Friday, October 06, 2006

Friday 20

I need a full day to read over and decide among the many terrific entries for the What's Your Line? contest, so the winners' names will be posted sometime tomorrow morning. Thanks to everyone for participating and for your patience.

And because it's been a bleak week news-wise, some fun today: Did you know that somewhere on this earth is walking someone uniquely destined for you? Neither did I, but the evil minds over at The Generator Blog sucked me into trying out the Secret Lover Generator.

Come on, who wouldn't want to find out who their secret lover is? So I put in my name, and met the man of my destiny:

Whoa!

Destiny appears to be about twenty-five years too young for me, and I'm taken anyway, but to borrow a line from Vanessa Jaye, Dayum.

Maybe in the next life, handsome. Onward: any questions for me this week?

24 comments:

  1. Well, let's see. I got a scary guy the first time and a girl the second time. Wonder what that says about me??? LOL! Maybe they know something I don't. :-O

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  2. Not such a bleak week newswise for out pal Scott Oden (who's probably too modest to mention this almost fairy tale story here).

    Sometimes, courage pays off

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  3. I got a twenty-year old blonde. Just not the right gender for me. Or age, for that matter.

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  4. Um I got a young guy that looked kind of like a girl. LOL!

    Super congrats to Scott Oden on his news, too! I'm sure he's just flying!

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  5. Oh porpoise poo ! The "picture" I saw was one of those sad little pieces of torn film with a blue circle in the center. Now I'll never know! I really am going to have to upgrade this thing soon.

    My question is this...How old is the oldest person (recently) to publish a novel for the first time?

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  6. Jordan wrote: Well, let's see. I got a scary guy the first time and a girl the second time. Wonder what that says about me??? LOL! Maybe they know something I don't. :-O

    You hussy, you. I'm calling Jan Butler.

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  7. Gabriele wrote: Not such a bleak week newswise for out pal Scott Oden (who's probably too modest to mention this almost fairy tale story here).

    Scott Oden, historian, author, owner of nerves of titanium. That's just so great. Thanks for the heads-up, Gabriele.

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  8. Doug wrote: I got a twenty-year old blonde. Just not the right gender for me. Or age, for that matter.

    Release her back in the wild, pal.

    Actually, when I first saw my secret lover, I thought he was a bit too thin, and wondered what his mother had been feeding him. This, folks, is how you know you're middle-aged and menopausal.

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  9. Patrice wrote: Um I got a young guy that looked kind of like a girl.

    The metrosexual secreat lover? Lol.

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  10. Fairscape wrote: My question is this...How old is the oldest person (recently) to publish a novel for the first time?

    Off the top of my head, Alan Greenspan, who is 80, sold his memoirs for 7 million plus back in March. I don't know his actial age, but Speak of the Devil author Richard Hawke looks as if he's in his late fifties, early sixties. South African (now living in Australia) Peter Temple, another crime fiction writer, is also definitely up there on the age scale. Some of my romance writer friends sold their first novels after age 50, and in one case, 60, but women tend to be a little more sensitive about their age, so I won't name names.

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  11. Anonymous8:46 AM

    This should cheer you up, PBW: I got the job. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    L.

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  12. Thanks Gabriele :) Though, PBW, you should know . . . the nerves are more like string cheese after all this. I understand fortune favoring the bold and all that, but why can't fortune favor the guy who sits on the couch and plays Xbox, too? Would be much easier that way ;)

    And, geez, do you know what you just did to my hit counter? :)

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  13. Um, yeah. I got a hot beach bum.

    Never mind that I would rather have a root canal than be seen wearing a bathing suit. Or that I'm fair complected.

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  14. L. wrote: I got the job.

    Wheeeeeeeeee! (dousing L. with virtual confetti.)

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  15. His Bad Self, Scott Oden wrote: Thanks Gabriele :) Though, PBW, you should know . . . the nerves are more like string cheese after all this. I understand fortune favoring the bold and all that, but why can't fortune favor the guy who sits on the couch and plays Xbox, too? Would be much easier that way ;)

    Yeah, sure. I know you're a closet adrenlin junkie, Scott. That was the writer's equivalent of jumping out of a plane without a backup chute.

    And, geez, do you know what you just did to my hit counter? :)

    Gabriele's fault.

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  16. actial - actual
    adrenlin - adrenalin

    (I can't spell today)

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  17. Heather wrote: Um, yeah. I got a hot beach bum.

    Well, don't be selfish, woman -- pass him around when you're done toying with his affections.

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  18. I'll take him off your hands if you don't need him. What's a measly 25 year age gap?

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  19. Mine was sexy. *Drools* For I be a huge dreamer...

    Honestly, I sort of like geeky types. You know, those guys with a BIG... vocabulary!

    V from V for Vendetta totally makes me swoon just for his way with words.

    I do have a question actually. What would you recommend for a main character that's the mostly silent type. I have one and he kind of politely stares at her when she talks or just asks a question he is pretty sure she already knows the answer to. It's a her point of view story though.

    You know, like in Meet Joe Black, where Brad Pitt just stares at Anthony Hopkins or anyone that asks a question?

    I don't want to make it sound repetitive: He stared at her, silent. He silently stared at her. He stood quietly... etc.

    Any tips on how to make it easier for repetitive actions not to sound too repeated and yet give the same effect?

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  20. Gabriele's fault.

    *grins evilly*

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  21. Emma wrote: I'll take him off your hands if you don't need him. What's a measly 25 year age gap?

    He's all yours. Just be kind. And make sure he's eating enough vegetables. ;)

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  22. Pixel wrote: Honestly, I sort of like geeky types. You know, those guys with a BIG... vocabulary!

    Lol. I can't say I've ever gone for the intelligent type. Well, once, but it turned ugly when we compared SAT scores, scholarship offers and annual incomes. Never outscore or earn more than your boyfriend, ladies.

    I do have a question actually. What would you recommend for a main character that's the mostly silent type.

    I have one and he kind of politely stares at her when she talks or just asks a question he is pretty sure she already knows the answer to. It's a her point of view story though.

    I don't want to make it sound repetitive: He stared at her, silent. He silently stared at her. He stood quietly... etc.

    Any tips on how to make it easier for repetitive actions not to sound too repeated and yet give the same effect?


    I think you can wear out the watching, listening, staring and standing quietly reactions if you don't mix them up with some action, like him working on something while he listens, or handling something, making gestures or using body language, or moving through/using the setting in some fashion. Take each scene and see what he can do in it (one of my male characters couldn't properly communicate with the protag of Back to Back for about half the story, so you might want to take a look at what I did with that.)

    Even the strong silent type puts in a word now and then, too. You don't want him to be a parrot and echo the protagonist constantly (unless you're working the scene to be humorous that way) but having him throw a couple of words into a conversation can emphasize his reluctance to speak.

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  23. PBW,

    ***I'm calling Jan Butler.***

    No, not that! Anything, but that! *ggg*

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  24. Whoa! Mine looks like a modern but better cut version of Matt Dillon. Ideal eye candy -- there's just something about his underwear hanging out of the top of his jeans that detracts from the overall positive effect; well, maybe not that bad...

    As for yours, he's so much younger so he can keep up with you, Sheila. Then you go giving him away. (But, yeah, I understand how big a turn off that could be when they're younger than your kids.)

    Word verification: sxxunjx Hmmm...

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