Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
The photo shows my family on the way to the beach. (I'm the short one.)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein are also coauthors of
Sparks of Genius: the 13 thinking tools of the world's most creative people
(Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
To read more about Sparks of Genius, click here.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The first set of pictures were of scenery. The second was people and the third buildings. Some of our efforts were moving or funny. Others needed more work/thought. Personally, I found the hook for a non-peopled picture of scenery the most challenging.
While I find this idea disturbing, a tiny female robot could play a hilarious role in a YA novel. Maybe next time.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
"Dare to look at life and story on a slant." -- Patricia Gauch
"Don't ever throw something away you have worked on." -- Sarah Cloots
"Complaining is a big part of my process." -- David Small
"I want us all to slow down to andante." -- Sarah Stewart
Friday, June 13, 2008
Nowadays, I don't plan conferences. (Yippee!) I did spend some time writing today. And so, I am looking forward to tomorrow's conference with a greater appetite.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The next couple weeks are over-scheduled beyond the limits of sanity. Not a week has past since my post about free time and revising my manuscript. I should probably write, "Don't Panic in large friendly letters on the cover" of my calendar.
In a couple weeks, we go on vacation. Maybe I can be lazy and dazed then.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I had toyed with this concept earlier, but the idea was under-developed. It needed to be expanded or removed. As the expression goes, “I had to fish or cut bait.” I opted to cut bait because enough was going on in the novel without this conflict. Now the novel has room for this subplot and a decided need for it.
Thanks, guys. Time to fish.
Friday, June 6, 2008
They don't need me to accompany them to parks and lakes anymore. If the older gets his driver's licence, I won't even have to be a chauffeur. Could it be that I will have some extra time? Could it be that I will finish revising my novel?
Reading Like a Writer
a guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them
by Francine Prose
Harper Collins, 2006
I read this book. I learned from this book. I wanted to love this book. And so, during the hours I spent studying it, I endeavored to be an artsy.
But I am not.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Nearly every day my mother inquires if my younger son is “still interested in music,” and then she asks, “What is your older boy’s name?”
She cannot remember my brother’s profession, although he has been a Los Angeles County Sheriff for decades. One day, she asked me to write sheriff on her tablet, so she could recall his job when I’m not visiting. Sheriff is a word I have trouble spelling. Are there two Rs, two Fs, or both? Is there just one I, and, if so, where does it go?
“How do you spell sheriff?” I asked.
“S-H-E-R-I-F-F,” she said.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Ryan added a layer of uncertainty. Other characters couldn’t figure out who he was and what he was doing. And Ryan had his own agenda up his sleeve.
Good dialog is like a game of Clue. Players try to figure out what others know without revealing their own secrets. Taking Ryan out of the manuscript causes several players tip their hands. Too much becomes obvious.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
This Tae Kwon Do Tournament is one of the reasons why I haven't been blogging much lately. My sons competed; I volunteered. I worked at concessions: 300 hungry martial artists and their families wanting pizza, hot dogs, muffins, donuts and beverages.
The daring young man breaking two boards with a flying side kick is my older son.
Next weekend, I have two volunteer opportunities for football, then I have a break until school starts.