Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nothing But All-Stars

It’s been a lovely, relaxing weekend so far for me. I’ve done some writing/editing – quite an accomplishment for me, as you all know 😉 – and I’ve been reading a really interesting new book for my next book club gathering. It’s called “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson and I’m 3/4 finished now. It’s different and very well-written. If you’re looking to check out something new, I’d recommend this one. Although, I haven’t read the ending yet so I’ll reserve my final judgment on the book until then. Sometimes the ending can ruin a book you’ve otherwise enjoyed up to that point.

In other news, I’m sure some of you have been following the NFL all year and maybe are going to be hunkering down this evening for the Pro Bowl. I’m looking forward to the Super Bowl next weekend, as the outcome for that game seems so uncertain. Should be a good match-up.

For my part though, I’m obviously more interested in the NHL All-Star festivities. Every year, I enjoy the timing of my birthday and the All-Star weekend. This year, my birthday fell on a Thursday and that was the night of the pond hockey-style player draft for the two opposing teams. And of course, who do I share my birthday with? Only the Great One, Wayne Gretzky. Of course, he’s 51 to my…much younger age. 🙂

In my opinion, the All-Star game itself isn’t terribly exciting. Sure, it’s kind of fun to see so many superstars in one place, and it’s entertaining to see them run up such high scores – maybe not for the goalies, but hey, it’s just a fun game, right? For me, the fun part of All-Star weekend is the Skills competition.

That is where they’re allowed to have the most fun, where they’re more relaxed and more likely to crowd-please with their antics and talent. And this year, the best part was listening to Carey Price, goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. He’d been miced up for the competition and also had a radio connection to the TV announcers, so they were able to ask him questions and get his feedback about other players. It was fun, and different, for sure.

Of course, all this is just procrastination for my own writing, even if I did consider – briefly! – writing an “Ice” story about the All-Star weekend. 🙂 I’m always trying to work on something and I’m still trying to get back into a rhythm of some kind. Easier said than done, I suppose. It’ll happen but in the mean time, I’ll keep watching hockey and I’ll keep teasing you about new stories.

Like this one I’ve been contemplating for a couple months now… It starts with… Well, I don’t think I’ll say. Don’t want to give you a teaser only to make you wait for the full story. 😀

As always, take care and happy reading.

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…I’ve Got Nothing.

I’m not feeling very energetic today, so I’m afraid you’re not going to get much out of me. 🙂 I’ll be catching up on some reading (just started a cute, funny book called “You’re (Not) The One”, by Alexandra Potter) and possibly doing some writing later if I feel like it. In the mean time… the football game is starting soon and I need to get my spot on the couch good and ready. 😀

I hope you all are having a nice weekend and enjoying the day off, if you have it.

As always, take care and happy reading.

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New and Exciting

When you start a new relationship, you’re usually so caught up in the excitement of learning about someone, telling them about yourself and revelling in those first kisses, caresses and… all the rest. You don’t think about it like a writer would, wondering how flirty is too flirty, and how realistic is it to sleep with someone on a first date?  As always, I wonder sometimes about getting it right when I write it down for the readers.

I do know what it’s like to be in that exciting new relationship place. 🙂 Who doesn’t? Whether or not it lasts is something different altogether but today, I’m wondering about getting new relationship feelings just right.

I’ve touched on the love at first sight thing before. As you know, I don’t much believe in that and so, I rarely have that element in my stories. I did have it – in a low-key manner – in my story “A Pair of Ice Skates,” but that was a sappy, sweet Christmastime romance. To be honest, I thought the sentiment fit with that story but there’s no way I would allow my other characters to feel that. Instant attraction is one thing but love at first sight isn’t part of my repertoire.

But then, that’s just one method of introducing attraction and emotion between a couple. There are a few other options. There’s the always popular, ‘I’ve always loved you as a friend.’ That’s a tough one to suss out after the physical attraction is introduced. You can’t have all the same self-conscious concerns and the couple doesn’t need to go through the whole getting to know each other part. There are other firsts to be nervous about in that situation though and just wondering whether or not it’ll work out brings enough anxiety to deal with.

Another favourite way to start a relationship is with the ‘I-hate-you’ angle. Not real hate, mind you. Think Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. The couple starts out antagonistic and then they grow to respect and love each other. That’s a fun one that I’ve never really tried out before. The closest I suppose I’d have come to that is Jack and Grimm in “Undercover.” But they had a healthy respect for each other before falling in love at least.

I find it difficult sometimes just matching the personalities and getting all those firsts and honest anxieties right. With some of my female leads, they have a higher level of shyness around men – this I add a lot of the time because it’s how I used to be. When writing new relationships, this was something I could easily relate to; blushing every time he so much as looked in my direction, trying not to stammer when we’d talk and wondering if he’d call the next day.

With the “Ice” stories, navigating the beginnings of those relationships is tough. It’s not easy to date someone who travels away from home for half of every month, for six months of the year – longer, if they’re lucky. 🙂 Any woman would be understandably insecure at the beginning of a relationship like that. Then again, some women might not mind if he’s away that often. Maybe she likes doing things on her own and treating every time she sees him like something new and exciting. It’s so easy to take someone for granted when they’re right there with you all the time. So perhaps the early relationship perk in that situation is the ‘honeymoon’ phase every time the guy returns to town.

However, back to the anxiety over your partner being away: how insecure is too insecure? I don’t think I’ve ever made it an issue in my stories, come to think of it, except for Hilary in “Keeping Ice on the Wound” and “Back on the Ice.” How realistic is it for the woman to be just fine with the man in her life being gone for almost half the season? Should I add more anxiety or would that be less realistic?

Always questions, always wondering if I’m ever getting it right. *sigh* I suppose it just means I care. 😉

In other news, I’ve just submitted a new short story to Literotica. It’s very short, and not an “Ice” story but I like it. It’s short and sweet and sometimes, that’s all we need, right? It should be on-line by Thursday at the latest, depending on wait times at the website right now.

Oh, and who is watching the NFL playoffs? Anyone cheering hard for someone still in the running? Any predictions for the Superbowl match-up? It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, I will say that much.

As always, take care and happy reading.

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Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year!
I didn’t write last week as I was away from home on another holiday and Sunday was New Year’s Day. I was busy sleeping in that day. 😉
Here we all are, it’s 2012 and there’s a whole new year of challenges, rewards and surprises. A whole new year of writing new stories, working on old ones and hopefully publishing something. I’m also faced with a brand new year of procrastination, distractions and excuses. 🙂 Don’t worry. I’m already trying to get things back on track so that I can start writing more regularly and hopefully get something posted.
I have a very short story that I wrote a couple weeks ago, inspired by a great Keith Urban song. I have to look it over and I might add a little bit more to it, but I should be able to post it soon. I have started a new “Ice” story but I make no promises on when that one might be ready for posting.
All in all, the new is shaping up to be a busy one. 🙂 Not that I’m complaining. Worse than not finding time to write would be having nothing to write about. I’m thankful that I have ideas and plans but finding time is the trick, and finding focus. I know that I can do the work and put pen to paper, so to speak. I will get back to it, don’t worry.
I don’t have much else to report on. Hey, it’s a new year! I have plenty of time for my life to get crazy. Or rather, go back to being crazy. Then I’ll have all sorts of wild and crazy tales to share. Well, OK, not wild and crazy, because, let’s face it, I’m not wild and crazy. 😉
I hope everyone’s settling back in after the holidays and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. I’m off to try some writing and I hope soon to be able to tell you to check out my Lit page for new postings!
Take care and happy reading.

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