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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Top of mind chatting

cj Sez:  Saturday was the end of the ten-day on-line course on Story Arc taught by fellow SinC/Guppy writer/editor Ramona De Felice Long who did an OUTSTANDING job of leading me step by faltering step through the process.

Now I have a working synopsis and draft plot outline, even though I’ve written only “most” of the first act of one of my novels-in-progress. That’s a new experience for me because I’m a linear writer. I meander my way through the story, beginning to end, doing humungous editing as I go. Ergo, I’m more of a pathfinder than a plotter. Perhaps I’ve learned that plotting won’t diffuse the thrill of creating new conflicts for my characters. Perhaps this new skill will make me a faster writer. We’ll see.

If you’re a member of SinC/Guppy and ever have a chance to take one of Ramona’s on-line courses, I highly recommend it.
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The latest addition to my to-be-read pile is a Western romance. Unfortunately I’m not reading very much so the stack will get taller for a while longer. My eye problem continues to interfere. I’m back to later than dusk…but the abundance of floaters in my eyes breaks up the words when I try to read a book. My writing has also suffered, until a friend recommended that I zoom more and use a dark page background with white letters. That’s working better. Not perfect, but better. Zooming is what got me through that Story Arc class.

It's time for me to buy a laptop. I truly dislike having to work on one of those, but the main use for this one will be doing PowerPoint presentations. The good thing about that is I don’t need to get a super-duper model, because I won’t be keyboarding much.

Not being a techie, I need some advice: What kind of laptop would you recommend?
Okay, you-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

Great gifts for Valentine’s Day, and only 99 cents for a bundle of romance stories:
“Bad Day at Round Rock” a short romance in The Posse anthology
California Kisses—10 book publisher’s bundle @ 99 cents (includes Deadly Star)
The Great Outdoors  8 book publisher’s bundle @99 cents (includes Choosing Carter)
Bodies in Motion 10 book publisher’s bundle @99 cents (includes Choosing Carter)
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  1. You're right. Your first sentence would make Faulkner happy. Sounds like a great class on story arc.

  2. cj Sez: Yeah, me and Faulkner. We don't know when to quit. Thanks for stopping by.


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