amergina: (TR-nice)
2030-06-21 04:06 pm

Hello!

You've reached the journal of [livejournal.com profile] amergina!

Who am I? Well, I'm a writer. By day, I write technical manuals for a software firm, and by night I write fiction. I tend to concentrate on various forms of fantasy and science fiction. I'm also an Associate Editor at Entangled Publishing.

When I'm not writing or editing, I'm playing in the garden.

I enjoy cooking without recipes. I love all things coffee. I'm both a stay-at-home type of person and an international traveler. I'm an enigma wrapped in bacon and powered by java.

In LJ-land, I'm one of the moderators of [livejournal.com profile] christianity and [livejournal.com profile] ljbreviary. If you need to contact me in regard to those communities, please do so here.

Thanks!
amergina: (Montjoy standing)
2012-04-17 11:33 pm

Stuff and things

It's been a while, hasn't it?

So, news. I have a new day job! Actually, I've had it since the last week of March. I got the verbal offer two days after I was laid off at the old day job.

The new day job is fabulous. Nice people. Good work (and lots of it). Great part of town.

I'm also editing for an e-publisher. That's been fun!

And somewhere in there, I'm still writing.

I sold a short story to Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power, Intrigue, and Violence. It's a contemporary fantasy story that has all of those things. No idea of the pub date yet.

In other news, I've furthered a crush on an actor who is four years younger than my father. Which sounds bad, except that my crush is on said actor as he was 25-ish years ago. So, from about when he was my age now. (Or "Ann's been watching old Brit TV mysteries again.")

I wonder how long it'll be before I update again?
amergina: (Montjoy standing)
2011-11-11 08:38 pm

Feeling a little French tonight...

Drinking Joie de Vivre tea out of a Fleur-de-lis demitasse cup.

amergina: (nanowrimo)
2011-11-03 05:12 pm
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State of the Writing

-- I'm still querying for The Tyras Key. I should query more. Lots more. But I'm still convinced my query letter is crap.

-- Part One of Duty (Aka The-Peradon-Novel-That-Was-Supposed-To-Be-a-Short-Story-But-Is-Now-89K Long) is done. Part Two is my NaNoWriMo project. God help me.

-- Close Quarter (Aka, the naughty naughty book) is on the back burner to finish in December. I've got about 15-20 more K to go. I have the end in my head.

-- I have started jotting down notes for a novel that's probably going to turn into something along the lines of a historical fantasy (a la Guy Gavriel Kay, but not as beautifully or as mind-shatteringly written because, well, I'm no GKK!) based on the 100 Years War time period. But in another world, with some magic, because I want to play with the timing of things (like bringing in a Joan of Arc figure much earlier).

-- Hell or High Water (aka, the Pittsburgh UF that has no romance) is still on the back burner, too. I'll probably pick that up after Duty and Close Quarter are done.

I subbed a short story to an anthology. Waiting to hear back on that.

And that piece of fan fiction I wrote is still lurking there on my desktop. Lurk lurk lurk.
amergina: (Montjoy)
2011-10-25 11:18 pm

St. Crispin's Day addendum

No fic tonight. Took too much time to watch Henry V. (Lots of interruptions. Mostly of the meowing furry kind.)

But my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] annesible pointed me to this:

The Henry V Drinking Game.

*cough* *laugh* I do tend to take more than one drink when Montjoy flounces in, though.

(And I really need more Henry V icons. Where'd I put my spare time?)

Addendum to the addendum: I noticed two new things in this watching:

1) The Swan of the House of Lancaster is hanging from Henry's collar of state.

2) Montjoy is wearing his black chaperon over his shoulder in the last scenes. That's the black band across the front of his tabard. It's a very period way of wearing the hat when you're not wearing it on your head.

Addendum to the addendum's addendum... I think I might have actually figured the chaperon thing out before...
amergina: (Montjoy)
2011-10-25 07:02 pm

St. Crispin's Day

My plans for the evening:



And maybe posting a fic. No promises on that, though.
amergina: (Montjoy)
2011-10-21 05:40 pm

You know...

