March 3rd, 2009

SPN: Sam's Bright Smile

make it work

This week in my adult fiction class, we're doing the Romance genre and I am about to BUST A GUT because people keep posting their book reports and I'm like "how on earth have I read SO MANY of these??" and then I realize that I HAVEN'T. I've read the spn_harlequin versions of those same plots. *major facepalm* But MAN OH MAN is it making me nostalgic for those type of J2 stories again!

Today I am making Peruvian Baked Quinoa and Cheese (to eat today) and then I'm going to make Cheesecake Cookie Cups to take to my parent's house tomorrow night for dinner. It's all very exciting.

I have some horrible, boring, technical reading to do today for school. I'm going to alternate chapters with fanfic, as my reward. Motivation is key!

I am having a bit of a day where I feel like working for happiness is a tough thing. But I am both determined and trying. So, in that spirit, I want everyone to either post or comment about something that's making them happy today. Let me revel in your joy!
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Gold Stars

Writing is a compulsion.

I'm in a class chat with Jayne Ann Krentz, who has written, you know, a mere 122 novels.

How's this for inspiration?

(student)> I was wondering, how did you get started writing?
Wendy > and do you really start at 7 a.m. every day? :)
Jayne Krentz > I started writing in my early twenties after I got out of college. I was doing a lot of reading at the time and there came a point when I just wanted to tell the story my way.
Jayne Krentz > Wendy, no, usually 6 am. What can I say? I'm a morning person.
Jayne Krentz > I do my most creative work in the mornings. Knock off around noon for lunch. After lunch I do other kinds of work: research, rewrites, etc. But not usually creative stuff.
Jayne Krentz> And, yes, I work a certain number of hours every day when I'm on a book.
Wendy > def a full-time job...and then some, I expect
Jayne Krentz > Wendy: Yes, a full time job. But before I sold I got up at 3:30 am to write for a few hours before I went to my day job.
Jayne Krentz > So 6 or 7 am looks darn relaxed now.
Jayne Krentz > Actually, every successful writer I know writes in a disciplined fashion.
(student) > What dedication!
Jayne Krentz > Not dedication so much as an addiction. Writing is a compulsion. If you don't feel that compulsion, you probably don't make it as a writer.

ETA: Unrelated, but hilarious...

Jayne Krentz > I, personally, find the new vampire/werewolf/paranormal genre especially interesting to watch because it is where all the alpha males went when they became politicallly incorrect in contemporary and historical romance. You can't keep a good alpha down!
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