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Oh the times…

… they are a’changin’. For the good, of course!

I’m heading into my third day of timeliness for clinicals (power of positive thinking, peeps!) and it’s going, well, just peachy. I keep forgetting little things, but as one of the nurses said in response to that lament, I’ll always feel like (I do) that.

Second, I won a little ole writing contest sponsored by the lovely Regan Leigh. Tied for first, really, but hey! I won! Woohoo! It was fun and the judge’s comment about my piece was fun and enlightening to read. Now if only I could get back into my novel… *sighs, looking longingly out the window

Thirdly, I have been losing weight like a CHAMP, I tell you. Floating like a little less of an elephant these days, I am. And if things keep going this well – man, I don’t know what I’ll do with my skinny ole self. But I’m sure I’ll find something. 😉

Alrightee then… so more fun stuff to come soon. No, really, I’m serious this time.

Don’t look at me like that, I can do it.

YES, I CAN. And I WILL.

So there.

Stay tuned for more bloggy goodness from yours truly.

Peace and hair grease

~h

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One + one + two = three

It is essential for every writer with the thought of publishing to have a pitch. Gotta have a pitch. Gotta have that catchy, interesting hook to draw someone into your story before they ever actually read it. But you need more than one pitch – you need three: the one sentence, the one paragraph and the two paragraph.

The one sentence is your ‘Hi! I see you’re heading into the bathroom, and it looks urgent, so this will only take a second’ pitch. Okay, so you hopefully won’t ever go to those lengths. Unless, of course, you want some publisher/editor/agent going all primal monkey and flinging poo on you. You get the idea, right? Your one sentence must sum up the basic plot of your story, include the main character at least and hopefully be unique. Stay away from cliches, stay away from vague, hazy wording and get right to the nitty gritty. Make it shine, though.

The one paragraph pitch is basically your one sentence plus a little more info. A little more about the story, maybe the characters, and still pretty to the point. Add key elements you couldn’t use in the one sentence to spice it up. Keep it lively. Show the reader why they should spend their precious time on your story instead of the other hundreds and thousands of stories just waiting to be heard.

Finally, the two paragraph pitch. It’s the one sentence plus the one paragraph plus any other goodies you think will see your story. Those goodies should actually be in your story, of course. Think of the dust cover summary. That’s the basic idea, more or less.

Here’s a really good resource on all three of these pitches. An amazing guy who just so happens to be a literary agent and out there in the blogging world with all of us aspiring writers, Nathan Bransford.

And now, the point of this page – other than to inform and enlighten, of course – is to lay out the pitches for “Life Sucks”. They are works in progress, of course. So in progress, in fact, that I’ll have to edit this later to include them. A few things in my story have changed so I need to go back and tweak them.

But enjoy this blog anyway, won’t you? And be sure to check out Nathan’s web page for great info on all things writing and getting published.

Later gators.

~h

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Oh, procrastination

I’ve been so wrapped up in this new blog of mine that I have conveniently neglected my novel. Imagine that!

Today I must make a pact. I must keep plugging away. Who cares if I’ve got more story than you can fit it one manuscript, right? Who cares if there are unanswered questions here and there. Right?

Okay, so here’s the deal. 500 words a day.
That’s all. Simple, right? And if i surpass it, so much the better.

Ready?
Set?
GO!

~h

UPDATE: okay, as of this moment – 381 words. figured almost 500 is better than none at all? ah well, tomorrow is another day.

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A new plan

So I’ve decided that I should have some rhyme or reason to this here blog.

I think I’ll plan it out. (gasp! what’s this? not you!) Yes, me.

Starting tomorrow – a procrastinator’s work is never done today – I’ll have a theme. Or something. Maybe I’ll discuss books. Maybe I’ll talk about book-type things. Maybe I’ll talk about news. Maybe I’ll talk about Hollywood, or movies, or tv, or the Dalai Lama… who knows. Anyway, that’s what’s to come.

In the meantime, I’m off to auditions again today. Yesterday was cut a little short because my poor little muffin, my fearless five year old, broke his arm jumping off the monkey bars. “It feels like my bones are twisting!” – his wounded cry. Luckily, the people in the ER were very speedy, and we got processed and back and x-rayed lickety split. Waiting on the ER doc took awhile, but they came back with an IV kit and meds to help give him some relief. Let me tell ya, he took that IV better than many adults I’ve borne personal witness to! An hour or so later, the ortho doc came and they did conscious sedation and set his arm right there in the ER. Took a little bit to wake him up, but that’s probably because it took a little bit to put him under. My little toughie!

So today he’s basically miserable. Last night he said, about the cast, “This just isn’t working for me.” And today he’s very sad because it’s clunky and heavy and he can’t play the wii very well. The saddest little hurt eyes you’ve ever seen. 😦

So here’s to my little baby, my little boy – prayers for a speedy recovery and higher spirits. You won’t miss all the fun stuff of summer, I promise!

~h

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Now I sit me in my chair

So thankful for this evening air! 

I love sitting outside on my computer.  I only wish I was more productive while doing it.  But now I’m even more frustrated with my story. 

I was going over my story with my friend and I got completely overwhelmed.  There’s just so much there!  How in the world can I get it all squared away and pick and choose what to include?  I’m feeling a little defeated right now. 

Help!

~h

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What’s new, you ask?

Well, not tons.  I’m heading to auditions for the local summer theater today, in a little bit actually.  Haven’t been able to do it for over five years.  It’ll be nice to get back into it.  If they cast me in something other than the chorus, that is.  Sorry, greek play, but I’ve got a little too much on my plate to be stuck in the chorus.  We’ve had fun in the past, sure, but now – well, I just don’t think we’re a good fit anymore.  It’s not you, it’s me, I promise. 

I digress.  But really, that’s it for me and mine on this fine saturday.  But for my wip – there are new posts/pages afoot!  Be sure to check out Kate, Nathan and Wyatt’s first diary entries!   There will be more to come story-wise, too.  Check back soon for more detail on the story itself and watch it unfold through the eyes of the three main characters.  Who knows, another character or two may also make an appearance.  And if you like what you read, let me know!  Keep a gal’s hope alive and all.  And let me know what else you’d like to see and I’ll my best to oblige.

In the meantime, I’ll try to break a figurative leg and enjoy this beautiful day.

~h

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Why is it that…

…whenever my fingers rest purposefully on the keyboard my brain just seems to shut down?

I swear, I have every intention of working on my story. Really, I do. Heck, I even have ideas and stuff. Directions to go, conflicts to introduce, plights to plot. Yet with my computer sitting faithfully on my lap – nothing.

Anyone have any good ideas on how to keep myself on target and pound out these captive words?

Anyone?

Bueller?

*crickets

~h

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