First, congrats to Mason Canyon, who won my impromptu drawing. I fed all the correct entries (had to mention WDH) into a random number generator and Mason's name came up.Mason, email me with your mailing address and I'll get your souvenir totebag from a multi-author book signing in the mail.
Since awards have been in the spotlight, with the Grammys (I didn't watch),Miss America (didn't watch that either), and the nominations for Oscars, I realized I've been remiss in thanking those who have given Terry's Place awards recently. Thanks to all And yes, I'll get to some writing "meat" later in this post.
First, from Maryann Miller of "It's Not All Gravy", the Circle of Friends Award.
From Lorel Clayton of "I'm Blogging Drowning Here":
And from Patricia Stoltey
From Marianne Evans, "A Minute With Maryann"
Part of the deal for accepting these awards is passing them on. Some have other rules, but right now, with 2 workshop presentations to prepare, plus dealing with all the house-selling stuff, my brain isn't able to handle more than just acknowledging bloggers. I think it took me longer to prepare this post, with all the images and links, than the one about my workshop, which I'll start here and finish tomorrow. So, in addition to the shout-outs above, I'm also directing you to "Just Jemi" and to Crystal Clear Proofing. I've added everyone I've mentioned to my sidebar, but since I didn't play all the games, I'm not displying these awards there. I do have a rudimentary sense of honor, after all.
I've been working on my presentation for the plotting workshop I'm giving on Feb. 13th in Jacksonville. Or is it a 'non-plotting' workshop.
I've set up my basic speaker notes, and decided that after some interactive idea-sharing, I'd use Hidden Fire to demonstrate the 'idea board/tracking board' process I use. Of course, nothing's ever easy, because when I wrote Hidden Fire, I didn't use this system. So, I'm recreating a new storyboard.
Rather than scare everyone with a finished product, I'm just writing the basic scenes on my sticky notes, and the group will work together to see how a very basic idea can evolve into a plot.
My starting point - what some might call a rudimentary outline:
H/H trying to get on with their lives
They meet/interface/at cross purposes
Bad stuff happens
They fix it and have a HEA.
From there, I do some sketchy character GMC:
Randy wants to be a good cop.
Sarah wants to have a successful business.
Randy and Sarah want each other.
Come back tomorrow for a little elaboration!