Monday, September 16, 2013

Beware The Ides Of March

Supposed to be the 15th of March, so that was six month's ago last night (or six-months from now.) I suppose it's like the folks of Chicago who partied last night in green, preparing for next March's St. Paddy's Day.  I began to feel like a human being again. I even picked up, with an extender-claw, a few toys in the bedroom. It's nice to see my floor. The little one, I discovered, when she jumps into bed, flings her clothes down. She then proceeds to play with this that and the other toy before falling asleep. The toys slide to the floor during the night and, by morning, lie silent, ready to pounce upon unsuspecting feet. 

Took the window air-conditioner down. The nights are getting colder and the unit lets in too much air. Part of it is still sticking in the window. I've got to find a screwdriver and detach the last part. This is imperative before the snows start flying. *giggle*

Many moons ago, I told you I was going through my chapters to 'add' a wee bit of description in the areas where it is dialogue-heavy. I realize this is not so much description, but more like stage-direction. It reminds me a bit of Hamlet - don't ask me why. Probably because the action takes place in a castle and I can see Hamlet skulking about the parapets looking for his father's ghost. So in the midst of the scenes, I've inserted things like, 'the torch-lit castle,' to let my reader's know how my characters are seeing as they walk. *giggle* Sometimes, I don't think of that, in the middle of a tense or an action scene. I'm busy making sure the action is consistent and the dialogue is true. But that leaves my reader wondering about things like how the characters can see if it's night time. 

Another friend is joining my writing buddy and I. She stopped over the other day and she and I went through a small chapter of her MS. It's a delightful little world that she's creating. I could see her characters and their little burrows. Such fun. I can't wait to see where it all leads.

D and I went over two new chapters for her book. They were great. She has such a great sense of flow and her phrases are spot on. She has a twisted mind and her phrases reflect that. It's like walking down a twisted path and being surprised at every turn. I love it.

We then went on to look at two of my chapters. I am most grateful to say she was delighted with the changes (see above) that I made. She said she already loved the chapters but was blown away by how more 'communicative' they were.

All in all, a good few days, as of late. I've got a conference to go to this Friday and Saturday. I must admit, with the back, I'm concerned about sitting on hard-backed chairs for hours at a time. I think I'm going to call the hotel and ask them if they can put a winged-back, stuffed chair in the room and reserve it for me. Otherwise, I'm afraid I'll be miserable. I can only hope the opposite.

So very glad to be back and thinking again instead of grimacing in pain. 

Life is hope.


  1. I hope the conference is a joy.

  2. Glad you're feeling better. Thinking of you. You inspire me. When you're feeling much better, join us at Pen to Paper. db

  3. Thanks, Judy. Glad to be able to sit at my computer for more than five minutes!

    DP - bless you. You inspire me!!!