Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Here in upstate NY we are enjoying the first sprigs of spring. Grass is near needing mowing. Buds are promising to emerge. And I find I have more ideas than I did throughout the dismal winter. Around here at least it was a very mild winter. My current work is about The Blessed Mother and how her son protected her after his death. Naturally there are foxes in the tale, else I'd not be telling it. Whenever anyone asks me how long I can write about foxes I laugh as there is always some circumstance that can be addressed using foxes. I don't say there is any logic to it, but it can be done. I love bending facts, fiction, and magic. The "What If" is a great motivator. What if a squirrel ran the subway? What if everyone north of the equator walked on their feet and everyone south of it walked on their hands? What if people couldn't talk and animals could? If nothing else it is a great place to start a story. Hope everyone is enjoying the spring's offerings. I'll be back soon to give May's tip of the month. It will be how to create a spread sheet for submissions and rejections/acceptances.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Spring has finally sprung. Today here in Upstate New York it is a balmy 70 degrees. I'll take it. My husband is finally on the mend and all I have facing me now is piles and piles of laundry. I don't understand it. Never have anything to wear, but all I seem to do is wash clothes. Strange. My current work in progress is in need of structure and I don't seem motivated to provide said structure. I'll get to it soon, but today is a mental health day, so I am not working. Another strange thing. I work on my usual chores so I can write, but I call my writing work. Go figure. I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Holiday. Thinking about the tip for May. At this point I am not certain what it will be, but rest assured it will be simple but highly effective. Come back after the first and find what it will be.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Hi All, This has been the month from Hades. Hubby sick, my brain fried trying to deal with way toooo much. However I've resloved to more forward. I've found more free time since I took a feng shui course. The stuff is amazing. I was the world's biggest skeptic, but simply rearranging my office helped to clear my thinking. I think I might have been a total basket case, if I'd not taken the course before hubby became ill. I hope each and every person in the entire world learns to love in this awakening holiday season. No matter how you worship, rejoice in the renewing of the world.

Monday, April 10, 2006

I promised a tip for April. The plot book is the most valuable tool a writer can have in their tool box. I use a 3 subject notebook, one for each new book. In it I note the idea for the story, character charts( the characteristics for each individual character) and whatever occurs to me at any given time. I take this with me everywhere except church. Unfortuately sometimes I have to write on the back of the bulletin. If something of importance happens during the crafting of a book, I note it in the plot book. Sometimes what happens to you effects the story. Using the flow chart I briefly outline the bare bones of the story. I have no special order for writing scenes and note them as they occur to me. Sometimes I use what is noted and sometimes I don't. I feel this is the place to flesh out characters and locations. This is especially helpful in fantasy. You are creating a world and you need to know all you can about this world. Is the climate arrid, damp or jungle heat? How would each character act under various conditions? By noting what comes to mind, whenever it comes to mind, you have a place to check back to. You might not use all that comes to you, but if you wish to and you didn't write it down in your plot book, you're stymied. I keep the plot book on my bedside table at night, with a little book lite attached. Frequently I have ideas come to me in dreams and if I wait until morning they are gone. There is no one way to write a book and whatever works for you, is the right way for you. Hold on to your dreams and don't let anyone talk you out of them. If you need to write affirmations, write them in the plot book, where they are but a page away.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hi Folks, This has been a long week. My hubby is in the hospital. He has lymphoma. Two teams of doctors removed his spleen and a 4 1/2 inch mass from his chest. I'm told the spleen is about the size of your fist, his was as large as a loaf of bread. All told they reomved over seven pounds of stuff. He's on the mend, but it is coming too slow for him. He does everything quickly. Writing wise I haven't forgotten the April tip of the month, but it will take a while as if I am awake I am at the hospital. All prayers are welcome.