Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Two Sentence Tuesday -- Plodding Along

The rewrite is coming along. It's slow. I distract easily. I was looking up another word for studded yesterday and by the time I raised my eyes from The Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary I'd forgotten what I went in for.
 Oh well, the search was fun.

Also yesterday I started reading Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche by Robert A. Johnson ( HarperSanFrancisco, 1991) Here's a sample:
"It is more disrupting to find that you have a profound nobility of character than to find out you are a bum. Of course you are both; but one does not discover these two elements at the same time."

This struck me for a few reasons including, but not restricted to, it's great to keep in mind when playing with characters.
The season has made me generous.
Here's a whole paragraph from Saintree

"The snipe dived again and laughed. Coyotes spread the news.  A hoot owl responded to a call. A woman's high –pitched scream told her a cougar was on the prowl. Those who slept wasted the deep, sensual beauty of a summer's night."

Snipe on a fence post.
Thanks for reading me. I really appreciate it.
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the Bag Lady said...

"..Those who slept wasted the deep, sensual beauty of a summer's night."

Excellent, cousin!

(wv: "furpine" - fuzzy tree?)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you so much, cousin.
Love the WV. I think I might use that animal/plant in something.

David Cranmer said...

Yep, the Bag Lady highlighted my favorite line as well. Very nice.

Laura K. Curtis said...

Fabulous! I'm with the majority here in loving that last line. (I also adore alliteration, can't you tell?)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, David.

Laura, thanks so much.

Bossy Betty said...

Love the quotes--both of them!

messymimi said...

Excellent lines, agree that the last is amazing.

No one is totally evil or totally good, a very smart thing to keep in mind with characters.

Reb said...

Johnson has the right of it. I love your lines, and the 'sensual beauty of a summer's night'. Good photo of the snipe.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you kindly, Bossy Betty.

Messymimi, thank you. I'm glad I found this book. It's given me much to consider.

Reb, Thank you so much. The snipe pic was done with my old Fujifilm camera. It did a reasonable job.

Dawn said...

Ah YES! "Those who slept wasted the deep, sensual beauty of a summer's night"... My absolute favorite line of all!!
I feel like this every time my head hits the pillow. I wonder what it is I'm missing...even in the winter:)

Leah J. Utas said...

Dawn, thanks so much.
It's gratifying to know my writing is such a hit.

Clare2e said...

You probably don't need it, but ME, too! And the last line is so good because of the lead-up to it. All that sensory that makes "sensual" make sense. *clear as mud?*

Ron Scheer said...

This dark/light business interests me. I hope you'll share some more of that book.

Leah J. Utas said...

Clare, I always need your opinion.
Thanks. I put the whole paragraph in for a sense of place. I'm glad I did.

Ron, thanks. I will.

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Cheryl Kohan said...

"deep, sensual beauty of a summer's night..." Yep, that's a keeper.

I distract easily, too.