Sunday, November 18, 2012

Smoking Monkeys

Today I went to re-read yesterday's writing so I could start up again, and was surprised to find a passage about Mama Jo's monkey. Apparently, Hans has taken up smoking. I had completely forgotten I had written that. I was so amused at the image, and the fact that I had forgotten that I had wrote it, that I posted it on the Hangtree Blog.

That's the funny thing about writing. Sometimes it's like you are reading the story as you write it, like dictation. But that's also the cool part. I wonder what will come out tonight?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Letting It Ride

Well, I got a little over a thousand words logged on the Hangtree novel yesterday, and Jasper turned out to be just hungry and tired, so he wasn't a butthead for long. But it did set things up for a later scene, so I think that'll work.

Today I have a stinking headache and I have to build a bathroom door (I will probably post the project on the Black Belt Housewife blog tomorrow), so I'm hoping to get at least 500 words in today. Especially since we're getting a second secret message from the mysterious character today. I've already changed the message from the original, so we'll see if it changes again through the headache and projects process (cooking, gardening, and projects tend to spur writing ideas).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Of characters and life

Jasper is being a butthead. Or, if I put that in "I don't really need schizophrenia meds" terms, my main character is giving me trouble. He is giving Trevor, another character, trouble as well, but it's not quite the same thing.

See, I started writing a scene last night in which Jasper starts doubting the whole ghost experience. It's been awhile since the last episode, he's feeling a bit silly, and he is suddenly acting uncharacteristically flippant. It's almost unruly, and I am trying to decide whether or not to let him run with it. In some ways it makes sense as he becomes more comfortable and gets a routine in Hangtree (his eye almost never twitches any more, and unlike other towns, no one in Hangtree seems give his crippled body more than a first glance), and as he starts to wish that it was all an overreaction anyway. I mean, those are normal responses to disturbing experiences, but it's important for him to not break character either.

But that's the thing. People do break character all the time in real life. It's called layers. That's usually when more shallow people start calling them fake or manipulative, because they can't understand why the person is acting different from what they are used to do. This, of course, does not count when a person actually is being fake or manipulative, but the difference is the trigger. Are they acting differently because they have suddenly reached an inner limit you may not have been aware of? Or are is it just safe for them to let the 7-headed dragon part of their personality loose and so they've taken off the leash? Basically, once you know the motivation, you know the person.

So in light of that fact, and the fact Jasper has been exposed to paranormal experiences in a town where everyone is slightly off kilter, I guess I'll let him be for now and see where the scene goes. I have a feeling he's headed for trouble with this new attitude, which may be a good thing for the storyline. I guess we'll see. :-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Settling Back In

I finally got my office set up, and while I was able to get a few thousand words written last week, this week has been more challenged. But I am back up and running, and today I am working on a new character for The Crowley House novel - someone sending secret messages in code to Jasper and Trevor - so it should be pretty fun. Plus, Jasper and Trevor go back to Mama Jo's to report their findings at the Gold Rush Museum, and Jasper's dreading the attention, so that should be fun too.

So back on track and ready to get some words under the belt for National Novel Writing Month (Yup, that's November, if you are a writing and trying to get off your duff. The challenge is 50,000 words by month end on your novel, so get crackin'!)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Life change

Been going through some major life changes and been sick this week, so haven't written anything, but tomorrow I start back up. Had an insight today while in a meeting, however, so I thought I'd elaborate here.
We were discussing marketing for business and I mentioned positioning business cards in other businesses. That's a basic scatter marketing technique. Then later we were discussing marketing booths and I said that while passing out business cards is important, you're unlikely to get business off a random business card exchange and more likely to get business on a face-to-face exchange. This seems contradictory, but let me explain.
The usual marketing rule is that people have to see something 3 times before they notice it. I don't know if this is true, but I do know that if someone sees a name that seems familiar, even if they don't know why it is familiar, they are more likely to buy that service/product. I know I'm that way. And that's why they say even bad publicity is good publicity (as long as only the name and not the reason for the publicity sticks on the mind). And that's the reason for scatter marketing. Not as a staple for attracting new clients, even though you may get a few clients that way. The real purpose of it is to set up for the face-to-face or referral encounter, setting up top-of-the-mind awareness, so it's easier to close the deal.
That's the marketing tip of the week. :-)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Keeping on track

well, just got back from vacation and I was very happy that I got 2482 words written while we were gone. I'm working on the scene where Jasper and Trevor research the death of a traveling circus singer to see if that is the ghost - or at least one of them - haunting the house. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Made it! Whew!

Well, I made my goal tonight, and I am so happy I did. I got 573 words added to The Crowley House novel, and it was fast and fun. Still more to do on the scene, but I just wrote while things flowed. Some days it really is just about doing something. Yay!