words. I also love Joe Haldeman, Jim C. Hines, Stephen King's short stuff. Actually, I read a lot of short stories, not just because of Niteblade, but also in my leisure time. There are a HUGE number of very talented writers out there who specialize in short fiction.

I do read a lot. I read an obscene amount really LOL I love reading and I truly believe that to be a good writer you need to do it a lot…so that works well for me ;)

There are several author whose books I buy just because their name is on the cover. Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman, Jim C. Hines, Carrie Jones, S.G. Browne, Patricia Briggs…it's a long list ;)

CR. What are your writing pet peeves, if you have any?

RP. My biggest pet peeve in regard to writing is that I am not consistent. I tend to work in fits and starts, which is not the system I would like to use LOL I can turn out the first drafts of two different novels in six weeks and then not write anything else for six months. I would much rather have a slow and steady approach, but that seems to be beyond my ability. That is irksome.

CR. If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?

RP. Oh man, I don't even know.

If we are talking writing-related wishes I would ask for 1) an awesome agent who loves "Shadows" as much as I do and would love to represent it. 2) enough money to go to five or six conventions a year and 3) the ability to sit down and write everyday unlike how I described in question #11 :-)

CR. If you could go anywhere to tomorrow, where would you go?

RP. Europe or Peru. I lived in England for a little while and I miss it quite a bit, plus I'd like to visit my family there and explore a few other nearby countries. I would also love to go to Peru. I want to hike the Inca trail and go to Machu Picchu. It's on my "to do before I die" list.

I'd also love to visit Sumatra and Java as they are the setting for a novel idea that is simmering in the back of my brain J


CR. If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?

RP. How about that agent from question #12? That would be pretty sweet! :-)



Thanks Rhonda.

Come back tomorrow when she takes over the blog.

Sister Margaret is available from Eternal Press

http://www.eternalpress.ca/sistermargaret.html

Friday, 17 April 2009

Friday and poets day

Well teh writiings going okay I guess. I'm on chapter 14 atm and on page 152. Just to be confusing i'm also on page 156 cos I'm writing 2 sections at tthe same time. I'm averaging 10 pages or one chapter a day and as there is roughly 250 words per page thats... wow lots of words. :)

kids go back to school on monday, well 2 of the do. Bet i'll write less without the interupptions tho. lol

and i did a random search on facebook for robert leeshock, thinking maybe he had a fanpage or something. Uh no, did find him tho. or someone with the same name who looks just like him. and no i didn't friend him . wouldn't even consider it.

i did email hubby and tell him its poets day so he has to leave early, but i don't suppose it'll work because..."Sceince is not an exact subject. It doesn't finish at 5pm or 430 on a Friday."Wish it did. Hate being a commuting widow. :(

oh and in case you were wondering... Poets Day =
Push
Off
Early
Tomorrows
Satur-

Day

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Guest Blogger Dates

Rhonda Parrish will be here Mon 20 and Tues 21 April. Monday will be a review of her novel and an interview. Tues I will hand the blog over to her to write what she likes.

On the home front we've had 2 storms in 2 days. Oh how we love running round the house at 1am unplugging modems, phone lines, comps and tv's when the storm goes from a mile away to over head with no warning.

i've written so much the last few days. I'm averaging 10 pages a day somehow. Course when it comes to writo de mayo next month, Cade the muse will prob pack his bags and head for the hills lol. Not that I write anything between 6 and 8 in the evenings. Can't think why. Probably something to do with a certain actor on a certain tv show. :)

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Monday, 13 April 2009

hunk alert


I found the hero for the next novel... not that i finished Vegas yet or have an idea but... Robert Leeshock. This is a cut down version of my desktop wall paper atm.
You see writo de mayo is coming up soon. Thats a similar challenge to nanowrimo, run on LJ, by Rhonda - who is guest blogging here sooon. Unlike nano, we get to chose our own targets, be it writing something new, a series of drabbles, fanfic, or just finishing the nano novel.
i usually try to do something new. This time it depends if Vegas is finished. I'm 11 chapters into this atm.
and the fave bit from what i wrote today is:
Tamlyn sighed as Martin swept stuff off the couch to the floor and sat down. She looked at him. “Excuse me?”

