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July 16th, 2009

An entry that actually isn't crossposted

So, let's try this one again, since LiveJournal decided to eat the other one.

I got asked once why I don't use  katherinebell or even katherine_bell (something that more closely resembles my name) for my writing account. Go ahead, have a look at those two usernames. I can wait.

Yeah, I can't use either of them because they've been taken. That wouldn't have been too bad, if it weren't for the fact that they're both taken for Harry Potter roleplaying journals. Now, don't get me wrong: I have nothing against Harry Potter  or online roleplaying journals; I've had a few of the latter myself. It just bugs me that neither have been used in at least 4 years. I even emailed them both to see if they would be willing to part with the journal names: no answer.

So that's why I use katherinewrites here on LJ.

And in other news, I'm a little over 25000 words (or 66 pages) into the story I mentioned last entry. Of the 16 character, the following have appeared so far: Ava, Vivien, Quentin, Beth, Alice, and Kyle. Harry, Desiree, and Jesse have all been mentioned but haven't appeared just yet, not do I yet know if they will.

It still has no title, and that annoys me a bit. I already had Amaranth and Verdant named by this point. Otherwise, I'm rather happy with this story, but I still have some concerns regarding the pacing of it, if maybe it's going too slowly. Aside from that, I'm pleased as punch with it.

I still need to figure out a few things, such as what kind of immortal (or what kind of something) is Harry. I know that he's not a wizard, that's for sure! (And that's more out of respect to Harry Dresden than Harry Potter. I couldn't finish the 5th, 6th, or 7th books of the Harry Potter series without going into a boredom coma. However, I buy the Dresden Files books the week they come out and usually finish them within a few days -- and then reread.) I also need to figure out the following: who is the Conquistador and why is everyone so afraid of him; and am I going to keep Ava human the entire series? I'm told human main characters/narrators in urban fantasy are very rare; my own reading supports this. So it's tempting to break tradition and keep her human. I'll probably even keep her an "unpowered" baseline human.

The history geek in me is loving getting to research various events around the time of when this history diverges from the real world history: July 1863. The horror geek in me is loving getting to research various hauntings and strange events around the country and especially in Florida. And the travel geek in me is anxiously awaiting getting to go to PCB for photos -- and is wanting to go to Fort Jefferson for additional photo taking. I haven't been to PCB in about 10 years except for business, and I've never been further south in Florida than Orlando, so Fort Jefferson could be/will be a lot of fun.

I'm hoping to pitch and sell this to Samhain Publishing or Juno Books once it's done. I think it fits their genre specifications. It's sort of an urban fantasy/alternate history title, with vague steampunk hints (yay for bronze and brass!) and so on. There's also the story of one woman's journey to being in control of her own life and destiny.

But that's the brace of everything that I was trying to say when LJ decided to eat my entry.