Monday, November 23, 2015

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wednesday they finished installing a new AC/Furnace unit  and everything is working fine. I'm so happy. The old unit was twenty-two years old and the furnace check this year said it was time to let it go.

 Then I woke up to a beautiful rain, which we haven't seen in months, pattering on the roof and soaking the yard.

I'm so grateful for it, but I have mixed feelings.

To know that widespread rains that come tomorrow will be the result of a strong hurricane and tsunami hitting Mexico, I feel guilty for feeling such joy.

A lot of good will come from this system as well as so many problems. I've been saying prayers for everyone's safety in Mexico and those that will be affected by flooding, high winds and thunderstorms here in Texas. If only we could all get just the amount of rain we want and need and no one ever has to face dangerous situations, but that's just not how things work.

Friday, October 9, 2015

I've come to the conclusion that writing a synopsis is harder than writing the novel!  Coffee breaks and long walks are on the agenda today.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall is on its way but it's in no hurry

Fall is definitely on its way but it's in no hurry to get here.
The temperature is dropping very slowly at night so by morning the thermometers register in the seventies. After church I  opened the windows and the cool breeze was wonderful but by noon I had to close them as the sun rose.

Tonight, according to our local weatherman, we are supposed to be able to see a Blood Moon. 

 UPDATE: It was gorgeous! I'm so glad I watched for it.

 I wondered why it turns red. On I found a full explanation of what causes a Blood Moon and why it is red: 

Why Red?

The reason why the Moon takes on a reddish color during totality is a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. It is the same mechanism responsible for causing colorful sunrises and sunsets and the sky to look blue.
How is Fall arriving in your neck of the woods?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I Wish I Could Discover the Secret of Following an Outline!

Finally! This round of revisions is done. It was tough and all my fault.

I had to overhaul the plot points and this affected every character  including dialogue. I had to make pencil notes, flip back and forth between chapters, and it was torture!

When I finally got to the exciting Finish it landed like a popped balloon.

It was not good.

It would not work.

Nothing could revive it.

Delete. Delete. Delete.

Three days later with more than one idea fleshed out, I finally have it!  A totally new ending and, bless them, the characters seem happier.

I took a long break, ate strawberry shortcake with lots of whipped cream, and drove to the library.  I came home with  a couple of cozies and one thriller for the weekend.

The last three chapters are printed and ready for the red-pen revision. Tonight, by bedtime, I'll know if the new ending is a keeper or ...not...

Which brings me to why I blame myself:

Sometimes being a combination minimal-plan /seat-of-the-pants writer does not work well. This novel is one of those times.

I would love to make a well-thought out plan, knowing the ending beforehand, and follow through to the end, but the few times I made myself create a detailed plan...well, let's just say, detours and new characters happened which led to multiple revisions.

Does a detailed outline work for you? If so, what's your secret? How do you stay strong when characters and new ideas tempt you to stray?