May 24th, 2008

Biwa: Biwa

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scribblemoose posted a little while ago asking why everyone's so quiet, self-conscious and afraid to put themselves out there. So, I thought I would talk a little about myself for once. :)

First of all, I need to do more writing. As I might have mentioned, I do freelance non-fiction writing professionally, although it's nowhere near my main job. I have three assignments that have yet to be finished and are just sitting on my desktop, mocking my inability to even so much as open up Word and start them. And, of course, I have my novel to work on.

I'm tackling the huge task of editing that monster by creating a spreadsheet with different headings for each chapter so I can see what needs to be dealt with. Accuracy... superfluous 'that'... repetitious use of 'shook', 'paused' and 'nodded'... lack of description... and a good many other headings too.

I'm still only on chapter four.

I know other people are also trying to find agents on my flist, so when I'm done with this post, I'll make a list of the blogs I like reading, many of which are concerned with writing.

Anyway, I'm also in the process of dealing with Surpass Hosting. I figured that my time might be up after reading lelola's problems with them.

To cut a long story short, I signed up with them ages ago and paid for a great deal of time in advance. I didn't think further about it, assuming that they would invoice me when the time came to pay again. What a ridiculous idea that was! I got an email today telling me to pay for the one and a half years they forgot to bill me. They also said I cancelled the order myself.

I would pay them (and I do intend to!), since I did indeed use their service... but I hate their attitude. There's a subtle hint in their emails that this is my fault. Not to mention I have zero faith in their billing processes now. I confess that I thought a rather long time had passed since my last payment, but I had confidence they would tell me!

Do not want.
Photography: Sakura

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The list of blogs I read, many (but not all!) about writing. Alphabetical order.

101 Reasons To Stop Writing

Before you click on this link, you should consider whether reverse psychology works on you. This is because, despite the blogger's claims to the contrary, this satirical site inspires writing by telling you not to. Yeah, I don't get it either, but it works. For me.

Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent

Lots of advice from Nathan on querying and other aspects of agenting. He's famous for being able to reject a would-be writer's query in minutes.


This one is written by two editors who work for Red Sage, a publishing house for het erotic fiction. Despite this, they focus on the mechanics of writing, with an occasional aside if you happen to be a romance writer. Good if you're into line editing.


Current events that touch on feminist issues.

Koyasu Takehito's Official Blog (Japanese)

I really shouldn't have to explain this. :)

Moon Phase (Japanese)

The latest anime news from Japan.

Query Shark

A rather new blog, run by Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Management. If you want an agent, the usual method is to write a query letter showcasing your work. Here, people submit their queries and Janet critiques them and talks about whether she'd request to see more. Fascinating and very useful.

Strange Maps

A blog dedicated to strange maps(!) -- cartograms, maps for propoganda, distorted maps for advertising... Cool.


A victory for psychographics! A blog that talks about LGBT rights, hot men and Things Of Interest which includes free downloads, tech, tall buildings.... etc. I don't know how they know what I'll be interested in today, but they're always right. Scary.

BONUS FORUM: Absolute Write Forums

A place for talking about writing.