Sunday, March 28, 2010

Unplugged like Neil Young


Monday starts my week of abstaining from any and all internet pastimes. It isn't going to be easy.

I'll miss you guys something awful!!! This has been such a great week with new people saying hi, as well as faithful friends who have been here since the beginning coming by to offer their sweet support. I love you!! Check out the links and follow away.

Simone and her beautiful art and even more beautiful words.

Tess and her calm wisdom, sprinkled with humor and
excellent writing advice.

Cindy and her darling, spirited view of the world. She's been a really great friend to me!

Holly Ruggiero with her lovely pictures, insights and recipes.

Matt who's sarcasm, stories and photos always make my day.

Kristie has a really cool blog, and is a fellow YA writer working toward publication. Oh, and she's really fun too!

Erica is such a generous person, with lovely posts; another YA writer that I'm proud to know.

Kimberly is a kindred spirit, and full of spirit! Check out the awesome book cover she made. It rocks!

Tom and his witty and yet deeply internal musings. I'll miss talking to him this week.

Jennifer who is so smart and, again, generous. I love hearing about her writing experiences every day!

And that's about all I can do right now. Take care everyone and great writing to you. See ya next week!




Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Approach

This is me, July 24th, 1888. That was my favorite year; the sun on my legs as I reclined, happy, above the salted sands of Cape Neddick. Some may tell you I was a bit too young for the experiment. I suppose I was, but with no family to speak of and fresh out of the New York Catholic Children's Asylum, I was desperate for any type of adventure which might take me away from the dirty streets and unironed memories of my youth. Not only that, but a genuine payment was being offered.

One day, while walking down 5th Avenue watching my reflection jump from one glass storefront to the next, I was surprised by the touch of a hand upon my right shoulder. A man in spotless dark brown suit and bowler hat to match, pulled me inside a door-well and proceeded to hand me a card which read, TIME TRAIN~travel through the ages on luxury steam express. I looked at him with what must have been a terrible display of fear, only to be met by a strange expectance.

"Miss, have you ever felt alone, especially in this grand city of a million strangers? Have you ever been poor, hungry, curious as to the world which waits aside of New York's crowded avenues?"

Confused, "Yes, but-"

"Then follow me. We have just one more seat to offer on tonight's coach."
I gasped when a currency of large amount slapped down into my gloved palm. "What is this?"
"Payment, for you are to tell no one of this interaction, or of the trip you about to embark. We need to know more, need to understand how time works. But if the information is released to, say, people of unpalatable variety, horrible things could happen, not only to our organization, but to our country, the whole world."

I stepped away, knocking into a corner spittoon. "I don't know what you mean, and pardon me, but I have to get back to-"

He cleared the space. "To where? We've been following you Abigail Burnett. You live in a tiny room, rented from an alcoholic shopkeeper. You have no family, no finance. You're alone, and for all purpose of the world, simply do not exist. You're exactly the type of person we've been looking for, and are just moldable enough for us to discipline."

"No. Thank you, but no." I brushed past him to stand on the sidewalk again. A group of waifs, all with smudged faces and unkempt hair, clothes ripped--three inches too short at the bottom and too low at the top, edges caked with grime--walked past me. I could smell their poverty. Nine-years-old, that's all they could have been. Yet speech, the scouring verbiage of sailors. Something else hit my senses--the loud blow of a train whistle. It moaned long and low, cutting through the horse hooves and shouts of a city that was too full, too dirty, too human.

I still had the money clutched in my hand. "If . . . if I go, what am I to do? What does this mean, travel through the ages?"

His pursed lips held my eyes captive, as each word issued out in staccato order, "You're just to live, Abigail. And by living, we want to see if anything dies."



Saturday Favorites

It's Saturday, and I'm going to keep it light with some of my favorite things which you can peruse at your own will.

Real quick. I want to say Thank You to Jennifer Daiker for the Superior Scribbler Award! Thank you, you are the best!

Monday I will be unplugging, which will be good as I really have to finish this book. I don't want to be like Colin from The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and stop before the finish line. I want to finish and win.

I also need to practice guitar, learn some new songs, and maybe get some new ones recorded.

I also need to get out!

But before that happens . . . here are some Youtube faves for my great blogger friends.

I laughed so hard at this video. Gotta be the worst weatherman in the world. Poor guy.


Mama Cass.


Some wonderful person scanned in almost 40 years of LIFE magazine. Talk about cool!
LIFE MAGAZINE ARCHIVES

Deep thoughts . . . by Jack Handey. Need I say more?
My favorite: When you die, if you go somewhere where they ask you a bunch of questions about your life and what you learned and all, I think a good way to get out of it is just to say, "No speaka English."

The Party, with the wonderful Peter Sellers. "Birdie num num . . ." I seriously love this movie and could watch it a thousand times.


Have a beautiful day. Peace, love and chocolate.

amy

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Fight

In the direct vicinity of Franklin, an inside tour of every house had been procured at one time or the other. Perhaps a ball had been thrown in someone's back yard, or the cat was in heat, moaning under a brand new deck, owner resting above with grill blazing away. Everyone knew everyone, and nobody's mother cared about where you went when your feet jumped off the front steps.

We spent most of our time in the front yard. That's where all the action was. One hot July day, three of us neighborhood girls were practicing a song, with hand movements and all. Our skinny, tanned legs stood above the side ditch on the gravel road, yellow sun blazing at our tangled strands, strappy sandals thrown off wiggling toes.

"Okay! Your arms ain't right! You have to swing it around like this when we sing, 'In the naaame of love.'"

I was in the middle, pretending to be Diana Ross. It was easy. Even with pale skin and straight up and down body, I found myself comfortably masquerading as some sort of rock or movie star. Anything but me.

Joe Weitz came running up the street. His breath wheezed in and out from red, puffed cheeks. "Your brother . . . he's . . . in a fight! Down the block!"

My brother? No, not mine. Marshall didn't fight. Sure, he hit us girls once in a while, but he'd never get in a fight with another boy. I followed slow as my friends ran up the hill and down Jackson Street. The gravel cut into my bare soles. I was used to it. When I turned the hill, I saw a jumbled connection of two bodies, rolling, tugging, ripping in the ditch. One with dark brown hair and freckled arms.

"He's gonna kill 'em!" A girl wailed, hair flying around as she turned to meet my stare.

"Who?"

"Mike. He said he was going to kill your brother!"

Protection flared inside of me. No one was going to kill my brother. I'd kill them first.

SLUG. CRACK.

All the kids cheered. Marshall had managed to flip Mike down underneath his legs and was producing a good set of swings. I felt sick. Who would tell mother? How would we explain the huge welt already apparent on Marshall's upper left cheek? Oh god, I saw blood now, as Mike made a surprise flip and moved Marshall down again under his torso.

I hated fighting. Hated yelling. There'd been enough of it in my own house to cure me for life. I still winced at the memory of father punching Mom's tooth out, after holding her upside down by the ankles. Then there was the day Mom finally lost it and grabbed a broken glass from the sink—the very one thrown from Dad's hands, fate was cruel—and threatened to slash him to pieces if he didn't get out of our house for good. It worked. He left, and now we were free.

And, of course, now we were fighting in ditches.

I grabbed Lisa and Beth's hands and told them to line up next to me. "Sing," I commanded, to their confused and unwilling stares. "Sing the song, dammit!"

We started. Our voices were meek, rivaled against the shouts and grunts of grade school disquietude. "Stop! In the name of love. . .. before you break my heart." A couple of kids turned to look at us. "Stop! In the name of love . . . before you break my heart."

Swing your hips, shoot that hand out. "Think it o-o-o-ver."

Elbows jammed into ribs. Slowly, everyone began to turn around to watch. Snickering ensued. The boys stopped rolling in the ditch. They were lying there, panting in disbelief. I could see it in Marshall's eyes, he was mad at me. I'd get it later.

"Before you break my heart . . ." My voice trailed off into nothing.

