Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Character Fun and Words Like Scaling Vertex Weights

The amazing DoLittleSayMuch, Rhonda, who brought you the machinima animated film Left on Stone Haven by Carol Kean (which you can link to on  DoLittleSayMuch-along with a bunch of other cool films), is working on one for my urban fantasy, Syzygy. She has just revealed what my character, Tom, will look like in his suspenders, collar shirt, and hat. He looks goooooood!!!!!!!!!!! And do you know what? I am not going to put the picture here. I could. She would let me. But, I'm a tease. LOL You'll just have to click over and take a look at him at her site.

Over there you'll be treated to phrases such as "3DS Max tutorials," "scaling vertex weights," "bump map," and she even--get this--she says the word, "voila!" I mean, I never say that word on my blog. She's very sophisticated. Plus, she once blogged about a groundhog named Lively. :)

If I ever have a groundhog, I'm going to call it Scaling Vertex Weights.

Lively the Groundhog (this caption links you to her actual groundhog post!)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Origins Blogfest: How I Decided Writing Was the Best Form of Self-Flagellation

Happy Origins Blogfest Day. This holiday is second only to Groundhog Day in importance. Check out DL Hammons' bog, Cruising Altitude2.0, to learn who else is participating. You can read about how they all became superheroes.
The Wolverine
Wait, that's not it. How they became writers.

My own story started when I was about 12 years old. (Insert "Wayne's World" flashback effect parody.)

The class had just read Bridge to Terabithia by Catherine Paterson, a novel used, pre-Harry Potter, to teach kids that their favorite characters can indeed die. We were to write a fantasy about our own secret place. I wrote about a mythical land whose portal was through the back of my closet. If I was ripping off C.S. Lewis's Narnia entryway, I can hardly be blamed. After all, Catherine Paterson had to have Terebinthia--one of Narnia's islands--in mind when she wrote her book.

My story was plotless, but contained scores of unicorns and rainbows. Thus, my career as an author began. At the end of the school year, we were to write our own obituary. (Teachers were allowed to be morbid in those days.) I described my life as a famous writer and the awards I received. Oddly, "The Stylish Blogger Award" wasn't among them.

Soon, hormones kicked in and my dreams of publication ended. I realized my writing sucked and my time was better spent taping Duran Duran posters to the walls.
Duran Duran
That is until (drum roll) I read Ish by Peter H. Reynolds, with my little twins. You don't have to draw a perfect car, it just has to be car-ish, etc.

I drew comic strips of my teenage daughter's adventures with Doctor Who and Sirius Black, and comics about Mad-Eye Moody's life story. Armed with the knowledge that my illustrations only had to be David Tennant-ish and Diagon Alley-ish, my confidence grew.
My Early Attempts at Drawing Characters
The stories became so involved, I expanded them, doing away with the pictures. So my career (used loosely) as a fanfiction writer began. I learned something about writing at this time and my skills improved... kind of.

When my husband suggested, not so delicately, that I write an original story that I could actually sell, with sassy defiance I said, "Fine. Maybe I will." I wrote Syzygy.
Cover artwork by my niece, Jasmine.
I learned loads about writing, including "Think a bit harder about your plot from the beginning to avoid the need for plot-hole spackling," and "If you listen to too many critiquers, you'll go bonkers trying to reconcile forty-two opposing opinions."
Saint Justina with Unicorn
I still have some pre-adolescence in me. My WIP, Twelve Keys, like my childhood story, contains a unicorn.

Friday, February 10, 2012

My new name, "Aerial Breeze" & A Blogfest on the Feb. 13th

On February 13th I'm participating in DL Hammons' Origins Blogfest. Go check out the details at his blog, Cruising Altitude 2.0.

Basically we're all supposed to write up how we got started in writing, but you should read his instructions. You'll get more details.

It's going to be cool. Maybe I'll pretend I'm a superhero. You know, because superhero origin stories are so popular... well, with some of us. :)

I'll need a cool superhero name. A-ha! Here's a random superhero name generator to the rescue!

Here is new name, "Aerial Breeze."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pinterest: Nifty Picture Hunting

From Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book
Have you seen Pinterest? My sister and niece turned me on to this site. When you're browsing the internet, you can "pin" images you find to your Pinterest wall, sticking them into whatever boards you have set up. For instance, I have one for steampunk, one for films, another for my wip, Twelve Keys.
And I can look at the boards of my friends on there.


If images inspire your writing, you may want to check this out. It can be a time zapper, but an interesting one. It's by invite only, so if you want an invitation, give me your email and I'll send you one.
The Steam House

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blogger Award

Thank you Nick, at Scattergun Scribblings, for the Versatile Blogger Award. Go visit this guy's blog if for no other reason but that he likes Red Dwarf.

There's a few rules going along with the award, as follows:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.(or 5. According Nick we will not be smited.)
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

7  Random Facts About Me:

1. At the moment, besides working on this post, I'm helping my 5th grade homeschooling twins with schoolwork. They're learning about volcanoes.

2. I just signed up for Pin It. I love collecting pictures around the web anyway, but this gives you an offsite space to do that and also share them.

3. I have two cockatiels, two cats, and two snakes. I'm getting ready to build my ark.

4. I'm just kidding about the ark and both of the cats are boys, so they'd be useless for repopulation anyway.

5. I've no idea if the snakes are boys or girls, but they're named James and Nigel. They technically belong to my nephew, but he's lost interest in them and my girls have gained interest, so they're living here.

6. I'm totally craving a motorcycle ride. I haven't been on one in forever. Maybe this weekend.

7. I finished writing Twelve Keys, but I'm still revising. How much revising is enough? How much drains the life out of a manuscript? I don't know.

I'll nominate these bloggers, even if they already have the award. Ha-ha, they can have it again.
Kara at A Karabu Creation
Joylene at Cluculz Writer
Laura at Lucid Dreamer
Medeia at
Nissa at the Lina Lamont Fanclub
And You! If you're reading this, I bestow this award on you!
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