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Every Project Is Different

First: yes, apparently, New York City might get 3 feet of snow in the next few days. Which, when you're 4'11" is...a bit daunting. I'll keep y'all posted on how that's going, probably via Twitter. It means lots of Netflix, snacks, reading, and hopefully writing.

Also: one of my favorite authors followed me on Twitter today :-)

I have hit Chapter Ten and approximately 25k in my latest project, an as-yet-untitled women's historical fiction thing. I was thinking about the fact that it's so different from my last story---different historical time period (Victorian instead of Georgian), also half contemporary set, with two protagonists, clearer antagonists...

But unlike with The Keegans of Banner's Edge, I don't have much of an urge to blog about the new story. Not yet, anyway.

Here's the thing about writing novels: you may think you have the knack of writing them because you've finished them before or written several novels or published a b…

The Strand

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Today, I saw two of my best friends for an outing. We went to see The Imitation Game (really good movie; it made me cry), which stars Benedict Cumberbatch. It is about the breaking of the Nazi enigma code by a group of linguists, cryptographers, mathematicians, etc. at Bletchley Park during World War Two. In particular, it is about Alan Turing, who was brilliant and homosexual and prosecuted for "indecency" and forced to have hormone treatments--chemical castration--by the British government. 
We saw the movie in the Village, which placed us mere blocks away from The Strand. The Strand is book heaven. There are cheap books outside, new and used books on every conceivable surface inside, and three floors of books. Book heaven. 
I really don't get there enough; I should go more. I kept seeing books on my to-be-read list and picked up others that I may very well have read a little of had the place not been hot and crowded on this holiday Monday. 
 The fact that I only came …

Half Life by S.L. Huang

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Half Life by S.L. Huang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zero Sum Game was a quick, tightly-plotted thriller, which introduced us to Cas Russell, Rio, Arthur, and others. Half Life delivers as the next book in the series, by giving us Cas trying to keep a promise she made to Arthur--to stop murdering people. Several huge threats build through the novel, testing Cas' promise to her friend (Cas struggles with the concept of having friends now, as well, which is awesome). Cas develops as a character through this book, but this character growth doesn't compromise her mathematical power or the action, which comes to a tense end. An enormously entertaining book. Can't wait for the next one.


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IWSG: A New Year

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Hey everyone! This is the first IWSG of the New Year!

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a writing group started by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Check out the group here! We post every first Wednesday of the month.

It's 2015. I've been writing my second draft in earnest since just after Christmas (I'm in Chapter Five) and I'm having a great time doing it. Few writing-related insecurities right now (that'll change). But what will 2015 bring? I'm more insecure or anxious about getting myself motivated to do other, non-writing-related, necessary real-world things. I suppose I get task-avoidant when things make me anxious, but in this instance, I can't be like that.

We were also asked to give a short intro with this post.

My name is Michelle Athy. I'm from Queens, New York, went to Emerson College in Boston to study writing, and primarily write historical fiction. I also have an obsession with anything purple and a love of beaded necklaces. Welcome!

Dealing With Two Time Periods

It's kind of like time travel, but not. But it kind of is. My current project is a half historical fiction/half contemporary/women's fiction hodge podge that is currently untitled. I've tried doing dual timeline stories before, but they didn't click.

Not to jinx anything--I may very well still be in the honeymoon phase with this one--but this time, it's going pretty well.

Here are some of the things I like about interweaving two time periods:

1. Expansiveness. I have a tendency to write a little too big picture sometimes. With two time periods, it naturally lends itself to being kind of a sweeping saga without too much clutter or characters.

2. You Never Get Bored. So far, I'm switching between Present Day and 1893 by chapter--Nicole's chapters are odd, Victoria's are even. What this means is that not only will a reader get a contrast between the girls, but I don't feel like I'm getting bogged down in a particular scene or sequence because in th…