Friday, May 18, 2012

Again with the Revisions

I'm smack bang in the middle of tearing my ghost manuscript apart again, with suggested revisions from my agent this time. If you've read this blog long enough, you'll already know what I think about editing and revising, the extremely un-fun part of my job.
However, since I'm still all starry-eyed about my agent, I'm actually pretty excited about making these changes and seeing where the new version will take us. And while yes, I am removing some scenes and putting in new ones, once I started working on the changes, I realized they weren't probably going to be as stressful as I fist assumed.
I might have already mentioned this, but we had to ditch the Shadow Hunter thing and for the time being I'm going with Necrohunters, unless someone comes up with something better at some point. And since the title was The Last Shadow, which kind of no longer applies, I have no idea what the new title is going to be at this point. 
I'm getting close to the half way point of the tearing-and-refitting, but the most major changes are going to occur in the last part of the book. I have to write in a bad guy who, previously I wasn't going to reveal until later in the series. I also have to work in some highly dramatic way that the hero, Nathan, finds out about Tessa's big secret, which I'd also considered leaving until later books.
But, I guess its like that song "hit me with your best shot." I have to pack as much punch into this book as I can, because its going to be up against a whole bunch of other agent-approved books hitting the desk of New York's biggest editors.
And even though I'm revealing a lot more in this book than I originally planned, I still have a lot up my sleeve for the next two books at least, so here's hoping whatever publishing house picks me up offers at least a trilogy.
And now I really should get back into it, my characters await!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Currently Reading... Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy

Blurb:
Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, Edie's mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When renegade mercenaries kidnap Edie, she's not entirely sure it's a bad thing . . . until they leash her to a bodyguard, Finn—a former freedom fighter-turned-slave, beaten down but never broken. If Edie strays from Finn's side, he dies. If she doesn't cooperate, the pirates will kill them both.

But Edie's abilities far surpass anything her enemies imagine. And now, with Finn as her only ally as the merciless Crib closes in, she'll have to prove it or die on the site of her only failure . . . a world called Scarabaeus.


 I love a god sci-fi romance, as most of you already know, and this one by Sara Creasy has not been a disappointment. In fact, I think the last time I enjoyed a SFR this much, it was a Linnea Sinclair book, who always hits the mark for me. The only downside is because of my limited time, I'm only reading in snatches, when I'd prefer to just spend a whole day on the couch and do nothing but be immersed in this well-rounded book. I'm about two-thirds of the way through and have the second book, Children of Scarabaeus all ready to go. 


As for this year's SFR challenge, which I've failed to mention since I put it up in the side bar ( --> ) I'm past five titles and heading for ten. With any luck I should achieve the Moon Reading challenge, though if I had more time, I could have easily made the Venus level at 25 SFR titles. But, I've got my own work to do and that's never been more important than now that I have an agent to work with. 


Speaking of which, I have a lot of work to do on revising my Shadow Hunter book, which is no longer going to be called the Shadow Hunters. I'm about a quarter of the way through, but I'm re-writing some entirely new scenes from scratch, so it's going to be a few weeks before I have a whole manuscript again. Stay tuned for news of the new series name, title, etc and where this book will end up finding a home. In the meantime, I have lots of work to do!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Chuck

So I have a new most-favorite-ever TV show: Chuck. My good friend, Cafrine, told me about it many years ago and at the time I was like "eh", I was at the height of my Supernatural obsession and was starting to get into Vampire Diaries in a big way. I wasn't interested in finding anything new.
I'm not even sure what made me finally decide to give Chuck a go. I suppose I'd seen snippets on TV and heard people mention it over the years and at last thought I should see what all the fuss was about... I watched one episode and I was hooked! I'm now mid-way through season 3 and loving every episode.
For those of you who don't know (like I didn't until recently) Chuck is based on Charles "Chuck" Bartowski who unwittingly has all of the CIA and NSA most classified government secrets downloaded into his brain, a computer they call the Intersect. Since the actual computer is destroyed, Chuck is the only source of all the government's most important data, so he is forced to become a spy, providing information when he "flashes" on certain people or objects. Chuck gets a CIA handler in Sarah Walker (also the love interest) and an NSA handler/bodyguard in John Casey.
This show ticks all the boxes for me; romance, action, comedy, suspense. It has a great balance of characters and a plot that's different from anything else out there at the moment.
I must say, I really love Adam Baldwin as Agent John Casey. The ex-Firefly actor really found his stride in this role. Sure, he was great in Firefly, and played a similar gung-ho, brawns kind of guy. But in Firefly, the comedy came in the fact that he wasn't the smartest star in the sky, which suited the Firefly plot and characters. In Chuck, Baldwin gets to play a super-tough, obviously very smart gung-ho, brawns kind of guy, which is a very effective character.
And where to start when it comes to the hero of the show, Chuck? I just love that he's everything a spy usually isn't; uncoordinated, actually cares about things, a total geek. The creators did a good job casting Zachary Levi in this role. He portrayed a great mix and nerdy, sweet, and sexy (really sexy)... yes it can be done!
I was a bit disappointed to see that the final season, number 5, only got a half run of episodes at 13 aired. The least they could have done was end this fabulous series with a full season. And while we all wish our favorite TV shows could keep going and going, I can already see, mid-way through season 3, how this premise doesn't have as long a shelf-life as some others. There's only so many directions the show can go, and Chuck has to evolve to keep things believable. Working as a spy, he can't stay they same unknowing, nerdy nobody he started out as. He is moving toward being more of a professional spy, which brings its own issues.
I think the will-they-won't-they storyline of Chuck and Sarah's romance has been handled very well also. There have been (and may still be) other people for both of them along the way, but they keep finding their way back to each other. And of course, because the internet is the internet and nothing is secret, I do know they end up getting married at some stage.
So I will be interested to see how the second half of this series plays out. If I was scoring, I'd definitely rate this show a five out of five stars. I haven't seen such a great balance of elements since Stargate SG1 (the early years). So if you haven't already seen this fantastic series, go watch it, people!