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So, since I don’t have regular access to a computer and all and my posts have become sporadic, I’ve decided to make light of the situation by taking on a 30 day song challenge. Each day I will be posting a different song that represents that question for that specific day. Please feel free to respond with your answers with links or comments in the comment section of my blog. This seems like an awesome way to really get to know each other.

On that note, the first question is What is your favorite song?

I have many favorite songs, so this question is almost  impossible  for me to answer, but nevertheless I did choose only one  of my many favorites. Of course it’s a classic. 🙂

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So today I found out that my laptop is officially done. The mother-borg is apparently fried so the computer guy can’t do anything to save it. Biggest sad face ever. 😦 What does that mean? Well, everything from all my stories (including the one I’ve been working on for over a year) to all of my videos and pictures are on that computer. And, being the smart and perfect person I am, who does know better, but doesn’t always do what she should, didn’t have a back up…of any of it. So imagine the heart-sinking feeling that ensued once I heard the devastating news. All of my memories, all of my hard work just gone. I wanted to cry, but am too embarrassed to do that in front of a stranger…or anyone for that matter. Crying is more of a lone activity for me.

Anyway, the computer guy, probably sensing my forlorn, then announces that as long as the hard-drive isn’t fried too, he can save all of my data. So, if I’m lucky, I haven’t just lost over a year of my life, and I’ve learned a hard lesson. Now, I’m going to price flash-drives and invest in disks, because I decided I never want to go through something like this again.

Now, I’m off to find my pencil…literally. Everything has to be handwritten now, that is until I get another computer–and maybe even then. You know, just in case. 😉

 

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As Monday begins to wind down, and I try to pound out as many words as I can, I thought it would be nice for everybody to stop what their doing for three minutes and laugh. 🙂

 

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Okay, so I haven’t written anything for awhile and I said I wouldn’t until I took my certification test….but I can’t stay away from writing too long. 🙂 I even have the first chapter of my MS up and am thinking about revising. But we’ll just keep that little secret between you and me. Wink Wink.

What I want to discuss today are pick-up lines.  Weird topic, I know, but a fun one at least. Over my life, I’ve heard my share of pick-up lines.  Some simple and cliche “You’re beautiful” to the less appealing but interesting “Can you go across the street and buy me a lottery ticket? ‘Cause girl, you look lucky.” I’m sad to say the last one came from the security guard at the bank.  Talk about uncomfortable.  I’ve even had the experience of waiting to cross the parking lot when a car stops and the man driving leans out the window and says “Walk. Slowly.” Yeah, the epitome of class right there.

The most romantic “pick-up” line I’ve ever heard, which isn’t really a pick-up line since it came from an ex-boyfriend, was “At first glance you’re cute. But you become more beautiful with every look.”  I smiled for weeks after.

So why is this important and how does it relate to writing?  Each pick-up line gives the reader an idea about the person without having to mention anything else. Culture, views on women/men, personality etc. can be shown through something as innocuous as the way you’re characters pick-up their mates and their responses to being picked up.

I.E., the security guard at the bank made me feel awkward which was reflected in my nervous smile, knotted stomach and blushing cheeks.  I wasn’t prepared to be hit on at the bank. The man who stopped his car and commanded I walk slowly in front of him pissed me off.  I walked away rolling my eyes with my middle finger in the air.  And my boyfriend who told me I become more beautiful every time he looks at me caused me to smile shyly even though we had been dating over a year.

So now I want to know, how would you’re MC pick-up someone?  Would he/she use a sleezy line? Do they use over-confidence to hide their insecurity? Or are they a romantic at heart?

My MC would probably subtly stalk a girl for a few days, before deciding whether he truly interested or not. But when he did finally get the courage to speak to her, he would start with a question or comment on what she’s doing.  He is a romantic, but he’s also deeply guarded realist.  So he won’t try to be something he’s not.

