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Monday, May 23, 2011

Eric's hospital bill

I was eight weeks early. I weighed four pounds and spent the first three weeks of my life in an incubator. So I'm posting this for little Eric, six and a half weeks early. A premature child often has more issues than a child born on time, and can represent a special set of challenges for parents, especially new parents. Please consider helping them, even if you've only got a dollar.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Matchbox Girls and character

I have been editing and writing like mad. As you may know I work for Candlemark & Gleam. (even though this is my personal blog, a disclaimer I have to include because I say fuck a lot.) We just picked up Matchbox Girls, and I think I'm the one who gets to uh. Treat it lovingly. Yeees. /schemeyhands

We're interdisciplinary over at good ol' C&G, so here's a little food/writing crossover to tide you over:

Aside from my love of writing, I love putting things in my mouth.

Food. I mean food, you filthy perverts. (this time)

Today I made steak and steamed asparagus. The other day I ate seared scallops out of the pan with my fingers.

It's the simple things.

But what, Tiger, does this have to do with writing? Well, we've all seen the surveys that ask things like: what is your character's favorite color?

Who gives a shit?

What does my character's favorite color--or in this case, food--have to do with anything if it's just a static one word answer?

Whether a character is the kind of guy that eats scallops out of the pan with his fingers is a whole other matter.

These little details speak louder than it seems as though they do. They clue the reader in to the fact that the character is a whole person, with all the connections and experiences and details that make up anyone we might encounter in real life. All the things that make the reader real also make a character breathe.

What I like about it most, when authors think at that level, is it tells me the author has spent a lot of time on this character. Nothing frustrates me more than author bias that the author hasn't even made an effort at examining. But when an author spends a lot of time puzzling out a character's psychology, the likelihood is they've avoided more of these pitfalls than they would have otherwise. The author cares, and so do I.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011


I am an editor and I am looking for freelance work. Read on! Contact me at surrya @

--I am experienced! I am an editor for Candlemark & Gleam, an e-book publisher specializing in cross genre speculative fiction. I've also done editing work on literary fiction, but fiction with some element of the fantastic is what I want to handle. I DO read erotica and other adult works as well, as long as there's some magic!

--I want to keep my rates low, because I want to reach out to my community and be affordable to people looking to self publish or indie publish. Currently I'm charging ten dollars an hour.

--I will edit your first ten pages for free, so you can get a sense of my style, which is forthright but kind. I edit for content and also do line editing, and prefer to do them both at once.

--My turn around time for a full novel is approximately two weeks. A novella, around a week. A short story can be as quick as a day or two. This may vary depending on your project.

When you send me your piece, please include a plot summary. Also include as many supplemental materials as you can. What are supplemental materials? They can include the following: the blurb, the expanded synopsis, and themes. This helps me understand your writing goals. Please tell me your publishing goals as well, so we can work towards them together.

When it is time for payment, I will send you an invoice for your records. I prefer money orders or Paypal.

If issues arise:

If you discover that you do not prefer my style, you are free to go elsewhere with no hard feelings. However, I will ask for payment for any pages already edited.

Remember that I will not re-do my edits simply because you don't agree with them.

References: Please feel free to contact vivienweaver @