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|Thursday, November 26th, 2015|
For those of you who celebrate, Happy American Thanksgiving!
We're getting ready to go to family dinner over at an aunt's house. It's a huge affair; 35 or 40 people are expected. It's a giant party. Here are some thoughts on pacing yourself for a large holiday meal:
- Fruit is your friend. Avoid excess candy, since dinner is coming.
- Dogs are great disposals. Our's is named Daisy and she's a new addition to the family. Daisy likes eggs. And kielbasi. And croisants.
- Dogs get fat from eating too much human food.
- So do humans. ~grin~
- Adults don't understand teenagers, according to my oldest nephew.
And that's all for today. What's your best tip for pacing yourself?
|Monday, November 2nd, 2015|
|Thursday, October 22nd, 2015|
Fast Drafting, The Inner Critic, and NaNo - Or, Why I Keep Writing Like Mad
Do you NaNo? People that do, look at me with mild panic right about now because NOVEMBER 1ST IS IN TEN DAYS. People that don't have this expression of mild pity, as though I were mad.
I don't have the heart to tell them, I am
mad. (We're all mad here?)So. What the heck is NaNo and why should we care?Every year in the month of November, it's National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The founders describe it as "a month of literary abandon." The objective is simple: Between November 1st at midnight to November 30th at eleven-fifty-nine on the clock, local time, write fifty thousand words. 50,000. 50k. FIFTY THOUSAND. Fiiiiiifffffty thousand. Fi'ty thou'.Fifty Thousand Words. In the month of November.Why?
Here's why: those of us who want to be writers, who want to write novels, do a lot of dreaming, talking, wishing, visioning, noodling, and trying. We might have a draft stashed in a drawer somewhere, or languishing on a hard drive. In the cloud. In our heads. (That's even worse, because then we carry it around with us where it can mock us. Daily. Everywhere. Even in line at Starbucks.) (Especially in line at Starbucks.) So Chris Baty, the founder of NaNo, decided to egg a bunch of his friends on to put their keyboards where their mouths were, and write a draft of a novel. The catch?Do it in 30 days.What he, and they, and now we Wrimos, have discovered is this: when you write that fast, you evade the internal censor. The inner critic. You know, that voice of your parent/fifth grade grammar teacher/friends/the guy in the line at Starbucks, all of whom say, "You're writing a novel?" and then proceed to tell you all the reasons why it won't work: it's already been done; there are only seven plots, so there's no point because all the stories have been told already; you can't write because you're an _____; you flunked English class, who are you to think you're Hemingway; etc. etc. ad nauseum infinitum.Do it anyway.If I've learned anything doing NaNo, it's this: when you're so busy writing, every day, to hit your word count, (which if you divide 50,000 by 30 is 1,667 words a day), you don't have time to listen to the dude in the line at Starbucks, or your grammar teacher, or anybody but the blessed voice of your novel. Your critic will jump up and down in your mind, trying to tell you that you're a fool, but what the hell - throw him in the novel too! (Then kill him in various and inventive ways, on paper. Much cheaper than hiring a lawyer to keep yourself out of Sing Sing.)
At the end of November, you will find that you have something that never existed before: the first draft of YOUR novel. You have become, young padawan, a novelist.And that, Dear Reader, is why I NaNo. What about you?Find me at NaNo:A. Catherine Noon
2nd Year Municipal Liaison
Chicago Region (If you're near the Chicagoland, join us for our Kick-Off Party this Sunday, 10/25/2015, at Geek Bar!)
6 attemps | 4 wins
On NaNo as: a.catherine.noon
National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo | ChiWriMo | Blog | Facebook | Twitter--
Current Mood: excited “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”- E.E. Cummings
The Persis Chronicles:
Book 2, EMERALD KEEP (NaNo 2012)
Book 3, SAPPHIRE DREAM, coming 2016 (NaNo 2010)
Other Fun Stuff:
|Wednesday, October 21st, 2015|
Blog Post for Author Amanda Clay- New Release- Tearing Us Apart
Something Amanda Clay wanted you to read and know:
I've never been very good at keeping a diary (just like I'm terrible at
tweeting and NEVER update my blog). I have tried in the past, and have a
shelf of half-full blank books from various eras in my life. I go back and
look at them sometimes and the number one thing I take away is how much I
wish I'd been better at keeping a diary. I think it's easy to remember the
big moments, like moving cities after my parents' divorce, but so easy to
forget the small ones, like the series of dreams about going on tour with
Duran Duran that I apparently had in the autumn of '84. My favorite thing
about re-reading my high school diary, though, is watching myself come out.
April 26, 1983: Got new posters today, Culture Club, one of just Boy
George and a square record store promotional card thingy for Let's Dance.
David Bowie is so gorgeous. But I love Boy George and always will. I hung
the poster right by my pillow so I can see it when I sleep. I hung up my
Rocky Horror poster too. It's funny, but all the boys I like look like
Dear Teen Amanda: GET A CLUE
But no, not yet.
September 9, 1983: Found out something today. Danny and Darrin from my
Drama class are gay. They told me when they were talking about a guy,
Tommy, that I don't know. I'm perfectly ok with this. It's just
interesting. I'm honored they told me. I'm glad I know some gay people.
Dear Teen Amanda: Oh just you wait.
October 12, 1983: I got to be partners with Amber in drama class. She is
so talented, I've never met anyone who's as good as she is. And she has
these amazing dark eyes and can cry on cue. She's a Senior and is going to
drama school when she graduates. I know she's going to end up in the
movies. It was so wonderful to get to work with her.
Dear Teen Amanda: Getting warmer!!