So now that I’ve broken my now writing until after I get my certification, I’m off to dust off my pencil.  My MS is calling me from its minimized space on the screen. 🙂

 

 

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So with the new year gone, and all the excitement of the holidays over, I’ve had a lot of down time.  I’ve picked up old hobbies that were left behind in the manic months of November and December and let other once loved past times slip away.  I’ve also noticed a new role or two 🙂 While I will miss some of the old hobbies I enjoyed last year, some of them had to go simply because of time.  I don’t have enough time to blog, write, work full-time, dance and try to illustrate a children’s book while maintaining family ties without letting a few things go along the way.  Last year, the thing I sacrificed was exercise.  Something I enjoy immensely, but let fall to the way side.  So in order to reclaim that love I’ve lost, I’ll have to sacrifice something else in return, like time with my boyfriend or I’ll have to cut back on my blogging.  Regardless, something has to change.

Change.  It’s something we all hear about when writing our character’s but what does it mean? And how does it come about?  Honestly, true change doesn’t occur without some sacrifice.  Even if the only thing your character gains in return is wisdom, he/she still has to give something up.  According to William Blake and his great works of poetry, in order to gain experience one has to give up innocence.  A person cannot have both.

And this is why there can be satisfaction at the end of a story where is seems nothing has changed.  Your character can still hold onto the same beliefs and ideals they had in the beginning, but the experiences the main character has must show how those ideals and beliefs are tested and strengthened through experience. That’s the trick. In the end all characters lose some of their innocence.  If your character’s views and beliefs haven’t been challenged, if the experiences do not leave him a little a wiser or changed in some way, why are you writing? Even in fantasy Character Change is the one thing that stays consistent.  At the end of A Christmas Carole, Scrooge could have remained a grumpy, bitter old man, but through experience he would have more reason to remain so. If this had happened, the message of the author would be changed. It maybe a warning that too much experience can wipe out hope. Or people need to hold onto their innocence in a world where experience provides wisdom, but robs all hope.  Either way, change still remains.

So tell me, what does your character have to sacrifice in the name of change?

My MC must give up his status, his home and the love of his life, in order to save everything.

Oh and don’t forget to check out my other blog over at Elisa J’s Place.

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Sorry I’ve been missing in action, but in early December I lost my internet for two weeks and when I finally got a new router my computer went down. So I’m still waiting on my computer to be fixed, but I wanted to let you know I didn’t quite blogging completely. When my computer is fixed I’ll be back to my regular schedule.

And a special apology to Kristen Lamb, I was to send interview questions to her, but my router quit on me before I could get them to her. So I’m sorry and when I get everything fixed maybe we could try again.

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It’s another Monday, which means it’s time for me to post whatever I feel like posting.  Yay! Wait. Why don’t I hear any cheers for that? Okay okay, it’s time for me to post whatever I feel like posting about writing; although you’re missing out some pretty cool boy bands I planned on sharing today.

Now, continuing with last weeks topic, Writer’s Block, I wanted to share an exercise I did in order to “fight” it.  I actually wrote a poem, using nothing but words describing sounds. And I told a whole story this way. Here it is:

Writer’s Block

Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Drip, drip, drip.   Grrrr.  Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Turn.  Drip, dri-.  Aaah.  Thump, thump, thump.  Screech.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Tap, tap, tap.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Grrrr.   Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.  Whoosh.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Woo, woo, woo.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Woo, woo, woo.  Grrrr.   Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Woo, woo, woo.  Slam.  Wo-.  Aaah.  Thump, thump, thump.  Screech.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Grrr.  Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.  Whoosh.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Shhh, shhh, shhh.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Shhh, shhh, shhh.  Grrr.  Sigh.  Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Click.  SHHH, SHHH, SHHH.  Burr.  Shut.  Thump, thump, thump.  Zzzzz.  zzzzz.  zzzzz.  Zzzzz.  zzzzz.  zzzzz.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Zzzzz, zzzz, zzzz.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Snort.  Awwwe.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Hmmm.  Thump, thump, thump.  Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.  Thump, thump, thump.  Click.  CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.  Shut.  Hmmm.  Thump, thump, thump.  Aaah.  Hmmm.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Aaah.

What are your strategies for fighting writer’s block? Let me know in the comments below, while I search the floor for my pencil.  I seemed to have dropped it.

 

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