Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Revisions and Me

I’m busy working on revisions for TROUBLE! Yay! My hubby is even doing the laundry for me so I don't have to. He's actually better at it soooo maybe he can keep that job? Hmmm, that would be niiiiice.

And, thanks to my awemazingtastic editor, I’m learning so much. She rocks it seriously. Ever hear of talking head syndrome? Pfffftttt, I have. And no, it’s not a new band. It’s a volleying back and forth of dialogue making it hard for the reader to keep track of who’s speaking. And guess what? I win the prize for too many stage directions! Who knew?

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Writer's Journey

Sometimes when I'm stuck, I find this helpful. It's from The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler. Hope you find it helpful too.

1. Hero’s are introduced to the ORDINARY WORLD, where

2. they received the CALL TO ADVENTURE- - -

3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but

4. are encouraged by a MENTOR to- - -

5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD - - - and enter the Special World.

6. They encounter TESTS, ALLIES AND ENEMIES. - - -

7. They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold.

8. Where they endure the ORDEAL --- Black moment filled with tension.

9. They take possession of their REWARD and ---

10. Are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World. ---

11. They cross the third threshold, experience a RESURRECTION - - - Black moment, life and death again. - - - and are transformed by the experience.

12. They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World. - - -

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Word to the Nice Cashier Lady

Dear Cashier Lady,

You seemed nice. You smiled. You were friendly. It did not matter to you that I didn’t have my little discount card, you gave me the discounted price anyway. BUT, but, but-- that doesn’t mean I don’t mind you putting your spit on my bag or on my change as you count it out. Please, for the sake of the Oink, Oink Flu and other nastiness, keep your spit in your mouth where it belongs, unless of course, you’ve read one of my manuscripts and can’t help but drool due to the genius of my written word. I’d excuse you for that and perhaps slap a bib on you.

Thanks for your cooperation in this very hygienic matter.


The Lady in the Car Rubbing Hand Sanitizer on Her Hands Like Mad.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Klingons and Noodles

Me and my hubby, Captain Kirk, fighting Klingons on Halloween.

My Noodle aka, Devil Dog.