Let's talk about the pleasures and puzzles of the smaller mystery--mystery novels and other fiction--and the bigger one--life.
I don't have quite enough time this morning for a post that requires thinking. I'll leave that to you smart cookies!
Wow! Some close up. We have had 3 feeders now for 10 years. Some evenings, we just sit by an open window and watch and listen to the show as 50-70 hummers compete for feeder space. Great entertainment, and experiments have shown that they remember and return.-rickhttp://muse-needed.blogspot.com/
Good morning Nancy.Sounds like you have a busy day today. Ummmmmmmm, cookies. Remember to slack when possible.
Nice shot! I love our humming bird feeder. I'm writing from the treadmill, so this will be brief. Am now attempting to work two books at once at least for a chapter or two, so that I can query the wrong book as part of my next attempt at a contract. I can't decide whether this is crazed, clever, or some horrible concatenation of the two. Good morning all.
Not my photo, so I get no credit for anything but making a nice choice. :)rick--50-70 hummers!! What an entertainment!Between me and the neighbors on either side, we have six feeders now and a bunch of flowers they like, so I'm expecting quite the flutter here when the fall migration gets into high gear. Right now, the two who hang out here all season are trying to fight off all the interlopers. Busy, busy.
Hi, family man! Please slack extra for me today, okay?Kelly, you are One Crazy Writer Dude. I REALLY want to know how this experiment goes. And, gee, you can't squeeze my book in there, too?
G'morning ... I'm the one drooling over in the corner thinking about chocolate and graham crackers and marshmallows ... And wonder what suicide coke is ...:)Lovely birds to have around Nancy.
wondering too ... ;)
Me too! Me too! 50-70, Rick?? I'm so jealous! Love those little guys - Cookies - muffin-thingees - how's a girl supposed to lose weight around here? KB, help! :-)
Beth and O, lol!Let's all have s'mores and Suicide Cokes over at Family Man's place today--at the Fish Fry he's hosting for FMomA Suicide Coke, when I was growing up in Kansas City, was a soda fountain delectable. The soda jerk would take a glass and squirt a little of everything in it--coke, vanilla, cherry, chocolate, root beer, etc. Does it sound disgusting, lol? It wasn't, it was yummy.
Hey Beth, you have KB to help you loose it, but the rest of us to help put it on. :)Hope you're having a good time.
Kelly McC, I like what you're suggesting.I have found I can work on two projects at the same time (work on moving them forward before either is completed). But they sort of have to be VERY DIFFERENT from each other. I'm apparently in the middle of a boisterous multi-p.o.v. 3rd-person sort of story, weaving characters in and out of each other's lives and actions etc. I was itchy to break away a bit and found myself composing a 1st-person up-close tight Chapter 1 for another story (that had been brewing for sometimes).I knocked that chapter out and liked it very very much. I have to wait a couple months, though, to see if it's any good. It seems to be. Collaboration: For reasons I won't go into (you should see my birth chart -- it rountinely scares astrologers), I am a very good collaborator. I love the creative process, I adore other people's ideas, and I LOVE to be edited by ANYONE who knows what they're doing. I find it very easy to empathize and sympathize and, to extend, manipulate and retract ideas; and, having been an actual editor in a 10-year previous incarnation, can hone in on story like a hornet.I can, after a couple months, look at complicated fiction and combine two characters (created for certain story functions) into one in a heartbeat. It is impossible, though, to collaborate with anyone who cannot be edited. So, I got this idea reading your post, Kelly, that maybe I should learn to collaborate with myself. Seriously. I can be two writers, can't I? You said I could, Kelly! :-) Please don't take it back. I need this other guy. One of me writes parts of the book and let's the other me edit it. AND the other me writes those other parts and I can come in and make it all work together?But what project would fit such a collaboration? What story do I have that needs the collaborative effort of myself and myself?The Central Question. :-) Ah.... Sorry to be so "I" today. But really it's the other me doing that.
You can't fool me, green. I know there are a lot more than just two of you. But I guess not all of them write? One of the things Donald Maass recommends is combining two characters into one whenever we can, which you mentioned being able to do. I *think* I've done that a couple of times, but it's screechingly dificult for me even to think about it. Or maybe the characters are doing the screeching.