The happening was spent, time to go home. Kids dispersed to their individual dwellings, all split-level 1970's suburbia. They had nice televisions, stay at home moms, dads that played baseball in the backyard. We had cracked black and white PBS. But it was home.

I followed Marshall, with only a whisper, "I'm sorry."

He ignored me, apparently thinking beyond our current situation to the next, "I hate iodine."

The words were solvent. Mom was waiting at the door—had already heard. She stood with a hint of pride mixed in among fear and relief, and in her hands was a bottle of the stinging red syrup.

"Crap."

Another summer day gone on Franklin Street. The next one waited; silent.





Thursday, March 25, 2010

Questions for a Thursday

Don't you love your characters conversations? I think this has to be a huge thing for fiction writers. I'm basically an introvert in real life and so the ability to bring these people together and have them interact in any way I please, that's just an amazing feeling.

Are you lonely when the voices go away? Or are you distanced enough so that a character is just a thing you control and there's no need for getting emotional, mate? I'm way too connected. Last week I went through a phase of loneliness while waiting for the character voices to start flowing in my head again. It was awful. The realization hit that I very much need an internal presence of some sort of creation, whether it be songwriting, fiction writing, anything. My guess is most writers are similar in this need.

How far will you reach in the bread bag to get a nice, soft piece of bread, ignoring the sacrificial crusts?

Oh, why do we love Edward so much? Haha, I don't even have to say his last name.

That's all I will ask for now. I hope the sun comes out! Have a wicked writing day!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cake-1, Me-0


As you can see, I had problems with the cake. But then, what fun would it be if I made something perfect on the first try? The main issue was pre-production, partly from my darling little Julia, who placed a bag of powdered sugar on a hot burner. When I reached to quickly grab it off, I discovered the plastic had melted which caused about four cups of white powder to fly up the in air. It took me forever to clean the kitchen, and then after that things just sort of never came back into focus. The major mistake I made was in pouring too much batter in the pan which resulted in a heavy, buttery, very crumbly cake. No melting in the mouth. Nothing that a little bit of whipped cream and strawberries can't fix! Right?!












I'd like to thank my wonderful new friend, Kimberly Franklin for awarding me with my very first blogger award. Thank you so much! I'll use it wisely(if I can figure out how to use it).

This has been a tough writing week. I was so into the re-writes, moving along steady, having fun, but now . . . not so much. The only thing to do is work through it without any editing, because if I start to think too much, I'll stop and erase, stop and erase. My good friend Tess Hilmo unplugged last week, and I think I'll do the same next week. If anything, it will be fun to immerse myself in the characters again like before. It's no fun being me with no voices!

Wishing all my friends a spectacular day of writing, good weather, happy times and sweet music!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday I Beseech Thee, Don't Kiss My Betty Crocker Grits



I was looking through a 1950 Betty Crocker cook book that I have (it's a reprint) and thought it would be fun to try a different recipe every week and blog about it. So far, these old recipes seems to be quite good, which surprised me for some reason. I guess I thought time and trial would render these things archaic, but it's just not true. So, I need to figure out which one I'm going to try first. I should go basic, right? I'll do the Rich Yellow Cake, tender, buttery; will melt in your mouth. Okay, let's see. I'll let you know how it turns out tomorrow.

Health Care Reform. Wow. It's actually happening.
Can you believe all the drama going on over this thing? People are talking hate and all sorts of things I don't even want to mention. It's shocking, but typical of America to react this way. We resisted the end of slavery, even went to war over it. We resisted women's right to vote. We resisted equal rights. I think we are a stubborn country and incredibly fear-driven. This is a good chance for us to move forward in the right kind of way. Maybe other countries won't hate us so much any more.

Okay, and here's a pic of me with the beaded earrings
I love so much. I look like a freak, but whatever, you guys have never seen a picture of me so I'm going to do it and to hell with how goofy I look.




Monday, March 22, 2010

Manic Monday

I know I promised it would be Music Monday, and it is . . . in a parallel universe. In this Universe, there will be no Music Monday.

Instead, I will just ramble on and on about myself.

Oh cripes, that's no fun.

