Been busy lately, but roving through my blogroll (no, I haven't put them up yet, someday soon...) I found the contest on Paperback Writer, for a signed copy of Talyn by Holly Lisle. To make the story short(er), I won one! How cool is that. The best part is that both Holly Lisle and PBW are two writers whose work and attitude I respect and admire (not to mention their unholy word counts). Holly's 'pay it forward' website basically ignited the storytelling fire that has been on my back burner for far too long, so this is just above and beyond.
On the writing front, it's been slow. I must confess I've been splitting my time between working up my novel and preparing for a Warhammer 40k tournament at the end of the month. (FYI; WH40k is a miniatures wargame, where you play out a battle with models you collect and paint. Just in case you didn't know.) Not good for progress, but sometimes you have to divert. I must say the break painting miniatures has helped bubble the creative juices. Then again, maybe it's all the quiet time putting paint on models where your mind has a chance to wander. Hmmm, maybe a half hour dose of painting before each writing session. That might by my 'silence' as Holly Lisle puts it.
So, I'm still working up my characters, but they are becoming kinda interesting. I like giving them odd quirks like favourite colours that are different, or preferences for little things, like a particular drink or something. Every day I walk through the office. These are people I've worked with for 3+years, and I always see some new tidbit. Nothing you'd have on a single paragraph character blurb, but details that make people real.