Monday, March 09, 2009

Weather and Writing

"Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write." - William Cobbett

Was going to do the Monday Morning Meme, but one of the questions got me all fired up politically that I decided I'd better not. LOL...

It was supposed to snow last night. So far... no white stuff. But, it might be lurking. Waiting. Lulling me into a false sense of security. So, I'm not letting down my guard.

However, if none of the white stuff falls, I'll be heading outdoors to start the great spring clean-up of doggie doo. I try to pooper scoop during the winter, but it's just not possible to get it all. And because of the overwhelming amount of excrement left from the winter potty breaks, I try to do it slowly... taking each patch of grass as the snow melts. Otherwise, I might break down and cry.

On the "good news, spring might actually be coming" front: my crocus are beginning to stick their little green heads out of the dirt (I splurged this past fall and bought a bunch of large crocus bulbs -- I had a lot of bulb replacing to do after the attack from the Cunning Voles of Doom), and my chives and 'mums and seedum is all beginning to grow. Just a smidge... but, for someone (like me!) who is utterly fed up with winter, it's enough to make my heart sing for joy.

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Yesterday, I sent the first 26,000 words of my fantasy to Judy to peruse. She's a big fantasy fan, so I wanted to see if it passed the "big fantasy fan" test. And, as I took a look through the story, I fell in love all over again. I also had a great idea hit me upside the head on how to... well... I can't say, cuz it would give away a HUGE plot point in the story. Still, it was something that was bothering me, and now it's not.

On yet another writing front: the novel that wouldn't go away ("The Possibility of Forever" formerly "Camilla's Critters") also gave me a jab and told me how to fix one problem as well. That story has been frustrating me for a couple of reasons, and I've got one figured out now. Yay.

The subconscious is an amazing thing.

Also, "A Jewel for Geoff" has been a bit dead in the water. I wasn't happy with it, and couldn't figure out why until I realized two things: I'm not in the least bit attracted to Geoff (and if I don't fall in love with my hero, I can't realistically have my heroine do so, IMHO) and I haven't written anything in the heroine's POV. So... I've decided that my cover artist for "Liv" got it wrong, and I'm redesigning Geoff's looks (he's going to be bigger, stronger, better than before... though still blond) and I'm going to start letting the reader get to know my heroine, Emmy, better.

And, GAH, I just looked outside. It's snowing. SEE... I knew it was going to wait until I'd let down my guard a bit!!! BAD SNOW.

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You Are Stable and Cheerful



When You Are Comfortable:



You are a hard worker. You need security and stability in your life, even if that means putting in long hours.

People see you as solid and dependable. You are always able to see the good in situations. Other find this comforting.



When You Are At Your Best:



You are quite quirky, and you enjoy doing things your own way. You are optimistic, and you've always got a good idea brewing.

People find you to be positive and uplifting. You make people feel good about themselves.



When You Are in a Social Setting:



You are philosophical and opinionated. You have quite a few pet causes, and you're always adopting a new one.

People see you as clever and smart. You now a lot, and you love to talk about a variety of subjects.



Me? Opinionated? Quirky? Nah.......

Okay, I admit, this quiz actually came pretty close to nailing my personality. How weird is that?

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8 comments:

Ceri Hebert said...

Your quiz couldn't have been further off the mark. Well, not your quiz, but... Maybe I should've used my maiden name.

Sorry about the snow thing. 3-6"!!! Waah! It was so nice this weekend!

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one involved in too many wips.

Enjoy your yard clean up. *shudder*

Dru said...

That is great that the writing muse was talking to you and you were able to get your story down. Good luck with your stories; it looks like they are coming home for you.

Sorry about the snow. Perhaps this will be the last snowfall for you.

You Are Kind and Ethical

When You Are At Your Best or in a Social Setting:

You are enthusiastic and flexible. You are open-minded. You prefer to learn from others... not judge them.

People see you as kind and cooperative. You are very supportive when friends are down on their luck.

When You Are Comfortable:

You are a determined and responsible. You strive for success, and you know what it takes to get things done.

People find you to be trustworthy and a good leader. You treat people well, and they benefit from your wisdom.


Have a good Monday!

groovyoldlady said...

Ok..It's official. Spring has arrived here in Maine. I say this even though there are still a couple of feet on the ground. This past Saturday it warmed up to almost 50ºF, and Sunday was almost as warm (although insanely windy!) so I rode my bike.

Ah, the glorious taste of winter road salt! Ah, the adreneline rush of skidding in the road sand! Ah, the thrill of riding my bicycle beside snowmobilers grabbing the last gusto of winter! Ah, the joy of mud and ice water slung up my back!

Ah, my sore tushy and legs!

:-D

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When You Are Comfortable:

You are a glamorous, social person. You love being the center of attention and an object of adoration.
People see you as charming and charismatic. You are naturally dazzling. You are ambitious, and find it easy to get ahead in life.

When You Are At Your Best:

You are enthusiastic and flexible. You are open-minded. You prefer to learn from others... not judge them.
People see you as kind and cooperative. You are very supportive when friends are down on their luck.

When You Are in a Social Setting:

You are very perceptive. You can see things from all sides. You don't allow your life or mind to be cluttered.
People see you as spiritual and charismatic. You have interesting and unexpected insights. You advice is highly valued.

OK...I am neither glamorous (Hahahahahaaaaaaaa!) nor ambitious, but the rest is spot on.

Am I dazzling you yet?

Diane Craver said...

You got me interested in what the political question was that got you so worked up. :) I understand - I avoid politics on my blog, too.

Sorry to hear about the snow but warmer days are ahead.

Glad you made progress on your fantasy story!

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's funny that you're not attracted to your hero. Yeah. That's a must. Good luck rekindling that feeling. :)

Tori Lennox said...

You Are Sincere and Sensible

When You Are Comfortable:

You are a practical, efficient worker. You know how to go after what you want, and you're not afraid to work hard.
People see you as a loyal, genuine person. You are down to earth, and upfront about who you are.

When You Are At Your Best:

You are a glamorous, social person. You love being the center of attention and an object of adoration.
People see you as charming and charismatic. You are naturally dazzling. You are ambitious, and find it easy to get ahead in life.

When You Are in a Social Setting:

You are enthusiastic and flexible. You are open-minded. You prefer to learn from others... not judge them.
People see you as kind and cooperative. You are very supportive when friends are down on their luck.


"Glamourous and sociable"?! Hah! They are SOOO off the mark! LOL!!!

Brandy said...

It sounds as though you've cleared up a lot of writing issues that you had.
Sorry to hear about the snow. I won't tell you what it is here today.

Per the quiz: When You Are Comfortable:

You are a shy, quiet person. Underneath your shell, you are compassionate and giving.
People find you to be friendly and welcoming. Your home is a place of comfort to them.

When You Are At Your Best:

You are a carefree, adventurous person. You love excitement, and you enjoy being in a changing, dynamic environment.
People find you to be funny, generous, and competent. You're well spoken, and you know how to wow people with your words.

When You Are in a Social Setting:

You are ambitious, and hard-working. Adversity allows you to shine. You resourceful and able to make due.
People see you as honest to the point of bluntness. But they always know that you'll be fair. You have the good intentions.

Some things were spot on and others couldn't be further from the truth. *G*

I hope you have a good day.

Keri Mikulski said...

Great stuff about the fantasy novel! Hope it passes..

And spring is in the air here in Jersey. I heard it's getting cold again though. Hang in there.. It's almost here. :)