Okay, maybe I'll just talk about my characters. Emma and William were in love and she was going to help him reverse his ghost-like invisibility in the Reaping, but she crashed the old Pontiac into Jesse's Camaro, and now she has amnesia. So . . . she wakes up at the hospital and William says he's her angel and she is falling in love with him all over again, but then Jesse shows up and says he loves her and that they were engaged to be married. Emma's like, "Wha? Okay, if you say so." And now she has to decide, all with a big bandage on her head, whether or not she should go to New York with Jesse, or stay and help this beautiful angel out who she's worried something bad is going to happen to.

Sigh. I think I'm going to make cookies today.




And here's The Cars

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Synaptic Party Sunday

Okay, so Spring Break is almost officially over. It was fun, but it'll be nice to get back to my regular schedule. For the month previous, I had myself in a nice state of lunacy where characters could come and sit for a while, feet on couch, wine in hand. So, I gotta put the old welcome mat out again and tell all those voices to come back and stay indefinitely.

Ferona . . . the chocolate is waiting.

And I can't leave without posting this video. I love, love, love this band and the trippy, organic lyrics of Dewey Bunnell.



Saturday, March 20, 2010

You are Here


One of my favorite books is Nowhere Man, a collection of journal entries by John Lennon written in the few years preceding his death. I loved his confessions on the trials of fatherhood, including prayers for growth and blessings to the gods for any success. I loved the dreams he wrote down, and the sexual, psychedelic quality of the way he saw everything in the universe.

He was hopelessly addicted to coffee and cigarettes though, and he lamented his trials with that. A fast would end, and he'd jump right back into his addiction. But the main thread of his life was not about his failures, it was about trying to be better. I love that he tried. Every day he tried. That's such a beautiful thing to me.

What I really loved about him was that he wore his heart on his sleeve. Oh wow, I just totally had an idea to make a psychedelic heart and put it on the sleeve of my old black leather jacket. That would be so cool. Since I already own dead animal flesh, I might as well work with it.

Here's my favorite video of him. Yoko's in there too. They're having fun messing with a whole roomful of minds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaqHURGZYDI&feature=channel_page

Have a good day folks. Don't forget to tip your waitress over on the way out.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Line Art





I've always loved line drawings. Thurber is my ink guru. His work, The Last Flower, influenced me early on in my time of artistic training. But, the real reason I love line drawings is because they are simple and clean with no fuss. And, as you can see, I love the human form. Life Drawing was one of my favorite classes way back when.

Titles are: Mother and Child, Two Left Feet, Backward Flower Girl, and Nude Lounge














































Thursday, March 18, 2010

Time for a Retromercial


Here's a list of items I remember fondly from the 1970's.

Pop Rocks

We had a taste of this product right before the rumors
started. You know the ones, where some kid ate a couple packages and
his stomach exploded? I still have trouble eating them because of that urban legend. Backyard kid talk is pretty heavy stuff.


Breck Shampoo

Who didn't want mega-miles of golden,
waving hair? All possible with one fabulous bottle of amber-colored Breck Shampoo! Prell was freakishly green, stinky, and it left your hair heavy and dull. Head and Shoulders just made your dandruff worse, and Ooh lala Vidal Sassoon cost too darn much. Breck fit somewhere in the middle. Pure liquid gold.



RC Cola

Little metal tabs were everywhere. In the ditch, the gravel road, the baseball park, the beach at Paola Lake. Why? Because we were havin' fun drinking our super sweet and spicy RC Cola! The can design is hauntingly familiar to the red white and blue of the Pepsi logo, but whatevva. It was good stuff. Bubble Up, RC, Dr Pepper . . . they all say 1970's picnic to me.

Palmolive


























We actually did it. We dipped out hands in Palmolive. We grabbed a little bowl from the cabinet, squeezed in some of the green
goo and then dipped. And waited. After a few minutes, Mom would walk in the kitchen and start yelling about how much it cost to buy one
little thing of soap, and we'd scatter and run to the backyard, hands dripping with slime. A whole hose-full of hot summer water later, and the verdict was in: Palmolive didn't make your hands softer. It just made them . . . really clean.

