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Jul. 13th, 2002

So I'm sitting here thinking, "Why don't more people post stuff for me to read?" And then it occurs to me that I should practice what I preach.

We have a bit of a Catch-22 on the black-widow situation: seems that the best way to get rid of them is to go into the garage and sweep 'em out, clean the place up, turn on lights, exist in their space. However, as one might imagine, we don't have a great deal of desire to *go* into a garage where black widows are living. Thus the catch. Or is it a "vicious circle" and not a "catch-22"?

I've decided to re-read the entire LOTR trilogy (or six-book series, to go by Tolkien's original count). Started today. Have barely gotten through Bilbo and Frodo's b-day party, but it's already a little slice of heaven. Calming, charming... great way to escape the nasty simmering Sac Valley life. (As kenshi said in Zoolander fashion, "That Sacramento Valley, it's so hot right now.") :)

May be ready to post another screenplay on storyxchange.com. I hear that's where the money is. I'll never stop writing novels, but converting them to screenplays is actually fun. I wouldn't even mind converting someone else's novels to screenplays. I would, however, mind living in L.A., so likely my career is limited. Too bad. Living in So. Cal. is definitely a deal-breaker. Put me back in the Northwest! Put...me...back!

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silverowl86
Jul. 14th, 2002 09:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I want to re-read the LotR books again too, once I'm finished with The Hobbit(which is such a fast read! Bilbo's funny.) Role-playing is sort of forcing me to skim/re-read them already, though.
hollinelf
Jul. 15th, 2002 10:41 am (UTC)
My neighbourhood is v,like the Shire. Lots of trees, grass and rivers. No elves for neighbours though, damnit!!
amandalouise
Jul. 18th, 2002 10:42 am (UTC)
Hey lemonlye,

I love reading the LOTR trilogy too. Lost count of the times I've read it. Every paragraph is an experience, don't you think?

I've written three or four novels but none of them has been accepted. Not difficult to see why. Want to have another go and writing one but not sure what genre to aim for. What sort of thing do you write?

Amanda
mollyringle
Jul. 18th, 2002 11:28 am (UTC)
Hi Amanda,

Yes--Tolkien's pacing is actually very well done. The dread of the Black Riders, and the poignancy of leaving the Shire, builds up slowly but surely. They've just gotten into the Old Forest now--deliciously creepy.

Don't worry; I've written five or so novels myself, but only one has been accepted, and only as an ebook, which has sold just a handful of copies. And that didn't happen till just earlier this year. So, keep trying and keep writing--any kind of writing helps, to keep in practice. That includes slash, naturally. :) Mostly I write romantic and/or coming-of-age stories, sometimes with an element of the surreal or fantasy. (I used Greek gods for one of them. That was fun.)

You're a good writer, so certainly don't give up. I followed the link to your page, and read the two "Unspoken" stories--truly heartbreaking. Poor F. & S. *sigh*... 
amandalouise
Jul. 18th, 2002 01:20 pm (UTC)
Writing novels
I congratulate you for getting an e-book published, it's an achievement that people are actually paying to read your work!

Thank you for visiting my page, I have had a quick look at yours but time is short at the moment so I shall pay a longer visit tomorrow.

I shall have another go at writing a novel. I quite like the idea of a glamorous, long-running saga with wealthy families battling each other.

Writing fanfic - or anything else, for that matter - is a good way of honing writing skills. I think the important thing is to keep writing. I enjoy writing slashy material, I can put a lot of emotion into it. I think that was one of the ingredients which was lacking in the novels I wrote and I guess it showed.

Thanks for your encouragement. I hope your next novel is a real success. Using the Greek gods is a terrific idea, I love Greek mythology. I visited Delphi, Athens and Olympia some time ago and it was wonderful.

Amanda
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