Sunday, December 25, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 12/25

It is Saturday night and my eyes are full of tears as I throw open the wooden doors to the Sunset Deck at the rear of the steamship. Sunset is a misnomer, because tonight the sun is setting over the forward deck at the opposite end of the ship. The rest of the passengers are gathered there to watch so I’m confident that this is the one place I can go to have a good, undisturbed cry.

I fling myself at the railing and let the tears fall overboard. At dinner Alan had once again been oblivious to my desperate attempts at flirting, and I'm so lost in my anguish over him that I don’t notice the small boy standing next to me until he speaks.

“Why are you crying?” he asks.

- excerpt from The Sunset Deck, a short story

 The sentence that begins "At dinner" has me very confused due to the mixture of past and present tense, but I think it's right. I don't have a lot of experience writing in present tense, but I believe this story requires it. If anyone with better grammar experience has an opinion on whether it is correct or not, please let me know!

Read more about Six Sentence Sunday here. To see the rest of my Six Sentence Sunday posts, click here.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 12/18

Set up: While playing a game of paintball, the narrator and her friends are confronted by two figures in black armor who shoot them with a strange weapon.
A cold sensation washed over me, like I had jumped into a freezing lake, and things began to move in slow motion. My legs collapsed and then I was on my back, looking at the sky. One of the men stepped in to my narrowing field of vision, raised his face shield and peered at me. Only he wasn't a man at all - he had skin as red as hot coals and pupils so dark that it looked like shiny black beetles were hiding where his eyes should have been. A row of five short horns crossed his forehead and there was a nasty, jagged scar on the bridge of his nose. He smiled at me; it was the last thing I saw before my vision went black.

- excerpt from one of many versions of my untitled "girl gets kidnapped by aliens" novel
Read more about Six Sentence Sunday here. To see the rest of my Six Sentence Sunday posts, click here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 12/11

Set up: Geek Timothy "Oggy" Ogden is excited to meet actor Zac Furie at a sci-fi convention. But his excitement turns to mortification when Zac treats him rudely, writes "Froggy" instead of "Oggy" when signing a head shot, and charges twenty dollars more than listed for the autographed photo - twenty dollars that Oggy tells Zac he doesn't have.
“I’ll just hang on to this until the next ‘Froggy’ comes along, shall I?” Zac said.

Zac's lackey snickered and a few people in line joined in. Oggy’s neck turned red; the color travelled up his face, past his cheeks and stopped at his ears. An announcement came over the loudspeaker: “Dealer’s room closes in five minutes.”

Oggy gritted his teeth. “I don’t have the money. What do you want me to do?”

excerpt from ZOMG, or Zombies, Oh My God!
Read more about Six Sentence Sunday here. To see the rest of my Six Sentence Sunday posts, click here.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - 12/04

Speaking of avoiding people…Nan stepped off of the sidewalk and in to the road to let Ruth McAllister pass. The woman had never grasped the fact that sidewalks were supposed to be shared. She walked straight down the middle, her Bichon Frise, Bambi, strapped to her chest in a Baby Bjorn. Nan nodded hello to Ruth and swallowed the giggle that rose whenever she saw Bambi’s head lolling side to side in the carrier. Would it be so wrong to let the poor dog down to get some exercise every now and then? She understood that people could be crazy about their pets, but there was no way she’d ever strap her cat Aggie in to a baby sling - not that Aggie would let her do it, anyway.
- Untitled Snowbird Mystery
Six Sentence Sunday is a blog meme where authors post a six sentence excerpt from one of their works every Sunday. I ran across it on Suzanne Johnson's Peternatura blog and liked the idea. I'm not "officially" participating (i.e. trying to get my link on Six Sentence Sunday's blog) because there are a lot of rules and they confuse me, but I will be posting six sentences every Sunday through at least the end of December. I think it'll be a fun thing to do and will make up for the fact that I won't have much writing stuff to post about, thanks to all the craft projects, travel, and family visits that I will be busy with during the holidays.

Today's excerpt is from a 4000-word cozy mystery short featuring Nan and her husband Charlie. They are snowbirds - retirees from northern states who "fly" south for the winter. In this story, Nan hunts down a thief who has stolen several thousand dollars from a Cow Pie Bingo charity fundraiser.

