I love watching the “Outtakes” of digitally animated films. Props and setting in these computer generated projects have a tendency to disappear or distort in unbelievable ways. A great example of this is the set of Bugs Life when the rocks in the canyon suddenly started floating! It was a happy accident, though, and you can see the crazy landscape in the opening scene of Toy Story 2.
In writing, however, a confusing landscape can pull the reader out of the story. For example, if your MC passes a park and a store on the way to school, the park cannot be the first thing your MC passes when coming home. But keep all that straight in your head can be a pain so my advice is
Consider the sound engineer of a
rock n' roll band.
His job is to make the band sound great. He carries around an iPad and listens. If something in the music is out of balance, he adjusts the switches on his app.
In this crazy rock n' roll world we call Life, we can sometimes get out of balance. Just like a band needs a sound engineer to keep us them sounding great, we need someone to keep our life in balance.
We can't do it ourselves, either. Think what would happen if the lead guitarist doubled as the sound engineer. He's just too close to the music to make informed decisions about keeping the entire band in balance.
I'm not going to take this parable much further, because I think the implications are clear. Find your Sound Engineer and even when you're playing too loud or too soft, your life will always be in balance.
I've been neglecting my Science side lately, and I'm changing that now. I just made some No-Cook freezer Jam. I don't know where my husband got the recipe, but here's what I did.
1. Cut off stems and blend two baskets of strawberries to desired consistency.
2. Measure exactly 2 cups of crushed strawberries into a large bowl.
3. Add 4 cups of sugar to the bowl and stir until fully mixed.
4. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. In a separate bowl, mix Certo Liquid Fruit Pectin with 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
6. Add to strawberry mixture. Stir until dissolved.
7. Fill containers to within 1/2 inch of tops, and let stand 24 hours at room temperature. Put in freezer or refrigerator. (Thaw in refrigerator before use.)
Well, I've completed a middle grade book, and I am working on the query for it because I would love to see it traditionally published. (I'm also revising and polishing the manuscript itself - but that's another story). I just received a great critique on Brenda Drake's blog, but comments are not allowed there, so I'm going to do the next best thing: Blog about it here!
Read about the awesome graphic at the bottom of this post.
I used to struggle with this one. To add apostrophe or Not to add apostrophe? Finally I came up with this trick. Change every 'it's' and 'its' to 'it is'. If anywhere it doesn't make sense, change it back to 'its' (no apostrophe). If it does make sense, change it to 'it's' (apostrophe needed).
Effect or Affect?
I am not going to pretend to understand how God made this Earth. All I can do is
theorize. But I do fully understand how Man creates things.
How Man Creates
I'm just taking a moment from all the family fun to invite you to check out my OLD BLOG. It has over 50 posts on it from writing tips to short story "Parables". Advanced apologies to those who read Lectures of a Breast Fed Baby. I know the next lecture, but I keep putting it off.
Hope you have a Happy and Safe 4th!
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)