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Orange Skin Eating Aliens and Other Random Thoughts

I really hate thinking up titles. ‘Orange Skin Eating Aliens and Other Random Thoughts?’ Seriously? Come on…

I came up with what I thought was a great title for my last writing course story ‘A Match Made at Dinner.’ I thought it was a pretty clever play on words for the expression A Match Made in Heaven. Uh, well, my mum didn’t really agree, but I ignored her and sent it off. Then my tutor thought it was ‘Sloppy’ or something. Ah well. I try.

So what is this Orange Skin Eating Alien? *sniggers* Well, I was following a prompt from Novelkicks which said you have to use ‘orange’ in your first sentence. My brain’s first thought was of pretty Orange trees. But a description of an Orange tree in a first sentence? Nah, that’s not going to work. So… An alien eating an Orange skin would? Kinna. As long as it doesn’t have to go anywhere. Although I think it’s maybe a good beginning for a children’s book. You know, to add to the long list of possible books I’d like to write.

I should have done the lottery last night. I really don’t have time in my life for this work thing. (She says having been at work for nearly three hours and having done maybe 30 minutes work! – I am lucky, I know I am).

At the beginning of the week I decided I was going to make myself write 250 words a day. Every weekday and TRY really hard to do the same at the weekend. Monday was a washout, but I figure I had the idea on Monday – didn’t want to wear myself out (actually I’ve just though of that excuse, it’s a good one, I’ll use that one again!) So nothing Monday, Tuesday I did 270 odd words, yesterday I did (*goes to check*) 367 plus a few extra, and today I’ve hit 262, plus I’ve finished a story in 420 characters. So all in all, I’m doing pretty damn well this week. I think I’ve blogged every day too. Wow, that’s good. Must be spring giving me a little lift 🙂

Book update 2:

I finally went to the library yesterday to return the book I stopped reading after 70 pages. I had a list of three books I wanted to pick up, but was going to try to stop myself. Well. I semi failed, semi succeeded. On the list were two full length novels and one 70 page (with large print) novel. When I got there I realised it would be wrong to leave with nothing – so I decided on the short novel. Which would’ve been great if I just walked out with that. But I found lots in the collection of short books that I wanted to read – and walked out with four. Uh, yeah, I know. So last night when I didn’t go to the gym (bad knee), I also didn’t read the novel I’ve started and I didn’t read the modules I need to for my writing course; I read one of the books I picked up.

The collection of books are ‘Quick Reads’ which are:

…ideal for regular readers wanting a short, fast read, and for those who have lost the reading habit or find reading tough. They are short, sharp shots of entertainment.

(Taken from the Quick Reads website you can find here).  How great’s that? They are short too. The one I was reading last night (Woman Walks into a Bar by Rowan Coleman) took me just over an hour to read – maybe a little longer – but basically it was very short. I love that idea and can’t wait to read more. I just hope I can stick to these four, then not get more when I return them. Doubtful, but hey.

*Helen and Walt if you’re reading, I haven’t forgotten I promised I’d blog about the pros and cons I read about posting fiction online. I will do it, I just need to find the posts again. It’s on my to be done list.*

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Another rubbish title

Why do I find titles so hard?  When I do bits of writing with random words, I tend to use the words as titles – yesterday I started something using the words prompts Citrus, Decontaminate, Affection and Tailor from this post.  I called it Citrus Affection.  I quite like the name, but it doesn’t really fit a story where a woman thinks her husband is gay, but finds out through following him he actually just likes cross dressing.  I have no idea where that idea came from.  bizarre!

If you’re wondering how the words fit in with a story like that: the wall beneath the balcony where the husband is standing is citrus yellow; He has an affectionate look towards the men rehearsing the play he’s watching; she wonders who it is he fancies – is it the tailor?; and finally the story takes a little tangent when the wife thinks about her friend who’s currently working in Afghanistan decontaminating something (I don’t really know what!)

