Friday, February 10, 2006

Fiction 101

Captain's Log, Stardate 02.10.2006

Book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway (SAVANNAH FROM SAVANNAH) is here.
My Thursday book giveaway (A HERO FOR DRY CREEK) is here.
You can still enter both of them. Just post a comment on those blog posts.
On Monday, I'll draw the winner for SAVANNAH and post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

Why blog: Thanks for the input yesterday. I'm praying about the whole branding and blogging thing. Pray for me if you get a chance. Thanks, peeps.

Fiction 101: It is thrilling and yet weird at the same time to go to Randy Ingermanson's website and see my ugly mug there. Yes, it's true, I twisted Randy's arm in a Tahitian-shoulder-slinger-death-grip until he agreed to post my picture and my recommendation for his Fiction 101 instructional CD.

If you haven't been able to take Randy's Fiction 101 course, you're totally missing out, you loser. This was one of the best courses I ever took. He taught not only the basics of fiction writing, but he also gave me tips and pointers so I could build on that foundation and craft better and better stories.

He's now selling the CD for Fiction 101 at 40% off if you order before February 13th. You get 50% off if you buy two or more CDs. S&H is free, even if you live overseas.

And no, I don't get any kind of kickback by telling y'all about it. I just think this is a really great instructional CD, because it was a terrific class when I took it.

Bible in 90 Days: Day 33. Still in Job. These verses stuck out for me: But once He has made His decision, who can change His mind? Whatever He wants to do, He does. So He will do to me whatever He has planned. He controls my destiny. Job 12:13-14. God is so mighty and powerful, and yet He cares about me. Who am I to question anything that happens to me? And this is what He says to all humanity: 'The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.' Job 29:28

Writing: Um...I need Robin to crack her whip.

Diet: Did okay yesterday--about 1500, maybe? The eggplant and chicken parmesan was yuuuuuuuuummmmmyyy. But what I've really got to do is more aerobic exercise. I have to get my fat butt on my exercise bike every day.

Today I had a massive lunch because I misread the instructions on my ramen (850). Oh man. I hope to get some walking done this afternoon and to have self control at dinner tonight. I feel so fat. I hate feeling this way. I haven't lost any weight. I just sit and massage my rolls. Isn't that pathetic? Like I can squeeze the fat out of my body. I need a shrink and a stiff drink.

7 comments :

  1. Thanks for the plug, Camy, and thanks for letting me put your cute little mug on my info page for Fiction 101! It looks a whole lot better than my mug.

    I am really excited about getting Fiction 101 out there. I've now taught it at 5 major writing conferences around the country, and it's been extremely well received, but I wanted to make it more accessible (and much MUCH cheaper), because it can be a HUGE financial burden (and a big time commitment) to go to a writing conference.

    The response yesterday was incredible, and I was up till 1 AM dealing with all the email. I'm just about caught up.

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  2. I'm thinking about it. I guess I have until MOnday. :)

    Your LOVELY mug graces any page, Camykins.

    Mir--who is one of those people who likes a HARD COPY MANUAL, so I don't have to wear-tear my printer printing stuff out. So, yeah, I guess I like some heft for fifty bucks plus. One cd= fifty bucks sorta makes my head hurt. If it were 25.99, I'd place an order TODAY. One cd...ONE cd....But, I like Randy, I think he's cool and a nifty writer, and maybe I need this. PONDERING.....

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  3. And uh, Camy...where's your writing update for today?

    And why haven't you called me yet??????????????????????????

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  4. Aw, ain't her purty on Randy's site? The Fiction series looks awesome. :) Oh, I find the Weight Watchers and Lean Cuisine frozen meals make a pretty good lunch. I just finished week 3. I'm hoping to lose some weight before Mount Hermon. :)

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  5. Lynette, I'm not wild about the Smart Ones entrees. Some of the LC are okay. I really like some of the ones I've found at WHOLE FOODS (like the Chicken Tikka Masala). I also like Michael Angelo's veggie lasagna. (5 points, I add fruit and veggies, for a couple more points to fill up better.) I do find I need to have something rich in potassium every time I eat a frozen meal, cause those babies tend to be REALLY REALLY salty, and needs a high-K balance (like a cup of skim milk smoothied up with berries and half a banana or just a cup of unsweetened coconut water.)

    I wish they'd add less salt.

    And yes, is this a weird comment or what?

    Mir

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  6. Hang in there, girl. You'll get there. Me too I hope. LOL!

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  7. Hey, Camykins,

    The coolest thing about Job, literarily and theologically to me: Job never gets an answer. God never explains himself. It's like, "Hey, Jobey-boy, were you there when I put this Cosmos together? No, then YOU don't get to ASK ME questions. I ask YOU questions, bub, and then you get on your knees."

    And, as in any true encounter with the divine in the majesty of his glory, you fall on your face and repent. (See Isaiah.)I'm guessing I'll be doing a lot of that falling on my face thing. (Does that count as aerobic or toning exercise?)

    Call me odd, but Ilike it when God lets his "Do you know who I am" side blaze. It tells me he can kick the bad guy's hineys and not break a sweat. :)

    But Job still has always been tough slogging for me, except for the climactic conclusion. Happy Job-ing.

    Mir

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