January 2012 Archive

Blog Hop! Twitter Dialogue.

I got this nifty little idea from Writer’s Digest. Writing dialogue is hard. There really isn’t any other way to put it. It’s necessary to cut down on character’s speech (keeping out the use of words, such as: So, Um, Uh, Like, Well) because even though it’s how we talk, it definitely doesn’t mean we should write that way.

This is a great tool for learning how to tighten dialogue and it’s going to make for a fun blog hop.

The goal is to write a scene using only dialogue and everything has to be written Twitter style: only 140 characters per dialogue entry. Your post can be as long or short, funny or serious as you’d like. There are no rules other than keeping dialogue to 140 characters. Have your post up by Thursday night and add the link to your post to the linky-link below. The winner will be chosen based on creativity and strength of dialogue, and will win a $10 gift card to Amazon.

Start with a theme: I have a prince who is trying to steal the gold from a dragon.

Add characters: @ConnivingPrince, @PrettyPrincess, @DangerousDragon,

And have fun!

@PrettyPrincess: I’m pretty.

@ConnivingPrince: Stop fluffing your dress. It’s poofy enough. You’re getting pink glitter everywhere.

@PrettyPrincess: It makes me prettier.

@ConivingPrince: Your prettiness has nothing to do with your tastiness. We need the dragon to eat you, not stare at you.

@PrettyPrincess:…

@ConnivingPrince: Pouting won’t do any good.

@PrettyPrincess: …

@ConnivingPrince: Either will batting your eyelashes. Besides, I like brunettes, not blonds.

@PrettyPrincess: My golden locks are much prettier than dirty-water colored hair.

@ConnivingPrince: Let’s hope the dragon thinks so.

@PrettyPrincess: I don’t know why I agreed to this. After I’m eaten, I won’t be pretty anymore and I do like being pretty.

@ConnivingPrince: You agreed to it because while the dragon eats you, I can steal his gold.

@PrettyPrincess: That doesn’t make any sense!

@ConnivingPrince: Too late. We’re already here.

@DangerousDragon: ROARRRRR!

@PrettyPrincess: I don’t want to be eaten!

@ConnivingPrince: I want that gold!

@DangerousDragon: Roar?

@PrettyPrincess: You’re a rather cute dragon, aren’t you?

@ConnivingPrince: Eat her! Eat her you stupid dragon!

@DangerousDragon: Grrr, hiss.

@PrettyPrincess: Don’t be mean to him.

@ConnivingPrince: I’ll be mean to whomever I’d like, stupid, ugly girl.

@PrettyPrincess: I am not ugly.

@ConnivingPrince: You’re hideous

@DangerousDragon: Snort.

@ConnivingPrince: No, that’s my arm! Blood? Is that my blood? All I wanted was the gooooold…

@DangerousDragon: Gulp.

@PrettyPrincess: What a sweet dragon you are.

@DangerousDragon: Purrr.

@PrettyPrincess: Yes, I think I’m pretty, too. Thank you very much.

A Few Notices

First, I’m going to have an impromptu blog hop next Monday. It’s a skill-builder exercise I found in Writers Digest that helps improve dialogue through Twitter techniques, aka: 140 characters or less. I wrote mine today and had a blast, so I figured you all might enjoy the exercise. Since there isn’t much planning or time to prepare, I’ll leave the linky list open all week.

And yes, there will be a prize, though I haven’t figured out what it will be yet :)

Second, sometime in the coming week or so I will have a guest post by the fabulous Homeless Ryan K. He’s an amazing writer and musician and I can’t wait to hear his two cents on his creative process. Stay posted. I’m incredibly excited to host him, here.

Friendly Reminders When Calling…

I am a secretary. I love my job, I really do, but here are a few things I encounter every day and a few friendly reminders when calling a business.

 

1. If you hear ringing in the background, we’re on a switchboard which means we need to take the next call and put you on hold. None of that jabbering- I won’t feel bad if I have to cut you off.

2. If I make the mistake of thinking you’re a junk call (telemarketers, recorded messages) I’ll probably hang up. Call back. I’ll be good and answer for real. I’ll feel bad about it…but probably not that bad.
(Giveaways for a telemarketer: long pause before speaking, lots of voices in the background, beep after answering before the person comes on). (To put things in perspective, I answer phones for about 70 businesses and get a couple hundred junk calls a day).

3. I am not apart of the business you’re calling for, please keep information to a minimum: Name or Company you need, and I’ll direct your call to the right place. As much as I wish I could, I will not be able to help you. I have no information on the standings of your legal businesses/ therapist issues/ meeting times, and the list goes on…

4. I will absolutely treat you to the best of my ability. Since I’m not apart of the business you’re calling for, I will be unbiased and as friendly and helpful as I possibly can be. I love this job for a reason- I’m good at customer service, thank you very much ;)

I know, there really isn’t a good way to know if the business you’re calling for is in a center or not, but feel free to assume they are.

 

The Night Circus- Audiobook Review

  • Author: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrator: Jim Dale
  • Listening Length:13 hours and 39 minutes
  • Program Type:Audiobook
  • Version:Unabridged
  • Publisher:Random House Audio

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

After the last disc stopped playing in my car the other night, I still had a good half hour left of my drive. All I could do was sit in silence. I had physical reactions to this book- moments where I went Ahhhh. I don’t often purchase books, but I absolutely will buy this in both audiobook and written format. 

I truly can’t put into words how much I enjoyed his book. The writing is moving, inspiring and makes me ache to write something of equal power. I am highly anticipating whatever comes next from Erin Morgenstern.

And what can I say about Jim Dale that hasn’t been said before? I found this on youtube and I honestly think I could watch him read the entire book like this. He is the master of storybook reading and I am so very glad he read The Night Circus as he has such an incredible ability to bring characters to life.

Get thee to a library (or bookstore!) and listen away to Erin Morgenstern and Jim Dale work their magic.

Editing…edit…ed…

I am realizing more and more how true it is that editing never really ends and that contrary to thought, the edits closer to the end get all the more difficult and stressful. I am still head-over-heels in love with this story, which is good, but the more I edit, the more I feel like I need…more editing. Yeah.

My plans are as follows: finish these edits, send to my next critters and judge from there how much more I need before querying *bites nails*

Any helpful thoughts out there?

[I've received several requests for indepth notes taken on the conferece in February. Don't worry, I will jot notes obsessively and will relay all to you, my faithful readers ;) ]