July 20, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Jensen Ackles

Jensen is a sports junkie. He loves football, lacrosse, baseball and basketball. He even played on the baseball and lacrosse teams in high school. He’d planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist, before he decided to move to LA to give acting a try. During his free time, he enjoys golfing, horseback riding, scuba diving and photography. He also sings and plays the guitar.

Sports has been very good to this demon hunter and his fans greatly appreciate the um…view.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

July 15, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #23

This month’s theme: Men with piercing eyes

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July 14, 2015

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July 14, 2015

Writing Tip Tuesday #15: K.M. Weiland

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When I write, more often than not, I only have a title and the names of my characters. And I’ve noticed that I also have a habit of giving my main characters one or two best friends. I can honestly say that that comes from my own personal experience.

I have two best friends, a man and a woman.

And I’ve known them for over 20+ years. Each.

We may not see each other as often as we used to. We may not even talk to each other on the phone for weeks at a time. We keep up with each other on Facebook, but one thing is for sure: I would take a bullet for them without any thought.

And they would do the same for me.

I want my main characters to have that. Or something like that.

In order to get that I’ll-take-a-bullet-for-you connection, I feel that only happens when you’re circle of friends is small. I’ve read books where a character has three or more friends, from like college or something who still keep in touch. I like those kinds of books because sometimes—on that rare occasion—the friend stands out and makes me think “Oooh, this person deserves their own story.” I consider that to be great writing on the author’s behalf.

And K.M. Weiland agrees. According to her post Revealed: The Secret to Creating Unexpectedly Awesome Supporting Characters”, the secret to memorable supporting characters is “the element of the unexpected.” Not something like the bestie turning out to be a serial killer, but “anticipating readers’ expectations and then turning those expectations on their heads”: the character is portrayed a certain way and readers think s/he is going to act that way, but s/he turns out to be something, well, unexpected.

I’d like to think that I’ll be able to write unexpectedly awesome supporting characters because K.M. says that it’s often overlooked. In the book I’m writing for the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge this month, the heroine, Shaolin Li, has three good friends, one of whom eventually became a member of her family. In the legal sense. I’ve already decided that each of her friends is going to get their own story, but I specifically can’t wait to write about her sister, Violet. Shao and Violet have known each other since middle school, shit got crazy in high school and Violet needed protection. When bad shit happens to good people, they either 1) overcome it or 2) let it overwhelm them and therefore base their future actions on it. Based on what happened to Violet (which I may or may not get into with this book), readers may have expectations about her personality/actions/whatever. But I’m hoping that the way she deals with it will be an unexpected surprise to my readers and make them think “Well, that’s pretty awesome.”

Who are your favorite supporting characters—books, movies, your own WIP—and why? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

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July 14, 2015

Writing Tip Tuesday #16: Joyce Scarborough

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Back in the 80’s, one of my favorite shows was MOONLIGHTING (1985-1989). I absolutely LURVED the chemistry between Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd and a big part of it was the dialogue. I’d never seen such quick, snappy, back-and-forth exchanges. In between laughing my ass off, I’d often wonder if it was all scripted or if it was a mix of script and improv. I really miss that show and wish they still showed re-reruns like they do for REMINGTON STEELE (another fav show).

The recently cancelled THE MINDY PROJECT had great dialogue, too. I think Mindy Kaling was a genius and once again found myself wondering if it was script, improv or a mix of both. She spoke so fast, I was amazed that she never tripped over her words (which begs the question, how many takes did she have to do to get it right? LOL) Seriously? Who talks that fast?

During the series finale of MAD MEN, there was a scene in which Don ended up at some retreat and had to take part in a group “confession” type of session. One of the people in the group, a man, was talking about his home situation. Basically, he was talking about how his wife and daughter treated him like he was invisible. Granted, that’s considered to be a monologue rather than an exchange between two or more people.

But it was deep shit.

And powerful.

By the time he was done, my husband and I both were surreptitiously wiping away tears.

You could feel his pain, could feel your heart break, and when Don walked over to him, knelt down and hugged him….damn. Just. Damn.

To be fair, dialogue in books vs movies is different, but when done right, can make you laugh or cry. Like Joyce, I love writing dialogue. When I was writing YA, particularly the WIP trilogy I put aside after switching genres, I found I was quite good at it <breathes on nails and buffs them on one shoulder>. Of course, the characters I was writing about made it easy-peasy. My heroine was smart and snarky and witty with best friends to match.

