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I think I’m losing my mind….again.

Two days until I’m supposed to start writing a novel, and I still don’t have a plot nailed down.  I’ve been researching and beating my head against the wall all week.  The problems all started when I realized that my brilliant ideas had already been written by bestselling authors.  I suppose they weren’t brilliant enough.  So I’m having to start almost from scratch, trying to come up with a riveting original concept, and only have two days left for pulling it all together.  Sure some of it can be done as I write, but I was hoping to have more of a gameplan by now. 

 Oh well, back through the looking glass for me.

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October 28, 2006 at 5:06 pm 1 comment

Vindication

Lest I forget why I love to hear Stephen King talk about writing, a timely quote:

“Dig this: The so-called “writing life” is basically sitting on your ass.”

Read the full article from the Washington Post here.

October 12, 2006 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Yes, I’ve become a Hermit…

…as my parents feel the need to almost continually remind me.  I’m not sure who it was exactly, that decided that was a bad thing.  I’m beginning to think there may be something to it all.  For your money, here’s what my daily hermitting entails:

Organization:  Trying to fit 30 years worth of ideas, writing, instruction on writing, research and journaling into some sort of easily accessible “less than mess,” so that I can concentrate on actually writing. It’s a work in progress, but it’s getting somewhere.  My system is at least mapped out and backed up, if not completely filed and indexed yet.

Reading:  Books on writing, screenwriting, promotion, philosophy, new and classic novels, instructional newsletters, rss newsfeeds, email and of course the occasional US Weekly or fun web site to give my brain some down time.

Promotion:  Work on framework for promotion including an under construction author’s website as well as a website for other writers and business folk.  Also putting together ideas for a newsletter to go along with both sites.

Actually Writing:  I haven’t kept solid track of my output for each and every day, except to say that I try to push my self a little bit farther today than I was able to stretch yesterday.  I’m still working on ‘Broken Butterflies,’ however, now in novel form.  I also spend time on several other projects, blogging or journaling pretty much every day.

Naps: Ok I admit it, occasionally my body just says, “NO MORE!”

This Week: is especially crazy for me.  I’m attending my first online Writers Conference this week and barely have time between sessions to breathe let alone take the nap my head wants.  But, I’m finding it a great networking and learning experience and highly recommend it.  It’s free, and I can attend in my pj’s!  What more could a girl want.

Speaking of conferences, I had to cancel my reservations in LA for this year’s Screenwriting Expo.  After attending the past two years, it will be missed.  But unfortunately bills,  and my health have to come first.  Hopefully I’ll be back next year.

I’ve also decided to participate in this year’s National Novel Writing Month, where I will endeavor to complete a 50,000 word novel, start to finish during the month of November.  So consider yourself forewarned.  If I don’t return phone calls or emails, I’m either trying desperately to get my word count, or sleeping.  Feel free to act as my conscience and keep track of my progress.  I have a few ideas percolating for this project and can’t wait for November to start. 

(And I’m already 3 weeks behind on Grey’s Anatomy, thank heaven for DVR’s)

Ok, I promise not to become a total hermit for life, there are some movies I want to see, and I still have to go to doctor’s appointments…so I hereby pledge at least one non-hermit activity per week!!!  And yah, Dad I promise I’ll get that cost comparison you want done…Does that count?

October 9, 2006 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

The name game, part duex

After giving alot of thought to the subject, and trying on a few names that just didn’t seem to click, I’ve finally decided on a pen name that I feel good about.  If you’ll recall, I had considered using my initials R.L., but, I found when I did searches there were too many other writers with some sort of initial combination and the last name Montgomery, so it might be a bit confusing.

I decided to go with the phonetic pronunciation of my initials: Aurel Montgomery

The name is completely original for writers in any genre, and the name is more often masculine, so it has that gender neutral appeal I was looking for.  On the bonus side, when I looked up the meaning of the name Aurel the allusion to philosophical writing seemed to be a good omen.   It is a variation on the Roman Aurelius:

AURELIUS
Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman

Roman family name which was derived from Latin aureus “golden, gilded”. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor and philosophical writer. This was also the name of several early saints.

On that note, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming website and watch your bookstore shelves for Aurel Montgomery.  I hear she’s the next big thing!

September 17, 2006 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Terror Alert: Wizard on Board

I’m not too sure what the world is coming to when the handwritten manuscript from the next and final Harry Potter book is deemed too dangerous to carry on a plane.  It seems Ms. Rowling had to beg airport security workers not to make her check the ONLY COPY of the very pricey manuscript and have it bound up in elastic bands before she was (luckily) allowed to board with it.  She talks about the incident on her website (which in case I haven’t mentioned before, you MUST visit) :

“The heightened security restrictions on the airlines in August made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven (a large part of it is handwritten, and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the US). They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands. I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t; sailed home, probably.”

