Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Getting to know you: Brag Day!

Thanks to Christine H. for this idea!

One thing about friends: We don't mind if you brag alittle. Got an accomplishment you want to share? Something you're proud of?

Maybe you won a contest or passed a test? Maybe you saved the princess (for the 24th time. Darn that princess, anyway.) Or maybe it's more of a personal victory; you finally completed your spring cleaning (Hey, it's only August. You still get credit.)



So, whatever your accomplishments are: brag alittle! And like all friends, we'll give you a pat on the back, and say 'well done!'

And then, like all friends, we'll say: But wait. My turn! So, we'll all get a chance to participate in.....Brag Day!

70 comments:

DESTINY said...

I take credit for Einstein. That was a good one. I'm especially proud of that.

I also feel good about Newton and Picasso. I wish Van Gogh and Mozart had worked out differently, but it all came to the good in the end.

So, I'm counting those.

Mother Theresa wasn't half bad. I had a hand in that.

Kalila said...

I've learned to play several musical instruments quite well without the use of magic.

This may seem like no big deal to an ordinary human, but it requires quite a lot of restraint and patience to make music the hard way when one can simply wave a hand and the instruments play themselves.

Ricky said...

I would've never guessed restraint and patience are part of your character, Kalila.

Kalila said...

What's that supposed to mean? Is that sarcasm?

Bo said...

Brag, huh? Well, there was the time those Portuguese synchronized swimmers showed up at my door wearing day-glo bikinis and carrying a tub of rocky road ice cream, a yoga mat, and a roll of double-sided tape, and--

What, Ricky? They said I could brag here! What's your problem???

Aidan said...

Um. I don't know that I really have anything. But that's cool for you guys!

Olivia Harper said...

Wow, my accomplishments seem sorta small when compared to Destiny's famous folks and Kalila's musical prowess. But I'm still pretty proud of my artistic abilities. When I was 15, I even had a triptych featured at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Christine H said...

I was going to post something I wrote, but now I'm chicken.

I will say that I just got a second part-time job, so that's good, but it means I won't be able to do much writing this fall.

Bummer.

Kaelin said...

We should do one on regrets. I could write a book.

Christine H said...
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Christine H said...

Okay, well, I'll post the thing I was thinking about, and maybe someone else will be inspired to share.

I wanted to show in my first scene how dedicated my hero, Faldur, is to his duty, despite being called out to hunt a lion while dressing for holiday celebration and a long-overdue night off. Rather than say what he's thinking or feeling, I used action to display his mood.

>>>>>
“There’s been a nightstalker at Highfield farm, about an hour ago. The Delfenward wants it looked out right away,” said Harth.
Faldur swore, then began unbuttoning the jacket he had just buttoned. The fabric of his own dress ‘greens’ was still stiff, the outfit having been so little used ...

Harth disappeared, closing the door firmly behind him. Faldur sat down on the bed for a moment, resting his hands on his knees, head bowed. Then he exhaled briskly, rose, changed into his ‘browns’ and his old boots, folded up his ‘greens,’ and shut them once again in their trunk.

Candy said...

My painting won the blue ribbon and silver cup for best of all in our school art competition. I felt more excited about that than anything in my whole life!

Candy said...

Oh, Bo, you are so funny!

Marenya said...

Candy and Olivia,
Congratulations on your art work! I have always wanted to be an artist, but just don't have the skill.
Regarding Faldur ~ he was in an odd mood that whole evening.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Very nice Christine. I'm a big proponent of showing. In fact, I rather hate internal narrative.

Jason said...

Oh come on Kaelin, there must be something.

Kaelin said...

I'm supposed to be proud of being a killer?

I'm good at it. Sentinel needs me. I even like it sometimes. But I don't have to be proud of it.

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Christine. Thanks for sharing your words with us!

I'm a little confused, though. Does Faldur work at the tea house with Ginger? 'Cause that must be one nutty tea house.

Christine H said...

Uh, no. Ginger is in a romance novel. Faldur is in a fantasy novel.

He's supposed to hook up with Marenya one of these days. But it's not a romance. Really. It's not.