Reading back over the story to find these six sentences, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was better than I remembered. With a little bit of editing, I think it'll be ready to share with my beta readers. I love the idea of a snowbird detective - the constant moving provides lots of opportunities for new locations and people - and I would love to have Nan star in further stories, assuming I can come up with some good mysteries for her to solve.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011: Day 22 & 23 - The End?

Daily: 1539
Total: 32997
Last Sentence: "But what about your girlfriend?"

This may be the end, my friends - at least of my chances of winning NaNo. This is my word count from yesterday, the 22nd. After writing that last, uninspiring sentence I had a major melt-down which led to crying which led to a horrible sinus headache that I still have as I write this, 30+ hours later. I wrote nothing today and I doubt that I will write anything tomorrow because of Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my husband who is always willing to take time out from work to talk me down from my melt-downs and who has encouraged me to at least write the end of my story, since at this point that's the only part of my story that I know. Apparently the "Middle" is what kills me - I can plot beginnings and endings but whenever I try to do middles, it always ends up feeling like it's all fluffy filler and completely pointless. Middles are obviously something I need to work on.

My new goal is to write my ending before NaNo ends. I most likely will update only on days when I write.

To everyone else who is still doing NaNo, good luck to you! I hope you'll be able to reach your goals, whatever they may be.

Monday, November 21, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 21

Daily: 1072
Total: 31458
Last Sentence: “This doesn’t look like Camden,” he said. Indeed, it was not.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011: Day 19 & 20

Daily: 1982
Total: 30386
Last Sentence: “It’s got the basics and will do for one night."

I probably did four hundred or so words by hand yesterday but I didn't type them in until today. I'm trying, I really am, but it's just not fun any more. I struggle to come up with "what happens next?" Maybe it's my fault for trying to make things happen rather that letting them happen - I've written myself in to a corner and now the only way out seems unnatural and complicated. But at this point when I'm 3000 words behind, I can't afford to go back and rewrite. My only choice is to keep pushing forward and hope it all works out in the end.

Friday, November 18, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011: Day 18

Daily: 1602
Total: 28404
Last Sentence: “Sit down, Simon,” the demon said. “Let’s talk."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 16 and 17

Daily Words: 1784
Total Words: 26802
Last Sentence: “Whoops,” Dennis said.

I had a black day yesterday. I spent five hours at the computer and wrote around 300 words before deciding I was ready to quit for good (there was much crying and gnashing of teeth). Today didn't start out much better, but after forcing myself to write about 1500 words by hand, I got back in the groove. I ended with my characters being arrested, which gives me some good places to go tomorrow. Hopefully over the next few days I can catch up since I'm now behind by a day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011: Day 15

Daily: 2400
Total: 25018
Last Sentence: “Nonsense. I wasn’t thinking, that’s all.”

Hate it, hate it, hate it. But I've got to force myself to get through my "hate it" phase or I'll never finish. *Sigh*

Monday, November 14, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 14

Daily: 844 :(
Total: 22618
Last Sentence: "Relax, princess," Cherry said, rolling her eyes. “That’s my coffin, not yours.”

It's just not gonna happen tonight! Something's better than nothing, I guess.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 12 and 13

Daily Words: 2277
Total Words: 21774
Last Sentence: He tried not to think about the coffins that lined the walls as he took one shuffling step, then another, through the debris of leaves, moss and who knows what else that lined the floor of the catacombs.

Didn't get any writing done yesterday (I went to Disney on Ice with a friend and her kids) but caught up today. Disappointingly this caused me to lose my lead of about 1000 words, which I had hoped to save up for Thanksgiving. I'll try to get ahead again but I don't know if that's going to happen.

I was also disappointed to find that I forgot to update the actual NaNoWriMo site with my daily word count for the past few days. It's up to date now, but on my stats graph it looks like I wrote nothing for five days and then wrote 11500 words all in one day. I wish!

Friday, November 11, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 11

Daily Words: 1692
Total Words: 19497
Last Sentence: “I don’t know,” she said, exasperated. “Just fight him!”

