Editing Frustrations

Update time!

A several weeks ago I got back notes from one of my freaking awesome beta readers. He read Frohman’s War: Volley of Vows. I completed the changes a few days ago, and sent it to another wonderful beta reader. She’s helped out on all my published works, and some that haven’t been published yet. But Volley of Vows, which will likely be the final installment of the Frohman’s War series, is not where my frustrations come from.

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Proofreading is Paramount

This is a pet peeve of mine. Word processing programs have come a long way in catching spelling errors and even some grammatical mistakes. Those programs can be a valuable tool for catching some of those errors, but that isn’t the only thing you need to look out for.

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The Lost Room

Have you ever that room in the house that got use, but then at some point became ignored and is now just a glorified storage room? And not even a storage room that’s organized. It’s chaotic. It’s a catch all. It’s horrifying enough to be in a movie about a house turning against the family who lives in it. This is the room PT and I began to about six weeks ago.

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I Don’t Understand

Someone please explain the phenomenon that is sending/receiving nudes. Whether it’s from/to a person that you’ve only ever met online or someone you’ve met in person. I don’t get it, but it seems extremely popular.

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Musing on World Building

Hello again! I’ve been missing you, but I didn’t know what to talk about. Also, life keeps happening. But here I am to share a thought on colors associated with gender. This is by no means something that’s only just occurred to me. I have had this thought many times throughout the world building process, but I haven’t talked about it before, so let’s do this shit.

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A Little Update

I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. However, I am still dealing with personal shit. Talking about my personal struggles and the stress and worry around them is something that I know PT would not want on the blogs, and for the most part I agree with him. So, while I’d like to offer an explanation of why neither of us have been blogging as much as we probably should, I can only offer apologies and promise that I am working on the third installment of Frohman’s War, Volley of Vows. If I have a choice between writing and making progress in my book or blogging, I feel like the best thing to do is to make progress on Volley of Vows.
I feel that it’s important to have some consistency. If I can keep consistency in how often I release a book, then that’s what I should do. The blog is something I’ve struggled with finding things to write about from the beginning. That further reinforces the absences here.
Well, that’s really all I’ve got to say for now. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to wonder on over to Amazon and check out the Frohman’s War series. I sincerely hope that your existence is running smoother than mine is at the moment.
~Yvonne

Stereotypes – Don’t be Scared

Society tells us to ignore stereotypes. Not everyone from this or that culture acts the way they are most often depicted in media. That is so true. I believe that wholeheartedly. I like to see diversity of characters in the books I read. I don’t feel like I get that very often, and I’d like to see a fuller representation of all cultures in books, television, movies and media in general. BUT … and please don’t hurt me … stereotypes exist for a reason. So let’s take a little journey and explore that, shall we? Continue reading