Writing Can Be Murder

May 31, 2007

What’s not said

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:32 am

So yesterday I saw  A Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway (okay, not ON Broadway, on 47th). 

It struck me, as I listened to Kevin Spacey and Company (Colm Meaney was amazing!) recite Eugene O’Neill’s dialogue, that often the most important moments in a work, are the things that aren’t said. Sure we remember lines, but we also remember awkward silences and raw grief. Opportunities that we, as the audience, witness pass by.

 It’s not a new lesson, but it’s a lesson that’s easy to forget as we try to pound the point of our work into the readers minds.


May 30, 2007

Off to see the wizard!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:33 am

Okay, so he’s not a wizard, but he does make magic.

 Today I’m catching the matinee of A Moon for the Misbegotten starring the incomparable Kevin Spacey!

I’m a HUGE fan of Mr. Spacey and I’m so excited that I’ll be getting to see him live. I happen to think that he’s one of the best (if not THE best) actors around.  

May 29, 2007

Stop Thief!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 4:56 pm

I am, as my dh would say, “totally cracked”.

 This occurred to me today when I followed a woman who stole water and coffee beans from a cafe in the bookstore into the parking lot and accused her of being a thief. Unfortunately there were no employees around and I wasn’t able to stop her which pissed me off.

I’m taking small comfort knowing that she had to be freaked that someone saw it and called her on it….


Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:17 am

So I’m flipping through TIME Magazine and there’s a full page ad that says:

10 Billion Dollars

Contributing to the development of knowledge and culture

 His Highness Sheikh Momhammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the establishment of his foundation with an endowment of 10 billion dollars, focusing on human development in the region. The foundation will facilitate and promote knowledge creation and dissemination, and will nurture future leaders, providing them with equal opportunities with the aim of building a knowledge-based society.

 Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation


 And I went “Huh?” 

So I went to the website and again went “Huh?” because for the life of me I can’t figure out what the point of the ad is. Can you?

May 24, 2007

A Five Heart Surprise for Nowhere to Hide!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:31 pm

Woo hoo! A new 5 HEART review just went up for Nowhere to Hide at The Romance Studio.

Gotta love it when a reviewer says things like:

 “Compelling characters carry readers along with them on a thrilling adventure…”


“This creative fast paced story will have the readers captivated from beginning to end.”

Don’t forget you can buy Nowhere to Hide at Amazon, Fictionwise and LoveStruck Books http://www.lovestruckbooks.com/nowheretohide_buy.html

Read an excerpt of Nowhere to Hide on my website: www.jenniferelbaum.com

 Read the entire review at:


Chop, Chop, Snip, Snip, Oh What a Relief it is

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 5:59 pm

I’ve gone from long hair to a sleek bob in one fell swoop (make that snip!)

This time I did at least warn DH that I was parting with my long locks, but I doubt he’ll be thrilled with the results (though I know he’ll say, “As long as you’re happy…”).

I’m pretty sure that when I see my mother next month she’ll make the same face she made last year when she said she disliked chocolate brown clothing (not knowing that I was going to be wearing chocolate from head to toe when we attended my sister’s baby shower later that week!).

 Anyway I’m loving my new look, now I just have to decide whether I’m brave enough to quit dying my hair chocolate brown and just go grey. Any thoughts?

May 22, 2007

SASE’s, Scoresheets & Queen

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:36 am

I loathe SASE’s (Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes). They are almost always the bearer of bad news.  Basically you include a SASE with every contest entry, query or piece (fiction or nonfiction) that you submit through the mail.

 The SASE is then returned to you with some sort of rejection. I think I’ve gotten some sort of acceptance — “Yes, we’d love to read your manuscript.” or “Congratulations you’re a finalist” — less than five times over the years. (Though I did once get an acceptance for an article which shocked me.) Usually good news comes in the form of an email or phone call, so the SASE is not a writer’s friend.

There was a time when I’d mark the envelope so I’d know who the rejection was from before I opened it. Not any more. I like the mystery. Now when I pull the dreaded SASE from my mailbox I hum (okay sometimes I sing it, but not if anyone else is around). “Another bites the dust. And another one gone, another one gone, another one bites the dust.”

I got a SASE yesterday. Cue music!

I’d entered  “Nowhere to Hide” in the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon contest. I didn’t win. I didn’t expect to win, but I like to get feedback. There  were two scoresheets in the envelope. They are scored between 1 & 10 (“scores may be in increments of 25%”)  with room for comments.

Scoresheet #1:  I scored a seven, which on the scoresheet says: “An entertaining read”. No comments.  

Scoresheet #2:   I scored a 9.25!  Which according to the scoresheet means “This book is superb. Masterfully written.”

Apparently this judge really liked the book because she wrote in the comment section, “I couldn’t put it down for one moment. It was that good.”

 So I switched my Queen theme song form “Another One Bites The Dust” to “We Are The Champions”.


May 17, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:32 am

I’ve been sleepwalking lately (when I’ve been sleeping, which is rarely due to a rude neighbor and their annoying car alarm which is a whole other post, but I will say that I’m beginning to understand why people in Texas shoot people on their property).

Anyway, I’ve been sleepwalking — in my warped world, this is a good thing. It means that I’m scaring the heck out of myself while writing my current book. 

Unfortunately for my dh this is not a good thing because I don’t just sleepwalk. I sleeptalk (apparently I have complete, though nonsensical, conversations) and I do bizarre things like turning appliances on and off, opening the blinds to look outside, etc.

Does anybody else do this?

May 16, 2007

Fondling Your Muse

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 1:15 pm

I’m reading a book that defies description, so I’m just going to give you the front cover copy and a quote from the back. 

 Front Cover Copy:

 Fondling Your Muse

Infallible Advice From A Published Author To The Writerly Aspirant

 A Hands-On Guide to Writing Your Very Own New York Times Bestseller

 Charmingly Articulated and Unquestionably Authoritative Fame-Inducing Processes

John Warner

Editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Back Cover Quote:

 “Fondling Your Muse is brilliant in the same way the most distant stars of the galaxy are brilliant. If it’s a really clear night and you look just the right and tilt your head to the side and squint, you sort of see it.” Dave Eggers

 If that had you chuckling, you might enjoy the book. If not, don’t bother picking it up.

May 15, 2007

The news makes me nuts

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:08 am

Have you been following the story about the vacationing 4-year-old British girl who was kidnapped in Portugal. All kinds of celebrities are offering up all kinds of money for the girl’s return.  That’s great — use your power for good — I’m all for that.

 BUT — why the hell is anyone considering returning the girl to her parents? They left her (and her 2-year-old brother and sister) in a hotel room TO GO HAVE DINNER IN A RESTAURANT!

The kid wasn’t snatched while they slept. They didn’t turn their backs for a moment in a public place and poof! she was gone. They left her. Who leaves a 2-year-old to go out to dinner?!?

They abandoned her. Somebody should charge them with child endangerment or whatever the equivalent is in Portugal.

Of course if I was going to write a book about this, the parents would be prime suspects. What do you think?

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