Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two Sentence Tuesday -- Something New

Writing hasn't progressed much lately. I've been stuck on the synopsis for Dead Broke and it's more of a dead weight than anything. I have a workable draft ready, but haven't honed it. I think it's because I've got no pressing need for it.
Currently 16 of the 25 query letters I've sent out are on the loose, eight have garnered rejections, and one has resulted in a request for a partial. I'll be waiting a bit longer before sending out another wave and until I do the synopsis can fester to its cold, dark, heart's content.
Bound wasn't getting anywhere. I could not get a handle on it. I realized that I'd done too much set up work for it. I'm a pantser, not a planner, and all the world-building I did used up my energy.
It got one last read over before I took it out behind the hard drive and put it out of my misery.  Some of the ideas will go into my latest WIP, Harvest. 
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Here's a wee taste:
She slipped into bed and stared up at the plain ceiling. The presence was still there, sliding around the back of her neck to her throat, threatening to choke her.
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I had the disappointment of reading Mary Poppins last week. While it had some good scenes, and some good ideas like how the infant twins could talk to the birds, and how Mary Poppins understood and was loved by animals, she came across as a horrid, cold, bitch most of the time. Something wonderful would happen and as soon as it was over she would disavow all knowledge of it and as much as call her young charges liars.
She sniffed derisively a good lot of the time. It's a fine description, but it was overused to the point I wondered if she was a cokehead.
All that aside Pamela Lyndon Travers was a successful published author of several books, had a movie made out of Mary Poppins, and lived a good, long life. 
Good on her.
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Two sentences from Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, (Harcourt, 1997)
" 'What?' said John and Barbara together in very surprised voices. 'Really? You mean they understood the Starling and the Wind and --'
'And what the trees say and the language of the sunlight and stars--of course they did. Once,' said Mary Poppins."

The language of sunlight
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Thanks for coming by and having a read. I appreciate it.
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David Cranmer said...

I followed your link to learn more of Travers. A long life she lived and she published several books of Poppins which I didn't know. And now I want to know more of the twins she separated. How could someone do that?

Sorry to hear about BOUND because I know the feeling. I also junked a full length novel this past week because it was lifeless.

Leah J. Utas said...

David, she led an interesting life and good for her for standing up to Disney, but I found her separating twins appalling.
Thanks for your kind words about the former WIP. It was difficult, but necessary.

Laurita said...

Request for a partial is good news. Hopefully there will be more in those queries that are still in the wind.

I had to laugh at your description of Mary Poppins as a cokehead. Don't you hate it when a writer harps on those favourite phrases?

Bossy Betty said...

Love your sentences. I had never thought to read Mary Poppins. I never trusted her--not even in the Disney movie.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Laurita. When it comes to pet phrases a little goes a long way.

Thanks, Bossy Betty. Good instincts on The Poppins.

Dorte H said...

Mary Poppins as a cokehead? LOL

And I know so much about rejections that I nearly deleted the email automatically the last time someone BOUGHT one of my stories.

Keep up the good work, and I hope that request will lead to something more.

Reb said...

Sorry to hear about Bound, but I am sure it was for the best. I like your new lines though, very chilling.

I would have been disappointed too reading about a nasty Mary Poppins after having grown up with the Disney version.

Lovely photo.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Reb. BOUND may live on in some of the ideas in HARVEST.
I didn't see the Disney movie though I recall wanting to.

messymimi said...

That was the impression i got from reading Mary Poppins also. Not someone i would want around my kids in her nastier moments.

Sorry about Bound, but congrats on bouncing back and using some of the ideas elsewhere, the signs of someone committed to success.

Ron Scheer said...

You know, of course, that Mary Poppins has been reborn as the Super Nanny... Talk about a tough customer...

Leah J. Utas said...

Dorte, that acceptance must have really caught you off guard.
Thanks for the good thoughts.

Messymimi, glad it's not just me. I really don't see how/why the kids loved her. She was horrid.

I understand it now, Ron.

the Bag Lady said...

Loved the line about taking Bound out behind the hard drive!!

Will go now and read your link about Ms Travers.... separating twins?

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Cousin. Glad you got a kick out of it.
Ms. Travers had an...umm... interesting streak.

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