Let’s Talk About That

So, today was a great day. I went to bed at the early hour of 2 this morning. At 3, my daughter woke me up and fell asleep in my arms. I laid her down and went back to bed until 6. We had spent the night at my in-laws and I had forgotten my shoes for work and my golf lesson tonight. So, I rushed to Wal-Mart this morning, found a cheap pair of shoes that fit (which are actually really comfortable), and bought myself 2 Monsters to help me wake up.

The funny thing is, I started to whine in my mind about how crappy of a day this could be. Instead, I told myself that this was going to be a good day. Today was going to be positive. I had the awesome opportunity to have lunch with Robison Wells and Marion Jensen. Well, this morning, I was reminding myself that if I was in a crappy mood all morning for the lack of sleep it was going to make an awful impression. Plus, it would just make my day crappy.

So, lunch with these two authors. Why? Because I asked. What did we talk about? Wouldn’t you like to know. As much fun as it would be to sit and say we talked about this, we talked about that, and we talked about such-and-such, that’s not where I’m going with this. 🙂

What I want to say is, we’ll let’s go with ‘that’ and I’ll delve into that a little bit. Rob was kind enough to ask me about the book I’m writing. I explained it to him. It was nice to hear that someone appreciated the premise to the story (both Rob and Marion seemed to state it was interesting. They could’ve been lying.) The thing that was really cool…well….lots of things were cool…at one point, Marion was discussing what he’s working on. He told us about some of his story ideas and the three he’s currently working on, which are awesome and not for me to share.

But as he spoke, it reminded me that once Eli’s done…again…I have other books I can work on. I blogged about 10 story ideas I want to see come to fruition. (I still maintain, being a biographer of an author would be awesome. Maybe I can write one for the Wells brothers and call it “On Second Thought, I Don’t Want to Kill You.”) Either way, I have a bunch of stuff to keep me busy in the writing world. Honestly, I know what I’ll work on next.

The thing about writers that is important for a good successful career is consistency in fresh ideas. If you look at Agatha Christie’s writing, you’ll notice that her best books seem to come in the middle of her career. Sadly, I think she had some sort of mental disability that hindered her later works. But until age/disease caught up to her, Christie’s novels were fairly unique from one another.

There’s an author (who I do not name for many reasons) who I honestly don’t respect in the writing field. Oddly enough, I’ve never read said author’s works. However, I’ve heard said author speak on a few occasions. And now I avoid said author’s classes during conferences, workshops, etc. Four reasons 1) Said author has nothing new to state. 2) Said author has not read a book by a different author for leisure reading in who knows how long. 3) Said author is very ego-centric, acting as if it’s ok to write poorly as long as it sells. 4) Everyone I’ve spoken to from September until now has stated that said author is overly redundant in writing. (i.e. No new fresh ideas.)

I always can come up with random ideas. It’s creating a story around that idea that’s difficult sometimes. I have many ideas. I have many people that I can tell an idea to and receive questions from that only assists me in finding out something new about what I’m trying to accomplish with that idea. For me, ideas spur on other ideas, which eventually lead me to where I need to go. Other times, I just sit and start writing, let the concept take me through the idea. Writing is like that. And that’s that.

Alien abductions are involuntary, but probings are scheduled.

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