For the Bayou, a group I’ve worked with in the past, has partnered Linkin Park's foundation, Music For Relief to raise funds for emergency humanitarian and environmental assistance to those affected by the BP oil disaster.
Text “MFR” to 90999 over Memorial Day Weekend for a $5 donation.
As I rule, I don’t discuss my support of charities and foundations in public arenas. However, my friend, Heather, introduced me to For the Bayou last year - her bestie, Elizabeth, is the founder, and these two woman are committed to making a difference in the Gulf Coast. I 100% support this group and their cause and hope you’ll consider making a donation to help Save the Gulf Wetlands.
Hiding. Yup. Curled up in my hole, hiding and revising. In less than a week, I added 10,000 words to my manuscript and made changes to the plot, as well as added tiny details that altered the story in small, but significant ways.
I’m a fast writer, in that I can turn something around quickly. However, this doesn’t mean I rush my revisions. On the contrary, I do nothing but revise until I’m done. I have been known to work twelve hours straight, wake up and jump right back in. I simply can’t stop - my mind won’t let me.
I’d love to be a writer who can step back, write a little, have a life and then write some more, but I know I never will be. I’m an all-or-nothing type in everything I do. I’m also impatient and a slight workaholic - I thrive on intense work sessions and deadlines. If I don’t have a tight turnaround goal, I find myself procrastinating (hello Twiiter, AW and a host of other distracting sites).
Oddly, when I revise or edit, I can’t listen to music, unlike when I’m writing the first draft. I need absolute silence and banish my family from our house for hours on end. And heaven help them if they return, and I’m in the middle of a complicated scene.
You know, maybe it’s a good thing I revise fast - I don’t think the boys or Bug could take it if I revised over weeks instead of days. See that? I’m saving my family from a life of misery :)
What other revising styles are there? What method works for you - power through, slow and steady, or some other version?
P.S. Part of the reason I’ve been MIA, is Finn has been on a shoot with Pottery Barn Kids in Napa, this week and last. For those unfamiliar, Napa is a 1 1/2 drive from our home. It’s been fun - he’s been shooting the Halloween catalog, so keep your eyes peeled for a cute little shark come October.
Today I thought I’d pick a word I don’t like: Duh.
Duh is annoying. Duh is nothing more than air pushing it’s way from the back of the throat and past the teeth. It has no substance. No meaning beyond letting the receiver know you think their thoughts or words are worthless.
It’s a cope out. People go for duh when they can’t think of something better to say. It’s a word I’d have my characters use if they needed to sound immature or unintelligent.