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It’s done!

December 27th, 2008 Comments off

Just a little entry to let anyone interested know that A Companion for Life is finished and on line!
So for all the members who didn’t win the notebook and pen (the winner was A. Valdez in California), well you’re still a winner! You get a book to read! If you’re interested I’ll be having more competitions throughout the year. The next one for the members will be for some scary historical romance DVD’s…the Barbara Cartland ones…for a laugh at Valentines! I may even throw in some chocolate as well. I’ll get that up soon, but in the mean time…Merry Christmas…Happy New Year…and Happy Reading!!!!

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A Companion for Life is now a complete rough draft!

December 18th, 2008 16 comments

A Comapanion for Life is DONE! Hurrah! I literally just finished the rough draft a few minutes ago. I’ll let it sit there for a day or so and then I’ll read it over to make sure it flows and then I’ll read it backwards to try to find errors and then I’ll put it on line! Hurrah! Yesterday I sort of finished it and I celebrated by vacuuming most of my house…yes I vacuumed…finally…and it feels lovely to have a nice clean floor and a nice finished book! I’m SO happy with the changes. It’s now just over 64 thousand words, but all those words I took out, they didn’t need to be there. It’s much better this way and the ending came without difficulty…it was slow, endings always take a lot of time because they have to be absolutely right and every word is weighed, but it’s right. So now I am happy with my book and it feels really really good. Yesterday and today I’ve been working on the first Epilogue…this book has two Epilogues. You’ll understand when you read it. Anyway…I think I may celebrate today by going out into the sunshine (the sun is shining in England right now…at least where I live) and buying myself a treat. Ok, maybe I’ll be good and try to find some more prezzies for the Goblin…maybe I should be bad and find something for me? We’ll have to see…

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Cari answers a Christmas questionnaire

December 8th, 2008 1 comment

One of my friends sent me a Christmas questionnaire and I thought I’d share it. Be Warned…if you’ve never had a Crappy-Christmas you might find some of my experiences rather unbelievable…it’s all true!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Depends on the gift…if it’s going under the Christmas tree I like it to be wrapped, but if it’s a gift I’m giving away and I want it to look nice I’ll buy a nice bag and tissue paper, but I almost never give Christmas gifts to people outside my immediate family so don’t feel unloved if you don’t get anything…most of my siblings and best friends won’t get anything either!

2. Real tree or Artificial?
Real ofcourse…they smell divine…however, the last real Christmas tree I had (1996) I nearly accidentally killed myself trimming it. I don’t know what I was thinking…no I wasn’t thinking…I had the “brilliant idea” to use my sculpting mallet and chisel to cut off the bottom of the tree before putting it in water. I had the chisel in the wrong hand (Why? I don’t know! I never hold the chisel in the right hand it goes in the left!) And so I nearly killed myself when the chisel slipped off the tree (because my right hand never holds the chisel) and it landed on the opposite wrist. (I can show you the scar…it was a miracle I didn’t sever an artery. I was a millimetre away from fainting into in a large pool of blood and dying because I was on my own) Never trim a tree on your own! And NEVER trim a tree with a mallet and chisel…not unless you can’t bear another Crappy Christmas. It was clearly not my time to go! Anyway…we have an artificial tree…not as nice as a real tree, but less dangerous. Thankfully back in 1996 I had a friend who lived in the floor above me who was home…instead of going to a movie he took me to the Emergency room at the hospital where he then had to endure the embarrassment of being thought my husband. Doubtless before he corrected them they were thinking he was a really pathetic man to let his wife trim the tree and nearly kill herself. When we got back he insisted on sawing off the bottom of the tree. I don’t think he wanted to have to go back to ER and face any more traumatising questions! Bless!
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Eureka…I think…

December 7th, 2008 2 comments

I think I finally figured out where I’ve been going wrong with my latest story(A Companion for Life). I’m going back 23 pages and rewriting it. It’ll be the same story, but slightly different. I have all the pieces of the puzzle, but some pieces are from different puzzles and I’ve been trying to hammer them with my fists into this puzzle. I stayed up all night thinking about plot possibilities and I finally accepted that if I kept it as it was then the only logical next step would take me in an totally wrong direction…so back I went looking for the root of the problem and I found it. When you read the final version you’ll wonder what on earth I could possibly have done differently. I wish I had a crystal ball. Or better still, I wish I didn’t insist on thinking I know anything. That would help!

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