Thursday 18 November 2010

30 Days of Writing Questions - Part Four

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing?

Romance has been lacking in my fiction lately (if you discount the girl who sorta dissolved). I desperately tried to shoe-horn a romance (and failed) into my YA 'Grim Glass Vein'. My first books though were all about the kissing and other things. Oh yes, once upon a time my characters went far.

17. Favorite protagonist and why!

Right now, Meg (from 'The Museum of Impossible Artefacts') because she's awesome and so much braver than me.

18. Favorite antagonist and why!

Right now, Derek Winters (from 'The Museum of Impossible Artefacts') because he's despicable.

19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Serena Tierney in 'The Maiden Phoenix' (how embarrassing - another unpublished novel). One minute she was a small love-interest part slated to die, the next she was doing the killing (and enjoying it).

20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

I love it when they're verbally sparring with a tinge of sarcasm in the air.


In other news, Poe Little Thing have accepted my story 'The Quiet of the Hour Glass'. And it's pro-pay. So happy. Ignoring the fact my book, 'Theatre of Curious Acts' was accepted in July by Hadley Rille (because that's a book not a short story) and that in the meantime I've placed stories with two markets where I was invited to submit (Spectral Press and Red Penny Papers), I haven't had an actual slush pile sale since May 8th. Me, panic? You betcha.

NaNoWriMo Catch up:

Yesterday's word count: 1711
Today's word count: 2047
Total Word Count: 36,297 + 3350 (other projects)

Fun Times: Meg and Jake (though in this draft I'm still referring to him as Ben - don't ask) are at the wall at the end of the world. It's mighty high and mighty wide and if they linger there too long, they'll end too.


Aaron Polson said...

Congrats, Cate! An acceptance is always wonderful, especially one carrying a nice paycheck.

Fox Lee said...

Do they have time to have sex? If I was at the end of the world, I think I would put out.

Danielle Birch said...

I started out writing mainly romance some years ago and now there is barely any in my stories.

Danielle Birch said...

Oh, and congrats :)

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the acceptance! Very nice sale!

Patrick Rutigliano said...

Congratulations on Poe Little Thing! And thanks for telling us; I've been waiting on a response from them for a long, long time.

Cate Gardner said...

It is, Aaron

Thanks, Josh

My characters barely know how to communicate at the moment let alone have sex, Natalie. :D

Ditto, Danielle.

Thanks, Kate

Hope you hear positive news soon, Patrick.

Katey said...

Mmm paycheck!

Maybe you played out all the romance in you. I have a feeling I'm burning through mine pretty quickly, as you'll no doubt see...

Cate Gardner said...

Yep, romance is definitely dead here. Ha!

jonathan pinnock said...

Congrats on Poe Little Thing - looks cool

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Jon