You should write too

No traffic yesterday, just words, and some fine mashed potatoes I made for dinner.

Many thanks for all the music suggestions. I will be dipping into iTunes this weekend trying them all out. I wrote a lot in the library yesterday. It’s proving harder than usual to write at the apartment because where ever I look, I see things I need to do as part of the upcoming move. Concentration is easier to maintain in the library or coffee shop. After some exercise and breakfast, I’m headed back there today.

purplefairy1688 asked for another photo story starter. (I did this back in March when I was in Kalamazoo.) Using the two photos below, construct a story. You can keep it to yourself, post it here in a comment, or post it in your own journal and link to it here.

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How many of youse guys are interested in story ideas or writing stuff like this? I’m still trying to figure out the purpose and focus of this LJ. I really like it a lot, but I want to make sure it’s interesting to readers. Let me know what you want to see more of. (BTW, brace yourself. Tomorrow’s entry will be answering some piled up mail.)

I’m still working on the barbeque scene in my WIP. I finally figured out what was wrong with the first part. The character was standing around giving us paragraphs of backstory instead of actually doing something. Late yesterday I wrote the climax of the scene (which I love). This morning I have to go back and fill in a couple missing pieces, then begin on the following chapters which deal with the aftermath of the Bad Thing that happens at the barbeque.

Tonight is Mer’s second to last band concert. Her prom is Friday. All of the “lasts” are adding up… she’ll be graduating in a few weeks. She is my youngest biological kid. I can’t begin to express how strange it is to watch her finish high school. I have to stop writing about this now because it is way too early in the day to start crying.

36 Replies to “You should write too”

  1. well.. the first one we saw wicked together and stopped at the disney store where I believe you took that picture? and the second one is me at a show somewhere this season.

    so the story is all about me!

  2. well.. the first one we saw wicked together and stopped at the disney store where I believe you took that picture? and the second one is me at a show somewhere this season.

    so the story is all about me!

  3. well.. the first one we saw wicked together and stopped at the disney store where I believe you took that picture? and the second one is me at a show somewhere this season.

    so the story is all about me!

  4. Kleenex made a mint off of me the year my oldest graduated. My baby’s a senior next year and I’m already considering buying tissues in bulk this time around ;^)

  5. Kleenex made a mint off of me the year my oldest graduated. My baby’s a senior next year and I’m already considering buying tissues in bulk this time around ;^)

  6. Kleenex made a mint off of me the year my oldest graduated. My baby’s a senior next year and I’m already considering buying tissues in bulk this time around ;^)

  7. ah! im so bad at stories but sounds interesting. My friends sister is graduating this year and its so hard to believe. Then another friends sister graduates next year and shes like a little sister to me, very hard for me, prob cry. Plus soon it will be 2 years since I graduated, where does time go?!

    Have a good day!

  8. ah! im so bad at stories but sounds interesting. My friends sister is graduating this year and its so hard to believe. Then another friends sister graduates next year and shes like a little sister to me, very hard for me, prob cry. Plus soon it will be 2 years since I graduated, where does time go?!

    Have a good day!

      1. Oh man, is it bad im excited that you replied to my comment and said I had a great story idea?! I think you should write a story about where time goes, after all you are a great writer. 🙂 That or maybe we could all write a story about that together.

  9. ah! im so bad at stories but sounds interesting. My friends sister is graduating this year and its so hard to believe. Then another friends sister graduates next year and shes like a little sister to me, very hard for me, prob cry. Plus soon it will be 2 years since I graduated, where does time go?!

    Have a good day!

  10. Oh man, is it bad im excited that you replied to my comment and said I had a great story idea?! I think you should write a story about where time goes, after all you are a great writer. 🙂 That or maybe we could all write a story about that together.

  11. Oh man, is it bad im excited that you replied to my comment and said I had a great story idea?! I think you should write a story about where time goes, after all you are a great writer. 🙂 That or maybe we could all write a story about that together.

