Monday, November 30, 2009

Tales from the muse


Miss Kitty versus her muse. Some days it does feel like that.
                P.S. Last Day of NaNo 2009!
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's that time again!

Sunday is that time to catch up with those wayward characters. Most people choose to chat with their main good guys...but when was the last time you invited the antagonist to breakfast? Never? Oh time to change that up. Give them a hug and some coffee.

Have fun!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Leftovers?


          Mmmm....tasty. (I hope you all are spending time with your loved ones this holiday weekend.)
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving



                               From my family to all of you....
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Middle of the week...

Happy Wednesday! For some of us it starts the long holiday weekend. My girl is off from school until Monday, but today I think I'll put her to work on baking. She owes me big time for her hair coloring supplies. It adds up.

Yesterday's roundup: two scenes written. I tried for a third but it just didn't happen when all the kids came home. Plus I had to make an emergency run back down to the post office again. Grrrr...

For a cool surprise my son took me out to dinner last night. At like a REAL restaurant. And he paid. I'm still in awe.

Hope your middle of the week goes great.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Off to write

I'm a bit behind where I'd like to be in the novel. Sooo...I'm off to write. Like marathon style. I'm hoping for two scenes. More would be nice...less I'm in trouble. Self-imposed trouble.


If you don't see me around online, you know why.


Good luck to everyone as we approach the end!
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday Mascot

But I don't want to leave the warm bed.


Yes, I can soooo relate. Mondays suck.


Worse one ever? I had three rejections show up in my e-mail within hours of each other. Someone coordinated it. I'm sure of it.


Kidding.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday...

That means character chat day.


(this is my T-shirt that I sleep in. I found it at Kohl's in case anyone is looking to own one.)
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday musings

I was sitting in a full house of moviegoers for New Moon last night, and I was more caught up with the audience’s reactions than the movie. When Jacob yanked off his shirt to help Bella…you could barely hear the actors over the squeals and nervous giggles. (BTW…I don’t think he wore a shirt in the last half of the movie to the joy of most of the girls. Heh.)

The viewers’ excitement was contagious. You could sense the range of emotions when there was a romantic scene between Bella and Edward or Jacob. It sort of reminded me of Paranormal Experience the way the spectators was responding.

It hit me, this was why the fans are so into the Twilight Saga. The author captured the rollercoaster of feelings played out among the three characters and set them to the page in a way that made her readers care. That’s a lesson we all should remember. Beautiful prose is not enough some days. You have to give the characters a soul.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Intermission

I spend my mornings unplugged from the net to write. I find this a desperate need to satisfy my muse. I'm getting at least a scene a day. Some days more.

In case there's anybody left in the world that doesn't know, tonight is the opening to New Moon. Part of the Twilight Saga. Bella...shiny vampires. Heh...okay maybe not everyone knows. But if you have a teenage girl you've probably heard the arguments about team Edward and team Jacob.

So I'm leaving early again this afternoon to clear my housework. Because with two teens, three dogs and birds...the work is never done.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some days it's hard

There are days I get up, boot the laptop, sit down to write...And...

Nothing.

Nada.

Zip.

Sure we all love when the story flies. When the words are coming to us faster than we can type. I have lost track of time when I get into the zone.

But there are the...other days. Days like today are the real challenges because I'm fighting myself to get back into the story and the characters. It's not easy overcome. For me I had to cut myself off the internet. A lot of false starts but in the end, I finally found the groove and had fun with Claire. Well...okay...fun might not be the right word because I left her in real danger. Earlier it was fun. I'll stop now before you all think I've gone nuts.

Anyway...

How do you all fight the battle with the missing in action muse?
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Wednesday

You never know what surprises might await you today. Or...er...land on your head.


Happy middle of the week day!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Running...

Here we are on the 17th already. This month is just flying, folks.

Yesterday my characters pulled a fast one on me. I mean, one moment they're running along, following the plan when suddenly--BAM. One character took it upon herself to change the plot outline. Hello? I work hard on that thing. But I can be easy going, and I'm willing to let this ride. See what happens. The information that should be here can easily be used down the road.

So now instead of a nice touching moment between characters, I get girls gone wild. With weapons.

Why can't my characters play nice?
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Mondays

I swear I think some people live just to mess with me on Mondays. It's like their lives aren't fulfilled unless they get me mad. What gets me is that they wait until Monday to bother me. Argh.

Sorry. Lost my mind there. I'm sure you all don't want hear me rant because we all get these days from time to time.

Anyway...if you hadn't noticed we are now halfway though the month. Do I hear an excited cheer? Yayyy, NaNo writers!

Good luck folks!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's Sunday....

