April 24, 2012 at 7:59 am (Funny Stuff)
Tags: Artemis Grey, finding the right word in writing, movie about writing, Throw momma from the train, Writing, writing life
Some unexpected family things yesterday didn’t allow me to do the post I
was going to slap together at the last minute had planned, so instead enjoy this GREAT clip about just how hard it is to be a writer.
Thanks to Artemis Grey for suggesting this movie!
April 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm (Writing)
Wow! The day totally got away from me, and now it’s 4pm and I just realized I didn’t do a post today.
Since I have nothing intelligent to write and kids are bugging me with the age old question of, ”What’s for dinner” I’m going to look to you guys for help on a future post I want to write…
So I ask…
What are your favorite movies that deal with writing, or an author, as the main storyline?
I personally love Romancing the Stone, because the beginning just cracks me up with the reality of what a writer really looks like and acts like when they’ve been working really hard to get to “The End”.
Another favorite stars Sean Connery as a reclusive writer in Finding Forrester.
I’ve tried to watch Adaptation several times, but never could get into it.
A recent movie that quickly became a favorite of mine is Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper as a writer with a contract and a pissed off editor nagging him for pages.
And one that’s always stuck with me, even though it relates to music and not writing, is Mr. Holland’s Opus. I’ve always thought that one could be a universal theme on someone who keeps trying to go after their dreams, even when life gets in their way.
So, what’s your favorite writing related movie?
April 13, 2012 at 8:08 am (Family)
Tags: dale carnegie, develop success from failure, letting go of training wheels, taking off training wheels, teaching how to ride a bike, twins, Writing, writing life
Yesterday, I taught my twins how to ride their bikes without training wheels. I’d been working with them the past week (and by “working with” I mean I huffed and puffed alongside their bike with a firm grip upon their seat while panting out encouraging words) but yesterday was the day I finally let go.
My daughter went first.
Yep, I let go and stood in the street, fighting back tears (much like I am now as I type this) as my daughter took off on her own. She stopped shortly after with a look of immense pride and amazement. Her brother gave her a bouquet of flowers (weeds he picked from the yard) I gave her a hug, we practiced a few more times, and then I pronounced her an official bike rider.
Then, there was my son.
Quite a different story.
I wheeled him into the street, huffed alongside for a while while making sure that he not only remembered how to use the brakes (he likes to drag his feet instead of using the brakes) and why it was important to stop properly (in addition to the dragging feet thing, he thinks it’s fun to stop by ramming his front wheel into the sidewalk curb). He promised to brake and stop correctly, and then I told him it was time.
He told me, “I’m shaking with fear.”
I told him, “You can do it. I can’t keep up with you anymore. It’s time. You’ve got your balance and you know how to stop. You just need to do it.”
And then he did.
He even stopped properly. His sister ran into the street and gave him a bear hug while jumping up and down and shouting “You did it!”
Then, he practiced a few more times, did a fantastic crash into the sidewalk curb at high speed, and got right back on after an “I told you so” type of lecture from me about using his brakes.
I proclaimed him an official bike rider. Then, hubby came home and all three of us showed him what we could do.
A great day indeed.
Today’s quote is from Dale Carnegie…
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
April 10, 2012 at 8:50 am (Writing)
Something is wrong with the comment feature on my blog. Is anyone else having trouble finding the button to click to leave your comment? Florence Fois notified me of the problem, and I can’t figure out how to fix this?
I’ve been writing so much lately, and am so into my imaginary world and my imaginary friends (my characters) that I totally forgot to do a blog post for today! That’s a sure sign I’m enjoying my writing time .
How do you know when you’re really into your work, or really motivated?
April 6, 2012 at 1:00 am (Writing)
Tags: carpe diem, keeping writing goals, trish love elliott, Writing, writing life
No quote today.
CLICK HERE instead. (Trust me, it’s worth it)
April 3, 2012 at 1:00 am (Writing)
Tags: book drive, its the most wonderful time of the year back to school commercial, Margo Kelly, never give up, spring break, staples back to school commercial, Writing, writing life
Last week, the Corbett kids were on spring break.
So, aside from building couch forts, playing Chutes and Ladders, and teaching my twins how to unload the dishwasher (yay me!), I got nothing done writing-wise.
But today, they went back! Here’s a video to explain my joy…
Alas, now I have so much to catch up on (hello to my critique partners, I’m talking to you . Don’t worry, your chapters are coming soon!) I don’t have time for a blog post today.
Instead, I send you over to Margo Kelly’s blog, where she is hosting a fantastic book drive for a high school library in Nampa, Idaho that is in desperate need of books.