Saturday, March 31, 2012

Current count

136 pages / 43,562 words

Sensual Writing

Stephanie Meyer managed to create tons of sexual tension while keeping her characters chaste, but I'm feeling quite stupid as I try to write a scene that involves two people dancing closely. Cliche, cliche, cliche! I'm hideously embarrassed and can already see that this will involve tons of rewriting. Dear readers, do you have any examples of sensual, non-explicit writing that I can learn from?

Currently Reading

Fiction: Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

I might not be able to finish this one, even though I'm intrigued, just like I couldn't finish Child 44. Brutality against children is too difficult. I will never be able to read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, no matter how excellent the reviews.

Marines vs. Romans

This is a truly phenomenal story about how a guy with a big imagination went from being a complete unknown to internet superstar to being contacted about writing a big budget Hollywood screenplay in the space of a day! Congratulations to James Erwin.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Tao of Po

It appears I'm on a Po Bronson kick because I'm enjoying the stories in What Should I do With My Life and I've already stopped telling my toddler how smart he is (read Nurture Shock to find out why). The story that hit closest to home was the one about the guy who just needed to be around other writers, which is my entire reason for wanting to get an MFA. I need the support and encouragement of other people who have similar goals because this writing schtick is lonely. I need a group to talk shop with. That guy, by the way, was Po Bronson. Po gets it. Maybe I  just like saying Po because it reminds me of Medea saying po-po.

Po (tee hee I said it again) has got a great list of books he recommends. His blurbs make me want to run out and read them. If you're looking for something to read, try this list:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Current count

I'm disturbed to discover that since February 18th, I've only written 26 pages. I've reached a point where the initial excitement has faded and now I'm a little unsure of what to fill the middle part with. I already know the ending, but I have to write at least another hundred pages to get there. There is a multitude of possibilities and I'm having difficulty in deciding what the chararacters will do in the meantime. Speak, inspiration!

126 pages / 40,490 words

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

I'm back!

My two readers are probably wondering where I've been. Actually, they already know so this blog post is for the benefit of all of my assumed future readers...

My laptop was in the hospital having surgery thanks to a well-aimed toddler fist. The laptop is recovering safely at home and out of the reach of children. Blogging will now recommence.

In the interim, I managed to get down a little more of my story in the same manner as my ancestors: using a pen and a spiral notebook. Transferring it to a typed format will be difficult since it will mean deciphering strange and illegible scrawls.