A Few Favorite Quotes

I remember years ago in school absolutely hating my honors English class I had to take.  Looking back now, I realize what an idiot I was…I’m a writer, for goodness sakes.  Wouldn’t it be logical to soak up every second in writing-based classes?  Apparently, I didn’t understand back then, what I do now.  The symbolism in that class, could have taken my writing to the next level.  Now, sadly, I’m forced to learn through experience and time.

Which brings me to my point.  (Do you ever chat with a writer and wonder WHAT their original point was by the time they finish the conversation?)  I’m head over heels in love with symbolism these days.  Movies, other books, music, everyday conversation, etc.  You can read symbolism into anything; even if it’s not meant to be there.

Remember my question above?  The reason for this post, is simply a list of my all-time favorite quotes.  The reason I mention the symbolism is generally my “favorite” things or sayings, have underlying meanings that mean something to me. I like to think it’s the writer in me that has my thoughts so horribly scattered, and not that I might need medication!  Which brings me to my number one…

1)  Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. (E. L. Doctorow – many fantastic quotes on writing can be found from Mr. Doctorow)

And the rest….

2)  There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination.  (Willy Wonka)

3)  You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.  (Nicholas Sparks)

4)  There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.  (Ernest Hemingway)

5)  I decided as long as I’m going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly.  (Stephanie Meyer)

6)  Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.  (Oscar Wilde)

7)  A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.  (Marilyn Monroe)

8)  Everything you can imagine is real.  (Pablo Picasso)

9)  Fear can be a potent aphrodisiac.  (Kele Moon)

10)  Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.  (Mark Twain)

And a personal favorite:  Scarlett has a candy cane exterior that hides the soul of a succubus.

I’m sure there’s hundreds more.  If I can just slow my brain down long enough to write them all down.  Perhaps after the meds kick in…

Temptation

As a romance writing, I’ve come to realize temptation is the number one ingredient in any good love story.  Temptation can be a silver-tongued, red-eyed snake or the warm lips of a gorgeous man, each can be disguised as the other.  My father’s favorite saying is “The only thing I can’t resist, is temptation”.  After many years of writing and living in this world, I agree with the quote wholeheartedly.

Temptation can be described in so many ways:  An invisible black hole.  Living in the deepest recesses of your soul, always churning, waiting for your weakest moment when it can pull you down and into another world.  An alternate reality, that’s anything but real.  Pure imagination that’s the furthest from “pure” you can conceive in your own mind, depending on your level of insanity.  Personally, my minds eye is as deranged as the most intense movie characters.  Ever see “The Cell” with Jennifer Lopez?  The majority of the movie, is inside a sadistic, serial killers mind…it’s vicious and wicked.  It’s perfection.

The same type of enticement is almost always camouflaged in the body of that untouchable person, that fantasy man that fills your dreams or the vivacious redhead that you can almost taste, but is just out of your grasp.  What happens when you step over the boundary, the minute you pop that bubble between reality and fantasy.  When instead of that temptation resting peacefully in your illusions, you’ve made contact with that person.  Do you feel guilt or elation?

For me, that’s the point of no return.  The best feeling of naughty versus nice, tempting your fate and suddenly staring at the moment that you have to make a choice.  That unsure jolt coursing through you at a breakneck speed, begging for something, slowly killing a part of you until you make a decision.  Either step back, over the line into your safe world and be free of the choice between good versus evil.  Or enclose yourself in the dark realm of delectable utopia, but have to deal with any consequences of your actions.

I tend to sway toward temptation more than not.  That taboo feeling, a taste of the forbidden.  It’s my kryptonite.

I root for the dangerous, darker heart in every story.  Rhett in Gone with the Wind.  Edward in Twilight.  Noah in The Notebook.  The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera.  And one of my personal favorites, the bad boy of all my fantasies…Eric in True Blood.

Looking at that list, I’m forced to mention – I do have a slight vampire fetish, but it’s less “un-dead bloodsucking creature” and a little more “dark, sensual beast”, that you know deep down, is in pain and only desires to be desired.

Digressing…

Anyway, back to temptation.

The best romance stories revolve around temptation.  The girl can’t be with her fantasy man that’s just shown up on her doorstep because…insert reason here.  There always has to be a “can’t have him” problem that doesn’t necessarily have to be solved by the end of the story.  She’s promised to another.  He’s “bad” for her in some way.  He threatens her uncomplicated life.  He forces her to make a choice, a choice that at the beginning of a story is easy…which is why that choice doesn’t come for several pages in.

