While procrastinating on continuing to fully and carefully edit through my manuscript or novel or whatever the proper term for “original piece of work”, I thought I might glance through the top stories for today. What caught my eye was an article about river piracy
Learning about pingbacks, responding to the weekly photo challenge. This weeks theme from the daily post is security.Source: Security
Here is what I have seen on the subject of security…and the summer hasn’t even started.
So, I have been working through my writing, tightening up and “fixing” the dialogue. I’ve been having problems finding other words (the right verb) for “says” or “explains” or “thinks.” I read through some things online and here’s what I found.
There is something called “constructed speech dialogue”, “unintroduced” dialogue, and direct and indirect speech.
I didn’t even consider the type of dialogue that appears like this within the text: and he was like, “did I do this correctly?” Or I’m like, “are you ready to go?” This type of dialogue is represented by this formula: “be” + “like” = “say” it represents the kind of thing a character would be saying or thinking. I think I used to talk this way. For all I know I still do.
My writing over these last 5 years has been an adventure. Putting together and sorting out certain portions of it and constructing the dialogue is tedious but important for the characters to portray emotions and visualize the setting/situation for the reader.
I have two advanced degrees: a Bachelor of Science in the physical sciences and a Masters in a social science. After those 4 years of lots of math, physics and all the other coursework dealing with integrating science and technology, I worked for roughly six years in laboratory science-biotech and environmental mainly. For me it was a dramatic move into graduate school for Library and Information science.
The most difficult part of graduate school the first year was remembering that I could write at all after years of lab reports. I did pretty well once I got into it. I was always good at reading and writing.
Now, Six years after graduate school, I finally have the time to compile this “original piece of work” I have been working on for the last five years in between all the dead-end jobs I have held. It’s definitely fiction and I am labeling it as a manuscript(I think that’s the correct term), but I suppose it will eventually be a novel. Published or not, I am in search of a sense of accomplishment.
Look for my next blog/entry about dialogue.
So, I sent part of my manuscript (partial manuscript) to a literary agent last year. Don’t ever do this! Especially one in New York! I still feel like it is following me around even after he said it wasn’t for him and I asked him to delete it. Once I am completely done I plan on going another route to try and publish.
Woke up in the middle of the night thinking that I need to speed up my editing process. Out of roughly 120 pages I am only on page 15 or so…editing through it carefully and slowly this time
Here’s to the longest game ever! I grew up playing board games with both of my siblings, so I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic about how I remember playing the never-ending yet classic game. The three of us would fall into our Monopoly board game roles: I was the banker, my oldest brother was always distracted and my other brother seemed to be the only one who understood how to build houses and hotels on his properties.
Monopoly unveils new game pieces for a few of the old one’s. Check out what CBS had to say about the new Monopoly pieces.
doing some editing the old-fashioned way first – printed pages completed first, found two red pens (in case one runs out of ink) and am toughing through it. Anyone have any other advice? Thus far, I wish that I had printed it out in a larger font. I will have to find some music to listen to that is not very distracting.
1. View of the river (hydrology book)
2. Grapes of wrath
3. Richard III
4. Tiger for breakfast
5. A wrinkle in time
6. Cat’s cradle
7. Goodbye Mr chips
8. Briefs : stories for the Palm of the mind. Wideman, John Edgar
9. Zookeeper’so wife
10. Hip hop matter’s, Watkins, S. Craigslist
11. Blockade billy, king, Stephen ( contains the bonus story “morality”)
12. Tales of the city. Maupin, armistead. Vol. I in tales of the xity series.
Promise to any of you readers, blog followers or supportive friends: I won’t be posting that much of my artwork. However, I would like to mention how supportive my husband has been through all of this. He knows of my previous anger issues, so here’s a couple pieces I drew with a fist in the air.
Better a fist on paper than to have mine go crashing through a wall or a window.