I’m so behind on updating my Goodreads list. I know this because I keep getting prompts from the 2017 Reading Challenge – “You’re 5 books behind schedule! Do you need a boost? A pep talk? A life line?” I actually have read some books over the past three months. I just had yet to collect my thoughts. … More Shannon’s Reading List: Is It Really Already Spring 2017?
I marveled anew at how Maya went from a child who didn’t speak for five years to someone who spent the rest of her life speaking eloquently, powerfully, and when it matters most. … More Movie Night: And Still I Rise
otherwise known as “only the latest scene in my work in progress that was a pain in the ass to write” … More My 10 Steps for Getting Through that Very Important Scene that is Just. Not. Happening.
or, Don’t Take a Benadryl Before Brainstorming and Damn Those Mosquitoes at the Outdoor Concert on Friday Night Me trying to transcribe the brainstorming notes that I wrote on Saturday afternoon while in a Benadryl-and-desert-heat-induced fog: “So, what I need is a reason for GG & J to be working did your in the [what?]” “And … More Trippy Scribblings from the Other Side
So this happened: Stephen King came to li’l ol’ Albuquerque as part of his End of Watch tour, and got interviewed by George R.R. Martin. All thanks to our local indie bookstore, Bookworks. Here are some notes from that June 16, 2016 conversation. “They saved my life.” –Stephen King on George R.R. Martin’s Song of … More Notes on the Stephen King and George R.R. Martin Conversation
or, Even the Darkest of Tales Contains Some Fine Romance I never wanted to see the old classic movie Chinatown, no matter how many “great” lists it’s on, because I’d heard it was dark and depressing. I finally caved and saw the movie, because 1) Alexandra Sokoloff, who was the featured speaker at our LERA … More Movie Night: Chinatown
Last month my writer’s group announced that we were doing “LERA Idol” in April. Members who chose to participate would bring the first two pages of their manuscript to be read aloud before a panel of three published authors for critique. I was like “Sweet!” I am working on revisions for my first NaNoWriMo novel … More More Dirty Words, Please
(or Soft, Ladylike, and Matronly, According to the Synonym Finder) For the past month I have been rewriting last year’s NaNoWriMo project, since an editor I pitched to at the LERA conference I attended in November expressed interest my manuscript. Yeah, I’m kinda doing this: The thing with revisions is that, unlike the unfettered pouring of creativity that … More Girl, You’ll Be Womanly Soon
First off, I am already behind on word count. I have a good excuse! On Saturday I attended an all day writers’ conference put on by LERA, my local RWA chapter. By all day I mean from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. It was a magical day, though, so well worth it. In so many … More I’m Doing NaNoWriMo Again and It Is Not Going At All Like It Did Last Year
This week’s road trip movie that I am breaking down per the Hero’s Journey is Take Me Home, an independent film written, directed, and produced by Sam Jaeger from the TV show Parenthood. I first saw it at the Albuquerque Film Festival in 2011, where, to my giddy surprise, Sam Jaeger himself was present for a Q&A. … More Road Trip Movies: Take Me Home