However, I still trip up over certain aspects and Joyce Scarbrough’s post “Something Worth Saying: Writing Effective Dialogue” offered some great tips:

  • Leave out the banalities – Readers don’t want to wade through all the niceties and chit chat people normally engage in to get to the meat of the conversation. 
  • Read dialogue aloud to check for stilted speech – This is how you spot places where you should leave out some words instead of writing complete, grammatically correct sentences. 
  • Don’t use too many speech tags or narrative beats – Unless you have more than two people in a scene, you don’t need to stick “he said” or “she said” after every line of dialogue.
  • Characters shouldn’t deliver monologues to each other – If one person speaks for too long, it’s the same as long passages of narrative to the reader’s eye, so keep up the give and take.
  • Unless your name is Mark Twain, don’t overdo the dialect – Weird phonetic spellings are hard to understand, and they get old really fast. Most of the time, you can convey regional speech using a select few dialectical conventions, colloquial phrases or speech patterns that represent the accent you want to suggest. However, you shouldn’t try to write dialect from a place you’re not familiar with. [I have to admit that I’m an offender of this. In my first YA novel, a female character—not the main one—had a thick Southern accent and I overdid it. Just a tad. LOL]

 

So, do you have any other dialogue tips to share? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

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July 13, 2015

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Update

Camp-Participant-2015-Twitter-Profile Currently, I’m at 12,510/55,000.

According to Camp NaNoWriMo stats, today I should be at approx 23,064 words.

Yeah, so not there.

I’d be happy if I made it halfway (27,500) by the time this was over.

At this point, I’ve decided to just write and not worry about daily word count. Based on my main goal, I know I’m supposed to be writing 1775 words a day, but as a pantser, my Pantser Panic Sensor is starting to give off little warning bleats. The writing’s not flowing like I want it to because I’m thinking about daily word count goals. I do know that if I write about 15 3/4 pages, that amounts to about 2100-and-change words typed. If I break it down like that, maybe I won’t feel the pressure so much.

When I first started the challenge, I would write at work and then come home and type up what I’d done that day. I’m not going to do that anymore seeing as how two days out of the week, I go to the gym. By the time I get home and eat, it’s getting late and then I’m up late typing! So. I’ve decided to write and then save up typing for Sundays.

Which I should’ve done yesterday and didn’t.

I’m also finding that things can change and it’s really, really hard to stuff my Inner Editor in the closet. The opening scene where Remy and Shao meet is at the nightclub where he strips, Acropolis Club. The club is based off of one side of a nightclub I used to go to in my early 20s that had a male revue every Friday and Saturday night. By “one side”, I mean the club was big enough to have two sides: the hip hop side and the country side. The male revue occurred on the hip hop side, but the Acropolis Club looks like the country-side (space-wise, not decor-wise).

Then my friend Rhonda and I went to see MAGIC MIKE XXL over the July 4th holiday and something I saw in the movie (Jada’s Place) has now made me change the look of Acropolis Club.

Which changes the length of time that Remy spends dancing at the club.

Which may change his job outside of the club and TNG.

So the way I describe scenes at the club moving forward will be a lot different than the opening scene.

Needless to say, lessons are being learned during this challenge.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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July 13, 2015

Currently Reading Melissa Foster’s BURSTING WITH LOVE (The Bradens Series, Book #5)

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From rock stars to survival guides. Here’s what I’m reading when the writing isn’t quite flowing.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

July 13, 2015

Writing Quote of the Week

No hard feelings, right?

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July 13, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Jensen Ackles

Jensen was a child model at age 4, then quit, and started again at age 10. Granted, he’s not 4, or 10, in these pics, but as you can see, these were from his younger days.

Look how cute he was even back then. Imagine what he must’ve looked like at age 4. And 10.

Adorbs.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

July 10, 2015

Currently Reading: Olivia Cunning’s INSIDER (Exodus End Series, Book #1)

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Took a short break from Camp NaNoWriMo last night and started reading this book.

I was at the salon and you’d think being under the dryer would give me plenty of time to write.

Which it did.

I had to drown out the Chatty Cathys by plugging in.

Which I NEVER do because I prefer to write in complete and utter monk-like silence.

Which is probably why the writing dried up a little.

So I started reading…

And ended up going to bed at 2:30am! Haven’t done that in a very long time.

Today’s writing session should be interesting, what with the lack of sleep and all. It’s going to be utter shite. More so than it’s been already.

Thanks, Olivia Cunning. Bitch.

But you’re forgiven because Logan Schmidt has been added to my Book Boyfriend List.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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