Blog Archive - May 2012

WIP Wednesday: What's the Story Morning Glory?

Welcome to today's Work In Progress Wednesday! Every author has his or her own way of doing things on everything from how they work out their characters, to what they feed their plot bunnies in order to get them to mass produce. Some authors need to make outlines and plan everything out to the end while some just start typing away and make it up as they go along.
You'll find all kinds of advice columns on what the best way is to do this or that, but really it all comes down to what works for you. There's always something to take away from all those great posts which can help you improve your craft, but again, it's up to you.

When it comes to works in progress, some authors can start a story, work straight through it and in chronological order. Wish I could, but my mind just doesn't work that way. I always have a minimum of two stories that I'm working on. No matter how enthusiastic I am about what I'm writing, at some point, I will smack into that proverbial wall face first.

When I hit that wall, I turn and move in a different direction. Yep, it's very much like a maze. You know your story's ending is in the middle of that maze, you just have to maneuver your way through, which isn't easy because you've not been in this particular maze before. Yes, I am a pantser.

Sometimes characters will come to me first, sometimes the story. I roughly make notes and outlines that most folks wouldn't be able to decode. So I start at the beginning of my maze and very soon there's a lot of walking, backtracking, cursing, and at some point I hit that wall, use my trusty sledgehammer I keep around for such an occasion and have a whack at it. Sometimes the wall crumbles, sometimes it's fortified with whatever godly substance was used to forge Thor's hammer.

Analogies aside, I get stuck. I spend a few hours just sitting, thinking, and working things out in my head. If it's a no go, then I stop, and move onto something else. That way, by the time I get stuck on something in that story, when I go back to my original story (and I always do), it's fresh and I get a lot more done. A good deal of the time, those little brick walls crumble when my head hits the pillow at night.

My guess is that it's the only time of day where I'm not pushing myself. I'm relaxing because I don't have to do anything but sleep. So of course, that's when my brain starts going over my story, picturing scenes, and dialogue starts flowing. I learned a long time ago to keep a handy little notebook with book light and pen next to where I sleep.

So right now between edits, I'm working on Remi & Hawk's next adventure (title still out in the ether somewhere) and Julius' book which I've titled A Rose by Any Other Name. Remi and Hawk's second book is set a year later in 1935, and it's proving to be quite a challenge because there are three separate plot points happening at the same time.

Julius' book is set in 1927, two years after Roses In The Devil's Garden (my LiAW story). I wish I could say that it was a clever little move on my part to include a rose in the title of Julius' book, but apparently my subconscious knows more than I do, because although I knew I wanted to refer to a rose or roses due to the story's theme, I only just noticed the connection when I typed out both titles together for the first time in this post. Yep, that's me all over. Of course, now I know that Danny's book will also have a title with rose in it. A trilogy! Woohay! My WIP list grows.

How about you? Whether you're a writer or not, do you find yourself working on many things at once? Or do you start one thing and work through it until it's done before moving onto the next?


x Charlie x  

Media Monday: Recent Reads

Welcome to today's Media Monday. I don't get to read as much as I'd like, though I'm making a real effort to pry myself away from the PC every week to do some reading.

My tbr pile keeps growing, and as I tend to stock up on eBooks, I better get reading before I can't fit anymore on my kindle. Anyway, I'm going to share a few of the titles I read very recently that I personally enjoyed.



I love Eden Winter's writing style. Her books always hit the right spot for me. They have the perfect combination of heart, characters you can't help but fall in love with, drama, romance, and wonderful plot. In Settling the Score, Joey Nichols is a closeted mechanic in small town, one he plans to leave behind in order to join his actor boyfriend who's landed a major Hollywood role.

From the blurb, we know what's about to happen to poor Joey, and from the very beginning, your heart goes out to him knowing that his own is about to be smashed to pieces. On the other side, you have recluse author Troy Steele, who is no stranger to heartache. Watching these two meet, the vast differences in their worlds, and the way their relationship unfolds had me completely submerged in the story, and I didn't come back up until I'd read the whole thing. Settling the Score is available here.
 

Snow Day by Juniper Gray.

This was a wonderfully sweet and touching short story about two best friends, each secretly hoping for more, but too afraid to take that first step. I really enjoyed reading about these two regular guys with very real, every day problems, and how those problems can weigh you down. The balance of drama, sweet romance, and story was just right, and the message it gave left a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.   

Snow Day available here.

This story was beautiful. I just loved everything about it. The atmosphere was rich, and along with the little details made me feel like I was there in that period, on that beach with those fellas. You could practically feel the sand beneath your feet and smell the ocean. From the very beginning I was intrigued, and not long after, completely hooked. The writing itself was done in a very cinematic way.

The more I read, the more I was completely submerged in their world, wondering what had lead these men to this spot. I loved the characters, their attraction for each other, and especially the way they come together. I don't feel that my description does this story justice, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's definitely one of my favorites. Purly Gates is available here.





x Charlie x

Weekly News Roundup *Updated*

weekly news roundupWelcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday, April 29th to Saturday, May 5th.

♥ My first edits for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance have been completed and turned in! Feeling a little nervous, (and excited!) about unleashing these fellas upon the world. More to come soon!

Dreamspinner Press turns five this month, and with it comes a huge, month-long celebration that includes sales, giveaways, prizes, and more! Over the course of the month, all of Dreamspinner's titles will be discounted according to how long the author has been with them. Learn more here.

Torquere Press 2012 Charity Sip Blitz: It's that time again, where all of our great authors get together to donate to a charity working within the GLBTQ community! This year, Torquere Press has chosen NOH8 as the donation charity, and authors who contribute agree to donate 100% of their royalties to NOH8, with Torquere Press matching the donation.

