Writing Can Be Murder

April 30, 2010

Quick banana bread recipe

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Banana Bread — not the best, but quick and I alwasys have the ingredients on hand.

3 bananas — mashed
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil


2 cups flour
1.5 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder

Add to banana mixture. Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes.

(You can add a cup of nuts or unsweetened coconut)


April 29, 2010

So when you don’t blog…

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people who never comment on your blog but read it start to ask why you haven’t blogged. ((sigh))

So here are some random thoughts for the week —

Unsweetened coconut in banana bread is awesome. Best thing I made last week.

The column about Scrabble in this week’s Parade Magazine cracked me up…I’ll have to see if I can find a link to it….

SUNSHINE CLEANING a movie about two sisters who start a crime scene clean-up biz should have been an out of the park homerun for me…it wasn’t.

The universe is POUNDING me with messages about my WIP….not sure if it’s trying to encourage or discourage me though….

Someone’s getting a well-deserved award today. Congrats!

April 22, 2010

Play along – You know you’re a writer when…

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You spend an inordinate amount of time trying to decide which cut of meat would make the best murder weapon.

Your turn.

April 21, 2010

Reading, Listening and Watching 4-21-10

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Reading — Still reading Tim Dorsey’s Florida Roadkill

Listening — ABBA Gold — no idea why

Watching — Woo hoo! I was actually surprised by the twist-scene toward the end of last night’s JUSTIFIED (the one where Robert Picardo revealed his collection). It’s starting to feel as though the show may be separating itself from its Elmore Leonard roots and carving out its own identity.

And what’s entertaining you this week?

April 20, 2010

What’s cookin’ Tuesday 4-20-10

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Haven’t made anything interesting in a while.

BUT I did have homemade ambrosia this week. Long Suffering brought it home from work. Pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows and lots of coconut (everything’s better with coconut imho). HEAVENLY.

I’m in the mood for banana bread. Maybe I’ll make some today.

What’s on your palate?

When life hands you Lamont

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take it.

Last week I had to name a new character. Big guy — taller than a fridge and almost as wide. I needed him to make a big impression because I’m pretty sure he only appears in the book twice.

For once I didn’t struggle to name a character. (woo hoo!) His name LAMONT (as in mountain, as in, could not have been more freakin perfect) was on the front page of the weekly paper!

I’d noticed it because it was the weekly “pet for adoption” piece…a ten or twelve pound of fluff that might pass for a dog. “Take Home Lamont” the headline said.

I didn’t adopt the dog, but I did adopt the name.

April 15, 2010

3 or 4 Act Structure?

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No pics this week. I’ve been too busy writing.

I just finished the first act of my latest novel.

Which brings me to the subject of today’s post: Do you believe/follow/practice 3 or 4 act structure? (or do you not give it any thought at all?)

Me? I’m a plot gal. I may not know what my heroine’s favorite breakfast is, or what color the hero’s eyes are, but I know my turning points and climax before I sit down to write. (These are subject to change during the actual writing, but they serve as my guideposts along the way.)

There was a time when I believed in 3 act structure…beginning, middle and end…just like we learned in the fourth grade. The problem with three acts, at least for me, is that I kept getting all muddled and bogged down in the second act. It felt ENDLESS.

Because it was. In 3 Act Structure the middle act is approximately 50% of the book (with the first and third acts being about 25% each…yeah, I know, it’s not an exact science and there are exceptions to every rule, and blah, blah, blah, but I’m ballparking here).

Which is why I’ve embraced four act structure (each act being approximately 25% of the story).

Understanding what needs to occur in the second act to get to the midpoint (which is a big dramatic moment that changes the direction of the rest of the book) is clearer when I’m focused on only 1/4 of the book.

In turn, dealing with the consequences/fallout of the midpoint scene and getting to the end of act three drives the story forward instead of leaving me flailing around going “where am I?”. Knowing that I’m working toward reaching the turning point which will ultimately set things in motion to reach the climax helps me to stay focused.

The fourth act is just a matter of climax and resolution. (which sounds really simple, but you should see how busy my charts get).

SO now you tell me, 3 Acts, 4 Acts, , Six Acts (I’ve tried that…sorta works for me) or 9 acts? Or No Acts?

April 14, 2010

In it to make money

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Additional post today because I wanted to send you over to Jessica Faust’s latest blog post

Reading, Listening and Watching 4-14-10

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Reading — Tim Dorsey’s FLORIDA ROADKILL — odd, but in the best possible way

Listening — Songs of the week seem to be A Fine Frenzy’s ALMOST LOVER and YOU RUN AWAY by The Bare Naked Ladies

I’m considering listening to HERE LIVES LOVE a dance-music opera about Imelda Marcos from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim featuring Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos. Admit it, you’re intrigued to, aren’t you?

Watching — This falls under listening and watching. Caught The Beatles tribute show STRAWBERRY FIELDS at BB Kings this wknd. Fun show, whether or not you’re a Beatles fan (which I’m not).

So what about you? Share what you’re reading, listening to, and watching!

April 13, 2010

What’s cookin? 4-13-10

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Happy Birthday K!

Speaking of birthdays, I’m totally coveting Jennifer Colgan’s mushroom birthday cake. It looks amazing. You’ve got to check out the photos on her blog.

Oh, and speaking of the divine Ms. Colgan, Amazon kindly sent me an email letting me know her book The Matchmakers is now available.

But Tuesday’s are about food not books, so here goes:

We ate at a buffet at B.B. Kings this weekend. I thought the fried catfish and peach cobbler were yummy. The concensus at the table was that the grits were pretty darn good too (tho I didn’t try them).

I made chocolate buttercream frosting for the first time. Not difficult but it is a bit messy and time consuming with all that billowing confectioners sugar. I added more cocoa than the recipe called for since it was being served to a dark chocolate loving crowd.

I’m considering entering a recipe in a cooking contest. Has anyone ever done that?

What did you eat/cook/bake this week that was memorable?

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