My sister and I have become quite fond of doing finger foods for Christmas. I guess to sound more posh I could call them tapas. The primary focus of the photo is of course on the lil smokies. Then of course we have bacon wrapped water chestnuts, cucumber sandwiches, something we call cold cuts (meats and cheeses) lots of veg, and sweet potato fries. Oooh, don’t forget the cranberry salsa. I brought some for lunch today. Mmmmm…
Christmas was actually decently productive. I finished 1 of my 4 holiday book read books, I’m 3/4 of the way through #2. And ladies and gentlemen, please applaud, I finally finished Story by Robert McKee! Woot! Yeah, that thick textbook, while filled to the brim with good info, just takes a long while to get through. I created myself a little worksheet from my notes which I plan on filling out tonight to get SHADE in proper order.
And speaking of SHADE, I got feedback from my mentor Marieke over the holiday. It was very good and thorough and encouraging. However… (there’s always a however, isn’t there?) Well, she makes a very convincing case that I need to climb another mountain. Not Everest, though. Just maybe that Tablerock hike I love. It’s hard and I usually end up with blisters on my toes, but the view makes it all worthwhile.
The odd thing was it felt like she’d climbed inside my imagination and said, “You know how you were feeling uncertain about this part, it’s because of this.” All of the advice gave words to the problems I’d felt it had. Part of me wants to say it wasn’t the feedback I wanted to hear, but that’s really not true, because I wanted the truth and I got it. That’s not to say she thought SHADE was horrible, awful, terrible, or that it needs a 100% makeover. But she pointed out the flaws and now it’s my job to fix them.
I had a 3.5 hour drive back home yesterday and a lot of time to think. I do love my thinking time. Anyway, I came up with some ideas, and I still am. Something interesting from Story I read was that we writers should put most of our effort into creating the world before we actually put anything down on paper. It made me feel a little more confirmed in my path. I’ve got to lay it all out and see the grand picture so I can climb this new mountain. Marieke believes I’m capable, and I think so too. So, on to thinking, thinking, and thinking.
I’ll give you the details of how everything goes and what I did later. Maybe you’ll find something useful in the process.
In other news, my bro brought his little dog over. Now I’m not the biggest fan of dogs. They usually get up into your business and shed everywhere and want to slobber all over you (at least that’s my typical experience). I have zero pets at my place, so the fact that I can like any dog is pretty much a miracle. Enter Shadow, the yorkie poo (cross breed Yorkshire and poodle).
The reason I post this pic, is Shadow is a lot what I picture Ebon looking like—Logan’s dog from SHADE. All he needs is some black wings, horns and red eyes. Let’s see if Photoshop can help me out there.
Haha! Anyways, he doesn’t shed, he’s too little to be getting up into my business, and he’s extremely sweet. His fur is super soft, like a little teddy bear. A dog like him taught me why it was people love their dogs so much. Granted, I’m still not planning on owning one, but I’ll pet the bro’s when he pays a visit.
So that’s it, back to work. How was your holiday? If you celebrated Christmas, what was your favorite part? Did you make any progress on your own writing projects or are you eager to get back to it now? Let me know in the comments below.