I really should have searched for Henry V t-shirts before today. Alas, I don't think the I <3 Henry V shirt will make it to me by October 25.

But tomorrow is my local SCA group's annual Agincourt event, so I'll manage.
amergina: (marcus-live for the one)
2011-09-22 08:21 pm

A little retro man-candy

Completely work-safe. It's Tyrone Power in a tuxedo.

Not that I have a type, or anything.

Sharp dressed man )
amergina: (reading)
2011-09-07 09:10 pm

Word Candy Wednesday

The golden-white fire licked over his fingers,
joining a sapphire flame that rolled up
from his skin.
He had not played with fire like this for years.


From my novel The Tyras Key.
amergina: (reading)
2011-09-04 12:27 am
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Six Sentence Sunday

From my work in progress, Duty to the Crown.


A laugh, then his grandfather, with bright eyes too much like his own, studied him again. "What are the obstacles to your survival?"

"The machinations of the court and Morlorac." He pushed off the building. "And I may have started a feud with the Diamond school."

"May have?" The cadence of his grandfather's voice carried amusement, and something that tightened every muscle in Peradon's back--dark excitement and the desire for blood.

Posted as part of Six Sentence Sunday.
amergina: (pages)
2011-08-31 08:46 pm
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Word Candy Wednesday


He studied her in silence. He looked of summer,
all sunlight and blue skies,
but clouds had settled in, covering over
his brightness.


Quote is from my novel, The Tyras Key. Idea shamelessly stolen from Jessica Freely (note: Link Not always Safe For Work, if your work is stodgy).
amergina: (reading)
2011-06-30 07:04 pm

Slightly used iPad case for sale

I recently bought a new case for my iPad (a BookBook case), so I have a somewhat used but still in good condition Incase iPad convertable book jacket case that I'd like to sell.

The Incase case is probably best for gen 1 iPads. It retails for $60. I'm selling mine for $20. Local is better, but I can mail it, too.

Comment/email if interested.
amergina: (seton hill)
2011-06-22 10:09 am

Back to school... kind of.

The June Writing Popular Fiction MFA residency kicks off today at Seton Hill. Tomorrow, the In Your Write Mind workshop sponsored by the WPF Alumni kicks off. I'll be at the latter, have gotten a lovely hood and all in January.

I'll get to see some of my favorite people and hopefully have some much needed time to write. I'm also going to be a minion for a literary agent.

Best of all, some of my favorite people are graduating!

So, back to the Hill I go. Hazard yet forward, and all that jazz.
amergina: (reading)
2011-06-08 08:54 pm
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On Close Reading

Sometimes life is synchronous.

On the same day, I saw a topic over on the Absolute Write Forums about Francine Prose's Reading like a Writer and Nicole Peeler asked two questions on twitter:

Do you think it's important for readers of genre fiction to be proficient at reading, especially close reading?

Kay, do you think people who want to be WRITERS of genre fiction should be proficient readers?

During my last term in Seton Hill's MFA for Popular Fiction, I read Reading Like a Writer as part of a class I took on reading YA literature.

Prose's book is pretty much all about close reading. This got long )
amergina: (smackdown)
2011-06-02 11:28 pm
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I was wrong

Apparently, I can write fan fiction.

*smacks forehead to keyboard*

Part of me is appalled at myself for 100 different reasons, none of which is a dislike of fan fiction (to make that clear).

But there are many good things:

I've re-learned I can write something that has no elements of the fantastic.

I've re-learned that I like history.

I've remembered that I really should read more non-fiction

I--seem to have a thing for non-modern politics. (Modern politics makes me want to break out in hives.)

Actually, I just love relationships, how people act with one another, and all the ways they are pulled by all that surrounds them.

I also have stellar avoidance techniques, because I only discovered this because I should have been working on something else.

It was not a waste of time, though. Not at all.

Now to decided if any of it will ever see the light of day, or if I'll shove it into the sock-drawer of my computer.
amergina: (Montjoy)
2011-05-28 02:07 am
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Things that inspire me, Part two: Henry V (1989 movie)

I love Shakespeare, have since high school.

