Saturday, July 01, 2006

Plotting...

Looking around and saw Sherrill's post about how Characters Should Have Jobs. It's funny she should bring this up. The past week or so I've had an idea swirling around in my mind about my job and finding a way to make it work for a romance. As you might remember my new day job is debt collection. I got to thinking that I've never read a book where the hero or heroine was a debt collector. In fiction, it is the antagonist that tends to have that position. Really, that makes sense. The job isn't that exciting and tends to irritate more people than it pleases.

Then I considered that front line repossession can get interesting. Repo men and bounty hunters show up in fiction all the time, and often for the purpose of debt collection. So I started to think more along the lines of front line debt collection in my story.

Since my story is going to be a futuristic, at first I thought I'd have the debt-collecting heroine repossess the hero's star cruiser. But then I thought... why not have her repossess him? That would provide plenty of conflict! LOL.

So right now I'm at the point I'm writing about a hunky cyborg whose creator is heavily in debt finds he doesn't want to escape the clutches of the debt collector.

How is The Repossesion for a title? Repossesed?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Researching Scotland on the WWW

I'm breaking this post up slowly but surely into different posts. That is why it got moved forward....

Below is a list of links about researching Scotland on the WWW, as well as some authors that write romance set in Scotland and their books. If you'd like to exchange links or add anything to this list, write me at annalee @ annaleeblysse.com.

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Annalee Blysse



General Resources

Here are some of the websites I’ve found with interesting how-to articles on Scotland.

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Jaclyn’s Adventures in Scotland
http://www.jaclynreding.com/scot.html

This website. I’ve linked to several of their articles that I found helpful.

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Yahoo! UK & Ireland
http://uk.yahoo.com/

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The Internet Guide to Scotland
http://www.scotland info.co.uk/scotland.htm

Largely based on Joanne Mackenzie Winters' personal travels, this 80,000 word guide contains details on transport, sightseeing, activities and accommodation throughout Scotland with particular emphasis on the Highlands and Islands.


Loch Lomond

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Scottish Folksong

By you bonny banks and you bonny braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond,
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae,
On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.


CHORUS
O you'll take the high road and I'll take the low road
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.


'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side of Loch Lomond,
Where deep in purple hue the Highland hills we view,
And the moon coming out in the gloaming.

The wee birdies sing and the wild flow'rs spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping,
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring again
Tho' the woeful may cease from their greeting.

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Drymen and East Loch Lomond Home Page
http://www.dellta.org/

This site gives information about the eastern side of Scotland's largest Loch.

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LochLomond.net
http://www.lochlomond.net/

Welcome to Loch Lomond, Scotland Enter the Loch Lomond Portal and Visitor Center.




Blogs

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Gàidhlig
http://community.livejournal.com/gaidhlig/

This community is for discussing and learning Scots Gaelic (Gàidhlig). Membership is open.


Authors

This list includes authors with romance novels set in Scotland.

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Kara Griffin
http://www.karagriffin.com/

Angel Lynn
http://www.geocities.com/angellynnb2003/

Tracy L. Ranson
http://www.tracy-ranson.freeservers.com/

Kathleen MacIver
http://www.kathleenmaciver.com/


Books Set In Scotland






Organizations

Below are related organizations for writers.

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Celtic Hearts Romance Writers
http://www.celtichearts.org

An RWA chapter specializing in romance related to Ireland and Scotland, etc...