Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tell the truth Tuesday

1. Not a single thing is left to do on my Christmas preparation list. We’re ready!
2. I don’t have to cook a Christmas eve dinner, breakfast, or day meal. Don’t hate. I just have awesome friends.
3. I am horrible at making great characters. There, I admit it. I really am—it’s something I really struggle with. So I’m reading Creating Characters by Dwight Swain and he had some advice about giving your characters an affectation of empathy, making you feel them and their motivations: “The writer who’s unable to simulate [perceived empathy] faces an almost impossible task for certainly his characters ever and always will lack the breath of life. And there’s the heart of the matter. Consciously or unconsciously, by nature or by learning, the writer must have or acquire the ability to put himself in another, perhaps unlikely, person’s place. Sometimes empathy will come in a flash, through intuition or osmosis.” He’s so right. I must learn to not judge my character’s actions with my own morals! I must develop my characters better by using these helps I used to take the time to do!
4. The last day to participate in Project Give a Book, Give the World is Thursday. Please participate HERE. I’m up to committing to 107 school humanitarian aid kits. That makes me so happy and sooooooo scared at the same time. It’s a lot to do! I’m glad I have friends who are always there to help out.
5. I’ve been horrible about blogging lately. But I’m slowly making my way around and I can’t wait to see what you all have been up to.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. I can’t tell you how excited I am for Christmas. Oh, wait. I guess I kind of did….


  1. Aren't you the very organised Christmas Miss! Wish I could say the same. Envy overflowing here. Still at least it's a seasonal colour...green right?

    Have a Wonderful Christmas.

  2. It must be wonderful to be completely ready, and not to even have to cook! Wow, I envy you that. Thanks for the great link and tips on character development. That's something I'm always trying to improve!

  3. 107 - woo hoo! I hope you find some help so it's not so daunting.

    We all have our weakness with writing. Great that you recognize it and work on becoming stronger.

    I've been bad about blogging too. Glad you have another post up. Have a happy new year!

  4. I do Thanksgiving, so Mom does Christmas, and my sister does Easter. I just need to bring my so-called 'Better Than Sex' Apple Pie. (I didn't name it, my brother in law did;-)
    As for blogging, I somehow missed almost two whole weeks! Where did they go? Time moves too quickly this time of year.
    Have a great Christmas,and a prosperous and productive New Year!

  5. Wow. Um, I thought I was doing pretty well...but I still have to:
    1) wrap ALL the presents. *sigh* That's a big job.
    2) get my hair cut/colored tomorrow morning

    Other than those 2 things...I am done/ready, too. (granted, the wrapping one is a major job requiring 8 hours or so of my time.)

    Characters are my favorite part of writing. Plotting and research on the other hand...

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a spectacular 2011!

  6. Yay for you for doing all your christmas stuff on your christmas list with still a few days left!! That's amazing!!

    Thanks for the links about character development - very helpful thank you!!

    And yay for your Project Give a Book - you're just AWESOME!! Take care

  7. Got a few things left to do...a lot of wrapping and figuring out what we're going to EAT that day.

  8. I'm so busy this season, I've been bad at keeping up with blogging too! I'm hoping it gets easier in the new year.

    I've go 3 Christmas meals to cook - 2 dinners and a brunch. In 2 days. I'm going to be nutsy busy :)

    Congrats on the 107!!! Awesome :)

  9. I wish I was as ready as you are for Christmas. There is always next year for me.
    : )

  10. Good luck making all those kits. Wow - I'm glad you have lots of helping hands!

    I finished the baking yesterday and now I'm all set for Christmas, too! I just have to make pies for Christmas dinner, and then host a New Year's Eve brunch, but that's a fun tradition I always enjoy.

  11. Woo hoo at being ready for Christmas! I am, too. Well, almost. Okay, I'm not. It's Tell the truth Tuesday, so I can't lie.

    I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO. Help me.

  12. You're not horrible about blogging and I'm equally sure you're not horrible about creating characters, either!

    Have a fantastic Christmas. It certainly sounds like you will!

  13. Arg, I'm running out of time! I know who I want to give the books to, but I can't give them away till Dec. 24th. Will you still count me in (two books worth)?

    Merry Christmas!

  14. Done shopping? Good for you!!

    I haven't read that book by Dwight Swain. I might have to check it out.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  15. Wow! Completely ready already. :) I did a lot of wrapping yesterday and still have more to do today. But the wrapping is the last thing I need to d, then I'm all done!

  16. Congrats on not having to make any Christmas meals! I like what you had to say about character development. Writing is such a complete art. I've come to find such a huge respect and appreciation for it through Jon. I've always been a reader, but to be a writer truly is a challenge. I'm glad that Jon and I are so into books and that it's one of our main topics of conversation. Just yesterday he finished reading the original Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and we talked about it this morning while I was getting ready for work. Falling in love with a character or a world created by another person's imagination is like nothing else :)

  17. Ah, to be prepared for Christmas! I still have some shopping, and ALL the wrapping, and I'm trying to finish up a homemade calendar project and get it printed and bound before the copier's closes tonight... ACKK!

    But inspite of all it, I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

    You had some really interesting comments about characters. I'll have to check out that link.

  18. It's wonderful to be all ready for Christmas! I'm jealous and in awe. :)

    Thank you for the tip on creating reat characters! It's definitely something I struggle with.

    Merry Christmas!

  19. I loved your point #3. I'll check out that book, and I thought the eHarmony method for creating characters was great!
    Lots of Christmas wishes to you and your loved ones. Take care!

  20. Oh, I'm pretty sure you are under estimating yourself, my friend. I have a feeling you have very well developed characters or why would you be getting requests for partials and fulls???

    Congratulations on being ready for Christmas. I think I'll be ready by New Years...LOL...(I'm pretty close...)

    Have a wonderful Christmas and may 2011 bring you happiness and good health.

  21. Hi, Jackee

    Nice blog!

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2011.

    Greedings from Greece.