Ugh, I am feeling the "I'm nearly to 20K and I'm starting to hate this" blues coming on. For some reason I always get this way around 20K and often it causes me to give up. The ideas stop flowing and everything starts to feel forced. I hope I can push through it this time.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 10

Daily Words: 2186
Total Words: 17805
Last Sentence: “Go, my love!” she called after Dennis. “You’re free!”

I managed to buckled down today and challenged myself to write 1000 words in an hour. It ended up being more like an hour and ten minutes, but that's still pretty good. Two hours and twenty minutes later, I had 2186 words (okay, I did break for lunch in there, but still!).

I'm starting to think that I may need to change my main character's last name. He is male, does not have a PhD and his last name is "Bean." Guess what everyone calls him?

Yup, Mr. Bean.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 9

Daily Words: 1683
Total Words: 15619
Last Sentence: “Stay away from me!” Simon dodged around the creature, out in to the hall, through the kitchen and, still completely nude, he ran out of the flat.

Yikes, I need to get it together. With practically the whole day free, it should not take me until 10 PM to get my 1667 words. Here's to hoping it gets better tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 7 and Day 8

Daily Words: 3582
Total Words: 13936
Last Sentence: “We were discussing my theory about your associate here,” Mammon said.

I think I only got about 400 words written yesterday (and that was after sitting at the computer for three hours). I had nothing planned for today, so I was able to make up what I didn't do yesterday in addition to meeting today's goal.

A lot of it was being at a very dull point in the story - one character visits the eye doctor, the other is looking for a lost book. Once I got past those scenes, it got much easier.


Here are the responses I got when I asked people to guess my story from the cover:
I think it has something to do with trains or subways, maybe a mystery on the train.  - Charlotte
Based on the cover and title I'm guessing there is a killer loose in the subway system somewhere?  - Erika Jean
I think it is about a writer who needs to desperately finish his book but is having some psychological battle with a ghost who may or may not be a figment of his imagination. - Brigette
Everyone was partially right. It does involve trains and subways, it is about a writer and there are ghosts...and demons, and grim reapers and probably lots of other supernatural beings! I'm not quite at the point where I want to post a full description (what if I decide to change something?) but I will say what I said over at the NaNoWriMo site: it's a paranormal "bromance." Think of that what you will! ;)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 6

Words Today: 173
Total Words: 10354
Last Sentence: “These lights, are they spots? Flashes? When do you see them?”

It was a late finish today, but I managed. I've got a few responses to yesterday's question about my novel's mock cover, but I'm going to wait a little longer before talking about them in case anyone else wants to guess. I suppose I'm going to have to finally share a description of the story, which scares me more than writing 50,000 words in a month!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 5 (With Title and Cover!)


I finally got an idea for my title last night - a play on the word "deadline." Of course the first thing I did was stick "deadline" in an Amazon book search. It came back with about seven different books, all titled "Deadline." I don't need that kind of competition, so I decided to go with "Catching the Dead Line" as my rough draft title. It's better than what I had been calling it, which was "Something With Death in the Title"!

My reward to myself today for reaching my word count was making a fake cover. I had hoped to upload it to the NaNo site, but apparently they haven't got the book cover feature working yet so here will have to do. I also made a tiny version to make sure everything was readable at Amazon thumbnail size:


So I have a question for anyone out there:

Based solely on the title and cover, what do you think my story is about?

I'm curious to see how effective the title and cover are in getting the story across. There's no wrong answer! Please post your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!


Daily Word Count: 1686
Total Word Count: 8641
Last Sentence: As he passed a set of cranes, relics from the days when the docks where home to ships and warehouses instead of luxury flats and trendy restaurants, he caught sight of something out of the corner of his eye.

Friday, November 4, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 4

Daily Word Count: 1667
Total Word Count: 6939
Last Sentence: “What have you done now?” she asked.

Today wasn't too bad. By that I mean that it still seemed like it took as long to get my words as yesterday, but they seemed to be coming easier. I'm nervous about the weekend because normally I don't write on Saturday and Sunday. I'm not far enough ahead right now to skip them though, so I'm going to have to buckle down!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 3

Daily Word Count: 1689
Total Word Count: 5272
Last Sentence: “We need to talk about Dennis, Headmaster.”