Hamm's Beer

"From the land of sky-blue waters . . ." All of us kids sitting around the tube on Super Bowl Sunday saw how cute the ads were, and we often sang the little jingle that sounded akin to an old Indian chant, "Hamm's the beer refreshing, Hamm's the beer refreshing, Hamm's . . ." Someday when we were old enough to drink, this was the exact beer we were going to buy. We'd drink it every day, every night, at dinner, at the park, at the movies—all over the place. Because that bear was too cute and he needed our support to help him beat all those mean woodland animals that kept making his life a living hell. This is for you old Hamm's bear, gulp.







Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Satisfaction

Is it okay for a writer to be satisfied with their work?

I ask this question because I—like so many writers—struggle with the need to always be better. Everything I do is executed with intuition and a careful step, yet there's a great fear that if ever published, other writers will tear me to pieces. Sometimes, I'm so critical that it's almost akin to stepping on my toes while writing, constantly tripping over words, erasing, writing, loving, hating . . . When is a writer allowed to be satisfied?

The biggest thing I have learned, and am still learning, is that confidence is key. It's the backbone to your dreams, and without it, nothing can stand. When I hear myself saying, "I just can't get this section right!" I insert a little confidence and clear away the doubt with, "You're not only going to make it work, you're going to make it brilliant." It's the only way.

There were many situations in my life that were hard to battle through, and I've learned to keep confidence close-by, just in case. When doubt creeps in I grab hold of the old backbone and keep strong. Doubt, yes, give-up? NO.

So again, do you over critique yourself, and how do you get through the writer's doubts? Family, friends, faith? Chocolate?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I Broke my Wii on Spring Break

I haven't much time to write. It's spring vacation and several kids are holding me hostage, forcing me to watch Garfield and all sorts of horrible stuff. The worst of all–something is wrong with our Wii. I know.
Yesterday brought more progress in my rewrite. I'm getting closer and it feels great!

Of course, I'm back at a crossroads, trying to figure out how to rewrite the next few chapters. But, you know I love it, so don't sweat a tear.

*Contest Alert* Notice on the upper sidebar I have a link for a really cool Twilight contest. Just visit the links to befriend some really cool gals, read their blogs, comment and maybe win free schwag. It rocks!

Have a great day and let me know how your writing day is going. I'd love to hear!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Music Monday: Dusty Springfield




From now on, I'm going to try to dedicate my blog to a music act every Monday. As you know, I'm a musician as well as writer, and draw inspiration from many sources. Probably my biggest influence has been Dusty Springfield, owner of one of the most soulful female voices in modern music history. Although some would compare her vocal strength to that of her contemporaries Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, Dusty's real strength lay in her ability to tell a story, and the southern style she produced despite a predominantly British background.

From "Son of a preacher Man," to "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," Dusty Springfield's voice came without pretense, speaking of the raw truths of love and society. Her whisper could leave you haunted, her wails, inspired. She knew how to deliver, and never forgot how to speak to the listener.

Dusty in Memphis is her most acclaimed album, packed with songs speaking of relationships, lost love and hunger, each sung in the sensual style no one else has ever been able to replicate before or since. In many ways, I think of her as the May West of the music world. All of her songs have that, "Why don't you come up and see me sometime," sort of feel.

After her untimely death in 1999, Dusty's music made a comeback with artists such as Shelby Lynne and Joss Stone who both admit to being highly influenced by the soul matriarch's store of musical songbook. I think most listeners would agree, Dusty wasn't just a vocalist, she was music perfection, forming not just the notes of a song, but every intent of every feeling meant to go along with it. You cannot listen to her sing and walk away unmoved.


Here's a taste of that sweet Memphis style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp4339EbVn8

Rest in Peace Dusty.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What's Your Writing Security Blanket?

What gets you in the mood to write? What conditions have to be in place before you can create?

I have a certain list of songs that go with every part of my book, so I play that while working. Not too loud though.

