Monday, April 17, 2017

Let Me Tell You A Story & #AtoZChallenge 2017 & Those Tomatoes!

Let me Tell You A Story about. . .my movie cast for Double Negative. For a few weeks I'll be sharing my cast and a bit about them.

Amy Schumer

Casting Nyla and Maggie was challenging. I imagined them as strong, unique females characters.  

Here's a Nyla line after one of the "mean girls" tries to embarrass her in class: 

“I would take the time to tell you exactly how inane, how deplorably bad your taste and sense of propriety are, but since you do not have the capacity for processing more than a single syllable or a single idea at a time, I won’t waste my breath.”

 Yay for Nyla!

Maggie was a joy to create. Smart, feisty, 70, and now facing a final challenge in her life. While writing this story I wondered who was saving whom. Was Maggie saving Hutch or Hutch saving Maggie? Here's Maggie as I imagined her, and one short scene where she's describing her appointment with a psychiatrist. 

“Oh, he meant well, but that last question made me snap. ‘Who’s the president?’” 
“Uh oh.” The priest leans back in his chair, his hands behind his head. “And you told him, right?”
“You bet. A tax and spend liberal who shouldn’t be licensed to drive a car let alone run a country. That’s who.” 
Heather’s rubbing her eyes.
“Of course, then I backed up because I realized this kid had voted for him.” She turns to her daughter. “I gave him the answer, Heather.”

One Reviewer Says: "I really loved Nyla and Maggie. They're very different, but both brilliant and—in Maggie’s case—hysterical, and I am literally sitting here at my computer grinning just thinking about them."

Double Negative

Here are a couple more #AtoZ Challengers that I'm enjoying from the sidelines this year. Give them a visit, and you won't be disappointed. The theme here is Materials in Mythology and Speculative Fiction, so if you're a sci-fi reader, this one's for you! And if you want some Speculative Fiction with a Telepathic twist, visit J. Lennie Dorner on his daily post from A to Z.

Tomato Report: They've been moved to the sunnier greenhouse and soaking up the rays of this April.

Quote of the Week: This meme says it all!

Do you like to read about feisty female characters regardless of their age? Are you visiting some interesting A to Z blogs this year? Are you at all passionate about garden-fresh tomatoes?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Let Me Tell You A Story & #AtoZChallenge 2017 & Tomatoes?

Let me Tell You A Story about. . .after the fun of seeing Double Negative in print, I decided to have some more fun and create a movie cast for my characters. For a few weeks I'll be sharing my cast and bit about them. 

Brant Daugherty

The MC was easy. Brant Daugherty's the perfect Hutchison McQueen. He's a bright kid who's virtually illiterate and living in home where he's either abused or ignored. 

Here's the first time you meet Hutch.

 Kranski’s office might as well be home. I spend more time with him than I do with Dee Dee, and for good reason: the principal’s friendlier than my mom. 

Double Negative


I have Winners to Announce: 
Rachel, Cassey, Laurel, Katy, Katie, Theresa
Their books are on the way!

While I didn't take the challenge this year, I have been visiting some bloggers who did. Here's someone I just discovered and enjoyed a lot. You might want to give Chris Votey a visit. His theme is great fun. Don't miss Hilary's posts. As always they're the best and D will have you in stitches. Ducks do that!

And about those tomatoes! I'm going to start my Monday Tomato Report. I never plot my books, but each year I plot how I'm going to have the juciest, the freshest, the most amazing tomatoes on the planet. And this year, I'm going to share that progress with you.

SEEDS from Tomato Bob! 

Yes, there is a Tomato Bob, and each year I order my hybrid seeds from him. He sends me a cheery note and these delicate little packets of potential. Then in February I plant all of that potential in loamy soil and set them in the greenhouse.

Here are my little greenhouse darlings in March!

Quote of the Week: "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad." Brian O'Driscoll, Irish Athlete

Does Hutch get to you with this beginning? Are you doing or following others on the A to Z Challenge? Do you wait all year for the perfect tomato? 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

#IWSG Peeps. . .Why Tackle the Alphabet in April?

#YASH is still on until 4/9 NOON. Check out the hundreds of books to win!

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Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh

The question is optional! 

April 5 Question: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

The awesome co-hosts for the April 5 posting of the IWSG will be Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!

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I can't even remember how or why I started doing the A to Z Challenge. What attracted me to it was all of the fascinating themes people chose. I learned so much that I had to repeat the experience for several years in a row. Not only did I learn from others, but I learned a lot about the theme I chose. I'm missing it this year, but I hope to be back in 2018. 

As to the second part of this question, I'd say the results were that I connected with a lot people who in turn connected me with others. 

Learning new things and connecting with others are two reasons I keep coming back for a month of alphabetizing.

How's everyone doing on the Insecure front these days? Are you doing the A to Z Challenge 2017? Why? Why not?