Life in the fast lane--where's the on ramp?

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Avoidance Housework -- "Busy Sloth"

It's a writerly quirk to shirk the true work for a "daily dozens" distraction, to avoid finishing tales, turning minnows to whales for the joy is depleted once the task is completed. And what would we do in that hour or two set aside for the writerly work? Once our tale has been told, the whole... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A grim little poem for dark November

PAYOFF [1] For nineteen years, from her wedding night’s reluctant submission to a husband's rights she made it clear that for all intents she'd settled for the lesser sacrament. And he, sweaty and oozing grime, learned to shower every time, in the basement, to purge himself of the steel mill’s sooty... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Things I didn't know. The Bobness of songwriting...

I saw an interview on CBS's "Sunday Morning" a few minutes ago. Came in late, I'd been fixing breakfast, and there was Tom Petty, pushing 60 and talking philosophy. "If you ain't gettin' older, you're dead," he said when the interviewer asked how he felt about being that old. Now, Tom Petty and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Would it have an inhibiting effect?

My daughter said she wants to read my blogs, and I offered to clip and email a few. But she said she thought she'd sign up for Blogit. "Would that change the way you blog, Mother? I wouldn't want you to change the way you write because you knew I might read it." Of course I said no, it wouldn't make... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

After I cracked through the 50K finish line yesterday...

I went back and added a thing or two to something I thought was "finished." There was a scene after Louise's rape where Herb faces some facts and goes through some changes. He turns out to be a quiet hero by the time I got to the end of the book. He's steady, calm, and gifted with a steady... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

10:07 a.m. Tue., Nov. 24th, 2009 NANOWRIMO UPDATE!

My word count is officially 50,891! Tah Dah! Sign in to see full entry.

Turkey Day is almost here!

I'm flummoxed. Seriously. Started a couple days ago when son Guy and his Boss Lady (girlfriend) dropped by while I was smack dab in the middle of the scene where my good guy cop is about to lower the boom on the creep who done his mother wrong eleven years earlier. Thing is, they each had a latte in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Getting organized for the big write...

TAPS just asked a question about how I keep organized so I know what's going on in a story this long. BTW I'm at 45,500 and counting... First -- in this case -- I copied this photo from Corbin Dallas's blog of my cast of characters. If you don't remember it, it's a family photo from the 70s. Tall... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Things are getting interesting

The NaNoWriMo project is moving along. I'm at 43,000 words plus. This writing project is an excellent diversion from some worrisome things going on in the world around me. I'm thinking of doing a flashback where Herb has a secret of his own, something to give him a little more substance as a man, a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Essence of it all.

"What do you know about this Essence thing?" June asked. It was my shift at the library and I had finished turning on the lights, stocking the pastry cabinet, getting the coffee machine ready to serve. There were no customers for me in the little used bookshop, so I had taken a minute to sit with... Sign in to see full entry.

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