If you fill it, they will come. :-PThinking? I'm up to my elbows documenting SIP provisioning. Where's the time for thinking?
Ooh! Greenminute, I love the self-collaboration idea. That's just cool. The experiment is preceding all right so far, about 1,000 words on each book yesterday. We'll see how today goes. It's actually kind of fun in a borderline OCD sort of way. BTW, these two books are actually much closer to each other than previous multiple projects (usually short stories or shorts and a novel) in that both are first person sardonic narrators.
Hi fam, yep, having a great time. At the airport, ending my San Diego vacation. It's low 80's and sunny with a few white clouds, light breeze. Had so much fun with my friends - lounged at the beach all day yesterday, then dinner with yet another friend of ours last night - Thai, yummy. (Beth eats her way across the country.)Diet starts as soon as I get settled into my new apartment/condo/house - wherever it is. I'll be home-hunting all day tomorrow - send good vibes my way! I think I'll celebrate the end of my vacation with a mocha - unless they have suicide Cokes at the airport! Waves, everyone.
One of the things Donald Maass recommends is combining two characters into one whenever we can, which you mentioned being able to do. I *think* I've done that a couple of times, but it's screechingly dificult for me even to think about it. Oh, Nancy, there is no reason to be thinking about it now. :-) You do more self-editing as you go than most writers I know... but I would have to leave this sort of thing alone until I draft through the end. Combining characters (or multi-charcter functions into one character) is the first trick, btw, of scriptwriters doing a novelization. But for a beautiful mystery novel as the type you so regularly compose, I'd hate to miss out on ANY character at all!And books are better than movies at allowing more characters to live, don't you think? When the screenwriters finished with The Firm they moved one major function to another chracter and improved the sexual tension. I'm not certain the book needed it, but it heightened the movie for sure. The Firm: in the movie the wife travels to the offshore island to flirt with the boss and drug him, and to photocopy the needed records in concert with the dead p.i.'s secretary (Holly Hunter character). In the book, the p.i. secretary carries out the foreign-soil espionage, flirtation, and records theft on her own.I don't know if this would have been an improvement for the book or not, but it worked damned well in the movie. This is especially true because we were allowed/led to think the wife had turned on her husband after his confession of infidelity.
It's actually kind of fun in a borderline OCD sort of way. BTW, these two books are actually much closer to each other than previous multiple projects (usually short stories or shorts and a novel) in that both are first person sardonic narrators. Kelly, sort of? LOL.Writing book-length fiction is OCD by definition. :-)You go for it on the two projects, Kelly! You may be using your creative energy to its fullest while it is around and, baby oh baby, when it slips away for a while, you'll wished you'd started three or four books at a time.P.S. I love sardonic.
Greenminute,Dah, the dry periods are always miserable and I'm hoping to avoid one at least through the finish of the current series at Ace.
Dry periods suck.
What does it say when you can't make sense of a thread read backwards? And where did yesterday go?Nancy, Having a hummingbird feeder is a great idea. I wonder if one would work here with all the cats?Beth, I'm going to miss your travels -- it was so fun following along behind you. I hope the house hunting goes well.Greenminute & Kelly, your ideas on collaboration "blow my mind." "It is impossible, though, to collaborate with anyone who cannot be edited." -- This is true on so many levels.
"Dry periods suck"I don't even know what to say in response.
That was my thought too, KB....
"It is impossible, though, to collaborate with anyone who cannot be edited." -- This is true on so many levels. LOL, Katie! This is pretty rich! (Just like the perfect man?: pretty, rich). Seriously (not too), look how well that paragraph above holds our own little collaboration. You extended the idea so beautifully and so succinctly. Nice. Sort of a Mars/Venus thing going on, don't you think? Reminds me of the marriage vows I always meant to write:"Do you take this man the way he will become after you finish making required modifications in his appearance and behavoir?" "And do you take this woman exactly as she was the day you met her, never to gain weight, cut her hair, change jobs, or learn new words you don't understand?"
Greenminute, I think you've unveiled the reason for the failure of my first marriage. We got the vows backwards....
You guys are so funny! I love the idea of some blog comments as "collaborations."Dry periods suck, but they don't last forever. It only seems that way. :)
Greenminute,Love the vows, that's sublime. I've known far too many couples who have fit the bill over the years.
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