Monthly Archives: February 2013

Truly Inspirational!

Ksenia Anske's USTREAM live novel editing experiment

Ksenia Anske, writing and streaming live with her beta readers, one of which is yours truly.

Yesterday, at the behest of some of her beta readers, wonderful YA urban fantasy writer Ksenia Anske announced on both Facebook and Twitter that she would be editing her first novel, Siren Suicides LIVE on USTREAM.

Inviting one and all to stop by to see just how she works, i did just that, because Ksenia is truly inspirational, constantly tweeting encouragement to others, and at time of writing, Ksenia has only just called it a day after spending numerous hours hard at work, hammering at the keyboard, honing her skills, shaping and crafting her novel, which i am certain will be a huge success upon publication (Siren Suicides will be released as 3 books).

For me, writing only happens when i have absolute solitude and silence, but for Ksenia, this is not the case. Music tracks from Cafe del Mar play in the background, and her beta readers (myself included) chat to her as she writes, offering support and encouragement every step of the way.

Fuelled by an apple and coffee (never more than 3; usually 2), she has edited 22 pages today, and at times it has not been easy–there have been emotional outbursts involving tears and tissues, there has been scratching of head and her face has contorted into so many different shapes as she figures out what her characters will do next. Ksenia even speaks lines of dialogue out aloud: If it sounds right when spoken, it’s right once it’s written.   . Watching her work and hearing her chat to the camera has been both fun and a useful experiment, but as it approaches midnight here in the UK, Ksenia informs us all from her home in Seattle that she feels she has been less productive than usual, probably because she’s spent quite some time chatting to her readers. She has also been conscious of people watching her and feels that she hasn’t been able to dig deep enough inside herself today to make her characters express themselves as strongly as they normally would. Upon review, Ksenia stated that she would consider live streaming again, but probably only once a month or so.

I applaud Ksenia’s decision to try this experiment, but i think it does show that writing is hard enough without the added distractions that other people bring, and that sometimes, we have to be quite selfish to produce the goods.

My thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Ksenia. I hope she doesn’t mind the screen capture i took of her earlier. At least it wasn’t a screenshot of her displaying the elbows (or lack of) in her sweater!

Ksenia Anske’s blog can be found at http://www.kseniaanske.com where you will find a wealth of information about writing and also details of how to contact her.

Gather Round, Children!

It’s that time again – and i do apologise if you’re not into my stories. I don’t mind. There’s probably things that you like or things that you do that i don’t like too!

It would be such a boring world if we all liked the same things, so i remain open-minded and am always willing to try out something new.

I’d love to waffle on, but it’s 03.35AM as i write this and i do need to sleep, so please enjoy this latest story: Jack & Jill (and Steve!)

Not the Post I Had Planned, But…This is Far Better!

I had every intention of uploading a story today, but the story that i finally wrote for your pleasure is not the one i had intended to write!

It just came to me out of the blue as i was mulling over a few ideas that had popped into my head while i was using my Twitter app, Janetter.

So, here for your enjoyment is Jeepers Creepers! Death is a Tweeter!

All comments and feedback gratefully received.

Burning the Midnight Oil

Freshly uploaded, another short story for you to enjoy: The Empty Page. All feedback is welcomed and greatly appreciated, so please don’t forget to comment or like my posts. These short stories seem so easy in my head, but when it comes to writing them, it takes me forever. I guess it’s because i make corrections as i go along, instead of just bashing out the story in rough form, then reworking and honing it afterwards.

As i said before: I’m new at this and displaying my learner plates. I’ll get better at this game, I promise.

Caffeine and Paracetamol required

As promised, my first story “A Mother’s Love” has been uploaded, purely for your enjoyment. I do hope that you like it, and I welcome all feedback, but please don’t be too harsh on me–I’m displaying my literary learner plates!

I actually spent quite some time today going over the story, editing and rewording parts of it, and even wrote about 500 words pursuing a train of thought that eventually left me stumped with regard to a satisfactory ending! I’d written myself into a corner! Consequently, i scrapped the whole of that section and was then free to finish the story.

Later this evening, or more likely tomorrow morning, i’ll start the next story, one that has been rattling around in my head for quite some time.

Hello, world! Better late than never!

I recently came to realise that i signed up for this blog account on November 19th 2010, but since that day, i have not done a single thing with it!

Multiple distractions and personal family issues prevented me from using this wonderful platform to show just what goes on in my head, so now that i have finally begun to write and have resumed my greatest hobby, reading books, i think it’s about time that i shared a few things with you, the reader (hopefully there will be more than just one of you).

Hopefully, there will be something in my stories that will touch a nerve or induce a smile or a laugh, or even bring a tear to your eye. Whatever the response, please feel free to let me know what you think; how you feel both during and after you’ve read my stories.

My first short tale is approximately 90% completed, so i hope to have it finished very shortly, and i hope that you will enjoy reading it.

In parallel with my short stories, i am attempting to write my first novel, but it is a long way from completion, so don’t hold your breath on that one! You’ll be holding it for quite some time!