Friday, May 28, 2010

Losing track of everything

It's chaos here. End of the school year stuff for the girl. Boy getting ready to head off to basic training. And my best friend, my love, will be arriving soon for a month long vacation. Yes, just a month. Yeah, I hate that part, too. A month.  But hey, I'll take it.

Writing is sporadic, but comfortable. There's a pleasure I feel when I write longhand. The weight of the pen as it molds to my fingers and the smooth softness of the paper. I'm sure some feel the same joy when their fingers lightly dance over a laptop keyboard. But my parents ordered me to learn how to type on a manual typewriter at a young age. They wanted me to learn a work skill. (Yes, even at age seven my parents feared I wouldn't be a productive member of society.) So now, sitting in front of a keyboard is more like a chore.  It might be why my creative spark just isn't there when I'm at a computer.

Or I suppose I could just be babbling here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Midweek Musing--my strange addiction

My husband got me hooked on watching Dexter. You know the series, right? The serial killer who has a "code". I hate to admit this but in the evenings I'm running my own personal marathon through the seasons. I've watched the first two so far. I do have the third season on hand, but I'm trying to prolong the pleasure.

I love a good twisty plot. Add one anti-hero and I'm hooked. It's almost like eating a Reese's peanut butter cup in the dark. Sheer secret indulgence. I'm totally warped. I mean, hello, I'm quietly cheering for a killer.

But man, I'd love to write a story like that.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday

I picked that title because...it is Monday. Morning still by me.

Mostly this is just to say I'm here. Alive. I've learned banking rules suck and getting my roof replaced is like asking to win the lottery. Nah. I get the feeling winning the lottery would be smoother. And oddly it's not my insurance company giving me the grief. They're willing to cut checks and send them to me. Depositing them....sigh. That's where the fun begins.

My writing time has been crazy. Really. I have an unbalanced character. He's fun to play with. Easy to be with. But we soooo have to cool our time together because I need to get Brooklyn cleaned up and out of here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Dreaded Blue Screen of Death

Also known as the, "You're Screwed Screen."

So my tower is out of commission. What hurts the most is losing some of my pictures and music. I just bought a bunch of music, set up new playlists when my tower failed. I'm sure everyone living within a mile radius heard me screaming, "Noooooo."

The blue screen scares me because it often means I am in waaay over my head in software or hardware troubles.

I guess it's a good thing I like writing by hand.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The internet is out to get me

Yahoo hates me and won't let me log on. Itunes is taking forever to download one song. LJ wouldn't let me comment on someone's post. Even blogger is giving me issues.


Or maybe the Fates are trying to tell me something. Like stop procrastinating. I would argue though the above stuff is work.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Monday and I'm in a good mood

I know. That's soooo unheard of for me.

When I first wrote and plotted Brooklyn's story, I had no clue how to start it. Most writers will tell you, the first chapters are always the hardest to get down and they require the most revisions. I don't freak out when this happens. Normally, by the time I get past the first round or two of revisions I can see the opening.

Normally.

That didn't happen with Brooklyn's story.

I've been beating myself up because I just couldn't see where to start the story. Yesterday, after a series of writing exercise, I didn't come up with one possible opening, I had three. Three.

Funny how the universe clicks, don't you think?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Yikes...It's May

And you know what that means, yes? Story a Day challenge is going on right now.

Seventh Sanctum has some great prompts, as well as Justin and his writing exercises on FM.

I can't seem to write a story that'll stay short enough for the markets. I blame it on my muse. But hey, if you're adventurous enough, you should go for it. On FM we even have a board set up to track your progress.

Good luck, folks!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Starting the month off with a new look

Yeah....don't know why but I had the urge to play today on my blog. I wanted something...simplier. Not sure if I'll keep this or not.

Speaking of changes, did anyone watch the new episode of Doctor Who? New actor. New rainbow colored Daleks. Yes, rainbow assortment. They reminded my boy of the Power Rangers. I can't say I'm loving this season, but I'll give it more chances.