And that means character chat day! Phobias of spiders getting in the way? Is your female lead suddenly ignoring her faery love interest to flirt with the werewolf? Has your bad guy suddenly announced he wants to leave to join the Peace Corp? It is time to get to the bottom of these midbehaving drama queens by sitting down and chatting with them.

Have fun!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

NaNo Lesson

We find our idea. It feels like magic. You all know that burning need to tell that story because if we don't it'll drive us nuts. The characters haunt us. The plot is dark and complicated and humorous and heartbreaking--man, it is everything it needs to be. Here comes midnight and it's November 1st. We take off running down that beautiful path. We're typing away and this feeling of joy will never stop until we type the very last two words--The End.

Fast forward to November 14th.

That pretty path we set out on has turned to mud, sucking us down into depression. The characters are making silly demands for plot changes that make no sense. Yeah, let's talk about that ridiculous plot. It's unraveling faster than that obsurd pink crochet dress your mother made you wear when you were seven. Instead of hitting close to 24K, you've only broken 5,000. And by now you're thinking...who wants to write a stupid novel?

Answer: You do.

Right now you're having your doubts. That's okay. It happens to all of us who love to write. Published, unpublished. It makes no difference to the fear monster who thrives on drowning us in despair and self doubt. The thing is you don' t give up. No matter what, you keep on writing. Maybe you need a free writing session. Or a character chat. So what if the words don't sound so pretty? There's this little thing called revising that handles those messy sentences. You're not going to hit 50k by the end of the month? Big deal. The NaNo police won't show up on your doorstep. You're still ahead of your wordcount because you started at zero on November 1st.

Don't give up. Don't GIVE up. Keep on writing. Keep on trying. Because I promise you when you get to that last page, when you write or type THE END...it's a really cool feeling. I promise.




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Friday, November 13, 2009

How's everyone doing so far?

Hey all, another day to run around. My oldest dog is limping and I'm going to need to take him to the vet this morning. Crossing my fingers that Friday the 13th doesn't curse me.

I'm wishing you all a great writing day. I hope the words flow and the characters whimper.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

For those that need a moment...

I'm off to create a care package today to send to my husband in Iraq. Sooo...I'm not sure I'll have time to write today. When I shop for something like this, I'm talking I have to hit like four or five stores to get everything I need. Dried fruits, hookah tobacco and little things to share. This also might be the last shipment to reach him before the holidays.


I did finish a chapter yesterday--second one for the week. So that's always good for my goals. Daniel and Claire have just met their stalker. From this point on nothing is safe or what they expected. Best of all I damaged them both emotionally. Huh...I really do sound evil here, don't I? Yes, I left that chapter on a cliffhanger.


Anyway, just so you all know I'm thinking of you guys, I wanted to leave a nice picture I took while rambling along the countryside last summer. I'm noticing some stress from folks participating in NaNo. Relax. Take a deep breath. Have some tea or whatever soothes your nerves. And imagine being by this rambling stream.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remember

Sometimes I feel the need to walk through a cemetery like some people have the urge to eat chocolate. Yeah, I know some of you are creeped out by the thought. To me it's a reminder of how brief life can be. Or how loving and full others have spent their days. These glimpses of an existence celebrated into their deaths, always amaze me the most. They are not always the most prominent statue or the grandest mausoleum. The ones I'm talking about are the ones maintained well after the person has been buried. That someone takes the time out of their days to leave fresh flowers or ornaments to share in the holidays with their lost loved one.


I pause at these sites and wonder, who were they? How did they touch someone so deeply? Were they defined by one moment, or a lifetime of moments? Who did they love? More important, who still loved them?
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I’m so tired

I stayed up way too late. 1 AM and woke up at 4...my bad.


To keep you all entertained here, and I’m trying not to pick on Deb for today, here are a few stories to check out from my “too strange” file.


A young girl who fell asleep for nine years.


50K missing Persian soldiers have finally been found.


And the embarrassing cautionary tale of noisy sex.


Happy writing all!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hmmm...

I was trying to use a different program to post from-and it failed. I'm not sure why. Most tragic of all, my witty Monday rant is gone. Sniff.

Anyway, it's Monday. I did get 2400 words yesterday and I'm hoping I can repeat it today. Or close to it. It was Claire's turn to be stalked. Give her some drama with her stepmom. Bring back horrible memories that she tried to bury. Oh yeah...and naturally I had to give her some issues with the lowlife she dates.

Overall I feel good about the scene. Do I sound evil? Well, probably NOT as evil as Deb.

How's everyone's day going?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Do you know where your characters are?

