Writing Can Be Murder

April 28, 2009

Captain Pike

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:40 pm

Hats off to the folks at Castle for the Captain Pike gag.

And a note to the folks at Psych — Please cast Susan Ruttan as Corbin Bernsen’s neighbor or something so we can watch them on screen together again.

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April 25, 2009

Agent for a Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 1:04 am

If you followed any of Nathan Bransford’s Agent for a Day experiment, I’d like to point you in the direction of Allison Brennan’s post over at http://www.murdershewrites.com

April 24, 2009

Cats, dogs, or people?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:39 pm

You know how people ask, “Are you a cat or a dog person?” (I’m a dog person, with a soft spot for cats.)

I think the question should be, “Are you a dog or a people person?” (Again, I’m a DOG person.)

This was driven home to me when I took the car for inspection yesterday. (If you live in an area where they don’t have “inspection” here’s the deal: every couple of years you sit on line, then a scary looking guy tells you to get out, and he takes your car thru a battery of tests (lights, blinkers, brakes, emissions, etc). You hold your breath hoping you PASS because otherwise you’ve got to go pay a mechanic to fix whatever’s broken and then you have to go back and sit on the re-inspection line and go thru the whole thing all over again. If you don’t go thru inspection and get a shiny, new sticker slapped on your windshield, the police can, and will, ticket you.)

So anyway I’m standing in the little plexiglass booth where you’re supposed to wait along with everyone else (there were five lines open, so there were six or seven of us crammed in, but it was freaking cold and windy so no one wanted to wait outside) and I’m watching the guy in my car. He’s talking non-stop. To himself. (no, he wasn’t having a phone conversation)  He’s actually yelling loudly enough that those of us in the booth can hear him.

“Is that your car?” the woman standing beside me asks nervously.

“Of course it is,” I muttered. Because that’s my luck.

When he reached the end of the line, he pointed at me, and waved me out.

USUALLY they’re a little bit insane about the car owners NOT stepping out until they’ve stuck that new PASS or FAIL sticker on. But no, this guy wanted to talk while he ran the emissions test (a period of time that felt like hours but was probably only a few minutes). He went on, and on, and on with his long-winded rant about how stupid people are. Apparently the guy in line behind me had asked why there was no line and that had set off Mr. Angry.

And I stood there, nodding and smiling like an idiot, trying not to piss him off any further, and thinking about how much I like dogs better than people.

April 21, 2009

Quitting?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 2:36 am

Toni McGee Causey has an awesome blog post up at http://www.murderati.com entitled, “How Do You Know When to Quit?”

April 18, 2009

Balance

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:28 pm

Jennifer Colgan (terrific friend, awesome writer) has a great post up on her blog about that always elusive thing we’re all striving for: BALANCE

http://www.jennifercolgan.com

April 17, 2009

Just because it amused me

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:49 pm

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. –H.L. Mencken

April 16, 2009

It’s Subjective

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 8:08 pm

Allison Brennan has a great post up on murdershewrites.com about how subjective the publishing industry is. It’s worth checking out.

“It’s tough to be fascinating”

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:02 am

That’s the fortune I found in my cookie at a Chinese restaurant a couple of weeks ago.

So true. I’m considering copying the little slip of paper and handing it out whenever I’m stuck in conversations with people who THINK they’re fascinating.

April 14, 2009

Please stop moving the Finish Line

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:22 pm

That’s what I wrote in my journal, because every time I think I’m just about finished with this damn book, I think of “brilliant” changes that will improve it. The finish line is a mirage.

April 10, 2009

Too much, too soon?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 6:05 pm

I love, love, love the first scene of my book. It’s dark. It’s disturbing. It’s scary. It’s everything I want it to be.

And I’m worried it’s too much. What if it’s too dark and people never read past the first page? What if it’s a major turn-off for the great majority?

I’ve got an ongoing debate raging in my head:

“You should soften it”
“But it’s great.”
“People are having REALLY strong reactions to it.”
“Because it’s good.”
“Because it’s gross.”
“But I love it.”
“Sometimes you have to kill what you love.”

It goes on and on and on and on and…

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