I learned this morning that a country western group,
Restless Road, advanced to the final four in the Groups division on X-Factor.
Zach Beeken, the bass voice in Restless Road, went to high school with Jeremy.
They sang together in Chorale and Men's Chorale. Jeremy used to take voice lessons from Zach Beeken's dad.
are two links to valuable blog posts on writing. Both were suggested by the
amazing Shutta Crum on the SCBWI-MI listserv.
Writer Unboxed post by Lisa Cron explains how to trace your protagonist’s inner
journey. The first time I read it, I stopped in despair at the words, “What
they end up with is a narrative that’s basically just a bunch of things that
happen.” I went back, read the article again and mapped my protagonist’s inner
journey. Yes, she does change. As I revise, I can strengthen that.
LaurieHalse Anderson’s post called Revision Roadmap is my next project. Anderson
describes how to make a scene-by-scene roadmap of a novel, and ways to detect
problems like unnecessary scenes, excessive dialog, misplaced subplots and
pacing problems. My novel has already experienced a lot of cutting and
significant expansion. Perhaps it’s time to see if it works.
a discussion of science jokes with a group of friends, I mentioned that the asymptote
is the mathematical model for my writing career. It’s a joke many people don’t
Merriam Webster’s definition of asymptote is "a straight line
associated with a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of
the curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero and the slope
of the curve at the point approaches the slope of the line,"
In other words, the
curve approaches the line, gets infinitely close to it, yet never crosses it.
person asked about the origin of the word. Asymptote likely comes from Greek
asymptōtos not meeting, from a- + sympiptein to
meet.” (also Merriam Webster)
my surprise, I discovered Merriam Webster lists rhyming words. I don’t write in
rhyme, but consider the possibilities of billy goat, sticky note, or even
quarter note. Here’s Merriam Webster’s list: