Sunday, June 27, 2010

We Can Haz Maps!

Here are maps of Bay City and the surrounding area.

The maps are a bit rough (since they're mostly for my reference) but they give the general lay of the land.

Now when you see street names in the stories, you can see (for the most part) exactly where they are in the city.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

KAT AND MOUSE Is iPhone/iPod Touch Friendly

We've just recently been told the serial is readable on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Exciting news. Glad to hear we've yet another way to reach fans and readers.

Not having either gadget, I'm going to guess it's being read via URL or maybe RSS feed. Can any readers confirm?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Curse You, Nathan Long!

Dropped into Borders earlier today to pick up the second Gotrek and Felix omnibus when what to my wandering eye should appear?

But lo! on the shelf--Ulrika the Vamp-eer.

Specifically, Ulrika the Vampire: Blood Born.


Goddammit...

Why?

Because Ulrika's conversion has not yet happened in my reading timeline.

I'm guessing it takes place somewhere in the middle of the omnibus.

So, Nathan Long, I bestow a Bronx cheer upon you.

(grrrr...)

(grumble grumble grumble...)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Leaping In

Or at least, preparing to leap in.

As I get started on writing episode #10 of K+M, I'm pondering the serial's print possibilities. Specifically, the print version of the first 10 episodes.

I'm estimating a month or two to write and polish #10. So by the beginning of August (or mid-month), I will begin my search for...

(dun dun DUN)

...an agent.

Yep. You heard right.

I'm gonna try to take K+M to the big leagues.

As of now, I'm already collecting names of possible folks I plan to query. And I'm working on the query letter, too.

And I will blog about the whole process so you can share in the fun.

It'll be a hoot.

Now it's quite possible that I've already shot myself in the foot even before I leave the starting block.

See, K+M is already serialized. Already published, in a sense. There is the possibility (and I need to be ready for it) that agents will turn it down because of that fact.

We'll just have to see.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Plantser/Plotser

After a little more thought on the matter from my earlier post (Planner or Pantser?), I'm starting to think that I may be a bit of both.

A Plantser. (Or Plotser.)

I mentioned in the earlier post that I only create a rough sketch of the story. That I don't know every single detail. The detail comes out during the writing.

For instance, I'll write something like: "Kat and Mouse interrogate mook. Find out link to bad guy."

Broad strokes. What I won't know is how they'll interrogate the mook and what shape the interrogation will take. Long interrogation? Short interrogation? Play "Good Cop, Bad Cop"? Hang him upside down? Waterboard him? Will it be like pulling teeth? Will he break quickly? Will he resist for a while then give himself away?

I don't know right off the bat.

All of that will usually reveal itself in the course of writing.

Yeah. I think I'm a Plantser.

Or Plotser.

Plotser. Sounds more fun.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Planner or Pantser?

A fellow ForumGoer at one of my online watering holes talked about his method of writing. I decided to reply with the following post...

I'm one of the former types. The Outliner. The Planner. The Plotter. I'll share how I write. It may not be how other Outliners write, though. Just me.

My ideas don't come fully formed. I'll just get a snippet of something. A scene. A bit of dialogue. But at that point, I won't write anything down. It's just an idea. There's not much for my Outliner Brain to work with. Yet.

So it'll sit in the deep recesses until it finds something it can work with. Something it can mold into shape. My brain will ask questions of the idea. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

Once I've answered these questions, I sketch out the broad strokes of the story using the Four Act Structure (which I cribbed from episodic television writing). This is my Story Map.

Then I'll write, keeping an eye on the Map. Along the way, new bits of story may take shape on the page. I'll add them if they look like they will serve the story. I'll toss them if they don't.

And on I go, writing until I get to the end of the Map and the end of the story.

Do I ever swerve off the Map? Sometimes. It'll happen in the middle. The characters may decide something completely different than what I had envisioned. But I try to keep the broad strokes intact.

But eventually, everyone makes it to that ending I first envisioned. They solve the case. They find the missing girl. They retrieve the item.

What about you? How do you write?