Years ago my hubby gave me a copy of Bartlett’s Quotations, which I can lose myself in for hours because there are so many wise and thoughtful things said throughout the ages. It’s tucked onto the “most important” reference shelf on my desk along with my Flip Dictionary. But, the other day, I read a quote on-line about “doing.” I loved what it had to say and instead of reaching for Bartlett’s I stayed on the computer. Using Google, I ended up at brainyquote.com and found out it was attributed to Leonardo daVinci, who definitely had quite a bit of experience in doing.
So, of course I read everything that Leonardo had to say about life, the universe, and everything. Although we can’t meet this genius doesn’t mean we can’t glean something from him in our time. And then I wondered, “What did Michelangelo have to say? Anything quotable?”
Because Michelangelo is mentioned and admired by Grace in Winging It! And he’s going to make an appearance in book two and I was mulling over what would happen in that scene. What did the artist think about? Would there be quotes to help me to bring him to life on the page?
So guess what quote popped up first on the site.
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
At any rate, he said many other wise and wonderful things, and then I started to wonder if he might say one of these to Grace.
You know what? I think he just might.
Sometimes research is one of the best parts of being a writer, because you get to stumble upon all sorts of amazing things.
This morning I was working on a scene for the second book of the Angel in Training series. The scene is set in NYC’s Grand Central Station and I was looking at some very cool images and ran across this article in The Telegraph. Sweet serendipity! Grand Central is turning 100 this weekend. So there were all kinds of interesting facts, and really I recommend going to the article if only to see the main picture, because doo,doo,doo,doo — it reminds me of the scene I wrote a couple days ago.
And then, there was this video. If you read the first book in the series you know all about freeze time and will definitely want to check this out! One question for you: is my muse playing practical jokes again?
It’s at the heart of every good story. It can be the main character versus nature, or society, or themselves, but often it’s shown through conflict with another character. Recently, I’ve re-immersed myself into the POV of Grace Lightbourne, the impulsive and sometimes outspoken Angel in Training from WINGING IT! Grace seems to end up at odds with so many characters — Archangel Michael, fellow Guardian Aisha, her Dominion-roomie Faith. But, I was writing a scene in the second book where Grace has a dispute with Mercy, and it made me uncomfortable. So, it was time to take a break, and take a walk.
In go the ear buds, on goes Pandora, and then comes this song (which, BTW, I hadn’t heard in a long time.) It reminded me that the conflict with Grace and Mercy can be worked out, and to just go ahead and write the scene.
Tension between people who care about each other is normal and natural. In fact, it’s a lot easy to let things go when you don’t care, right?
In MY WISHFUL THINKING, two best friends, Logan and Emily, must share a genie, which inevitably leads to conflict. In DOLPHIN GIRL Jane has conflict with her mom, but loves her with all her heart. Both of those conflicts made the story stronger and I hope made my readers care more deeply about the outcome. So, having faced my fear of conflict, it’s back to writing the story.
Oh, and if you’re curious about the conflict between Logan and Emily in MY WISHFUL THINKING, it’s featured today over at the Free Kindle books and Tips blog.
Is everybody feeling in the holiday spirit? I hope so.
I am (feeling in the holiday spirit, that is.), so I’ve decided to give away a sleigh full of books. If you have a Kindle Fire, or Paperwhite, or app feel free to stop by Amazon on the schedule below to pick up your copy.
Seasons and Holidays – is FREE RIGHT NOW through 12/15
Colors – Will be FREE 12/18 – 12/22
Opposites – Will be free 12/16 – 12/17 and again on 12/23, 12/24 and Christmas Day.
Winging It! — Will be FREE 12/14 – 12/17
My Wishful Thinking – Will be FREE 12/20 – 12/23
Hope you enjoy the books and this version of the classic by Michael Bublé. Happy Holidays, Everyone!
Before he was Cinna in The Hunger Games, Lenny Kravitz was an incredible rocker. Actually, he’s still an incredible rocker, but some of you may only know him as an actor, and you really owe it to yourselves to get to know his music.
So, why is “Fly Away” this Monday’s song?
Well, because it’s always, always always, been a favorite of mine. And, I’ve always thought it’s the perfect song for Grace from Winging It! She wants her wings for exactly this reason!
Also, I have to fly away today, making this post much shorter than normal. I’m off to finish some work on a newsletter that’s about to go out to the folks on my mailing list. If you haven’t signed up yet click here. I absolutely will not spam you. If I do things right, it’ll be about twice a year that I send an update on upcoming releases.
Even if you don’t want to clickety-click, you should make time to watch this video of “Fly Away”. The audio is not quite as good as the original, but it’s waaay cooler. Promise.
It seems like I always include fantastical things in my books, so these three things seemed–I don’t know…interesting.
Dolphins Talk — In Dolphin Girl, Jane speaks with the dolphins. I don’t know if you saw this piece on the TODAY Show about the beluga whale named NOC (pronounced No Sea), who learned how to vocalize in a lower octaves, which sound remarkably human. Here’s a link to YouTube where you can listen to the whale’s conversation. I wonder what he’s saying? Any guesses?
Guardian Angels Exist — In Winging It!, Grace is an Angel-in-Training who is skipping school to try to earn her wings while serving as an apprentice. In yet another clip from the TODAY Show, here’s a real-life guardian angel. In fact, I’m writing a new story for Grace where she spends a bit of time in the hospital with her Assignment. Look for Gifted! soon.
Wishes Granted — In My Wishful Thinking, Logan and her best friend Emily share a genie, who grants anything they desire. Sorry but I don’t have a clip from TODAY (yet). But I did have a few wishes granted. Namely that the proof of the paperback arrived today and it’s ready to go and the ebook is already for sale at Amazon. And! My Wishful Thinking is a POTW (Pick of the Week) by Orangeberry. All in all, some nice wishes granted.