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Today’s Odds and Ends

I’d like to do what I can to promote this publication. They do a wonderful job of keeping locals up to date with great restaurants and the local music scene.

Thought I’d highlight sections every once in awhile. This paper is free. Seriously. Free every Wednesday. But, it can also be delivered. I want to get delivery, but I worry over the delivery hassle for them. I live pretty far out of town. Oklahoma Gazette

Got a good chuckle out of this story Dude, Where’s My Brain?

One of two would be Enid, OK criminals accidentally hit speed dial, dialing 911 on his cell phone. The line stayed open over the next 3 hours and 45 minutes as they drove around town, plotting their theft of a car in order to set it on fire.
Some of the statements recorded… “It’s gonna burn, will they be able to get fingerprints? and “I’ve got the lighter, Dude. Let’s go!” Unfortunately, Enid doesn’t have the ability to trace cell phone calls. The police had to listen and try to find clues. They eventually caught them at the highschool but this was after the car owner rushed out to extinguish the fire that had only burned the front and rear upholstery. They set fire to it IN HIS FRONT YARD.

There’s also an interview with Norman, OK’s The Starlight Mints. This is why I always make it a point to pick up the Gazette. starlightmints Music plays on the main website, so take a couple of minutes to try them out. I did and I like what I hear. Already signed up to order the CD. 🙂 You can listen to more music on their myspace site www.myspace.com/starlightmints Fun video there as well! I’m not terribly good at band description, but for me, I hear influences of Beck, White Stripes and even a hint of Jane’s Addiction… If I didn’t need to get to my “real” writing, I’d dig deeper. I will when I get the CD. Looking forward to it. I may even go to the CD release party at the Bricktown Ballroom.

On Sunday, Nathan Brown, will be reading selections from his 2nd and 3rd poetry books at the Full Circle Book Store in OKC. I’m not familiar with his work, but I am intrigued by this description: The book seems to be less about righteous indignation than it is about the search for a more authentic spirituality…. Suffer the Little Voices, was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in the poetry category.

There is a good article on the growing music scene.

I have to admit, I don’t get out to see live music very often. It’s too much of an effort to knock my husband over the head and drag him to these things. He’s not that into contemporary music. I do have some friends who like similar music, so I’m thinking I might tag along with them more often. I get caught up in kid activities and I have a standing “Italian dinner making and Sopranos night” with friends on Sundays. I do enjoy these. We’ve been cooking with wine so I need to catch up the wine recipes on this blog.

And in wine news, I’ll be bottling a Pinot and a Riesling next week. I’m a little worried about the Pinot because right before I added the clearing agents, I found the airlock had been knocked off. I have no way of knowing how much air got to it, but I think it was only about a day. It should be fine, but I won’t know if it messed with the taste for months. That’s the only downside of making your own wine– waiting for it to age properly. Since I was lazy and didn’t make a lot of wine last year, I don’t have any aged well enough for cooking so I stocked up yesterday.

Today, I have a lot of writing to get done. I’ve been stuck on a scene for over a month and I’m getting frustrated. I just can’t figure out what needs to happen next. I hate when this happens. So, I’m going to… gasp… write past it. Maybe it’ll come to me later and I can go back and fix. It better.


  1. March 29, 2006    

    Sending you good writing vibes!!! OMG . . . that theft story is hilarious }:)

  2. March 29, 2006    

    Thank you so much! I need them. Bad. I had actually written over 120 pages of this book before deciding to scrap the entire thing and start over. Talk about painful. And now it’s giving me fits again. Think I’m going to have to join a critique group just for the reader viewpoint feedback.

    I love silly criminal stories, don’t you?

  3. March 29, 2006    

    Chuckling over the bozos in Enid – lol. The Gazette should put you on payroll…great blog about them.

    Best on that scene.

  4. March 29, 2006    

    The “Gazette” seems like an interesting newspaper, an alchemical mix of intellectual sophistication and provincial anti-intellecualism.

    Parts of the paper (the arts review section) read like the “Village Voice” did, before Murdoch. On the other hand, there was also the story of the man who left his toddler son in the car. Dad wanted to see strippers, and warned junior that if he followed him into the joint, monsters would eat him.

    I’ve only been to OK twice in my life. But I’m wondering if such stories are reflexive of the local ethos.

  5. March 29, 2006    

    Yup, sometimes Okies can be really smart.

    What dumb asses.

    BTW, I love the covers you post of the OG. 🙂 For a SAHM in a new state with no social life to speak of, it is a pleasant way for me to feel like I’m back home.

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  7. March 29, 2006    

    Lyn, I would love to be on the Gazette staff! I would love getting paid to write. (g)

    As to the local ethos. Yes and no. The Gazette is the closest thing we have to a liberal publication. It’s mostly about local entertainment venues, but there is usually something about politics. Then you get the letters to the editor that lean the opposite occasionally.

    I missed the story about the toddler. Oh, that was in Chicken Fried News online. CFN and News of the Weird are little bits of national or local news they find humorous. The toddler story was about a man in Kansas.

    I think I gravitate toward the Gazette because the local papers are so obviously partisan. I gave up on them years ago. They seem to go out of their way to make any progressive thinkers feel unwelcome. I read my news online now.

  8. March 29, 2006    

    Don’t feel bad, I’m stuck on a scene too. An opening love scene. And I write sensual/erotic. Am I tapped out? Something needs to give.

    I hope your scene comes to you.

  9. March 29, 2006    

    No need to gasp. I rarely write scenes completely in the order they appear in the book/story. I write what comes to me that day and then piece it together in the editing. This helps keep writer’s block at bay for me.

  10. March 29, 2006    

    I’m glad you’re feeling better … and happy belated birthday wishes.

    I too have had difficulty getting past a certain place in my WIP. My hero was stuck in a room for 12 chapters. My husband looked at me really strangely when I told him my guy had finally come out of the closet. He doesn’t get the appeal of romance fiction to begin with … now he’s really confused.

    Good luck.

  11. March 30, 2006    

    I write all out of order, too. Good luck with it, Rinda!

    I really like The Gazette, too. Great article on Apple a few weeks ago.

  12. March 30, 2006    

    I tend to write straight through. Currently I’m having trouble getting back into POC for a variety of reasons. I’m thinking of working on something else for a while just to get moving. Scenes and dialog keep popping into my head but none are for my current WIP.

  13. March 30, 2006    

    I saw that article on Apple. I’ve never worked on one, but now I’m curious. I remembered that you really liked them. Tell me, do you have to fork out a fortune to update the operating system often? Seems like every time I finally pay the money to update Windows, a new one is released. And I miss one of the old ones — liked it better.

    I do usually write out of order, but I was hoping to just knock this manuscript out in one fell swoop– kind of like Gena. But I changed my hero and now I don’t know him. It’s driving me nuts.

    LOL Sara, that’s funny.

    I have two friends who actually write the kind of book that has the hero coming out of the closet, so let me know if you need any tips. (g)

  14. March 30, 2006    

    [Laura said: I rarely write scenes completely in the order they appear in the book/story. I write what comes to me that day and then piece it together in the editing. This helps keep writer’s block at bay for me.]

    omg – Rinda. Back when I was doing programs, CORA had a speaker once who said she wrote scenes out of sequence (and I applaud anyone who can) and Lou was sitting beside me in the back. She leaned over and said “Isn’t that kinda like breathing hard and then coming?” – I’ve never been able to talk to anyone about writing in puzzle pieces since.

  15. March 30, 2006    

    Lou is a trip. Last month, Lou and a few of us took a little field trip to a store for adults. Talk about hilarious. I won’t share the details here. heh heh

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