Sunday, January 13, 2008

Me and My Sunny Disposition!

"People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it." - Harlan Ellison

A quick health update... The hubs is worse, though he says if he could just cut his sinuses out, all would be well. Dakota is, unfortunately, about the same -- though I did get to sleep a solid three hours between midnight and 3 a.m.! She woke me every hour prior to then, but I'm counting my blessings. So far, DD and I have avoided all the creeping crud around the house, and yesterday it was warm enough (and we had a fire in the woodstove) that we opened all the windows and aired the joint out. Bye bye, germs. I hope.

We're expecting 5 - 10 inches of snow overnight tonight. I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am about this little development.

I'm so ready for spring.


I had to write and polish a synopsis for "Kitchen Matches" recently. Have I mentioned that I hate writing synopses? The hardest part for me was this: "Kitchen Matches" is a little quirky...along the lines of "The Christmas Curse" -- not "Yuck-yuck" grab your stomach funny, but a little...silly.

I wanted to get that across in the synopsis, but it was next to impossible. I have no idea if I accomplished that goal. What do you think? Here's the first bit following my tagline intro (note: Cori is the heroine, Micah is her cooking teacher and our hero):

From the moment Cori met Micah, she turned into a klutz: flying poultry, apron fires and more dotted her inauspicious time in cooking class. And yet, despite his obvious annoyance, Micah consistently treated her like a lady, something few people did. Just because Cori worked as an auto mechanic and tow truck driver, most folks figured she had more testosterone than the average female. Cori’s mother suggested the cooking class as a way to get in touch with her feminine side, and her brothers double-dog dared her into taking it.

I firmly believe that synopsis writing is the hardest part of writing a book for publication.


Your Daily Dakota:

Life is hard...(she's actually sleeping with DD in this pic)...

I need to take some new pictures. I will soon... though at the rate she's purging her body of food, she's going to look like a concentration camp survivor soon considering she's already skinny. Really, I DO feed my dog...


From Charity:

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

You have a sunny disposition and are normally one of the first to show up for the party. You don't need too much attention from the host once you get there as you are more than capable of making yourself seen and heard.

So NOT me... a sunny disposition? HAHAHAHA! And, the only reason I'd be first at a party is because I'm anal about punctuality.


anno said...

I like your synopsis -- and I'm looking forward to seeing the story.

Anybody who posts every day has, if not a sunny disposition, at least a lot of positive energy.

I hope your DH & Dakota are feeling better soon. If spring isn't coming soon, at least the gardening catalogs are beginning to arrive... you can dream!

Allie Boniface said...

Ugh - I hate writing synopses too.

I think yours is fine...I don't know about the word "lady" - it somehow seems incongruous with the rest of the language. Old-fashioned, almost. But if that's how he treats her, then I guess it fits, right?

Dru said...

I like your synopses, especially the first line which is so like me.

I hope hubby and Dakota get healthy soon.

You Are a Petunia
You are a tried and trusted friend who will be there for your friends when they need you. But you have a tendency to be nervous about doing things that go against the norm.

Have a good Sunday.

Dru said...

oops, forgot to say, the above flower quiz is so me.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I like the synopsis. And I agree - writing them is stinko. BTW... maybe Dakota needs a vet, if she's had this much diarrhea?

Also, can you join us for the Writing Game this time? It's really a blast!

Marianne Arkins said...

Allie, Micah is a bit old-fashioned, so "lady" works for him.

Dru, thanks! and thanks for playing with the quiz. :-)

Jen, we've been working with our vet since Thursday about Dakota... hopefully something will work. She goes back in tomorrow for a check-up. I'll got take a look at the writing game, but you know how little extra time I have! Ack.

Marianne Arkins said...

Oh, and Anno -- the daily posting is a direct result of the "stick-to-it-iveness" I talked about yesterday. My disposition is sadly far from sunny most days.

Tori Lennox said...

he says if he could just cut his sinuses out, all would be well

I know this feeling ALL too well. He has my utmost sympathy.

*hugs* on the still sick puppy!!!

I am an Iris
"You are a very sensual person. You like to experience all the sights, smells, tastes and textures the world has to offer. Ordinary be damned, because you want to do it all."

Well, I don't know about ALL. LOL!

Eileen said...

Cutest puppy ever. I hate writing the synopsis too. I keep trying to distill down what are the major turning points. Then usually I pound my head on the desk for awhile.

Brandy said...

I like your synopsis. I tend to write them into my reviews. *g* Poor Puppy, does the Vet know what's making her sick. And I hope your hubs feels better soon!

Mel said...

You had me at flying poultry. I'm sure the rest is fine.

Also I'd like to add writing a synopsis...I'd rather have a dental exam.

groovyoldlady said...

I am a snapdragon. Check out this description:

"Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."

Is that ME or what???