3.19.2010

Brain Dump

The combination of a busy week and continued lack of sleep means you get a rambling thoughts post from me tonight. My focus is limited to about three lines at a time. Hopefully the rambles make sense.

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The "three lines" thing might have to do with my having to write an author bio for the editing project I'm working on. How many of these have I written in the last three years or so? At least six. But author bios change depending on what project they get associated with, and I got good and stuck this time. It took hours, spread over days.

For those of you who may need to write an author bio at some point, here is an excellent article on how to write one. It helped me figure out why I kept failing. Ah, success.

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This afternoon I was typing in Open Office and my computer bluescreened and then shut down suddenly. It came back up by itself and has worked fine so far. That's just one more example of how real-life stories can have happy endings.

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Last night I sang polyphony with a schola. If music were my only form of creative expression, I'd think I was born to be a second soprano in Palestrina's choir.

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Thanks to a few clear nights, my newly-acquired habit of stargazing has had opportunities to improve. Up until recently, I could only find the Big Dipper, Orion, and Cassiopeia and hardly knew any stars' names; now, in addition to attempting various pronunciations of Betelgeuse, I've located Spica, Sirius, and I think I found Arcturus last night.

Next on the must-find list: The Pleiades. I'm a little bit in love with the sky.

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After giving my book to my writers' group for the reading, I have begun playing the second-guessing game. The main character never meets this other one, who is kind of a big deal; is that too weird? Is my character development strong enough? Should I have built up this or that plot thread more? Does it all move too fast? Am I just a hack writer who has no business wasting people's time with her words?

Riddikulus!

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So I'm guessing that if I have 1700 unread emails in my old hotmail, I'm probably never going to get caught up on them. They're junk, I promise. If I see something real come through, I answer it.

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Remedy for exhaustion: Quiet evening at home with husband, brownies and milk, Ministry of Magic on the headphones, and a little lazy blogging. I feel better, and just might get through everything I have to do in the next two days.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

4 comments:

  1. Interesting article. And thank you, Professor Lupin!

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  2. Glad you liked the article, David. And I'll second the thanks to Remus. :)

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  3. I had a great idea last night. When your book gets published, all of us at The Hogshead should read it & get into an in depth discussion on it. Then we can test the limits of canon & authorial intent, with you either saying, "What I have written, I have written," or "No, no, no, you ninny! That's not what I meant at all!" :)

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  4. George, LOL! That would be hilarious, although I'd probably wind up tearing my hair out. The mere thought gives me understanding of why Rowling, Meyer, and others have been known to play vague and coy or write their own work off as "just a story."

    Of course, if people liked it enough to read it and get into an in-depth discussion, I could hardly complain, now, could I? :P

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