Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday's at the Piedmont Grille

On Today's Menu -- Funny.

I'm supposed to be in revisions. I have found out two things about myself during this process.

I have a muse. Who decided, just as I finished cleaning my office and desk to work on said revisions, wacked me upside the head with Ellis' story.

Chrystal clear in my head, words sprang forth on the new word doc. I'm in 5k. I, who never outlines, outlined in my pants. Twice. I'm not supposed to tell you, this is my secret NaNo project.

I'm also not supposed to tell you about the muse. He thinks, you think, I've already lost my mind for talking to my characters. He fears for my sanity if I tell you about him. He's brand new and shiny, right out of the box. I've never met him before this weekend. He's very nice. Handsome. Dresses a little too grundge for me, but the kilt and work boots looked very nice.

He's brilliant. Utterly brilliant. Has a mind like a steel trap. He presented Ellis to me in such a way, I was, quite literally, taken aback. I had to write it down. I had to write the story down.

And in so doing, pushed off revisions. Has this ever happened to you?

All set and ready to go on one project and then, BLAM, out of nowhere comes this freaking magic and you say to yourself, "let me just get a pen and jot that down." One word becomes three, then five, now 5000.

I'm like, wtf. I've got to get the revisions started and finished. But Ellis, man, Ellis is a character that's been stewing for awhile. He's got angst. Oh my God, this poor man. Tortured. He's going to be such a pleasure to write.

The second thing I found out about myself -- I can amuse myself with a pen. Please, get your mind out of the gutter. I shall share my hilarity.

I mentioned in a letter to a friend I had found the Obi-Wan of crit partners.
He was a master beta.

I didn't, of course, mean it it to come out that way, but you gotta admit, that's funny.

Do any of you have an good one-liners?

Have a great weekend. Get some writing done.

28 comments:

Christi Goddard said...

I'm trying to write MS 3, but MS 4 keeps distracting me. I keep writing down notes for the 4th one, and I might just have to give up #3 and work on #4 to shut it up.

Jaydee Morgan said...

A muse in a kilt and work boots sounds like fun - especially when the magic happens. Great job on the 5K!

Sorry, no one-liners...I'm lame that way ;)

The Las Vegas Writer said...

Still haven't met my muse. Lucky for you! I'm hoping to get some writing done this weekend. I haven't worked on my major project for almost two weeks! Ah!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I find with writing, when it rains, it floods. Either I'm blocked or drowning in story ideas. Drowning rocks! Good luck with the new story.

My FaceBook status today is a one-liner:

Does my aura look big in this?

:D Happy Weekend!

Anne R. Allen said...

Those moments of magic are what we live for, aren't they? But beware--the muse can be a fierce taskmaster. Take care of your carpal tunnels!

Liza said...

The revisions will always be there waiting. Enjoy the free flow!

Linda G. said...

Master Beta? Snort! Too funny.

Crimey said...

Anne, of course your muse is handsome. :)

I just started a new project and didn't realize I was so close to Nano. I've never done it, maybe this is my year.

lotusgirl said...

Oooo! Ellis!

Clarissa Draper said...

Well, whatever project you're working on, I hope it goes well. See you at Nano!

CD

Elliot Grace said...

...sitting at my desk picturing a set of hairy legs jutting out from under a plaid skirt...and grimacing!

Master Beta...well, if he can help sell the WIP, I'll look past the plaid:)

Funny stuff...have a great weekend!

Mac said...

I try to be a master beta every day...

Summer Ross said...

I collect pens- so i can understand your amusement with them :) Great line- I'm not really good at one-liners but once in awhile I can find a good one.
Have a great day

Shelley Sly said...

Good luck with your new Nano project! Your muse sounds hilarious, and I snorted at your one-liner. :)

The Words Crafter said...

For some reason, I'm picturing Gerard Butler...and I'm terribly, completely hooked-just by your description!!!!! Hurry! Let him speak!

DL Hammons said...

Master Beta! That is classic!!

Stephen Tremp said...

Master Beta is a guy staple. Say it like Austin Powers and laugh. Its always funny. I used to say, "It's like a bent dick. You can't beat it." Can I say that here? Apologies, but you asked.

Stephen Tremp

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, go with the flow of the new inspiration!

Donna Hole said...

Sadly, one liners and I have never been friends. I borrow mine from others :)

Awesome that you have a new idea. Go with it while the writing mood is there. I'm sure your character Ellis will be all the richer for it.

Have a good day Anne.

.........dhole

E. Elle said...

That's definitely happened to me before. Right now, fortunately, the loudest voices in my head are the characters I'm writing about. I love having multiple projects brewing but I prefer focusing on one at a time so I don't spread myself too thin.

Ann Best said...

Go for it, whenever that wonderful muse strikes!

I hope you had a thrilling weekend.
Ann

Susan Fields said...

So glad to hear you're inspired - what an awesome feeling that is! The revisions will still be there when you're ready for them. I've missed your blog on my break - I'm so glad to be back!

Amie B said...

ha ha! love the kilt. it was plaid, of course, right?

writing is the best procrastion on the planet for me. it's much better than housework. :)

Mesmerix said...

Just wanted to let you know, you won something today at my blog. Congratz!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, congratulations! I saw that you just won over at Scribler to Scribe.

notesfromnadir said...

So you've met your Master Beta Muse now! Great, I can tell you 2 are getting along famously if you're already 5K words into your project. All I can say is enjoy the flow! :)

Jayne said...

I think I fancy your muse. Just sayin'. :)

I am nearly always itching to go on the next thing before I totally finish the previous. This time around I have had to really sit on my hands and finish before I start anything new. But that doesn't stop me from thinking and planning and plotting...bwhahaha...

Lola Sharp said...

Ha! :) I'm lousy at one-liners...but...

I like your muse!! Get on his story, stat! (I likes 'em grunge!) (I'm thinking those boots are beat of Doc Martins, yes? HOT.)

Are you doing Nano this year? If so, please buddy me, if you like, at:
the-sharp-pen