Just Ramblin’

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I don’t know what it is, but the past 6 months, maybe even longer, I’ve just felt uninspired. Even to the point of not really reading books as much as I used to. I haven’t finished a novel since moving in September. That’s scandalous!

My theory is that my work schedule has changed. I work at the computer for 10 hours a day, 4 days a week. So when I’m not at my computer, I don’t want to look at it at all! I haven’t even played WoW (yeah yeah nerd alert I get it!). My point to all this is, I’m here, I’m just uninspired. I haven’t done much writing, much reading, not even researching odd ball things that I usually like to waste time on. I don’t know what’s wrong with me!

I’m trying to pull myself out of this unimaginative uninspired rut that I’m in, I really am. It’s funny, this time last year I really felt fulfilled when I was writing, blogging, reading, etc. But my life then was in a sense in shambles. (Not my marriage or my job, just my life) My life today isn’t in much better shape, but my surroundings are so in a sense I’m happier. But I’m not feeling as fulfilled. Does that make any sense whatsoever?

I know the simple solution you’re all thinking. “Durrr Laura just sit down with a pen and paper and write something. Grab your book and read.” I tell myself that all the time, then I manage to wander off and do something else….which is….? I don’t even know. Watch TV is that what I spend my free time on? Probably. I do love television, I majored in it for Christ’s sake.

Ok well this got really rambly and pointless. I will try to make more of a point next time. I’m thinking of focusing my blog on more of one topic and less of a mishmash. Not sure what though. Movie reviews? Book reviews? (that’d be easier if I’d actually read, right?) A blog about my cat? I don’t know. I just don’t know! Ok.

In other news, I’ve joined the local YMCA and now go swimming at least 3-4 times a week in an attempt to not have my own orbit from being so big.

Script Frenzy – Week 1 Down

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It’s a little over the first week mark of Script Frenzy, but uh, oh well, better late than never right?

I’m a bit off target for the page count. Overall by the end of April I’m supposed to have 100 pages of a script completed. Right now I’m sitting at 18 pages. I’m no good at math, but that puts me about 12 pages shy of the target goal for the day. Script pages go a lot faster than a normal page though, so I think if I can finish NaNo on time, I’ve got this!

I’m finally writing that story about my grandparent’s house. I’m trying to keep the story simple and straight forward right now, keeping in mind that anything I think know that is wrong with it, I can just take out and fix later.  My first 10 pages or so are about a really awkward cheesy relationship the main character is leaving behind when she moves back to her grandparent’s abandoned  house. I named the guy friend “Ross”, which makes me think of Ross from the show Friends, which really just has me turned off from him from the start.

I couldn’t get the Friends Ross out of my head so the whole thing turned sour. This is a horror story anyway, I think it will do just fine without a cheesy romance in the beginning.

But you better believe those 10 pages are staying right where they are, for now! I need them for my page count!

Proust Questionnaire!

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The other day I wrote up this little post for Limebird Writers all about using a questionnaire to interview characters for a screen play or a novel. After I wrote this up (and as a few people mentioned in the comments to that post) I realized I’d have a much easier time answering these questions about a character than I would about myself.

So I thought what the heck, I’d give it a go and be like Marcel Proust for the day, and answer these questions about myself.

Marcel Proust Questionnaire

What is your favorite virtue?

My favorite virtue in others is the ability to help people. That’s why I love Ellen DeGeneres so much, she has the means to get people who truly deserve a little help and inspires everyone to be kind to one another.

What are your favorite qualities in a man?

Not acting like a man. Ok.. that sounds wrong. Let me think of my husband for a minute, he loves kitty cats will, help cook dinner, do laundry and other things like that around the house. He also kills the bugs for me. We can sit around talking about books and movies and fictional characters and have a good laugh. I don’t know what qualities those are – not being a big hot head jerk. Does that count?

What are your favorite qualities in a woman?

OK I hope I don’t get flack for this – but a woman who can be a woman without whining to the world that she’s empowered to things just because she’s a woman. I know I am a woman, but I really can’t stand those over the top insane women’s liberation folks.

What is your chief characteristic?

Fun – happy – carefree.

What do you appreciate the most in your friends?

My best friend and I are almost complete opposites, when I think about it. She’s tall and skinny, I’m short and fat. She loves nature, I hate nature. She never cries, I cry at sappy McDonald’s commercials… the list could go on and on. But I appreciate that even though she hates every other human on Earth, she doesn’t judge me, she would never look down on me, she would be there in a second for me – even if it was 4 in the morning. She would drop anything for me, and I’d drop anything for her.

What is your main fault?

I’m lazy. I procrastinate.