“Why, what have you done?”

She put her hands on her hips and looked him square in the eyes. “Do you insinuate that I should tolerate such diabolical insubordination, from such a mere microscopic specimen of anatomy as yourself whose comprehension cannot even comprehend my meaning? Therefore consider yourself well and truly squashed.”

She laughed at the look of shock on Martin’s face. Then laughed even harder as he spluttered, trying to find a response. “That one always shut Garth up too.”


Saturday, 11 April 2009

sky

Well its done and turned to rtf format and 8x11 and then i had kittens cos i was trying to get the chapters back to the top of a new page and 23 wasn't there. I checked again

21

22

24

noooooooooo. this has been read by the editor sev times and by mum and my CP went thru it sev times and only just sent it back. wheres 23 gone....

read 22 and 24 and it carries on fine. get to the end and... 24, 25

phew. we just had 2 24's....

calms self down. checks again all thru the doc and then attaches it and sends back to TWRP as requested. Now we just sit and wait.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Don't you just hate it when the muse hijacks your nicely laid out plot and kyboshes it? Well that's what Cade has gone and done. The idea was that Tamlyn would fall for Martin and then fall into mortal danger and get rescued by him. Not married off to someone else. Me thinks i shall have to go deal with Cade and somehow get this plot back on track.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

I'm going to have my first guest blogger on here soon. :)
Rhonda Parrish has just had her novel Sister Margaret published http://www.eternalpress.ca/sistermargaret.html


Summary
Michael has always felt bad about the way he treated his friend Charmaine when they were younger, even going so far as to blame himself for her becoming a prostitute. Now she's a priestess to Rakkir, the god of secrets and lies, and he is given a chance to make up for mistakes of the past when she calls him to deal with a problem for her. A vampire problem. But the more involved Michael gets, the more he realizes Charmaine may not be telling him the whole story…and she may have changed even more than he suspected.

I'll keep you posted as to when she'll be guest blogging here

Monday, 6 April 2009

Roulette scene solved. Tamlyn doesn't have the faintest idea what she's doing and as this scene is totally in her POV it doesn't matter that I don't either :D

Written one chapter and almost 2500 words so far today. Started writing at 7am and its now 11am. I've been procrastinating for half an hour now, so really that's 2500 words in 2hrs 30 mins. And if i could work out my speed i would, but i'm useless at maths. Sides which i'm getting up everyso often to do laundry, see to kids and ease my banged up knee. So take out half hour for that and you get 2500 words in 2 hours :P

Saturday, 4 April 2009



Well i decided that Ben Browder can be the hero in my latest novel. :) I can just see him with a cane too playing the part of Martin the cop. I know just the person to play Tamlyn opposite him and may post a pic of her too at some point.

I find it easier to cast my novels as i write for some reason.

Back to writing. Tho the rate things are going, if i can't find a site that describes blackjack or roulette in siimple terms i can understand, the novel won't be in Vegas.

Friday, 3 April 2009

So Martin and Tamlyn now have a working title of What Plays in Vegas. I found a hotel and floorplans for the rooms on line. Can't find the info i need on gambling and how to play blackjack or roulette tho, so not quite sure what i am going to do now. Can't wing it no matter how much i'd like to.

not that we've got past Chapter Four lol. I have five and six planned and figured i might just sit here and plan the rest of the novel. Then at least with the kids on school hols now i have some kind of a plan to follow. I don't like writing like that but won't have much of a choice the next couple weeks.

It needs an impartial eye over it really but oh well.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Mum read Piece of Sky. It took her a whole day lol. And for her that's an achievement. Normally she reads a little just before she goes to bed. But a whole 76k in a day!

She found a few typos that i missed and then i found some she missed. She kept correcting my spelling, not realising that color was deliberately spelt that way and not colour. But she liked it :) And yes she's biased but even so! :D

Hopefully i'll get it back from my CP soon then can send it back to TWRP and just cross my fingers again.

Still need a title for the new one. Tempted to cal it 'what plays in vegas' but i dunno. That implies erotic and its far from that. I'm sure one will come to me when i least expect it. like when i'm working at the school, or half way home and have no way of writing it down.