If you're wondering why I haven't been around for a while, it's not because I dropped off the face of the earth, I promise. *sigh* Life does have this habit of getting in the way, doesn't it?
We've had weddings all summer, most of which Mr Themus and I have been doing the music for, then both of his brothers got engaged in the same month so there were engagement parties and associated busyness due to that. Then everyone's been going away left, right and center, which means we've been holding down the fort at home, work and church. Then one of our church members passed away so we were frantically organising the memorial service. Then Mr Themus and I finally got away on a holiday of our own (to the Lake District, with lots of walking and nice, sunny weather!) and we just got back on Saturday evening, so I've been desperately doing washing and trying to make the house liveable again. *double sigh*
So I do still exist, I am still around, it's just that life is ridiculously hectic and I don't know when it will calm down. Mr Themus and I are gaining responsibilities at church and I have two home groups a week that I have homework for, so I'm doing lots of studying at the moment, too.
Novel is totally on pause until I can be bothered to write again. I haven't decided about NaNo yet this year, but I think I'm going to have to skip it.
And can you believe that it's already October? Where did the year go? I'm going to have to start buying Christmas presents soon . . .
My task for this week in the dialogue workshop is to rewrite my scene again, this time focusing on the beats between the dialogue (actions, expressions etc.). I'll go into more detail about what I learned about that next week, as it has quite some potential, I think.
Update summary: Pages Torn (working title): 10/100k (2 chapters complete)
Yay, I hit the 10k mark! Only 90 more to go. :D
This week's workshop exercises are:
To critique the use of dialogue tags and internal monologue in Hemingway's "Hill's Like White Elephants" vs "Mr and Mrs Elliott", and to rewrite my dialogue scene taking into account what I learn through that and the concrit I've received over at fm. So look out for those.
I'm afraid that although I am posting the dialogue scene I'll be working on, I'm posting it friends locked because I'm completely and utterly paranoid about characters, plot, entire storyline, lines of exposition and dialogue being stolen by some unscrupulous fellow. So if you don't see it, it's because I'm paranoid and very protective of my baby. Sorry. Hopefully you'll get to see the better version in print in a year or so :D
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read. 2) Italicise those you intend to read (as in the book is bought and sitting on your shelf). 3) Underline the books you LOVE. 4) Strike out the ones you thought SUCKED.