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Awkward Writer Moments

That moment when you forget how to spell a primary character’s name in your own novel….

Cara Kennaway

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Awkward Writer Moments

A conversation that played out in my head after a full day of researching medical information for Novel #2:

Me:  What happened to your arm?

Girl with Arm in Sling:  I broke it.

Me:  Dang.  I was hoping you’d been stabbed.

*facepalm*

…I think Awkward Writer Moments needs to be a thing.  God knows I have enough of them.

Cara Kennaway

A Very Sheepish Blog Post about Books

So.  Hi.  How have you all been the last 2 1/2 months?  (Sorry.  I’m so sorry.)

Here’s the thing, though: either I’ve been too busy to blog, doing things that aren’t worth blogging about, or doing very little—which also isn’t worth a post.  You see my dilemma.

So, let’s talk about books. Continue reading A Very Sheepish Blog Post about Books

More Very Cheerful Tidings

Sorry for the wait, all.  Unfortunately, my life went a bit haywire about a month ago, and all my free time has gone into finishing Novel #2.  However, I now present you with even more Very Cheerful Tidings:

I have finished my final edit of Novel #2!  It’s out in the world, staying with my friends and family, and I don’t have to think about it again until the beginning of December!  On to Novel #3 and regularly scheduled blog posts!  Hooray!!!

Go raibh maith agaibh, a chairde—

Cara Kennaway

Another Milestone, or Very Cheerful Tidings

So, it’s been a while.  Again.  And this is going to be short.  Sorry about that.

Maybe I can appease you with the good news that, a) this is not another grammar rant, and b) I come bearing Very Cheerful Tidings.

Very Cheerful Tidings Exhibit I:  I have finished this edit of Novel #2!

Very Cheerful Tidings Exhibit II:  I have exactly one run-through left of Novel #2, in which I shall conduct a final grammar check.  After that, I will endeavor to gain constructive criticism from mine peers.  Then—to querying!

Very Cheerful Tidings Exhibit III:  …Actually, I don’t have a third Exhibit.  I just wanted one.  So there.

Thus concludes this Brief Message Bearing Very Cheerful Tidings.

Cara Kennaway

 

Editing: The Adventure Begins

...The EndLast night, at approximately 5:30 PM, something momentous happened: I finished rewriting Novel #2 with a final tally (for this draft, at least) of 67,841 words.

Allow me to translate this into Excited  Teenage Girl for a moment:

OH MY GOD, I, LIKE, TOTALLY FINISHED MY BOOK AGAIN!  AND NOW I GOT TO, LIKE, EDIT, AND IT’S GOING TO BE A. MAZ. ING.  Totes.

Continue reading Editing: The Adventure Begins

People Who Don’t Matter: My Weird Love for Minor Characters

terrified red haired goblin at Gringotts in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 2
One of my favorite all time characters, the one and only Terrified Red-Haired Goblin at Gringotts

As a word nerd, writer, and obsessive reader, I have long since discovered something about myself: I have a slightly odd tendency to obsess over minor characters in stories—both mine and other people’s.

Here’s a great example: the Terrified Red-Haired Goblin who is shown for exactly two seconds in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 during the protagonists’ escape from Gringotts.  (I just realized that I’ve gone over a year on this blog without more than the merest mention of HP.  This is…unacceptable.)  He is unnamed, probably unlisted in the credits, and has no bearing on anything.  But he stands out in the scene because he looks convincingly terrified.  I’ve always loved him, I thought he was one of the coolest characters in the whole story (or, at least, he makes Top 50).  I never knew why, just sort of laughed at it and listed it under “Cara’s Quirks” (a rather extensive list, actually). Continue reading People Who Don’t Matter: My Weird Love for Minor Characters

A Quick Note on Word Counts

fireworksANNOUNCEMENT: I have officially reached and exceeded my minimum word count in Novel #2.  Miss Agent informed me that Young Adult novels should not be below 60,000 words, with fantasy novels easily reaching the 80,000-90,000 word count-range.  As of May 6th at about 6pm, I have 61,026 words.

So, I still have nine chapters to rewrite, plus an epilogue, and by that time I should have a nice cushion for when it’s time to edit.  Twice.  And then send to friends for critique.  And then edit again.

After that, I can probably query.  Maybe.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate with internet chocolate and virtual fireworks.  Woohoo!

Cara Kennaway

Review: Monstrous Regiment

cover of Monstrous Regiment by Terry PratchettTime to state the obvious:  I really like Terry Pratchett’s work.  Like, a lot.  Perhaps a bit more than is generally considered socially acceptable.  Shocking, I know.

I got a couple of his Discworld books for Christmas (The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic) and loved them both, but Monstrous Regiment came highly recommended to me by Pearl, and I decided I really ought to read it.

I love this book.

Like, seriously, I think this is my favorite ever Terry Pratchett book and maybe my favorite book of all time (except that that would dismiss Harry Potter.  And The Odyssey.  And The Crucible.  And Lloyd Alexander and Cornelia Funke and a bunch of authors and books that ought not be dismissed.).  It was perfect.  The story was perfect, the characters were perfect, the message was perfect.  The entirety of this book was exquisite in every way.

Continue reading Review: Monstrous Regiment

1 Year and 100 Pages

first birthday cake
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Today is a momentous day, people.  Today marks one full year since Semicolons Forever was created.

Let’s reflect.  In no particular order (Actually, it’s a fairly particular order.  But we won’t acknowledge that):

Continue reading 1 Year and 100 Pages