Post 100

WOW guys, this is my 100th blog post. I feel like I should be celebrating, and actually my bffs and I are baking a cake for Natalie’s brother, so that’s sort of like celebration. Sort of.

This is a post of celebration, but also one of appreciation. Appreciation of Natalie and E. M., without whom I would never have gotten as far as I have. Appreciation of Liza, my new super-fan who has been so inspirational and motivating in my writing life. Appreciation of all of you, whose readership has given me all sorts of inspiration to share with you the events of my writing life.

I hope these posts continue to be of interest to you and perhaps even of some use, and I ask that you follow along through my next hundred posts as patiently as the first hundred.

Cheers,

C

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Back To School

Well, for many of us we’ve either been in school for a while now or we’re just starting (like myself… this is my first week back). All sorts of exciting things are happening! ๐Ÿ˜€

First of all, I’m back with all of my dear friends (including Natalie), and although I admit that the list of my irl friends is short, they’re all very wonderful and inspiring and it’s so great to be back with them.

Secondly, my classes are going really well! I’m more than two weeks ahead in my philosophy reading and I’ve not even had the second day of class in it yet. I’m about a week ahead in my British Writers’ class, but I’ve read a lot of it before so that was unsurprising. I’m taking a course called British Domestic Interiors and what are we reading excerpts of the first week??? What else but Dickens??? ๐Ÿ˜€

I haven’t had much time for watching things lately, so once again I’m behind on Revenge, but with the rate my schoolwork is going I think I’ll probably catch up this weekend. Natalie and I are probably going to watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower on Friday because my college is showing it free. I’ve got a massive box of microwave popcorn and it SHALL be utilized!

As far as writing, while it’s slowing down at the moment because of school, it’s not coming to a screeching halt. I’ve come up with a system that lessens the amount of time spent writing voluntarily to virtually zero (unless I’m at least a week ahead in all classes and do not have a paper due within two weeks, in which case I can write while I, idk, do laundry or something) and I only write when I get reviews, follows, reminders from my calendar programmed months ago at strategic times in the semester…. So virtually not very often, especially because posting is going to be at a bare minimum, BUT, it will happen maybe once or twice a month I expect, probably with chapters that are already nearly done.

And God help me if I finish my next chapter of Faithful, because I will then be bombarded. That’s the one that people follow randomly even when I’ve not updated in weeks. *sigh*

Well, that’s all of your update for now. I swear nothing exciting has happened, so don’t feel like I’m holding back. I haven’t even had a chance to get my submission ready for The Cincinnati Review. It’s on my list of things to do this weekend, so we’ll see. It’s a long list.

Cheers,

C

Another Rejection and my Latest Project Idea

So Pithead Chapel turned me down. It’s a polite albeit clinical refusal, but I’m sure they’re very busy. “Soon” is apparently a tough sell, but I can’t say I’m altogether surprised. I’m still pushing it through my list. The Cincinnati Review is next and we’ll see what we get out of it!

Also, I’ve begun to think about a massive project that will take years to undertake, and here’s why: It’s a compilation! ๐Ÿ˜€

This will probably be a self-pub opportunity, as I really want full say on what makes it into my compilations and what doesn’t. This means it will be an ebook, almost certainly published through Smashwords, and Natalie and I will go through and decide things like whether I’m going to publish only short stories or whether a novella or a chapter from a novel will also be considered. I’ll put something up here, and on Facebook, and I will say that there is an opportunity for fan recommendations, so if there’s a chapter or work of mine you think ought to be honored by being set into this compilation, you can let me know! I’m even considering taking some of my fan fiction and adapting it to non-fandom related in order to actually include it in the compilation. So if you read my fan fiction, that’s up for grabs as well!

So keep your eyes peeled for more news/information on this, and if I can’t get something published via traditional channels, it may/probably will be in the compilation! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thoughts on this? Advice? Personal anecdotes? Leave a comment! ๐Ÿ˜€

Cheers,

C

A Massive Request of You All!

I’m up for awards on Fanfiction.net! (Check out the nomination’s list… I’ve got a bajillion, it’s great!)

The thing is, not very many people on the fan fiction forums know who I am or have read my work, and you know how voting works in this world: You vote for the people whose names you recognize. So whether or not I’m the most deserving of writers, I’m going to have to pull out the stops to win anything (despite the fact that literally half of the Romance nominations are my stories).

So my request is, if you have a fanfiction account, or are willing to create one for the sake of my nominations (free and no spam!), that you go to this site:ย http://www.fanfiction.net/topic/44309/76958455/1/L-L-s-2012-Genre-Awards-Nominations-Open-Until-January-14th

and follow the instructions for voting. Basically, you send a PM to the account (The Award Twins, at the top of the page) and list out who/what you’re voting for.

