May 1, 2007

Bits of trivia

So, the hubby started a blog! I'm surprised and curious. I wonder what he's going to post over there...better not be complaining about his perfect, sweet little wifey poo. But why would he? It's hard to grump about perfection. (~wink~) Nah, I'm sure there will be pictures of brew pots and grain and beer bottling systems. Maybe a picture of two of the latest hunt or catch.

I also thought I'd mention that I finished my final exam today. The studying is done! Yay. I doubt I'll get a 100% on this one, but I think I did well enough to get at least a B in the class. Had I done better on my first paper (don't ask), I might have even guesstimated a low A. Oh, well.

This means I can now focus my energy on more enjoyable tasks. I plan on working on the collab again. Just waiting on my sister (hint, hint) to finish the prologue and the second chapter. In the meantime, though, I can work on my vampire story.

I've got a bit of work to do with that particular story. My mom has given me some Bible references I plan on reading to help gain some inspiration. There are many elements in this book that are tied to God, Satan, angels and demons. I like to think I'm putting a unique twist on it. It's so hard to tell with all the vampire books out there I haven't read. Be assured, though, that I believe in Good over Evil, that love triumphs.

I also plan on breaking out my brand new deck of Tarot cards. Now, don't freak out on me. This is something I'm going to try in order to help with character development. It has nothing to do with telling the future or messing with anything Satanic. Of course I realize this will not relieve those of you who see them as an instrument of the devil, so let me try to explain why I've purchased these cards and how I plan on using them.

I first heard about using Tarot cards as a source of visual inspiration from Holly Lisle. She recommends buying a deck if you plan on using her Create a Plot book. Now I haven't purchased this book yet, but that's only because I'm waiting to make sure the book is fully edited.

Basically, if understand the little bit that has been mentioned on the subject, the Tarot cards are used to help the writer break away from their first instincts in plotting. By using the surprise selection of a few decorative cards the writer must figure out how to make the meaning, symbology, or elements of the artwork work for their story. Want to see how it works? Joely posted her results from her initial attempt. Check them out.