Thursday, October 21, 2010

In Which I Ramble...again

In the movie ‘A Walk to Remember’, Jamie gives Landon a book that belonged to her mother. In it, she had collected quotes and poems, etc. In the book version, it was a bible where she had marked her favorite passages. I liked the quote book idea. So way back when, I started my own collection. I have movie quotes, song lyrics and famous quotes. I have poems and things clipped from magazines. It’s grown from a small notebook to two small notebooks and an assortment of inserts.

My book also includes a list of helpful hints, things that I’ve learned and would like to pass along. Maybe my children will be interested someday. Who knows? There’s also a list of my favorite things. I’m not sure when I actually started the list because I think it includes my first vehicle in high school (’79 Chevy truck). The only reason I was thinking about it today is because I decided I *must* have French fries for lunch. I have a mad craving for French fries. McDonald’s are my favorite. They are very nearly perfect. Wendy’s are always soggy and sometimes cold. I can only eat the fries from Dairy Queen when I get the chicken strip basket because they must be dipped in the gravy. I don’t eat at Burger King enough to know if theirs are any good. I don’t think we have any other fast food places that serve fries. Restaurant fries are a whole other post.

What was my point? Oh, French fries. Favorite things. I have to make sure I had McDonald’s French fries to my list of favorite things when I get home tonight. Then I want to review it and be reminded of things I may have forgotten I loved. I know The Simpsons are on the list and will never leave. Hard to believe that show has been around for so long. But it’s a little slice of awesome. I am really looking forward to the Twilight spoof on the next Treehouse of Horror.

Anyway, in my attempt to think more positively, I’m going to surround myself with positive things, my favorite things. Today, French fries are my favorite.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday!

So earlier this week, there was a block on any site with "blogspot" in it. Today, so far, it's working. But I'm not going to type a big post, in case it decides to bail on me.

Just a quick note to say that I AM WRITING. Which is epic. Not really, but it feels like it to me. I've been able to sit for more than a few minutes at a time and crank out a page or two. And this is real writing, not typing. They are small pages too, but it's better than nothing. I'm really looking forward to NaNoWriMo and I'm very optimistic about it this year.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 8, 2010

NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again. Everyone is buzzing about National Novel Writing Month. I've been a participant since 2004. I first read about it on Sarah Dessen's blog. I didn't know what it was, so I looked it up (did we Google everything back then?). It sounded like something I wanted to try. I don't know why I hadn't done it before. I don't remember what I even wrote. But I didn't win until 2006, and then again in 2008.

The problem I have (not just with NaNo, in all my writing) is that I write in scenes that I piece together. So I might get to 50,000 words, but I don't have a story that flows very smoothly. I think last year's work of art made it to 30K and I've spent the last few months trying to fill in the gaps and hopefully come up with something worth submitting to an agent.

I've got my idea already for this year's NaNoWriMo. I even did my outline earlier this week. I think it has potential. The ending pulled a little more from other books I've read recently, so I might have to ditch that. But we'll see where the story takes us when the journey begins on November 1. I can't wait!

Friday, October 1, 2010

And I realize that no one wants to read a whiny, complainy blog. So, from now on, I'm going to try and be more positive. I'll post more pictures and fiction. Maybe that's the way to get more followers.

Thoughts? Questions? Suggestions?

In Which I Rant...

I think Twitter is awesome. There is so much information passed back and forth and so many ways to get your point across in so few characters. I think it sucks because it can give you a total complex about following and who follows you. Or maybe it's just me?

Twitter is a neat way to interact with people. I've always been a book lover, but lately I've gone nuts with it. Check out my Goodreads page. I'll have to post pictures of my bookshelves someday too. So, my follows on Twitter are a lot of authors and book bloggers. I think this is a great way for authors to get out there and make their books known. I think it works. I'm definitely impressionable enough to be roped into their schemes.

Here's the thing, though. Even authors who seem to want to do good for themselves can hurt themselves. I don't expect a follow from everyone I follow. I don't expect an acknowledgement every time I reply to a tweet. I appreciate more when I get one, though. I'm more likely to think favorably of a person who does those things. Because I'm a snob like that too.

However, sometimes just the things a person tweets can turn me off. For example, I started reading a book and put it down because I couldn't get into it. I follow the author on Twitter and I have since decided that his/her tweets are really kinda boring. So it's not likely that I will finish that book.

Sometimes I get the impression, too, that authors are more friendly to bloggers. Which makes sense because they can be a big help to get your book out there. But it's not fair to the rest of us who are out there buying the books, and not getting the ARC's from the publisher or the author directly.

So, I don't know. Maybe it's just me? I mean, it's *just* Twitter. But sometimes, it seems like high school all over again.