Today dragged. I kept finding things to do (like Googling London flats for my characters) instead of writing. Eventually I had to turn on Freedom on for an hour to get myself started. That results in 400 words. I used Write or Die for another hour to get 1000 words and then spent another hour and a half pecking out the last 189 words. Ugh.

It's one of those days when I think, if I'm having to force myself to write, does that mean I'm not cut out for it? Or does it just mean that I'll never be one of those people who can hammer out a dozen books a year?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 2

Today wasn't too rough, though thanks to some internet distractions it did take me most of the afternoon to get my 1667 words. On a whim I made a major change in how my two main characters meet. Hopefully I won't end up regretting it down the line!

Daily Words: 1874
Total Words: 3584
Last Sentence: He would do it right that time, and no one would ever know the difference.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 1

I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month again - this is my third year. Hopefully this time goes better than the Camp NaNoWriMo I attempted over the summer! I pretty much crashed and burned then.

Because I'm a little 'stitious right now and have been feeling like my stories "disappear" as soon as I start talking publically about them, I'm not going to post a synopsis (yet). All I'll say is that it's a paranormal "bromance" and that the word "Death" will probably be in the title.

I'm going to try to do a short post every day recapping how it goes (or doesn't go). At the very least I'll post my word count and last sentence. If I get ahead and am able to skip some days (I try to do that for the weekends) I won't post on those days.

If you're participating in NaNo, let me know and feel free to add me as a writing buddy on the site. My username there is Clockwise.

Daily Words: 1710
Total Words: 1710
Last Sentence: “I was just hoping I could get you to sign this.”

Friday, October 14, 2011

Who is Mary Sue?


Who’s the girl that in implausibility’s face flies,
Who can do the impossible the first time she tries?
The youngest ensign to join the fleet,
Who saves the ship from utter defeat.
The long-lost daughter of an elfin queen,
Who rescues the hobbits and steals the scene.
She’s cute and clumsy, with a past that’s tragic;
Beloved by all, she can also do magic.
Her heart is pure, her aim is true,
Do you know who? It’s Mary Sue!

 (poem by Cat Carlisle)

Part of the problem of living off in my own little world is that I start to assume that things that are obvious to me are also obvious to everyone else. Case in point: I wrote the above poem, posted it on Facebook without the last two words and asked my friends to fill in the blank. I thought it would be a fun, easy riddle and was extremely embarrassed when NOBODY knew what I was talking about. I only had two guesses: "Mr. Magoo" from my brother and "Ashley Judd" (Huh?) from my husband.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Texas Saguaro: Two Years Later

I went back to Texas for another visit a few weeks ago and got a chance to check up on the saguaro in my parent's backyard. My how it's grown!

Here's how tall it was in 2009:
Quite a few inches short of the fence line
In 2010:
At the fence line
In 2011:
Above the fence line
Looks to me like it's grown at least a foot, maybe even a foot and a half. I guess the weather in Texas is agreeing with it!

Friday, September 23, 2011

I Meet the Little Belgian Detective - 100 Word Short Story


I have a run-in with my favorite fictional character, Hercule Poirot.

Me: "Help! Help!"
HP: "May I be of some assistance, madam?"
Me: "That man stole my purse!"
HP: I see. Well do not trouble your pretty little face. Hercule Poirot will use his little grey cells to track down the thief!"
Me: "We don't need to use your little grey cells, because that's him right there! The man running with a ladies purse!"
HP: "Mon dieu, then we should catch this villain!"
Me: "Hurry, he's getting away!"
HP: "..."
Me: "Aren't you going after him?"
HP: "..."
Me: "Right, sorry I asked. Could you hold my shoes? I can't run in heels."
HP: "Certainement! Anything for you, dear lady!
Me: *Eyeroll*


Writer's Digest Writing Prompt:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"You and I" - A 250 Word Short Story

Music is playing in the darkness. We stop to listen. “Where’s it coming from?” I ask. We’ve taken our moonlight walks on this same path for years but have never before heard music.

“That way,” you say, pointing in to the woods. You take a step in that direction but I hesitate.

“Are you sure that’s a good idea?” I am imagining all the dark and scary things that the woods can hide.

“Listen closer.”

