Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Today's blog is about smells- good and bad. When I read I like it when an authors describes smells. The smell of a setting, the smell of a character, the smell of an object, the smell produced by an action- they all help paint a better picture in my imagination.
I've been listening to the Lost Symbol in the car and there is a specific scene (don't worry I'm not giving away anything and if you've read it you know what I'm talking about) where Brown creates a pivotal moment centered around the smell of Ethanol. Woah. I so felt it. The burn. The noxious fumes. I was gripping the steering wheel at this part.
When we write we use words to describe sensory stimuli for the five senses. The best writers I believe cover all FIVE. A few months ago, I noticed my writing only utilized four senses. Smells were mentioned minimally in my WIP. So I went through the entire thing and where I felt it was needed, I described the smell of that moment.
How do you guys feel about the description of smells in what you read and write?
Monday, September 28, 2009
And because I'm embarrassed and self conscious I'm experiencing a total creativity shut down. This is what happened:
I've been trying to establish myself in the blogosphere by not lurking and being an active commenter. Before I post a comment I always quadruple check it for grammar and spelling mistakes, but my eyes just gloss over sometimes and I don't pick up half the mistakes. Anyway, I posted a comment with some silly spelling errors and I miscalled a piece of punctuation (punctuation was the topic of discussion). I know it's not a big deal. But, I'm trying to be a writer, and when you do stuff like that, it makes you feel incredibly stupid. Other readers of the blog pointed out my mistakes (I'm so glad they did! I learned a lot!), but at the same time I was embarrassed because I messed up.
So, I'll be back as soon as my funk departs.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Writer Kriesten took my recommendation yesterday and wrote a poem about Rainy Mondays. It made my rainy Tuesday!
Secondly, Writer Natalie has a deliciously fun post today. She wants everyone to share there favorite character from their WIP. It's like playing in the sandbox on a sunny day.
And lastly, I am investigating a statement made by a Barnes & Noble employee. I always like to check out the section at B&N where the employees display and comment on their favorite reads. A B&N employee chose City of Bones (The Mortal Instrument Series) and on the comment card she wrote: "Better than Twilight."
Wow. Better than Twilight. That's a pretty bold statement. I know there are a lot of you out there who don't like it, or who are scared to admit it (great discussion on this). But I have to say this about the Twilight series: It sucked me in.
So even though, I have oodles of work to do on my WIP and I already started reading Nick of Time by Ted Bell (which by the way is fabulous), I have started reading City of Bones.
I've only read one chapter, so I think it's a bit early to decide if it is "Better than Twilight." But, I'll let you guys know soon enough. Anyone out there ready the City of Bones; The Mortal Instrument Series?
Monday, September 21, 2009
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Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
So here is the the long awaited maid of honor speech you've been waiting for....
Here it is... At the reception I read the part of Priya and the astounding Jared Dovers read the part of Beau.
Green Chutney & Chole
By Dr. Saxena
Priya: I am Priya
Beau: That Priya Chandan!
She has a permanent suntan!
I really like that Priya Chandan!
Priya: Do you like Green Chutney & Chole?
Beau: I’m from Mississippi, Priya Chandan.
I don’t know if I like Green Chutney & Chole, but try I can.
Priya: Would you like them at Volker Hall or my apartment?
While studying the renal system or some other abdominal quadrant?
Beau: I would like them here or there
I will eat them as long as you are there
(pretend to eat something and then pat your belly)
I think I like green chutney and chole
I think I like them Priya Chandan
Priya: Would you like them while we play Wii?
Would you like them while we watch a funny movie?
Beau: I like them in your house
Even though you eat like a mouse
While playing WOW here or there
I’ll eat green chutney and chole with you anywhere
I think you’ve got some beautiful hair
I think I like green chutney and chole, eat them I can
But I think I really like Priya Chandan
Priya: I like eating green chutney and chole with you Beau.
We seem to have a similar life tempo
To Atlanta will you go?
To meet Mama & Papa Chandan and eat a mango?
