Friday, August 24, 2012

#6 Moving day. Back to the beginning

Hello All.  I am moving my posting day to Friday.
Let's get back to the beginning of my first novel.  After driving all over Ventura County for days buying every package of correction tape she could find for my type writer, BJ, my wife, told me I had two choices:  Buy a computer or see a divorce lawyer.  After factoring everything in, I figured the computer was the cheapest way to go. And, though as cranky as she was at the time, she is the love of my life.

The big day!  The computer arrives.  Holy Cow, that thing was huge.  BJ had the foresight to get a printer also, which meant  a trip to Walmart for a bigger desk.

We fast forward to our loft where everything is set up. New computer, new printer, new desk, new desk lamp new office chair, and a new room divider on a track like those that separate patients in an emergency room.  I looked at my wife and said, "nothing written yet and we've already had to take out a second on the house."
She responded with: "Yeah, but the upside is no damn correction tape."

To be continued.

Friday, August 17, 2012

#5 Another excellent guest speaker.

The Henderson Writers had another great Guest speaker this week.  His name is Todd Isbell and he is the Nurse responsible for the emergency room at one our local hospitals.  The man is amazing.  He kept us enthralled for over an hour and a half.  We thank you, Mr. Isbell for giving us your time and probably ruining every medical show I watch in the future.  (If I ever watch another one,that is.)

Access to people like this is one of the many reasons you should belong to a writers group, especally one that Critiques.

See you next week,

Thursday, August 9, 2012

#3 Flash fiction

Hi All,
We had a blast at the last Henderson Writers Group Meeting.  We learned about "Flash Fiction" from best selling author Siabhan Muir.  (No, I don't know how to pronounce her first name even though we met on Monday.)
Doing flash fiction helps you tighten up your writing because there are strict rules  You are given a phrase, words or pictures and then work under time and word count restraints to write a story about them.  What's neat about this is you can put the subject into any gendre you want.

It also helps you clear your mind when you have writers block.  Here are a few sites to that have contests.  Some even give prizes.

If I got my notes straight, Thurs Threads is Siabhan Muir's site.

It looks like I'm out of space,  see you next week.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

#3 Typewriter

Hi All,
Did anybody but me start writing on a typewriter.  Mine was an IBM and it had,ta-da, correction tape.

There it sat on my desk , the IBM,calling me.  So, I sat down with the idea in my head and nothing else.  I soon learned you need more than that.
After two weeks BJ, my wife, was thinking of buying stock in the correction tape company but was afraid of getting nailed for insider trading.

Next week:  The computer arrives.
See you then