Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Living It

I seem to have nothing to say, lately. I don't know what's up with me.

Have you ever stomped out on a job? Quit on the spot? Just walked out? (I already know your answer, Zoe, so maybe you could share an example. I'm sure it'll be a good one!)

Just curious.

Wanting to know an author because you like his work is like wanting to know a duck because you like pate. ~Margaret Atwood

(Work with me. With no idea what to blog about, I'm just putting in random thoughts.)

It's not like I don't have ideas. It just seems like I wore out my mental ability to pull together and organize my thoughts into a non-fiction post. I seem to have freaked out my brain with writing a little essay, LOL. Even though it's been done for two weeks.

I have great respect and gratitude for Colin Powell.

So who's doing NaNo? I know lots of you have said, but I don't know where to click to find you. I think I am right here. Zoe and Melanie magically found me, which is cool. :-)

I've decided to "experiment" and try a NY-able novel this time. Finding what to write about that doesn't revolve around Ess Eee Exx (trying to stay G-rated, here) usually causes me a considerable amount of anguish. I promise to spare you.

At Mark Terry's blog, he asked What Do Your Read? He suggested that if you're wondering what you should be writing, then analyze what you read.

I've tried that. Often. I'm too all over the place.

I'm procrastinating, at the moment. I said I was taking all of October off writing so I could focus on reading, but I decided to do NaNo and that means finishing a novella by Nov. 1.

So I ordered Hot Chocolate at Borders but I'm always too shy to double check that they made it with Soy Milk instead of milk. They get a little insulted when you ask. Or embarrassed when you ask and they forgot and have to make it again, and that always makes me feel bad.

Okay, with that insanity, it's time to end this blog post.

Thoughts on anything? The world? Life? Stomping out on a job? Burning a bridge in the heat of passion?

29 bonus scribbles:

Amy Nathan 10/21/2008 07:45:00 PM  

Never be too shy or embarrassed to ask for what you want or need. It makes hot chocolate stressful and no one needs that.

Go soy milk!

Robin 10/21/2008 07:47:00 PM  

Spy, I'm doing NaNo and I added you to my buddy list! That's as far as I've got in figuring out what the hell to do. I'm under my own stupid name (Robin Altman), and I downloaded a book off a forum to explain how this works because I feel so technically retarded compared to everyone else.

Actually, I don't feel that bad, because I told that to one of my best friends, and she said, "What's download?" That made me happy.

Have you got your book idea, yet? This is so exciting! I think I'm going to plotz.

Edie 10/21/2008 08:44:00 PM  

I'm not doing NaNo. I'm creating a town! I wanted to write, but I knew I needed a town. It's kind of fun, but I hope I get to write tomorrow.

I read all over the place too. What's your core story? It has to be more than sex. Mine is women friend relationships, and I'm transferring that from women's fiction into paranormal. Can you transfer your core story to a mainstream genre?

Susan Helene Gottfried 10/21/2008 09:45:00 PM  

Nope to NaNo. I write crap at NaNo; I'd rather focus on something worthwhile.

Yes to storming out on things. You're nobody until you've been stormed out on by me.

Yes to reading all over the place. Keeps me on my toes. So I can storm out, you know.

Christina 10/21/2008 10:53:00 PM  

NaNo name: VegasSiren

I'm gearing up for it. I'm rushing to get things finished too. I want to be ready for the month and not feel bad that I have projects waiting, though with me, I have so many projects, I'll probably feel bad anyway for focusing on only one thing for the entire month.

Rick 10/21/2008 11:25:00 PM  

I've been up all night writing, then drove 3 hours to another city to consult, drove back after five hours there, and started writing again. I fell asleep for an hour on my own keyboard!

See, you're way ahead.

Barrie 10/22/2008 12:17:00 AM  

The Margaret Atwood quote keeps going around in my head. I'm not sure I agree with it; although it sounds good.

Michelle 10/22/2008 04:24:00 AM  

Spy, I know what you mean about the hot chocolate, it is almost as if the stress isn't worth asking, but in fact it is. I agree with Amy. Ask away!

Zoe Winters 10/22/2008 09:48:00 AM  

hahaha Spy, Oh...Yes. I have a story.

Mine and my husband's favorite job quitting story.

I was working at this clothing department store, where they always kept the heat up too high, which I found annoying enough to quit over all by itself, but...

To top that off, there was one girl I worked with who was a raving psycho. She wasn't my boss, but for some reason she thought she was.

So one day I told her: "I'm going to go get a coke at the cookie factory." (Great American Cookie Factory, was in the middle of the mall, and close to our store.)

She said okay.

So I left. Under the pretense of getting a coke, and never returned.

Yeah, I know, I'm evil. But it's not like they didn't figure it out after an hour or so.

What amuses me the most about this is that this woman, and really I wouldn't do this to just anyone, she was specially horrific... she probably got mad after about 15 minutes of me being gone.