Hamlet is my favorite play, though I desperately want to rewrite the darn thing so that Hamlet gets off his melancholy ass and offs his uncle and takes the throne. I mean, jeez!

Yeah, I know. It's called a tragedy for a reason. *cough*

I also adore, to the point of wearing my DVD out, the Kenneth Branagh 1989 movie adaption of Henry V. It is my comfort movie. No, really. Stop laughing!

And every time, I get all pissed off at Scroop, Northumberland, and Grey. And I get all Hurrah! at the Agincourt speech and angry about the boys in the baggage.

But my heart always *always* goes out to one character in particular:

Montjoy, the French Herald. Cut to spare you far too many screencaps )
amergina: (reading)
2011-05-15 05:49 pm

Pennwriters Conference

Pennwriters is a multi-genre writing organization based out of Pennsylvania (but anyone from anywhere can join). Every year, they have a writing conference on one side of the state or the other. This year, it was in Pittsburgh, and since I was free from tuition, I decided to go.

It was a *blast*.

I always enjoy talking to other writers, so getting together with a bunch of them and talking about writing is like a mini vacation. Also, you never know who you're going to run into or what sort of interesting things their doing. Everyone was very nice and generous with sharing information.

The workshop/classes/panels were excellent. The keynote speakers, authors Jacquelyn Mitchard and Jonathan Maberry, were inspiring in different ways. All in all, a conference worth attending and one I'll go to next year (in Lancaster).

Specifically, for me, it reminded me that I am capable. I mean, I know I'm far from perfect... but sometimes I forget that I'm a decent writer.

I took part in a read and critique with Jonathan Maberry and Ginjer Buchanan (Editor-in-Chief of Ace/Roc Books). There were problems (like the first section of the first two pages they thought needed to go) but they also thought my writing was very good. And man, is that's nice to hear. Especially from an EIC of a major imprint and a best-selling author.

I also spoke to an agent who has my full. By only looking at my name tag, she knew my story and gave me a quick rundown on the revise and resubmit she hadn't had the chance to send to me yet.

o.O

From reading my name. Yeah.

Needless to say, I'm in a bit of a state of shock. And I have work to do.
amergina: (lemon drip)
2011-05-05 08:01 pm

Teacup Thursday: Water Lily

This is the other tea cup I bought when I went antiquing with my mom over Easter weekend. It's another Royal Albert cup, Water Lily, #7 in their Flower of the Month series.



The tea is strawberry lemonade from Teavana.

I tend to gravitate toward bold patterns and colors. I like my teacups to sit up and say HI! The tea? Well, at night, it's better that it not do that. So I leave the perky to the cup.
amergina: (summer queen)
2011-05-01 10:08 pm

Things that inspire me

I have always loved art from around the turn of the 1900. Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the Pre-Raphaelites.

I was browsing around the Internet after I finished writing a scene (to clear my head to write the next scene) and ran across these two paintings by the Scottish painter John Duncan (1866-1945):

The Glaive of Light



Tristan and Isolde



Sheesh, is it any wonder I write fantasy? I mean, really?
amergina: (sunset)
2011-04-28 09:06 pm

Teacup Thursday: Trillium

Over the Easter holiday, my parents came to visit and mom and I did something we love to do: go antiquing. We took a trip to the Ohio River Boulevard Antique Mall, a big purple building on Rt. 65 just north of Pittsburgh. Great place. Horrible parking. It's a rambling three story barn of old things. Woo!

I found two cups. The first one is this:

Trillium!


(Click for bigger photo)

It's a Royal Albert cup, of a newer series (1975 to 2001). But I lurve it. Trillium is one of my favorite flowers, and it's native to Pennsylvania. Sadly, I can't grow it in my yard as the deer think it is wonderfully tasty.

The tea (which you can't see) is Azteca Fire from Teavana. Strawberries and chocolate with some chili peppers.

Next week: The other cup.