Stacy...Sensibly Insane

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

Monday, February 27, 2006

Monday Synopsis

Whatever possessed me to even attempt a synopsis on a Monday? Heck, then again the dreaded Monday and the dreaded Synopsis go hand in hand don't they. Ugh. Why is it so hard. I don't think I have heard from one person new or published that likes doing a synopsis.

You would think they wouldn't be that difficult, a simple description of your story right? Yeah, but its not just events. Somewhere within two small pages you have to get the plot, the romance, the romantic tension, character motivations, character growths, not to mention have it sound exciting, illustrate the appeal of your voice, and make an editor want to read that story--I mean really want to read that story enough to request a partial or better yet a full.

And to make it even worse, I didn't even have to do it. I just figured since the outline was done and before I made a start today on the outline for the next story, I would write a rough draft out so I had it. I should have stayed in bed, or at least to the plan and left the synopsis well enough alone. To say it sucks is an understatement. I was on such a high with everything going so well, thinking, oh yeah, I'm good, I'm going to get these stories published just wait and see. Now I'm thinking if I can't even get two pages to sound right how the heck am I gonna get 350 pages to sound right.

Note to self: No more writing a synopsis on a Monday.

Other note to self: Ignore everything you said to yourself while writing the errant synopsis...better yet, delete the file, throw the printed pages in the woodstove, and pretend it never happened....denial is a wonderful thing.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 12:53 PM :: 7 comments

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Going Ape

This is what my husband will look like when he comes home today (because he is really cute when he gets that "OMG what have you done now look")

I've taken on the wifely duty of rearranging a few rooms while he is at work and while I have a little interlude between heavy writing projects. One of the rooms is his sportsroom which will make him go ape I'm sure. But hey, it needed to be done. Between toys, books, extra furniture, and extra writing space for me in the livingroom beside the woodstove because my office in the sportsroom is FRIGID this time of year, it was high time to do a little revamping.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 9:25 AM :: 3 comments

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Happy Dance

Oh Yeah! I'm doing the happy dance!

I finished the full outline of my story yesterday...the full, the total, the ready to be written most everything is there, now put it on a shelf and let it simmer for a bit full outline! And I did it five days less than a month. That has to be the ultimate record for me!

Not only that but I found a way to take an element of the story and expand it into three separate books. Oh yeah, she be happenin' today!!

So I'll take a few days to go back and edit some rough drafts of my children series (the one where I sent out the first story last month). While doing this I'll also brainstorm on the second and third book of this new romance epiphany that I had. Next week I'll start on the outline for the second book using the First Draft in 30 Days again because hey, stick with what works for you right. Then when its ready to stew on a shelf, I'll go back and edit the first book's outline then start the writing of it. I'm sure you can see where this pattern is going and its kinda cool because again it is a routine that is so far from my norm but soooooo where I want to be.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 11:19 AM :: 3 comments

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Music and Manuscripts

I've heard a number of people talking about cd's they've made to go with certain stories they are writing. They play these as they work or certain songs during certain scenes. Now, personally I've never done this nor had any inclination to do...until now.

The First Draft in 30 Days book poses questions as you go, things I try to think of while I'm writing but have never thought of ahead of time...what the characters are seeing, smelling, tasting, touching, and hearing, you know, the basics. Of course we try to put these in every scene but having to think of them before I'm in the writing process was a unique experience. I had notes that she was in a sporting goods store waiting to see an old boyfriend that she hoped still loved her. Simple enough and all I thought I needed to know to start. Yet, when I added all the senses to the scene BEFORE writing it, I found out a lot of things I didn't know and probably wouldn't have even thought of but that will make the scene that much richer. Hence comes in the music. While she's waiting she hears the strains of the musak playing in the background...well what type of music would it be, I thought--it's a modern store so I was thinking 90's to present day music--then I thought well the music itself could play a role that I didn't even consider before. So after much searching (and remembering this is a romantic comedy) I found Madonna's Love Don't Live Here Anymore. This changes her mood from hopeful to having nervous doubts, giving her more depth as a character which is what we strive for. Yeah, its a little thing and a bit time consuming now but it could save a lot of time in revisions later. I don't know about you but any break in revision hell is a blessing.

One other scene has her thinking that life is going great and perfect and that she'll be able to avoid the fate of her origional death (yeah, you'll have to read it to get what that was but I'll give you a hint, think doggy park, leashes, and a stone fountain...ooooh, not pretty) I also knew I wanted a sixties feel so I found the old hit, I Can See Clearly Now (in a regge feel no less). But as we writers love to push our characters off a cliff, the corny cliche song only last for about two minutes before I throw a wrench into her happy day.

