Friday, March 17, 2017

Plot Away...My Writing Process

Welcome to week 11 of the MFRW's 52-Week Blog Challenge. Today's post is about my writing process. This a blog hop for writers to learn more about each other. Anyone can join at any point in the challenge. Learn more about the challenge by following this link.

Planners (Plotters)--Plotters like to know where is the story is going from beginning to end mapping it out to the last scene and detail. My brain doesn't work like that. I've tried plotting with no success. I'll attempt an outline and quickly loose interest.

Pantsers--Those who "write by the seat of their pants" make the story up as they go along. Pantsing is easier for me. I'm not bound by an outline. I'm free to create a story from a blank page.

Plantsers--Writers who like both methods. That's me. A hybrid. While I can't rigidly outline, I do write 20 to 30 pages describing what happens in the story. For me, it's a guide giving a general idea of how the story may progress, but still allowing for detours from the script as needed.

Plotter, Pantser or Plantser?  Which one are you? Let's discuss them in the comments.

Friday, March 10, 2017

My Guilty Pleasures #MFRW

It's week 10 of the MFRW's blog challenge. This weeks prompt is "Seven Guilty Pleasures."
Anyone can join at any point in the challenge. Follow this link to learn more.

My Pleasures:

1. English Breakfast Tea. Nothing like starting the day with a cup of tea. Both hot and cold tea is my favorite beverage. There is something about it that's soothing. allows it to drains away the day's stress. As I write this post, it's cold, thundering and raining outside. I have a cup beside me. The robust scent, coppery-red color, and hint of lime added in a beautiful, delicate bone china cup and saucer is warm and comforting on a day like today.

2. Reading. As I mentioned above, it's raining. Curling up on the couch with a good book, a cup of hot tea, pillow and matching fleece throw over the lower body is heaven. I've never physically been to Europe or traveled through time, but reading carries the reader to faraway and exotic places past, present and future creating tender and adventurous moments to be relived again and again.

3. Star Trek. I looove this franchise. At present, Star Trek (TOG) and The Next Generation (TNG) are the ones I've been able to find and watch on TV plus the movies with the Chris Pine crew. My plan is to buy all of the movies and the series for Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. TV/Movie Marathon!

I have ideas for world/universe building and a science fiction romance series percolating.

4. Dilled Cucumber and Tomato Salad. This year I decided to make a life change. I've started the Mediterranean Diet. So far, other than a greek salad, this cucumber and tomato salad is my favorite.

5. Pearls.  In my opinion, pearls represent refinement, beauty, and class. In the book, "Grits (Girls Raised In The South) Guide to life" by Deborah Ford, the sign of a true southern woman is pearls, a cast iron skillet, and a magnolia tree in the front yard.

Imagine: Seated on a wide veranda a victorian bed and breakfast dressed in cool spring flirty tea length dress, pearls clasped around your neck, a mint julep in hand conversing with the Ladies Garden Club.  I've got the pearls, the flirty dress,  and the skillet. To complete my qualifications to be a full-fledged GRITS girl, I just need the tree.

6. Tiny House Living. Tiny House Living is an HGTV program showcasing various sizes of tiny homes and the person/families making the decision to free themselves of "stuff" and living tiny. The homes can be stationary or mobile. As small as 96 sq. ft. or as large as 500 sq. ft., wood or metal, single or modular. They can be one story or have a loft or two. I would love to attempt living in a tiny house for about a week, maybe longer to see if it's something I could do long-term.  Travel across the country taking my home with me--no hotels, no restaurant food just paying for utility hook ups and taking to the road again. If that doesn't work, I could use it as a writing retreat or a guest house for visiting family or friends.

7. Jamocha Shake. The best thing Arby's ever created is the Jamocha Shake. Smooth, creamy, chocolatey coffee flavored drink.

What about you? What are your guilty pleasures? Tell me in the comments.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Icky Words #MFRW

It's week 9 of the #MFRW blog hop. This week's prompt, words that make me go ick or eww.
Follow this link to learn more. Anyone can join at any point in the challenge.

There are just a few words that make me shudder.

Snot/mucus comes to mind. It conjures a child's runny nose with mucus laying between the nostril and top lip and the color is usually whitish or green. *shudder*

Vomit. Witnessing or thinking about it makes me want to hurl too. My stomach and throat ache from my dry heaves.

Words of a sexual nature:

  • pussy
  • moist
  • dick
  • cum 

They make me uncomfortable and I can't force myself write those words in a love scene. What about you? What words make you go ick?

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