Writing Can Be Murder

February 26, 2010

How I see the world 2-25-10

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Notice a theme?

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February 24, 2010

Reading and Watching Wednesday 2-24-10

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I’ve pretty much given up on reading fiction. Why? Because I need to finish my own book and I just can’t commit to another world at the moment…well that and the fact I was disappointed in the last few novels I read…

I did finish both non-fiction books I mentioned last week…and each, in their own way was excellent. Now I’m re-reading Hallie Ephron’s book WRITING AND SELLING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL. (If you can get past the title, it’s not bad.)

I finally saw AVATAR.

I am the only person on the planet who didn’t like it.

I hated the 3D effects…they made me feel as though I was being assaulted (tho to be fair, I can’t watch anything on an IMAX screen without wanting to throw up) and the story was…oh c’mon you know what the story was or wasn’t. LONG SUFFERING on the other hand loved the movie. He’s making plans to go to see it again on an IMAX…without me.

This book hates me

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I’ve decided that my work-in-progress (aka the book from hell) is a living, breathing beast that exists only to torment me.

And it’s due to my agent in three weeks.

My insomnia is threatening to kick into high gear and I’ll probably have torn all my hair out by then.

Bald is beautiful…right? Is narcolepsy?

February 23, 2010

What’s cookin’ Tuesday 2/23

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Squash was the ingredient of the week last week. Both the Butternut Squash Soup and the Curried Squash and Chickpeas turned out well.

I bought the world’s fattiest chicken this week. Something I didn’t realize until I had to skim the fat off my soup stock a dozen times. ((sigh)) I added collard greens to the soup — an ingredient I’d never tried (what can I say? I’m a true Yankee, lol) and it was pretty good.

This week I’ll be trying a stew recipe that contains peanut butter — not sure how that works because I’d think the pb would break up when exposed to heat….

So what’s on your menu?

Is that Doberman going to chase me?

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And tear me limb from limb?

I’m a dog person. When I sold real estate my co-workers called me The Dog Whisperer (this was before the tv dog whisperer hit the scene but after The Horse Whisperer was out). I’d get sent in first every time a dog was at home.

I like dogs. I even like Dobermans. They can be sweet loving dogs. I’m a former pit bull owner (my pit desperately wanted to be a lap dog, but at 75 pounds was a bit too big) so I understand that certain breeds of dogs are often wrongly maligned.

BUT I don’t like dogs of any type running loose. And certainly not a Doberman on a deserted street. So I eyed the large dog coming toward me with more than a little trepidation (mixed with a pinch of annoyance because it was time for me to run — something I couldn’t very well do since I didn’t want to trigger his chase instinct).

“Hey there Apollo,” I called out. (Apollo is not his real name, but I’m a fan of Magnum, PI). “Are you a good dog?”

And Apollo trotted right up to me. No growling or teeth. Just curiiosity.

We became fast friends. He even let me take a peek at his collar. His name is Sugar. (poor dog!)

Thankfully he was only a couple of blocks from home (because it way too cold to stand around and wait for Animal Control to come pick him up). With a minimum of cajoling I led him toward home. We didn’t even get that far. His owner pulled up in his truck and Sugar jumped right in.

No chasing. No loss of limbs. Just a REALLY long warm-up before I tackled today’s five miles. I spent most of my run pretending that the piles of snow were actually drifts of sand in Hawaii…..

February 22, 2010

Seven weeks done for 2010

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So this past week was fraught with technical and physical difficulties, but I’m looking forward to the new week.

One of the technical difficulties was resolved and I’m feeling better. Still not great, but at least I’ve slept the last two nights, if I can sleep again tonight, I’ll be…well, not golden, but at least on the podium.

I didn’t get as much writing done as I’d hoped, but I did make a major breakthrough with plotting, so it was a worthwhile week overall.

