Monthly Archives: January 2006

Grrrr

Okay. So it’s the end of the world. I mean, the end. Kaput. Good-bye folks. The world is over.
AND the heroine (who’s been the ultimate wimp so far anyway) decides, uh, I can’t do this anymore. Let me out of the car.
WHAT?
End of the world. Everyone’s going to die.
Vs.
I can’t do this anymore. I’m an idiot. This whole show is stupid.
Grrrrrrrr.
After the mess TV wonderkids made of Lost, I was so excited about the last few episodes of Surface.
Silly me. I forgot the truth about TV writers.
They forget logic. They forget motivation. And who the heck cares about character? Let’s just get to the next cliffhanger scene we’ve got planned and who cares if it makes sense?!
The only good part of this show is Miles, and he’s awesome. But everything else makes me crazy. I throw stuff at the TV, yell at the characters and interrupt my husband’s hockey game to go a little crazy.
I’m going to be so ticked if they don’t salvage the mess they’ve made.
You know if an author does this, I close the book. but then reading is a lot tougher than mindlessly watching TV. And I know I can find something good on my book shelf.
Like Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed. I don’t know why I kept watching instead of breaking out the book. You can bet I won’t give them another chance. They lose me next week, and I’m turning the TV off.

Reading

I’ve heard a lot about J. Weiner’s Good in Bed. A Lot.
Last night after I finished reading it for the night I looked at DH and said this book is so good. The people are so real. It’s just the stuff happening that’s over the top.
He rolled over, went to sleep, totally didn’t get my excitement.
A few years ago Deb Morris spoke at my local chapter meeting. She said normal person, extraordinary circumstances or vice versa was one of the best pieces of story advice she’d ever heard. It didn’t really sink in for me until last night.
I guess I’m a slow learner. 🙂

Next on my TBR: Shelley Bradley’s Bound and Determined. I’m so excited about this book!
And then Jill Shalvis’ Get a Clue. The Making Of section on her site had me heading over to Amazon to pick this one up. Very cool.

And once again

I finished!
Only it was different and it’s not completely done.
I wrote this book long hand, in reporter’s notebooks and steno pads with my favorite pen. And I had a great time doing it.
I’m having serious tech problems at work. The computer was getting between me and my book. My book I love. So I chunked the laptop and ta-da, a writer was reborn.
I have a callus on my index finger again. First time in a lot of years.
The draft has a ways to go before it’s really done, but I love the base story, the pace, the conflict. And of course, I LOVE my hero.
Woo Hoo.

and once again Gray’s Anatomy was amazing.

Just for Fun!

Who Should Paint You: Roy Lichtenstein

Larger than life, your personality overshadows everyone in the room
A painter would tend to portray you with a bit of added flair!

Miss Snark

I’ve acquired a new addiction.
The Miss Snark blog.
I’m learning I know very little about the world of publishing.
At least I’ve been right to focus on the writing.

Make me Feel!

One of my best friends loves Nora. She buys everything Nora writes. Sometimes in hardback and paperback.
She says Nora’s safe but it’s more than that. The reason she loves Nora so much is that there’s always some place in the book that gets her. Her heart hurts. But she knows everything’s going to be okay.
She gets her happy ending.
I feel the same way about a lot of my favorite authors, my favorite books.
I want to feel.
Not a little. Not just sometimes.
But throughout the entire book.

That emotional connection is something I push on my j-students. I’m always saying , yeah it’s a nice idea but WHO CARES? Make me care. Make me feel. Make me think.
Make the connection or the words are just a bunch of black blobs on paper.

In journalism, my students look for the details, the truths, the parts of a whole that will connect. It’s not always easy.
In fiction it’s essential.
I hope my books out in publisher land right now do that. I can’t imagine the competition
they’re up against or the tired editor who might be reading the first page, then hopefully the second and third and on and on.
Whatever else, I hope the editor feels when she reads my manuscripts.
I think that might be the key to the Call.

I know it’s the key for me as a reader.

More on Lies

My students, most of whom rank at the tops of their classes, informed me today that A Million Little Pieces is an amazing book and the fact that it’s not true just makes it more interesting.
Me: Huh?
Them: Yeah. Who wants to read about real life? How boring. It’s no big deal that he lied. It’s just a book and a good book at that.
Me: Okaaaaaayyyy. You do remember this is journalism class, right?
Them: Yeah, but the book’s not the news. It’s just a book.
JUST A BOOK?!?
What exactly am I supposed to say to that?
One of my best friends teaches AP English. She discovered most of the term papers turned in this year included huge chunks straight from the Internet.
Again, we’re talking the top students in the school.
They say it’s no big deal. That the paper is pointless anyway. For $20 they could’ve just bought a paper online. At least they looked for information.
A lie’s no big deal. Plagiarism, so what?
I think the two are directly connected and I’m no sure how to combat the mindset, but it’s scary, that’s for sure.
😦

What’s best for the writing

One of my friends recently made a decision to give up some of the “clutter” in her life in order to give more time to her writing.
I applaud her decision.
I’ve been writing a long time with varying success. Each book gets better, I think, but not quite good enough.
In the last couple years I’ve finally written books that combine strong plot and strong romance with strong writing.
Will those books sell? I don’t know.
I certainly hope so.
Learning to say no has been an important part of my growing process as a writer. It wasn’t always easy, but it always paid off in the end.
We’re not super heroes. We can’t do it all.
But we can focus on our goals and our dreams and doing what we can to make them a reality.

Just finished watching Love Monkey.
It’s awesome.

Writing time

I hate testing days at school. They’re usually a total waste of my time. I get to read the script, watch the kids and pray no one tries to cheat.
I don’t write because the keyboard bothers the kids or the sound of my pencil bothers them or whatever.
But today, I used pen and Julie Leto’s layering technique and I wrote a TON in two and a half hours.
I’m not looking forward to word processing it, but it was a cool thing to re-learn. Pen and paper works just like BICHOK.
Definitely something to use again!

Interesting b/c it’s the first of these things I don’t agree with:

You Are a Seeker Soul

You are on a quest for knowledge and life challenges.
You love to be curious and ask a ton of questions.
Since you know so much, you make for an interesting conversationalist.
Mentally alert, you can outwit almost anyone (and have fun doing it!).
Very introspective, you can be silently critical of others.
And your quiet nature makes it difficult for people to get to know you.
You see yourself as a philosopher, and you take everything philosophically.
Your main talent is expressing and communicating ideas.

Souls you are most compatible with: Hunter Soul and Visionary Soul

I wanna run away

Alaska would be nice.
I told dh. He just laughed at me.
😦