July 30, 2007

Too busy to blog

Well, July 21 my oldest son got married and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out.

It was a beautiful wedding and I'm glad it's over. sigh.

Nothing spectacular happened, so all is well.

I finished Harry Potter. It took me three days but I did it. She killed off some of my favorite characters and I may never forgive her for it, but all in all it was a good book. I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't finished it yet.

Now maybe I can get some writing done. No excuses, no distractions. Well, except my daughter who keeps coming into my office with questions and whining about being bored.

Just two more weeks until school starts and she won't be bored anymore. And her social director can get back to work. :o)

July 13, 2007

Friday the Thirteenth

Are you suspicious?

Do black cats and ladders make you nervous?

I've never had a problem with friday the thirteenth; in fact, I've actually had good luck.

Maybe, it's the "law of attraction" working. I believe I'll have a good day...so I do.

Maybe, if you have a bad day...it's the same thing. You believe bad things will happen...so they do.

Don't let a date get in the way of you having a good day. :o)

July 11, 2007

Family Lingo

Our family has words and phrases that only we understand.

Many words stemmed from our children as toddlers learning to talk.

A misused word would become part of our families vocabulary. We're weird that way.

Fijjy-aytor- refrigerator
Sketti- spaghetti
man panties- self explanitory
jommies- pajamas
neenees- breast or nipples
toilie- toilet
fweater- sweater
tootsies- feet

There are others but I can't think of them right now. We have a whole language.

Does your family have silly words they use that most people would wonder what in the heck you were saying?

My son's fiancee is learning this language since she will soon be one of us. Bless her heart.

I've often wondered if we are unique or if other families talk as strange as we do.

Naturally, we don't use this language all of the time. Just at home when it's just family. We don't want people thinking we're weird or something. :o)

July 8, 2007

Harry Potter Buzz

This is the most exciting month I've ever known for Harry Potter fans.

Not only does a new book come out, but a movie as well, all in the same month. Can you believe it?

My thirteen year old daughter and I have been reading my HP books to refresh our memory before the movie comes out.

You may laugh and scoff at a grown woman getting caught up in the madness over a children's book, but have you read any of them?

I'm not talking about seeing the movie. I mean have you read the books? They aren't just for children.

The books are so much better than the movie. I know, I know, everyone says that about every movie that started out as a book. But it's really true.

There's something magical and habit forming about the Harry Potter series.

Some have said J.K. Rowling sold her soul to the devil and the books have a spell on them that pulls the reader in. lol

Well, I wouldn't go that far, but she's definitely a talented author and knows how to keep the reader on their toes.

I'm certainly a big fan. :o)

July 7, 2007

How Do They Do That?

I've often found myself stuck on how to describe a scene.

When reading books written by the pros, I often wonder...how do they do it?

A writing professor spoke at one of my writer's groups a couple of weeks a go and he had this advice:

When you come to a scene in a well written book that really flows and you can't figure out why...type it into your computer.

I'm not saying to steal their ideas, but just typing it gives you a new prospective. You will see things simply reading did not show and learn techniques you can use in your own writing.

I tried it. I've always been a hands on learner so this helped me where telling or showing had not.

In fact I came to a place in one of my own novels where I wasn't sure just how to describe an action my character was taking.

I found a book where the character was doing a similiar action and read it. I didn't copy the writing but it helped me through my delimma.

Try it. I hope it will help you as well.