The Tuesday Train and SUCCESS!

Ah HAH HAHAHAHAHAH! (evil, evil laugh)

I DID IT! The Twinkie is no more! He has bowed to my will and become the villain I knew he was! It took weeks of therapy, wine, scotch and a rubber hose but, he finally decided that he was evil incarnate!

Thank goodness that is over. I swear the next time I have a character to get of line, I think I am going to make them sit, tied up in a chair and play “We are the World” for hours until they submit. ūüôā

Yes, we writers are a trifle insane. We are not normal. Writers have an imagination to the nth degree. What I mean is this: take a regular person’s imagination and hype it up on undiluted caffeine/dark chocolate/sugar/the power to create or destroy and you have a writer’s imagination.

Worlds live and die at our fingertips. People live, love, die and possibly go to Heaven/Hell in our minds. It’s like having the super, duper, secret red button that the President has for nuclear war, and we just sit there all day long pushing that button!

alien button

Funny thing though about writers, we all think we suck. Oh, yeah, the imagination is a nice sharp sword that cuts both ways. Here we are creators/destroyers of worlds and all of us think our work sucks. Even a top writer like Dean Koontz has problems with believing that his works is good.

So, don’t envy us writers, (even though we get to stay home and work in our pjs) because we are all mental cases. And I say that in the nicest possible way!

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The Tuesday Train and kerfuffle

There is a lot of brain-busting, mind-altering kerfuffle that goes on when you live with a writer.

It takes a special person to put up with imaginary people, research of deadly toxins and odd questions, such as¬†“what size hole will a broadsword make in a man’s chest?” My husband has listened to me talk out loud to villains, heroines who are being blond and of course the current problem, the Twinkie.

He has heard me shout, “That’s how I’ll kill him off!” Or had me ask in the middle of a family dinner, “Do you think I should send her down the dark alley or into the hold of a ship looking for the clue?”

Yes, it takes a special person to live with a writer. You think a knitter with a yarn stash has a lot of stuff? Not compared to a writer. We have books about writing, not writing, dealing with your writers block, how not to get a writer’s block,¬†the craft of writing, everyone else’s take¬†on the craft of writing and well, you get the drift.

Then there is the reams of paper, pens, pads of special paper, notebooks, pens, erasers, ink for the printer and the special writing programs.

To say “It takes the patience of a Saint to live with a writer” is an understatement. So I bow deeply and give thanks to the spouses, significant others, children, family and friends of writers, because without you we would just be in a padded white cell yelling,¬†¬† “No, I really can make her come back from the dead with my magic spell!”

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The Tuesday Train And it’s January….

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! We have survived 12-21-12, the Fiscal Cliff and Christmas. Now all we have to do is be faithful to all of those new resolutions that we promised to keep.

resolutions

Me?! I have one resolution that I would like to fulfill: to finish this blasted novel! Editing has been going well, the plot has the elements it needs BUT I am still having a mutiny.

mutiny

And unlike the movie, I can’t shove my character overboard. His main objection to the¬†role I put him in is ” I feel like a villain. Why does everyone hate me?” DUH! Because you are the villain, you are the bad guy. The guy everyone loves to hate. Nope, he wants to be the bad guy who turns out to be the good guy at the end of the story. Like Snape in Harry Potter.

snape

You’ll remember that I had character problems a few weeks ago. The main character was a doofus, the sidekick was the hero and both of them sent me to the whiskey bottle.

Yeah, same story different drink this time. My villain turned out to be hiding the fact that he was the twin doofus to my used-to-be-main-character. Oh, yeah he’s evil. About as evil as the last Twinkie sitting on the shelf. He is all golden cake with a creamy inside.

Why do you ask am I having so many problems with my characters? I guess when it comes to my characters I am so happy to find them I don’t ask them the hard questions. Yes, writers have conversations with imaginary people.¬†¬†When you are a writer your characters are as real to you as the real people who inhabit your life. Having a conversation with them gives you intimate knowledge that makes them come alive to your readers.

No, these conversations¬†don’t require the use of pharmaceuticals. It’s called a wild and vivid imagination.¬† And lots of wine, Chardonnay to be precise. I find that my inner critic loves to tie one on. So every chance I get I try to get my inner witch drunk. That way I can write in peace, but that is a story for another day.