I ran three times like I was scheduled to, but the last mile of my long run was really painful (and as a result, slow). I’m hoping that tomorrow’s long run doesn’t hurt as much. Yeah, there’s a plan, add another mile AND hope it doesn’t get uncomfortable. Can you tell I write fiction?

Oh, and I the piece of flash fiction I subbed a few weeks ago was rejected. Bummer.

February 20, 2010

I hate writing, I love having written.

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I believe it was Dorothy Parker who said, “I hate writing, I love having written.” There are days when I live by that mantra.

I think people believe that people who write enjoy every moment in their make believe land. I don’t. Because here’s the thing…most of the time I’m not totally immersed in my world of make believe. It takes work to get there and it’s hard to stay there.

Unless I’m in flow. Time spent in flow (where, I must point out, there is no sense of time) truly is a joyful, wondrous state and has got to be some of the best moments of my life.

I also hate running, but I love having run. (assuming the aches and pains aren’t toooo bad afterward)

I also hate cleaning, but I love having a (relatively) clean home.

Before you go thinking I hate everything, you should know that there are some activities I enjoy in the moment. I like reading, singing, cooking, showering (okay I LOVE showering) visiting with family and friends (most of the time) and taking photographs.

What about you? What do you hate? What do you love having done?

February 18, 2010

How I see the world — 2-18-10

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I indulged my need for green and made these terrariums last week. Nothing’s died…yet….

February 17, 2010

Reading and Watching Wednesday 2-17-10

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Before our regularly scheduled programming: Author Kate Perry has a fun little writing contest going on her blog. I have no idea what the prize is, but if you’re lucky, it’s one of her books — I’ve read ‘em all and they’re all great fun! Even if they’re not the prize, they’d be worth checking out.

(And yes, I’m the idiot who wrote the overly long Calliope Brown story…I must have had an extra dose of caffeine yesterday morning and no, I didn’t proof it, I didn’t even read it over, so pls don’t point out my myriad of errors.)

I didn’t watch anything worth mentioning this week, but I did read two books. (Both of which Long Suffering gave me for Valentine’s Day. He’s a smart man who knows that the way to my heart is not through flowers, or jewelry, or a fancy dinner, but thru books.)

GALLOWAY’S BOOK ON RUNNING by Jeff Galloway was recommended to me by several friends and I understand why. He explains everything about running right down to what’s happening in your cells. The reason I was interested in this book is that he advocates a mix of running and walking in order to virtually eliminate the possibility of injury. I’ll try his program for my half marathon training and let you know how it goes.

And I loved, loved, LOVED writer/novelist Haruki Murakami’s memoir, WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING. With chapter titles like “Tips on Becoming a Running Novelist” and “Most of What I Know About Writing Fiction I Learned by Running Every Day” this is a perfect book for me. (Just as a reminder, this is in no way a “how-to” book, it’s a memoir — a fairly rambling memoir at that.)

February 16, 2010

What’s cookin Tuesday 2-16-10

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First I have a confession to make — The vegetable soup I made last week turned…PURPLE!

Yes, purple. Apparently using purple cabbage in soup is not the best of ideas. It tasted fine, but it turned the broth and turnips a lovely shade of purple. Whooops!

(all this because I was intentionally cutting down on the mustard greens since someone here isn’t a fan of mustard greens)

Not everything I made last week was a disaster though. I made a four ingredient salmon dish that Long Suffering declared was “as good as we’d get in a fancy restaurant”. But I’ve got to confess that this was a fluke since I only made it because I happened to have butter left over from the brunch the week before.

I also made skinless turkey cutlets in two new ways. I made a mixture of breadcrumbs and finely chopped roasted almonds. I rolled the turkey in them (no egg or anything and baked). They were okay, probably would have been much better if I hadn’t forgotten to spice the mixture (Another whoops!). I also coated the cutlets in a grainy mustard and then dipped them in the breadcrumb and almond mixture. They were much better.

So those were my culinary experiments…what were yours?

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