Jeez, it’s been a while since I posted here. I need to get up and have someone kick my butt for neglecting the Conundrum Corner, especially since I’ve had countless conundrums on my mind lately. So, first things first. Since Poe’s return life has fallen back onto its normal, hectic (that is my normal) rails.
I began a class on
screenwriting. It is great but very difficult if you’re a novelist, therefore
the boss of everything that happens in your story. Filmmaking is a
collaboration of many artists such as Director, Producer, Actors, Cameramen,
Editor, Costumes Designers, Musicians, etc.—you get the picture (no pun
intended)—and the Screenwriter is the foundation of the movie, but not the visionary
(this ah-sucks), and therefore rarely recognized (Seriously, can you tell me,
off the top of your head, who wrote the script of your favorite movie? No? Shame
on you!). Therein lies the problem.
Screenwriters are always chastised
for “overdirecting” the script. But I can’t help not getting a little worked up
if the character and his/her actions in the director’s head don’t mirror those
in my head! I think this class will teach me how to share (my ideas) and
how to stay as brief as possible in describing what is to be seen/heard on
screen, which is truly difficult if you love words. So my writing agenda is
beginning to grow. My novel, The Guardian,
which I’m guarding from everyone until it’s ripe because it is just too awesome
and will be a bestseller one day (this I just know) is now going to be a
screenplay as well.
Next, I have officially
joined the ranks of wonderful writers at Black Opal Books and my picture and bio is up on their website, so please check it out. I also got word that BOB’s Senior
Editor (yikes) has begun editing Heartbreak
Hotel. This is great and a little
scary at the same time as I’m eagerly expecting suggestions for revision. Revisions
are like the peanut butter to the jelly of first drafts (btw, there is never
only one first draft). Without them, your book sandwich would be pretty plain.
And if an author tells you that s/he doesn’t revise, then s/he is either stuck
up or lying.
And finally, Christmas is
around the corner and I haven’t even sent out Christmas cards, started baking
my famous cookies, or shopping for gifts. Now, I had already mentioned several
times in my other posts that I am the Queen of Procrastination, but from today’s
post you see that it is not by choice. With this I’d like to apologize to the
postal system that cashes in on me BIG TIME during the holidays as I always
mail cards to my family and friends all over Europe and to everyone who will
not receive a Season’s Greeting from the Cruz Family this year. Please, at
least accept this picture.