Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rain Rain Has Gone Away

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore

We had rain for three days. I'm not complaining (REALLY not complaining -- it's going to take more than three days of rain to make up for our hot, dry weather), but it made it tough on the dog. She's been crazy with energy and no way to expend it. Yesterday afternoon, after she hadn't ... *ahem*... gone that solid potty all day long, I took her to the door, opened and watched as she looked at me and tried to slink away. I KNEW she had to go (my eyes were burning from her gassiness), but she did not want to get wet.

Thankfully, today is clear.

Last night on the way home from agility, though, I knew there would be toads and frogs on the road. There is always mass carnage the night after a rainstorm. So, when I pulled onto the fairly main road that leads to MY road, I slowed down and turned on the high beams and looked for bumps in the road. It didn't take long to find one. I pulled over, put on the hazards and grabbed him. BIG toad. DD wanted to take him home, of course, so we did. :-)

Silly hoppies don't realize the danger of the wet road at night.


That book I mentioned yesterday that I thought was so good? It's already going downhill. It's suddenly moved away from the warm, fuzzy, goofy cast of characters and unique plot to the "same old same old". We've zoomed in on the H/H and lost some of the charm of the secondary characters who are now FAR in the background. That and the hero is coming across as a big of a jerk who refused to marry the heroine the year before and then married another chick a month later. He's not married now, but so far really all he wants (despite the author telling me he's in love with the heroine and wanting to get married) is to get the heroine into bed.

I'm continuing on for a bit ... because I loved the first two chapters so well, I'm giving it a chance, but it had better shape up soon or it's outta here.


Sometimes I think authors focus so much on the first chapter (we're told to "hook" the reader, so we polish, polish, polish) they forget that there is a whole BOOK that needs that kind of focus.


You Are Chocolate Pudding

You are both mature and playful. You have two sides to your personality that are constantly dueling it out.

Part of you likes all of the finer things in life while part of you is just like a big kid.

No matter what side you choose, you are always adventurous and dramatic. You take life by the horns.

You are up for fun of all kinds, and it's hard for you to say no. You tend to go until you drop.

About 75/25 ...



Ceri Hebert said...

As far as my writing goes, I have more trouble with the first chapter and I'm always sure that it's the weakest in the whole book. I'm ready to chuck the entire first chapter in the current manuscript I'm editing because it's too slow.

Poor little hoppies. You and your daughter are good humans to rescue them. I try to dodge them.

Maria Zannini said...

:grin: I can just imagine a yard full of frogs.

Is your well full yet? At least the rain is welcome for that.

Liz Fichera said...

Rain for three whole days? Color me envious.

Dru said...

Poor toads.

I think I heard this right, but the weatherman said we were having a heatwave this weekend.

re quiz: I'm chocolate pudding too.

Brandy said...

You took the toad home? *G* I accidentally upset a toad the other day putting down mulch. I had the kids relocate him to the damp side of the house. And I thought of you at the time because I knew it was a toad thanks to you!

Thanks for explaining why I may enjoy a book for the first chapter or two and then the book seems to go downhill from there. I hope your book looks up!

I am Rice Pudding: You Are Rice Pudding
You are a traditional person with strong values. You always stay true to what you believe.
You have a strong foundation, and it begins with your family, friends, and community.
You are a generous person, especially with your time. You believe that it's important to give back.
You are patient and able to think long term. It's easy for you to honor commitments.

Pretty accurate.

I hope you have a good day and Dakota has time to have fun, too.!