I’m most anxious to win Best Romance Author, Best Tragedy Author, and Genre Queen, so if you don’t want to vote for specific stories you haven’t read (although if you’d like to read them, please do!) I ask that you at least vote for me in these categories.

I would really appreciate this, all of you, and just know that if you ever need anything I’m more than happy to help any of you as well! ๐Ÿ˜€

Cheers,

C

Quick Reads?

Looking to read something quick, steamy, possibly a bit entertaining?

Charlotte Blackwood has the answer.

You see, I’ve been doing these oneshot fan fictions that I call Remus Smutshots. They’re a series of oneshots where Remus finds himself in smutty situations with various females.

The idea began when I realized that Remus doesn’t get enough fan fiction love. I mean, Remus/OC is decent, Remus/Hermione tends to be good. There are some decent Remus/Lily and Remus/Tonks and I even found a couple of Remus/Ginny that were good, but there’s not a lot of variety. So I decided to go through the female characters alphabetically and see if they have a romance, M-rated story in English with Remus. If there isn’t one existing, I have to write it. And it gets a bit… interesting at times.

They all have different tones and circumstances and whatnot.

Several of them are up for awards, so check the CharlotteBlackwood profile page on fanfiction.net and see what Remus Smutshots have in store for you!

Cheers,

C

An Interesting Occurrance

I recently put up a post about my Family Affair series, and I thought I should mention something that happened recently that might make writers stop and think when they’re coming up with character names.

Out of respect for the family, I will simply refer to the name being used as MFC. I used a character name for a minor character that I actually came up with by throwing together a few names from my lists that I’ve been compiling forever. I loved the name. I was very proud of it (have since changed it to Marie Wellington-Sinclair). But it was the name of an actual person, which I hadn’t known.

They say that you should, when coming up with a pen name, Google the pen name to make sure that it’s not the name of, like, a serial killer you’d never heard of or a convicted felon or something. Make sure that it doesn’t have bad press, or that it’s not the name of some actor or something like that. Perhaps it should also be said that this should be done when making character names.

It just so happens that this name I threw together was the name of a girl who had died tragically in an accident just a few months ago. Her sister found my story while Google searching the name and asked me if I would please change the name.

At first my thoughts were, “But I worked so hard on finding the right name, I didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t even know the girl!” And so on, and so forth.

But then the thought crossed my mind that if something happened to someone I cared about and their name was being used by someone I didn’t know, someone who didn’t know them, even if it wasn’t intentional or malicious, I would want them to change the usage for me. I would like to think they would. So, since the name meant so much more to them than it ever could to me, I changed it.

So what I’m saying is, be careful when naming characters, especially if it’s for something that will find its way onto the internet (assume it will someday, even if you’re planning on print publishing). You don’t know what that name might mean to someone else.

Cheers,

C

My Family Affair Series

Here I am again, peddling my Harry Potter fan fiction stories at you! This one is a three-part series I’m working on, part two off which is completed – Family Affair.

Let me explain.

When I began to write Family Affair – ages ago, it seems – I always knew I was going to write a sequel. Family Affair leaves off at the end of the fifth book and the sequel will pick up from there and go through the end of the seventh book (might have an epilogue, but probably not). One of my most faithful readers, Liza, asked if there would be a prequel about Matty and Sirius and their school days and how they got together and whatnot. And you know me, I can’t resist a challenge.

So I’m now working on not only the sequel for Family Affair (which is going slowly atm and is as yet nameless), but I’ve also posted the first chapter and nearly finished the second of the prequel, I Dare You to Run. So far it’s already full of action and sexual tension, which makes Liza very happy. I Dare You to Run will go at least through Sirius’s arrest, but I think I’m actually going to carry it further. How much further? I’m not sure! Birth of the girls, perhaps. Arrest of Bellatrix, maybe. Might even have it go right up to where Family Affair begins at the beginning of book three.

Since there’s not very much of that one up, it’s time for me to push the other two! Unlike I Dare You to Run, which is being written exclusively from Matty’s POV, Family Affair is Sirius’s POV with a single chapter from Matty’s POV. I won’t tell you which chapter because spoilers, but I will tell you that it was one of my favorite ones to write. It covers Sirius discovering that he has children, reuniting with Matty, and all of the lovely things that happen while we know Sirius in the books. There’s also some lovely stuff about Remus’s jealousy. I think Remus is lovely whilst jealous, and Liza agrees.

The as-of-yet unnamed sequel will be told from Matty’s POV, and Merryn’s. This is obviously because there’s a lot of stuff going on at Hogwarts I want to incorporate, but also because there will be a point where Matty’s POV will no longer be, shall we say, viable, and I’ll need someone to continue the story. I won’t say what happens. My loyal fans probably already guessed it. You’ll have to read and see it for yourselves! It’s not up yet, but keep your eyes peeled! I’m working on the first chapter.

Cheers,

C