Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Better Late than Never... And an Award!

I'm late posting today! I've been trying to post entries before I go to bed (but after midnight) so the post is ready when YOU, dear readers, wake up in the morning... but last night I was just too tired. I had a meeting with my writing partner last night and we talked about the end of my book. Some serious revisions are going to have to be done, and it was a mentally exhausting conversation... just the thought of diving back in to that manuscript to re-tackle the end makes me want to crawl under my covers and sleep for two weeks. I came home and tried to work it but my brain just didn't want to, so I changed tactics and started working on the short story I mentioned on Monday. 1,700 words effortlessly poured out onto the keyboard and I was zonked. I'm excited about what I have so far, though - it's dark but whimsical, and I'm having fun being ANYWHERE besides the universe of my novel. That makes me feel kind of guilty to say, but I think it's understandable.

I would like to say that I'm eternally grateful to my writing partner for her patience and honesty and dedication... without her, I wouldn't HAVE a novel. So thanks, Gail Gray, for all your hard work in helping me birth this particular baby. Your opinions and advice are beyond measure. Thank you so much.

I've been given an award!

JL Stratton at True Life and Fiction gave me this award. Thanks so much, JL!! You guys should check out JL's blog - it's a great read!

For this award, I am asked to write seven stories. I've chosen to write six true stories and one lie. Can you pick out which one is the lie?

1. I went to a special arts program when I was in high school, and I was in a class taught by Maya Angelou.

2. My roommates sometimes call me "Pan" and the last time I went to the beach, I woke up people in hotels four blocks away by crowing at the ocean.

3. I love Star Wars so much, I quote Han Solo's lines in my sleep.

4. I have a list of things I feel need to be accomplished before the Zombie Apocalypse happens, i.e. learning to ride a motorcycle, shoot a gun, kill a person with a spork, etc.

5. After setting up a bowling party for Nickleback in April, I got to work with the local radio station to set up a bowling event for Lady Gaga in July. She's going to bowl in one of her crazy costumes for charity.

6. Last Halloween I dressed up as Max from Where the Wild Things are, complete with crown, scepter, and wolf costume. I was the King of the Wild Things on Halloween, and what a responsibility to mayhem that was...

7. I wrote my entire 124,000 word novel on my laptop while sitting in bed.

The lies and truth will be separated tomorrow... but until then, you got a guess?

Have a great HUMP DAY, all! :D



Congrats on the well deseved award and good luck with the writing.


Wendy Ramer, Author said...

I think number 2 is a lie, though I absolutely love the notion of it.

Janet Johnson said...

Yeah, I'd have to go with #2 as the lie, too. Love the Star Wars thing. :)

True Life and Fiction said...

I gotta go with number one. While I certainly believe you talented enough to have studied under the guidance of Maya Angelou, I don't think the timing is right. I believe that in the seventies, she had already been awarded numerous honorary degrees and may have been working in a professorship.

Although, I could be entirely wrong. Man, you're good at this storytelling stuff.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats on the award! Tricky one, but I gotta go with #5. The idea of Lady Gaga bowling in that weird hat with blood running down her swan shaped dress just seems too crazy to be real.

Anonymous said...

It's the one about Lady Gaga, isn't it? She'd never wear the shoes.

Sarah Ahiers said...

one of my goals i'd like to accomplish before i die is to spend an entire day in bed just for the hell of it. Reading and watching tv and napping on and off.
But then i think it's dumb because i can do that when i'm old and senile.
Anyway, kind of a random comment, but your "under the covers for two weeks" comment made me think about it

#1 for me

Laura S. said...

I sure hope #4 is the lie! Killing someone with a spork would land you in jail WITHOUT a book contract. And you and your book deserve representation!

Hannah said...

I'm going to go with number 2. :P

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm guessing #4 is the truth. Beyond that...?

Arlee Bird said...

Oh no, you were just celebrating having finished and now revisions begin. To be expected I guess.

I think the Lady Gaga story is false-- you set it up well with the Nickleback truth, but I don't think Gaga's going to go along with the bowling.

Tossing It Out

Jemi Fraser said...

I hope the Maya Angelou one is true - and the Star Wars one!

The lie... hard... The Lady Gaga one???

Unknown said...

Congrats on the award!!! You rock so it's well deserved.

I'm going with #2

Weudel said...

Here's a URL for a Titanium Spork... it will make it a LOT easier:

Ella said...

Congrats on your award! I am going to say #5 is fiction. I know you mention bowling, but Lady Gaga is a stretch for me. It is too far out there... Crowing at the ocean, sounds like a good time. Be careful with the spork, I do agree we need to start getting ready! I have seen a few potential Zombies...beware~