I close my eyes and concentrate. A few seconds later they fly open again. “That’s our song,” I say, grinning like a fool. You offer your hand. I take it and we race through the darkness, tripping on roots and stumbling over dead branches but somehow never falling. As we get close I can make out a clearing, lit up by a lantern floating between two trees. We step in to its light to find an elegantly laid table with champagne and dessert, and a stereo nearby with our song on repeat.

“Happy anniversary,” you say, holding me close.

“It’s amazing. I can’t believe it! How could you do all this without me knowing? How did you get a table out in the middle of the woods? Did you have help?” I look around.

“No more questions,” you say, gently turning my face towards yours. “It’s just you and I.” We kiss and I lay my head on your chest as we sway to the music that floats softly by.


The prompt for this was to write a story that begins with the first line of my favorite song, which is currently "You and I" by Queen. I expanded on the prompt by also incorporating some of the imagery from the lyrics as well as the last line. You can listen to the song below.

Monday, August 29, 2011

E-book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Page count: 384
Price when I bought it: $11.99
How I read it: Kindle

Thirty years in the future, the world has gone to pot. Nearly everyone escapes their bleak, horrible lives by playing a virtual reality game called OASIS. When the creator of OASIS dies, he leaves behind a hidden "Easter Egg" in the game. Whoever finds it first will inherit his vast wealth as well as ultimate power within the game. With nothing left to lose, orphaned high school student Wade Watts makes it his life's mission to find the Egg.

Opening Line:
Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.

Monday, August 22, 2011

E-book Review: Dark Souls by Paula Morris


Title: Dark Souls: A Novel
Author: Paula Morris
Page count: 304
Price when I bought it: $9.99
How I read it: Kindle

After recovering from the car accident that killed her best friend, Miranda's parents take her and her brother along on a work trip to York, England to get their minds off the tragedy. But the accident left Miranda with more than just physical and emotional wounds; it also gave her the ability to see ghosts. So far she's been able to avoid facing the spirits that ask for her help, but in the "the most haunted city in the world" there's nowhere she can hide.

Opening Line:
At night, cornfields looked like the ocean.

My Thoughts:

I visited York a few years ago so when I saw that Dark Souls was set there, I knew I had to download a sample on my Kindle. The sample lured me in and though the price was a bit more that I usually pay for ebooks, I paid it and was not disappointed. In fact, I couldn't put it down and stayed up past midnight to finish it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Confessions of a Cat Mommy Blogger


My husband and I moved to the Salt Lake City area in June and are fascinated with the city's TRAX commuter train system. A new branch is opening soon in our area and we've been watching the test trains come and go with excitement. That is, until we saw an article in the local paper detailing how a number of Salt Lake's "mommy bloggers" were getting a special sneak preview ride on the train in the hopes that they'd blog about how awesome it is to ride on it with their kids.

For some reason that made me insanely, irrationally jealous.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

E-book Review: Along Came a Demon by Linda Welch


Title: Along Came a Demon
Author: Linda Welch
Page count: 204
Price when I bought it: $0.99
How I read it: Kindle

Tiff Banks can see the ghosts of the violently slain as well as beings known as the Otherworldy, which she calls demons. When the ghost of a naked woman shows up on her lawn, Tiff must help put her to rest by finding the woman's missing son.

Opening Line:
"There's a naked woman in the garden," Jack said.

My Thoughts:
Along Came a Demon is labeled as paranormal mystery, but personally I'd call it a paranormal romance. Why? Because the climax of the story isn't finding the lost boy or the final showdown with the demons, but when Tiff and the sexy demon do it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I'm Doing Camp NaNoWriMo!


At least, I think I am. Camp NaNoWriMo is a version of National Novel Writing Month that takes place in any month instead of just in November like the original NaNo. It sounds like they will have it up and running for July and now that we are mostly settled in our new home (still a couple of boxes left to unpack), I'm eager to work on a novel that's been stewing in my head for several years. You can join Camp NaNoWriMo here and follow my progress here. Let me know if you're participating. I'd love to be camp buddies!