Beau: To Atlanta I will go
To eat green chutney, chole, and a slice of mango
And I will ask Papa Chandan if Priya’s hand in marriage he will bestow
I will eat green chutney and chole here or there
I will eat spicy Indian food with Priya anywhere
I really like Priya Chandan
I want to marry her, hope I can
Priya: You’re going to ask Papa Chandan!
So happy with joy, weep I can!
Are you going to ask him at the house?
Beau: No, I will ask when Mama Chandan is shopping at Kohl’s for a blouse
(Turn to invisible Papa Chandan)
Papa Chandan. She’s a Taurus and I’m a sagitarrius
I hope that one day a Hindu and a Christian Priest will marry us
I really like green chutney and chole Mr. Chandan
Can I marry your daughter? I hope I can.
Priya: Green Chutney & Chole! What did Papa Chandan say?
Can I eat green chutney and chole with you everyday?
Beau: He said, “What spell did you cast on my daughter, Harry Potter?”
Which I guess means yes.
But first I must make a plan to propose before I digress.
Shoo. Shoo. Go away I must eat green chutney and chole with you
another day. (shoo Priya away)(pretend to pick up phone)
Anita? I’m in a bit of a scuff. I want to propose to Priya tomorrow, and with
that artsy fartsy romantic stuff I’m a bit rough
What? Is a day’s notice not enough to put together all that girly stuff?
(nod and scratch your chin)
Ok, we’ve got a plan. But surprising Priya can be tough, yes it can
(hang up phone)
Priya: Oh Beau! Your tummy ache at the mall was fake!
Rose petals! Candles! It so much to take!
Beau: (Get down on one knee or pretend to propose)
Will you marry me Priya Chandan?
Priya: I will marry you Beau. Yes I can.
A Wedding! A Wedding! A Wedding! A Wedding!
Could you, would you, wear a kurta for the entire thing?
Beau: Of course! And then we can exchange wedding rings.
Priya: But first we must study for boards.
And then make weddings plans!
Will you drive to Atlanta in the dark?
Would you could you drive to Atlanta almost every weekend, in the daylight
or possibly in the dark?
Beau: I will drive with you anywhere.
I’ll eat green chutney and chole in the car from here to there
I’ll eat green chutney and chole with you everywhere!
(Priya pats Beau’s stomach)
Priya: We’ll need to eat healthy and go to the gym,
A cake, shoes, a dress! We must not pick things on a whim!
Let’s throw some dance lessons in.
Beau: I love you Priya Chandan.
I’ll eat green chutney and chole with you forever, I will, I can!
Priya: I love you Beau Hagler
Lets eat and stop this silly banter
Priya and Beau are a unique pair with a bright future. They are caring, sweet, and despite the rigors of medical school, remain young at heart. I’m honored to be a part of their wedding day. I wish them infinite years of happiness and may they eat green chutney and chole forever!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
She used the following example:
The movie Brave Heart is in essence the story of Scottish Independence. But the hook, the thing that made it so captivating was William Wallace with his bright blue war paint and bleeding heart. And the two women (the quaint Scottish girl in the village and the royal French hot lady) in William Wallace's life are two characters that draw you into his story. Without them the story wouldn't be relatable; only politics and genocide.
There has to be a reason for telling your story, your particular fantastical tale, or murder mystery. What makes your story worth reading?
There needs to be unique drama and conflict. And most importantly the protagonist must change. We're not talking about their hair color or just making a new friend. Their very soul must be inexorably affected by the conflict you construct in your story. If your protagonist is the same at the end as they are in the begining, then the protagonist isn't compelling or interesting.
Find that hook or angle that makes your romance or mystery or YA intriguing. Are you going to write a political diatribe on Scottish independence or are you going to weave in the story of a brave man with a torn heart who captivated and moved the down trodden Scottish people towards independence?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
But I digress...
It's not wrong to be excited about the wedding, but is it wrong to be slightly more excited to read out loud what I wrote to my family and friends?
After Sunday I'll post the "speech". But for now, it's top secret.