Friday, September 28, 2012

Woops forgot to do this last night!

Current Project: Catching Meara
Status: almost finished (should complete today)



I spent a couple of days yurt camping at Beverly Beach so I'm a little, no quite a bit behind on most everything. We enjoyed wonderful weather but the beach was terribly windy. Took several nice long walks, watched my granddaughter play and learn to ride her hot wheels. I must have had a great time. Even with the long walks, I gained two pounds. 

Tying up all the strangling ends, such as blogs and correspondence them I'm just writing.


This is the lighthouse at Yaquina Head and the setting for The Locket.


Now, back to work!




Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'M DOING MY OWN mini-NaNoWriMo

Current Project: Halo Legacy Series
Status: Writing book #7
Posted by: Genie Gabriel


G'day, all!


Here's a video that would have been fun to see when I was writing my book with the doctor heroine the last couple months: . These guys are "A group of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists that create and perform musical medical parodies throughout the United States." Great voices and funny songs. 

(The cover for that book is at left. This is the one several of you helped me choose a title for during the summer. Yes, I went with your suggestion. So thank you!)

Although it's probably good I didn't find this or I could have been side-tracked on the Internet for hours. For me, this is one of the dangers of research. 

Fortunately, my current book doesn't require as much research. I really would like to have a solid draft of this book done by the end of September--that's about 4500 words a day. Doable? Well, my world has narrowed pretty much to writing and meeting the basic needs of my herd of doggies. Other requests are met with a frown and a growl. (From me, not the doggies.) 

Well, except when I receive a link to a fun video from a friend or need to write a blog post. After all, I do need a break from the computer once in a while so I don't become a permanent part of the chair. :) I hope to have good news about the status of my latest book to share at our meeting next Thursday!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekly Progress Check-In

Welcome!  This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter's weekly progress check-in.

Did you meet your writing goals last week?  What do you plan to accomplish this week?

(The best prize is achieving your writing goals, but as an extra incentive, we will award gift cards from Powell's bookstore to the chapter member and the non-member who check in for the most weeks in 2012.)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Make it Worse!

In Real Life®, I've tried to avoid conflict whenever possible. Personal drama so isn't my thing. Mind you, it doesn't always work, but I think I've been fairly successful in developing positive conflict-avoidance techniques. My life is primarily even-keeled, with only a few big waves now and then, and that's the way I like it.

As a writer, however, my job is to create as much conflict as I can for my characters. To give them seemingly insurmountable obstacles to overcome, and when they conquer those obstacles, throw even harder problems in their paths. Conflict, as they say, keeps readers turning the page.

You see the dichotomy, don't you? How does someone who does her best to avoid conflict in her own life figure out how to create conflict in her writing?

It ain't easy, let me tell you. At least, it hasn't been for me. I think one reason my early stories fizzled out within a few chapters was my inability to create strong conflict, as well as my inability to sustain that conflict. Who wants to read stories where everybody works at getting along and understanding one another? Can you say boring? I knew you could.

Even now, I struggle with writing conflict. In fact, one of the major things I check for during editing is conflict. Right now, as I'm working my way through THE LAZARUS GAMBIT for the third—and hopefully final—time, I have a list of things to watch out for and at the head of that list is this: Make it Worse! I've already strengthened the conflict in several scenes and won't be surprised to rewrite several more.

I wish I could say that I've figured out how to easily inject believable conflict into my stories and no longer have to worry about this impediment to my writing. But the truth is, I doubt that will ever be true. I'll always have to consciously work on conflict, because it doesn't come naturally to me.

How about you? As a writer, do you struggle with conflict, or do you find that aspect of writing easy (and, oh, how I envy you if you do)? As a reader, how do you feel about conflict — does it ever feel like writers are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at characters, or can there never be too much conflict?

Deborah Wright
Twitter: @DeborahBWright
Facebook: Deborah.Wright.Author

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekly Progress Check-In

Welcome!  This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter's weekly progress check-in.

Did you meet your writing goals last week?  What do you plan to accomplish this week?

(The best prize is achieving your writing goals, but as an extra incentive, we will award gift cards from Powell's bookstore to the chapter member and the non-member who check in for the most weeks in 2012.)

Friday, September 14, 2012

More Memories

Current Project: Edits for A Marriage of Inconvenience
Status: Pub date: December 1, 2012

Throughout the life of this chapter, it has struggled to survive. The only time we had enough members to really function well was during Genene's presidency. At that time, I believed we had made it and the chapter would continue to grow. Not really sure what happened. 

If Genene joined the chapter in '92 I must have joined around 1990. I know that I was only a member for a couple of months before I was elected secretary. The members were thrilled to have an eager new author among their ranks.