I have to have a glass of water nearby because somehow I get dehydrated while writing. I think I bite my lip a lot. Also, it could be all the cussing.

The TV is hardly ever on—that is way too distracting for me, mostly because I'll turn to watch it and lose my train of thought.

No snacks. I will go and take a snack break—just nothing by the computer.

People can't come in and talk to me. That will make me nuttier than a Babe Ruth candy bar.

I will not sit down to write when I know I'll get inturrupted by anyone or anything. The cat and dog can't be hungry, I'll make sure the kids are busy . . . but you know, they always come in with some problem the second I sit down. "Mom, Liam ripped Sleeping Beauty's head off!" or "Mom, I wanna cookie!" or "Meow!" This is why I get up so darn early to write. It's dark, it's cold and only vampires are awake. But getting up early makes me just wackadoo enough to write some really neat sentences.

I think that's it. I surf the net a lot. It's like a tick or something.

What are your little security blankets?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

My Unfinished Painting


This thing has been sitting up on an easel in my kitchen for about a year now. I just need to finish the flowers and the hair—clean up all the lines, etc. Its part of a whole set of similar paintings set around nature and the female form.

Everyone that comes over calls it the, "Fat Butt," painting. They even posed by it for Christmas pictures. Oh, gotta love family.

How's the writing been going lately, my blogger friends? I hope life is good for you today and the words flow free!




Thursday, March 11, 2010

Writer's Quicksand



Whew. That was a tough one. I spent all of yesterday struggling to get a few pages out. Don't you just love it when that happens? I'd sit down and have a mental freeze, type something, erase it, type something else, stare, get up and agonize. I took to carrying a notebook around and writing down whatever passages might work to bridge scenes, and finally, finally something worked out.

So, now that I got through that, I'm in a scene that is flowing quite nicely. Yay!

I think yesterday was one of those days where, years ago, I would have quit as a writer and shelved the whole thing. Needless to say, I'm proud of myself and happy that things can progress onward.

Now, just because you read this and have taken on a little of my pain, I'll give you a treat.


I'll leave it to you to figure this one out. Is it about bras, balloons or watermelon? Or sand? Or phones?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Basement Days

I grew up in a split level home of the 1970's. My siblings and I used to spend a lot of time in the basement pretending it was our own little house apart from the main thing just a few stairs above. Here's a list of the the contents which made up our dusty, pre-adolsecent world:

A big blue-flowered couch to jump on. Shaggy green carpet that looked like grass after a nuclear explosion. Our cat thought it was grass as well. A big radio-tv-record player cabinet combo that belonged to Dad. It didn't work anymore, but he was going to fix it someday to play all his Elvis records on.

Books. Washer—sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. We spent a lot of evenings at the laundromat so it must not have worked that often. Did anything work in our house? Water heater and furnace. Magazines. Boxes of old negatives showing Dad's army days. We'd hold them up to the light and laugh at how everything was the opposite of how it should be; faces, clouds, guns . . .

Hat boxes from Mom's time in New York as an airline ticket agent. She had cocktail gowns, pumps, even a fur stole. Now she wore a bright yellow t-shirt with the words, "I'm Poor and Live in Johnson County" with no bra on underneath. Some sense of humor that woman had. Johnson County is one of the most affluent areas in Kansas City. She was making a statement, unfortunately people at the baseball park didn't get it, or the grocery store, or . . . anywhere. I got it. It still makes me laugh.

Bible. This was the big focus of the room. The sun of our surroundings, and source of great fear. If we got dust on the bible, Dad spanked us. If we got fingerprints on the bible, Dad spanked us. We got spanked every day. Too bad Mom didn't have a t-shirt for that.

And lastly, my favorite item: Grandmother Marion's old manual typewriter. It was black iron, with the circular key pads jutting out in long arms. You'd push one down and watch its corresponding unit hammer forward then spring back with a release of the finger. Of course, there was no longer a ribbon inside, so we had to use our imagination, typing away whole books against the black roll.

