I'm Mellllllttttiiiinnnngg!

That’s what happens when you burn the candle at both ends. I’ve been working later and later and getting up earlier and earlier. Ugh. But I’m also napping longer and longer, so you don’t need to feel too sorry for me. I wanted to get as much work as possible behind me this week so I can enjoy this weekend, or at least Sunday. John has a Geranium.jpgsolo art photography show at the Sertoma Art Center with a reception on Sunday (2-4 if you’re in the area!) and then we’ll do some socializing and watch the last Sopranos (sniff!), so I don’t want to feel guilty about not working while I’m having fun.
As for the Work-in-Progress, I’ve stopped revising for the moment so I can do some restructuring. This must be getting boring for those of you following the saga of my WIP. Revise/restructure/ revise/restructure. But that’s the way it goes. Although I had everything mapped out perfectly when I started, as the characters change during the rewrite, the structure has to change with them. For example, the scene I planned to revise today was between Marcus and his niece Maggie, but as I worked on it, I realized that I’d really already had this conversation between them a few scenes back, which is not where I’d planned to have it but where they decided they’d have it, whether I liked it or not. Thus, I need to look at today’s scene again and see what happens to the end of the book if I cut it. That’s what I’ll do tomorrow.
Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Margo on June 11, 2007 at 8:59 am

    I wish I could have seen John’s art show. So glad you posted his website several blogs back so we could view his work. The BLUE NAUTILUS will always be my fav!
    What did you think of the SOPRANOS last nite D? I told Gary I’m hoping for a major motion picture of THE SOPRANOS for the big screen.

  2. Diane Chamberlain on June 11, 2007 at 10:14 am

    can’t wait to hear what you thought! My initial 10 seconds was massive disappointment, followed by “wow. how perfect.” because I was with a group and the ending generated tons and tons of discussion and speculation. (and not everyone was happy!) I realized there could be no perfect ending that would satisfy everyone. This way, we can choose to believe the family is okay, bathed in the warm tones of the homey restaurant, finally together with everyone a little bit settled, although we know Tony faces indictment, or we can choose to believe we were in tony’s POV and as he looked up, meadow was the last thing he saw before his world went black. the song playing in the background, journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” seemed really appropriate. So what did you and Gary think?

  3. Margo on June 11, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Same as you Diane. At first we looked at each other and said ‘what?’…but after several minutes we said the same thing…we prefer to think all is well with his family and they will continue talking and working out their futures. Gary kept reminding me of the guy who kept watching Tony and then walked by him and into the restroom but I told him, lets just hope he’s a regular customer and not at the restaurant to do any harm. I told Gary that this must mean some kind of sequal someday or hopefully a major motion picture (which is what I hope for). We’re both going to miss Tony and the rest of them every Sun nite but we feel all is well with them.

  4. Margo on June 12, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Diane, I leave for Nantucket tomorrow and wanted to say ‘bye’ for now. Will not be looking at a computer for a week so I’ll have lots to read on your blog when I get back! Take Care.

  5. Diane Chamberlain on June 12, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Margo, have a fantastic time! I can’t wait to hear how you like it. . . love it. An artist’s dream place. Hope the weather is great for you.

  6. Margo on June 12, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Thx Diane. Rain or Shine I intend on loving every minute of it. Camera, paints and all supplies are packed for my 6 a.m. flite. (-:

  7. Ann on June 12, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Margo, have a wonderful time. I know you will paint some beautiful pictures! We will miss you

  8. brenda on June 14, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Margo…be sure to put one of the beautiful pictures of Nantucket on this site…I am sure you are having a lovely time…

  9. brenda on June 14, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Margo…I spent a week in Hyannis Port with a group of teachers in the late l990’s-doing something or other…work…
    I flew from S. Carolina (Florence) to Atlanta, to Pittsburgh…my flight to D.C. was late…therefore late to NYC (What a journey)…they routed me to Martha’s Vineyard where I spent 8 hours waiting (in the little airport) for a bunny hopper to Hyannis…left South Carolina before daylight and arrive Hyannis after midnight…We were on Craigville Beach-beautiful…I took a taxis…walked to a building where I thought we were stayin (all planned by work)…someone thought I was a member of a family reunion…I almost said I was-was so tired…finally found the correct building.
    A fantastic trip…went on a sailing trip to watch whales out of Provincetown…unusal place…a lobster fest on the ocean (I am a vegetarian but fun anyway…)
    Love those places-would live there…
    However, my month in Mass. in 2002 studying/doing Shakespeare in the Berkshires-fun too-can’t say anything negative about Mass…
    Have fun-fill us in.

  10. brenda on June 14, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Is it any wonder I prefer driving? My escapades with flights would make a book.

  11. Diane Chamberlain on June 14, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    brenda, that trip to/in massachusetts sounds wonderful. i hope margo’s having fun. the east coast is a bit overcast and chilly (relatively speaking) today. hope she took the right clothes! i’ll be sure to share something she paints there on the blog.

  12. brenda on June 14, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Just did Bay again…Julie–we all assume we can’t do “Over”, but let’s face it, Julie lived with guilt so long…she had to solve a puzzle to really “live”–don’t we sometimes wish we could go back and find information that might change the way things were…I still can’t decide on a favorite, Diane, but this one comes close…but then I am getting ready to read Cee Cee again…ONE decision…one choice…and a person’s life is changed FOREVER…we all can know that feeling…this book should be read by teenagers because of the THEME…Making choices…

  13. Diane Chamberlain on June 14, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    Lots of good points made there, brenda. i think about teens reading THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT for the “making choices” theme. it’s a nice idea that the message would sink in, but you know how most teenagers are–invulnerable. it can’t happen to them and its so hard to delay gratification when you think of something cool to do. having just eaten two giant chocolate chip cookies, i can attest to the fact that even grown-ups aren’t that good at examining consequences!
    glad you enjoyed re-reading BAY.

  14. Kathy Holmes on June 17, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Just drove 3100 miles moving from Florida to my home in Oregon. I finished Bay about halfway. Loved,loved,loved it! What a master storyteller you are, Diane. You included so many elements that I try to include in my writing and this book will be my textbook for how you pulled it all together!

  15. Diane Chamberlain on June 17, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Why, thank you, Kathy! I’m honored, and so glad you loved it.
    Now what’s this about moving to Oregon?? the coast or inland? A beautiful state, but what a change from Florida!

  16. Kathy Holmes on June 21, 2007 at 11:57 am

    I’m a west coaster – native Californian who keeps moving to Oregon. 🙂 Florida was our big adventure but it’s good to be back home.

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