Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September


Happy 3rd birthday to my blog! I started it on Sept. 1, 2007. My goodness, what a lot of blather I've perpetrated since then.

Since it's the first of the month, here's a picture of my garden. Everything got so tall it fell over. We took down the fence since I didn't think it was keeping the deer out; turns out it was keeping some of the deer out, and now the deer have eaten up the tomato plants and the sweet potato plants and even some of the pepper plants (geez, deer, what the hell is wrong with the neighbor's garden?), the sunflowers got some sort of weird fungus so we took them out, and the squash plants died because it's been dry lately and I forgot to water them. Oops.

I've done a read-through of The Trickster Society and done the first round of light edits. It's not bad, but it feels a little thin and light to me. Of course, my last project, Bell-Men, was a juggernaut--originally 130,000 words, full of angst and murder and horrible things happening. This book is much shorter and lighter in tone. I like the characters, but I'm just not sure if the book itself is okay as is or if I need to grim it up a little.

Oh, and I have a purple daisy of some kind in my garden and not only do I have no idea what it actually is, I didn't plant it:

10 comments:

Aaron Polson said...

You know I'd say grim it up a little, but I'm a sick puppy that way. ;)

K.C. Shaw said...

I might grim it up just a smidge. :)

Danielle Ferries said...

I agree. Go for grimmer :)

Happy Birthday!

Natalie L. Sin said...

I like the purple flowers. Sorry about the deer though, glad I only have to deal with squirrels!

Alan W. Davidson said...

Happy anniversary! I bet the 3 years have just whizzed past. Perhaps you need to promote the growth of those pretty purple flowers so that the deer have something to eat...

K.C. Shaw said...

Danielle--Grim it is! Or at least a little bit grimmer.

Natalie--Squirrels don't bother us around here. I think the deer eat them.

Alan--If the deer think I like the purple flowers, they will eat them. All I have to do is pretend to fuss over the flowers, and voila! They will be chewed down to little sticks.

Jeremy Kelly said...

Grim, grim, grim. That's my vote, and that's what you get with befriending so many horror writers. I've always been so intrigued by The Bell Men.

K.C. Shaw said...

I wrote a few scenes today that add some foreshadowing for a new-and-improved fight scene at the end. It's not much grimmer, but it's darker than it was.

Bell-Men is the closest thing to horror I've ever written. It's pretty gory in spots too.

Richard said...

Oh, man, now I *really* want to read Bell-Men.

K.C. Shaw said...

You're not allowed. It has sex scenes in it and you're not old enough to read them. :)