In attempting revisions, I’ve discovered my suspense is way to plot focused and not character focused enough.
The characters are real. They’re fully developed interesting people I’d love to meet. BUT…
the story focuses on their external conflicts and big plot points instead of being built to exploit the internal conflicts and the push pull of the romance.
I wonder if I’m the last writer on earth to figure this out. 🙂
I woke up LATE this morning. I dreamed my throat was killing me and I’d called in sick to work, but then I woke up and felt great. I looked at the clock and flew out of bed. 15 minutes until time to leave for school.
My hair looked horrendous. All day half of it was plastered to the side of my head. I tried a headband, but it kept slipping off.
I thought I grabbed black socks, but when I got to school I realized I was wearing striped socks and flowered-y slide heels. If I hadn’t been wearing cropped pants, it would’ve been okay. On the bright side, I looked great from my knees to my neck. 🙂 It wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d realized what I’d done. But I was in too big of a rush. It took dd’s gasp and drawn out, “Mom, did you really wear those socks with those shoes?!”
Today is my birthday. Two of my students went around the room asking people what their favorite desserts were yesterday. I told them mine was one of my best friend’s chocolate mousse with cayenne pepper. That friend teaches in my building. The girls made the mousse and brought it to me today. 🙂 They didn’t care that my hair was a mess or that my socks and shoes didn’t match.:-)
A friend gave me scratch off lottery tickets in my card. I don’t play the lottery, so I had great fun scratching and waiting to see if I’d won. The first four were losers. But the last one won big. $100!!!! It took me awhile to figure it out though, so I wasn’t too excited right away. I know, what’s there to figure out? The game was called bags O riches. I figured the bags had to be lined up some special way. But nope, they didn’t. Eight bags meant I’d won $100. Then when I got home, I showed the cards to dh and he pointed out that I’d missed a couple blocks on one of the losing cards. I scratched those blocks and won another $10.
That friend’s b-day is this weekend. I bought her five scratch offs. I hope she wins too!