Sundays to me are character chat days. A handy tool to try and understand why your uncooperative misfits are hotwiring cars, planning to leave you in the dust. So tell me ladies and gents, what are your characters up to?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shhh...

I have my laptop now. I'm probably hiding offline for the day to work on Daniel.

On another note, you know you've made it when inkygirl writes a comic on you. You go, zette!

http://zette.blogspot.com/2009/11/enough-said.html

Friday, November 6, 2009

Bed Rest

I leaned over to remove a memory card from my pc. I knew I shouldn't be straining but it was only going to be for a minute. Then I sneezed...

So my stubbornness has left me relaxing yesterday and probably today. I need to ask my son nicely if he'll move my laptop closer to me.

Good luck with the writing!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Crossing Bridges

You're going along just fine when out of nowhere comes this surprise....


My first thought, who in their right mind would put a bridge like this out on my path?


I mean, sure...it does have a certain rustic charm. Very rustic. And yes, I'm sure some ranger comes out this way to check the trails. Right?


And though I saw a man turn around instead of crossing it, I couldn't just head back. I was sort of invested at this point. Yes, it was old. The bridge was not exactly in the most travled area of the park either. Did I mention it creaked a lot? The planks gave out some as I walked out on it. Sadly, a good bit of the park itself felt neglected and uncared for.


Maybe because of all those things, I felt I had to cross it to see what was on the other side. To see what critter, real or imaginary, lived among gloom of the tree branches and sang that sorrowful song. To walk a little further in the shadows to maybe find only darkness...or maybe a beautiful field right past the foiloage.


Would you cross the bridge with me? Would you walk into the shadows?
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

testing

This could take a little getting use to.

Wednesday already?

No, I don’t have anything against Wednesdays. Mondays though...shudders. Some Mondays need to be like deleted, burned, ripped from the calendar. I wouldn't even say do over because you never know if it could get worse.

Since this week is just flying past, let's see how things are going. How are the words coming along so far? Anyone wanna share...?

Me? I kept deleting a lot, but in the end Daniel flirted with Claire, and he realizes someone or something is stalking him.

Good day for me.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wrong turns can lead to great finds

During the summer I thought I'd pester my friend,Val, in Canada. Because I've never been to Canada so why not go and visit?


One afternoon we were driving around, trying to kill time. I forget where we were headed to, but we ended up on a wrong road. We had time so we decided to see where it went, and we spotted a sign for picking fruits. Cool...


Next to chocolate on my ultimate list of cravings is fresh fruit. Chocolate AND fresh fruit...?


Mercy...
Following the road we came to this garden and found...


Rows and rows of strawberries in these tier canisters. I mean, wow...I'm in heaven. Just give me the baskets and let me fill them all. Oh yeah, and in the back of this area were blueberries...


Blueberries...happy giggle.


You all just know they had to have a gift house that sells smoothies and desserts. Oh man, I had one of the best blueberry smoothies in my life.

 
Anyway...by now you're probably wondering why am I babbling about fruit.
When we veer off course, or our plot outline, it can be a good thing.

Really.

Sometimes it's our muse trying to get our attention to say, "Dumbo, you're going at this all wrong!"

 
Okay, most of you all have well mannered muses. Mine is not.

 Point is, sometimes it's all right if you slip off the plot cards. To take that side street and see where it leads. Because sometimes, that bright and shiny plot twist can lead to something totally sweet.


Happy writing!
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Dancing with purple hair

Some days you have to step off from your safety zone. Walk away from the normal and embrace the wild in order to find out who you really are. Sure it might turn out to be a disaster. I have had plenty of catastrophes and some near tragedy, but life needs to be about chances. Anything that's too easy with no fear involved isn't really much of a reward.


Remember that as your typing away on your manuscripts. There will be some people that feel threatened or uncomfortable by what you're trying to do. They probably don't mean to sound callous or disparaging, but it sometimes comes across like that. Don't get upset with them. They're just in awe by your courage.


Today let loose, dance--and let your creative spirit go crazy.
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

NaNoWriMo Kickoff



Officially I've only done this once. The story was a mess. It needed lots and lots of revising. But I did finish it. So, reason number one to join up for NaNo: Learn to finish what you start. Sometimes this is the hardest lesson for new writers to learn. Don't knock them. We all end up in this predicament from time to time.


This year I won't be officially doing NaNo because I'm continuing on Daniel's story, and I don't know if I have another 50K to write. It's Daniel though so I probably will have that many words if not more. He's not happy to be ignored. In order to regain some sanity in my life--and keep the cranky dead guy from whining--I'm hoping to get a big push in my writing this month. I can hope, right?


For all you NaNo writers, I salute you! Go forth to create chaos and ruin characters' lives!
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