Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Teenage moments: Lesson 101

Teenage moment: Point 101 (Don't correct people in a filled room)
"What did he say his name was?"-Lindz
"I don't know. Derrick? I'm just calling him tour dude"-me
"For your information my zipper isn't down this is how my pants are made."- tour dude says.
"Uh...are you talking to me?" - me
"Yeah. I can read lips."- tour dude.
I start to laugh because that's what awkward moment me does. "Yeah. You might need another lesson in reading lips because I said I don't know. Derrick? I'm just calling him tour dude. But thanks for thinking I'm checking out your crotch. Real smooth."
Face is super red.

Two months later...
Late for a test, literally running across campus in a tutu -NOT COOL EVER- and low and behold the test granting Nazi himself.
"Hey... I know I'm late..."
Derrick eyes me up and smiles. "I know you. You're that girl."
"I am a girl yup. yup. I need to..." hand him my paper.
He shakes his head. "Oh, look at this, the test is closed."
"Yeah, but, I'm a minute late so could you just."
"Oh, I don't think so. Remember me from your orientation?" Yeah, I remember but so freaking...oh..oh shit.
Face falls. Uh. Shit! "I uh..."
"Yeah my boys gave me so much shit for your comment. This is pay back."
"See ya." He waves. I totally need to take my test. He knows it too. But he is not going to let me in. This is beyond cruel.
And I seriously have a zero. Not even an attempt at getting an F and maybe a score of 67 no a flat out in your freaking face zero. SHIT!

See Not always good to correct people in a filled room. Because what you say will come back to haunt you in the worse way possible.

But again this is a situation I can totally reword, work into my favor and the character will have a HAPPY ending not an F on a test. :)

Happy writing people!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Regrets? Please ...

Live your life with no regrets. People say this all the time. But how does one do it? For me, I use it all for writing. Seriously. Have you ever had moments where you wish you had a rewind button for? Like either something you said or did but you can't take back. Ever. Well, growing up we screw up. Admit it, we've all done it. My screw ups might have been lessons well learned, but it's also has a pinch of regret somewhere in there.

I was the poster child of BAD HAIR. Seriously. It was long, frizzed out, and one big heap of mess. It took me years, and when I say this, I'm being for real. YEARS to learn how to style it without hopelessly tossing it up in a ponytail and hoping others didn't notice.

I was full of embarrassing moments. Like the time in ninth grade my innocent mind got me into WAY more trouble than was worth. My brother's BFF and I HATED each other. He was hot and all the girls wanted him. I am not going to lie about that. But I don't know when a guy you might have been crushing on calls you weird names like Stumpy, farts in your face and belchs his ABC's you tend to see them as a gross mutant. Anyways, in ninth grade BFF was over our house, and he slept walk into my room. So I woke up in the morning with his hand stretched out across my waist and I screamed like you wouldn't believe. Because WHAT THE HELL was he doing there? But he was fully clothed and had no idea why he was in my room either. And he was ontop of the covers which Thank freaking god because it was already awkward enough. So I told my own friend this, but I wasn't paying attention to the ears within the room and of course someone overheard and asked, "So you slept with him?" And innocent me said, "Well, I guess. I don't know how long he was there." -I was not thinking about sex okay I was horrified by a movie we were forced to watch in 6th grade. (This woman was giving birth and I think I almost barfed and screamed when the woman was pushing out her child and yelling as she was doing it) and haven't even had my first kiss yet. So, I didn't grasp the full question they were asking, "DID YOU HAVE SEX?" Which was a HELL NO!!! But this my friends started a rumor that yes need I say (Regret) Because guys at my school were low degrading species and thought I was now not a prude and wanted to try to get some. And the guys I did like The really nice church going guys? Yeah they all looked at me like I was some slut ball because BFF was totally dating this girl on my diving team. Who later wanted to kick my ass for spreading such a lie. (Again regret because I didn't spread a lie, things got twisted and someone else did it)

Point is, through writing I can have my character go through this same thing but ... have things turn out differently. Like way different. Hence, No Longer Feeling Regret.

So give it a try I dare you.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Reading and writing

I've literally read ten books this week. Ten! I'm thrilled to have accomplished this but I'm also a little sad too. Because though I've read ten books, I also found myself comparing the stories I read to the stories I'm currently writing.

Usually when I'm in full on writing mood I refuse to read anything. For fear of distraction which in this case I really should have stuck to this rule. But hey you only live once right? Might as well do things a little nutty every now and again. I also make sure to not read anything similar to what I'm writing at the time so I don't get into a comparison mood.

But, since I've already broken two of my rules I'm going to say what I've learned. I learned that maybe it's okay to have a character with a little softer edge to them. I also learned whatever I'm writing will not be a carbon copy of someone else's idea even though some things might seem similar. I will twist and mold my work to be unique, and put a fresh spin on things.

This also goes for titles. LORD there is so many titles that are all the same and some have different tag lines. Some sound exactly like the other except for like maybe three or four things, Name of characters, situations, etc. Point is sometimes a title is really hard to choose.

And so, Yesterday, I actually started a new novel which I shouldn't have started at all. Because I'm supposed to be finishing or at least getting to the half way point of my sequel of one of my books coming out this summer. But, instead of writing 10K and getting that book to the 30K mark, I ... started a new novel.

My plotting board has turned into some craziness. Here's to hoping I get my ducks in a row and I get some well and much needed writing for sequel done. (sad part I have it all outlined all I have to do is write it) I think my problem is, by me plotting it all out it took some of the fun out of writing the story. Do you ever get like this?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snow blues...

I'm not a fan of snow. So, the entire month of Jan I've been surrounded by the stuff. I thought Feb would give me a break. Turns out no, that's not the case. We're going to get hit with another 10 to 12 inches. Um, Thanks.

Jack Frost must really want to stay for as long as possible.

In other news, I've been catching up on my reading. I read 25 books from December to Jan. I've writing too. Not as much as I would like, but I think this weather is causing me to feel eh about writing and makes me want to curl up to a good book instead.

So how have you all been? Do you all find yourselves in writer slumps too?