Friday, May 28, 2010

Hello, Random Friday

Happy Friday, friends!

Welcome to all my new followers! I'm overwhelmed at the response I've gotten to the Pay it Forward Giveaway. Not only have I received 31 new followers, but so many people have been spreading the word via their blogs, facebook pages, and twitter. I'm amazed!

I said I was going to point you in the direction of a few of my favorite entries... In February, I talked about sleepwriting and introduced my phrase, "the Clark Kent job" (which, if you stick around, you'll probably hear me say every now and again). In March we discussed pacing yourself in big projects and never giving up regardless of how many rejections I get. And last month, during Arlee Bird's A to Z blog challenge, I shared what I thought about the concept of found stories and how I use auditory detail in my fiction. There are some fun places to start in there; I hope you enjoy them.

I had the honor of reading over the first draft of the screenplay for Plateye with Curtis and Shane from Mooks in the Movies, and I had a lot of fun. Has anybody else out there thought about writing a screenplay? I do love fiction, but reading a script has put me in the mood to try something new...

I'll be working at the Clark Kent job all weekend, at a fun little event here in Upstate SC called Freedom Weekend Aloft. It should be fun, but I will be in charge of our booth for all shifts on all days, which means I'll be working 50+ hours over the weekend. This comes at a CRAPTASTIC time for me, as you know, because I'm desperately trying to finish my WIP novel. I know it won't be the end of the world if I finish in June, but I'm so close, and I really want to hit that goal of being finished in May if I can. Also, I've reached the point where the story is fairly flying along, but I just don't have the time I need to devote to hours of getting it out. I'm serious. I'll be writing and writing and writing, and when I look up at the clock, four hours have passed. Sleep... what is that, again?

I'm wearing my grandfather's dog tags today. They're helping me remember a few things: patience, courage, determination. In everything I do - working, writing, living, I want to try to keep those ideals in mind. It's also fitting that I'm wearing them this close to Memorial Day - they help me remember the sacrifices he, and every American soldier, have made in order to ensure our continued liberty.

I hope y'all have a great weekend. I'll be back Monday (if I live through Freedom Weekend) with a full report on how things are going. Until then, friends.

15 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Congratulations and well done.

Yvonne

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Just adopt my motto - you'll sleep when you're dead!
Have a fun weekend. Keep your options open - you never know who you might meet this weekend.

Theresa Milstein said...

I love the "Clark Kent job". Now I picture you as writer Superman.

The idea behind the dog tags is great. Good things to keep in mind.

arlee bird said...

I am so glad that you've been acquiring followers who actually read your blog. You have been doing a stellar job and I know your WIP will come along just fine.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Watery Tart said...

You can do it, B! I know you can! It isn't like it is sleep deprivation FOREVER--just a couple days! (though it does suck that working all weekend had to fall NOW).

Isn't that rush at the end NUTS? Almost every book I think I have 4 or so chapters left and suddenly the ending rushing in at me.

Congrats on all the new followers! (and VERY cool that you have your grandpa's dog tags--I love the things from my grandparents, but the only 'wearable' are some very special costume jewelry things that I only get out for special occasions.

Dawn said...

Wow, B. So much great stuff here. Thanks for the links to your awesome posts. Good luck on catching some well-deserved sleep AND finishing your WIP. And I hope you have an awesome weekend. Happy Memorial Day.

Palindrome said...

Have a great weekend!! I'm unplugged till Wednesday so see you then!! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Good luck with the weekend - I hope you at least get bathroom breaks!! Have fun :)

Kierah Jane Reilly said...

I've heard your name mentioned on so many blogs recently! You are truly one of the most followable writers I know :)

B. Miller said...

Thanks everybody, I can't tell you what a great feeling it was to open up my email and see all these great comments today... it was a long, HARD day but it was still a lot of fun. We got rained out around 8 pm, and got the whole nine yards - drenching rain, hail, lightning, thunder... and we had no umbrellas! LOL!! Showers are wonderful things, aren't they?? :D

Hope you all have a fan-frickin-tastic weekend.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I remember going to Freedom Weekend Aloft in Greenville when I was a teen! Then it went to Anderson for a while (where my parents live) and we'd go back to SC for that weekend...kids loved it. Great weekend! Have fun...

J M.Smith said...

Hope you had a great weekend!

Lynn said...

Hopefully your weekend went well. I look forward to reading about it. And congratulations on your WIP. I really like deadlines but if a late, that's okay too. Everything has a reason, and its perfect timing.
I don't read movie scripts, but I've volunteered for amateur theatre leading to a dream of writing my own play one day.

Jennie Bailey said...

It's so great when the writing flies! I'm sorry you have to work such long hours when you are so close to finishing. Here's to hoping you finish by the end of the day today so you can meet your goal. But, in the end, you are right - it's not the end of the world if you finish a little into June. The important thing is getting there. The few extra don't really matter. I know it's hard to convince ourselves of that sometimes, though! Hope the weekend was great and you aren't too worn out from all the hours! I was tired just thinking about them!

Nishant said...

I love the "Clark Kent job
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