Odds and Ends

Got my copy of Surreal Magazine in yesterday and have to say I’m very pleased with the art. I’ve asked permission to showcase this artist’s work here and will hopefully hear back soon. Also had some fantastic feedback and quite a compliment from my editor Mike Miller. So, it has been a good day. 🙂

Also got tired of this nightmare of an office. I couldn’t find research notes I’d printed. Just. Last. Week. Time to clean. I thought it would take me little time, leaving the afternoon free. But no– this was an all-dayer. So, I have to put in some time tonight.

I’m working on two pieces of short fiction and a novel. Once I get the hang of the progress bar to the right, it will get updated more often.

So, since I have much to do, I’m going to share some of my favorite plotting sites for Rachel at Rachel Writes who just sold a three book deal to Luna! Congrats Rachel!!!

I always find it interesting to learn of other author’s plotting patterns. In the end, I came up with my own sort of jumbled process, but sometimes, in studying, something will give you that little extra nudge you need.

The first one is my favorite– it was the proverbial light bulb for me. Plotting with The Odyssey. So, take a ride with Odysseus and learn a little about a character’s journey!
Article of The Month — called Plotting Without Fears by Alicia Rasley

Also by Alicia Rasley — Top Ten Plotting Problems

Lisa Gardner’s Plotting the Novel

Fiction Factor – Plotting Your Novel

Beyond the Basics: Creating the Professional Plot Outline
— this is a good one, too!

Today’s Mix:

Garden State soundtrack
This is one fantastic CD. Can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it here before. Probably because it pretty much stays in my car. Just look at this line up!

1. Don’t Panic – Coldplay
2. Caring Is Creepy – The Shins
3. In The Waiting Line – Zero 7
4. New Slang – The Shins
5. I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You – Colin Hay
6. Blue Eyes – Cary Brothers
7. Fair – Remy Zero
8. One Of These Things First – Nick Drake
9. Lebanese Blonde – Thievery Corporation
10. The Only Living Boy In New York – Simon & Garfunkel
11. Such Great Heights – Iron and Wine
12. Let Go – Frou Frou
13. Winding Road – Bonnie Somerville

I already owned CDs by Zero 7, Nick Drake, Thievery Corporation, Frou Frou and Coldplay, so I knew I’d like this mix. Right this minute I’m listening to Colin Hay– good, good music. And because I like Lebanese Blonde so much, I also put in

The Mirror Conspiracy by Thievery Corporation
This is mostly down tempo, nice music with a groove.

For something a little different today, I added

A Part of Something by Drumattica
This CD grows on you. In fact, there are better, bolder and longer clips here CD Baby: DRUMATTICA: A Part of Something CD Baby is an excellent place to buy music. They will even pop in a free CD with your order. It might be with two or more — not sure. Here’s the description off CD Baby

“Drumattica combines elements of trance and 80’s genre New Wave with tribal drums and pop hooks. Picture Peter Gabriels Last Temptation of Christ with the Chemical Brothers meets The Doors and you’ve got the idea.”

Oh man, now I gotta find my Peter Gabriel CDs. Only… they’re albums. Anyone remember So? Loved Mercy Street. To this day, when I hear In Your Eyes I see this image…

Guess I’ll look for my copy of that movie, too.

0 thoughts on “Odds and Ends”

  1. You are so welcome. I’m blogging too often and was afraid you’d missed it. That first one really helped me plot a book or two. It just reminds you when you need to up the stakes to make it interesting.

  2. Some really good links in there. And I LOVE JOHN CUSACK!!! – lol. Cracked up when I saw that pic.

    Also – rather than tie up your blog with posts on everything, congratulations to mom and dad on Felice (BIG GRIN) and to you, of course. Babies are so special.

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