Archive for September, 2005

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

The auction for Larissa ends in a few hours. It seems to be quite a success. I’m truly awed by your generosity.

Today marks the third day of getting back into the habit of writing. So far everything is chugging along. I’m managed to write 2500 words in the last two days, which isn’t great, but far better than my usual ‘nothing’. 😉 It’s strange, but this book seems to be coming to me from back to front. I’d started writing the book from the beginning and then stalled. When I picked it up again I ended up writing the last chapter. Yesterday, I wrote the second to the last chapter. It’s very strange. I’m actually not sure which end to work on today, so I’ll probably read through the first three chapters I wrote and see if I can’t pick it up from there.

Have any of you written the last chapter of a book first?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
Note To Self:

When starting a new workout regime consider holding off on the Tahitian Cardio until after you’ve been exercising for a couple of weeks. *ggg*

I’m hurting and it’s only been a few hours since I did the ‘warm up’. Yes, I said warm up. I didn’t even make it to the workout because the thirty minute warm up kicked my ass so bad. I’m hurting in places I didn’t even know I had muscles in. I see a Tai Chi workout in my NEAR future. I need something slow and less painful to do over the next couple of days.

On a positive note, the auction is up to $38.00 dollars with a day and a half left to go. I’m hoping we can make it an even $40.00 for Larissa! Thanks again to everyone who’s taken the time to bid on my critiques, along with all the others. You guys are the best!

I managed to finish my daily word count early, so I think I’m going to read or tackle my closet. Such decisions.

What’s keeping you busy right now?

Monday, September 19th, 2005

So many things happening this week. Today is my anniversary. I feel beyond blessed to be married to a brilliant man who can make me laugh, doesn’t mind if I cry, knows the meaning of romance, and can rock my world with just a glance. I love you. Always.

I’d like to thank the people bidding on my critiques. Keep those bids coming. Larissa will be very happy. 🙂

My dh went to a software conference last week in L.A. I’d planned to work, but productivity eluded me. Instead, I spent the week thinking. As you know from reading past blog entries, that’s always a dangerous thing.(wg)

I should probably back up here and explain a few things. Over the last couple of months I’ve been experiencing one of those phases where nothing holds my interest…and I mean NOTHING. I’ve tried reading, watching movies, writing, etc. Nothing has worked. So I spent last week trying to figure out what changes I needed to make in order to disrupt this unproductive pattern.

The first thing I did was pick up books I don’t normally read. It worked. I’m now reading, ‘For the New Intellectual’ by Ayn Rand and ‘The Power of the Kabbalah’ by Yehuda Berg. Talk about polar opposites! Truth is I’m finding ‘both’ books fascinating.

The next thing I did was address my productivity. I’m not just talking my writing productivity here. I also mean working out and diet. I figured out in order for me to workout or write I have to set specific parameters. In my case, I’ve set an exact time that I will workout everyday. If working out is left to whenever I feel like it, nothing will get done. I also realized my writing is much the same way. It’s MANDATORY for me to set daily word limits, if I want to be productive and remain in the habit of writing. (Yes, I said habit because that’s what it is.) I’m going to take Stephen King’s advice and only take one day off a week until I get back into the groove. Perhaps then, I’ll take the entire weekend off. Not sure yet.

On top of everything else, I’ve decided to clean my closet out and get rid of ALL the clothes that don’t fit me anymore. I’m not going to ‘save’ them until I can wear them again. Nope, I’m getting rid of them. When I manage to lose the weight I want to lose, then I’ll re-fill the closet with new clothes. (I should’ve done this one a LONG time ago.)

What habits are you hanging onto that should’ve been kicked to the curb? Do you have a ritual you do in order to get yourself to do the stuff you don’t want to do? (How’s that for the most ‘do’s’ in a sentence? *ggg*) Come on spill it. NOW is the time to change.

Saturday, September 17th, 2005
Lord of War

We just got back from seeing Lord of War. It was a decent movie with a pretty disturbing message. By disturbing, I mean it was based on true events. I didn’t know that going into the movie. Nicolas Cage is well cast as the lead in this picture. He plays the whole thing straight, which works for this character. Dh said it could’ve been a great movie if they would’ve only made the character someone conflicted by his choices. I hadn’t thought about it, but he’s right. It’s entertaining, but difficult to feel anything for Cage’s character because he’s dead inside.

Also, picked up ‘What the Bleep do we know?’ yesterday. I really have no idea what this movie is about, but so many people online have recommended it that I thought I’d try it out. I normally only do that with books and only after I’ve read the blurb, so this is a first for me. 🙂

Have you ever bought a movie or a book that you knew nothing about based solely on online ravings?

Thursday, September 15th, 2005
Critiques For Sale

My critique has finally been posted to the site to benefit Larissa, who among thousands of others, has lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. I’m not claiming to be the greatest critique person, but I will do my very best to help you with your manuscript.

Also, I’m going to make an offer here on my blog that I didn’t make to the auction. If you bid and win my critique, I will look at the first three chapters of 2 of your manuscripts, not just one. So go bid now.:-D

On a completely separate note, have I mentioned how much I LOVED Supernatural the television show? *ggg*

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
New Shows

I know it’s pathetic, but I’m so excited about the upcoming fall television schedule. If you hadn’t noticed there is a plethora of sci-fi and paranormal shows coming on. I have my fingers crossed that at least half are good. I’d love to have a week of cool shows I can tape. (I rarely watch shows while they’re playing because I like to skip the commercials.)

For all you TV addicts out there, is there a particular show you’re looking forward to?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
Bombshell Books and First Person Point of View

I know I discussed this subject recently, but I have been giving it more thought. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of Bombshell books and I can’t believe how much voice matters in them. I’ll admit most of the books I’ve picked up have been written in first person. I didn’t choose them for that reason. I picked them based on back cover blurbs. (Yes, I’m a blurb slut.) The difference between authors is striking (at least in the books I’ve read). Let me explain.

When I pick up a book written in third person for the most part I’m reading for the story, not the voice. If you can tell a decent story, I’m hooked. I can’t say the same thing about a book written in first person. For some reason, the ‘voice’ in first person books comes through like a stereo cranked to ear bleed levels. Some make you want to bang your head to the music, while others make you clutch your ears and run screaming from the room.

What I’m realizing is that first person is much harder to write than third. Let me correct that by saying ‘write well’. I know reading and writing is subjective. I really do. I’m just shocked that I don’t give a first person book the same fifty pages that I allot to third person novels. (I give most books fifty pages to grab me before I put them down. Years ago I’d read the entire book whether I hated it or not.)

As a reader, how many pages do you give a book before you put it down and never finish it? If not pages, do you have a different yardstick to measure a book? Or do you always finish books that you buy?