Revising – Surviving The Drama


Revising – Surviving The Drama

And Just What is Wrong With a Little Emotion?

Read about revising action scenes.

Does loving drama scenes make me a drama queen?

Actually, I picture myself the proud, head tossing princess…not some old, stuffy queen doing the mirror on the wall thingie.


Anyway, sixteen dramatic scenes, plus a week-long vacation.

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Revising – Quit The Drama And Get Started


Revising – Quit The Drama And Get Started

A Slave To My Work

Read about soaring one last time before falling back to earth.

Well…it feels that way.

Back from vacation…back to the old world. The dreary one I’d brainwashed myself into thinking I loved…punching the old clock…going to long, boring meetings, listening to the bosses drone on and on.

And where did I ever find time to write?

Work…family…story. My life in three words.

And my least favorite number today?


That’s how many dramatic scenes I get to revise.

The good news…I’m chipping away.

The bad news…four scenes done.

If only I wrote faster, and better…and had a herd of writers to work with me, like some writers churning out a zillion stories a year. Even the pets demand a piece of me. Poor Lisa. Sob.

Read about back in the saddle with drama.

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Back To Earth


Back To Earth

To Soar Again

Read about escaping.

The chime sounds.

Engines which had labored for so long, die into silence.

Everyone stands, elbowing for position in a mad scramble to collect everything from overhead and under the seat. Thirty people transform into strangers, morphing from whatever they pretended into whatever they must.

Stand at the door…luxuriating in an amazingly calm day..familiar sights, sounds, and smells.

Stay his hand from the radio, lingering while we drive to the pet palace. Happy barks and wagging tail…sloppy kisses. Pitiful meows melting into hurt silence and golden glares.

Pull into the garage, letting him catch me with my sidelong glance…then laugh softly before releasing our furry little friends to scamper off to reassure themselves they’ve returned to their little worlds.

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Revising – Lights, Camera, Action Scenes


Revising – Making Suspense Scenes Scream

I’m Ready For My Closeup, Mr. DeMille

Read about revising suspense scenes.

I hate action scenes…

…because I can’t write them well.

And, because I write action scenes poorly, I shy away from them. Alas…I get no better.

But, I have a plan.  At the recommendation of writers who write terrific fight scenes, I’ve ordered Violence: A Writers’ Guide. That means revisiting my action scenes at a future date.

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Faleena Hopkins — Writer or Censors?


Faleena Hopkins – Writer or Censor?

Is Censorship Playing Out Before Our Very Eyes?

Never send an email when you’re upset…or post an article.

Grandmother always chided me to sleep on something which riled me beyond any ability to think…and, never write it down and mail it. The internet didn’t exist in her time. And she’d probably figure I should reconsider post this because I’m still livid, and may say some things I shouldn’t. But this post popped up a day or two ago, and stuck like a burr under my saddle.

Have you’ve heard of Faleena Hopkins, a romance writer who has respectable sales on Amazon? Until now, I had no awareness of her existence. It turns out she writes romance fiction, and has done some one-woman shows and other interesting things. All in all, she sounds like a talented writer out to make a name for herself. Until she started sending out emails. Continue reading