There are so many subtle ways to traverse the intricacies of describing characters of various races, nationalities, etc. while they’re being introduced. “This guy was talking to a Black guy” is not subtle. (And don’t even get me started on the fact that the first guy didn’t get a racial descriptor so we’re supposed to automatically assume he’s……? Yeah.)
It has always and will always annoy me.
(P.S. I love chocolate as much as anyone, but I’m really over the word being used to describe my skin. I mean, I’m probably quite delicious, but still.)
Remember in my last post when I said in a perfect world I would have Scars of the Past finished by the end of March? Yeah, that was funny, wasn’t it? It’s not my fault though; the story insists on being longer than I originally intended. You know how that goes.
I’m working on a scene now that’s actually quite relevant to something that’s been all over the news these days. Jacob and James–a former slave and his ex-lover/former owner’s son, respectively–are having a chat about the past. It’s not an easy conversation, but it needed to happen. I think it’s a shame that some people feel like we should avoid the hard talks, and that everyone would be better served if we just glossed over terrible things from long ago or pretended that they didn’t happen at all. Come on, humans. If these two vampires can talk about this stuff and they were there, then we can talk about it too, right?
Anywho, I had a great vacation. It was really cold for one day (which is not typical for Florida) then really hot the rest of the time I was there (which is absolutely typical for Florida) and I remembered how to be lazy. It was glorious.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you kick ass moms out there, whether your child/children have skin, fur, or feathers. Happy Sunday to the rest of you. 🙂
I greatly underestimated how much I would be using a calculator when dealing with immortal characters that have been doing many things for many centuries. I can barely remember what year(s) I did a lot of stuff but God forbid I screw up vampire continuity.
Speaking of vampire continuity, Scars from the Past is coming along well. I don’t have an ETA because I’ll be going on vacation later this week until late March, but in a perfect world I would have it finished by the end of the month.
I hope all of you are creating beautiful things. I look forward to having more time to read all of those beautiful things while I’m melting away in Florida. Write on. ❤
… do writers do their best writing when they’re actually not writing? I practically finished a novel in my head while I was grocery shopping this morning.
I’m resuming Scars from the Past this week. I want to wrap that one up before jumping back into the series proper, especially since it’s the last Extra short story involving any of the main characters that I have planned for a while. I’m really looking forward to spending time with Jacob, just the two of us. As my longest-existing character, he deserves some special attention (even if it involves delving into his past and making him relive terrible things).
Isn’t it funny how you blink and all of a sudden literal YEARS have gone by? I swear it was just yesterday since my last post. (-_-)
At any rate, I’ve been away far too long between the day job and different writing projects, and I’m done letting other things distract me from a series and a group of characters that mean the world to me.
I always swore that I would never let life get in the way of my writing. And I didn’t, for the most part. Other writing got in the way of my writing. You know that meme that talks about how one’s mind is like a million open tabs at once? Well mine is like a million stories, all demanding to be written at the same damn time. But I’m back in my Emma hat, finally, and I’m really excited to announce that I am starting Book 3 of my little vampire-human adventure and finishing Scars From the Past, which as been “coming soon” for quite a while now. (My bad.) After that, I plan to wrap up a quick short I started forever ago about Luca, because big, burly, asexual human bodyguards deserve love, too.
I’ve been working on a non-Emma story the past couple of months. Nothing remotely supernatural about this one, just two flawed guys doing their thing (each other). 😀 It’s taken longer than I thought it would to finish because November was not kind to me. Was it kind to many of us, really?
On a related note, I totally bombed NaNoWriMo. This is not shocking news.
After I finish this story, I’m going to take a break until sometime in January. If I don’t get back before then, have a safe, happy, merry, jolly, fun-filled, other adjectives Holiday/Christmas/Etc. and a wonderful New Year! ❤
I’ve added links for B&N, Apple, and Kobo to The Rising Son entry for those who prefer to download from there vs. Smashwords. (I’ll add a Goodreads link once they get the listing properly sorted.) Sorry I didn’t have it done sooner. It’s been a busy past week with weddings and family reunions and my regularly scheduled slacking. I’m taking the rest of the month off from vampires to play around with fandom. I’m also putting the finishing touches on a standalone short story that will maybe probably be my first Amazon release just so I can finally get my feet wet with going that route.
That’s all for now. I might even remember to do a Throwback Thursday post tomorrow…
The Rising Son will be published this Friday, 7/29. I’m just waiting for the cover to be lettered and trying to resist the urge to continue tweaking the story because I’m a chronic tweaker. If there’s a story in front of me, I will find a way to edit it forever. 😀
Also, last call on Smashwords’ July Summer/Winter Sale. Go forth and grab all the free and highly discounted ebooks you can before the end of the month.