Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm So Excited!

No, I am not going to burst into song. I refuse to, something you should be glad of (I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.)

Anyways, why am I excited? Why, in just (about) five short months my middle grade book In a Pickle will be released from MuseItUp Publishing! Click here for book details.

Whee! Oh, and the word count is climbing on my work-in-progress The Disorderlies. 13k, baby! Things are just movin' along.

I guess that's it for now. Just wanted to pop in and prove that I am not yet dead.

Beth

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What's your word count right now?

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Gentle Rap on the Head With My Crutches

Firstly, I am off the crutches and on the mend. Woot! I still have pain and not a wide range of motion, but I can walk and do stairs. Huzzah.

Anyhoo...

That gentle rap. To people who think that e-books aren't books: BONK!

Just because a book isn't on paper, it doesn't mean it's not a book. Captain Obvious, right? Not to everyone. What is a book? Let's ask Polonius and Hamlet:

"What do you read, my prince?"
"Words, words, words!"*

Overly simplified? Maybe. But books are comprised of words. Then why is your blog not considered a book, my dear Miss O? There's another element: it's called story or plot. If I had some witty quote on the tip of my tongue, I'd spew it out here. Alas, I am sleep-deprived. X does Y which causes A, B and C to happen. Tada! Again, overly simplified, but there 'tis.

Most authors (Gary D. Schmidt being one known exception) open up that old Word document and type out their stories on screen. So that Twilight book in your hands? Yeah, that was most likely once words on a monitor. If ol' Steph had decided to go with my e-publisher, and her book were on your Kindle, would you then say it's not a book?

That's just silly nonsense. BONK!

And another mistake non-writerly types make: Despite what you may think, writing is WORK. If I went to my mechanic, had my oil changed and then said, "You shouldn't charge me. You enjoy what you do. Hey, YOU should be paying ME." If I did that, you'd call me crazy, wouldn't you? But if I asked you to buy my e-book, would you say "Pay me to read it"? Because somehow everyone else hates their jobs and writers don't really work they just play?

Remember: Just because you can't touch it, that doesn't mean it isn't real.

/rant

In good news, the edits are coming along well...I think. I hope. I pray. Oh for the love all that is...

Good night,
Beth

P.S. *For some reason Blogger is blotting out the word "words." I said it thrice in immediate succession.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Blurred Lines

You know that moment when you've just woken up, your eyes are glued shut with crud, and everything on your computer screen is blurred? That's not what I'm talking about. The kinds of lines I'm talking about are...not ethical. That's not the word. Moral is perhaps a better word.

I want to know where that line is, where my writing becomes sinful.

Where do I draw the line? When do I take a scene too far in a story, beyond fun to a point where God isn't pleased? I've been flirting with that line lately, and I think I've crossed it.

So I'm pulling back and am going to work on my middle grade project again. For me, that project is well within the lines of moral. It's my moral safe zone, where fun is fun and nothing else.

I'm not holding anyone else to my standards. I don't judge you if you write gore and/or erotica, but those are both lines I personally shouldn't cross. They make me feel yuck inside.

Anyhoo...

- My foot is on the mend.
-  In a Pickle is coming along swimmingly, probably because I have the nicest content editor to work with :)

Yeah, keep your eyes out for Charlie Pickle of In a Pickle. He's hitting virtual shelves this December from my publisher MuseItUp. (Sorry, I'm too lazy to hunt up a link.) I don't think it's available for pre-order yet, but keep checking. You shouldn't have much trouble finding my book on Muse's site: just look on the drop-down menu of authors for Beth Overmyer. You don't even have to scroll down (yay for a first initial so early in the alphabet!)

And I really should start planning a blog tour. I know Danyelle Leafty and Nayu of Nayu's Reading Corner have approached me about a guest post or something. If you're interested in hosting me, interviewing me, whatevering me, feel free to shoot an email my way:

bethovermyer@gmail.com

Just type "Middle Grade - In a Pickle" in your header, and I'll know you're not a spam bot ;)

Ciao, peeps.
Beth

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Evil Author

I am so cruel to myself. I have begun yet another project. This might be project eighteen in the works, I kid not.

The WiP's called The Anti-Hero, and it's about a lesser god who's been stripped of his title and glory and sent into exhile. He still has his immortality and power, and he's seeking to make a name for himself in a realm of misfits. That's where Earth comes in. He wants it. Bad.

That's all I'm telling you for now ;)

Yes, I am still recovering from my injury. I keep using my bad foot too much, though, and recovery is prolly going to take longer than six weeks. Pooh.

Beth