J.J. Bennett said...

Perfect Day for you to ask this question! I've been following Nathan Bransfords blog for a year now and he used my question as a pole today. Now that makes me feel good. It's something small but hey...it was something!

I sing very well too by the way...

Laura Martone said...

Teehee. I was just kidding, Christine. I figured those two dwelled in very different worlds!

Congrats, J.J. It was a terrific poll. If only it hadn't sparked a fight between me, Mira, F.P., and Anon. Oh, well. (I'm teasing, of course.) ;-)

Maxwell said...

I make 3 bombs today. They good bombs. I make good bombs.

I brilliant.

shy said...

"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway."

~Mary Kay Ash

Christine H said...

SSAS, I'm not a big fan of internal narrative either, unless it's directly related to the action.

Such as when a character might debate whether to take the low road or the high road to avoid the [insert evil monster here].

Mira said...

SSAS, you're going to HATE my work. I'm almost all internal narrative. :)

That's okay, though. Different strokes, right?

Laura, that was so embarrassing today. I can't believe I called someone a doofus on Nathan's blog. I'm such a...doofus.

Speaking of which, I'm very proud that I didn't call someone a doofus yesterday. Or even the day before. So that's my brag. :)

Speaking of brags, Aidan, I'm not sure we should let you get away with that answer....

Your Mother said...

That's nice dear. Good job.

Now eat your vegetables.

Christine H said...

Now I have to go see what the big controversy was about!

I should say that I'm not a big fan of internal narrative, but I do think it's necessary at times and can be very revealing. Particularly when you have a character who doesn't talk much.

I'm going to brag that I nailed another scene today. It's the kiss. You know, that first kiss between two characters that is extremely difficult to write. This is not a romance novel, so it can't be mushy, but I have to convey the relationship between these two people.

It was something I had only referred to in the first draft, but decided I needed to go back and show the whole thing, because the relationship between F and M was so confusing. Now, my readers say, it all makes sense.

But I wasn't happy with the way it came off. I am now. Yay!!!

Christine H said...

JJ, I'd love to hear you sing! I love your blog, too. I posted some comments about your first page.

Ginger said...

Aidan, we know you're just being modest.

You too, Kaelin.

So far this week, I've gotten through three days in a row with no mistakes on people's orders, no dropping or forgetting anything, and no one having to flag me down. We also didn't run out of any food, but didn't have too much left over. That's quite an accomplishment in my book!

Mira said...

Christine, congrats on nailing the kiss. That's a tricky one, good for you.

You know, it really doesn't bother me that you or SSAS don't like internal narrative. In fact, I think it's kind of funny. My 'voice' comes out internal, and that's the way it is. I could write an entire story where the person just stared at the wall and decided whether or not to get out of bed. But I promise I won't make you or SSAS read it. :) Different people like different things. It's all good.

I would like to brag that I haven't called anyone a doofus today so far. It's looking pretty good. I might make the day out.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Christine,

Oh man I had to write the Kiss recently and it was a bear.

I'm with you, Mira. I think I don't like to read it because I suck at writing it. My internal narrative always either ends up in questions or as all telling.

Good job on the Doofus thing. Don't go driving anywhere though!

Jason said...

Aidan, modest? Write this day down on your calendar.

Aidan said...

Shut up Jason. What have I done lately? Let's see...I got yelled at by half the Council. Ah yeah, good times.

Marc said...

And you forgot to make your bed. Again.

Christine H said...

I agree with SSAS ~ I'm not good at writing internal narrative. It sounds boring when I do it.

But I can imagine that Mira's narrative would be ANYTHING but boring!

Hey Mira ~ I read ALL the comments at Nathan's blog and did not see the word "Doofus." Where did it go? I wrote a long reply to the debate today.

Some people!

Ginger said...

I'll make your bed, Aidan. You've got a lot on your mind.

Want to hang out at the beach later?

Aidan said...

Thanks, Ginger. The beach sounds awesome. I'll be right there...well, in a couple of hours. I'll get the pilot to fire up the jet. Who's in?

