Profile in UGA Columns Magazine 10/26/2011
I was recently profiled in Columns, the University of Georgia's faculty and staff magazine.
The feature does such a nice job of connecting my day job at the university to my off-campus writing pursuits.
(Those are the spires of Oxford in the background of the photo!)
Contest Final! 09/23/2011
Found out this week that Guarding the Waters is a finalist (and ranked first) in the Heart of the Rockies contest.
Titles Are Funny 08/23/2011
Titles are funny. At least, these days they try to be. Most titles are riffs on something that came before -- a literary classic, a popular TV show, a slogan. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of paranormal romance fiction, which I'm trying to break into. (A recent vampire novel carries the title Eat Prey Love. You get the drift.)
But here's the thing -- my titles aren't funny (Guarding the Waters, Reading the Waters, Bridging the Waters). The characters within the stories are funny and snarky, but the titles, well, they're earnest. Will earnest sell?
On a road trip not long ago, my husband Chris and I made a list of pun-driven titles that would fit the world of the novel -- the Four Arcs, also known as the Realm, an island haven from the 21st century that lives by the rhythms of the moon. Chris has had 30 years of headline-writing experience, so some of them are rather clever. Those are the ones he came up with. Any that fall flat are my creations. Here's the list:
Arc, Wind, & Fire (my personal favorite)
Catcher in the Realm
Stranger in a Strange Realm
Gone with the Waters
Waters Waters Everywhere
Haven and Hell
Ain't This the Haven?
Barefoot in the Arc
A Tale of Two Warriors
A Midsummer Night's Skirmish
Whatever Luna Wants...
No Place to Arc
One Day in the Arc with Greta
The Diva Wore a Leather Breastshield
Feel free to add to the list. Just remember -- be clever, not earnest.
Collage Crazy 07/06/2011
Maybe I'm going overboard with this collage thing, but I can't seem to stop myself. Made a collage tonight to frame the map of the Four Arcs -- trying to capture the flavor of the four very different landscapes. Not sure I pulled it off, but it was fun trying.
Novels & Collage 07/04/2011
I love Jenny Crusie, and not surprisingly, I loved her collage workshop at RWA. Inspired, I went back home and set to work (actually play) on a collage of the Four Arcs series. Here's what I have so far -- the first attempt and a later version with a bit more detail.
RWA 2011 07/03/2011
What a great week in NYC! I pitched to an amazing agent and two amazing editors. Now to submit the manuscript!
With fellow GRW member Alicia McCalla at the RITA Awards Ceremony
Dear Author - First Page Saturday 07/03/2011
Guarding the Waters was featured on the Dear Author blog! Read responses to the novel's opening. So many encouraging comments (constructive criticism, too) and from some amazing writers I admire -- Shannon Stacey, Courtney Milan, Tamara Hogan, Gennita Low.
Jane does aspiring writers a great service by providing this forum for feedback.
Cinderella in Oxford 05/15/2011
This weekend I attended the Keble Ball, and while I didn't LOSE my shoes, I was tempted to kick them off. Seems that fancy footwear was one more thing (along with yoga pants, a turtleneck...) I forgot to pack for this Maymester study abroad program at Oxford University. I'm traveling with a group of university students, who had even more fun than I did at the ball. And they didn't get home at the stroke of midnight. But I did.
Tomorrow -- we take the Bodleian Library oath and marvel at all the books, books, books.