Monthly Archives: April 2010

What’s In It For You?

Recently, I watched a romantic comedy called Hope Springs with Colin Firth and Heather Graham and felt cheated.  It was a cute movie, but it didn’t meet my romantic expectations.  To avoid spoilers I won’t go into detail.

The main reason I like reading romance or watching a movie with romantic elements is to see relationships develop.  I enjoy watching people get together.   This is also one of the  reasons I write stories with romantic elements.

So why do you read romance? Is it the same reason you chose to write it?

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Thursday threesome: Learning to Read

Reading comes before writing (even if the tales exist first in your head). I don’t remember learning to read. I know I was reading in Kindergarten. I have loved words ever since. Here are three things I remember helping me read as a child.

THE ELECTRIC COMPANY

Rita Moreno screaming HEY YOU GUYS was my cue to stop and run to the TV. Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Bill Cosby, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, all the people I would later watch for other reasons did silly skits and taught me things in disco-image aided style.

SESAME STREET

Before Elmo… when Kermit was a reporter and Mr. Snuffleupagus was invisible. Before Mr. Hooper died and Gordon was replaced by the bald guy. I have a strange love of this show that continues today. Grover will always be my favorite.The fact it is still around and more popular than ever says something.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK!

Tell me you just didn’t start singing Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? or I’m just a Bill, Sitting here on Capitol Hill. These Saturday segments were nothing but pure learning set to music and given visual appeal. In College, my professor had us watch, learn and memorize the preamble to the Constitution. He used Schoolhouse Rock to do it. You could nearly hear the musical rhythm when we recited it. I think this one needs to come back, BIG TIME!

These shows help teach me to read and helped make me a writer. Not bad for a bunch of boobtube fodder, huh?

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If Not Now, Then When?

When I heard a spot would be open here, I silenced the little voice in my head screaming “Noooooooooo!” and volunteered — in a matter of minutes.

Normally I would have hemmed and hawed and essentially talked myself in circles until a) I had convinced myself not to bother or b) decided I really wanted it, but then found that someone else had already taken it.  I’m slightly panicked writing this — but you can’t hear me hyperventilating, so it’s all good.

This is the year I become a WRITER.  (and yes, there is a difference between WRITER and writer).  I’ve written, but not finished.  Finished, but not polished.  And don’t get me started on the Calls for Subs I’ve stalked — and yet sent nothing in.  I want this year to be different, I’m forcing it to be, which is all very scary stuff.  But it’s time.  If not now, then when?

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Ode to my Future Agent…

This song is insanely popular so I hear it about a million times a day.  Then suddenly the other day it occurred to me that this song is an ode to my future agent.  Just Haven’t Met You Yet, by Michael Buble, which looks suspiciously like bubble to me.  I would embed the video, but my computer got a virus a few months ago and I haven’t been able to appropriate download anything since then.  Including pictures and videos.  So I’ll just link you, here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJmKkU5POA

In case you live under a rock and you haven’t heard this song, take a listen, it’s cute.   The song is obviously talking about love and not agents.  But here’s what I’m saying.

I’m not surprised, not everything lasts
I’ve broken my heart so many times, I stopped keeping track
Talk myself in, I talk myself out
I get all worked up, then I let myself down

Okay, here’s the first verse.  I say read it like this.  I’m not surprised, not everything lasts.  I’ve been rejected so many times, I stopped keeping track.  Talk myself in, I talk myself out.  I get all worked up, then I let myself down.  How many times have we had this experience?  We say, “this is the agent.  This time, she’s going to like me.” and we get all worked up.  And then we doubt ourselves and then we get worked up again.  Until the rejection comes.

I tried so very hard not to lose it
I came up with a million excuses
I thought, I thought of every possibility

Now read this one like this.  Obviously, I tried so very hard not to lose it I came up with a million excuses, well to me that’s how I feel about the whole process right.  Maybe a million excuses of why they aren’t interested lol.

And I know someday that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And I promise you, kid, that I give so much more than I get
I just haven’t met you yet

Here’s where we have a shot of enthusiasm for the future potential of our relationships with our agents we just haven’t signed with yet.  You’ll make me work, so we can work to work it out.

I might have to wait, I’ll never give up
I guess it’s half timing, and the other half’s luck
Wherever you are, whenever it’s right
You’ll come out of nowhere and into my life

I might have to wait, I’ll never give up.  I guess it’s half timing, and the other half’s luck.  Could there be more appropriate phrasing to describe the publishing game?  For the purposes of this blog, I’m saying there’s not.

And I know that we can be so amazing
And, baby, your love is gonna change me
And now I can see every possibility

And I know that together we can be so amazing and I’ll be just like Nora and Stephanie Meyer someday and people will make action figures of my characters and you’ll take a chunk of every dollar.  And, agent, your representation is gonna change me.  I’ll see every possibility…for international and film rights.

I’m telling you.  This is a perfect ode to an agent.  Forget love Michael Buble.  Let’s talk multibook deals.

AJ

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This Is Your Song

Most people hear Eye of the Tiger by Survivor and think Rocky Balboa.  Me, I think of my classmate, Tricia.  She danced to this song during the 6th grade talent show.  I can still see her, a scarf tied around her head like a bandage with the ends falling over one ear and doing her best to move to the beat of the song.

So for me, Eye of the Tiger will always conjure up this memory of  Tricia.

What  song  makes you think of your character when you hear it?

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Thursday Threesome- Sweets!

Three weird home made candies no one around here has heard of but that I grew up on!

BUCKEYES


POTATO CANDY

Puppy Chow

Only we add peanuts and pretzel sticks to this, too.



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Character CPR

I’m taking a CPR class today so I thought it would be fun to do an acronym like thing.  Using the letters C, P, and R, describe your main characters.  You can use words and/or phrases.

Here’s mine for my UF:

Heroine:

Chaste

Prefers negotiating to physical fights

Reserved

Hero:

Conflicted about his duty

Powerful

Rebel

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