Hair and a spare: things they never tell you about wigs!

Here it is, my new look.

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Let me get one thing straight from the beginning. I didn’t buy this wig entirely for cosmetic reasons or even tacky old vanity. Well, maybe a bit:)  This purchase wasn’t an attempt to me look like a beautiful 28 year old girl again. The delicate concoction of synthetic fiber and created color had a single true mission and it succeeded.

I recognized myself again.

Now, when I look in the mirror, something I ignored almost daily for five years, I see someone I’ve known all my life. Me. Not the ravaged person with the scary thin frizz and pain fried eyes. Of course, I look older, but that’s a good sign. I am still alive in spite of everything the bad guys threw at me.

All the wonderful stuff aside though, there are a few things someone should tell you about wigs. But, no one does. I can’t blame my hair dresser entirely or even my friends, since none of them wear wigs! Hell, who knows this kind of stuff? So, here’s the down and dirty truth about wigs.

Lesson One: it can be difficult to keep them on your head.

You have not lived until your wig falls into your lap when you pull off your jacket hood! I am so lucky this happened in my Jeep and not in the grocery store in front of, say, fifty people with iphones and instant access to youtube. However, the bright side is I was instantly motivated to figure out how to prevent that from EVER happening again. Turns out there are clever combs you sew into your wig. They snap down, secure the whole thing and you’re ready for the catwalk or the checkout line. These invaluable face-savers can be purchased from your wig supplier on-line. Would have been nice to know that earlier but, as I said, I was lucky.

Lesson Two:  Exposing any part of the wig to heat while taking the roast out of the oven or unloading a steamy dishwasher, results in this:

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My hair dresser’s comment was, “Oh, I forgot to tell you that.”

So, I hope she can fix these delicate threads of spun plastic. She didn’t sound optimistic, though.

Lesson Three: Always have hair and a spare-two wigs.

What important life-lessons have your learned lately?

 

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The Almost Done Phase

 

Thanks to an invitation from Kirsten of A Scenic Route and a fellow traveler on the HTRYN road, I’ve answered the ten questions for The Next Big Thing Blog hop.

This is the first time I’ve written about my novel vs. worked on my novel.  What a welcome pause from the almost done phase!

What is the title of the book?

Aftermath Hush

Where did the idea for the book come from?

The idea for my book came from my curiosity about war. If a species (human or otherwise) could no longer kill on the battlefield or anywhere else, would it be a blessing or a curse?

What genre  your book fall under?

Science fiction lite –  lite on the science, heavy on the fiction.

What actors would your choose to play your characters in movie rendition?

What a flattering concept. In my case, I’d use unknown actors for the aliens. Of course, I’d would have the final opinion on who represented my characters on the screen!

What is a sentence synopsis of your book?

Disgraced by the chaos and death caused by her last assignment, a human videographer accepts a job on another world where she collides with the real-time evolution of the native combatants, an evolution that has profound repercussions for both aliens and humans.

Will your book be self-published for represented by an agency?

I’m going to experience the thrills and chills of searching for an agent to help me climb the ladder of success. Might as well dream big!

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

If I’d known it was going to take so long, I’d have started earlier! Work began in 2008 and, after many stops and starts, I completed the first draft in early 2010. Revision began in June 2010 and, a mere 2 years later, I’m almost done and ready to query.

What other books would your compare this story to within your genre?

Since my genre is perilously vague, I’ve listed a few books that influenced the writing of Aftermath Hush.

Shades of Dark –  Linnea Sinclair, Shards of Honor – Lois Bujold, The Forever War –  Joe Halderman.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

911 was the what, the collective consciousness of humans was the who. As the towers fell, I was amazed no one could hear the thoughts of thousands of people dying before our eyes. I was still thinking about it years later, and it eventually morphed into my novel.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Readers love adventure, humor and sex, and my novel has plenty of delightful diversions. But, it also has an ending that leaves the reader with more questions than answers and, at the same time, offers a sense of hope.

That was fun and relaxing! Maybe I need to do this more often.

What is your welcome pause from the almost done phase?

Next Page of the Electric Book

OK! I’ve had it. I went to Amazon with the intention of downloading an older novel from a favorite author. OMG. The PRICE. Amazon is quick to say the publishers are boosting these e-book prices. And, yes, authors should make money, but for an e-book this is ridiculous. I can still buy a used copy from an Amazon seller for half the price, if I want to wait for the mail.

And, yes, I’ve looked at the thousands of free or 99 cent fiction ebooks available.  I understand this sounds wimpy but, honestly, I don’t have time to mess with this overload of choices.

So, that brings me to my questions for you all.

What do you think of epublishing? Most of you are fiction writers, and some of you have epublished. Tell me why you chose the cyber path. Was it the difficulty of capturing a traditional agent? Or, did you just want your story out there, without waiting? Are there e-book only publishing houses that actually draw readers? Do you know something I don’t know?

Now, with the recent debate about John Locke and his 5 star review purchases, I have to wonder about the whole thing. Check out Holly Lisle’s website for more on this.

Lots of questions, lots of answers.

Let’s hear them.

Oh, yeah. Ok. I did buy download the book I wanted. The too impatient to wait on the mail bug has bitten me, too. How well those publishers know us!

EXPLORING WRITING WHAT IFS

Recently, a writer friend of mine listened patiently as I whined about revision. The  problem is you don’t do any real writing during revision I told her. Revision is a different beast entirely. It is sometimes gentle but mostly it is violent. For me it involves radical slash and burn, touch choices and bold destruction. Removing 6,500 words is stressful. I still have two chapters to go and they need major surgery.

Her suggestion was have a little fun and take a mini-break from revision! Take a scene you never wrote because it didn’t move the story along and write it now. Mix well with clichés and silliness, and let the results flow onto the page. You don’t have to worry, she assured me, because it will never see daylight. It will never be in your novel, and no one but you will ever read it.

I loved this exercise. I knew exactly what scene to write. Suddenly, I had the chance to expose a good, levelheaded MC to opportunities she would never have in the novel. Taking her to the crossroads and watching as she veered down the other path was exciting for her and funny for me. I let my good character behave badly and my evil character spread some cheer –  instead of fear. My wild folks galloped over the top scattering double entendres in every direction. I learned there is always another way to steer a story and, maybe, while the telling is different, the result can be the same.

Exploring the what ifs is liberating. I’m actually temped to have some brave soul read it. Just for fun.

How do you refresh your mind while traveling down the rutted road of novel revision?