Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
But Phoebe and Duncan in High Noon have so much electricity, from Page One, it's no wonder Nora reigns supreme. As a reader, there's enough heat and intrigue to keep you turning pages. As a writer, there's a magic in the way she crafts a story that seems so effortless, you can't help but sit up and take notice.
So...reader or writer. Get a copy. Now! You won't regret it.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl, "Will you marry me?" The girl said, "No," and she lived happily ever after and went shopping, drank martinis with friends, always had a clean house, never had to cook, had a closet full of shoes and handbags, stayed skinny, and was never farted on.
Love it! (especially since my dh, recuperating from surgery, recently asked me when I planned to scrub his feet and trim his toenails. Ick!)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
RWU to the Rescue! I asked the ladies there for topics and received dozens of suggestions. Some of them were really terrific, so I thought I'd take one from the list each week, whether here, at 2 B Read, or the RWU blog and post my answer.
Today's question came from Zara Penney:
When you write do you have the answer in your head?
God, no! I'm usually about halfway through a story before I know what's going to happen at the very end. And even then, the ending is subject to change. Case in point: The Bonds of Matri-money.
By now if you're a reader of this blog, you know that Bonds is the story of two virtual strangers who, when faced with financial ruin, get married to compete in a Survivor-style gameshow for newlyweds. As I researched the locale (Bali) and dreamed up interesting challenges for handcuffed couples to accomplish, in the back of my mind was the nagging question, "When all is said and done, will these two win or lose?"
I won't give anything away here. If you're dying to know, buy the book. But the question haunted me for a long time. I knew what I felt was right, but how was I to get my hero and heroine to that ending? Believe it or not, I wrote three different versions of those last few scenes in Bali, until I reached what I believed to be a satisfactory, realistic ending.
Now I'm coming to the end of Two for the Money. (It's about time!) Once again, I'm faced with questions. And while I suspect I know the answers, my characters could convince me otherwise. The truth of the matter is, if I know the ending too soon, I can't finish the story. I lose interest if I'm not constantly wondering what will happen next.
What about you other writers? Do you know everything that will happen or do you need the surprise to keep you going?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
My husband often calls me "a font of useless information." So I thought I'd share some of that useless information...maybe make room for more! How many of these did you know before today?
1. When swimming in groups, killer whales breathe in unison.
2. The average four-year-old child asks more than 400 questions a day.
3. Men can read fine print better than women.
4. Famous lover, Casanova, used condoms made of linen.
5. Dieting causes bad breath because less saliva is produced, leading to dry mouth.
6. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
7. When the Titanic hit the iceberg, a silent movie version of The Poseidon Adventure, was being screened onboard.
8. The Walt Disney Company produced an animated film called The Story of Menstruation.
9. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was created as a promotional children's book for Montgomery Ward department stores.
10. Mona Lisa has no eyebrows: it was the fashion in Florence during the Renaissance for women to shave them off.
11. Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.
12. Dogs and cats are either right- or left-handed...just like humans!
13. The busiest area of highway in the U.S. is on the George Washington Bridge in New York City.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Enter the football moms: a group of ladies who cheer their sons from the sidelines. We sit together, watching our baby boys get crushed, wincing at each blow, applauding every successful play. We're there in the rain, in the cold, first thing in the morning, and late on Friday nights. Well, these ladies have been teasing me this season that it's time for me to write a story about peewee football and what goes on behind the scenes.
"But where's the romance?" says I.
Last night, I found the romance. Or at least, I found the perfect characters and storyline to write a fictional romance. Now I can't wait 'til Wednesday night's practice to run it past the moms. They'll be so proud!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
What would I do? Write, of course. Finally finish Two for the Money, get a really good jump on Nobody's Perfect. I wanted to package a few queries together for mailing on Monday. And on the subject of packages, there was that dress I bought for the Awards Ceremony at National that I decided against wearing. It's still sitting in the closet with the tags intact. Saturday night would be the perfect time to repackage it and send it back so my bank account could be credited.
Then, after I picked up my daughter at ten, I would sink into a hot bubble bath to relax my woes away.
Admirable goals, yes? I thought so, too. But you know that old saying about the best laid plans? Well, the menfolk didn't leave until 6 and promptly hit too much traffic to move anywhere near the stadium. So I was trying my best to play GPS operator from my computer at home, rerouting them to other roads, none of which moved any faster. My niece "popped in" for a few minutes, which extended into about an hour, and before I knew it, I'd written all of one page on Money and it was time to shuttle Tori home from her party.
End result? The dress still sits in the closet with the tags in place and the shipping box below it. The file for Nobody's Perfect was never opened. I swapped the bubble bath for a little more writing time and while I'm nowhere near The End, I do know how it will all wrap up.
There's a possibility we might head to the beach today. I could make grandiose schemes to finish the manuscript there, but I think I'll let the events drive the day's tasks. The AlphaSmart will come along and I will use it, but I won't set a goal of any kind. Somehow, I think I'm better off keeping my expectations to myself.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
As writers, we sometimes forget that we're constantly honing our own skills. Each book, each chapter, each paragraph is another exercise to strengthen our writing muscles. And no one, no matter how multi-published is too seasoned to learn something new. So if you get knocked down, you too can get up again, brush yourself off and strive harder.
What have you learned lately?