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Archive for October 2006

shhhhh….it's so quiet here

I didn’t realize how accustomed I am to noise and activity. Earlier this evening, I was sitting at my little desk at the mansion, scribbling notes, and all I could hear was the sound of my pen on the paper. Wow. I don’t know when I’ve ever actually heard that sound before. I arrived around…

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Off to the Mansion!

I’ve nearly finished packing for my 5 days away. I have a little suitcase for clothes and toiletries and a giant suitcase for my laptop, alphasmart, research books, notecards, books for the mansion’s library etc. i’ll be sure to take pictures and try to post, depending on internet access. bye for now!

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WIP: Scenes and Narrative

Okay, now I have a twenty page synopsis of my story. I’ve changed the title from LOVING ANDY to THE SEA TENDER (who knows how many more title changes there will be). My next step is to break the story down into scenes and narrative. Part of that will be deciding whose point of view…

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Desperate for a Dose of the Real World!

Well, maybe the internet is the wrong place to find the real world, but it’s still a step up from the world I’ve been in for the last twenty-four hours or so. I’m determined to have the outline of my Work-In-Progress completed by Monday morning, thus I’m totally immersed in the characters. So much so…

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The Hidden Life of a Village

A few days ago, a reporter for one of the small Topsail Island newspapers called to interview me about my recent trip. I really liked her approach to the topic: she didn’t want to know about the story as much as she did about my experience doing the research. We had a good long chat,…

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Time for Joanna

I’m spending the day with Joanna Lockwood. Who’s that, you ask? Well, she’s a very central character in my WIP, but I seem to have forgotten that fact. I’ve been so caught up in her adorable teenaged son, Andy, and her aching-for-a-father daughter, (now named) Maggie, that I’ve been giving poor Joanna short shrift. It…

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The Baby Dream

Last night I dreamt I was carrying around a “baby”. It looked a little like a jellyfish and I desperately needed to get it to water. After missing a bus, getting lost, etc, I finally found a plastic bag filled with water and slipped the baby inside. Immediately it pinked up and looked like a…

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Absolutely Nothing to do with Writing

Well, that’s not completely true. I’ve discovered a new soundtrack to write to. Beautiful, haunting boys’ choir music from the lovely little movie, THE CHORUS. It’s playing right now as I type. So, here is the red sectional. It’s very very red! I love it, or at least I expect to love it when the rest…

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Amazing Research Trip, part II

I spent most of today (once I finally got out of bed. . . ) copying over the pages and pages of messy notes I took on my trip to Topsail.  I also thought of new ways to make certain facets of my story work, since my research told me that some of my previous plans…

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Amazing Research Trip!

  This trip turned out better than I imagined. I’ve gathered so much info! But first, I’ll show you a photo taken from the balcony of my neighbor’s  condo where I’m staying. Nice, huh? This is NOT typical of Topsail (pronounced “top-sul”) Island. You’ll see more typical architecture in other pixes. Anyhow, the Realtor I…

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