What is your favorite occupation?

Well none that I’ve had!  The occupation I want is a film editor – more precisely a trailer editor.

What is your idea of happiness?

Well, I’m partly there already – I have my husband, my sidekick. So I feel like even with things suck really bad (and they kind of do right now) that with him around it will be OK. But to add to that, I’d like to have my degree and a real career, I think maybe with the degree at least I’d feel a little more complete.

What is your idea of misery?

Being strung out on drugs and going on welfare and not having enough money for anything. Let’s just say I’ve seen that first  hand and don’t want that for my life or my children (whenever I have them…)

If not yourself, who would you be?

Well.. that’s an odd question now isn’t it? I suppose I’d like to be a better version of myself.  Does that count? I like being me for the most part, but I sure would like to have more money and a better job and a better house, so if I could be me but with those things, I think I’d be good!

Where would you like to live?

Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

What is your favorite color and flower?

Orange, and Mums.

What is your favorite bird?

Blackbird singing in the dead of night… I don’t know really, I never thought about it too much.

Who are your favorite prose authors?

Stephen King and J.K. Rowling.

Who are your favorite poets?

Dr. Seuss.

Who are your favorite heroes in fiction?

Neville Longbottom!

Who are your favorite heroines in fiction?

Wonder Woman!

Who are your favorite painters and composers?

Painter – Goya.

Composer – Bach.. and Matthew Bellamy.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Spider-man! Oh wait, real life. My granpa, Daddaddy.

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

Ellen DeGeneres

What characters in history do you most dislike?

Hitler. Satan.

Who are your heroes in world history?

Mother Theresa. Jesus.

What is your favorite food and drink?

Chicken Tikka Massala. Hot drink: Chai tea latte with a shot of espresso. Cold drink: Vanilla Coke or  sweet tea. Alcoholic: long island iced tea or pineapple upside down cake.

What are your favorite names?

Vladimir. No really, I don’t know, that’s an odd question. I like my granny’s name – Lorna.  We have decided if we ever breed to name the kid Dominic if it’s a boy.

What do you hate the most?

Wow… the one thing I hate the most out of all other things? When I wake up 10 minutes before the alarm goes off. There goes 10 minutes I could have been sleeping!

Seriously though, I’m not a fan of intolerance.

What military event do you admire the most?

When the south lost.

Which reform do you admire the most?

I can’t think of any I admire.

What natural talent would you like to be gifted with?

I always wish I could draw.

How do you wish to die?

Old and in my sleep.

What is your present state of mind?

Well, I’m disappointed that I didn’t win that Mega Millions! I’m sleepy for some reason. I guess my present state of mind is run of the mill.

What fault have you tolerated the most?

Stealing and lying. I never learn my lesson.

What is your motto?

Well I never really thought of this before but I suppose it would be to be as happy as you can, come what may, and let things roll off your back. Life is too short to spend it grumpy and miserable.

Lucky 7!

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What a lovely surprise I had waiting for me today when I logged online! The super wonderful awesome amazing great fantastic Kourtney Heintz tagged me in the writer’s blogging game – The Lucky 7 Meme!

The rules:

  • Go to page 77 of your current MSS/WIP
  • Go to line 7
  • Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written
  • Tag 7 other authors

Ok… I’ve never shared this with anyone, ever. So, it kind of freaks me out posting it here, honestly. Anyway, this is a rough-rough draft. A pre-shitty rough draft. The roughest draft of all possible rough drafts. It’s a children’s book I’ve been working on. I honestly don’t even have a title for it!

At any rate, David is the main character, and he has two friends – Franny who is carefree, and Matthew who is extremely paranoid. David’s dad is a really evil wizard, and they live in the castle with the King. I guess I should mention it’s a fantasy … ahem anyway here goes:

“Is your dad…” Franny trailed off as they arrived at the sea. “Watching us?”

“Of course he is!” Matthew exclaimed. “He put a hex on David that lets him see through his eyes. It’s a powerful Wizard curse, they do it to people all the time.” Matthew ran ahead of the other two and jumped in the water making a large splash.

“Is that true?” Franny whispered to David, wondering if Aeron could see her questioning him.

“No!” David screwed up his face, “Of course not! Don’t you think I’d notice if I had a hex put on me?” David tried to brush off what Matthew had just said, but was finding it hard to shake the feeling that he was being watched.

 

I liked the method of tagging I used a few weeks ago — if you are a writer and want a fun way to share 7 lines of your work in progress…  like or comment and consider yourself tagged!

YEAH!

DO

IT

NOW!

Ahem, sorry I got a tad overzealous there, I’m better now.