Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What's Up Wednesday

Miss Snark's First Victim is having a critique contest. Not sure if it's an actual "contest" per se because Authoress isn't sure what the winner will win. Or how the winner will be chosen? Point is, it's an opportunity to have a 250 word except of your work critiqued. The category this time is "Dialogue." Entries will be accepted until 9 a.m. on Thursday, then I imagine the excerpts will be posted on the blog soon thereafter. Best go to the blog website for details, though.

I entered a rough section from Mystic Taxi that I just wrote on Sunday. So if you're curious to read something from my slowly progressing steampunk urban fantasy, stop by Miss Snark's First Victim blog for a look. I'm totally open to feedback, so comment away. It's a draft so will obviously be rewritten at some point anyway.

Non-writing related, you won't believe what happened to my daughter's puppy a couple of weeks ago. OMG, it got attacked by a deer. Bambi broke my grand-puppie's leg! Seriously! The dog, Bindy, is a 4 1/2 month old German Pointer and just the sweetest dog ever. Bindy is usually scared of the deer that come in my daughter's yard, but this time she got curious and gave the cloven beast a sniff. The deer reared up and trampled her. My daughter got to the dog barely in time, and thank God it was only her back leg that got broken. Her leg's in a cast, but according to my daughter it hasn't slowed her down much. Bindy is a puppy, after all. But her potty training has understandably done a backslide. Sigh. My daughter's hard wood floors will never be the same.


Just_Me said...

I haven't decided if I want to join or not... DL is... ugh, not my favorite point. Although, I have some rough drafts that have some decent DL.

Did she say it had to be from your main WIP?

Karen Duvall said...

I don't think it matter where it comes from. You could make up something just to critted, if you want.

I rarely ever use dialect in dialogue, but I happen to have a few characters in this WIP that do, so I'd like to see how they, er, how I did.

Just_Me said...

I left something, but I don't have many scenes where there's a huge difference in the local language, at least not to the point where it's noticeable in a 250 word chunk.

I did submit something.

Several people tore it apart (they always do) :o) And all I can say is thank goodness the kind people leaving comments caught it before an agent did.

colbymarshall said...

Aw, poor pup...deer...who'd'a thunk it?