Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Little Industry Support

I called my friend Delinda yesterday, and in our conversation I mentioned that I had just dropped over one hundred dollars in the bookstore over the weekend. (While I'm all for supporting the publishing industry - after all, I am hoping to join it someday - I felt a little guilty spending that much at one time, most of it for myself.)

Her reply? "I got you beat. I spent a hundred fifty."

Merry Christmas, Publishing!!



On a side note, I've been procrastinating about doing a NaNo post. (I know everyone is just DYING to read about that one!) But I did learn a couple of things. Maybe later. I need to procastinate some more. It seems to be what I do best.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Princess Story - kind of

I'm sitting here trying to decide what to blog about today while my hubby, Chevy (not his real name), and the kids are in the bedroom telling each other stories.
Audrey (not her real name, either): Here's a princess story. You can laugh at it, too. There was a princess, and she had a carriage, and she rode in a balloon. Then there was a witch. (I guess I should tell you Audrey is very young so you will be impressed with her storytelling rather than shake your head at it.)
Now there is some discussion, and the story gets sidelined. Then Chevy decides to tell a story.
Chevy: Okay, I'm going to tell you a real princess story. Once upon a time...
And he begins to tell the story of how he met the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. She was so pretty she had to be a princess. (He must know I am listening, and is trying to earn extra points.) At this point, there is a question from the audience.
Russ (not his real name either, obviously): You're talking about Mom, aren't you!
Ah, smart boy. He just earned extra points, too.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My First Limo Ride

That's right, folks. I took my first limo ride yesterday. And it was a trip full of all the excitement and glamour you might expect - especially if you can picture twenty third graders screaming in the back.

Ah, the perks of being in the PTO. Trip after trip, we escorted 119 elementary students to lunch, where pizza and coke were enjoyed by all. (And just so you know, in Oklahoma coke can mean any carbonated beverage, even if we really mean something else like Dr. Pepper or Diet Coke. It can get confusing sometimes.)

It was a fast and furious day, after which I came home and crashed on the couch. I wish I could find a clip of the movie Overboard where Goldie Hawn is sitting on the couch saying "Bu bu bu bu bu", because that's how I felt.

Now, don't get me wrong. I had a good time. Not as good as the students, but it was a fun day for me. I'm just glad it will be a full year before we get to do it again.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Analogy

Editing your novel is like pouring bleach down your kitchen sink. They both get the stink out.

Yes, today I am cleaning my house. Tonight, it's NaNo time! (Right now I'm behind on both!)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My NaNo Update

Okay, so we're on Day 5 of NaNo, and I'm 6,000 words in. And I hate my story.

Hate it.

But you know what? I'm not quitting, at least not yet. This is only my second attempt at novel writing. I still haven't finished the first draft of my first attempt (but I'm close), but I shelved it to try NaNo.

I've read on other blogs (by both published and unpublished writers, by the way) that writing is hard work. A lot of times these guys didn't want to finish, but persevered. I've read how these writers got tired of their stories, too, but kept on trucking. And so many times, they were pleasantly surprised by what they ended up with.

I'm going to keep going, because I am hoping to be surprised, too.

And even if I still hate it when I'm finished, at least I will have proven to myself that I can do this, even if it is HARD.

Good luck to all NaNoWriMos!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Where Have All the Ideas Gone?

Before I began my blog I had several ideas for posts. Nothing major, or even that interesting, but I still had ideas. But now there's this pressure. I have started a blog and now I must feed it. And it all has to be clever, witty, informative, and so on. Right?

Bah!

I think I've done this to my other writing as well. As soon as I decide I need to start on a new idea, none of them seem good enough. I have signed up for NaNo (which starts in less than THREE DAYS) and I still don't have an idea I'm happy with. Earlier I played with the idea of NaNoing without an outline and just seeing what happens. I'm curious to see what comes of winging it for a full 30 days. But in reality, I'm the type of person that likes to plan. Now, I'm not one of those people that has to have my day planned by the hour, but in my writing I like to know where I'm going so I don't feel like I'm wasting my time rambling.

It looks like I'll be doing a lot of rambling next month. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Is My Voice Really My Own Voice?

I told myself I wouldn't start blogging until I finished my first draft of my first novel. I lied. I've had this blog set up for a few days now, but have been apprehensive about the first post. I guess it's like going swimming. It's best just to jump in.

My friend Delinda has been reading my first draft as I write it. Yesterday she told me that she could "totally" hear me speaking as she read it.

Voice.

I was glad to hear that my work had a voice, but then I wondered if it should have my OWN voice? Is the voice in a manuscript the voice we use in our personal life? I didn't have an answer. Then, on Kiersten's blog the topic of branding came up. I realize that voice and brand are separate issues, but a lot of the comments talked about voice. Stephanie commented that people might think her character Anna speaks just like her.

So, is this a good thing? A bad thing? I suppose it depends on your genre and your characters. I imagine it would also make a difference if you're writing in first person or third.

I would love to hear other opinions on this.