Saturday, June 25, 2005


Yeah. That about sums it up. I have never second guessed myself on a novel, and here I am. And it irritates me. But I think I've finally gotten a hold of the problem and am ready to face it head on. With a little help from my trusty sidekick, Diet Pepsi, of course.
I'm cutting out the paranormal angle completely. I find myself having to insert it when I don't want to have to work at it. I've obviously been spoiled. Usually the words flow from the brain and into the fingers. I'll have to go back and edit the parts that overlap in the manuscript. I'm only about 20,000 words in, so I suppose I'll live. And taking the paranormal parts out actually makes my heroine stronger. She's a fierce heifer anyway, but this gives her more.

I decided that if I want to see any of the clothes I USED to wear, I must begin to exercise again. Therefore, I ordered a tae-bo tape and did it yesterday. Can I just tell everyone that Billy Blanks utterly kicks my ass? But I love it. I feel like I'm doing a little ass-kicking of my own when the DVD is on. All that kicking and punching. WOO! I loves it.

And...for an utterly fun flashback...some TV channel was playing "Moonlighting" the other night. I LOVED "Moonlighting." I'm serious. I had the flipping soundtrack. I kept the TV covers. May have to do with the fact that my birthday is the same is Cybil Shepards, and I thought she rocked. A beautiful, black evening gown with orange day-glo tennies? Yeah. I'd do that. was the "Taming of the Shrew" episode.
First, I LOVE that story. LOVE IT. Second, I HAD to watch it. I let out a very girly squeal when I saw what was on. (This, in itself, is rare) I watched it and then checked the tv guide thing for what year it was released. 1986. Yeah. That's right. Nineteen freaking eighty-six. Almost TWENTY years ago.
Hello. That's a generation. That's two freaking decades. That is SEVEN years before my first child was born. I was like a sophomore in high school. And yes, if you couldn't already tell, I was stunned.
Wait a minute! I'm only 33. That's not old. Hell. That's not even halfway old. I was doing mental math for five minutes and freaking myself out. Once again-OCD and numbers DO NOT MIX.
And just when I thought I calmed down, insomnia struck. Then I had to watch VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars." (Yeah. Had to. *snickering*)
Do you know how OLD most of them are now?
In their thirties. They have kids of their own. I must have watched all four hours of it (until two o'clock last night) with my jaw scraping the floor.
The little boy off "Roseanne" has two kids. Candace Cameron has a couple of kids. Hell, MY kids watch "Full House" like little addicts. They don't miss an episode. Tina Yothers off of "Family Ties"? She's in a freaking rock band. Black hair and piercings.
I honestly don't know if the show was a trip down memory lane or just a trip. *making mental note to block VH1 before I have to have therapy*


Olga said...

Hugs on having to cut down paranormal parts, but I love strong heroines!
As for "Moonlighting," I've got to say I watched it, too. Great show. And I'm not old! At all!

Beth Ciotta said...

You're killin' me. *grin* No more diet pepsi for you!

Good luck on revamping the story. Sounds like you have a good handle on how it will work best.

As to Moonlighting, ah, yes. LOVED that show. Feeling very nostalgic now... time to flip on nick at night. :)

chryscat said...

Olga: I'm hoping the big switch will fortify my heroine. I think it will.
Beth: Oh woman. I MUST have me Diet Pepsi. Touch the IV, and we're gonna have to spar. LOL

I think that was it. Nick at Nite. SO GOOD!

Michelle said...

Hope you can whip that story into shape! Good luck. :) And I remember Moonlighting. Cybil Shephard (sp.?) and Bruce Willis had such great chemistry.

chryscat said...

Michelle: YES! Loved it. Then they had to work around her pregnancy, and it all went DOWNHILL. ACK!

Desperate Writer said...

Doesn't it just KILL you? I'm sorry to say this, but I'll be 39 next week, and the nostalgia just keeps piling up, girl. *sigh*

And it STINKS when the writing actiually seems like work, huh?

Tori said...

Good luck with remaking the story! Sucks when you have to do that.

And good luck on the weight loss! I need to do the same thing, but it's not something I'm much looking forward to.

Lastly, 33 is still very young! I'm a decade older, sweetie, and despite feeling twice my age some days, I refuse to think of myself as old. :)

Lyvvie said...

Hey, we're the same age! Now if your B-day is on New Years, then that would be too weird.

I never got to watch Moonlighting the first time around, I was always in bed by 9am because I had to be up 5:30am for the long drive into the city for school. But I love watching it much freaking satin and polyester did Cybil wear? There's not an episode where she's not wearing something shiny. At least you got one of the BEST episodes to watch!

I like Cybil because she looks like my Mom, if my Mom dressed like a woman instead of a lesbian janitor (I jest you not!). Does she still have her own show, Cybil? I liked that show too...


Sorry to hear about the thread pulling....I know how that feels!