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I had a chance to consider my dream casting for the Gideon miniseries over at MY BOOK, THE MOVIE:

Lauren Reardon—a 30-something Sandra Bullock. Lauren is an outdoorsy woman who enjoys kayaking, backwoods camping, rock climbing. Girl-next-door attractive, and very down-to-earth. Bullock appeals to me in those respects. She’s always struck me as someone you could run into at the local drugstore or mini-mart and have a friendly, funny no-drama conversation with. But there’s a toughness there, and a sense that something happened to her that she simply does not discuss with anyone.

Follow the link for more.

There’s also a link to the COFFEE WITH A CANINE post from back in November.

This weekend, the BRAIN TO BOOKS CYBER CONVENTION is going on over at Goodreads. I have a booth–stop by and post a comment.

 

Mirrored from Taking notes along the way.

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Nice to see my editor announce the news (bottom of the second paragraph). Makes it more real somehow.

For some reason, SFScope has the title, but Ian may have gotten that elsewhere.
ksmith: (Default)
Nice to see my editor announce the news (bottom of the second paragraph). Makes it more real somehow.

For some reason, SFScope has the title, but Ian may have gotten that elsewhere.
ksmith: (Default)
Thanks, everyone.

And a special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia

I'm still bouncing.
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Thanks, everyone.

And a special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia

I'm still bouncing.
ksmith: (bouncing ball)
Harpercollins. Two books. GIDEON and a sequel.
ksmith: (bouncing ball)
Harpercollins. Two books. GIDEON and a sequel.
ksmith: (snowsuit)
[livejournal.com profile] arcaedia liked proposal (whew). So, I will pack it a lunch and button up its little snowsuit and pat it on its head and send it trundling down the lane into the vast, dark woods at the end of the road.

Be brave, little proposal. Mommy loves you.
ksmith: (snowsuit)
[livejournal.com profile] arcaedia liked proposal (whew). So, I will pack it a lunch and button up its little snowsuit and pat it on its head and send it trundling down the lane into the vast, dark woods at the end of the road.

Be brave, little proposal. Mommy loves you.

A snippet

Oct. 7th, 2007 10:16 pm
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From Chapter 3 of GIDEON:

here it be )

Yes, Koenig is based on who you think he's based on.

A snippet

Oct. 7th, 2007 10:16 pm
ksmith: (Default)
From Chapter 3 of GIDEON:

here it be )

Yes, Koenig is based on who you think he's based on.
ksmith: (Default)
Finished chapter 2. I think it's too long, but oh well.

Cooking dinner now.
ksmith: (Default)
Finished chapter 2. I think it's too long, but oh well.

Cooking dinner now.
ksmith: (paperwork)
It was nice to watch a Cubs game without having to worry about the outcome. Of course they won. A one-hit shutout. Multiple pitchers, yeah, but still.

Playoffs start Wednesday.

Prepare to mock me come Monday, because unless a miracle occurs, the GIDEON proposal will not be done. Still working on Ch 2. trying to seed backstory without falling into the "as you know, Bob" trap, which is proving difficult because the two people who are talking know what's going on, so no explaining is necessary. Which means that hints just need to come up while they're talking, oblique references that need to straddle the line between taunting the reader with just enough information to keep them reading and not withholding so much that they get lost/pissed off.

It also means that Ch 1, which I thought was just golden, is going to need to be tweaked with backstory so that this conversation in Ch 2 makes sense.

This is backstory that didn't exist a week or so ago. And some of it is Biblical, and I am so not a Biblical scholar. But how much do I need to know to invent a lost book?

And then there's the fight scene, and the killing. Those are tough because actions need to be described and explained without slowing the pace, because killing scenes really shouldn't drag.

Also shopped and cut the lawn today. The fun never stops.
ksmith: (paperwork)
It was nice to watch a Cubs game without having to worry about the outcome. Of course they won. A one-hit shutout. Multiple pitchers, yeah, but still.

Playoffs start Wednesday.

Prepare to mock me come Monday, because unless a miracle occurs, the GIDEON proposal will not be done. Still working on Ch 2. trying to seed backstory without falling into the "as you know, Bob" trap, which is proving difficult because the two people who are talking know what's going on, so no explaining is necessary. Which means that hints just need to come up while they're talking, oblique references that need to straddle the line between taunting the reader with just enough information to keep them reading and not withholding so much that they get lost/pissed off.

It also means that Ch 1, which I thought was just golden, is going to need to be tweaked with backstory so that this conversation in Ch 2 makes sense.

This is backstory that didn't exist a week or so ago. And some of it is Biblical, and I am so not a Biblical scholar. But how much do I need to know to invent a lost book?

And then there's the fight scene, and the killing. Those are tough because actions need to be described and explained without slowing the pace, because killing scenes really shouldn't drag.

Also shopped and cut the lawn today. The fun never stops.
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Chapters. Definitely chapters.

Chapter One That Once was Prologue just pupped into two chapters, which means they will now be bound together as Part One--Insert Profound Title Here.

I had wanted to get away with a two-chapters-and-a-synopsis proposal, but it has to be three chapters now. I need a modern-day chapter.

We're officially in the nailing-smoke-to-the-wall phase, which will last for the rest of the damned book.
ksmith: (shirley)
Chapters. Definitely chapters.

Chapter One That Once was Prologue just pupped into two chapters, which means they will now be bound together as Part One--Insert Profound Title Here.

I had wanted to get away with a two-chapters-and-a-synopsis proposal, but it has to be three chapters now. I need a modern-day chapter.

We're officially in the nailing-smoke-to-the-wall phase, which will last for the rest of the damned book.
ksmith: (teashop)
The first couple of paragraphs of the proposal. Could end up going somewhere. Could end up in a desk drawer, or on the virtual cutting room floor.

Start of Chapter 1 )
ksmith: (teashop)
The first couple of paragraphs of the proposal. Could end up going somewhere. Could end up in a desk drawer, or on the virtual cutting room floor.

Start of Chapter 1 )

Synopsis

May. 17th, 2007 11:57 am
ksmith: (teashop)
I think the GIDEON synopsis is about 95% complete. We're up to 16 double-spaced pages so far, with the goal to come in at less than 20. I have the plot roughed out. High points, climax, and ending. Mess in the middle is ill-defined, and I'm fighting the urge to go into lotsandlots of detail, with dialog. I need to tweak. Mention a few characters that got lost in the main plot muddle.

Then I need to go back and fill in the roughed-out chapters. Maybe three, but possibly two. We'll see how much I can get done this weekend.

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