So what's my novel going to be about? The description I currently have up on Camp NaNo is this:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


View of the mountains near our home. I sketched it from the cemetery.
We're moving! There are about a million things I have to do so my writing blog is going on hiatus until we are settled in our new home, probably in a couple of months. See you then!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Most Victorian Ladies Didn't Wear Trousers

Most Victorian ladies didn't run around looking like this:

Irene Adler in the 2010 Sherlock Holmes movie
Most polygamists actually like polygamy:

The cast of the Sister Wives reality show
A tenth-century Chinese person probably wouldn't find foot binding disgusting. Slave owners didn't feel guilty about owning slaves, or else they would've freed them. And despite what Bollywood wants us to think, in modern day India up to ninety percent of marriages are arranged marriages.

What's my point?

Monday, May 2, 2011

E-book Review: Death Has a Name by Jerry Hanel


Title: Death Has a Name
Author: Jerry Hanel
Approximate word count: 57881
Price when I bought it: $0.99
How I read it: Kindle

Official Description:  
There is a Truth that exists. It is active. Alive. Fighting to make itself known. It's not my truth. It's not anyone's truth. It is The Truth.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Origins of My Love Affair With Books

(Note: I got the idea for this post from Jason Black's blog, Plot to Punctuation.)

What started my love affair with reading? I'd like to brag that the book that first made me a reader was a great classic or somethiong avant-garde but that's not how it happened. Nope, I was the kind of kid who only read when my teachers forced me to. That is, until I was eight or nine and my mom grandmother got me this book:

The book that started it all

Yes, it's a Baby-sitters Club book. More specifically, the junior series staring Karen, the little sister of a Baby-sitters Club member.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Department of Redundant Words Department

Above is a word cloud from my unedited first draft of last year's NaNoWriMo novel. The text size of a word reflects how often it's used in the novel (common words like "I" or "and" are excluded), so it makes sense that the biggest words are then names of my main characters. But look at the biggest word that isn't a name - that big orange one just under "Simon". Yes, it's the winner for "Cat's Most Unnecessarily Overused and Redundant Word" Award, "back"!

Monday, April 4, 2011

I Can't Multitask


I've always thought of myself as a multitasker, but lately I've come to see that I'm not. Sure, I can watch TV while crocheting or looking at polymer clay genitals on, but does that really count? (No. No it doesn't.)

When I say that I can't multitask, I mean that I'm unable to juggle writing and, well, doing any other project at the same time. The other projects typically are craft projects (I've been writing a craft blog for over four years now), but they also include animating and doing home improvement stuff.

Here's how it usually happens: I start to write but I can't stop thinking about the Other Thing. I should really be working on the Other Thing, shouldn't I? I mean, the story can wait. It doesn't have a deadline. But someone is waiting for the Other Thing. Sure, they said I could take my time but it's been days/weeks/months already...I'll just stop writing for a little while and go finish the Other Thing real quick and then I'll be able to write without anything hanging over my head!

That's how it starts, anyway.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Typical Conversation With My Husband

While watching Cutthroat Island...

Him (about the male lead): Is that Orlando Bloom?
Me: No.
Him: It looks like Orlando Bloom.
Me: No it doesn't.
Him: I think it's Orlando Bloom.
Me: This movie's old. Orlando Bloom was like four years old when it was made. (Okay, he was eighteen - my math is not so hot. But this actor looks like he's at least thirty).
Him: Go look it up.
Me: I know I'm right, you go look it up.
The actor takes off his wig.
Him: Oh, that's Matthew Modine.

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Buckethead and Egghead"


Buckethead and Egghead was my first completed book. I co-wrote it at the age of eight with a girl named Tess while we were at a dude ranch. I think my grandmother suggested it as a way for us to stay busy, probably while it was raining. We told her the story, she typed it up, printed it out and then had us illustrate it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Welcome and "The Great Emerald"

Welcome to my writing blog! I'm Cat Carlisle and I'm new to writing. I've finished two novels (thanks to National Novel Writing Month) and have written a few short stories. Nothing published so far, but that's okay because my goal right now is to improve my writing and to find some interesting stories to tell.

So what's my writing history? Not much, really. I was one of those kids who had lots of ideas for stories but never wrote more than a couple pages before giving up. Since I'm a little nervous talking about my current projects, I though I'd start off my blog by telling you about some of the stories I attempted to write when I was little.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Contact Me

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I'm reluctant to post my email address online because I'll just end up getting more spam than actual email. I think this way will work the best because nobody's email address will end up online. Thank you for your understanding.