Let's talk about the pleasures and puzzles of the smaller mystery--mystery novels and other fiction--and the bigger one--life.
Masterpiece, yes?If you haven't already, be sure to click to enlarge it.
I thought it was really interesting that the water droplets didn't reflect the light. I don't know why they don't but it sure makes for a nice effect.Speaking of light, yesterday we had an immensely colorful sunrise -- I could tell because I could actually get a never-happens-in-summer, half-way decent picture of it through the leaves ... so of course, you all have to see it too. [LINK]A colorful morning to all.
Fantastic picture for Fantastic Friday.Great colors in sunrise pic too. Beth have fun on your cycle trip. WAVES to all as I head to work.
Beth, have a great trip and give my best regards to the splendid Going-to-the-Sun Road.And Lisa, good morning and thanks for reminding me of Beth's trip.
Less than 10 hours, and I'm officially on vacation. Now THAT is pure gold. ;-)Having a new smellphone, even an iPhone, means getting a feel for the camera's quirks and capabilities. For starters, portrait is the default orientation and the focal length is a tad longer than any other phone I've had. We'll see how it performs over the upcoming week.
G'mornin' all.Nancy, I think it's wonderful that you're already at work on your next project. I'm curious to know, if you wouldn't mind the question, roughly how long you spent on this ms you just finished?Farf, I just got a new cell, too; I got a Sony Ericsson Walkman and I lurve it muchly already.
(bleery)What? No goodies?
Cool, Jen!KB, will some fresh persimmons do ya? I discovered a tree down at the end of the driveway last weekend, when I happened to look down & see something that looked like a small tomato on the ground. Wondering where that came from, I looked up… and saw more. The tree has been there all along, this is just the first year I noticed it. Or maybe it's never given any fruit in the past.Anyway, we can smoosh up a few of these & spread 'em on some biscuits…
(bleery)Fix me a biscuit, god damn it!
Hey All,Gorgeous pic, Andi, I'm thinking the reason there's no reflection off the droplets is mostly an angle of incidence issue combined with maybe some depth of droplet and index of refraction stuff. Dr.Mc might even be able to explain what I meant there. I understand physicist fairly well, but I'm not a fluent speaker.Sorry about the treats KB, how about this nice shiny tray of fresh blueberry muffins?Gotta motivate now. Trying to get back into a real work schedule quickly. I've got a new (and advanced) deadline looming for the next contract book which means I've got about two months of slack to finish the spec book so that my writers group doesn't kill me for leaving them hanging. I've got a bit under 10 months to knock out ~150,000 or so words.TTFN
Farf, congrats on your eminent vacation. Hope you have a lovely lazy time.
Happy Friday, y'all! Thanks for the good vaca wishes - we're on our way out the door. Crossing our fingers the 30% chance of sprinkles falls elsewhere...and I will convey your regards, andi.Far, happy happy vacation - I recommend turning off the smell phone, so they can't find ya!Good luck, Kelly - and you can have my muffin, KB...I'm outta here.Great weekend, everyone - see you on the other side! (waving)
Nah, it turned out the coffee was enough. What a difference caffeine makes!Andi, that photo (all the photos) are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them.(waving at everyone)
Beth, have a great ride. Glacier's one of my favoritest places on Earth.
Urgh!So, I'm working on the second book of a spec trilogy. The first is the best thing I've written, hands down. I think the second has the potential to be at least as good but...you knew there was a but, right? I'm maybe a quarter of the way into the book and I'm running into something of a wall about balancing the parts of the story I've got written so far against the direction it needs to go for the trilogy structure to work. I need to get to the next part of the story, ideally about 3000 words ago, but I don't think it will work without my finishing the groundwork I'm doing now which is going to run at least another 3-5000 words. Perhaps worse than that is the fact that I added a second POV character for book 2 (necessary I think) and keeping the two halves of the story in reasonable time sync is killing me.
TGIF. And TGIC (thank god it's cool). Finally. Although still humid. waves to katiebird. Hi to everyone else.
VacationhasSTARTED!!!sitting on the office steps, 'cuz the wireless doesn't reach to my unit
Waving to Faaaarrrrrr. . .
Jen, thank you kindly. It took forfuckingever, that's how long it took. Two years, maybe two and a half, because this was a tough one. I began it from a cold standing start and it stuttered through several incarnations before I found the story and the people who are supposed to be in it. The next one is due a year from now.
Forgot to wave at Beth, too!Hey, Kelly, you are suddenly really busy, aren't you? As to your current "wall," I know that wall. That wall knows me. I wouldn't wish it on anybody, especially not you. Lotsa luck.Andi, Lisa, Katiebird, Maryb, hola.We have a new crockpot--first one I've cooked in for 20 years or more-- and I made chicken soup from bones that I didn't think would produce much flavor. Surprisingly, it turned out gud. Here, have a bowl and tell me what you think. . .
Hey all,Thanks for the good wishes, Nancy. I'm going to need that luck. FarF, have a great lazy time.Much better mood now. I've still got a ton of work to do to nail it down, but I think I've figured out the necessary approach for the next couple of chapters both to bridge me to the main action of the book and to keep the two POVs time synced. Really, figuring out what the real problem was was more than half the battle. That or, maybe I've just cracked and I'm deluding myself. I'll know in about a week. Gotta go make some notes now.
umm, hot soup. Soup = ♥Thanks!FAR? Are you still around?
Have a great vacation, Farf!
Thanks for the reply, Nancy. I knew you'd been at this one for a while, and I sure hope the next one goes a lot more smoothly!
Me, too, Jen, thanks.Kelly, that's my experience, too--that figuring out what the problem is pretty much solves the problem. But man, I can be slow getting to that point. Also--funny about POV's. In the manuscript I just handed in there are maybe 50 pp. toward the end that are The Most Boring Pages Ever Written, and I figured out the problem is that it spends way too much time in one character's POV, which isn't true of the rest of the novel. Turns it into an female amateur sleuth novel, which it ain't. (I have nothing against FAS novels, having written 13 of them, myself.) So when I rewrite, I'll scatter those pov's a bit.
Yeah, I've been moving really slowly for the better part of month and it was all down to figuring out the real problem (which took that month and probably a bit more because I know my story sense started jangling before I noticed the slowdown) and then plotting out how to solve it ~20 minutes spent with my eyes closed and just thinking at the eye doctor's office. It's a funny old business.
my story sense started jangling before I noticed the slowdownI like that way of putting it. Yeah.
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