Friday, January 11, 2008

New/Updated Websites

Bret has finally set up a website. Now if we can just get him to blog. In his spare time. Right. In the meantime, please see the link under "Friends of Debbie" to check it out. A bit on the formal side, but he'll loosen up.

And Fleur's website has a new look. Very cool.

Anyone else ready to set up a whole website, or are you happy with "just" blogging? I don't know that I have any reason for a full site yet. Maybe once I seriously start the agent search. Or maybe after I get an agent and we're doing the publisher search. Or just before the book is ready to come out and I need a place for potential readers to find me.

Or not.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

For Whittaker


Saw this just after reading your latest post. Also, see The Writing Nag's quote for the day.

Amazing when these ideas seem to be in the ether for everyone to pick up.

Monday, January 7, 2008

A Very Good Week

I probably should have posted this yesterday, but you know how I am when I get spun up about something.

My week off was wonderful. Even though I had a cold through most of it. I think that may have helped in strange way. I already posted about the wonderful hikes at the start of my mini-vacation. Those were followed by a visit to the Sunday group of CSFWG and, of course, dinner after. I considered rejoining the group, but realized it's me trying to fill up time again. So, sorry guys, you'll just have to put up with your perpetual visitor.

The non-writing group was fun on New Year's night, but they kinda bummed me out. Here I was, not having to get up early the next morning and the evening ended at 9:30. Two of the guys had to leave at 4 the next morning to go hunting in Texas. One of the hunters was the host. Dude! Ask be about the bourbon tasting, though. Yeesh.

The rest of the week I played sloth. One day my big project was baking a pie. Another it was reading the latest Poets & Writers Magazine. I have to say that by yesterday I was feeling pretty refreshed. The supposed point of vacation, but not the usual result.

It wasn't as glamorous or sunny or warm or sandy or turtley as Ali's groovy Mexican adventure, but it was just what I needed. And, yes, I feel like writing again.

By the way, groovy may be my new word. Fair warning. And the grooviest part of the week was getting an email from someone who actually kick-started this whole crazy writing thing. On New Year's Eve 1999, waiting for 2000 to happen and crash all the computers in world (Honestly, I was. I worked for MCI at the time and was on duty over night.), I was IMing with some of my Mystery Science Theater 3000 buddies. Courtney and I talked about her film classes. I said how much I admired her for going for her dreams. She asked me what mine were. I said, no surprise, that I would love to write. Her response was something along the lines of "So why don't you?" One of those ah ha moments.

So, here for at least my little corner of the world to see: Thank you, Courtney, for that kick in the hinder.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Brilliance or Betrayal

I opened my email the other day to find a notice from "Since you've ordered merchandise by Julia Cameron, we thought you'd be interested....." It seems Ms. Cameron has penned a weight-loss book. Huh?

It's that time of year, of course. The ads for weight-loss programs, diet pills and tonics, and exercise equipment have tripled since before the holidays. The gyms all know that getting people to sign up now means lots of money for them, especially if they can get those people to take a one or two year contract. Because the vast majority of those people will have to continue to pay month after month while only actually using the facilities for a month or two. Why do you think they make you pay in advance or sign a contract? No flies on them.

But Julia Cameron? Creativity guru? The blurbs on Amazon claim that she discovered that people who unlock their creativity using The Artist's Way tend to get in shape as well. It's been a while since I did the program, but I don't recall any great body change. Maybe I did it wrong. Wouldn't be the first time that I failed to experience what others have. But it sounds like so much hooey to me.

We had a discussion at a Pirate's meeting a month or so back about whether we can separate an actor's private life from their work, i.e. Tom Cruise. Does the appearance of his being a total whack job ruin his movies for us? I believe the majority said, "yes." However, when it came to Russell Crowe and the reported violence, no one seemed deterred. Why? Is it that we think he's been falsely accused or that he's a better actor? Hard to say.

So does Julia Cameron's apparent selling out erode the respect I have for The Artist's Way? Not so much. It worked for me. Morning Pages still work for me. I think that D.B. is doing the right thing by doing the program. But this weight-loss book does leave a bad taste in my mouth. And it's not just that book. She's seemed to be pushing the whole add-on to The Artist's Way for a while now. She must have six or seven books related to the first one. But this latest one does seem over the top.

I'm one fan who will not be queuing up for this one. If you get it, though, let me know if it works for you. ;-)

Posting Goals

I guess I should jump on the old bandwagon and announce my writing goals for 2008. They are:

--Finish revision of MMG.
--Query Daniel and lots of other agents.
--Finish draft of Vesta.
--Work on short stories and submit.
--Possibly start TNN or another new novel

Sounds pretty light compared to some of the other Pirates' goals. But I know I shouldn't compare what I'm doing to what others are doing. It took almost five years to complete the first draft of MMG. Finishing Vesta in under a year is a very healthy improvement.