Let's talk about the pleasures and puzzles of the smaller mystery--mystery novels and other fiction--and the bigger one--life.
Sick of writing.Sick of book.Here, you do it.thnx
Boran2 leaves on vacation tomorrow. I can go with plz?
You're almost there, Nancy! Hang in there - the light at the end of the tunnel is NOT a train...Take a day off - you've earned it! We'll do the writing for you tomorrow...Sweet dreams.
Oh, poor Nancy! But, you don't really want me to touch it. That would be a terrible mistake.
Good morning Nancy and Beth. Go-back-to-sleep to kb (I say as I ask myself what someone who didn't even get home till 12:30 a.m. is doing up).
Oooooo. We get to finish Nancy's book? Hope it doesn't turn out like this!
Aww, Nancy!! ::pets you:: I *hate* that part of the process. :(You could always go with the infamous J.K. Rowling line. When she was asked what happens in the book (before the release of Deathly Hallows), she stated, "Rocks fall. Everyone dies."I think I need a t-shirt that says that.Happy Friday, all!!
Scratch behind kitty ears. Pamper yourself Nancy.Like an athlete, writers need recovery time too after working hard for extended times.That should be a time to relish, guilt free.Fanciful Friday to all.
I'm not sure why (and I'm not sure this is a thread I should be tugging at), but in my head, the Fickle God of the Final Chapters looks an awful lot like Yosemite Sam.PS. Very cute kitty! Is s/he one of yours or a kitteh of the intertubez? Representing me today is this member of Team Lolcat.
Hi everybody. Jen, I love your lolcat. I've just come back from a walk with the dogs after having been away since Monday. The dogs thought they ought to do something special so Sniff and Bebo decided to enact The Allegory of Nancy's Novel*. [LINK]* Cliff Notes: Bebo's run through the grass is the entire process of getting the book written. Sniff is the book. And I can tell this allegory would have been even better if I had a video camera.
I go to my editing LOL.Jen--wonderful cat, Maria--been under that rock a few times in this process, Andif--dog romping is always good and especially Farf thanks so much. I know Rebecca and Gary were probably in my Novel 1 class at SMU. There were always a couple of people like that in class.
Dear friends of Nancy's blog,Your comments to Nancy's post today has saved me from running out of my house and sitting in the middle of the street, hoping an ugly giant Deffenbaugh truck (preferably the one that picks up recycables) would come by and scoop me up out of my misery. And then I read the comments and started laughing -- big old belly laughs (the kind that could easily turn into anguished sobs but feel SO good right now). And each time I revisit the posts and hilarious attachments I start laughing again. SO cathartic.Thank you!Sally the lurker
Hi Sally! Glad you delurked. Are you the famous Sally of The Porch? If so, I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you when I visited Nancy and KB this spring - I really really want to spend some time on your porch!And if you're not That Sally, then welcome anyway - do YOU have a porch? :-)Please don't get recycled - come here and laugh with us instead! We smell better than those little blue bins....
Yeah, Sally, stick around and chat… I'll be bringing beer & rum for "later this afternoon" (as if anyone's gonna wait that long on a Friday!).Woohoo, off to a whole-department town hall. I shall learn how many of my manuals got shipped this quarter.
lol Jen. Now I won't be able to get Yosemite Sam out of my mind today.Hang in there Nancy. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. :)Imagine that this is the writing Olympics and we're all in the stands shouting you on to win like the men's swimming matches. At least you don't have to write in the water half-naked :)I think we should ALL go on vacation with boran2.
Hey Sally. Laughter--it does a body good.Come sit on my glider on the back porch. We can watch my two dogs romp in the rain. 1st rain really in a couple of months.Farf, I'm weighing the beer-rum option. Hubby made killer lemonade with rum when we were dating. So I'm getting a tray out with tall glasses and cutting up lemons. Come on over everybody. It's only 70 here in Big D.
Oh, god, you guys are funny!!Yes, that was The Famous Sally of the Porch! I just arrived on it, myself. You guys really made her laugh so hard.If a recycling truck goes by, I'll grab her ankles.