Yesterday, I did about 2 hours research for my ‘magazine article’ (assignment 2 for my writing course), a blog here, and then 450+ words on Citrus Affection.  Pretty good for a days work.  Today I’m crazily hungover and tired so not sure I’ll get anything done.  I might push on and finish the story from yesterday.  It’s not going to be very good – it’s a pretty rubbish ending (her confronting him and him telling her he just likes cross dressing not men) but I couldn’t think of any other reason why he’d be where he was unless he was gay.  It’s not believable either.  But it’s writing and that’s the main thing.  Who knows what I may decide to take from it in years to come.

My boyfriend’s decided he wants to write a novel.  A children’s novel.  He is worried (and I am) he’s going to finish it before I get anywhere with mine – then resent him for it.  It’s quite possible he will as he decided on the subject on Sunday night, then started writing it Monday morning!  I wonder if this means I should make a big effort to get on with writing mine?  I made the decision on holiday that the novel would take a step back and I would put most of my effort into getting on with my course.  I think that’s going to be the best plan of action.  So with that decided I’m not going to resent him if he does that.  I promise.  It has made me have thoughts about us both giving up work to write novels, and having life like a permanent holiday.  Slight glitch there is that we’d have to be writing – not doing whatever we want.

I’ve just been looking through my writing folder on the work computer and found a document titled ‘Oneword.com’.  What?  I’d totally forgotten about it.  Somehow I found this website.  Every day they put a random word on the site and you have 60 seconds to write about it.  I love it.  I need to start remembering to do it.  60 seconds of free writing about a word you get to see as the time starts.  It’s brilliant to get the old creative juices flowing.  Strangely enough my 60 seconds of writing, if extended to a story, was Si-fi.  Very strange as I know nothing about it and that really isn’t the kind of thing that would pop into my mind.

I’ve been thinking about writing a Mills and Boon book.  This idea pops into my head every few months.  I’ve got the basic plan for a book I could write.  I’ve got loads of M&B books at home for research.  I’ve been on the website (in fact I go on it every couple of years) to research writing a book for them.  But I do nothing.  I’m not even sure if I’ve got a plan written down for it.  I may do that today (to be honest I’ve already created a document titled ‘Mills and Boon Synopsis’ today – I just wrote the title, saved and closed it).  Seems like a good way to get today’s writing in.  Look at me – I make a decision to focus on one thing and immediately look for something else to do.

I still don’t like titles

I just spend 3 minutes thinking up a title for this blog – what a waste of time.  The short story I wrote last month still doesn’t have a title (other than ‘Blueberry yogurt’ – which are the opening words) and my novel still hasn’t got a title (well, there’s ‘Hoilday’ but that’s definitelya working title.  It would be a rubbish title for this book). I wonder if the writing course I’m doing (or not doing at the moment) has a module on thinking of titles for your work?

I’ve had a pretty good writing day again today.  I thought of an idea for ‘Holiday’ and while it was fresh in my mind I thought I’d write it.  I think it’s ok. 

What I’m having problems with is finishing scenes.  I’ve written maybe six so far, and haven’t finished any of them.  I think I know where one, the opening scene, is going to end – and if I’m right, I think I’ve done the notes to finish it, but all the rest I’ve just kind of left hanging there.  This does worry me a little.  But at least I’m writing.  I should just be happy about that. 

I also did some reading last night and on the tube this morning.  I’m reading a non fiction book about ecomonics and how everyday things can be explained by it, ‘The Economic Naturalist: Why Economics Explains Almost Everything’ by Robert H. Frank.  Every once in a while I decide I need to read something educational.  I would like to say that this is one of those times, but in actual fact it was the only book I could find at my Mum’s a couple of weeks and I was desperate to read something.  I do like books that can teach me something so hopefully I’ll love this.  Especially as I did hardly any economics at school, and what little I did I paid vertually no attention to (General Studies.  I only went to give me another A Level – thank god I did, I wouldn’t have got into uni without it.  But that’s another story).

