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Visiting the “Draft” file…

I spent a good part of Monday afternoon reading through the 123 (no exaggeration!) blog posts I’ve drafted but haven’t published. Some turned out to be great stories that I’ll publish with a word of warning that the content came from the draft file. Then there were several wonderful titles that got me super excited to read what in the world I’d blogged about, only to open the post and see nothing, or just a few words or sentences. So, because misery loves company, I’m going to share some of these titles with you all so you can all be like me and wonder “where was that going?!”.

  • Yard Sales vs. Rose Gordon (The only line in the post said: Yard sales for the win!)
  • Backhanded Compliments (The only line in this post read: No matter who you are, we’ve all received one of these little jewels…)
  • Let it Go! (Not the song)
  • My Favorite Things (Yes, because you ALL have been waiting with bated breath for what I love. As if I’m Oprah. Good grief.)
  • In My Former Life (Actually, this one has a LOT of content. I write it when I was 27–I’m now 31–but I might post this one one day when I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel.)
  • From the Marshmallow Man to a Beast! What’s a mother to do?! (This was from two years ago when my son started wrestling at school and got his butt handed to him. That didn’t last too long. 😉 )
  • Candid, Blunt and…well, perhaps a little TMI
  • Didja Know #10 the definition of a Nincompoop
  • Wicked Wednesday!
  • Didja Know Facts about Humans (Contrary to the cute kid in Jerry McGuire, the human head weighs approximate 12 pounds.)
  • The Truth about Passions of a Gentleman (Ooooh, so many things this post could have contained, but probably didn’t.)
  • Wanna be my friend? Probably not.
  • Looking into 2015
  • Sometimes I wonder…
  • A Day in the Life: Humble Pie (I dearly wish I’d written something–ANYTHING on this page to know what I was talking about because I am quite certain that since the date I wrote that heading I’ve eaten a lot more humble pie.)
  • Ten Year Reunion?
  • Unspoken, but not unimportant, rules among authors
  • End-of-Year questions for teachers and moms (final plea as homeroom mom). This was the year an alien had inhabited my body and told the teacher I’d be delighted to be the homeroom mom for a gaggle of kindergarteners. 
  • Research
  • RT Anyone?
  • Kids + Outside = Resistance, “no fun”, and a tinge of whining! Why, oh why?
  • Awkward confession…totally off topic.
  • Seeking suggestions.
  • I need help… (yes, yes I did and still do!)
  • A writer’s confessional
  • A writer’s biggest reward
  • Let’s talk spam, and I don’t mean food.
  • No title
  • Advice on friends from Edward Banks
  • Poor Bob
  • A candid discussion and a few revelations
  • Come laugh at me!
  • Authors are human, too. At least this one.
  • Writerly Woes
  • Oh. My.
  • Scandalized. (Another Florida escapade.)
  • An Impromptu poll (AKA I need help again.)
  • Inside joke for those who’ve read Intentions of the Earl (I’d love to share with you all where I was going with this, but alas, the contents were blank.)
  • Oh help us all…I’ve been asked to act as host.
  • Drawing lines–Warning Touchy Subject
  • It’s tough being a writer… (So tough, I seemed to have given up on this topic after writing the title.)
  • In regards to my books, please note:
  • Guilty pleasures
  • A hot date
  • 10 things you probably don’t know about me (Seeing as how I only got to #5, I’m going to take that as a hint that I’m pretty dang boring.)
  • Hard lesson: old manuscript copies do not make suitable scrap paper.
  • Not a fairytale wedding
  • Do romance novelists have a more stellar romantic life than everyone else? (I can answer that without a post: no.)
  • Ever wish the ground would open up and swallow you whole?
  • Honest chat
  • Perceptions
  • Men can be such babies
  • Henry and June, Part 2
  • Right on!
  • Unconventional
  • Where did you come up with THAT?!

 

There were many other fully written blog posts that might require a little polishing and posting. Turns out I blogged more than I originally thought I had. 😀

 

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Another visit to the Draft File

I was scanning through my old drafts this week to see if there was something I could come up with to post (I did find a few older posts that I made when I had like four people following me that I might repost) and while I found several drafts that appears promising by the title, they were all blank… Here are some titles:

Character Interview with Carolina Banks, Secondary Character from Intentions of the Earl

Unconventional? Me??? No way!

Right on!

(No Title) (There was no content, either.)

Do Romance Novelists have an extraordinary amount of romance at home?

OT ( Off Topic) Men are SUCH babies

Sometimes it’s tough being a writer…

Guilty Pleasures

I did manage to find a few that had content though, one of which I’ll post below. I wrote it as soon as I got home from my first parent-teacher conference, approximately a year and a half ago. It’s titled: Ever wish the ground would swallow you whole? I have.

In books a lot of time we read about characters who wish the ground would open up and swallow them whole. Heck, I’ve even had a few of MY characters think this.

Today, thought it.

Today was my boys’ first official parent-teacher conference. Oh, boy. Having two active little boys, I steeled my spine, curled my hair, and prepared myself for the worst.

The conference started out okay. “Mrs. Gordon, Henry here likes to answer my questions. ALL my questions. In fact, he’s normally got his hand up—or his mouth open—before I even finish the question. Eddie, not so much. I feel like I have to pull the information from him.”

I nod. I expected this. My older son is quiet and reserved, my younger one can talk and bounce around all day long.

The conference goes on a bit longer, then suddenly it happens:

“Mrs. Gordon, does your family have a friend named Earl?”

“Uh, no. Why?” I cough to cover the hitch in my voice. Earl? The only Earl I know is one of my friends from high school’s husband, but I haven’t seen them in years. The only other “Earl” I know of…

“Well, Eddie talks a lot about an Earl.”

My heart picks up, and my hands start to sweat. I know exactly where this is going. For more than a year and a half around our house, my husband and I have openly talked about my books, giving them each an abbreviated name: Earl, Liberty, Wife, Sudden, Reluctant, Secondhand and soon to be Imperfect. Oh my word, the “Earl” the teacher is talking about is NOT a man named Earl, but rather a character: Andrew Black, Earl of Townson or rather his book.

 Needless to say, I had no idea how to respond to this, so in ordinary way of doing things, I sought a diversion. “Do you think this would be a good age to start piano lessons?”
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I found a few other really good drafts, some I’ll post, some I think I might just finish up a bit and make them regular posts. A lot of them go with my “day in the life” series that I have sorely neglected. I hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!