Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I knew I had a blog here...

Posted by PicasaSorry folks, I’ve been busy with revisions and family. I planned a vacation with the kids this weekend. We leave on Friday. And as luck has it, a winter storm blew in yesterday. Thunder, hail snow, was impressive. So impressive that schools, governments and cities were talking about closing for the day. Schools closed last night in fact.

Myself? I was pondering if I should start changing up my plans.

Like most Colorado storms, they come on strong and fade quickly. It always amazes me how powerful, all consuming these storms are one moment, then everything changes to a quiet whisper in a few seconds.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The icky weekend

I hate stomach flu viruses. Being sick sucks period, but the stomach flu? The gagging. The vomiting. Yeah, yeah. It’s gross. Gives me the creeps. My girl ended up sick over the weekend. While taking care of her I also tried sterilizing the house. I don’t think there’s enough Lysol spray in the world to make me happy.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Death of a printer

Not sure what is up with me and electronics lately. There I was, printing off worksheets yesterday when I heard the dreaded grinding noise, followed by the crunching of pages. Lots of pages. An hour later I still couldn’t get it to work.

Yeah, yeah...I saw the signs of trouble a while ago. I put it off and now see where I’m at.

I ended up using my husband’s antiquated printer that takes forever to print a dozen pages. But it’s done.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Oscar’s Lessons

Oscar is a finicky fella. Just when you think you got this contest thing all figured out, the rules change up. Most years I sort of just glance at the awards, but I was interested because of the rallying around The Hurt Locker and Avatar.

Avatar was an amazing visual banquet. 3D was pushed to an all new level in this movie, and James Cameron should be proud his movie.

Story wise...? It was a good story. It had foreshadowing. There were character arcs. Maybe there was a touch too much of divine intervention there in the end. For me the predictable was the kiss off. I didn’t see any surprises. No shocking revelations. It was a solid little story, but it didn’t sparkle. The main character was overshadowed by the lifestyle of the Na’vi and their plight. If you think I'm joking about it google Avatar, Na'vi and depression.

The Hurt Locker is--well---different. The main character in the story is a member of the US Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. He plays with life threatening things on a daily basis. Most people shy away from a job like that. So yeah, I kinda expected the main character to be unique, and I wasn’t disappointed. Some viewers liked him. Others hated him. Putting personal likes and dislikes aside, the character never, ever fades into the background. He took control of his destiny. Did the story have some farfetched twists? Yes. I can’t picture a soldier running off at night in Iraq to do his own sleuthing. But you know, it’s Hollywood. They can get away with that. In books, not so much.

Solid and well-written stories don’t guarantee a sale anymore in the publishing area. Unless of course you’re a huge powerhouse, but even then I’ve seen major authors get smacked down in sales. Yes, writing well is needed, but a little thing called storytelling should never be forgotten or taken for granted. Characters are the heart of the story. They connect the writer to the reader, and when it happens the world explodes into reality.

Gawd, yes, I am this anal in critiques over characters and plots as well.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Revisions are slllllooooww

Things are slowly moving forward. Nothing exciting to say about it because I haven't started writing yet. Or would that be rewriting? Hmmm

Anyway, I saw this story via Margaret and got a chuckle.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Taking a moment

Some days you have to stop what you're doing and look around at the pretty sunrise. Too often I don't do it either.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Trivia Tuesday

Not many folks know this about me, but I love classic cars. Ford Mustang is my absolute favorite. Yes, I surf the net just to look at them. It’s my secret indulgence.

My guy found a car online that he really thought I’d like. Not a mustang, but a Thunderbird. 1964. I paid one of my boy’s friends to take us to check it out. Nice but it needed more work than I could do for it. was sooooo tempting.

Anyone out there want to share their secret extravagance?

Monday, March 1, 2010

March? can't be March already.

Say it ain't so.
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