Mar 31, 2011

A Moment on the Lips...

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, March 31, 2011 2 comments
One option for Thursday's tours at RWAus conference in August is a chocolate tour *drool*. That could have been made for me. A few hours of chocolate tasting -  Lindt, Cacao, Haighs and Koko Black - is my idea of heaven.

But (there is always a butt when it comes to chocolate) I am flying down early to allow myself time to settle in and write and prep for my pitch. My first conference session is straight after the tour. Can I be strong and focus on my writing, or will the urge to indulge win out?


I don't know right now. Maybe I need to think about how 2 hours of chocolate indulgence is going to look at the awards dinner on Saturday night. I don't really need the lifetime on the hips.

Mar 28, 2011

Motivational Monday

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Mar 24, 2011

Brain Meltdown

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, March 24, 2011 3 comments
This year I have had to go back to uni. Not because I have any deep-seated need to study, but because if I want to keep my job I have to do this.

I'm finding it very difficult to write my assignments. Not the word count. Those piddly little numbers, eg 2000 words, are but a blink now I'm used to writing 50-70 thousand words. It's the writing style.


I'd forgotten what it was like when I started writing seriously and had to switch off my scientific brain and switch on my creative one. I think that was much easier to do than switching the other way. Possibly because I am still *trying* to keep my creative writing flowing all the while trying to write academic reports. Talk about brain meltdown.

The father of the brain dominance field is Ned Herrmann. In essence his work showed the left brain controls analytical and sequential thinking and the right brain controls interpersonal and imaginative. So to effectively write my univeristy assignments I need to activate my left brain - all the while keeping my right brain functioning for my creative writing.

My brain is at war with itself and I'm not sure what the outcome will be.

Mar 21, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, March 21, 2011 2 comments

There's no such thing as writer's block.
That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
~ Terry Pratchett






Mar 17, 2011

Understanding Men - an Online Course

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, March 17, 2011 2 comments
Do you wish you had a better understanding of men? Now is your chance to improve your real-life relationships with men and enhance your male characters all through taking the same course.

Sign up for Romance Writers of Australia’s online class taught by Dr Debra Holland.


In this class, Dr. Debra will considerably expand on the workshop she has given at the 2001 National Romance Writers of America Conference and around the country to various Romance Writers of America chapters and conferences. (She will give the workshop again, at the Romance Writers of America conference in 2011.) Although this class is geared to writers, non-writers will also find the class helpful in improving their relationships with men.

In the five-week online class, you will learn how the male brain and hormones makes a man think, feel, and behave, especially in relationships. We will also discuss how men are portrayed in romance novels versus how men are in real life.
Dr. Holland has also added a segment covering the anatomy and physiology of male sexuality, as well as male sexual responses, attitudes, and behavior.

Costs: RWAust Members US$25, Non-members US$35

Course: Monday 2 May 2011 - Friday 3 June 2011


Registration is open and closes 22 April 2011. Click here to register.

Mar 14, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, March 14, 2011 0 comments
Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it...

~ Michael Crichton

Mar 10, 2011

Dreaded Synopsis Time Again

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, March 10, 2011 2 comments
I'm starting a new manuscript and have been in the early stages of planning. I'm about to embark on the next stage of my plotting process - the DREADED SYNOPSIS. I've decided it helps with my plotting, keeps me focussed on the hero and heroine and their conflicts, and to be honest, gets the icky bit over with so I can relax and enjoy the writing *grin*.

I just hope synopsis writing gets easier with practice, although I have a sneaking suspicion it doesn't. Just how difficult it is to write a synopsis is obvious by the software I found (see image). If they were easy people wouldn't have seen a market for the software. Mind you, if the software was that good I think it would be embraced and talked about in hushed and worshipping whispers everywhere.

I guess there is nothing for it but to dig in and write (with a good supply of chocolate at my elbow *grin*).

Mar 7, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, March 07, 2011 0 comments
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.


- E. L. Doctorow



Mar 3, 2011

Law of the Garbage Truck

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, March 03, 2011 2 comments
My Dad sent this to me and just lately it's been appropriate:

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.

We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.

As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally.

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so ...

Love the people who treat you right.
 

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