Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cold

The temperature really dropped severely. I may have to turn the heat on today.

Poor Tessa! She’s losing some of her baby teeth, and one of her kibbles got caught in a loose tooth yesterday. She was very uncomfortable, and it was quite the adventure getting the food off without hurting her — the tooth is loose, but not loose enough to come out yet. She recovered pretty quickly, though.

Ran errands, including getting in some decorations for the house for fall. I don’t think I can do my skeletons-playing-poker display this October, because the posing skeletons that can withstand outdoor weather are out of my budget this year. So I have to come up with something else! Bought each cat a new toy and handed them out, so there wouldn’t be any jealousy, but, of course, everyone wanted someone else’s toy! Even though they were all the same, just different colors.

Spent most of the day catching up with students. Most of the work is very good. Unfortunately, sometimes, even when it’s good, it’s not always relevant to the exercise. If the workshop focuses on dialogue, and the exercise requires that you communicate specific information through interaction and dialogue, why would you post an entire exercise that’s only narration and internal monologue? If I ask for one scene with a specific purpose, why are you also posting the scenes leading up to it? If I’ve sent something back multiple times to fix paragraph structure, and you have both STRUNK & WHITE and the lectures detailing how to correctly structure paragraphs with dialogue, why are you still posting with the same mistakes?

Fortunately, that’s the minority, and the stuff that’s good is REALLY good. Even a lot of the stuff that doesn’t fit the exercises is really good — but it still doesn’t fit the purpose of why we’re here, and it gets sent back for revision!

What’s exciting about all this is that there are a lot of great storytellers out there, and that’s good for the industry — not just so publishers can make money, but so readers have many choices of well-written, intriguing pieces.

Speaking of which, I ordered some books, including the new Terry Pratchett and the new Sharon Shinn, which starts a new series from her. They should arrive the first week of October — can’t wait!

It didn’t rain yesterday after all, which means I could have mowed some more, but didn’t. So I guess I’ll have to make up for it today! I also have to go to two different libraries to pick up books I put on hold for the Harpy book.

The prep for this book is going well. I’ll be well prepared to start writing on October 1, and it will be hard not to begin before then.


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  1. I may have an alternative idea for you. I’ll send you a photo once I find it.

    Sometimes they make the mistakes thinking it’s their “style.” Well, having a style is fine, but it has to be a structurally correct style. Only a handful of famous writers have gotten away with styles that are otherwise.

    • Yeah, or they use the old excuse, “The muse took me there.” The Muse can take you anywhere you and she want, but the reader won’t go along unless it’s coherent! 😉

  2. Some people just don’t like to be told what to do, even when they say they do! 😉 Hopefully you don’t have many of those.

    Have a lovely, cool weekend!

  3. I decorate my storm door with a paper skeleton in Tree Pose, maybe you can find some paper ones for your windows?
    I learn so much about writing from reading your blog posts!

    I hope the cool weather warms enough not to need the heater for a bit.
    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

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