Friday, September 12, 2008

Welcome Fall....

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. ~Carl Reiner

Summer is definitely over... I don't think it got warmer than 65 degrees in my house all day yesterday. I do admit it was warmer outside than inside (and I opened up my front windows--the ones that get full sun all day--to help heat up the house), but still. Brrr....

I'm planning to take down my veggie garden this weekend. The cucumbers are busy making seeds, so they are bottom heavy and bitter and the tomatoes are beginning to crack even before they ripen, all signs that the nights are too cool. I can't believe how quickly the summers fly by here. How did the settlers ever survive with a growing season so short, and a long, brutal winter? I know, many of them didn't survive, but many did and I am always amazed.

In other news, I did manage to finish the first (very, very rough) draft of my synopsis for "Stiller Creek" (I really should think of a catchier title, lol). I really hate synopsis writing, and fully believe that it's more difficult than writing the actual book.

I also created three new characters for my NaNo novel. One is a little boy who needs a name... naming is really tough for me. He's eight and has a pet turtle and in my head he looks and behaves a little like Tom Sawyer. Any thoughts?

Today is LASR day, and it's a good thing. There is a TON to do on the site. But, even so, I might try to eke out a little writing time. I'm really beginning to love this new book. When it's done, I think I'll work on the sequel to Liv next, while brainstorming my fantasy. I really love that story and, IMHO, the characters are strong and clear...but not the world. There needs to be a reason for some things that happen, and it's not clear in my mind what the reasons are. World-building is tough, and is why I tend to not write fantasy despite my love for the genre.


You Are 55% Left Brained, 45% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Okay, so almost balanced... good for me! LOL...


Sarita Leone said...

We've begun to turn under some of the gardens here. The pumpkin patch and melon garden is gone. So sad, but we've got watermelons and cantalopes coming out our ears! I'm freezing some of them for winter sorbet. The rest we're eating. No complaints here. :)

Hope you find a few moments for writing. The little boy sounds precious.

Happy Friday.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

With fall coming my heart goes out to you, California Girl!

For me, growing up on the East Coast, I love the crisp snap to fall air.

Congrats on all the good writing work!

keri mikulski :) said...

Did you ever check out the Random Name Generator? I use it all the time. :)

Here's the link:

Dru said...

Good luck with your writing.

I love your description of the boy in your story. I can't wait to hear what name you will call him.

Sorry that your summer is gone, but I love Fall.

Melissa said...

Summer is still going strong in the PNW. Another 90+ day. Move here! (A not so subtle hint.)

Yay on the rough draft. Who cares if its rough it's done! Wish I were there with mine!

Ceri said...

Ah, this is my favorite time of the year! You can have summer if I can have fall.

I've been working on my synopsis too. I think I hate them as much as you do. Still haven't thought much about NaNo. Maybe it's time.

Tori Lennox said...

I'd say name the little boy Sawyer but that might make a bunch of unwanted Sawyer from Lost connections. :)

Brandy said...

Summer is still trying to hang on here as well. It's supposed to be 90 tomorrow. *sigh* I'd rather have Fall.
Good luck on your writing. I like the little boy alread. *g*

I hope you have a nice day!

Allie Boniface said...

I vote Sawyer for the boy's name as well...