Monday, November 24, 2008

We're Losing Sanity, Captain!

I painted a plague victim last was fun...and a little sad...

The End.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I love writing...but I am REALLY [so much it gets capitals and boldness!] itching to draw something....I just don't know what....

...the end....

Monday, November 17, 2008


How does one get people to come see productions at their theatre....?

This is a question I have been asking myself for awhile now....and I still don't think I have found a great answer...

If anyone out there in Blogland has an answer...or thought please send it  my way...


Friday, November 14, 2008


I have been thwarted in my attempts to stay on top of my NaNo-ing by none other than Dr. Evil Cold!!!  Ok, so I don't think he's really a doctor [or I wouldn't be sick! Ha!]  but I have been battling this cold/sore throat/allergies thing for the past three days, and have failed miserably.  It has taken me out of work, zapped my will to write [or basically to live period] and has put me some 4,000 words behind, and I have to work all day to day and tomorrow.  Perhaps Sunday I can catch up? 

It doesn't help much that I am stuck as far as the story goes and can only pound out 100-200 words where before I was whizzing along at 500-1000 in a sitting...blech...I hate germs...and I hate trying to drink tea when it hurts because my throat is so raw from coughing!!  I hate being poor, because I can't go to the doctor and get good medicine because I have no insurance...GAHHHHH!!!!

Ok, I'm through with complaining, now it is time to get dressed and go to the theatre and get done what I can get done without killing myself....perhaps I'll write when I get home! ^__^

The End.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

An Excerpt

This is from my NanoWrimo PepTalk Email...and I just really liked this bit:

I live in Barre, Vermont which calls itself the "Granite Capital of the World." Outside our town are enormous quarries, so when I speak in local schools every child has a mental picture of a granite quarry. "You know how hard it is to get granite out of the quarry," I say. "You have to carefully score the rock and put the explosive in to make the great granite block break loose from the face of the stone. Then you have to attach the block to the chains so that the cranes can lift it slowly out of the hole a nd put it on the waiting truck. That’s the first draft. It’s hard, dangerous work, and when you’ve finished, all you’ve really got is a block of stone. But now you have something now to work on. Now you can take your block down to the shed to carve and polish it and turn it into something of beauty. That’s revision."

But first you’ve got to get that block of granite out of the earth, friends. You won’t have anything to make beautiful until you do that. Now go back to work. That means you too, Katherine.

Best wishes,

Katherine Paterson

I really love the image of a giant block of granite, as this first draft of 'garbage' I am creating.  I also realized the last time I wrote 30 pages of something it was my thesis now I am about to strike out into more unknown territory...out beyond the thesis paper zone!!!  I'm plowing ahead...still behind but not giving up!!

[Heather if you read this, I really think it could be helpful.  Sometimes you have to just go out on a limb and write some crap and then go back and make it better!  Love you!]

full PepTalk can be found HERE

Friday, November 7, 2008

Pep Talk

Dear NaNoWriMo author,

You've started a long journey. Congratulations on your resolution and ambition! And the first thing you need to remember is that a long journey can't be treated like a sprint. Take your time.

The second thing you need to remember is that if you want to finish this journey you've begun, you have to keep going. One of the hardest things to do with a novel is to stop writing it for a while, do something else, fulfill this engagement or that commitment or whatever, and pick it up exactly where you left it and carry on as if nothing had happened. You will have changed; the story will have drifted off course, like a sh ip when the engines stop and there's no anchor to keep it in place; when you get back on board, you have to warm the engines up, start the great bulk of the ship moving through the water again, work out your position, check the compass bearing, steer carefully to bring it back on track ... all that energy wasted on doing something that wouldn't have been necessary at all if you'd just kept going!

But once you've established a daily rhythm of work, you'll find it energising and sustaining in itself. Even when it's not going well. This is a strange thing, but I've noticed it many times: a bad day's work is a lot better than no day's work at all. At least if you've written 500 words, or 1000 words, or whatever you discover is your most comfortable daily rate of production, the words are there to work on later. And when you do visit them in a month's time, or whenever it i s, you often find that they're not so bad after all.

The question authors get asked more than any other is "Where do you get your ideas from?" And we all find a way of answering which we hope isn't arrogant or discouraging. What I usually say is "I don't know where they come from, but I know where they come to: they come to my desk, and if I'm not there, they go away again." That's just another way of emphasising the importance of regular work. 

You know which page of a novel is the most difficult to write? It's page 70. The first page is easy: it's exciting, it's new, a whole world lies in front of you. The last page is easy: you've got there at last, you know what's going to happen, all you have to do is find a resonant closing sentence. But page 70 is where the misery strikes. All the initial excitement has drained away; you've begun to see all the hideous problems you've set yourself; you are horribly aware of the minute size of your own talent compared to the colossal proportions of the task you've undertaken. That's when you'll want to give up. When I hit page 70 with my very first novel, I thought: I'm never going to finish this. I'll never make it. But then stubbornness set in, and I thought: well, if I reach page 100, that'll be something. If I get there, I reckon I can make it to the end, wherever that is. And 100 is only 30 pages away, and if I write 3 pages every day, I can get there in ten days ... why don't I just try to do that? So I did. It was a terrible novel, but I finished it.

The last thing I'd say to anyo ne who wants to write a novel is not actually a piece of advice, but a question. It's this: are you a reader? Every novelist I know
every novelist I've ever heard ofis, or was, a passionate reader. I don't doubt that someone with determination and energy, but who didn't read for pleasure, who only read for information, could actually write a whole novel if they set their mind to
it and followed a few rules and guidelines; but would it be worth reading? Would it give any pleasure beyond a mechanically c alculated sort? I doubt it. Novels that last and please readers are written because the novelist is intoxicated by the delight and the endlessly renewable joy that comes from engaging with imaginary characters
with story; and that engagement always begins with reading; and if it catches you, it never lets go. Write a novel if you want to win a competition, or impress your friends, or possibly make some moneydo so by all means. But if you're not a lover of stories, a passionate and devoted reader, don't expect your novel to please many readers.

On the other hand, if you do love reading, if you cannot imagine going on a journey without a book in your pocket or your bag, if you fret and fidget and become uncomfortable if you're kept away from your reading for too long, if your worst nightmare is to be marooned on a desert island without a book
then take heart: there are plenty of us like you. And if you tell a story that really engages you, we are all potential readers.

Good luck!

Philip Pullman

I like that very much...helps to know I don't have to have 17 or 20,000 words right now....I can just plod along at my 1667 words a day and that's ok-more marathon running than anything else.  I need coffee...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Just checking in!!

I am actually pulling ahead on my NanoWrimo Novel: Children of Destiny.  I have broken  the 10,000 mark!  This is just to let the world know I am still alive!

At writing 1667 words a day I have already reached the goal for today which was 10,005 and am still going...I've hit a mini wall that I hope to overcome soon so I can get more writing in before I have to leave for work...

More later!

WORD COUNT: 10,122  Woot!!