Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Gender Genie

This site, The Gender Genie, is pretty nifty. Kaye found it.

I seem to have a lot of male characters and write quite a bit in a male POV. So I plugged in two different writing samples to see what I got.

The first sample was Chapter 1 of A Time For War. It's in Sergei's POV. It came back as female. I think I got that result though because he's thinking about his fiancee and wondering why his parents don't like her. So a lot of the female keywords showed up when they normally wouldn't have.

To test that theory, I put in the first chapter of The Master's Hand. This chapter is in the POV of a 17-year-old Russian boy who plays the violin. It came back male. That was a thrill, and proved my theory about the first sample.

For some reason, even though I'm a girl, I have a hard time writing in a female POV. I have far more fleshed out male characters than I do female. Part of that might be because I had a lot of guy friends growing up and loved hanging out with them. I also know my way around power tooles and I'm not inept with car engines either. I'm a pretty handy girl to have around, and I know that will come in handy when I get married and have my own place someday. Knowing how to use a drill is a skill I think every person should have. And knowing the difference between a flat head and a Phillips screwdriver.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Name acronyms

Georgiana posted this on her blog and I thought mine turned out pretty neat. Radical? Oh yes! Accurate? Stickler for it. Cranky? You better believe it! Especially in the morning. Handy? Yup, particularly with a Black & Decker 12.5 volt cordless drill. Eccentric? I'm a writer, duh! Loud? That too! I have ear problems and often can't tell how loud I'm talking. I hear just fine though, it's my own voice modulation I have trouble with.


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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

The short story contest

Jude posted the winners for the short story contest today. There were 132 entries.


I placed fifth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so totally on cloud 9 that it's going to be days before I come down. This was my first ever contest, I got high marks from the judges and lots of helpful comments to polish the story up. So I'm going to do just that and send it in for the Writer's Digest Short Short Story contest. I've thought about it several times, just haven't actually worked up the nerve to do it. But now I think I can.

Saturday, June 9, 2007


This post contains SPOILERS for Ruffian movie that just went off on ABC. If you want to watch it but missed it, stop now.

I love horse racing and horse racing has so many wonderful horses to make movies about and so many wonderful stories to tell. Ruffian was a true champion, a great horse among great horses. She probably could have beaten Secretariat, and probably would have won the Triple Crown had Frank Whitely run her in it. Sadly, we'll never know for sure. But one thing is for certain. People remember Ruffian, not Foolish Pleasure.

That said, the movie seemed to fall flat to me. I never really got a sense of the human characters or even Ruffian. It was almost as if they were trying to hard to do it like Seabiscuit, and in the process I think they very nearly butchered it. The first hour and a half was like watching a narrated documentary. And since it was supposed to be a movie, it wasn't really holding my attention. I didn't put my knitting down until the match race scene started, because I knew what was going to happen and was very curious as to how they would handle such a graphic event. It was done ok, but could have been better. They didn't have to show it flapping around to get the point across.

I have felt better today with the increase in my med. Slept MUCH better last night. I'm mostly packed. The other things I need to pack I can't do until Tuesday night. Computer, the last of my hairstuff, hairbrush, phone charger. Things like that. I'm still having a hard time believing that it's actually almost time to leave!

Friday, June 8, 2007

For your amusment

For your viewing amusement, I present Zoe being Zoe. AKA as silly as she can possibly be! The glass isn't quite half-full of water. My cat is addicted to water. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing... She drinks more water than any cat I have ever known! Thankfully she's never gotten her head stuck doing this. I hope it stays that way.

Not a lot to talk about on the writing front. I haven't touched anything in about a month. Well, except for editing the short story that I submitted in the Writer's Toolbox contest. It seems like I've been on an emotional roller coaster. Not exactly conducive to writing time. I've been having major trouble sleeping due to my fibromyalgia and having a hard time with some recurring depression symptoms due to being so tired from not sleeping well. Papa upped my medicine and I take the first higher dose tonight. I dearly hope it does the trick! I miss my writing, and my characters miss me I'm sure. They're not even really talking to me right now because I've got such a bad case of brain fog.

It should take about a week for the new doseage to make a real difference, so I'm just going to have to wait and see. I'm going to Pasadena next week for the Nancy Drew Sleuths convention and very much looking forward to that. I'll be totally exhausted and terribly jet-lagged when I get back Sunday evening, so maybe after I get my body clock reset my writing routine will resume.