Speaking of stories, starting friday I am going to be post excerpts from a short story I wrote. A case of FanFiction that went a little too fruity-in-the-loops. Stay tuned.

So let’s¬†have a glass of wine¬†to¬†celebrate January, resolutions and turning a villain into a cream puff.

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The Tuesday Train and I refuse to do it

I refuse to do it.

“IT” being feed into the fear/paranoia/imagination people are having¬†about 12/21/12.

I prefer to think about chocolate or sex or anything but “THE END OF THE WORLD” (said in a loud echoy voice).

I have such a fertile imagination that I can not only follow Alice down the rabbit hole, I can turn the hole into a chasm with purple-polka dotted roses and a Cheshire cat that is actually a woman eating tiger.

Imagination is a wonderful thing but too much and you will be headed down the abyss with a white coat on shouting “Off with her head!”

Seriously, The Mayans said the end will mark a change. It could be that we won’t see any more blonds. Or maybe the sky will turn green and the grass blue. Or just for kicks maybe they just ran out of room on that round tablet thingy.

I vote for that they ran out of room. And when they did, there was hysterical laughter around the carving for months. Every time someone said “2012” everyone would convulse into laughter. ūüôā

Here is to starting the new year with laughter instead of fear.

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The Tuesday Train and WIP

I have a WIP. And it needs help. From a highlighter.

If I have you confused let me unconfuse you. A WIP is a writer’s acronym for Work In Progress. Also know as a book currently under construction. A first draft so to speak. It can also be the second, third, fourth, etc, etc… you get the idea.

I love a good acronym as much as the next person. I enjoy talking on my cell in public and saying “Yeah, tonight my husband gets to see my WIP.” With a straight face.

But I digress. Okay, using a writing method called Fast Draft, an innovation of Candace Havens, I wrote 45,000 words that I want to keep. And then I wrote 15,000 words that need to be edited to fit into the draft or WIP of my book.

So today I stared at my WIP. Just sat and stared for a good hour. Why? No freaking idea. Seemed like the thing to do at them time. I know I need to cut my baby up. Prune it with a vengeance. But, I sit with the highlighter clenched in my hand, frozen in time.

I need to mark one word as wrong, just one and then it will flow. But, which word do I pick? Which of my magnificent pearls of wisdom do I highlight out of existence?

Maybe if I slip some whiskey into my coffee I will be able to make paper dolls of this monstrosity that has its fingers firmly clasped around my heart.

My issue with this WIP? My Main Character is a doofus. No, really, he turned out to be an absolute idiot and my Sidekick Character is actually the hero. So, see… no easy fix this. AARRGH!!! I just want to slap them both sensible. But, no, this is what happens when imaginary people actually have a say in your life.

Pass the whiskey, please………

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The Tuesday Train and stumped

I am stumped.

I am facing a blank wall of inspiration today. Nothing is getting through. Nothing.

So, what do I do in this situation? P-A-N-I-C

Yep, throw all caution to the wind, run around screaming the sky is falling or if all else fails………..

Post pictures of cute kittens!

I need another nap! 20 hours just wasn't enough

I need another nap! 20 hours just wasn’t enough

Okay, NOW can we PANIC!

Okay, NOW can we PANIC!

and last but not least!

I will bend you to my will!

I will bend you to my will!

Okay, panic is over. Now, I am going to go drink my glass of milk and call it a night.

Take care and hopefully next week I might have a few working brain cells….

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The Tuesday Train and no black friday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now, onto my rant-fest. I promise I will only do this once this Christmas season.

Shopping, shopping, shopping.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday… three days dedicated to an orgy of spending. Not family time, but money time. Which store is going to give the best deal on that humongous flat screen tv? Or the pc/table/phone? Xbox or PS3 which one will give the best deal with console and games?

It also seems that all we can see on t.v. right now is shopping mixed with ads for Christmas shows. So in a five-minute commercial break, I can buy three different kinds of cars (one from Santa at Chevy), ties for my husband, jewelery for me and all the while I can eat at McDonald’s/Golden Corral/Applebee’s, oh and don’t forget plugging my electronic device to U-Verse because everything else is too slow according to some tweens.