  12. I read your LJ for a variety of reasons…Let me count the ways:

    Your writing anecdotes (like your mentioning the BBQ scene and your struggle with it) help me to see that even “real” writers struggle. (I used to live in LA and saw David Hasselhoff, whom I really don’t admire, in a restaurant with his kids and he was yelling at them because one of them spilled syrup on his studded denim vest…it was sort of good for me to see because the reality is we all burp, fart and get angry…even the “stars.”) Not that you burp or anything, it’s just seeing you reach a hump and climb over it makes you real, humble and validates my own writing process. Misery adores company, no?

    You write about your daughters and where you are in your parenting. I have little ones, but still, the poignancy of your angst about the youngest leaving the nest is a story in and of itself.

    How great is it that you answer letters using LJ? The questions are interesting and your responses are always sincere and equally interesting.

    The bird. Loved reading about the bird.

    I’d keep doing what you’re doing. Like your books, your entries are varied, unique and most importantly, resonate with a true voice.

    Keep on shrieking on.

  13. I read your LJ for a variety of reasons…Let me count the ways:

    Your writing anecdotes (like your mentioning the BBQ scene and your struggle with it) help me to see that even “real” writers struggle. (I used to live in LA and saw David Hasselhoff, whom I really don’t admire, in a restaurant with his kids and he was yelling at them because one of them spilled syrup on his studded denim vest…it was sort of good for me to see because the reality is we all burp, fart and get angry…even the “stars.”) Not that you burp or anything, it’s just seeing you reach a hump and climb over it makes you real, humble and validates my own writing process. Misery adores company, no?

    You write about your daughters and where you are in your parenting. I have little ones, but still, the poignancy of your angst about the youngest leaving the nest is a story in and of itself.

    How great is it that you answer letters using LJ? The questions are interesting and your responses are always sincere and equally interesting.

    The bird. Loved reading about the bird.

    I’d keep doing what you’re doing. Like your books, your entries are varied, unique and most importantly, resonate with a true voice.

    Keep on shrieking on.

  14. I read your LJ for a variety of reasons…Let me count the ways:

    Your writing anecdotes (like your mentioning the BBQ scene and your struggle with it) help me to see that even “real” writers struggle. (I used to live in LA and saw David Hasselhoff, whom I really don’t admire, in a restaurant with his kids and he was yelling at them because one of them spilled syrup on his studded denim vest…it was sort of good for me to see because the reality is we all burp, fart and get angry…even the “stars.”) Not that you burp or anything, it’s just seeing you reach a hump and climb over it makes you real, humble and validates my own writing process. Misery adores company, no?

    You write about your daughters and where you are in your parenting. I have little ones, but still, the poignancy of your angst about the youngest leaving the nest is a story in and of itself.

    How great is it that you answer letters using LJ? The questions are interesting and your responses are always sincere and equally interesting.

    The bird. Loved reading about the bird.

    I’d keep doing what you’re doing. Like your books, your entries are varied, unique and most importantly, resonate with a true voice.

    Keep on shrieking on.

  15. Hye Laurie! I just wanted to drop in . I found your link back in April form Sarah Dessen’s journal. Ive read Speak,Catalyst and Prom. They were all amazing! I was so upset when you came to Brooklyn and I did’nt know. I was like darn. Ahh Wicked! Sorry ahd to get that out . Im obsessed and have seen it twice and met msot of the cast. Sadly the two leading ladies have evaded me both times 🙁

  16. Hye Laurie! I just wanted to drop in . I found your link back in April form Sarah Dessen’s journal. Ive read Speak,Catalyst and Prom. They were all amazing! I was so upset when you came to Brooklyn and I did’nt know. I was like darn. Ahh Wicked! Sorry ahd to get that out . Im obsessed and have seen it twice and met msot of the cast. Sadly the two leading ladies have evaded me both times 🙁

  17. Hye Laurie! I just wanted to drop in . I found your link back in April form Sarah Dessen’s journal. Ive read Speak,Catalyst and Prom. They were all amazing! I was so upset when you came to Brooklyn and I did’nt know. I was like darn. Ahh Wicked! Sorry ahd to get that out . Im obsessed and have seen it twice and met msot of the cast. Sadly the two leading ladies have evaded me both times 🙁

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