Aims for 2009-
Bichok more. Dedication all the way.
Out with low self esteem. In with persistence and determination.
Savour life and just 'go for it'.
Happy New Year!
All the best to you and yours.
Back in the mists of time- way, way back - I foolishly thought that it was enough to want to write a book. Surely I could just sit down and plop it out fully plump and rounded and throbbingly readable non?
The fact that I didn't know what it was really about - other than a love story set in a highland hotel - didn't really bother me as much as it probably should. I was an artist, in love with this new found ability to paint word pictures on the page.
About as comprehensible as Tarzan Boy (see above).
The thing is as a reader we want a point. We want to fathom the mystery and be led on an enticing journey and if the author is kinda Baltimora-style-clueless-storyteller-headed about what that is - well, let's just say the manuscript ain't gonna fly (other than through the air!)
These days I've worked things out a touch better. I've read about beat sheets. I know about character arcs, emotion, keeping pace and heroine and hero on the page, digging deeper.
Back then I just wanted to bichok and write a story. Surely I could write what I wanted if it was mine!! Luckily I got some early pro crit that slapped my hands and sent me back to the treehouse to rework my Tarzan calls and vine swinging technique.
Learning Curve #2 - Have a point, a storyline and get to know what's at the heart of your characters! I know, most people do this already, I'm just strange that way. I like to take the slow road.
I'm over word count - but it's okay. 112% and one more chapter to complete. Tomorrow is another day. So while I'm at it, here's a reminder of the hero. I think I first fell for Richard E Grant when I heard him on a chat show talking in Swahili...hmmm. Maybe I'm just odd.
Fab - it's back to the WEEPIES time and we're onto action movies that move you.
So I'm thrilled to post this FANTASTIC/FUNNY excerpt from Lord Of The Rings (with Dirty Dancing accompaniment!)
I really wanted to post the Meg Ryan bit of TopGun - maybe I'll post that anyway soon...cos that makes me teary! But I've loved this Aragon/Legolas vid for AGES.
So what's up for grabs in this weepie contest?
Nat's latest release (a fabulous read that you cannot miss - my that lady can WRITE)
Brides and Bouquets with my current novella The Confetti Countdown
Delicious handmade Scottish highland soap in rose and ylang ylang (wedding theme smells - hmmm)
Also Yankee Candles in Wedding Day scent
And some Scottish Goodies just for fun!
It's not too late to enter - send us your fave all time weepie film moments by the end of the month. The googies could still be yours!
Pets and animals. We love our furry companions and they're a surefire way to get us all churned up. You love them too and they feature in your movie choices.
So here's a wee tribute to a famous one -Lassie. My, how I cried as a kid...I even used to get misty at the Lassie book I had and I remember tracing pics of the icon canine into my sketch book...what an amazing pooch.
Happy Easter to all.
I'm off to catch crazy crawling baby. jx
Oh and we have gales up here in the frozen north. Bad ones - nearly lost the buggy to a tornado this morning so won't be going out with baby without car in gales again. Hopefully by the morning we will still have a roof *we are the highest point for miles and can even see Edinburgh castle right over the River Forth from the end of the road in our village*. Scary winds are brewing.