My current manuscript, my heroine can’t have what she wants because her hero happens to be threatening her survival, her way of life, the home she’s treasured.  She’ll do anything to stop him, he’ll do anything to have his way.

It’ll be temptation that ruins them.  Ruins their original goals to destroy each other.  Inevitably, temptation will make them fall…and love every second of their demise.

Giving into temptation is an erotic adventure, only made absolute by the annihilation of the truth you thought you knew.

Write on the Sound

Starting a blog and forcing myself to get out “there” in the world, I’m such an introvert, has already proven to be great for my writing and personality.  Everyone here has been so supportive and amazing.  Some of the posts I’ve read about conferences and workshops had me really thinking about them.  Honestly, the ones I’ve wanted to go to in the past, were too expensive.  I know they are, by far worth the money, but I have twin 2 year olds and a horrible amount of debt from a past marriage.  For me to request from my husband a few $100 for a “personal weekend” away at a writing conference, just wasn’t in the cards.

Until I started this blog and, after only a week or two of learning how beneficial these conferences can be, I think it got me thinking about it a lot more.

Absently flipping through one of my writer’s digest magazines, I stumbled across a 1/4 page advertisement for Write on the Sound.  A conference that opened it’s registration this week!  And it just happens to be about 10 minutes from my sisters house up north on Puget Sound.  It didn’t take longer than 24 hours to talk to my husband and find out if he would let me do it for my birthday this year.  I’m turning 35, so I keep thinking maybe that’s a good fork in the road age, to really put my whole heart and any available time into the craft.

Originally, my husband was going to order me the Dragon software and a digital tape recorder.  I drive about an hour during the day, back and forth from work, and since I’m so horribly swamped, it’s a great time for ideas to fly around in my mind.  I thought maybe attempting to “write” during that time with the recorder might be a great time saver and get me even further along.  Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this?  Anyone think it’s a bad place to spend money or better option that works well for them?  Just curious.

After hearing about the conference, my husband was adamant I should go.  He’s extremely supportive about my writing, even though I haven’t been published yet.  The really great thing is that he said even though I would be using my “birthday wish” on the conference instead of the software – he still wants to get all of it for me, if I still wish to have it.  That’s pretty great, I’m excited I don’t have to “choose” between the two.

Anyway, sorry for the digression.

I’m wondering if anyone has any advice or thoughts on my choice?  Feel free to check out the conference here:

http://www.writeonthesound.com

I should probably register before advertising to everyone else 😉  But if anyone is interested and in the area, it’d be great to hear your thoughts or if you’re planning on attending!

Thanks for reading …

UPDATE:

So I figured I should probably register now rather than wait, since it sounds like they sell out pretty quickly.  Unfortunately, even though registration was only a couple of days ago, 3 of the *main* lectures that I was so thrilled about, is already sold out.  Now I’m really questioning my desire to go.  I know I’ll still get a lot out of it, I would with any conference like this.  But knowing I only really have “one” option at least this year, for something like this, I just wonder if I should hold back and look for a different option.

I’m sort of considering joining Romance Writers of America instead this year for my birthday.  It’s even less expensive, until join a chapter anyway.  🙂

New thoughts on RWA?  I have only heard great things, but …if anyone has advice or suggestions, knowing I’m stretched for money.  Is this something I should pursue now?  Or do you think it’s best to wait until I’m further along?  All questions I’m asking myself.

New Writer…coming through…

Welcome to my blog…

This is my first post.  Mainly because I hated seeing “Nothing Found” when I ran over to my main page.  It’ll take a little time for me to get settled and write my “first” real post.

A quick note about myself.

I write romance.  More specifically, category romance and hope to eventually be published under the Harlequin name.  I’ve been writing since I can remember, as far back as 4th or 5th grade, for sure.  And always romance…which makes me wonder if I was exposed to too many things at a young age.

I’ve written many stories, but only finished one complete manuscript.  It’s currently sitting on a desk, or rather a computer at Harlequin as we speak.  My second novel has started and I’ve really flown through word count, after two weeks – over 6,500 so far.

Basically, I’m hoping by entering the “Blogosphere” and trying to keep writing in the forefront of my mind, that maybe I’ll be able to finish my second manuscript.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to posting more in-depth and interesting posts in the future!