Saturday, October 30, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Writer Cave.
Writer friends probably know what I'm talking about... it's a time warp. Five hours melt away in the space of re-reading the same scene/query letter/synopsis... or when things are flowing, chapters fly beneath our fingers. There's little concern for things like sleep or hunger-- those are annoying distractions, burdensome necessities of our human existence. We emerge, squinting and ravenous, probably in desperate need of a bathroom.
But that's only the deepest level of the writer cave. I make my way up through the cave, still immersed in the writing world. Blogs, twitter, agent research... critique partner emails, phone calls, meeting up for lunch to talk out our plot issues... all of that, while not a direct part of my current story, still keeps me connected. I'm in the writer world. On some level, I'm still in that writer cave.
For me, it's important to step completely away sometimes. Maybe that's why I don't tell my non-writer friends that I write books and am pursuing publication. Not that it's a tightly guarded secret or anything!! Anyone can Google my name and find their way to my writing-- and yes, a friend or two has-- but I don't let it become a big deal. I've learned that letting too many people into the writer cave makes it a bit too crowded.
With that in mind, I'm stepping out for the day and meeting three non-writer friends for a girls' day ~happy dance~ I do LOVE talking about writing and hashing out plot issues and meeting up with writer friends too, but sometimes it's good to get in touch with other parts of who I am. Maybe with a day at the beach or a trip to some touristy part of town, or just going to my mom's and watching Steel Magnolias while we eat too many cookies-- whatever it is, I think the writer part of my brain absorbs it all and is better for it.
What about you? Do you ever feel sealed up too tight in the writer cave? Stepping out can be hard... writing is such a big part of who we are. What do you do when you come out?
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Monday, October 18, 2010
--Can you believe it? And I have pictures to prove it!
Friday, October 15, 2010
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
I remember going through one or two historical romance novels a week as a teen. I don’t know WHY that genre appealed to me so much at the time; maybe because there were always teenage heroines going on unbelievable adventures. Stowing away on Viking ships; escaping from medieval convents; stealing into the night in disguise, only to be captured by evil villains-- I mean, I gobbled those stories up. They were so different than my real life. The romance was heavenly, the action and adventure beyond my wildest dreams, and nothing in the YA section could even come close.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sorry, no writing metaphor in this. We're just turning over the dirt in our grassless, weed-filled backyard. And yeah, it's as crappy as it sounds. We can't even use a motorized dirt tiller thing because our sprinkler system was installed so shallow and our "soil" has massive rocks in it. So the work is medieval-style, with a hand tiller. It's back-breaking stuff. And we're barely half done!!! I keep thinking, imagine if we lived in Little House on the Prairie times, and we HAD to do this to EAT?!! So thankful I'm not on a prairie.
Books I've Been Reading:
Paranormalcy (Soooo addictive; definitely one of my new faves)
Firelight (Thank you Tina! This is one of the BEST YA romances ever!!)
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Thanks Dana! An absorbing read, I finally finished it!)
Darklight (I LOVED Wondrous Strange and Darklight was even better!!! I can't wait for Tempestuous!!!!)
The Iron King (Love-love-love the Midsummer Night's Dream premise and I can't wait to read The Iron Daughter!!!!)
The Duff (Haha, super funny and cute. I liked it)
Movies at the Theater:
Easy A Wow I really LOVED this movie!! Especially all the references to famous literature and 80's teen love movies (two of my favorite things in the whole world!).
The Other Guys If you like Will Ferell you'll enjoy it; Mark Wahlberg does fine. Overall it's a wait-for-rental IMO.
Iron Man 2 Loved it, it's even better than the first IMO! Robert Downey Jr is perfect as Stark.
Prince of Persia It was fun. I'm a big fan of adventure movies.
Date Night Soooooo hilariously FUNNY!!!! I love Steve Carrel and Tina Fey, together they were brilliant!
I'm getting ready to query, eek!! I'm not super "open" about what I'm querying, and especially not who I'm querying, but I will say that I love querying :) It's exciting. I've spent a lot of time re-re-RE-revising this book, and I'm anxious to find out if the changes have made a difference. And I'm also excited because as soon as I get going with queries, I'll focus my energy into revising a different book (the one I just finished writing), and as my lovely Tina knows, it needs work.
I hate cooking. But I love baking. Amalia sent me a heavenly chocolate chip cookie recipe and I've been stuffing myself with chocolate chip cookies ever since, yummmmmmm.
I'm sick, did I mention that? It's a head cold with a cough and my nose is running like a faucet and-and-and-- *sniff* Well. You know. So I hope you're all doing better :)
And that's about it! Minus lots of extremely boring stuff. So what have you been up to?