June 2007

I just found this article: Boys and men

Go read it. If that wasn’t enough, read this one too.

Do you come home, flop into a chair, and start typing? Or are you overseeing your home? Do you see your home and children as your responsibility?

If you stay home to write, do you take your home’s care as your job? Or is your partner working full time then coming home and working another full time job cleaning up after you and taking care of your home and your children?

Are you a boy or a man?

A boy writes differently from a man, a girl writes differently from a woman. Maturity and depth of writing comes from inside, just as the story does. You’ll never write like an adult until you become one.


All righty now. It’s that time again!

Appointments: 3

Researched: The Vikings (the real ones) and their ships. Flags of the world (just to make sure my pseudo-Viking banners weren’t actual flags).

Accomplishments: Got a critique done on a 175k epic fantasy. Whew.

High point of the week:  Being done with said critique.

Bad thing: It’s been raining every day this week. I feel like I’m living in Florida.

The High Life: It’s warm and dry inside, which is more than most in the world get.

Have a good weekend!

I’m getting ready to write yet another novel, and I noticed a lot of people come here using the search term ‘Snowflake Method’. Well, I use it.

If you’re not familiar with it, click the link to it in the sidebar then read the article. That’s what I do when I’m getting ready to write something. I have a couple days left before I start (going to be participating in JulNoWriMo (yet another NaNo spinoff), so I’m at the spreadsheet outline step. Spreadsheets are awesome.

I usually skip the step where you do the detailed character sheets because I throw them away when I’m writing (which is where I find out who these people are). I set the sheets up (on PBWiki, which is also awesome) and notewhen I find out something important (for example, that Javin can’t swim). I never get to the part where you summarize each scene, because I usually run out of time. But that’s procrastination more than anything else.

Everyone is different. I can’t write without knowing something about what I’m going to write about, and an outline helps me remember what my plot was (my memory sucks), so in the middle of speedwriting I’m not trying to research something or remember how I had planned to get two twelve year old children, an elderly knight with a bad heart and a blind archer past a stockade complete with armed guards. 🙂 If you can do without an outline, great.

So that’s what I do. Plan it out, set a deadline for planning (I plan the month before a marathon), then start writing as fast as I can!

I ran across this website that’s doing a challenge called One Local Summer, (if you’re just now reading this, they have a new website here) and since I’m usually up for a challenge and never tried this before, I decided to do it. Basically what you do is have one meal a week where everything on the menu is made locally. You can choose what local means to you; I decided that since Oklahoma isn’t all that big I would try to keep it inside OK but one state to each side is all right.

So here was dinner today:

The package on the noodles said “Garden Rotelli” so that’s what I’m calling this. My kids call it curly noodles, and they came from Missouri (the noodles, not the kids). The sauce on top is ground buffalo from OK, with tomatoes, green onions, and snow peas, all from my garden. I put some powdered garlic and “italian seasoning” in there too. Yum.

The bread and cheese are both from OK. I buttered the bread and put grated cheese and more powdered garlic on it then broiled it.

Everyone liked it and it was local too, more or less. So there ya go. This wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

Cthulhu for President

It’s actually not been a bad week…the last couple of days have been trying, that’s all.

Appointments: 3

Researched: Alcoholic liver failure and encephalopathy, also brain damage and the difference between coma and minimally conscious state. (I’m hard on my characters.)

Accomplishments: Did not kill my fifteen year old daughter. Yes, it’s been that kind of week.

High point of the week: My tomatoes are turning red. Yum.

Bad thing: Other than my teenage daughter out roaming the streets with her friend at 2 am? Orkin came and “oops, wrong house”, thus not only trespassing, but putting pesticide on my property (I’m an organic gardener) without my permission.

Enter good secondary character to kill off… *grin*

The High Life: Hmm. I’ll get back to you on that one.

I really want to buy Ragamuffin by Tobias Buckell, but I really dislike hardback books. I wish they put both styles out at the same time.

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