Then after an hour or so she probably though I'd gone shopping or was hanging out with someone and had made plans on how she was going to get me fired.

By the second of third hour of my absence, slowly the light dimmed and the flicker of hope that I was ever returning left her...and then a new fury over, "That bitch! How could she just walk out and leave me with all these customers."

It was sweet.

Tom said I should have waited a couple of weeks then gone back, with coke in hand and said, "Man, that line was long!"

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:24:00 PM  

Amy, that's so true! And you're right, hot chocolate isn't supposed to be stressful!

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:28:00 PM  

Thanks, Robin! I've added you! And figured out how to message there, thanks to you. :-)

What book? Where?

I think I'm going into agonized mode about an idea, even though I promised not to.


spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:30:00 PM  

LOL, Susan! Now see, I'm hoping it will help me write crap. I'm about to tell myself to write crap for a month. I wonder what would come of 50,000 words of crap?

Okay now I'm serious. That might not be a bad idea.

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:31:00 PM  

Hey Christina! I tried and tried and tried, and it said no such username found. But at least I found where to search from. I couldn't find that yesterday!

I get that. I know exactly what you mean!

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:34:00 PM  

LOL, Rick! Wow, now that's dedication! You're making me sleepy! I hope you get sleep and writing time soon!

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:35:00 PM  

LOL, Barrie, I know what you mean. It cracked me up. It does have a truth to it, and it also has a certain untruth to it, too. You know? It's both right and wrong, LOL!

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:36:00 PM  

You're right, Michelle! Sometimes I am just too shy for my own good. Ah well.

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:39:00 PM  

Oh, Edie, I'm sorry! Hey, my response to you is WAY DOWN HERE!

EDIE! DOWN HERE! *waving arms frantically* I didn't forget you, I promise!

LOL, I totally didn't mean to skip you. You're creating a town? That is SO cool.

Those are all good questions. I keep asking myself that. The closest I've come is a spy story, honestly. Maybe I should write the sex in, and then edit it out in the end, LOL.

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 01:40:00 PM  

Oh, Zoe, you are terrible! That just cracks me up!

Tom said I should have waited a couple of weeks then gone back, with coke in hand and said, "Man, that line was long!"

ROFLMAO! No, I mean really rolling on the floor and laughing my ass off! Howling! That's hilarious!

StarvingWriteNow 10/22/2008 01:48:00 PM  

Well... here's my thoughts...

I'm seeing someone. We are taking things very slowly (no sex or anything!) and working through our issues.

He's amazing.

Kath Calarco 10/22/2008 03:42:00 PM  

Spy, it's something in the air it would seem - I'm all over the place, too. Hang in there! You aren't alone.

Virginia Lady 10/22/2008 05:51:00 PM  

This will be my second year doing NaNo and I'm really looking forward to it. I added you as a buddy so you should get a notification the next time you log in there. I'm planning on writing the second in a series I started a few years ago, but last year I was going to do that as well and when I started something else entirely came out. Yes, I'm a seat of the pants writer. But if that doesn't come to pass I have the start of an outline and plot ready to work on come Nov. 1st.

Of course, that's when our rental property becomes vacant and repairs will need to be done. Not sure how I'm going to fit in writing with painting, etc.

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 06:29:00 PM  

Wow, WriteNow. He does sound amazing. Wow! I love the sound of him! I want the details!

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 06:29:00 PM  

LOL, thanks, Kath! I'm sitting myself down with a schedule tomorrow. It's crazy, my focus, lately.

spyscribbler 10/22/2008 06:31:00 PM  

LOL, Virginia! That always happens to me: November seems to bring tons of things to do. Despite the fact I've often written well over 50,000 words in a month, I have never "won" NaNo. Which is ridiculous!

Zoe Winters 10/23/2008 08:50:00 AM  

Tom's a funny guy. That's why I put up with his evil. :P

Melanie Avila 10/23/2008 12:40:00 PM  

How did I miss this post? Gah. My thoughts are all over the place these days and I just found out we might have to wait until MAY to get an answer on our status. To say this is frustrating ... I just don't even know what to do with myself. Ibis wants to move someplace else NOW. Ugh.

But, I am excited for NaNo. A couple people have buddied me and I don't know who they are. Hmm. And why can't you write your EEE book for Nano? They even have special forums just for you!

Billy 10/28/2008 03:20:00 PM  

Thoughts on Bradbury. Just write. Let the fingers and the brain connect without thinking getting in the way. ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING is the best book on writing I've ever read.

spyscribbler 10/28/2008 09:31:00 PM  

Melanie, HOW DID I MISS YOUR COMMENT??? Ohmigawd! No! That's terrible! May?

Oh, Melanie, I am SO sorry! Can we all sign petitions or something, LOL? I wish it worked that way. :-(

spyscribbler 10/28/2008 09:31:00 PM  

Billy, I love that book! That's a great book. He has a couple videos up on his website, where he talks about writing. LOVE them!