Friday Funny Meme

Here’s a meme I found that applies to dating a writer, or being friends with one.dating a writer

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Movies about Writers Writing

(This post is a repeat, but a goodie nonetheless so I hope you enjoy!)

So, when I put together this post where I asked you to name/describe your favorite writing-related movie, I had the grandest of aspirations to put together a list of fantastic movies about writers, writing, and publishing as a whole.

Then when I entered three words on Google’s search engine started extensive research into the subject, I found several others had thought of such an idea before me. And, since I went on an all day field trip as a chaperon for my twins’ class yesterday, I kind of don’t have any energy to reinvent the wheel. So, I’m putting up some links to the other posts.

Also, there are some great movies suggested by commenters to my original post about “Movies as Writing Inspiration” so I highly suggest checking them out too.

Enjoy!

20 Greatest movies about writing

Top 10 Movies about Writers

Top 5 Writer’s Block Movies 

 

 

 

 

Back to School!!!

This is a repost from last year, but still just as good…especially the commercial 🙂

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Today my twins went back to school.

The following video captures my complete joy at this event 🙂

And this picture details what I will be doing with my kid-free time.

drink coffee make stuff up

How about you? Anything new scheduled for your days now that Autumn is upon us?

The Ethics of Reviewing a Book You Haven’t Read

Another busy day in Corbettville, so here’s a older post that is still surprisingly, and sadly, very relevant. Hope you enjoy!

There’s a growing trend on Amazon—people reviewing books they haven’t read.

I’ve seen comments by reviewers who openly state they didn’t read the book, and others who state they merely flipped through the pages, and others who state they only read a few pages and then quit.

What do you think about this practice? Is it fair to the author? Is it fair to the potential buyer of a book who is checking reviews to see if they want to purchase?

Words and Roast, Let them Rest!

This is a repost because I’m setting up a new desk (well, a card table in the living room, but hey, it’s a desk 🙂 )

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Making dinner last night I had an epiphany

*Ok, well to be honest, and to further understand the meaning of this post, I have to confess I was merely heating up dinner*

Anyway.

Yesterday, I made a fantastic roast dinner. Big hunk of chuck, russet potatoes, carrots, added water and a variety of seasonings and then topped it all off with three cloves of garlic.

My kids are picky and one is a very slooooow eater, and they even scarfed it up.

So yes, it was delicious.

Now, today was leftover day. Heat up whats left on low and let it simmer for at least half an hour to activate all the goodness, throw some fresh Ciabiattia bread slathered with butter in the oven to get all hot and crispy and you’ve got another great meal.

Anyway.

As I ate tonight, I noticed everything in the roast tasted better. The flavors of the seasoning, meat, veggies, and garlic were no longer totally distinct from the other. It all had mingled together until each bite was savory perfection.

Now is where I circle this back around to writing 🙂

Is it possible that writing could be looked at this in a similar manner?

Figure out your meal plan=getting the “big idea” to your novel

Gather all the ingredients=doing your research, figuring out characters

Prepping the food (cutting veggies, searing meat, etc)=Writing the outline

Actually cooking the meal=First draft

Checking on progress, reseasoning to taste=Revising and rewriting

Leftovers in the fridge=letting your work rest and moving on to other projects, learning more about the craft of writing itself, attending conferences, networking

Being pleasantly surprised by leftovers=You left your draft alone and now all your work is about to pay off on the next round of edits.  You’ve gained the skills needed to fix plot holes, character issues, punctuation and grammar problems, etc…

Ok, I just REALLY took the long way around the barn to make a simple point.

What are your thoughts about letting your work rest while focusing on other writing related activities? Is that part of your writing process?

Back to School!!!

This is a repost from last year, but still just as good…especially the commercial 🙂

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Today my twins went back to school.

The following video captures my complete joy at this event 🙂

And this picture details what I will be doing with my kid-free time.

How about you? Anything new scheduled for your days now that Autumn is upon us?