dippity do

chrysanthemummondrian.jpgChrysanthemum, Piet MondrianI ate lunch at my desk (a bagel with salmon spread) and hied off to the Starbuck’s to spend an hour reading the chapter on writing dramatic scenes in Make A Scene (by Jordan Rosenfeld) and doing story notes in my journal. I’m anxious about fitting in certain important information without falling into dull exposition and dragging down the narrative and at the same time keep Ferrant moving toward the change he’s going to undergo. I like the scenes I’ve written about him so far, and don’t want the flow to stop. Rosenfeld supplied the answer–simple: build up to his change. Building up to it gives me room to write about the other stuff that needs to be there, and then, when I reach Ferrant’s dramatic turning point, it’ll be great! I’ll get the effect I want. Yay!

Books read in 2007

  • Making A Literary Life, Carolyn See
  • Daughter of Hounds, Caitlin Kiernan
  • Take Joy, Jane Yolen
  • The Fantastic Art of Jacek Yerka
  • In the Snow Forest, three novellas by Roy Parvin
  • Storm Runners, T. Jefferson Parker
  • Twentynine Palms, Deanne Stillman
  • Los Angeles Noir, edited by Denise Hamilton
  • Reading Like A Writer
  • By Cunning & Craft, Peter Selgin
  • The Prestige, Christopher Priest
  • How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt & Live Prosperously, Jerrold Mundis
  • Perfectly Plum
  • god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens
  • Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
  • Bitten & Smitten, Michelle Rowen
  • His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik
  • The End of Faith, Sam Harris
  • Ride The Pink Horse, Dorothy B. Hughes
  • Of Human Bondage, Somerset Maugham
  • How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, Ariel Gore
  • Blue Moon, Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Fanged and Fabulous, Michelle Rowen
  • Rain Fall, Barry Eisler 
    1. Movies Seen In 2007  

      1. Notes on a Scandal
      2. Pan’s Labyrinth
      3. The Messengers
      4. Smokin’ Aces, 2/15/07 (ICK! A case of Thursday night desparation.)
      5. Breach
      6. Amazing Grace (Great movie!)
      7. Lucky You (ICK! Except for Eric Bana)
      8. 28 Weeks
      9. Spiderman 3
      10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End  (Loved it.)
      11. Ocean’s 13 (good, clever dialogue, great interaction between George Clooney and Brad Pitt)
      12. Waitress
      13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
      14. The Bourne Ultimatum (First one good; second one even better.)
      15. Stardust (Very good)
      16. 3:10 To Yuma (Superb performances by Christian Bale and Russell Crowe)
      17. American Gangster (Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Excellent!)
      18. I Am Legend
      19. Atonement (Keira Knightley and James MacAvoy. Brilliant.)


      4 thoughts on “dippity do

      1. Just wanted you to know I’m enjoying reading your blog, and I’ve added you to my blogroll.

        Great list of books! I’ve been looking for something new to read as I just finished one. Thanks!

      2. watched i am legend a few weekends ago, it was okay, the zombies were a bit cheezey i dare say, the underlying spirituality i dug tho

      3. Hey film guy, thanks for the comment. I read the book many years ago; the movie didn’t quite measure up. d:)

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