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I’m getting a lot done on my work+fun trip to Australia. Here is one of the best photos I’ve taken. Just a casual phone snap as I was standing in line to visit the Old Melbourne Gaol. (Note to American readers–that word is pronounced “jail.” Swear.)
There is a whole story in this image. The bride, the insanely huge humvee limo, the driver, the groom…and don’t get me started on the wedding party that poured out after. Suddenly I wasn’t so interested in the gaol.
That’s how it works when writing fiction. You think you’re after one thing–some historical details about the outlaw Ned Kelly, for example–but then the world offers you something else.
A story begins where it ends. And it ends where it begins. For me, the key is to follow the emotional pull. And obviously, this image is a lot more interesting to me than Ned Kelly. I’m excited to see where this writing journey takes me.
Where will your writing journey take you today?
So I’ve been asked how to make a musical slide show to share. Like this one:
Believe me, I am not very technical. You don’t need to be. Get Picasa here (it’s free) and upload the pics you want in the slide show. Click the Download tab and then click “make movie” and open the movie in Picasa. Then click Upload to YouTube and there it is. To add music, click “AudioSwap” and you’ll get a list (huge list) of music you can add.
Voila, you’re the laptop Fellini!
the swimming pool this morning
doesn’t look so swimmable, eh?
the mosaic fish are happy, though. Just including this shot because they’re so pretty, created by Raquel Stanek:
Barkis isn’t used to sunshine in December
Sunshine? What the heck is that?
showing off my handsome profile and natural unclipped doberman ears.
Everybody’s doing a “Year’s Best” — here’s mine, in completely random order:
- best romance novel to re-read: The Windflower by Laura London (aka Tom and Sharon Curtis)
- second-best re-read: Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer
- best best-of list to feature a book by my favorite author (aka, me)
- funniest YA novel: Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors (there is some big upcoming news on this book and I can’t wait for Suz to spill the beans!)
- coolest Nora Roberts book: The Hollow
- novel most likely to send you into therapy: Cost by Roxana Robinson
- best sobfest: Last Kiss by Luanne Rice
- funniest: Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
- most inspiring fiction: Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
- best love-your-body women’s fiction: Bikini Season by Sheila Roberts
- best category romance novel: a tie–The Princess and the Cowboy by Lois Faye Dyer, It’s That Time of Year by Christine Wenger
- best reissued novel for kids: Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee
- most overused device in literary fiction: a dead or missing child 😦
- best serial thriller: Tailspin by Catherine Coulter
- best book you probably haven’t read but should: People of the Book
- stranger-than-fiction nonfiction: Identical Strangers by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein
- best photographs: Life: The Classic Collection
- biggest slog but worth the effort: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
- cutest photographs with coolest story: The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton
- best ending: Run by Ann Patchett
- best holiday themed novel: The Letters by Luanne Rice, tied with A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr
- best escape: Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard
- beach read most likely to make you forget you’re at the beach: The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
- book that’s making all the “best-of” lists that people only pretend to have read: A Mercy by Toni Morrison
- favorite best-of list
- best-of list of books you probably won’t read
- best first novel: Oxygen by Carol Cassella
- best not-yet-published novel: Dog Days by Elsa Watson
- best book about books: Book Lust and More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl