Writing Book 3!

Working hard every weekend now on Book 3, Fin and Giselle. I just need to finish the ending, which I’m really struggling with for some reason.

This was my inspiration for where Fin lives. It was a beach house we stayed at … um … five years ago, apparently (screams the obnoxious florescent timestamp), and it was just beautiful.

Nothing like waking up to the sound of the ocean. …

Giving Your Kids the Gift of Peace

Quietude: The state of being quiet; tranquility

When I selected yesterday’s “Wordless Wednesday” photo, I scrounged through my files looking for a photo that smacked of spring. (Because I’m getting a little tired of the chill in the air, aren’t you? And sheesh, I can’t even really complain — you poor East Coast and Midwest people look like you’ve been bombarded with snow and ice for months now. So … a little spring. … deep sigh … Sounded like a nice thing. …)

When I looked at last year’s spring pics, though, I ran across the ones of Nathan at the skatepark. So I put them up, but then had to name the photos … and I stalled. Because what was I trying to say with the photos? That I’m craving spring? (That kind of worked becaused we do tend to go there in the spring.) But there was something more I liked about the pictures.

Then I realized what it was. … Continue reading

At Popculture Divas Today: All About TV Families

Hi, all! I’m over at Popculture Divas today, blogging about TV families.

Duggars? Gosselins? Do you watch any of the new crop of reality families?

Or are you a little old school like me, and pining after the fake families like the Partridges and the Brady Bunch? (“Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”)

Come read my current take on why the switch over the decades, and weigh in with your own opinion in the comments over there.

(I also mention why I now have my eye on Modern Family. Do you watch that show? Hilarious. …)

The Basics of Critiquing III: The Antagonist and the Conflict

Alright, so we’ve covered two of the crucial things every story needs:

Now we’ll cover the third and final element:

  • A conflict

A story without a conflict is not really a story. Otherwise the story would end on page 2, because after you introduced the protagonist and the goal, you would simply say “and he won.”

(Which, obviously, would be very boring and there’d be no point in telling it.)

So you need conflict. It’s what people like to read.

Now perhaps you remember all this from high school (I can completely hear Mrs. Kirby in my head covering all this.) (Hello, Mrs. Kirby! Thank you! You too, Mrs. Zukoski and Mr. Drummond!). But for those of us who were passing notes to our friend Dawn, or who were busy drawing hearts on our PeeChee folders, or who were running in late to 6th period every day, here are the four basic types of conflict: Continue reading

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