Some Pennies for My Thoughts

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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Hello my lovelies.  Summer, though technically a week away, is in full swing in firespark's realm.  It's too hot outside; the garden, as usual, is overgrown and under-utilized (though there are a few green tomatoes on the plants, which means they're faring better than last summer's tomatoes); and the day job still takes up too much of my time and brain space (which has nothing to do with summer--it's just one more thing to complain about, and I like things in threes).  The writing life is limping along, but I did just receive my first writing paycheck for a couple of articles I did last month.  Like the tomatoes, this is a definite improvement over last year, when my total writing wages were exactly zilch.  They were little things, these paid-for articles, and not the fiction I long to wrap my days with, but it's still money and it's still writing.  I'm a happy spark. 

Here's a bit of randomness I'd like to share with you.  If you like random, read ahead.  If not, I bid you adieu until my next maybe-random-maybe-not post.

Best Fortune Cookie Fortune Ever:

Well, maybe the 2nd best.  My now-deceased grandmother once told me she'd found a fortune at a Chinese restaurant that said, "Help!  I'm trapped in a fortune cookie factory!"  I never saw this notorious fortune with my own eyes, but if she was telling the truth, THAT would be the best fortune cookie fortune ever.  If she was pulling young firespark's leg, however, then this is the best fortune cookie fortune ever, which was found by a friend and promptly handed over to me, seeing as how I'd be able to fully appreciate it:

~ Book lovers never go to bed alone. ~

Oh, you know you chuckled.  ;)

Wait...

THIS JUST IN
Mittensmorgul is going through a writing crisis.  It's related to... RESEARCH!  (full horror movie scream... key up scary reeeeeee-reeeeee-reeeeee hacker music)

Her story is set in a city where she doesn't live, and, as my friend Sarah would say, her google-fu powers are failing her.

She writes:

"I just need to know what the first possible exit street from the lower deck of the bridge is. My MC needs to be waiting there to pick up her surveillance on the bad guy's car. AND I CAN'T FIGURE THIS OUT!!! GAH!!!"

This is the sort of crisis which strikes fear in the hearts of writers everywhere (and if it doesn't, it should).  Why?  Greg Rucka said it best in his article, Why I Write "Strong Female Characters"

"The reader is smarter than you. The reader is always smarter than you. And the reader knows when you've taken a shortcut, or phoned it in, or are trying to pull a fast one. And the reader don't like it one bit."

Oh mittens... I feel your pain.  And your fear.  Stay strong.  I've been informed that help, via red-headed carrier pigeon, has just landed.  The exit has been found.  It's going to be okay.  

Stay tuned for our next episode of Writing Life Beyond 'What You Know.'  

Over and out.

Update

Petre is pondering research, too.  Is there something in the air?  Weeeeiiiiiiirrrrd...

http://petrepan.blogspot.com/2012/05/late-at-night-and-fiction-research.html?showComment=1339639035255#c3898597279907800707 

7 comments:

Laura Hughes, MittensMorgul said...

Yes, thank you! The carrier pigeon came through with flying red-headed colors! I solved my problem, rewrote the dreaded passage, and all is right with the world (except for the fact that my MC is now hot on the tail of a really nasty kidnapper, but that won't get resolved for a while yet...).

The reader always knows better. I agree with that one. Just like the tv shows that take place in cities I know well, and then totally screw up the geography really irk me, I figured if any of the 9 million or so residents of New York read about an impossible bridge crossing they'd all point and laugh at me in unison. I don't know if I could handle that kind of ridicule. So thanks for helping, and for spreading the word! Google-fu rebooted, and back to writing now!

Martin Willoughby said...

I havea a cuddly toy as well as a book. Is that a threesome?

firespark said...

Absolutely, Martin. You are a wild man!

firespark said...

Go get 'em, Laura! Glad to see your crisis has been averted. :)

Petre Pan said...

Wowzers, I didn't know EVERYONE was writing about research! I know you'd said it in your comment, but I guess it took me a while to have it sink in.

Well, I hope your writing life starts jogging and flying instead of limping! Just checking in to see what's going on in your corner of the web!

Petre Pan said...

Where on earth are you? I miss your updates and wonder what has happened to you. 0_0

nosuchsafety said...

I hate not knowing if I'll ever get to read you again...