You are all SO clever. And Nancy said it'd be okay to do this....a request for your clever input. I need a book title....today. And the publisher doesn't want the usual cozy kind of titles. Some examples they sent, "Why Mermaids Sing," "Mark of the Lion," "The Whole Truth," etc. "The Scent of Rain and Lightning" (I LOVE this one--Nancy new book...isn't it the best?--) The story has these elements: artists' colony, the sea, fishing, ocean storms (The perfect storm, perhaps??!!)...clam bakes, all kinds of sea life, urchins, etc.Any ideas? You are the best! It's set in a idyllic little town on Cape Ann and the fellow who dies is a rather nice guy and a talented artist from Canary Cove, the artists colony in Sea Harbor. So think Pelicans, Canary, sea life, ocean, sea, I know you have other things to do but if you have a moment, anything you can throw out there would be gobbled up!And a question: Do you drink beer and rum together? And you are ALL invited to the porch. Come!
I'm usually pretty good at titles but as previously mentioned, I cannot brain today. All I've got to offer is:The Art of the StormFish Story in Canary CoveGood luck Sally (of the porch)!
Sally! That's so generous of you! I'll be right over.....(giggle)I can't wait for that book to come out. The setting sounds wonderful.
Sally -- I'm not the funny one but:Death washes ashoreDeadly ImpressionsA Deadly Work of ArtUnfinished DreamsLost ImagesPredatory SeaWashed AwaySwept AwayA line in the sandThe Color of DreamsStroke of PassionWind Sweptterms that are interestingTidal Pool CurrentsSquall
Lisa! You've missed my lamenting about how much I hate thinking of titles. Can I hire you for mine??And no, I'm not avoiding the guest room - why do you ask? :-)
Oops, double posted. Doggone internet. Slower than I am!! :-)
Drawing the LineA Slight Trick of the EyeImperfect HarborEtched in SandTwo art terms that seems just made for a mystery book title:Artist's ProofImpasto
You are all absolutely amazing! Yes, Lisa, we should hire you out! I am awful at titles and headlines (except for one I wrote for my high school paper about a girls' volleyball team that won a GAA tourney--Ponies Trot to Victory). But you are all terrific. I am going to copy these and send them off. Thank you!
Beth I'm at your beck and call. Okay Sally My second run--The Wrong PerspectiveOne Point Perspectiveor Two point or three pointColor SchemeOptical IllusionsA Deadly MediumPoison PalettePortrait of Fear, death, murder Still LifeTROMPE L'OEIL (French for fool the eye) False ValueMistaken SilhouetteVanishing PointAbstract VisionCenter of InterestContrast Depth of FieldEtched LivesGallery of the past, futureFallen IconUncanny Likeness
Mortality Coast.It has to have "Coast" in the title, whatever else you do.
Okay, I'm coming over with my tray, glasses and Lemonade. Rum in seperate bag.David is spray painting the attic roof with ceramic beaded paint to act as heat barrier. So with noise from paint spray rig in one ear and an electric drill in the other brain cells have collapsed.
I haven't even had a glass of lemonade and get double posted. Heck if I know how to undo one either.
Lisa, if you're still logged in, there should be a small trash can at the bottom of your comment. Click on it and it will ask if you really want to delete it (see Beth doing the same thing above, blush). If there isn't, then you'll have to wait for farf to help you (resident computer guru).Lemonade and rum? I'm sure going to try THAT this weekend! Come on over - although it's going to be 100+ here - we'll have to go to the lake, I guess, doggone it.
Am I the only one who misread the Kitteh as wanting to be Punisshed!? :) Thought I had accidentally entered some puddy porn chat.Keep going Nancy! You're almost there.
Lisa, I emptied your trash for you. ;)Jen, that's a cat I picked up in the google-gutter somewhere. This is a great bunch of clever people. Have I ever mentioned that before? Here, have a compliment. And rum.
Drive by greetings. Hi all. Preparing for vacation is hell. No, really.
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