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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Crazy Days

Attended what has to be the best writers' retreat EVER! Ate like a queen. Critiqued some wonderful manuscripts. Then left my laptop at our lakefront condo. Ack. Am in the process of retrieving the laptop, but what a pain.

Discovered I have 2 books debuting in December. An essay in a book by Gloria Gaynor is on pre-order at Amazon. It's called How We Survived. Marvelous cover, and comes with a CD. And my first novel with Harlequin Escape, in Australia, debuts December 1st! This one is RILEY'S BILLIONAIRE.

This Indian Summer has been fantastic. While I'm not looking forward to nasty weather, I always seem to writ more during colder months. Win-win, right?

More later. Enjoy Life!
Sunny

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Visit Jami Gold's Cool Site For Writers

Jami Gold, a paranormal writer, has some worksheets that kick butt.
http://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/

Wish I'd thought of her branding idea: Beach Reads With Bite.

But then my heroes don't bite. 

Take a look at some of these worksheets Jami lists: 



* With the exception of the Save the Cat Beat Sheet, which was developed by Elizabeth Davis.
(Click each image to view larger version.)
Thank you, DeAnn Sicard for sending me to Jami's site!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Life Lessons


There was a time, when... 

I didn't like my circumstances, so I tried "correcting" my surroundings. That only got me so far, so I attempted changing others. When that didn't work, I tried making over myself. All that did was point out things that were still out of my control. So I complained to God, who asked what my plan would be.

He's still laughing.

Now I'm studying Buddhism. Maybe there are more answers within than without. I'm open to learning and receiving. Maybe an epiphany or two is in order, but they won't be much good without action. Just sucks that in order to gain the peace I need, I'll have to give up what drives me crazy. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Riting & Reeling

I'm reeling because of the heartbreaking devastation in Oklahoma City and the pain from saying goodbye to a wonderful old pet. Riting/writing because it is what I do and it helps me sort things out. I'm not able to write about either OKC or Chewy at this point, but someday I might. For now, I'm concentrating on women's fiction and fleshing out the most screwed up protagonist ever.

I used to be a plotter, use a detailed outline as a roadmap. I could veer off a bit, but I always knew precisely where I was going and how to reach my destination. This character has turned me into a total pantster, and she surprises me every day. Now I get why so many writers prefer this method. It's exciting, challenging, and absolutely maddening. I often wonder why I chose this path, because now not only is my character bonkers--she's driving ME nuts.

What appeals is the adventure. Maybe her journey reflects my own somehow. I know for sure every time she emotes, I feel like I've dropped my pants in public.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sunny with a chance of ass-kicking

Friend Bubbles made breakfast this morning. What the Aussies call Egg & Toast Soldiers, we say 3-minute boiled egg and toast strips. So coffee, conversation, and healthy breakfast...it was a pleasant way to begin the day. Good thing, because the following hour has sucked.

I'm without a ride and not feeling great anyway, so not attending a monthly writers' meeting this afternoon. One dog has to be put down when schedules can be coordinated and he can be taken to the vet. The other dog won't stop barking. Cat is blissfully unaware dog is barking more because she's obnoxious than because he's present. Son is upset about the noise. My stomach is churning because I'm letting his grouchiness affect my breakfast. 

Couldn't write yesterday because of drill and shop vac noise and DIL asking where her textbooks are so she could resell them. Dryer won't dry. There are bees in the basement, so can't wash clothes anyway. 

If I had orange juice I'd make screwdrivers. This is bullshit.






Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hello, Goodbye


Doesn't matter what we ask for. I feel we generally have to go through the search, the meditation, the trauma of achieving...or releasing. I do feel it is better to seek with a selfless heart, even if what we want is for ourselves. We have to weigh the importance against the need. Is this strictly for our own good, or will it benefit or hurt others?

In my case with Chewy, I'm setting aside my desire he remain with me to his declining health and quality of life. As with a favorite character, I can't bargain with The Universe to give me what I want if it's not doable for all concerned.


Tough decision. Goodbye sucks.



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Yes. No. Maybe.

 

Fiction is so much more precise than reality. Dorothy Garlock was once asked in my presence what she would do if a character took over her story. Thinking the question absurd, she replied: I would kill them. It's my book. 

If anyone asked me the most difficult part of writing, I'd have to say it is a toss-up between penning emotion (because real emotion comes from my heart, gut, and head--it's personal, and I always feel exposed)...and separating the voices in my head.

There are those writerly voices, the characters, and there are the screams from my subconscious that force me into a corner. If a friend asks: Does this haircut make my ass look fat, I'm not about to tell her to wear a wig until her buzz cut grows out, so I'll say NO and assure her she looks great. If an aging parent makes a decision out of hope and desperation, I'll waffle, trying to find my ground before answering. Time to say goodbye to a beloved pet--the hardest truth to face, but in the best interest of the animal, I won't lie to myself.

With fiction, it's easier to be brutally honest. I'm not killing a character I've created just because he pisses me off if he veers outside his character boundaries, but since the book will have my name on it instead of his, he's not getting by with his crap. 

Maybe it all boils down to ownership and responsibility. I'm responsible for what my characters say and do. It's not that simple when it comes to controlling others' actions, because I don't wish to own their pain.

No, it's not Monday. Just feels like it.