Monthly Archives: November 2011
Me and Katherine . . .
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Nano is almost over
And i know some of you did it (Ilima! I saw your facebook post. You’re so awesome). I’d love to hear how it went for everyone. Did you get discouraged? Did you get excited? Are you taking a break now or can you not wait to start revising? If any of you would like to share you’re experience and any advice for next year, we’d love it.
Now that all that’s over, the Christmas season is upon us and I’m sort of excited to tell you the truth. My boys and I put up the tree. We broke some ornaments. I found some awesome little houses we inherited last summer from Cam’s grandma and somehow managed to get them to light up (though Cam says I’m going to blow up the house. Am I going to blow up the house? It isn’t that bad, is it?). My kids attacked the fisher price nativity set with their toy dinosaurs (though they did leave manger alone. “Anything but the baby,” my oldest said to his little brother and I felt so proud), and we hot glued a bunch of toys to a wreath. That’s what I call Christmas spirt.
I wonder how my writing is going to fit in with all this chaos. I’m determined to make it happen. Even if it’s just fifteen minutes a day. Or fifty words a day. Or just some notes here and there. I’m also determined not to feel bad or guilty anymore about what I can’t and don’t get done. I want to be happy. I want to feel good in the moment that i’m in, whether it’s a writing moment, a mother moment, a watch a stupid show moment, a teacher moment, a sit on the floor and cry moment , a eat handfuls of chocolate chip moment, no matter what kind of moment it is, I’m going to embrace it. That’s my Christmas gift to myself. To be okay with it. It’s great to have goals but it’s also okay to feel good in my skin.
There are a few topics I think we should cover in the next few weeks on the blog:
1. Project writeway. Will it happen.
2. Pacing. I’ve noticed in my reading this is something worth examining. How do you know when to speed up, when to slow down, etc.
3. Dialogue. This has to do with pacing also.
4. Query letters.
5. Word choice.
Other ideas or suggestions?
That is all for today.
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Five things for Thanksgiving
1. Today I tucked my fat into my jeans and I thought to myself, I wonder when I’m going to get my body back and then I started laughing. ah ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Has your MC ever tucked their fat into jeans? Why or why not? What do they feel about fat in jeans? How does this relate to their pre-thanksgiving preparations? Do they prepare for Thanksgiving? Help out Mom? Or sit in their room and play Call of Duty?
2. I have to make a bunch of pies for my family thanksgiving dinner and I don’t know how to make pies. I sort of do but I also sort of don’t. I’ve heard that shortening is better than butter. is that true? I’ve also heard that some pecan pies never set. If your MC was going to make a pie, what would he/she make? Mine would go to Village Inn and steal one with her boyfriend. Then they’d eat it on the roof and toss the pie plate at someone walking down the sidewalk.
3. As I was searching for thanksgiving related news to share (Rachael Ray makes thanksgiving chili! You should too!) I read this. It broke my heart. It also would be an interesting premise for a novel. And does it relate to thanksgiving? What do you think you’d be thinking if this happend to you? How would you spend your thanksgiving?
4. Write fifty words on thanksgiving. At least fifty. Then go eat.
5. And finally, I am thankful for all of you. I am thankful for wonderful writing friends who support me and laugh with me and at me and make me feel like maybe this is all worth it. I don’t think I’d be still doing this without all of you. Hug a writing friend this holiday season.
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