Writing Can Be Murder

August 24, 2010

Two for Tuesday 8-24-10

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 8:33 am

Two books I never finished (okay, there’s A LOT more than two, but I figured I’d share this pair)

1) The Davinci Code — I tried to read it on an airplane, where there’s nothing else to do, and I still gave up on it.

2) The Kite Runner — I tried. Three freaking times. I just couldn’t get into it.

Now you tell me: What books have you failed to finish?

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August 23, 2010

Meatless Monday menu 8-23-10

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 8:46 am

Because of the BIG BLOG CHANGES that are coming next month, I’m moving our food discussions to Mondays.

Which brings me to my question of the day: Do you participate in Meatless Mondays?

It’s a nationwide trend to cut down on our consumption of meat.

Our household usually does go meatless on Monday. Not because of the trend, but because if we do eat meat, it tends to be on the weekend. As a general rule, we try to go meatless every other day and we only have red meat once every week or two.

For dinner tonight we’ll be having either eggs or a tuna melt.

For lunch we’re having a Quinoa and Chickpea salad

which is similar to this recipe…although I use shallots instead of garlic, lime juice instead of lemon, I don’t add the extra salt, I use roasted almonds, and it’s being served over mixed greens…and I don’t measure anything and I added a handful of chopped stringbeans to the mix. Yeah, just like that.

Okay, your turn. What meatless meal will you be eating this week?

August 21, 2010

Too stupid to live…literally

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:36 pm

If you tweet (or text) and drive like this idiot, you get what you deserve (imho)

Or am I crazy?

Wait! Don’t answer that!!!

August 20, 2010

What are you afraid of?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 9:29 am

Me…I’m terrified of “techie” stuff because I suck at it. (I’m sharing this because I desperately need to perform a makeover on this blog.)

I’m also afraid of:

Heights
Spiders
Geese
Snow and Ice

I’m leery of:

White foods
Petless people
Men wearing bathrobes who get into the elevator with me
People with crappy handshakes

So what are you afraid of?

August 19, 2010

Villain wanted: apply immediately

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:46 pm

I love a good villain (truth be told, I’m more interested in a villian than a hero/heroine).

Right now, I desperately need one for the book I’ve just started. I can’t find him or her. I’ve been trying.

I’ve never run into this situation before. EVER. Usually my antagonist(s) are clearer to me than my protagonist(s).

So I’m going to ask you to inspire me — tell me who some of your favorite villains of all time are…doesn’t have to be a character from a book.

I’ll start us off:

Pennywise from IT

The Deaf Man from the 87th Precinct Books

John Doe from Se7en

Jack of All Trades from the tv series Profiler

August 18, 2010

Reading, Watching, Listening, Writing 8-18-10

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:40 pm

Reading – Hiassin’s Star Island and re-reading Vandemeer’s Booklife

Watching –Top Shot — it’s a reality competition featuring marksman (and a markswoman) Learning lots of stuff about guns.

Listening — the theme from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is stuck in my head

Writing — wrote a piece of flash this wknd for a contest (flash fiction is very short fiction, in this case it was limited to 115 words — a 15 word “starter” or “prompt” plus my 100 words) The starter is bolded.

Tell me about whatever it is that’s kept you entertained this week…or flash me with your own piece from this starter.

A monster-slaying governess, a vampire librarian, and a professorial zombie walk into a bar…

The governess, sitting by herself, addressed the bartender. “Soda water, please.”

“We don’t serve your kind,” the bartender snarled.

“Don’t be such a bigot,” the librarian chided.

“Refusing her service is in violation of Prop ATE,” the zombie opined. “She has the freedom to eat or drink whoever or whatever she chooses.”

Growling his displeasure, the bartender slid water to the governess, a flute of blood to the librarian, and a snifter of brains to the zombie.

The zombie toasted the appalled governess. “To your health!”

“Don’t mind Lync,” the vampire whispered. “It’s that time of the month. Full moon tomorrow.”

August 17, 2010

What’s cookin? 8/17/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:24 pm

For all those with an overabundance of zucchini, I want to point you in the direction of this super-easy, surprisingly yummy Herbed Zucchini Soup.

I made it a couple of weeks ago (using dill) and it was hit. Plus you can eat it hot or cold, making it a perfect year-round treat.

Point me in the direction of recipes you really enjoy!

August 16, 2010

Monday Mojo — Getting Started

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 6:21 pm

Today is the official start date for my new novel. I’ve spent some time making notes and sketching out some scenes, but today the real work begins. My goals for the day is to chart out the main story and write a blurb (something similar to the couple of paragraphs you’d find on a book jacket).

The goals for the week are to chart out the novel, write a blurb, a synopsis, and the first 5000 words.

It’s also the start of my training for a half marathon I’m going to tackle in November. That means I need to get three Walk/Runs in…with my long distance day to be 5 miles.

Both of these are feeling a bit overwhelming, which is why I’m turning to this quote for inspiration:

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
E.L. Doctorow

What projects, big or small, are you tackling this week? And do they scare you?

ETA — Nothing helps productivity like having landscapers decide they have to work right outside your window for three hours straight. Dog of Death is helping by barking at them the entire time.

ETA — For the record the landscapers worked outside my window from 8:30 – 4:30…so much noise, so little concentration.

August 15, 2010

The view out my window

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:46 pm

Yes, those men are carrying rocks…it’s part of their exercise routine which they do a couple of times per week. I am grateful for the entertainment they provide.

August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th!

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:27 pm

Expecting to have a bad day?

I am not what I’d call a “lucky” person. There was a time, not that long ago, when I would have gone so far as to say I was “unlucky”. I’ve changed my thinking about that, not because a string of wonderful things happened to me, but because I decided that believing I was unlucky served no purpose.

A couple of months ago I read this article in Psychology Today: Make Your Own Luck

It claims that we can cultivate our own luck…or at least be more open to recognizing and acting on the opportunities in our lives. I actually believe the old adage “Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity.” (up to a point)

What about you? Do you consider yourself lucky? Do you believe we can make our own luck?

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