I love guacamole. Love it. I can eat it plain, on chips, in tacos, burritos, or over rice. Doesn’t matter. It’s that authentic Mexican flavor that I crave. No matter where I’m at, or what time of year it is, good guacamole is one of those rare dishes that can transform a glum, rainy day into a warm, sunny afternoon. This is the power of harmony. It isn’t the avocado that I love, nor is it the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, or lime. It’s the flavor that’s produced when each of these ingredients are combined that makes the dish the culinary treasure that it is. The same holds true for mood. A combination of smaller elements, mood is the product of carefully placed ingredients peppered throughout a scene/chapter/book. With just the right proportions, it can be used to wonderful effect. (more…)
Archive for May, 2010
Posted in On Writing, tagged aspirations, book, Cafe Lopez, category, desires, door, family, fears, genre, human, marketers, notion, novel, preconception, reluctantly, science fiction, TDDC, The Dead Don't Cry, wisdom, Words on May 19, 2010 | 6 Comments »
As I stated last week, today’s webisode features the first section of Chapter 2, as opposed to all three. To my friends at Café Lopez, I would like to take a moment to properly introduce my book. If you’ve been following it over the last couple of weeks, you are no doubt aware that it is a science fiction novel. What you don’t know is that I use that term reluctantly, not because I am ashamed of science fiction, or because TDDC somehow doesn’t qualify as part of the genre, but because the term comes with a set of preconceived notions. I did not think about what genre TDDC applied to until the book was finished. The novel was always about one family and how they, as grounded human beings wrought with their own unique desires, fears, and aspirations, come together to overcome extraordinary obstacles.
Marketers force me to categorize The Dead Don’t Cry, I urge you to leave your preconceptions at the door.
And now, without further interruption, TDDC:
Posted in On Characterization, tagged bacon, brilliant, buddy tag, catalogue, character, cliche, delicious, description, descriptor, dilemma, Disheveled, dynamic, eggs, fiction, opportunity, organic, profile, prose, qualities, recipe, reference, springboard, The Dead Don't Cry, theme, trait, Tuscan, writing on May 17, 2010 | 10 Comments »
My girlfriend makes the absolute best bacon and eggs. Crusty, amazingly soft Tuscan bread slathered in butter, moist yet crisp, hickory smoked bacon, and slowly scrambled eggs infused with complimentary notes of garlic, pepper, the wonderful creaminess of my dear friend, milk, and extra bits of bacon thrown in for good measure. Top it all off with tea (milk and sugar), and you have the kind of morning that I could happily wake up to for the rest of my life. So, I have to ask – will anyone ever find my writing nearly as satisfying? (more…)
If you’ve ever spoken to someone who is passionate about running, you would know that their devotion can sometimes border on fanatical. I know, because I was once one of them. A runner. Not just any, I might add, but a long distance runner, all of whom I’d wager are in fact some kind of crazy. After all, who else would willingly submit herself to physical and mental exhaustion on a regular basis in the hopeless attempt to improve upon an unattainable level of perfection?
Oh right…you. (more…)
Posted in On Creativity, tagged dark secret, dialogue, Film, gravy, imagination, intuition, novel, novelization, plot, protagonist, qualified to write, screenplay, wordplay, writing on May 7, 2010 | 8 Comments »
I have a deep, dark secret that I’m going to share with you: I’ve watched many, many more movies than I’ve read books. The sacred rule is that writers must read – voraciously – and in so doing I’ve broken that rule. Often. More often than not, in fact. Which raises the obvious question: am I qualified to write? (more…)
I have a problem. I can’t stop editing my book.
“You’re afraid to let go…to be judged…to take a risk.”
There’s truth to all of that – but the issue isn’t my obsession (and it is an obsession), it’s admitting that I have a problem. As of this writing, two people have read my book. Under the explicit warning that any and all criticism withheld would only be to my extreme detriment, they both loved it. Yet I continue to edit. Why? (more…)