So, do you use music to help you with your manuscript?
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 9:02 AM :: 3 comments

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Good Ideas

Having a good run with this new story so far. Each day brings a new idea and I actually laughed out loud at one of my own today (causing the children to look at mom like she had two heads). I love it when the ideas flow properly, now I just hope the actual writing will flow as easy. In effect that is what all this prelim work is for. It's a new concept for me and like most I'm a little concerned that it will take the 'magic' out of the writing but we'll see. As for now things are running smoothly and pretty close to schedual...and that's all I can ask for.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 10:47 AM :: 1 comments

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

It's a Cruel Cruel Test

There is nothing like potty training to test a mother's patience, nerves, and sanity. We are to the point where they know how to use the potty but have no interest in using it unless requested to do so. Wet pants don't bother them, stickers don't interest them, promises of tighty whities like older siblings have no appeal...I'm getting to the point where I think this child will be in pull-ups when he goes into college.

Did I mention I used to be a children's photographer? Well, there was this one family who came in with a 4 1/2 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. During the session the small room became...hmmm, how should I put this, in need of better ventilation due to an all encompasing odor if you catch my drift. To my utter astonishment though, the father said the boy needed his diaper changed...not the younger girl. Whoa! This memory of course came to mind as I ventured into the horribly cruel world of potty training. It just ain't gonna happen in my to convice the kidlet of that.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 8:30 AM :: 4 comments

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Monday, February 13, 2006

I spent last night cutting 30 hearts out of a watermelon for my child's class party today. You can tell the difference since we were young because it was requested that we send red or pink fruit, veggies or healthy snacks. Remember when we were in school and we had pink frosted cupcakes, heart cookies, or brownies sent in. Oh well, they can't miss what they don't know right?

Update on the 'romantic weekend'...a no-go. My neice got sick Friday with the stomach flu so my sister didn't take the kids for the weekend. We ended up going to a children's play area and renting some movies, The Transporter 2, Just Like Heaven (obviously my choice), and the second Zorro, plus two kids movies--which I must put in here that last time we went were 99cents and it wasn't until I got to the car and my husband told me how much these just cost us :0 that I looked at the bill and kids movies are now 3.99 too....what a rip!

So the boys went to the sportsroom to watch the hockey game leaving me some blessed quiet watching a movie in the other room. Yes, it is called the sportsroom and if you ever see the place you'd know why. I'll have to post a picture one of these days.

Of course my dear hubby got me back the next day when I said I had to run into Wal-mart to pick up some ink for my printer. "Who wants to go shopping with Mommy?" my husband a run that would have taken me an hour took over two by the time you get the kids bundled up, strapped in, undone, check out the jeep aisle in the store, bundled up again, strapped in again, and home. Came home and hubby was smiling thanking me for the quiet time...bugger!

I did get some good writing in though so we'll see how that works out later. As for Valentine's Day, he's working the night so I'll watch Just Like Heaven which I've been saving for that night...what's your valentines going to be like?
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 8:24 AM :: 3 comments

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Friday, February 10, 2006


Bus update: we went out an extra ten minutes early today just in case the new bus driver came early...of course she came right on time. I double checked that this was her plan for the future and it was so now we know. I must say she is actually nice which makes me feel better overall too.

Writing update: things are going very well. I'm trying something different and working from the book, First Draft in 30 Days, by Karen S. Wiesner and finding it very helpful. I specify first draft because I've heard a number of people assuming that it will give you your complete manuscript in a month but that's not the case. It is an organized way to get an awesome outline done so that you can then write the ms easier and faster when the time comes. Now, I also don't have the illusion that I can even do the first draft in 30 days because of the usual interferences of children, family, and day to day life. I'm also not following the book word for word but as the author says, taking what I can use and working with it. But its the fact that it's helping me to write every day and get further than I would have plowing away on my own. I'm happy with my progress and that's all that matters.

Husband update: actually more of a husband moment. My sister is taking the kids this weekend. First thought, wow, romantic weekend so close to Valentines day WOOHOO! Uh, no. First thing you need to know is that my hubby is a sports-aholic. So, in his I-can-make-my-wife-happy-and-watch-the-game-too voice he suggests we go to an early matinee movie then dinner then be back in time to watch the hockey game (oh, and the bush series car racing at the same time) because I've been sick and don't like to stay up too late lately. Yeah, right, so thoughtful I say. But I give in because I'm laughing too hard at him not too.

Health update: yes, I've been sick a lot this winter and finally got into see my own doctor (instead of walk-in clinics) I've got a major sinus infection and it is the swelling that is affecting my ear (major earaches, you'd think I was a toddler) and that his prescription is to go to Cuba for a week. Works for me! Now I just have to figure out how to convince my insurance company it is doctor prescribed. In the absence of that he continues with a smile, he gave me some good pills and to ice my face regularly to reduce the swelling. No where near as fun as Cuba would have been but I'm now on the third day and can finally feel some improvement. As a side note it is also fun after the ice pack has been on my face for twenty minutes to saddle up and give my husband a cheek to back hug...the gasp of frigidity he yells is quite entertaining.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 8:34 AM :: 3 comments

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Lovely Morning...Not

Had one of those good country mornings today...remember that I was origionally a city girl.

