I’d been wondering what I wanted to blog about and since I have two blogs going on the same day, I thought I’d toss the coin, literally, and talk about both sides of it… Make sense? Probably not, but it will if you read both of blogs. (I know… very devious of me. My bad. <G>)
First of all, my topic is writing. Not everybody who reads these will be a writer, but I think 99% of the people in the world have contemplated writing their story or someone elses… they just maybe haven’t gotten around to doing it.
So… What side of the coin is this… that has to do with writing? The “stuck” side. What happens when you have a story idea… you have the characters and general idea of what you want for them, but no earthly clue how to get them started? OR… you get them started and have no clue where to go? And what if these characters are NO help to you whatsoever? What if they’re not in your ear saying, “Yo, Dee J, this is boring, can you blow up this car or put a sniper on the roof so I can save the love of my life before she’s riddled with bullets?”
I know… you’re laughing at me (and the blank page I’ve posted above). I am too. (Actually, I’m crying, but that’s okay. I’ll get over it. <G>) I always joke that you can tell when I’m stuck in one of my books because I blow something up. That’s not always true. (Although it might be true a little bit of the time. LOL.) I try to come up with a strong enough conflict that will make my characters work hard to overcome. If that conflict is strong enough and my characters are smart enough, they can drive the story. But as I mentioned… what if they don’t feel like sharing with me? There I am, back in stuck city with no power or emergency kit. My brain is dark, my story is begging for some help and I’m looking for inspiration. (To read the other side of this coin, check out my blog at Not Your Usual Suspects today.)
What’s the answer? No really. I’m asking… What’s the answer? Does anyone have any great ways to get unstuck? Is it about the characters, the conflict or all of the above? Are there other factors involved that I’m not even considering?
Okay, talk amongst yourselves…but not too quietly. I’d like to hear what you have to say because currently, I need help!!
Two days ago while Danica Patrick was running in first place during the Nationwide Series race in Montreal, someone threw a shoe onto the track. Danica rolled right over it. Imagine the velocity of the shoe when it kicked up under her car? You can guess… it did some damage. She lost a bracket under the car and ended up in 26th place.
Now, imagine what might’ve happened if she or anyone else rolled over that shoe at a different angle? There might have been a serious chain of events, especially with all those cars running so closely together. It makes every race a Dangerous Race.
When I came up with the idea for Dangerous Race, I never really thought that anyone would throw anything onto the track, but the reality is it’s a possibility (as shown on Saturday when this happened to Danica). If you want to check out what happens when a race car goes over oil on the track… check out the first book in the Adrenaline Highs series. Dangerous Race.
Personally, I’m not nearly brave enough to want to race cars for a living. What about you? Are you a daredevil? Do you like to live life on the edge? Do you like high octane fun?
It’s the first of the month, which means it’s time for another Hollywood story. Since I’ve given you a few that happened so many years ago, I thought I’d tell you something recent.
A few of you may be aware that I worked on Roseanne twenty years ago. (I was Roseanne’s stand-in and dialogue coach.) You also may or may not be aware that she recently shot a new pilot for NBC co-starring John Goodman. (No they were not reprising their roles on Roseanne. They played different characters in a different situation and they weren’t married.) Many of the old crew members were called to work on the show including me, and I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I knew it would be a great reunion.
Speaking of reunion, here’s a pic on set of some of my favorite people in the whole world.
Because the show was a bit on the high profile side (yes, that’s an understatement!), we had some fairly high profile people on the set. Two in particular stood out for me. The first was Ryan Reynolds. And, yes, he’s as gorgeous as you might think! I’ve never met him or worked with him, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying his presence. LOL. But the next guy I spotted… now he is a man I’d worked with. When I saw Matthew Perry, my jaw hit the floor. I hadn’t seen him in about twenty years. I worked with him on his very first show on FOX called, Boys Will Be Boys. It later became Second Chance. Matthew was only sixteen at the time and he was just as funny then as he is now. I walked right up to him and said, “Matthew, you probably don’t remember me, but we worked together on Boys Will Be Boys.” Bless his heart… he smiled and shook my outstretched hand. “I do remember you!” he said. Well, even if he didn’t, he made my day! Later, when I had a few minutes we talked some more and it was great seeing him again. That’s the one thing about Hollywood… it’s a small town and it’s common to run into people at some point in time if you’ve worked with them in the past.
So, not only did I get a reunion from many of my Roseanne cohorts, but I also got an extra benefit to the gig. <G> (If only George Clooney would’ve stopped in! I think we were all hoping for that. LOL.)
What about you? Have you met up with an old acquaintance someplace you didn’t expect to see them?
Congrats to Lindsey and all the Danger Zone winners this week!
Hope you all enjoy the adventure!
Join me on Monday for the release of Dangerously Close! I’ll be blogging at Joan Swan’s place so stop by and say hello for a chance to win a copy!
I can’t believe the next time I’m here it’s going to be announcing the release of Dangerously Close!
Thanks to everyone who came by and congrats to all the winners this week. I hope you enjoy Danger Zone and are primed and ready for Dangerously Close!
The last question of the week:
How man of you like to read stories with animals? Dogs, cats, monkey, whatever? Do you like characters to have furry (or scaly) friends?
We’re coming down to the wire! Only two days left to win your digital copy of Danger Zone!
For a chance to win, answer this question:
Which literary character stands out the most in your mind and why?
Happy Hump Day! We’re getting closer to Dangerously Close!
To win your copy of Danger Zone, comment on this question:
Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
Congrats to Tuesday’s winner… Cris!
Four more chances to win Danger Zone! Who wants to win?
Do you think reading romance has helped you in your own relationships in any way? Are you more aware of how fleeting love can be?
Congratulations to Monday’s winner… Julie!
Only one more week until Dangerously Close hits the cyber shelves!
To celebrate, I’m giving away one copy of Danger Zone every day until Friday.
Comment for a chance to win and remember, if you don’t win one day, you can try again the next! Every day is a fresh start!
For anyone who missed a chance to win Dangerous Race, you can use this coupon code for the month of July and save 20%. CPRS20OFF0712. Check Just Romantic Suspense to find out how you can get other titles at the same discount!
Do you think reading romance gives you a brighter outlook on life? Do you find yourself more hopeful when life gets tough? I’d love to know your thoughts. (Don’t forget to leave your email address. )
Congrats to all the winners of Dangerous Race!
Carol, Cris, Alexa and
Friday’s winner… Lucy!
I hope you all enjoy the ride and I hope to see you back here next week for the Danger Zone give away week!
Until then, have a fantabulous weekend!!