This year's theme, since this is Torquere Press' ninth anniversary as well, is leather. Nine is the leather anniversary, y'all! How cool is that?

Leather can be reflected in any way in the story. BDSM may immediately spring to mind, but leather can also mean cowboys, fast cars, Italian shoes, jewelry, or any of a million other things. We want stories that show LGBTQ characters in positive situations, and have strong stories with happy endings. (Or at least happy for now.)

Word count is 3000 to 8000 words, and those limits are firm. Please adjust your manuscripts accordingly before submission. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012. Please send all submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Charity Sip Blitz in the subject line. For formatting questions or other content questions, please refer to our general guidelines, here: http://torquerepress.com/submissions.html

This is a great event, and although I hadn't been around to participate in the last two, I certainly intend to gve it my best shot. It would be great to be a part of this, so I'll let you know how it goes!

♥ This week I've had two very lovely reviews for The Amethyst Cat Caper from two very wonderful sites.

♥ 4 out 5 stars -- Erastes from Speak Its Name said:

"This is the second book I’ve read by Ms Cochet (When Love Walks In was the first) and like the first one, I was impressed, and also the author has a talent for creating characters and situations which we’d not only like to see more of – we can say that about many books – but which stories lead naturally to a conclusion, whilst still leaving the door open for More Adventures." Read the full review here.

Becky Condit from Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books gave The Amethyst Cat Caper 4 blissful sweet peas, saying:

"Reading Charlie Cochet’s THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER is very much like watching a film noir. Set in the 1930s it is stylish, polished, and moody. The ending was absolutely thrilling in the take your breath away kind of action. It’s a short novella and I read it start to finish in one sitting. Ms Cochet got the feeling of the era spot on, including the dialog and descriptions of the city and what people were doing. I enjoyed THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER very much."

Read the full review here.

*Updated*

Well the post is up on Goodreads where my LiAW story is going to be! How exciting! You can see the photo, the original letter to the author, and story info including length, tags, and genre here. As soon as it goes up, I'll make sure to place a link on the side bar. In the meantime, you can post comments in the thread. If you're not a member of Goodreads, don't worry, you'll still get to read the story. More coming soon!

Oh, and the title of my story is: Roses In The Devil's Garden

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

x Charlie x


Photo Friday: Better Than Makin' Whoopee?

Welcome to this week's Photo Friday. Unfortunately I missed my last two theme days due to internet issues, but it's all been sorted now. Today's post is about the next best thing to getting down and dirty: Chocolate!

Sure, not all dames are into that gooey, melty, chocolatey goodness, but for this dame it's Kryptonite. The gooier the better!

Here's a little virtual taste.

 
Oh.My.God. I don't know what it is but I want one. I especially love chocolate desserts that mix textures, flavors, and temperatures. Warm chocolate sauce and cake with cool vanilla ice cream and crunchy walnuts. Mm...

 

Chocolate art: 

The detail on the middle shoe in particular is pretty darn impressive.









Sofa made out of chocolate by Galaxy for their 'Irresistible Reads' initiative in 2009.

This whole room is made of chocolate, from the wall art to the floor. 183 square feet, 611 pounds of chocolate. O_o












What's your Kryptonite?




x Charlie x

Latest Reviews

This week I've had two very lovely reviews for The Amethyst Cat Caper from two very wonderful sites.

4 out 5 stars -- Erastes from Speak Its Name said:

"This is the second book I’ve read by Ms Cochet (When Love Walks In was the first) and like the first one, I was impressed, and also the author has a talent for creating characters and situations which we’d not only like to see more of – we can say that about many books – but which stories lead naturally to a conclusion, whilst still leaving the door open for More Adventures." Read the full review here.



Becky Condit from Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books gave The Amethyst Cat Caper 4 blissful sweet peas, saying:

"Reading Charlie Cochet’s THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER is very much like watching a film noir. Set in the 1930s it is stylish, polished, and moody. The ending was absolutely thrilling in the take your breath away kind of action. It’s a short novella and I read it start to finish in one sitting. Ms Cochet got the feeling of the era spot on, including the dialog and descriptions of the city and what people were doing. I enjoyed THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER very much."

Read the full review here.

x Charlie x

Dreamspinner 5th Anniversary Celebration




Dreamspinner Press turns five this month, and with it comes a huge, month-long celebration that includes sales, giveaways, prizes, and more!

Over the course of the month, all of Dreamspinner's titles will be discounted according to how long the author has been with them.

May 1-5, we will offer a 40% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks) by authors who signed with us during our first year of business: 
Rhianne Aile, Eric Arvin, Connie Bailey, Alix Bekins, Nicki Bennett, Giselle Ellis, Catt Ford, Shay Kincaid, Marguerite Labbe, Clare London, Dar Mavison, Anais Morten, Chrissy Munder, Zahra Owens, D.G. Parker, Abigail Roux, John Simpson, Fae Sutherland, Ariel Tachna, Madeleine Urban. CLICK A NAME TO VIEW THEIR TITLES.

May 6-12, we will offer a 35% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our second year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 13-19, we will offer a 30% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our third year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 20-26, we will offer a 25% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our fourth year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 27-31, we will offer a 20% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our fifth year of business. Watch the web site for the list.


In addition, they have three scheduled giveaways for the month!

One lucky participant in their Time Is Eternity Daily Dose chat at the Literary Nymphs Yahoo! group on May 5 will win a Kindle Fire!

One lucky participant in Jeremy Pack's Meet the Author at Dreamspinner Press's Facebook page on May 19 will win all the eBooks on his or her wishlist!

One lucky customer on their web site during the month of May will win an iPad! Each purchase from midnight EST May 1 to midnight EST May 31 constitutes an entry.

They'll also be doing special flash sales, so keep an eye on the web site for unannounced excitement!

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