Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sweet, Cute, and Productive

~~In the last two weeks, I've been very occupied with the Mall at the End of Time House Party at the Book and Writers Forum. I thought you needed an update.
  • I've written 14,000 words
  • Learned who Alex Singer is (more on that in a bit)
  • Gotten way behind on my awards (see below)
  • And submitted "Tea With My Inner Editor" to a magazine. Keep your fingers crossed.
~~Now for the full report of Alex Singer. I'll add a bit I posted on the HP denouement thread:

 When we started two weeks ago, I knew that Alex Singer was the son of Mack Singer and Sandra Roberts, that she never told Mack about Alex, that he showed up in Mack's life shortly after he marries Laura Grace, and then deploys to Afghanistan. I knew he would have TBI and come to live with my Cherry Hill family with all the problems of integrating a new family member with disabilities. I'd written no scenes with Alex in them. Now I know who he is, how he will respond to the care and love of his family, how hard it will be to accept his condition and learn to live again. Not to mention that he will learn to love as well. With all the revelations I've learned, I can mine how Alex will learn to accept love, give love, heal, and realize he is still the young man who was willing to die for his country.

~~Seriously Cute Blogger and Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

Thanks to Deniz, one of my House Party buddies, I have two new awards.

Seriously Cute--I need to list five books/ TV programs/ films I've experienced in the last twelve months. Are you kidding? Only five? I thought I'd do five authors instead:

~~Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy
~~Lois McMaster Bujold's Challion trilogy
~~Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire series (13 books)
~~Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants
~~Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees

There are others, but I'll stop at five.

Irresistibly Sweet--I need to list seven random facts
  1. Max has started barking at the rotating photos I use for my screen saver--especially when one of him and Casey pops up.
  2. When my momma, sister, and I went on a long ride together in June, we discussed our old boyfriends. Really. It was fun, too.
  3. We put our huge Norfolk Island Pine on the deck for the summer. It's secretly a transformer. When wet, it's conical shaped and when dry, its cantilevered limbs lift again.
  4. I've picked up four new followers lately. Thank you!
  5. I'm about 60% done with the rough draft of FRIENDLY FIRE. ; )
  6. It's too hot! We've had 24 days of 90+ degrees in June. July is following in line with the possibility of triple digits next week.
  7. My husband has washed and waxed both the car and truck in the last two days.
There was a tag somewhere in the last month and I can't remember who tagged me. Nor can I remember the 7 funny questions except for the "Are you hot?" I think #6 answers that one.

~~Now  to pass on these awards:
Here's the people who have commented on my last blog post:

Mary Mary
Another Author
Madeline Bartos
And the lovely Charlotte Rains Dixon who I owe for "Tea With My Inner Editor"

Have a great day, everyone! ; )


  1. I loved Water for Elephants! Haven't read the others though...

    That's what sisters are for [g] It's fun being able to talk more openly about that sort of thing with my mom too, now that I'm older.

    I love heat if it's not humid! Wish I was down there now with the sunshine, the pines, the cicadas...

    And congrats for learning more about Mack! Off to contribute to the HP denouement now.

  2. Oh, believe me, it *is* humid. At least 95% every day. You can't have heat without humidity down here.

    I still can't believe that house party. It was amazing. You had the most characters and they were wonderful as always. ; )

  3. Summer here is warm, but it's not sunny and it's not raining either. Bleh. You guys must have had a blast on the long car ride. Thanks for the awards. :)

  4. Woot, congratulations on your awards, and lovely to meet Alex!

    14,000 words, go you! That's awesome :)



  5. Thanks, Rachael. House parties are the most amazing writing environment. Until you do one, you can't understand the creativity, inspiration, and collaboration.

  6. Thanks for the award, ZM!

    It's amazing how much we can learn about a character by total immersion, isn't it? [g]

  7. Hi, Jill!
    Thanks for the like, too. Yes, total immersion is amazing. I don't pull if off often.

  8. I loved meeting Alex, Zan Marie!! He is so great, and you have such a handle on him already. :-)

  9. Thanks, Tara. I'm working on another character for a plot-bunny story. He's a version of Alex, but so far, he hasn't really caught fire. Cross your fingers. ; )

  10. 14,000 words. I bow down to you.

    And thank you so much for the award!

  11. You're welcome. I'm mining those words for some images in a sperate story. We'll see if anything comes of it.

  12. Congrats on the awards!

    Alex sounds like a great character. I hope you're having fun with writing him in. :-)

  13. Thanks, Misha. Alex is wonderful. He's not for the current WIP, but I'll be looking forward to writing him in the next one.

  14. Congrats on your awards and your writing progress :)

  15. Thanks for the update! Sounds like you've got some good stuff going on.

    If you get a chance, check out a fellow writer's zombie story and help me make him wear an embarrassing shirt next year! Details are here:

  16. Thanks for the comments, Kelworth!


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