(And I'll try not to offend any church ladies this time.)

bunnygirl said...

Christine, I can so relate to the kiss!

Maelstrom is comedy. It moves fast. But given what Ricky and Kalila really feel for each other, I wanted their romance scenes to be slower and richer.

Totally wrong!!! The scenes they deserved were completely out of pace with the rest of the novel and felt like they'd been airlifted in from some other novel entirely.

So I tried paring the scenes down while trying to retain their original sense of something slow and langorous. Big mistake. I ended up with something that would've left readers doubtful I'd ever been kissed, let alone had sex.

Grrrr....

I finally had to rewrite those scenes entirely and I considered them only adequate when I started submitting. I've got my fingers crossed that my editor will be able to help me with this problem because writing love scenes isn't difficult in and of itself, but getting them to flow naturally is the dickens to pull off in a story that doesn't otherwise have a strong romance or erotic theme.

Kalila said...

Uh, Author? What's this about feelings? Ricky has feelings. I don't. Let's be clear on that point.

bunnygirl said...

Okay, Kalila. If you say so.

Christine H said...

Wow, Ann, you're transitioning from flash fiction to a novel? That must be quite a challenge.

I'm looking forward to reading about all of these feelings Kalila and Ricky don't have.

Ginger said...

Wait a minute... how can a novel with Bo in it not have a strong erotic theme? LOL!!!

Okay, perhaps a recurring note, but not a theme.

Sorry, Bo. It's not all about you, apparently.

bunnygirl said...

Ginger, Bo's antics take place off-screen, so to speak, and get mentioned in passing for comic relief.

Since this is brag day, here's an example, from when Kalila is at the hospital trying to convince Nevin's healer that they aren't "disreputable." Note: language alert.

“Come on now, Alston. We may be a rock band, but we only pretend to be bad. It’s part of our image.”

At that moment, Bo stumbled into the room and slumped into Ricky’s vacated chair. “This place is a smorgasbord. Two nurses, a lab tech, a cafeteria worker, and a very well-dressed Filipino reporter, all in one afternoon!”

Ricky turned on him in disgust. “You fucked Johnny Del Rio?”

“Was that his name? Fun guy.”

“He’s writing a story about us.”

“And I gave him some great material to work with.”

Alston looked at Kalila and raised his eyebrows. “As you were saying?”

bunnygirl said...

Christine, I actually started out writing novel-length fiction and began writing flash to teach myself to economize and make every word count. It was either that or learn to write poetry, and I'm not big on poetry. Learning to write short was the best thing I ever did for my longer fiction.

Ginger said...
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Christine H said...

That's great, Ann! I love the humor aspect. It's really going to be great.

I can see what you mean about writing flash helping with novelling.

I tend to write short scenes, like a TV show. It's hard to know where to start/end chapters, since each one is basically a string of vignettes. So chapter breaks become somewhat arbitrary. I'm think you have a similar style.

Marenya said...

"It's not a romance."

Is that why you won't ever let me touch him? Just once, I'd like to put my hand on his arm. Some contact.. anything.

All I got was that one thoughtless kiss which he instantly regretted, and twenty chapters of emotional agony.

Christine H said...

Yes, Marenya, but Raynor threw himself at you, didn't he? That was enjoyable... admit it.

Marenya said...

I would prefer not to answer.

Mira said...

SS@S - :) (that's a big smile.) Good point about the driving. I'll try not to go to shopping today either. In fact, I think I'd better not leave the house.

Christine - thanks. :) (Big smile, too.) And you can't find the 'doofus' comment because it was deleted. Sorry, I didn't think you were looking for that one in particular. I saw your post - very nicely said.

Aidan, I think you should brag about not making your bed. What a waste of time that is! Good for you, take a stand.

And for the record, I think Maelstrom is amazing, and very funny.

Laura Martone said...

Let's see... I'm behind in my congratulations...

Congrats, J.J., for your singing abilities! (Hey, I'm pretty good at karaoke.)

Congrats, Max, on being a wonderful bomb builder (No offense if I keep my distance.)

