Thursday, November 27, 2008

Raw Turkey


We brined the turkey. Above it's being prepped in brine--giving anybody any plot ideas for horror or mystery stories?! What did you think that was when you first saw it? Did anybody else brine their turkey? (Those of my readers who celebrate Thanksgiving--or anybody who's cooked a turkey.)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Awards and Tagged!

Dave of Pics and Poems has kindly given me the four awards you see to the left (after my favorite blogs and the little google ad). Thank you, Dave!

Part of receiving awards is of course passing on the honor. So here are a few of the blogs that I truly enjoy reading and often receive a lot of thought-provoking knowledge from:

There are more, of course, but I tried to pick the blogs that I check, often daily (if I have the time and am not doing NaNoWriMo) because I want to catch every entry. And blogs that are very, very different one from the other, as well. The other blogs listed on the left are also excellent!

So check 'em out for some great reading...

Next post, I got tagged, too!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Divided Mind

NaNoWriMo's been going on for over a week. What I've learned, so far, is:

My, but our minds are sneaky, unconscious little devils. Amazing how they can divide into conscious and subconscious and even unconscious compartments. The editor lurks, ready to spring on the unsuspecting, trying-to-just-write writer with, "Slow down or better yet, stop. Because this isn't working, not really. Oh no, that plot won't work, better go back to the drawing board and start over. Better rewrite the last scene before you try a new scene. You'd better--"

Well, you get the idea.

One of my solutions? To realize that the editor is only trying to help. The editor has a job and just doesn't know when to do it. So I'm gentle with said editor and say, "That may all be true, but right now I'm writing rough draft. You'll work later." If the editor continues, I get firmer and more specific, "Hush up until I finish this page, chapter, whatever."

Okay, so I'm talking to myself.

What do you do to turn off the editor? How do the edit demons sneak up on you?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Off topic and on a soapbox

Tomorrow is Election Day in the U.S.

It was only 89 years ago that women got the right to vote. I knew a woman (she died at a 100 years old) who marched for the right to vote and ended up jailed for 4 days. They arrested her and others on the Friday they marched, then didn't arraign them until late Monday and put all the women in the worst, filthiest part of the jail. My friend, 19 at the time and wearing a brand new outfit, spent the weekend standing up, too horrified to sit or eat or sleep.

She voted in every election she could, no matter how small. She never believed that people didn't bother to vote. She couldn't imagine it.

Voting is a privilege. I don't care what political party you belong to or who you vote for, just please, please, please


The thunk you hear is Conda stepping down off her soapbox.