So, there we were putting on the upteen layers of winter clothing to go out and catch the bus this morning when a school bus WHIZZES by. I don't remember a bus going by at this time before and it was 12 minutes before ours was suppose to come. I am faithful to be out their eight to ten minutes earlier than the bus is supposed to arrive for safety sake. But, you are right, it was our bus. We figured this out after freezing our a$$ waiting for one that never came. Luckily, hubby was off today so we drove to the school and sure enough, there is our bus just leaving from dropping kids off. How many it actually picked up considering it was way early I have no idea. We checked with the secretary and two other mothers had called complaining that the bus WHIZZED by them too, one even having run waving her arms down her driveway.

Upon arriving home, we called the bus service to find out that it was a new bus driver, our old one not being in their employment anymore. (We don't know the details but we REALLY liked him and were obviously dismayed) Anyway, the secretary was a dear and apologized profusely explaining the situation and not sure the new driver knew about the kindergarten route because it is an every other day one.

Then, the secretary of the bus company calls back an hour later asking unusual information like what time my child gets picked up, where my child gets picked up, etc. Things I would have assumed a bus company transporting school children would know, especially since we've had this bus route for the past four months. Apparently 'The Board' didn't know anything about this. That we were supposed to still be a picked up at a communal bus stop a ways down the road from our house. Now, those of you who have kept up with this blog know I called to change before school began because I was not walking two young children around a blind curve and through a wind tunnel 20 minutes down the road in the middle of a central Ontario winter. But apparently no-one told 'The Board' the arrangements that were made with the head of the bus company and 'The Board', who tallies by finance and pay rates instead of the conditions of where we live or what it is like to bundle two young children up for the winter and drag them down the street in the freezing wind, doesn't agree with the stops that have been working for the community for the past four months. The bus passes right by our house to get to the stop so it is not an inconvenience whatsoever.

I must give Kudo's to this secretary though because she was very kind and understanding and is helping with the cause. It will be interesting to see what Friday morning brings when next we wait for the bus.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 10:00 AM :: 2 comments

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Your Power Color Is Blue

Relationships and feelngs are the most important things to you.
You are empathetic and accepting - and good at avoiding conflict.
If someone close to you is in pain, it makes you hurt as well.
You try to heal the ones you love with your kind and open heart.

Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 2:28 PM :: 0 comments

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Research Headaches

Is there any part of researching that you like?

I'm amazed what you can find out on the internet--when you have the patience to sift through page after page of useless stuff to get that one site that gives you the details of what you are looking through.

Normally I don't mind but I seem to be stalled right now. The main problem being that I need to give a certain, yet important secondary character a position of importance, where he is on his cell half the time and called away the other half. I guess I'm just having a brain freeze because until I can come up with a job that makes sense, I can't research it. I've thought of lawyers, banking, etc. but nothing seems right...any suggestions I'll take. PLEASE! I know I'm vague but like I said, until I find the job, I can't get the details.

What type of jobs do your characters have?
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 1:03 PM :: 5 comments

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

My, How Things Do Change...

Any of you have a Holly Hobbie doll when you were little?

My sister had Holly and I had Amy, one of her friends in the green dress. They were the large size rag dolls that we never slept without, were repaired more often than we could count (although unlike my sister's, mine retained her origional wool hair) and was the best confident there could ever be.

Well, meet the new Hollie Hobbie. Hip and updated for our own children now. To give them credit they do say that she is the great grand-daughter. My, how things change...and man, do I feel old now.
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 10:14 AM :: 4 comments

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Friday, February 03, 2006

My, How Things Change

Any of you have a Holly Hobbie Doll when you were a child? My sister did and I had Amy, another of Holly's best friend in the green dress. They were the big size dolls that came with us everywhere, were repaired more times than I can remember (although unlike my sister's, mine still has her origional hair LOL) and was loved beyond a little girl's imagination.

I came across this today on a website for my children. Meet the new Holly Hobbie. Actually to give them credit, they do classify her as the great grand-daughter.

My, How things have changed.

Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 7:12 PM :: 0 comments

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Packed Up and Ready to Go

I finished up the last minor revisions and final proof of the first story in my children's series. It is now packed up in the envelope and ready to hit the mailbox when we go to town tomorrow.

I plan to work on the second story in between bouts on the romantic comedy I'm working on. I figure if I'm lucky enough that the editor likes the first story, I want to have one or two more ready for them and if they don't like it well, then they are ready for the next publisher I try.

My reward for finishing that this morning was to redo my office. I went to the dollar store yesterday and got some shelves, a colorful tablecloth, baskets etc and for about ten dollars have a whole new look to the office. Brighter, cheerer, ready for the next best seller to be written in (LOL, I have t be optimistic).
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 1:49 PM :: 4 comments

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