Congrats, Mira, for keeping things interesting at Nathan's! (Heehee, doofus, heehee.)

Congrats, Christine, for nailing the kiss scene. (I know how tough those can be, especially in a non-romance novel.)

Congrats, Ginger, for keeping the tea house hoppin'. (Mmm, tea...)

Congrats, Aidan, for getting yelled at. (Me, I'm not too happy when people yell at me, but it's definitely an accomplishment...)

Congrats, Ann, on the book - how exciting. (I can't wait to read about R and K's adventures either.)

Okay, that's it. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. If so, congrats to you, too!

--Laura

P.S. SSAS & Christine - unfortunately, I'm a little too in love with internal narrative. No wonder my novel's so long. Must work on that!

P.P.S. Hey, Christine, I commented on your blog... you know, just to keep the controversy going...

P.P.P.S. That's an interesting point about flash fiction helping longer fiction. Maybe I should try it - my novel sure could use some paring down. :-(

P.P.P.P.S. I just want to note that there seems to be a lot of schizophrenia going on today. I love it!

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word veri: sinjusfu - ooh, it sounds like a naughty place... Sin Just For You!

Mira said...

Laura - big smile for you too!

:)

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I wrote (hell, I write) short stories to learn to write novels. Flash is a little too spare for my taste (reading and writing). But a short story must have a well defined arc and probably a couple of layers of conflict, maybe even a subplot. Some of them are like mini-me novels. I like writing novellas for the same reason.

Christine H said...

I tried short stories, but couldn't do it. They're just too... short.

I read somewhere that the short story is really a completely different animal than a novel. That made me feel less inadequate!

I'm impressed by anyone who can do both.

Christine H said...

BTW, SSAS, how did you come up with that name?

Every time I see it, I think of Bo seducing a barista on the table.

Bo said...

Christine, that's a terrific idea. You're a gal after my own heart, aren't you? Now where's the nearest Starbucks?

Ricky said...

I'm sure there's one not far away, Bo. They're everywhere.

I guess if I had to brag about anything, it would be that I've been managing this crazy band for more than a year now and so far no one's been arrested.

Candy said...

My author describes writing a short story as like having an affair whlle writing a book is a marriage.

Olivia Harper said...

Good for you, Ricky! From what I've heard about band management, that IS a worthy accomplishment.

Bo said...

What an interesting observation, Candy. I wonder what that means about my author?

bunnygirl said...

It means if you don't leave now, Bo, I'll be bragging about how I killed you off in the sequel.

Laura Martone said...

How do you know anything about band management, Olivia? You live on an island!

Olivia Harper said...

Well, I did live in New Orleans for a long time... and my uncle is a musician, after all. Don't you know anything about your own novel? Sheesh.

Christine H said...

Schizo is what we do best around here!

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I've had it so long it's tough to remember. I think I might've been actually writing a sex scene in a starbucks. Probly not, but we'll let that just go down as author lore, shall we?

It has a myriad of meanings, though. What has cracked me up is how many people have called me Sex over the years. I actually met an author (now a fairly regular acquaintance) who's blog I'd been frequenting, and I introduced myself as Sex. Actually, I've done that a few times now.

The name just got nominated for a BBAW award, to my delight and honor.

J.J. Bennett said...

Christine, I did write a few comments for you...Thanks for the singing comment! I do love to sing...

Christine H said...

What is BBAW?

I think of you as "Ssas" as in "Sassy."

Christine H said...

Here's something that happened to me today... made me think I should change my name to "Sex Scenes at the Carwash:"

I was vacuuming my minivan prior to washing it, trying to get all the sand, crumbs, dog hair, etc. out from our trip. Then I remembered I was wearing a skirt, and hoped that I wasn't showing too much in the back as I reached under the seats, etc.

Then the vacuum grabbed my skirt! I felt like I was in a Benny Hill skit.

Bo would have loved it.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Book Blogger Awards Week.

Yes, SSasy is one of its incarnations.

Aidan would like that sort of thing, too. :)

Christine H said...

So would my hubby. Debating whether to tell him... I might be facing jokes about it till death do us part.