Last night I decided I really NEEDED to read something chick lit-y.  So I scoured my shelf for one.  All I had I’d already read.  The books I hadn’t read are pretty serious ones (John Grisham/Jodi Picoult) so not suitable for my current mood.  I NEED to buy some chick lit.  Or join a library (just remembered that was what I wanted to do during my lunch break.  Oops.  Tomorrow!)

That reminds me.  I watched a film at the weekend, originally a book, that I actually liked.  John Grisham’s The Client.  I started watching it not realising what it was, then it clicked (my TV guide wasn’t working!). Obviously it’s pretty old, but I think they did a good job of turning it into a film – better than any other’s I can remember anyway.  Randomly the next day another John Grisham book/film was on and I watched that – The Pelican Brief; I’ve got it on my shelf to read.  It will be interesting doing it the other way and reading the book after watching the film.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh

I still hate thinking of titles (which is why there’s a rubbish one here!!!!)

So, I had my days off last week which were going to be packed full of writing, assignment doing and writing sorting.  In actual fact they were filled with relaxing, ‘me’ time and assignment doing.  I’ve done most of the review for the magazine.  I’ve got most of my ideas for the article I’m going to do for the assignment.  I found LOADS of writing I’d done before, some ideas of which I’m going to steel for ‘Holiday’ sub plots.  I didn’t finish the assignment or sort all my writing into any kind of order, but I do feel a bit more positive about it all.  I also did lots of reading – I’ve finished Singletini already!

I did no writing over the weekend.  As usual.  However, I did feel like doing some (the only reason I didn’t was becausr my laptop was at the man’s house), which I feel is a very positive step forward!

I promise sometime soon I’ll do some goals for June and a wrap up of May (yes, I am very aware it’s now 8th and I’ve still not done them – they are on my to do list).

Random word generators

These are positively my favourite things at the moment.  Got some spare time on your hands?  Want to write something?  No idea what?  Generate a random word (or more) to create a story.  I do try not to ‘cheat’ and skip the words that I can’t think of anything for straight away, but I had to pass on ‘title’ today.  TITLE?  What?  I have enough problems with titles (see this post https://newtowritinggirl.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/i-hate-titles/) to create some writing around that word.  Ugh.

Woman and disagreement were the next two words that came up on this site http://watchout4snakes.com/creativitytools/RandomWord/RandomWordPlus.aspx  So I wrote a 1,000 word short story encompassing them.  I’m not too happy with the ending and think I need to change it a bit.  But I’ve done it.  Yes, I finished the first draft of SOMETHING.  This day will go down in history as the first time I’ve actually got to the end of something without giving up or moving on to something else. 

It’s not just the disagreement story I’ve done today.  Oh no.  I got woken up ridiculously early this morning by bright sunlight coming through the window  (The one and only time I hate sunshine) and remembered my dream.  So I actually wrote it down. Which is good, because I can’t remember it now.  (I had another 2 which I didn’t write down, but let’s forget about those!).

On top of all this – I also did some of my course during my lunch break.  I am on fire today.  It makes up for the weekend where I did nothing I guess  🙂

I hate titles

Honestly I do.  I love writing this blog (it is after all writing).  But every time I start I have this dread, ‘oh no, I have to think of a title’.  It’s much easier when there’s a main point to the blog, you can base it on that.  Today’s has no point, it’s just the thoughts coming out of my head.  I’ve called enough blogs ‘Random thoughts’ etc that I’d probably bore myself to death if I called another one that (and I’m way too young to die!)

If I write the blog, thinking that I’ll make a title up after, I always forget to add one.  No title is worse than having to think of one.  Maybe I could start calling them ‘No title’.  I could have ‘No title 1’, ‘No title 2’…  Could get a little boring though.  And repetitive.  Like I’ve told you before I never repeat myself. 

Moving on.  I read an article in the Independent today about a new machine a bookshop in London is getting.  It will print and bound any one of HALF A MILLION books for you in 5 (yes FIVE) minutes.  They’re hoping to increase that to a million in the next few months.  I’m really impressed with this idea – and surprised no one has invented this before.  Just imagine if every single book ever was on there.  You’d never have to traipse round bookshop after bookshop looking for the book you want/need/desire.  Although I do love book shops.  Walking round looking at all the books I’d like to read.  Adding them to an ever expanding list that I will never get through even if I started now and didn’t stop until I died.

