The new ATBF column
went up today! It's a follow-up to previous column segments on reader habits and on Regency spy/suspense novels. My latest Writing-World.com article is up here
. That one is about how NOT to yank your reader out of the story.
For Halloween, I came to work dressed as Judge Judy. (It's amazing how even someone incompetent at sewing thingies can make two paper lace doilies almost
look like lace collars!) I didn't get to participate in the Halloween parade at work because I was giving blood at the time. On the other hand, I got to see the beginning of "The Changeling" (with George C. Scott) while donating. The secret of Kensin's childhood is actually inspired by my memories of that movie. Once I see the whole thing (I bought the DVD last night for under ten dollars!) I'll probably realized I got it wrong. ;-> Oh, well, my memory of it was perfect for Kensin. The perfect way to screw up his life and self-image, that is.
Besides buying spooky DVDs (bargain-priced ones, luckily), I celebrated Halloween by going to the used bookstore and to Borders. I had big plans to show up at my parents' house in costume, but I was still too tired from the blood thingie. BTW I was "lured" into buying yet another Baen hardback with a CD. :) And this morning, I was seduced into buying more romantica e-books at Ellora's Cave.
I hope to find (or make!) some writing time this weekend. :(