Absent Minded Pacer

Another aspiring author who's been told to go write a blog and poison the world with her insanity.

The Importance of a Writing Buddy

Subtitle: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lonesome writer must be in want of a writing buddy.

Well, it should be universally acknowledged. Part of the reason writer’s write is that we want to share our imaginary worlds with the ‘real’ world.

Or at least, that’s part of the reason  write.

And when sitting all the lonesome, staring balefully at your computer, more often than not – you loose sight of that.

Magnificent prose leaves your fingers, however unneeded that prose might be – and as your stroke your manuscript hissing “Precious” and find that while you know you should cut things – every single word is ever so lovely and-

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On the Subject of Antagonists

Subtitle: And why it’s so much easier to create a protagonist than one of those guys.Image

Note: I have also long since come to the conclusion that the entire book is out for your soul and won’t stop until it eats a good portion of it. Perhaps that’s why it’s so dang horrid when you get rejected.

And… back to the subject.

Antagonists. The Bad Guy. The Darth Vader of your story. (LAWYERS. Don’t eat me, please! I DO NOT OWN Darth Vader. I am not claiming that I do! ) The reason your protagonist is in pain. The reason your protagonist had to leave his happy life of coffee and donuts (yes, I know, I’m making wild assumptions here) to go out into reality.

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On the Subject of Revising and Copywrite – er, Right.

Subtitle:….and it seems that even the people who’ve done it several times are winging it.

1rst bit of Advice That I always find: Leave the Book Alone. Don’t touch it, don’t look at it, don’t even think about it. Forget that it even exists and go do something that is somehow more productive.

When the book sneaks up on you, DECK IT AND THROW IT AS FAR FAR AWAY AS POSSIBILES.

Do this for weeks and weeks and weeks if possible. [my patience does not go this far. I will wait a week, at most.]

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Subtitle: ….technically, it was done at 3:30 A.M. in the morning last night.

So, basically, at like.. 12:20 in the morning last night, I stopped, stared, at my screen, and decided I was going to finish that book tonight.


And, yes, it’s finished, no, I don’t quite know what to think, that book has taken up so much of my life in just writing it and now it’s…finished.

Well, it still needs revisions and so that’s good.

*is still in book finish shock* …I have an entire book, all 85,000 words, right in front of me.

That I wrote.



*excuse me, Margaret Vinshire will return later, can you please leave a message?*

Page 200! Level up!

Subtitle: Near-Climax is has evolved into Climax! (which is why it’s TAKING MY SOUL, goshdangit!)

….Totally ignore the pokemon references, please.

Anyways, really short post.

My novel – First draft, anyway – should be done by next thursday.

We’ll see how that goes.



The Short Attention Span Prologue

Subtitle: …Which is why I’ve rewritten mine for about the billionth time. *crazy eye twitch*

There many facts of life that one hates.

One of the most brutal and sulk worthy is that people have short attention spans – and are quick to judge whether or not something is worth their time.

The same is true for books.

So, of course, one must have the AWESOMESAUCE GIFT FROM THE STARS first line and/or prologue.

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On the Subject of Researching

Subtitle: And Why the Near-Climax is out for My soul. (Notation – Pic below is Supermarine Spitfire – British WWII fighter.)Supermarine Spitfire

So, for those of you who have for whatever reason decided to look at the About AMP page, you’ll know – or at least, if you haven’t purged those horrible sentences from your memory, or simply decided to forget  about it in favor of remembering more useful things (Sherlock Holmes, Whoo!) – that my novel is a Historical Fantasy set in World War II.

For various sundry reasons, the Near Climax requires that I instill some effort into planning an attack on London.

A second Battle of Britain, if you will. Any WW II History buffs out there will automatically figure out what’s wrong with sticking ‘second’ and ‘battle of britain’ together.

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On the Subject of Playlists and Near-Climaxes

Subtitle: And why they’re both so painful.


Writing, no matter how far along you may be (70,000 WORDS, YES.) will always on some level be very painful indeed.

Paticularly when it comes to action scenes.

I have a confession to make.

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Synopses Must Come From Hell

Subtitle: …No, seriously.

And no, for once, I didn’t spell Synopsis wrong! That’s just it’s plural.

Now, back to the point. 😉


That’s about my reaction now when I see a synopsis. When I first started, oh foolish person that I am, I thought, OK. All major plot points onto one page! I just saw other people do it, I can do too!


It was ELEVEN pages.  (5,000 words)

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On The Subject of FanFiction

Subtitle:  Or Why every writer should write fan fiction!

So, how many of you reading this – I’m sure there’s not very many reading this at all, but it’s always good to have a tinge of optimism – have heard of Fanfiction?

Yes, no, yes?

So, in short Terms, if you’ve never heard of it – Fanfiction is basically the use of another author’s characters and/or world by another writer who wants to write another story for them.

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