I’m back! In body, not mind. 6


Yup, I’m back. At least until the next round of edits. (I’m not sure if there are another round of edits or not–all I know from here is the manuscript will head to the copyeditors who are responsible for correcting my punctuation and grammar.)

A little bit of housekeeping:

First off, heads up to commenter Laura — who won Inez Kelley’s contest last week. You seriously need to get in touch with me today if you wish to claim your prize or else tomorrow I’ll be drawing a new winner. Send an email to leah DOT braemel @gmail DOT com (no spaces and replace DOT with . please) with your snail mail address so Inez can send you your PRINT copy of Jinxed. Everyone else? check tomorrow to see if Laura responded or if you may have won (if you commented on Inez’s contest originally, it’s too late to enter now.)

As you may have noticed over on my sidebar, this month’s guest listing is woefully sparse. Totally my fault. I’ve been so busy, I let it slide. For this week, I’m probably going to be my own guest-blogger, though it won’t be here but on another author’s site (if I can ever get her her interview back *rolls eyes at self*) Just come back on Wednesday to follow the link–I’ll be having a contest and everything. However, you may notice that June’s list is bulging!  Yup, I’m hosting Carina authors in honor of the Carina launch.  All different types of genres, new authors to names you may recognize — like Carrie Lofty!

I actually had a big long post written up for today and deleted it because I don’t trust my judgment right now.  Why not? Well, have you ever watched a show — maybe a sitcom or a talk show at about 1 in the morning and thought “this guy is hilarious!” and then after going on (and on) about how funny it was, how you were holding your sides laughing your guts out to your significant other or best friend, sit down and watch a repeat and realize, you’re not laughing at anything? That the jokes are lame/stale/flat? I’m a little worried I’m in the “1 AM this is hilarious” stage because I was in a conversation this morning that involved a discussion about just how much truth/reality has to be in fiction and found myself laughing at the absurdity of the discussion. (I’m feeling more than a little ‘punch-drunk’ as I’ve had about 90 minutes sleep in the last two days. I stayed up until 5:30 this morning doing a final run through of my edits, grabbed a short nap and was back at them by 7:30 AM. So yeah, there’s a definite “late night talk show” quality affecting my thought patterns at the moment.)

Where was this going?  Oh, yeah. It’s been pretty quiet on comments lately, so I figured I’d throw the discussion out there to see what you think. (if anyone is actually reading this post.) Just how much truth/reality do you, as a reader, feel needs to be in fiction? Condoms for creatures for the planet Xenon? Do you insist the author uses real street names in real cities instead of made up ones? What sets you off?

Or do you just have anything else you want to talk about?  Read any good books lately? (I recently finished Patricia Brigg’s Bone Crossed and OMG I love Patty’s books. She got Mercy together with yummy alpha Adam in this one.

Discuss!  I’m heading for a date with my pillow…I’ll check back in with you later to see if there’s a consensus. Or not.

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6 thoughts on “I’m back! In body, not mind.

  • Donna

    How much truth do I need in fiction? Not much. Real life tends to smack me upside the head with truth on a regular basis and since I read for entertainment and a break from real life…there you go.

    Something I do need in my books are names with vowels. Please don't give me a story with fifteen characters each having a name with fifteen consonants and only one vowel. And please don't give me a book with a complex map inside the cover that must be studied and understood for the plot to make any sense. Me not being able to make heads nor tails out of the map is way too much realism for me.

  • Leah Braemel

    Donna! Yes, the names! Especially when they start putting in apostrophes and you haven't a clue what you're supposed to be doing with them. Yeah, glottal stop and all that but sheesh! And maps — really difficult to deal with when you've bought the book for your Sony Reader or Kindle!

  • Becky Sue Burkheart

    truth in fiction. I don't need truth as much as I do consistency. …let me rephrase slightly. I need a solid grounding of truth, then if the author takes me on a little bit of a whirlwind – I'm glad to go.

    I'm pretty firmly of the belief that there's no such thing as too much fun.

  • Inez Kelley

    *GASP* Leah!! I didn't make your June Guest List. I have a Catina launch title! Hurry, Pencil my butt in for July somewhere!! I have one then, too. 😀

  • flchen1

    LOL! Leah, glad to see you! As for truth in fiction, it depends–if it's a fantasy world with non-human characters, I'm OK with leaving out some of that reality! On the other hand, it seriously bugs me in a contemporary for the characters to not even give a passing thought to birth control. I always cringe and think, "Oh NO! There's going to be a baby scare now…" Which is a different pet peeve of mine 😉

    And boy, quick! Pencil Inez in! 😉

  • Leah Braemel

    Hey, Fedora

    Don't worry. Inez is now officially PENNED in (I'm not letting her escape!) for a date in June to celebrate the first of her Carina releases.

    And oooh, pet peeves! That's a whole big discussion there isn't it? Especially for us authors because what bugs one person and will stop them reading doesn't bother another and we learn very quickly can't please everyone (except our editors 😉 )

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