Before I could blink, I was president. I don't remember how long I held this office. I know it was at least four years. It might have been longer. 

Genene do you remember how long I was president?

Anyway once again, I held the office until I could talk someone else into doing the job. If my memory holds true that person was Michelle Marks. Again, Genene jump in any time.

As a chapter we held a conference every year. We met authors such as Susan Wiggs, Stella Cameron, Robin Hatcher, Lisa Jackson, Catherine Anderson, and so many more...

I would never give up those times. They were so rewarding. I hold them dear to my heart and am so saddened by the end. Although like Genene I understand that it is probably the right decision. I would love to get together with the authors of this chapter from time to time, however, I fear that this will most likely not happen. 

I hope someone with lots of organizational skills can put something together a couple of times a year. 

It's been such a great journey. As tears brim in my eyes, I'm going to quit.
Thank you to all the wonderful people I have met through this chapter.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MEMORIES

Current Project: Halo Legacy Series
Status: Wrapping up book #6
Posted by: Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel


With the vote at the last meeting to dissolve our chapter, I feel the need to blog about something related to that. I'm just not sure what direction my ramblings will take. 


I joined RWA and the Mid-Willamette Valley chapter in 1992--twenty years ago. I didn't need to think about joining very long. I walked into a group of writers as a visitor and wrote out a check that night. I thought I'd found heaven. 

Over the years, I attended conferences and meetings, frantically taking notes from speakers who were writers--published writers! Oh, the things I learned! And realized I had so much more to learn. 

I found critique partners, entered contests, submitted to editors, became a chapter officer. And became a published author that others looked to for suggestions and answers. 

Over all those years as I was evolving, so was the publishing industry and technology. A number of factors led to the dwindling membership in our chapter. I am sad to see the chapter dissolve, but I also think it was the right decision for this time in our history. 

As we wrap up our business affairs, that sadness is mingled with anticipation that publishing holds many opportunities for good stories with more options coming in the near future. 

I hope to stay in touch with many of our members, and look forward to watching the careers of fellow writers take flight. May you all believe in your dreams and keep writing!


Please visit my Web site at www.GenieGabriel.com

Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly Progress Check-In

Welcome!  This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter's weekly progress check-in.

Did you meet your writing goals last week?  What do you plan to accomplish this week?

(The best prize is achieving your writing goals, but as an extra incentive, we will award gift cards from Powell's bookstore to the chapter member and the non-member who check in for the most weeks in 2012.)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Copyright


(FYI: All of the following post applies to the issue of copyright for authors within the United States. YMMV)

Here's an aspect of self-publishing I totally overlooked--and I imagine I'm not alone in that.

Copyright.

Yeah. I know. Yawn. But hey, it's worth spending a little time thinking about.

If your work is published by a major publisher, generally they will register copyright for you, but if you self-publish, you need to decide if going through the registration process is something you want to do.

http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf has a good explanation of copyright. Your copyright exists from the moment you create the work. That's the law. You don't have to do anything for your work to be copyrighted; it is automatically yours from the moment you create it. That means you may sell it, or give it away. It's yours. Others do not have the right to sell, loan or give away your work without your permission.

So if you already own the copyright, why register it?

For one reason, if you don't register your copyright, it becomes more difficult to prove that your work belongs to you. For example, some authors have received letters from Amazon.com asking for proof the author has the right to publish the book.

If the work was previously published, and the rights have reverted to you, it's generally easy to prove. You can show the letter or contract stating that the rights have reverted to you and the book is yours.

But what if this is original work and you just put it up online for the first time?

Yes, the law says it's yours, but registering your copyright with the United States Copyright Office is a form of protection. It is a legal record of your work, and a legal claim of your rights to that work.

So how do you register copyright? The United States Copyright Office has actually made this remarkably easy for digital authors.


You wil need to create an account with them, which enables you to file copyright claims.

Then you fill out the form online, pay the fee ($35 for online filing), and upload a digital copy of your book.

You will then receive a receipt showing you have applied for copyright registration, and approximately 2.5 months later (according to their site), you will receive your registration certificate.

That's all there is to it. 

Not the most exciting topic, but an important one, so I thought I'd mention it.

(I've been super-busy this week, or I threw this topic out there. Next time I'll get back to reviewing workshops from RWA National.)

Happy writing everyone.

Barb

Monday, September 03, 2012

Weekly Progress Check-In

Welcome!  This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter's weekly progress check-in.

Did you meet your writing goals last week?  What do you plan to accomplish this week?

(The best prize is achieving your writing goals, but as an extra incentive, we will award gift cards from Powell's bookstore to the chapter member and the non-member who check in for the most weeks in 2012.)