Wha’ Happened?

October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Bliss
October 28, 2013

Thanks for the blanket, Mommy, because in case you hadn't noticed, it's time to turn the furnace on.

Thanks for the blanket, Mommy, because in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s time to turn
the furnace on.

Where did October go? I know that sounds like a Barry Manilow song, but seriously. What the hell happened?

The hummingbirds are gone, the farmer’s market had its last weekend, and retail’s already talking big HOLIDAYS.

On the plus side, I switched out to my fall/winter shoes, I busted out my Halloween playlist for my workouts, and we’re moving Mom into her new place this week. I’m actually pretty excited about Mom’s new place. It has a pool and everything.

And because I brought it up, and the song is in my head, here it is: Barry Manilow singing “When October Goes.”

P.S. I did turn the furnace on.

Reading for the Weekend (October 25)

October 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Read
October 25, 2013

I was not in the best state of mind when I finished Covet  a couple of weekends ago. I can still say, however, that this book is beautifully written and has compelling characters and I came away from it with two profound lessons: tell your life partner the truth about whatever messed up crap you’re going through; and make the time to get it on.

Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves

Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves

Check out Julie’s lovely review over at Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks.

I’m still enjoying the heck out of Who Asked You?  Here are a couple of  prime examples of McMillan’s talent to give a lot of information about someone in a short space and also make them totally relatable:

“I open the white cabinet, the one with the loose brackets, and pull a straw out of the mayonnaise jar I keep them in.”

That took me back to my childhood, living in the tippy, tiny apartment on the corner.

“I did get a kick out of Pirates of the Caribbean after I downed one of my little bottles of tequila I keep in my purse just for times like this when I wish I was somewhere else but can’t just up and leave.”

I must get me a little purse bottle of tequila.

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

I just started Twelve Years a Slave  because the movie is coming to Albuquerque on November 8th and a whole group of us are supposed to read the book and then go see the movie. After I read this review in the New York Daily News and this review in Rolling Stone, however, I wondered why the hell I am doing this to myself.

Oh, yeah. Because I kind of have to.

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

What are you reading this weekend?

On the Road Back Again

October 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

Yes, I’m talking about the Hero’s Journey. What else is new?
And jotting down story notes in my planner again. All is right with the world.

Write
October 23, 2013

HappySunKits

I am back to the rewrites and they’re going well. Thanks to

  • The middle of the night heart pounding thing happened, like I knew it would. I managed to skip the Vodka shot this time.
  • I went to my monthly LERA (Land of Enchantment Romance Authors) meeting and the guest speaker was UNM screenwriting instructor Matt McDuffie. He. Was. Fabulous.

McDuffie does not believe in plot. (My hero.) He believes in a story about a character who wants something.

What do I want? To get this book published. That means BICHOK, baby. (Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard. A little tidbit I learned at the RWA13 conference.)

Towards the end of his talk about breaking down the structure of a story, McDuffie touched on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, and my heart pit-a-patted a little faster than it already had been.

12 Steps of a Hero's Journey. LERA meeting with guest speaker Matt McDuffie 10-12-13.

12 Steps of a Hero’s Journey. LERA meeting with guest speaker
Matt McDuffie 10-12-13.

12 Steps of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey (aka My Lifeline to Story Plotting)

  1. Ordinary World
  2. Call to Adventure
  3. Refusal of the Call
  4. Meeting with the Mentor
  5. Crossing of the Threshold
  6. Tests, Allies, Enemies
  7. Approach to the Innermost Cave
  8. The Ordeal
  9. The Boon or the Reward
  10. The Road Back
  11. The Resurrection
  12. Return with the Elixir

I could not wait to get back to my novel. I plowed through the ordeal and made it to the end of the shorter road back. Now I am at the new resurrection, a brand new scene that I am excited to have found a use for and am having a lot of fun writing.

“I read something because I want to know what it’s like to be alive.” —Matt McDuffie.

Fall TV Redux

October 21, 2013 § 4 Comments

And by the way, my only bliss this past week  

Bliss
October 21, 2013

Sunday night TV with Witches of East End

Sunday night TV with Witches of East End

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. I got hit with a family crisis—I didn’t even get to go to the art exhibit I’d been planning on for the past three weeks. It looks like everything is getting resolved, though, and for the best. Through all that,  the joy I did get during some troubling hours came from my shows. Yep. The TV.

Sleepy Hollow
Fox, Mondays

It is crazy-ass good times and the right blend of funny and freaky-deaky. Not to mention the two leads are a pleasure to watch together. It’s already been renewed for a second season. The only complaint I have is no new episodes until November 4th.

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
PBS, 10/15

Superheroes! It came on at the same time as Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. so thank goodness for DVRs. I sat down for all three hours of this one.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fox, Tuesdays

Text from Dia:

Have u seen a new show called Brooklyn 99? It is hilarious. . . The chief of police reminds me of you.

This is the second time Dia has said I remind her of a dry, sarcastic, male who is a police officer. And I’m totally okay with that. Besides, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is hilarious. I mean laugh out loud.

Scandal
ABC, Thursdays

‘Nuff said.

Witches of East End
Lifetime, Sundays

I’ve been longing for a show centered on witches who aren’t getting their broomsticks handed to them by vampires. I got what I “witched” for on this one.

What TV shows have stuck with you so far this fall? Which shows get you through the hard times?

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