Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Grandmother

Every February 28, I think of my grandmother. She's the only grandmother I ever met and she was a humdinger. In her 60s she would go hiking with us grandkids and we would tramp all over the mountain on her farm. I remember her taking me to where the spring that ran through their property came out of the mountain. I've never drank such clean, cold water since.

The view was beautiful from the huge rock that jutted close to the top. My favorite thing was reaching that top. My grandfather planted corn in the field up there. After walking along a path with trees shading the way, dark and cool, to emerge in the field with tall, green stalks waving in the middle with the sun shining down, it was a beautiful sight. Maybe a little bit of a miracle.

Happy 115th Birthday!

Love, Carla

Sunday, February 27, 2011

What's happening?

I've gotten two manuscripts off to three editors. Let's see what happens next. I have a book to finish in case one editor asks for a full.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Quote For The Day

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
Helen Keller

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Writing Men

I like writing because it’s as close as I can get to bossing all the men around in my little world. Of course, occasionally they stage a coup and do what they want, but I usually get them in line pretty quick and have them apologizing on their knees to their women.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

True Love

I don’t believe I ever felt truly loved until I had children. Nothing better.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What's Been Happening?

I wish I could say something wonderful has happened to cause me to be absent from my blog. But there hasn't. At least, nothing bad has happened either. Just been concentrating on writing though I feel as if I'm running in water. Slow. Awfully slow.

It's the usual dilemna I face every year. I have no one to write for but me. Published authors all the time say this is a wonderful time. No pressure to finish something certain in a limited time. But it makes it hard to concentrate on one project. I'm one of those people who enjoys boundaries.

Of course, you're thinking, but how can she write by the seat of her pants if she feels that way. Well, it like this. All my stories have happy endings. So I know where I'm going in that regards. Only I like to write contemporaries, historicals and paranormals. If I sold a story, I would then know the type of story I needed to concentrate on. See. My usual dilemna.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Same Song Different Verse

The other day I received some comments on a contest I finaled in. Here's a couple comments.

You write WELL. I can see Olivia breaking down the gun, see her in her black silk outfit trying to be cool on the plane, sizing Joe up, offering him a particular smile…

I’m caught and reeled in. I’d enjoy reading the rest to see how you worked out the conflicts and got the two on the same side and into each other’s hearts.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quote Of The Day

There are only really a few stories to tell in the end, and betrayal and the failure of love is one of those good stories to tell.
Sean Lennon

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Comment Worth Repeating

In response to a post by Lynn Raye Harris, author of several Harlequin Presents books, click here to read it, I commented how hard it is to be a published author. Her post is certainly a good one for all want-a-be authors out there.

I'm looking forward to the harder part.

The day job I'm in now, I thought I was nuts applying for it. It appeared harder than the one I had before. And it was. For three years I wanted to quit. I cried so much, let's say I even embarrassed myself a couple times. Then finally something happened. I realized I needed to quit worrying about it and just do it. I won't say it's easier, but at the end of a 13 million dollar job that went smoothly, I feel I've accomplished something. It gave me confidence that poured over into my dream. I finally thought if I can do this day job, who can dare tell me I can't get published.

Though it has been more than three years of trying, I know it will happen and I look forward to the scary parts. It'll make me a better person and a better writer.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Traveling From Home

Thursday morning, I decided to take pictures along the way to work. We had snow (again), though thankfully not much. A few of the photos are blurred, but that's understandable. Right? The traffic was so thin (almost like a Sunday morning) going through downtown, I wasn't a danger to anyone. Just thought people would find it fascinating. It starts off on my road, then on I-20, followed by I-59 and ending with I-65. Yes. I have to drive on three different interstates to reach my job. The next to last photo shows what it looks like from my parking space and the last one is my "cube."
The picture of the block-like building taken out of my side window is the FBI office. I just thought it looked awesome and added it to the bunch.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A New Presidential Duty

The other day my buddy, Terri, came by my desk and told me with a lot of excitement that a new movie was coming out. THE FAST AND FURIOUS 5

"THE FAST AND FURIOUS 5!" She added, "This one will have Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Barack." Grinning ear-to-ear, she waited for my reaction.

I thought this had to be a joke. I repeated, "Barack?"

She started laughing. "No. THE ROCK."

Yes. I need my ears cleaned out. Anyway, here's the trailer. LOL!

Fast and Furious 5 Trailer
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Yeah Team!

I'm not much for football, but I have to say this is one of the best covers I've seen in a long time. ::sigh::

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

All Boxed Up

I hate being placed in a box. The box I’m talking about is the one people decide where other people belong in when they say, “So and so doesn’t like country music.” Who’s to say that this week I hate country music, but a new singer comes along who just happens to sing country and I love his/her music. Or I’ve always disliked tea as a kid but can’t get enough of the cold, sweet stuff as an adult. Or I use to love big crowds and now I feel uncomfortable in them.

You get what I’m trying to say. As humans we change from day to day. Our likes and dislikes can change for various reasons. Family and friends, people who claim to love you can at times be the worse. Of course, if you change your mind on how you feel about something they believe there has to be a reason, usually something drastic. No. Humans are as fluid as time. Constantly changing and constantly evolving. Don't expect a reason, just go with the flow.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Learning To Plot

I took these from SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder but worked in the estimated number of pages needed for a manuscript instead of a script. All part of me trying to plot a little before writing the whole blasted thing. The page numbers are fluid. For example, the mid-point doesn't necessarily have to be at page 200, just somewhere nearby.

Pages 1 – 35: Set up/Theme – 6 Things That Need Fixing.
Pages 36 – 40: Catalyst
Pages 41 – 99: Debate (41-85) - Break (75) – B Story/Booster Rocket (85-99)

Pages 100 – 199: New World - Fun and Games
Page 200 - Mid Point – False Victory
Pages 201 – 300: Bad Guys Close In
Page 300: Starts “All Is Lost” – False Defeat (The Whiff of Death)
Pages 301 – 359: Dark Night of The Soul

Page 360: Break – Solutions to A & B Stories
Page 400: The End – The Opposite of The Beginning

(False Victory or Defeat can be switched but not duplicated)
Each scene has conflict and emotional change.)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Icky Day

It took me an hour and half to get home. BAH! Now that my nerves are shot, I plan to read and watch TV. Mindless things. I'll catch up on my writing soon.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Story Idea

I thought this would be a great story idea for romantic suspense. Probably has already been written and someone got the idea from a book.