Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A single resolution, an edit, and a treat

A couple of my NaNo buddies latched on to this idea so I hopped on the boat (yes, a few days late). Pick one word for your 2012 New Year's resolution. It might sound a little odd, but my word is: Less.
Yes, I want to be less this year.
Less busy
Less distracted
Less obligated
Less stressed
I made some good steps toward this at the end of the year. Now I just have to keep going.

The first round of Untitled Sequel edits is finished! Wow, that went fast. Mostly it was cleaning up all the little notes I left to myself when charging through NaNoWriMo. Things like: go back and verify number of days between A and B. Or my favorite: Might want to give MC at least a sheet else he's fighting naked. Oops! Or maybe not... Ok, ok, I'll get him something to wear. Maybe.

There were also a couple typo-heavy sections that I obviously typed with my eyes closed while visualizing a scene. Untitled Sequel (nice title isn't it?) is now going onto the shelf. But, you can tune in to Flogging the Quill very soon and weigh in on the first page.

For the first time in seventeen days I was home alone all day. My beloved silence, how I've missed you! I treated myself to a viewing of the new Conan the Barbarian. As I wasn't expecting anything spectacular in the plot department, I found it entertaining. If you like good-looking, half-naked muscular men cutting each other up with swords, a little sex and generally watching Jason Mamoa do anything, you'd probably enjoy it too. Having watched the 1982 version a good dozen or so times over the years, I can easily say the effects, dialogue and general plot were much improved. There was a lot of blood, violence and the sound effects people obviously had a great time with wet, squishy blood sounds. So yes, pretty much what you'd expect from a Conan movie. I'd call it Spartacus lite. Speaking of which, I can't wait for Season 2!


  1. Now that's an interesting idea. I don't have a resolution to pick a word from, but I guess mine would be "progress"...making visible progress towards goals and checking off steps along the way.

  2. Nothing like a few nearly naked men to make you relax ;)

  3. Okay, Jean, I usually joke around on your site, but I have to get serious. I don't know why you're submitting a page to a site like Flogging. Nothing wrong with the site, but you're way past that. That's where amateurs go to have their ego stroked. Your writing is excellent. Let it rip. I know I'm a nobody who's never written anything that got published, but I've read plenty. I'd stop screwing around with this, and concentrate on the writing. (Though, I confess, that's not as easy as it sounds.)

  4. I'm just curious on reactions to that first page and I enjoy the site. ;)

    I'm writing. Well, I just finished the final round of editing on Trust anyway. And revising the query letter and egads, the dreaded synopsis. I'm getting back out there. Don't worry.


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