“I am currently trying to decide between two possible titles. I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York. They would both be appropriate, so I think I’ll have to wait until I’m further into the book to decide which one works best.”

I just hope someday, I’m an important enough writer to have my priceless manuscript almost confiscated by airport security.  Ahh, a girl can only dream.

(Props to The Writers Blog for the tip-off on this story)

September 15, 2006 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Does a Rose by Any Other Name …

“Must a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.

“Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said, with a short laugh. “My name means the shape I am and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape.”

                                                                               – Lewis Carroll

I never planned on using a pen name as part of my writing career.  It’s not that I find them distasteful in anyway, I just happen to be one of the few people I know who actually likes her name.  (Thanks Mom and Dad!) I know many famous writers have used pseudonyms to great success.  Just look at Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll.  Even J.K. Rowling preferred adopting her grandmothers’ middle initial over using her given name Joanne.  Ray Bradbury had over 17 different noms de plume!  And, there are lesser known writers with as many as 60 aliases used in publishing their works.  Sometimes it is wise or necessary for an author to take a pseudonym;  in cases where they may write for extremely different genres, or when their name is simply long or hard to remember. 

However, I feel strongly that a writer should be willing to take credit for anything she writes, no matter how well it is received or panned by the public.  There is an accountability to signing your name to a piece, sending it out into the world and owning a portion of its fruits, sweet or sour.

That said, I find myself with a dilemma.  There is already an established author and public speaker by the name of Rebekah Montgomery.  She has the website rebekahmontgomery.com, and is very well known within the Christian writing world.  She is also a freelance writer who has written many magazine articles under the name.  

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My middle name, Lynn Montgomery is not an option if I plan on continuing to write screenplays, (and I do), because there is another screenwriter by that name, and the WGA will not allow two different people to be credited under the same name to avoid confusion.

My full name is still an option, but I wonder if it is still too similar to the aforementioned author, or too long.  At eight syllables: Rebekah Lynn Montgomery, may be a mouthful.  And then, there’s the spelling caveat.  Most people looking for me would assume my name is Rebecca. 

I’ve considered adopting my grandmother’s middle name Mae, but think it might read a bit old fashioned. My initials, R.L. Montgomery, (commonly how I sign my name), seem to me, to not give enough information about who I am.  However, that could be a good thing:

Studies show that sexism is still a strong force in the book market. Readers, especially boys and young men, tend to choose a male author’s name over a female author’s name. Fortunately, the studies also show that these sexist readers tend to assume that any gender-neutral name is male (this is why the author of the Harry Potter books uses initials instead of her first name- her publisher wanted her to avoid the sexual bias so common in boys).”

 – Jamie Hall, How to Choose a Pen Name

The L would most likely give away my female status though, just as easily knowing that there are few male names that start with an L. 

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The advice for writers searching for pen names is patchy at best, some suggest choosing a gender neutral name, others laud choosing a name from the first half of the alphabet as likely to get more premium bookstore shelf placement as opposed to those poor souls surnamed Zachary who will find themselves in the hunchbacks corner at the bottom of store shelves.  Other sage advice offered is to try and choose a name that will place you nearby other best-selling authors on the shelves; sandwiched between Stephen King and Dean Koontz for example. 

It’s definitely an issue that will take some more internal debate.  Though it all may seem like a moot point at the moment,  as I have nothing about to be published, I have been working on several articles, and sending queries out to publishers requires me to be somewhat resolved of my identity crisis.

I’m open to suggestions, so feel free to drop me any ideas you may have that wouldn’t be better suited to rap artists (thanks Kev!), wrestlers, or comic book heroes.

September 12, 2006 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

Serenity

Ok, some of you…(probably most) will care less about this post….but those that know me well will understand my elation. Anyone not familiar with the short lived Joss Whedon series Firefly, needs to go rent it or by it on DVD now!!!! It’s a Sci-fi/Western and odd as that sounds it works beautifully, thanks mostly to the brilliant mind of Joss and the fantastic cast!

Now, why, you ask should I run out and watch some series that isn’t even on the air any more? Because, I reply. The movie “Serenity” will be out in September with THE FULL ORIGINAL CAST returning, and Joss Whedon at the helm.

I can die happy now!

May 17, 2005 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment


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