Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's Tuesday

I need to be more clever with my titles. I'm just not feeling very creative today. I was going to post a picture, but I don't even feel like doing that.

We had a nasty storm roll through on Sunday night. So far, I think it's just been called straight line winds. Seemed like a tornado to me. But having never experienced a tornado, I'm not really the person to say.

I woke up in the middle of the night. The Farmer was already up, which is unusual since he'll sleep through most anything. He was watching it out the bedroom window. I immediately got up and prepared to go to the basement. I didn't think to grab anything important (like pictures or my MS or even my flash drive). I was poised to grab the kids when he gave the word. There's a big picture window in our living room, and a smallish tree outside the window. I watched from across the room and I kept asking "Do you think we need to go now?" Finally he gave the word and we headed down with the kids. They were more panicked about being woken up, and then the power going out. They weren't really concerned with the weather.

It only lasted 15-20 minutes and it was just a lot of blowing. There's a lot of debris everywhere. Not the destruction like what you see in the pictures from Joplin (trees looking like sticks). We had lots of big limbs down in the yard and some damage to the side of the house. There was a tree down in the road west of our house. In town, it's still crazy. Our power was out for about 18 hours. A lot of places still don't have power. We're under a water conservation and boil order.

I don't have any pictures to post, which is pretty unbelievable since I take pictures of everything. As soon as someone gets back and I can leave for lunch, I'm going to venture out and see what the streets are like.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Picture Post

Had a little getaway last weekend. It was a bachelorette weekend, so some craziness was involved. But it was fun. I didn't get to read at all, but I did get a little writing in. Which brought along with it the "what are you writing?" questions. Sometimes it's fun to tell them. Sometimes it's scary to admit. I didn't get any weird responses. They wanted to know what my story was about and basically said if they were readers, they would read it. Somehow I have managed to surround myself with a bunch of people who don't read. I don't know how this is possible. But people change. I know because my mom never used to be a reader. Now she does it all the time. I'm on the fence about asking her to read what I write. I think she'd like it if I asked her; but I know how she is. Very mom-like and critical. For example, she'll walk into my house and the first thing she'll say is "You need to vacuum the floor." Chances are, I just vacuumed the floor. But...that's my mom.

Now that I've aired that out...yeah...

Happy writing!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Why I'm Glad I'm Not Stephenie Meyer

I came in late to the whole Twilight phenomenon. I put it off because I wasn't a huge fan of vampires (unless Anne Rice wrote them). I thought for sure I would hate it. I hadn't even seen the movie. I hemmed and hawed long enough. And then I saw the first book on sale at Wal-Mart for like $4 or something. I could spend that on a book and not feel too bad if I hated it, so I bought it.

The first book was good. It kept me wanting to read more. It was one of the first ebooks I ever downloaded so I could read it whenever I had a spare moment. There was action and suspense and romance. At that point, you had to love Edward because Jacob was such a minor character.

It took me nearly forever to finish the other three books. After I read Eclipse, I couldn't even remember what happened in New Moon. To me, it was a lot of build up to...NOTHING! Breaking Dawn was a little better, but it took me FOREVER to finish.

This isn't a book review, however. This is a commentary on Stephenie Meyer. Am I the only one who thinks she will milk this Twilight thing until its death? I mean, there are graphic novels and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Twilight and whatever else has been released in addition to the books. Am I the only one who is tired of it already?

The thing is, though, she can do that if she wants to. She doesn't have to write any more books. But don't you think she would want to? I'm not even published and I can't NOT be writing something at all times. But if I were her, I'd be sitting in front of my computer, TERRIFIED. Think of all the pressure she's under to write another book. What if it sucks? (sidenote: the books weren't that great. I came away from them thinking I could write something just as good and it's part of the reason I started to persue the idea of getting published...like it's that easy!) What if no one wants to read it? Or worse, what if it only gets compared to Twilight? So why write anything else?

So while it would be nice to have the readers and the fame and the money and all that, I don't think I could take the pressure. It's hard enough to write for myself, when I know no one else is reading. Imagine if there were millions of people waiting to hear what I had to say next. Scary...