Friday, March 21, 2014

Weird NEWS FLASHes

or for want of a better title:

The Upcoming Events in My Writing Life
(not to be confused with my very quiet and uneventful non-writing life)

How's that for a title?

I've been offline for a few days due to a sick internet connection; hence, I've turned into a crud-infected blogger. I have no idea what that means, but I just read Kittie Howard's post where she talked about having crud, and I'm pretty sure I have it.

Now... (to divert your attention away from any thoughts about my mental capacity) here's a beautiful photo taken while we were in Bucerias.



A while back a dear blogger friend asked if I'd consider joining in on an anthology collaboration. She and several others were planning to write a steampunk novel. I immediately said, "Sure!" then proceeded to google the term: steampunk.

Wikipedia says:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialised Western civilisation during the 19th century. 

Let's just say that I sweated buckets coming up with a character and a storyline. I struggled, I procrastinated, and I agonized over every single word. To date, this has been the hardest thing I've ever written.

Break Time is due for release May 1st through Second Wind!



 More news...

Monday, March 24th, I'm guest hosting on IWS's blog and asking the question Is Your Protagonist Appealing? And I don't mean Pretty!

Beginning April 1st, my IWSG cohorts and I, and our Captain are participating in the A-Z Challenge. Our posts will surely dazzle and amaze you, so do stop by IWSG daily.

Last but not least, I'm happy to announce that funny man  Hank Quense is back by popular demand here on my cluculzwriter blog in April. Hank's has a faux news network report in store to dazzle and amaze you. Go figure!

(didn't make any of this up eiher!)

Puerto Vallarta's Melacon



43 comments :

  1. Sounds like we're in for a lot of fun and excitement around these parts. I'll be sure to check out your IWSG post come Monday.

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  2. April's gonna be a busy, busy month!
    And a toast to our dazzling and amazing IWSG April posts... *virtual toast*
    I'll pop in to check out your post on Monday.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I'll be sure to visit your posts too.

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  3. Good luck with the Steampunk venture. It's good to be challenged with a new genre. I may try a short Steampunk story later this year.

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    1. Glad I whet my whistle, Stephen. Thanks for visiting.

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  4. Congrats on the anthology. I really like steampunk and intend to read more of it in the coming year.

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  5. Weird NEWS FLASHes got my attention!

    All the best with the Steampunk. I shall mosey on back on Monday ... if I remember :)

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    1. Awesome. Means I'm keeping you on your toes!

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  6. I had to Google Steampunk, too, when I first heard of it...and I'm still not sure I understand it! LOL

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    1. It was tough to get my head around it, but lo and behold I wrote my piece. Still shocking to see I actually did it. Thanks, Laurel.

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  7. Good luck with the Steampunk Writing.

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  8. We'll dazzle and amaze! No, not really. At least I won't.
    Cool on the anthology. I wouldn't know what to write for a steampunk story either.

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    1. I disagree, Alex. I'm positive we dazzle and amaze. We, I mean YOU always do.

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  9. What a lot of great tidbits in this post... lots to look forward to. Congrats on mustering your courage and tackling steampunk. One of the members of my critique group writes steampunk and I'm always in awe of her knowledge. :)

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    1. Oh, Carol, I would have loved to have had her contact info while writing my story. What a struggle I had!

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  10. I had a good laugh at the crud-infestation thing. I think I have that too! Congrats on the upcoming release of BREAK TIME! Steampunk is really hard. You have to channel Jules Verne. Good luck with the A-Z posts, and have a great weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lexa! BTW, did you realize that your name is a mixture of Alex's. Or maybe it's Alex that has mixed letters, eh?

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  11. Hi Joylene .. I hope that buggy-crud is starting to wane now ... thankfully I'm across the pond and too far away, I hope!! Great about the anthology .. and I'd have had no idea either about steampunk - except for the Summer Olympics here ... it featured heavily in both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. I missed the opening and closing ceremonies, Hilary. That must have been quite spectacular. Thanks.

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  12. Did you really mean to have Word Verification thingummy on? it is! H

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    1. I'm having a terrible time with spam right now, Hilary, so I did apply the word verification thingy. As soon as I think it's safe to take off, I'm inundated with 100+ spams. Frustrating, indeed.

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  13. It's funny. Every time I read the definition of the genre "steampunk," it never quite means what it seems like it would.

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  14. Hi Joylene,

    Great Post! Thanks for Sharing! Looks like you are having a bit of a Flash Fest, happening. I get really confused with all those different terms and thanks for the info.

    Delighted to note you will be guesting on the "I Was Seeking Gary" site. I'm overwhelmed with emotion. Thank you, Joylene.

    Please, don't tell me that Hank will be returning. I'm not sure I will be able to control my laughter or my bowels.

    A to Z and IWSG!!! Somebody make this madness stop!!!

    Happy computering, eh.

    Kind regards, Ann Tagonist.

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    1. Ann Tagonist! You cagey fellow. Didn't recognize you without your puppy.

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    2. Some folks think I should be in a cage. The puppy is having a well-earned nap. That happened just after she farted!

      All the beast, sorry, all the best,

      Ann Tagonist!

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  15. Heading over to the appealing protagonist post. I had that problem in my last book.

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    1. I hope it's helpful, Sara. Have a great day.

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  16. Congratulations on the upcoming release!

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  17. I love steam punk. All that effort I'm sure will pay off. But I'm trying to write a story for an anthology right now and it's a struggle as well, so I feel your pain

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    1. It feels good to have come out the other side successfully, Nigel. Best of luck to you and your endeavour.

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  18. Beautiful sky. I love those sunsets. I also love how you jump into a project and then do the research. You're my kind of writer!

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    1. Lee, I laugh now when I think back at how terrified and unsure I was. I never expected to succeed. Feels good that I did. Thanks, eh!

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  19. Congratulations on stepping outside your writing comfort zone to be a part of the anthology!

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  20. Awesome to tackle steam-punk, not sure I could. Feel better, and I do think my protagonist is pretty. Well, prettier than me! LOL

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    1. Nothing wrong with being pretty, Yolanda. Bet your protagonist is complex and fascinating also.

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  21. Gorgeous pic!!
    And congrats on your steampunk. I love steampunk and have written a few stories based in that genre.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Lynda. It was a challenge that I won't soon forget. Takes a savvy writer to write steampunk effectively. Hope I did okay.

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