Stacy...Sensibly Insane


I have my own little world, but it's okay - they know me here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I'm Not Going To Say It




Everytime things get going with my writing or I think they are going well or say they are going well something always happens to set me back a week or so. But it's such a high when things are going well that I just want to shout it out!

So today I'm not going to say things are going well. I'm not going to say I found the perfect man to be the hero. I'm not going to say that the last scene I wrote was hot and worked really well nor am I going to say that I really like the way things are changing within the story. I'm not going to say a word...
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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Crit Partners



What would we do without critique partners? Seriously.

Personally, I would be all alone in the world of writing. There are no groups around me, no other writers I know except on-line, the closest RWA meeting is two hours away through a traffic infested big metropolitan city and only about twice a year does it work that I can arrange babysitting on a weekend. But having a crit partner that pops up with an IM to see how it's going, to bounce ideas off of, to tell you when something is working, and especially when it's not, is the best resource I think an aspiring writer can have. We chat as if we are sitting across a kitchen table sharing coffee and our chapters. They cheer you on, perk you up, and tell you the truth even if it hurts all to get you to your shared dreams.

I got a crit of a full ms back yesterday from my partner and it was good. Not that the whole thing was perfect by any means...we're talking some extensive revisions in areas...but the point was she laughed when I meant the reader to laugh, gasped when I meant the reader to gasp, said she couldn't put it down which I definately want the reader to do, and best of all she pointed out all my mistakes, things I overlooked, problem spots, and told me the hard truth whether I wanted to hear it or not...encouragement...not depression. Will this ms get published? Who knows? But at least with crit partners, the chances get better and better.
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Friday, August 26, 2005

Time



I can never seem to get a handle on time. Time doesn't change, there is twenty-four hours in a day, sixty minutes in every hour, and sixty seconds in every minute...this never changes. Than why are there days that go on for ever and others that blink by before you know it?

Take yesterday for instance. We went to the CNE (Canadian National Exibition). We rode the Go-Train in, had a fabulous time, took our time, but before I knew it we were back on the train heading home. Seriously, it felt like we were just on the train starting our day. I don't remember last years trip going so fast or even our holidays going so fast but this one day...**BLINK** it was over.

I remember the night my mother-in-law passed away. The call came and we immediately got a babysitter and headed the same route we took on any normal visit. But this time it seemed to take hours to pass each landmark on the way and get to our family's side.

If time doesn't change, then why do we perseeve it so differently? And why do the things we want to go slow, go fast, and the things we want to be over quick, take eternity? I know all the writers out there know exactly what I'm talking about in regards to submissions...talk about a wait in eternity!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Final Moments...



The dreaded final moments are upon me. The time when you are so close to getting that final copy ready to go out. I've been working hard on this one which needs to go out tonight (email luckily) but with my husband on holidays it's been a mix-up to my usual schedual. Therefore, I feel like I am backtracking, overthinking, and overediting.

I have the last run-through to do for any missed typos etc before I send it. But the 'should I's' keep popping up. Should I go through it again? Should I wait one more day but then I only have one more day before the due date? Should I can the whole thing? Should I become a plumber instead of a writer?

I spent the past hour working one, two-sentence paragraph for the query--you know, the one that counts because it is the first words of yours they read. No pressure. Right now I am taking a moment's break before that final run through in an attempt to calm down and get myself back together. Which is good because I have come to a conclusion: I like what I do and couldn't handle the gunked up sinks or the short-waisted pants of a plumber.
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Monday, August 22, 2005

When It Rains...



Did I mention we went on a wonderful family vacation to London, Ontario. We visited with my best friend, went to Storybook Gardens, The Regional Children's Museum, and Adventures on Wonderland...and a local garage to get the car fixed.

Ugh! The one thing you don't want when you are far, far from home is car problems. We did get lucky in London and spent the day at the Gardens and park while the car was being fixed. Then my husband went to Michigan for the NASCAR races and the car started acting up really badly again! I admit I am the stereotypical woman who knows nothing about cars, my only concern was that I had the auto card and a cell phone in case it broke down before I could get to a safe landing spot. Thankfully we made it.

So there is my poor husband out there now trying to fix the car after spending seven hours on the road to get home and getting only ten broken hours of sleep over the past three days.

When it rains...it pours and right now the rain smells an awful lot like gasoline.
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Saturday, August 20, 2005

And So It Begins...




And so the next stage in my child's life begins...school. We went today for the First Riders program where the children going into kindergarten get to have their first ride on a schoolbus and learn the rules and important reminders there of. Parents were encouraged to go along so I too sat in the little seats as we were taken around the block, shown a video and given guidance.

I only wish they had had more guidance for the parents on how to let our little ones begin their journey on growing up.
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Monday, August 15, 2005

I Finalled!!



I am thrilled to say that I just found out I finalled in the Toronto Romance Writer's Golden Opportunity Contest!

This was my goal! This was the first contest I ever entered and to have my partial make it through the first round is soooooo cool. It was just the uplift I needed this week!

Another small step....
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Friday, August 12, 2005

Another One Out the Door...



And so another manuscript goes out like a tse-tse fly into the big wide world of publishing. This particular story will hopefully migrate through Canada Post to a children's publisher and if very lucky will not end up at the bottom end of a slush pile for too long.

