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Beautiful park near our home.

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Distractions

I’m having far too much fun on my Bones blog. I did manage to write a new chapter to my fanfic last night and the next is half written. Eventually I’ll finish that thing and be able to have one less thing distracting me from my book!

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I can’t watch House post Bones. It will have to be late week Hulu or nothing. I can’t come off the adorableness of Booth/Brennan talking about ‘our’ anything and go into House, even when it does have genuinely funny scenes like House asking Cuddy to cut Wilson in half. C’est la vie!

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House


At my friend’s suggestion, I decided to give House a try. How could I say no when I lovingly (I swear) nudge her to try Bones?

I played it on Hulu at my computer, through the speakers, just as I do with Bones. Dear Husband’s reaction was swift: turn it off! Instant dislike. He didn’t like the dialogue, or anything else for that matter.

I decided to watch all the episodes listed before making my decision. I was ambivalent at first but while watching ‘Frozen‘ with Mira Sorvino I began to see House’s charm.

I love the science aspect, however…I find it hard to believe that a single hospital would get so many rare and interesting cases continually. I would find it more believable if we were watching a team of investigators travel around the country assisting other doctors with their special cases and that could be another reason I liked ‘Frozen’ more than others. Caveat: I have only watched the most recent 5 episodes of House so I have no idea if this was addressed early on. I’m giving my view as a newly interested audience member.

I really do like the show’s feel though. I like that the main character is a total jerk who has a completely caring and even needy best friend. I love the wit and the unexpected and how the many varied characters play off each other.

I still haven’t decided if I’ll keep watching this show but for now it has one thing going for it: it immediately follows Bones! I’ll try to have a better review at the end of the season when I’ve seen a few more episodes.

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I am working on a novel and I’ve finally fleshed out enough of the plot to start actually writing the scenes. The book has 3 important characters. Lets call them ‘Good #1’, ‘Very Bad’, and ‘Good #2’. Good #1 is who the readers should identify with, at least at first. ‘Very Bad’ is still very important though, and part 2 is to belong to the this person. Part 3 is where ‘Good #2’ shines and sets up the future. ‘Good #2’ will become ‘Good #1’ for any future endeavors. Can you tell I’m an optimist? All three of these characters are important throughout the book but the focus changes for each part.

My original intention has been to write a 3 part book using first person voice and actually changing who the ‘I’ character is for each part. However, now that I sit down to write it I lapse immediately into third person view. So I have a dilemma: should I keep third person and just run with it or do I write however I can fill the pages then go back and rework it into a different voice? (Check out this great article for explanations and examples of the different voices.)

I wanted first person for the depth it could bring. Nothing pulls you into a character more than reading it like it’s a character’s own personal journal. And I believe that it’s important in this book to pull everyone heavily into all 3 of the characters. But can I have the same effect if I use third person, possibly third person objective? Will the difference between “I have to do this” and “She knew she had to do it” be that great?

I really don’t know. So for now I’ll write however I can. I’ll tell the story and manage the details when I must.

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Browsing through photos (I love you Picasa) on my computer today, I found this.

I took that in Cades Cove 4 or 5 years ago and have been back far too infrequently. Just a reminder of what’s out there.

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As I expressed on my other blog, briefly, the writing on Bones impresses me greatly. My husband loathes crime shows and yet he has become well and truly addicted to Bones, initially through my sheer persistence in exposing him to my beloved show. But the true credit for the success of my endeavor belongs to the writers and the creator, Hart Hanson. For greater depth and breadth of explanation on my love for Bones, see here.

Reading Hart’s reasons for writing provoked an internal challenge to articulate my own. I don’t believe I can be as eloquent as Hart, and I know I am not as funny. I can’t match his experience, his years, his wit or even his excellent punctuation. But I shouldn’t try. The world has room for all kinds of writers and while I can daydream of being a part of something like Bones (which looks like a blast) I have chosen, at least for now, to focus on something I can do slowly and with whatever measure of deliberation I choose to adopt: fiction writing. More specifically, novel writing.

I am a tried and true observer. I love to sit back and pick apart things from afar. I’m deliberate and I love to mull. I could revisit this in a year, or 10, and while the delivery would assuredly improve I doubt the reasons would change. Hart writes to understand the world. I research to understand and then I write in hopes I can explain it to others.

I write because I want to create something. This desire manifests in many ways for me – photography, working with yarn, quilting, drawing, painting, and more. I feel a primal need to make things and I never make them for me. Point of fact; every blanket I have ever made I’ve given away. I feel the same about my writing. I cannot rightly claim it to be as altruistic as I seem to be making myself sound but I still do it primarily for the positive effect I can have on others. I write because I want to tell a story. I want to make something in the reader. I want to make the reader happy or sad or angry. I’ll even settle for intrigued or bemused, for a time.

It’s not art to me. I don’t write for the sake of the work. I write for the impact I dare to hope the writing creates in you.

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