Tag: I Should Be Writing

The Shambling Guide to New York City cover

by on Jan.14, 2013, under Art, Books, Entertainment, Novels

Mur Lafferty, one of my favorite podcasters (I Should Be Writing) and author, has a new book coming out and it just got a cover!

Cover art by Jamie McKelvie

Cover art by Jamie McKelvie

It looks awesome! Here’s the blurb for the actual book:

“Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human. Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.”

Author Source (Murverse.com)
Artist Source 1 (Website)
Artist Source 2 (Tumblr)


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Writing: Being Classy: Dealing with Publishing Woes

by on Apr.10, 2012, under Articles, Books, Writing

On occasion we hear about when an author goes ballistic. Usually about reviews or sometimes about how a publisher treats them. We rarely hear about when an author stays classy in the face of obvious annoyance. Well unless you’re reading this article right now.

Let me introduce you to Mary Robinette Kowal. I am not one of her readers, although that might change in the future, but I am one of her listeners, as she recently joined one of my favorite writing podcasts Writing Excuses where she has proven herself very capable of offering advice and knowledge regarding writing.

Unsurprisingly she is an author of several books of which the most recent one, Glamour in Glass, had a printing error. The printer somehow omitted the first line of the novel. Does she rant and rave to the net? No. She takes the problem, stays classy, and turns it into something even better: A way to advertise her new book and interact with her fans.

Bookmark by Mary Robinette KowalHer blog post regarding the subject discusses the first lines of books in general, offers an interactive pop quiz, and then proceeds to enumerate a list of ways readers can correct their novels including asking her to pen the initial line herself if one attends a signing of the book. How awesome is that? The list also includes digital stickers, a digital book mark, a free signed bookmark with a self-addressed & stamped envelope (SASE), a temporary tatoo with a SASE, and the best part, she is selling a t-shirt with the missing first line. And of course you could read the first line on the webpage itself, if you wanted, or just start with the second line!

Despite Glamour in Glass being the second in a series, I’m tempted to purchase it. For those of you who don’t know, book collectors often see more value in a book that has a miss printing than perfectly bound books. I make no assumptions or assertions regarding Mary Robinette Kowel’s bibliography’s future worth but it does add some appealing value, aside from the story within.

So aspiring authors out there, take notes. This is how you handle someone else’s mistake of your work and turn it around into something awesome. Don’t believe me? Mur Lafferty, author and creator of my other favorite writing podcast, I Should Be Writing, agrees with me.

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Comic Link & Writing: All Write!

by on Feb.27, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics, Writing

First introduction of the comic All Write! hosted on the website I Should Be Writing focusing on amusing aspects of writing. You can read its entire archive by following this link.

All Write! #27: The Trouble with Finishing

Sums it up rather nicely. I imagine even pro-writers finishing their tenth book that has already sold to the publisher and has been pre-ordered more than Amazon can fill still isn’t sure where to start next.

Hint: Likely involves sleeping and/or editing… or both!


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The Power of Words: Stephen Fry says “Language”

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Articles, The Power of Words, Videos, Visual Media, Writing

Originally found at I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty.

Below is a small video  you should watch. It talks about language in a very interesting and amusing manner.

I admit to being guilty of this sometimes. The copy editor in me does like to come out, every once and awhile, and correct the grammar of the written word around me. I’m also happy to say that am very much a fan of evolving English. I don’t find nom to be rather funny, although there are some verbings of nouns that I am not a fan of. Language creation is something that has always interested me, despite my lack of talent in picking up any language other than English.

I think though, if you are not a grammar vigilante, something you should take away from this is that it is important to learn grammar and to understand what is correct and what is not, so you can understand how things are changing. And so you can “dress up” every once and awhile. Also everybody should take away from this that the use of words, or your choice of diction, and the elevation of speech, should not be mocked or thought of as pretentious but celebrated and appreciated, when used expertly.

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