I do admit though that it is getting easier and easier to send them. The panic recinds to minute porportions until about an hour after it's in the mailbox. Then the doubts come but by then I can brush them off with a simple..."Well it's too late to worry now ."

On to the next project and one step closer to publication!
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Storms




I'm starting to believe that writing can be compared to storms. Everything is sunny and flowing one moment, then it gets darker, and harder. There comes in a kind of static electricity that makes you edgy because things aren't working right. Then comes the thunder and lightening as you yell and curse at the ms, at yourself, and anything else that comes across your path. Then things lighten up, the rain goes away, the words start flowing and everything is a calm and rational again....until the next storm.

The best we can do is have faith and let the storm run it's course because we can always be sure of the rainbow.


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Monday, August 08, 2005

Topic of the Week



Seems the topic of the week on most blogs is work space. I actually find it very interesting how people write, where people write, and about what. Still trying to find the ground beneath my feet, I've researched different writing techniques, different writing books, writers, publishers, etc but when it comes down to it--you write the way you write and in a way that makes you comfortable and able to write.

Like I said in an earlier post. Cows make me happy so surrounding my workplace are cows, pictures of my children, and anything else that makes me happy. Because a happy workplace produces more. So here is my happy, albeit organized disordered workplace.


What you don't see is all my husband's sports paraphernalia behind me. He did sneak in a few on my wall, although the Tampa Bay Buccaneer stuff is all mine (GO BUCS!) Plus there is the ever-present toys around too but, as you can see, I got the window so I don't care what else is in the room because I get to focus on the beautiful countryside.
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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Gotta love Husbands....Sometimes




You gotta love husbands...they seriously have no clue!

Take for instance my spouse. He has two days off in a row next week and decides he wants to go somewhere for the one day and suggests a place. That's it. In his mind we are going there, he's picked the spot, and now his job is over.

It doesn't matter to him that it's a 2 and a half hour drive there and the same back (there's five hours of the day with two young children in the car (already I'm thinking how fun this is going to be...not). He ASS_U_ME-s I will take care of the rest...researching on the internet what is good to see, what is there the kids might be interested in, where we could eat etc. Not to mention the overseeing of the packing--diaper bag, swim bag, cooler, not to mention a sitter for the dog...and of course if anything gets forgotten (and it is usually something of his because I am NOT his mother) then of course I'll here about it for the next few days.

Don't get me wrong, I love my husband dearly. He is a sweet, supportive man but let's face it, most of them have no clue what it involves to get four people, and especially two young children, ready to go for a road-trip.

Of course I guess I should be thankful that he at least gave me two days notice! Now I'm off to do laundry!
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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Udderly Bovine!



I happen to be a bit of a cow freak. To tell you the truth I don't even know when it started. A knick-knack here, a teatowel there and the next thing I know my kitchen is a cow museum. Then it graduated to my office and I have everything from a cow tape dispenser to a mini cow mailbox where I put up the milk-jug flag if there are bills to be paid inside.

They make me happy is my only defense. They are so universal, so animatable, and just all around goofy on occasions that I can't help but smile. I even married a one time farmer whose father still owns a cow or two.

I even write about them (go figure!). The story noted on the right sidebar there entitled Harriet Finds Christmas is just one in my working series of children's books all about a special...you guessed it...cow!



Here is Paige, she's actually my sister-in-law's cow but she resides with my father-in-law.










To share my jovial attitudes about cows, I also have one at the end of my driveway that I like to seasonally attire for the commuters on my road.




This is my Gardner Cow.










This is the Easter Bovine.













And this one is my favorite...the Moomaid.







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Monday, August 01, 2005

Mixing It Up




I went to a meeting of the Toronto Romance Writers last year with Molly O'keefe speaking (she's hilarious!). Towards the end she had mentioned something about not getting stuck in a routine and mixing things up a bit expecially when confronted with writer's block or just having a hard time. Change your chair, change where you write, if you write in a book--write on the computer, if you write on the computer--write in a book type thing. Well, as I'm wont to do, I totally forgot about that good advice until recently.

I've been going through a bit of a hard time lately with my main ms. The short stories and children's stories are working great but when I try to work on the major project things aren't coming as easily as I'd like. I get a day where things are great and the page count goes up, then a week when I sit and stare at the computer screen fighting for each and every word!

Then a new friend happened to mention the way she writes which isn't necessarily the norm but I'm sure she's not alone. Funny but it was the way I wrote my very first manuscript and it flowed along nicely. The second one I did up on the computer and it went along okay with a bit of stumbling along the way and this third one though the story is compelling for me is just ticking along at a snails pace. The difference? I wrote out my first manuscript in a notebook because I didn't have a computer at the time. Something about the computer makes writing the initial draft daunting for me...maybe because the pages are set up in book format so I think everything has to be written down perfectly and, like I mentioned in an early blog, I get bogged down by detail. So last night I grabbed up a notebook and started the next chapter by pen. I had three scenes down without hardly a trouble. I put in reminders where I needed to and notes if I needed more details on the next go round but the freedom was amazing! There was no sense that I had to get it perfect so the words flowed out almost faster than I could write it down.

It's just funny how mixing it up a bit can make you look at things a whole new way. And somehow I have to make myself remember this in the future!
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