Hubby and I just watched this movie: THE SIMPLE LIFE OF NOAH DEARBORN. I highly recommend it–a sweet, poignant film starring the wonderful Sidney Poitier. I know it’s available on Netflix.

A hat tip to Robin Lee Hatcher for recommending this one–it’s great. All about loving what you do . . . and I can relate to that, as can my hubby.

Speaking of work, here’s a WIP update. Friday I finished what was mostly a second draft (though a lot of it was first-draft), and was feeling pretty good until I sat down today and started going over my plot skeleton.

Uh oh. Bleakest moment–no good. Deep structure? Missing key points. This is what happens when you let the characters take you away–they don’t know a thing about story structure. 🙂

So tomorrow will be a triage day–I sit down and make a list of things to fix, then I jump pack in again. Every pass makes the book better.



  1. Christina Berry

    I’m just starting my second draft and I’m hoping to find good things. I had a four page outline I worked off of for the first draft. Very seat-of-the-pants for me. (Mom and I outlined the whole plot of our last book on 3×5 cards and didn’t stray a bit.)

    Tomorrow, I’m planning on making a chart of my main charcters and noting their emotional and physical arc over the course of the book and praying they stayed on track!

  2. Accidental Poet

    Tomorrow I’m slinking off into a corner and learning to KNIT.

  3. Angela

    Anything’s possible, Susan–but why settle for good when you can approach GREAT?

    A great book pushes your character to his/her limits.

    And I know how to knit. 🙂 Been a while, but I love it.


  4. Accidental Poet

    Sigh. Yeah, I know how to knit too. It was an easily negotiatable learning curve, and I did a lot less whining.

  5. Tina

    A friend of mine has temporarily put her writing aside to practice weaving on a loom. I kid you not. It’s turning out to be what inspires her.

    After hearing her stories about the challenges of weaving, I think I’ll keep braving it out at the keyboard.

  6. Christina Berry

    Since you brought up knitting…my daughter(8) and I learned how to knit yesterday. She had saved up her allowance to buy a $12 Fun & Easy Knit-a-Bear. Four hours after we had opened it and were still trying to figure out how to hold the yarn in our left hand, she announced, “It says FUN and EASY, but it’s not!”

    We finally figured it out. 😉

  7. Cheryl Klarich

    I crochet because you only have to deal with one tool… how sad is that?

  8. Suzanne

    Thanks for the video recommendation. I got online at my library and requested it. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it before…can’t wait for it to come in!


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