Whew! I didn’t know that I was so talented! Or so rich!

Seriously, I don’t know about you but I get so disgusted with the constant buy!buy!buy! on television that I won’t watch it. I refuse to relegate Christmas to one big gimme fest.

What are we teaching our children when all they can think about right now is what loot they’re going to get on Christmas morning? Is greed a legacy that we as Americans want to pass on to future generations?

I love Christmas. I enjoy giving presents and receiving them. I am not Scrooge. I am anti-commercial. I just wish we could stop all of the craziness now. We just got over the election madness and now its on to the silly season.

My apologies for whining.

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The Tuesday Train and acceptance

Do you accept who you are? What you believe in? What you stand for? Or do you twist yourself into something more acceptable to society, friends and family?

There are people who turn themselves into somebody foreign, going against what they believe is right to fit in. They can feel the wall surrounding them closing off their inner self. It’s almost like fitting a round peg into a square hole. If it’s forced it will kind of, sort of fit. But, it will always be awkward and uncomfortable.

They find themselves vaguely dissatisfied with their lives, mildly unhappy but not quite knowing why. Often this sense of unease or dissatisfaction is called a mid-life crisis or depression.

But, what is it we really want? A new career, new spouse, new belongings? And when we try to satisfy ourselves with a different job, spouse or a new hot rod it lasts a very short period of time. Then we are back to feeling dissatisfied.

I think that what we really want is to be accepted for who we are. We want our inner child to be out, to get silly, play games and have fun without guilt being along for the ride.

Our need for this acceptance is a thirst that for some people is never quenched. For some, they find themselves where they least expect it.

This Thanksgiving try to accept yourself and those around you for who they are. Try to smile at the “you need to lose weight” comments or the “you never help/do anything for me” remarks. Spend the day just enjoying each moment and accepting that life can be good.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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The Tuesday Train and oy vey…….

It’s Monday. Need I say more?

It appears that I have come down with a serious case of Mondayitis. If you haven’t heard of this debilitating illness, let me explain.

Mondayitis strikes without warning, one minute you are drinking your coffee, contemplating your day and the next moment…. BAM! You feel an overwhelming desire to crawl back into your pjs, go back to bed and pull the covers over your head. The cry springs from your lips “No, No, No! You can’t make me! I don’t wanna do it! You can’t make me!”

You know as an adult that Mondays happen and that after enjoying a calm, serene weekend you will inevitably have to throw yourself headlong back into the rat race that is called “the work week”.¬† Inside though there is a five-year old desperately clinging to the last shreds of weekend before being forced back into….”the work week”.

I am sorry to say that there is only one cure for Mondayitis. It is called “Retirement”. A golden end to a rainbow that we all seek. Unfortunately this cure comes after hundreds of dreaded Mondays. Just remember that there will come a day when you can wake up, realise its Monday and roll back over to go to sleep.

Hoping that your Monday was free of Mondayitis…. now I’m getting in my pjs, before Tuesday shows up.

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The Tuesday Train and thoughts

I want to apologize for not posting last week. It would be easy to blame it on my internet being down (which it was), or the fact I ran out of time (nope had lots of it) or that I ran out of ideas (sometimes but not last week).

No, the real reason is that I couldn’t summon up the motivation. I felt bad for the Hurricane Sandy survivors. I had a bad case of the blues caused by sending my daughter back to Washington and leaving my other daughter back home.

And these last few months of people tearing each other apart because they disagreed over political beliefs has set my teeth on edge. When did the phrase “agree to disagree” go out of style? When did it become normal to call a sitting president “Hitler”? I wasn’t a fan of the last president, but, I would have never compared him to a butcher.

I promised I wouldn’t talk politics and I’m not. I’m just talking common sense, compassion and decency.

I think this was the first¬†presidential election that made me feel sad.¬†¬†No matter who wins, let’s hope we can all get along afterwards.

So I was the disappearing rail car last week and not just because it was Halloween. I hope every enjoyed the trick and treating, and of course the non-caloric candy!

I know it’s not candy but, it’s chocolate!

Take care!

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