April 21st, 2009

Your First Draft Doesn't Have to Suck

I'm working on an article about blogs for the GSHW newletter.  While I was choosing which journal to focus on for this month, I came across an interesting post by author and editor L.J. Sellers, over at workingstiffs' blog spot:  http://workingstiffs.blogspot.com/2009/04/your-first-draft-doesnt-have-to-suck.html#links

I like her take on outlines.  We share the same approach, though she describes her method far better than I ever manage. 

She also writes for The Blood Red Pencil, in my opinion, a must read for all serious writers.  If anyone knows of any other useful blogs (not already listed on my friends page), I'd appreciate you letting me know.

  • Current Mood
    cheerful cheerful

The Calm After the Storm

The last couple of weeks have been fun, but more hectic than I usually prefer.  First, we had a wedding to attend.  The following Monday, my (much) older brother and his wife came over from England for a visit.  It was great to see them, but after a few days, I noticed my daughters withdrew into themselves a bit (their way of coping with a change in the routine).  By the end of the week, Emma had pretty much become a hermit in her bedroom, Rachel kept herself in the basement, playing the computer, or lazing on the sofa bed.  That's not to say that they didn't join us for meals of course , and they surfaced for hugs and cuddles at regular intervals.

Aside from withdrawing, Emma must have felt left out after her sister's trip to the hairdresser (see earlier post), so she gave herself a 1920's style self-cut (as opposed to Rachel's GI Jane look).  I have to admit, though it needed seeing to, she didn't do a bad job.  Needless to say, we've hidden all remaining sharp objects and are watching their older brother like a hawk, in case he decides to tinker with his do.

Last night's storm kept everyone awake, so we're all walking around like extras on a George A. Romero movie, but all in all, things have calmed down.

Normal service has been resumed.

I hope.

  • Current Mood
    tired tired

Favorite TV ads at www.tellyads.com

My friend Cole: cole_imagines posted a rant about misleading advertisements the other day.  It got me to thinking about some of my favorites over the years. 

I found a great site: www.tellyads.com, where you can watch some classic ads from yesteryear.

In the UK, we had the decades of PG Tips ads - comedy sketches featuring cleverly dubbed chimpanzees dressed up as actors.  I still laugh when I think of the piano-movers one.  The one thing they had in common was that they all ended up drinking the tea.
I hadn't seen it in thirty years, but I still remembered the fantastic ad for Tunes (a throat-soothing lozenge), featuring clever cuts of Darth Vader from the original Star Wars Movie in a revised version of the scene where Darth finds a colleague's lack of faith in the Force disturbing. 

If I had to choose a favorite since moving to the US, I'd have to pick between the Verizon advert - "I told you to come alone", and the Pepsi one where Ozzy Osbourne has the nightmare about Donny & Marie Osmond.

If you have a better one, why not post a link?

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    Thin Lizzy: Johnny the Fox