Writing Can Be Murder

January 30, 2007

That lottery ticket is looking better and better

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 6:27 pm

Take a quick hop over to this entry from agent Kristen Nelson’s blog if you’re looking for an agent and having trouble finding one.  http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2006/12/year-in-statistics.html

 Did the numbers blow your mind?

I have a headache….

January 29, 2007

It’s a freakin’ horse!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:55 pm

Barbaro was euthanized.

People are heartbroken.

I don’t get it. 

I REALLY don’t get it.

Poor thing broke his leg in May. People sent him get well cards.

A HORSE + Get Well Cards = Insanity maybe?

I get why the owners were keeping him alive. There’s BIG money in stud fees.

Why does everybody else care?

 I don’t get it.

Messy is the new neat

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 1:04 pm

I recently read an article in TIME about the book, “A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder”.

All I can say is “Yay!”

According to the article by Jeremy Caplan, the books authors Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman say that “America’s obsession with order might be counterproductive.” It’s their opinion that we spend way too much time, money and emotional energy in the pursuit of order.

The article caught my eye because

A: I struggle to be organized (I was going to blog about this last week, but I misplaced the article, lol).

B: My writing feels messy lately. Usually I write in a pretty straight line from beginning to end, but not lately. I’m all over the place. My thoughts are jumbled. My notes are a mess. I’m writing in snippets instead of chapters.

Maybe I should embrace this new idea that messy is neat. What do you think?

January 26, 2007

It’s b-a-a-ack

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:14 pm

Oprah’s book club.

I guess enough time has passed since the Million Little Pieces scandal.

 She’s going with a pretty safe bet this time around: Sidney Poitier’s memoir “The Measure of a Man” (released in  2000, so I’m guessing she’s thinking there won’t be any skeletons stumbling out of closets this time around).

I LOVE Sidney Poitier so I’m happy about this pick. Can’t wait to see him discuss it on her show.

My favorite movie of his was “Lilies of the Field” (I think that was its name, the one with the nuns). 

Will you be reading the book? Do you read any/all books Oprah features on her book club? Do you have a favorite Sidney Poitier movie?

January 25, 2007

Endings

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:41 am

I found the following thru a link on Tess Gerritsen’s blog.

The article is about ending novels. Enjoy!

http://thescruffydogreview.com/uploads/Literary%20Athlete%20Endings%20Formatted.htm

January 24, 2007

This is ridiculous

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:26 am

Had a conversation with myself that went something like this:

 “Just write the damn thing.”

I can’t.

“Why not?”

I don’t know what I’m doing.

“That’s never stopped you before.”

But–

“No buts, write the damn thing. Stop wasting all this energy worrying and just do it.”

But I’m going to screw it up.

“So?”

What do you mean, “so”?

“So you screw it up. Then you fix it.”

I dunno.

“You should watch the bunnies again.”

What’s that got to do with anything?

“It’ll be just as ridiculous as sitting and worrying. Besides, you like the bunnies.”

Oh, okay. I’m off to watch the bunnies.

http://www.angryalien.com/0504/shiningbunnies.html

January 23, 2007

Is it procrastination or research?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:43 pm

So I’ve got a decision to make about one of my WIPs. A big decision.

I really don’t want to make it. So I spent half the day doing something else.

I cleaned. I went food shopping. I played solitaire. I did laundry. I walked a mile– twice in this 32 degree weather, I was that desperate to avoid my desk!

I read about stuff like serial killers, organizations that work to free wrongly convicted prisoners, and how to make a cell phone case out of duct tape (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Duct-Tape-Cell-Phone-Case).

I procrastinated, though for the most part it was productive.

What do you do when you’re procrastinating?

A Death in Belmont

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 3:56 pm

This weekend I read “A Death in Belmont” by Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm). Mr. Junger, who grew up hearing stories about the Boston Strangler (when he was one, the man who would later be named as the Strangler worked on a construction job at Junger’s home) set out to find the truth of the Boston Strangler and another murder that happened during the same time period.

I can’t tell you what the books is about in a neat little blurb. It’s about the Boston Strangler, it’s about a country in turmoil, it’s about the fact that an innocent man may have been sent to prison for a similar murder because he was black, it’s about…doubt.

 I finished the book and I was filled with doubt. I’m still not sure who killed Bessie Goldberg. I’m not even certain that the man who confessed to being the Boston Strangler truly was.

Junger has not so much unravelled a mystery, as he’s woven a complex tapestry of intersecting lives. To his credit, he does not provide the reader with easy answers. I walked away wrestling with some tough questions.

January 19, 2007

Tough questions

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 2:16 pm

Earlier in the week agent Kristin  Nelson posted some really tough questions every writer should be asking her/himself . Might be worth checking out…

 http://pubrants.blogspot.com/

January 18, 2007

I feel so stupid!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 12:24 pm

Yes, this is a fairly perpetual state for me to be in, but for the past 24 hours I’ve been mumbling, shouting, and grumbling it. “I FEEL SO STUPID!”

 and it’s all Jennifer Colgan’s fault.

 We were having lunch yesterday and I confided why I’ve been SO stuck on one of my works-in-progress and she said, “Why can’t you just ______”

 And she was right. Why can’t I? I can.

Why didn’t I think of that? Because I’m too stupid to live. No, really, I am.

In the moments when I’m being kinder and gentler to myself, I know that the reason I couldn’t figure out the solution to my problem, was that I was too close to it, too invested in it, too stuck on what I “should” be doing with it.

That’s why getting together with other writers can be so helpful (it can also be awful, but I’ll save that for another post). Another writer can offer another perspective. She or he can say, “Why don’t you just…”

Thank you Jennifer!

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