I’ve begun revising some old work that will fit into the Rose’s Hostage sequel. It’s painful to see how labored and idiotic it was. The actual scenes themselves aren’t bad, and what I already did will save me a ton of research. It’s the writing itself that makes me cringe.
Right now, I’m mostly changing names and tweaking references. I’ll go back and excise all the purple prose when I fit it in.
I’m also starting to think about the other novel–in fact, I think more about it than I do about this one, sometimes. I like to make playlists for writing sessions that are specific to each work. With this one, I went to my dusty record collection and found an old orchestral thing I used to use as background music when I played restaurant as a child. It’s perfect. AND IT WAS ON AMAZON.
Man, my parents had so many crazy old records. We grew up listening to stuff from the 1950s and 1960s, everything from “La Bamba” to Mancini. I credit them for sparking my obsession with soundtrack music. When you’re sitting there coloring listening to Bernstein’s The Ten Commandments and Morricone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, how can you not love it?
Speaking of the ‘rents, they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 19 (which was also Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday. Happy birthday!).
Congratulations, Mom and Dad! I’d post an awesome picture, but I want to stay alive a little longer.
While I go attempt to organize myself for the evening, I’d like you to take a look at this Business Insider article. It distills some great advice from Stephen King from his memoir/advice tome, On Writing. Every author should have this book on his/her shelf.
You can buy it here.
My parents had some wonderful albums in their collection, but unfortunately they didn’t take the best of care of them and now they are all gone. I’ve looked for some on the internet and found them, but there are others that I just can’t seem to locate yet. I’d love to have copies of some of those old albums.
Tossing It Out
Check around, Arlee–they may have been digitized and you can download them like I did.
I do still have the Rendezvous in Rome album, but I need a new turntable. We played the heck out of those, so I’d imagine it’s a bit scratchy now.
On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM, Graphomaniac – Elizabeth West wrote:
The Internet is pretty nifty isn’t it. Congrats to your parents on reaching the 50 year milestone. That’s quite an achievement in today’s society.
Yes, it is!
That will never happen to me, unless I get married right this minute and live to be 100. :(