Nov 1983-February 1984: All Amber all the time. She's talented and has
beautiful eyes. Really talented. Really beautiful. Did I mention her eyes?
March 3, 1984: I had the weirdest thought. I think I have a crush on Amber.
Dear Teen Amanda: DING DING DING DING! We have a winner!
Amber never knew of my love, and it would be a while before I could
actually call myself a lesbian, but I got there eventually. That kind of
young, awakening knowledge and love is such a magical time and place in a
person's life experience. I think that's why I like to write YA. There's
every kind of promise at that moment, every kind of opportunity.
The boys in "Tearing Us Apart" are in different places in this
awakening, and I really loved trying to bridge the gap between them, bring
them together to learn from each other and be together. It's not easy, any
of it, but it's almost always worthwhile.
That's what I was going for, anyway. You can let me know if I made it.
|Sunday, October 4th, 2015|
|Friday, September 25th, 2015|
Leavin', on a Jet Plane... la la la....
Current Mood: excited
It's now officially Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; Spring in the Southern. In both places, the days and nights are of approximately equal length. Something else that happens at the end of September is a small writers retreat. I'm at the airport now, waiting for my flight. There are a surprising number of crying infants and one lady actually brought her small, and yapping, dog.
Thank the powers for noise-canceling earphones and Pandora, is all I'm sayin'.
Boria, the large, white fluff ball in the picture, always prowls around the house when I pack for a trip as though I'm seriously messing with his chi. He'll do things like get in my suitcase and curl up on my clean clothes, trip me as I try to walk between the dining room and the office, or stand in front of his (full) food dishes and sing the Song of His People. At the top of his lungs.
And a twenty pound cat has a lot of lungs.
This year, we're going to a mountain resort in Utah about an hour outside of Salt Lake. I'm excited. We won't have wifi in the rooms, even; just in the main lodge area. We're not a hundred percent sure we'll have cell phone coverage. Three days of silence.
I can't wait.
What about you, Dear Reader? What sounds like a great way to spend a weekend? Tell me in the comments; I'd love to know.
|Monday, September 7th, 2015|
|Friday, August 14th, 2015|
|Sunday, August 9th, 2015|
|Thursday, August 6th, 2015|
Another late appearance - why do ARe always have flashsales on the 6th of the month? And put dragon shifter books in the advert? I'm having a shifter mood at the moment. It'd been a while since I read any shifter stories and then I picked one up in a sale and I'm hooked again.
It looks like LJ is going to be awkward and have some maintenance in an hour or so - if I got my time zones right. So you'll just get one post today, which actually has more to do with me getting up in the middle of the night to go into work early today.
In just over a month I'll be on my way to Bristol for the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet - a weekend of fun and nattering. This year I'm on a panel about humour in writing as well as reprising my 'questions for inspiration' topic that I did in Manchester for a smaller audience. The questions one is sorted, but my panel isn't, so I thought I'd ask for some help.
Can you suggest any books with humourous blurbs? Or just books that have made you laugh? I've got a few of my own, but only what I've read which is a drop in the ocean. So if you have any suggestions I'd be very grateful - genre or mainstream or whatever.
Humour and romance are often difficult to fit together, but when done well it is a fantastic combination. I happen to think that a seasoning of humour improves any genre. Do you enjoy humour in your romance or do you prefer a more serious approach to the big topic of true love?
I'm toddling off to bed shortly, so I'll catch up with you tomorrow when LJ has recovered.
|Thursday, July 23rd, 2015|
Itteh Bitteh Clouded Leopard Committeh
My husband and I are on vacation this week in Seattle. We visited the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
in Tacoma and they have four baby clouded leopards! This is very important, since there are only about 400 left in the world at all. 404, I suppose, huh?
I took several pictures, but they're all the same. Like housecat kittens, they slept. The one on the top left rolled and put his head on his sibling's, which is why I picked this shot. I want to love them, and squeeze them, and call them George.
Catching. You're Doing It Wrong.
This gorgeous specimen is being given his din din by a handler. They toss him meat six days a week, partly to help train him to go up on the rock when asked, and other stuff like that. He got beaned in the kisser by this one, and you can see the lump on the ground to the left (his right). C'mon, dude. You're the top of the food chain. Act like it. (In his defense, he's a) young, and b) new to the zoo.)
Camouflage. You're Doing It Right.
This picture has a red wolf in it. Can you see him?
And now, I must toddle off to get some sleep. Vacation is wearing me out! But first, tell me: what are you up to this week?
-- Current Mood: relaxed “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”- E.E. Cummings
The Persis Chronicles:
|Monday, July 6th, 2015|
Time for bed
I'm going to toddle off to bed now - 5am comes around much too quickly.
See you in July.
As I was on a nostalgia kick last month I should have posted this back then. This is part of my very first hosting day here at the TQ LJ on 4th May 2009. As I'm in a silly mood today this fits rather well. If you haven't met the Ninja Pirate Ballet Company read on.( Collapse )( Collapse )
Warning: There is more where that came from! Questions and comments will be punished with more writing – because I do have an explanation for most of it!( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )
Do you remember learning to read? Did you get given books with large writing, short sentences and big pictures? Think back to those first reading books and use your imagination to make the pictures more detailed and full colour.
This is Kat.
Kat is happy.
This is Matt.
Matt is happy.
Kat likes Matt.
. :) . . (:
. /\ . . /\
Matt likes Kat too.
Kat sits on Matt.
(imagine your own pictures from here!)
Matt is very happy.
Kat is very happy.
(Shame the automatic smiley faces didn't copy across)