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V. M. Black’s Blog

My internet got hit by a car.

Filed in Writing Life by on March 27, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1245
My internet got hit by a car.

No, literally.  The phone company was stringing FiOS across the highway, and the worker lost his grip.  It fell into the road, and BAM! So I’ve been (mostly) without internet for two days.  I’m going into withdrawal. Anyhow, that’s why there hasn’t been any updates.  I’m not dead.  I’m working my backside off.  I was […]

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Worldbuilding

Filed in Writing Life by on March 24, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1288
Worldbuilding

When you create a unique world for your character to live in, the process is called worldbuilding.  I both love it and dread it! I love it because if you do it right, you reach the point where there is a cascade of consequences that occur because of your set up.  A simple “what if?” […]

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Outraged!

Filed in Writing Life by on March 23, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1260
Outraged!

It’s funny, but I’ve never been deeply upset by poor reviews of my books.  On the other hand, if someone really pans one of my all time favorites, I feel a flash of irrational outrage.  I’ve been adding books to my Goodreads account, and when I went to add Island of the Blue Dolphins, I […]

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It’s a vampire ball!

Filed in Writing Life by on March 22, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1057
It’s a vampire ball!

Today, I’m writing and embellishing a vampire formal.  It’s lots of fun to make up what people would be wearing and doing at such an event!  I’m starting with the image of Tim Burton let loose on the Academy Awards and building from there.

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Why I spent two years reading books I hate to improve my writing

Filed in Writing Life by on March 20, 2014 0 Comments • views: 967
Why I spent two years reading books I hate to improve my writing

When I first got published, there were a number of things I did quite well.  They were the things that I valued most as a reader, of course!  These things carried my work pretty well, I believe.  My debut novel was a national bestseller, and with better support, I could have hit the USA Today […]

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Cora’s Choice #3 – Edited!

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Cora’s Choice #3 – Edited!

Line edits are done for Cora’s Choice #3 (Bad Blood) now.  It’s 32,000 words, or 9,000 more than Life Blood. I’ve got only the last read-through to do on it, which I don’t do until the week before it comes out. Now I’m deep in Cora’s Choice #4.

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Why novellas?

Filed in Writing Life by on March 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1142
Why novellas?

When you’re trying to strike out on your own and create something for people to look forward to, one of the most crucial elements is frequency of releases.  If I released a really fat book, I could probably do two per year.  Readers would get bored waiting, and they would forget about me in the […]

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Book 3 is Done!

Filed in Writing Life by on March 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1179
Book 3 is Done!

I just finished the revisions for book 3 today.  It’s going to my editor tomorrow, then final edits.  It will sit on my harddrive until roughly a week before publication date, and then I’ll print it out and read it over closely one last time, making my final tweaks.  The “rest time” is crucial to […]

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Keeping it moving

Filed in Writing Life by on March 16, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1072
Keeping it moving

Lots of books have saggy middles.  When you’re writing, it can be very hard to tell if you have this problem until you take a step back for a while. What I’ve learned to do is…make something bad happen. Yup.  That’s it, really.  Most of a plot consists of bad things happening–challenges mounting up, things […]

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Why New Adult?

Filed in Writing Life by on March 15, 2014 0 Comments • views: 958
Why New Adult?

I began writing the first Aethereal Bonds book before “new adult” existed as a genre. But for a new genre, the bounds are fairly tightly set already! The books are almost always first person and typically from a female perspective. They concern someone in college or recently graduated. They don’t just have college-aged protagonists–they are […]

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