I can't recall any other items. Only the vision of us at play; dust blizzards falling around through the light coming out of high windows.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Picky Readers

I can be kind of persnickety about the books I read, and quite often get bored with modern fiction. It has to have an element of time travel, romance, history, reality, humor. I love to hear about ghosts and all that spooky paranormal stuff. I really love relationships. If the back cover says something about a love twist, I'm in.

Perhaps I feel I've met my quota after working at the library and having access to every book known to man. I can honestly say I've read just about everything, and now have settled into stubborn reader land.

Are you picky? Or do you try to expand your horizons as a writer?


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Write Despite

Writing is a lonely art. Our finished work will rarely be accepted with the enthusiasm we dreamed of while putting down that perfect chapter, or detailed fight scene. Accolades won't come easily. There's always going to be a better writer, a luckier writer, a more popular writer, a more decorated writer. Always. But if you love what you do, so much that you spend every minute thinking of it—staying up late or getting up early—then keep on and write despite. Believe in your work, perfect it. Someday, others will believe in it as well.

Man will surely fall into the abyss of judgement, hatred, vanity, gluttony, ignorance . . . without the written word. We have a great job to do, and are privileged. Blessed. So, when you get up early or stay up late, have to tell your family you're going to go rewrite that chapter again, miss parties, movies, sunlight—well, remember that it is a noble thing you do, and the world is better for it.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Almost There

I'm getting closer to the end or rewrites. Yay! I'm really proud of the work I've done and super happy about how the book has progressed.

Springtime is almost here, and you can really feel it in the air. Oh, sweet Heaven. I'm going to a friend's show tonight and then get to bed so I can get up and write—5 am is my special wake up time now. The old me would have never even fathomed doing such a thing, but the me me realizes it's important.

Blessings and peace. Have a good week-end!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The sun is out, whoop!

The sun is out, whoop!

That is all.

No, I do have a few things to blog about. First, I'm getting closer to the end of my rewrites and to a full-out edit. Then it's query city baby. Oh crap, I have to rewrite the synopsis. BOOOOOOO. Sigh, gotta get on that. It might actually be fun, since I love all the new changes in the story. Yeah, that's how I gotta look at it. Synopsis. Fun.

The sun is out, WHOOP!



Monday, March 1, 2010

Synchronicity

I finally watched The Time Traveller's Wife last night, and have mixed reviews. I thought the concept was fantastic. I loved how devoted she was to him because that was the thread allowing him to have some sort of normalcy in his frantic and unstable existence. The dialogue is what threw me off. Some of it sounded forced, or just mundane really. I also hate it when movies try too hard to be perfect with beautiful houses, and little kids in Gap clothes, etc. Just a pet peeve of mine.

I haven't read The Time Traveller's Wife, just a few pages from the first chapter (after I'd already written the first draft of my book, mind you). When the movie was coming out last summer, I thought to myself, "OH NOES!" this sounds a lot like my book. And I was right, there are quite a few similarities. My MC, Emma, is an artist, just like Clare. My other MC, William, fades at night, but does not jump time. He can use his stored memories to visit past time, though—something which happens more in my second book. What else was there . . . oh, Emma works at a library, and William is the half-ghost sitting in the back corner all day. As you all might know, Henry in TTW is a reference librarian. Sooooooo . . . kind of frustrating, but what can you do? I believe some writers and artists are on the same type of brain current, call it synchronicity if you will. Look at all the claims that Rowling or Meyers nicked their plots from unknown authors. There are always going to be similarities in the arts, in life. Have you ever had the weird, out of the blue idea to suddenly visit your local corner shop and when you get there, everyone and their mother is trying to find a parking space? Ain't it frustrating?

Over time I've come to believe synchronicity begs to be followed, not fought. Our reflex is to change everything in order to stand apart, but if you look past what's the same, you see how different our ideas really are. The approach is different, the execution is different. Most importantly, our intent is different. So, the healthy way to look at it is this: if someone loved it there, they'll love it here. Let them decide if they love it, not you. And if you get slapped with a lawsuit saying you stole someone else's idea, just tell them Amy Saia said it was okay. I might be in jail at the time, but who cares?

Do you believe?

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