I went hunting on the internet today for ideas of something to write (yes, I could have worked on Holiday, but felt like I needed something else to write at that time).  I decided I’d click on the 1st link and do the 10th idea they had on their 1st page.  1st page had 9 ideas.  The 9th one had 4 sections so I decided to do the 2nd on the 9th, which you could kind of call the 10th idea.  Anyway, it was to start a story with..

Blueberry yoghurt slid unapologetically off the spoon and down the front of…’

 

It took me a while, but I’ve come up with a short story.  Well, I have 100 words written, but a 500 word plan of a short story (it’s a very detailed plan).  I’m going to try to finish it over the weekend.  I might even put it on here when it’s done (see if that will give me a push to actually do some writing on a weekend – something I’m not managing at the moment!).

I’m doing the magazine analysis for assignment 2 (slowly).  I’m currently counting how many words each article is.  I know there’s cheating ways to do it, like count how many in one line then multiply that by how many lines there are in the article, but for some reason I want to do it accurately.  So I’m counting every single word.  It’s really quite annoying.  This is just magazine one.  I really need to do a few copies of each magazine.  I think for the assignment I only need to do one, but to analyse properly if I’m going to try to sell writing to it, I need to do a few.  At least there’s plenty of adverts in the 150+ magazine.  Imagine if it was front to back articles – ahhhhhhhh!

They say this article I am producing for this assignment may be the 1st piece of work that I try to get published.  I am so scared of that idea.  I don’t feel  like I’m ready to get something published.  I’ve only been doing this for a few months, surely I need longer?  Eek.

Anyway, will move that thought from my head and start thinking about the weekend.  Yay!!!!

Have a good one 🙂

And now for the planning…

I didn’t do as much of my course this weekend as I would’ve liked.  Or as much reading.  Oops.  To be honest it was to be expected.  I never do that much over the weekend.  I managed to find time to do some gardening and playing on the Xbox though, tut tut me.  At least the gardening is worth it (carrots and lettuce in a few months time!).

 

I did start reading Module four of the course.  One section of it was on titles.  YAY. The Bain of my life (in writing anyway).  It’s still going to be very hard for me to make them up.  I’m going to try doing them at the end of the piece of writing not the beginning (just use a working title while writing) because then I’ll know what I’ve written about.  What I also need to do is plan my writing.  At the moment I just write what write as I go, which to be honest I’ve always known was wrong but now I’ve been told!  So planning is the way forward! 

 

I also stated to read my new book – This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.  I’ve not found it as engaging as I usually find her books from the off.  But, it’s written as kind of a diary and a lot of the sentences start without ‘I am’ (e.g. it would say ‘Back at home’ not ‘I’m back at home’) and I’m finding it a little too… casual maybe?.  I’ve just realised it’s written in the present tense (I think – I will need to check that).  Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying it – it’s a good story, and I’m only hearing one person’s view at the moment – there are three more to come. 

 

On Friday I was messing about on the internet, I wanted to write something, but had no idea what I wanted to write.  I found this site that suggests things to write to improve your writing, ranging from rewriting a fairy tale from another person’s perspective, to writing an excuse for not working today.  There’s literally 100s of ideas.  It’s such a good website.  Not that I’ve actually done anything from it, but I will.  If I can work out how to add a link I’ll add it (if I can’t it’s creativewritingprompts.com). 

 

I’m going to make a plan for this week.  Things I want to achieve this week.

  • Read modules four, five and six of the writing course.
  • Make notes on what I will write for assignment two (this may be harder than I think as I might need to do a lot of research before hand.  If I do, this can change to doing the research for it).

 

That seems to be my list.  It looks so short and easy.  I bet it won’t be.  I have decided I’m going to make notes on the course in another note book for easy reference.  I keep saying these things.  I need to start doing them!