September 26th, 2007

turtle

progress report

Just over a thousand words last night, to at last finish chapter 19. Five chapters to go! And the last one might be an epilogue instead.

Also, mailed some stuff and did one load laundry.

Writing works a lot better when you do it first. Since I sat down immediately on coming home from the post office, I had more creative energy, despite being grubby and tired. It also helped that I knew what was going to be in the scene, and how I was going to approach it, and I'd been looking forward to it all day.
turtle

note to self

"with a triumphant grunt" is a phrase that perhaps should never appear in a romance novel.

It should definitely not appear twice in the same romance novel.

Even if it's a good romance novel by an author whose work I like.
turtle

upcoming cons

Poll #1061654 Upcoming SF/F Cons

I will be attending CapClave.

Yes.
3(9.7%)
No.
26(83.9%)
Maybe.
2(6.5%)
Clicky.
0(0.0%)

I will be attending World Fantasy.

Yes.
7(21.2%)
No.
24(72.7%)
Maybe.
2(6.1%)
Clicky.
0(0.0%)

I will be attending Philcon.

Yes.
3(9.4%)
No.
25(78.1%)
Maybe.
4(12.5%)
Clicky.
0(0.0%)

I will be attending Arisia.

Yes.
4(12.1%)
No.
23(69.7%)
Maybe.
6(18.2%)
Clicky.
0(0.0%)

I will be attending Boskone.

Yes.
6(18.8%)
No.
19(59.4%)
Maybe.
6(18.8%)
Clicky.
1(3.1%)

Instead of/in addition to those cons, I plan to attend:

turtle

The Triumphant Grunt Poll

Poll #1061702 Phrases that should never appear in a romance novel

This phrase must go: "with a triumphant grunt."

[shudder]
16(34.0%)
Yes.
3(6.4%)
No, it's okay, I can just skim over it.
3(6.4%)
Clicky.
0(0.0%)
Maybe if it was "triumphant groan" instead.
3(6.4%)
Only if it's a woman who grunts.
3(6.4%)
Why did the author hurt my brain like that?
11(23.4%)
What is that meant to be describing, exactly?
8(17.0%)


In comments, please provide your interpretation of how the phrase was used. It was used twice in the same novel, if you missed my earlier post.