The summer is in full swing here in Arizona, with desert temperatures expected to climb to 110 again this week. The monsoon has also arrived, and with it, the dust storms and (maybe) rains. Check out the picture below- believe it or not, a mountain range is hidden behind that dust wall somewhere!
With all that heat and dust, the local triathlon racing season is in hiatus until the Fall. On a fun note, this is National Triathlon Week. Celebrations abound, and giveaways and events can be found here.
The summer break gives me more time to focus on my fantasy manuscript. For my family, this translates to rolls and rolls of butcher paper and plotting Post Its stretched across the
floor, with the ever-present promise that it will all be put away "tomorrow."
In other news, my non-fiction handbook on creating realistic perilous drug scenes for characters, is being pitched by Amy Collins of Talcott Notch to publishing houses. It's definitely an exciting time. I'll let you know how it goes- what an interesting learning experience this process has been. I've gotten great direction from Amy on edits to the manuscript, which should also help keep me busy until next racing season.
Where is your journey taking you this summer?
On We Merrily Stumble
In case you missed them, my newest blog posts are linked below. There's a little for everyone:
- Part 1 of a series on conquering the daunting triathlon race transition,
- Support for writers struggling with stormy writing days, and
- Tips on ending the cycle of write-edit-write-edit to avoid turning your manuscript into an ugly, angry attack hamster!
Worthy reads online:
This month's author to check out:
Story Engineering, by Larry Brooks: No, he isn't an indie author, but I was blown away by the simple and logical format Larry delineates for purpose of each plot point, the requirements for each surrounding scene, and his more relatable terminology (no more talk of a character "living in his essence," but real and tangible terms).
In fact, I loved this so much I replaced every cell in my story beat excel spreadsheet with new calculations for this format. The result? I actually feel like I know how to arc my story and characters. (Time will tell, though!).
For those of you wondering how voice can be utilized in a nonfiction text book, Larry offers a fun and sarcastic wit, turning what could be extremely dry material into an entertaining valuable tool.
Give it a try. It's worth the money.
Check back over the next week or two for information on:
- For Triathletes:
- Triathlon race reviews
- Race nutrition
- For Writers:
- Why overdose scenes don't have to be lethal
- The new trend in hallucinogenic parenting (really!)