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Monday, January 4, 2010

Master Yoda Says


I like squirrels. So sue me.

These little guys seem to be doing a good job of something, be it slicing each other into squirrel ribbons or making people at the part stop and giggle. Either way, I don't care. They're cute.

All of us do something really well when we write. If we didn't we would have stopped a long time ago. If we wrote complete and total garbage not even our mothers would be able to ooh and ahh over our brilliance. Okay, well, maybe they would, but you get the point.

One of my stronger points is being able to integrate a lot of historical research into a novel without bogging the story down. (Never, ever read my first drafts unless you want a three page description of a tomb. Yawn.) I don't think I could ever write anything other than historical fiction- I just love it too much. I'd rather do all that research than try to create a whole new world.

Today I challenge you to get out there and write. Do what you can well and work your tail off to improve on the rest. I'll leave you with a Star Wars quote, just because I can.

26 comments:

Susan R. Mills said...

Okay, okay, already. I'm going. Thanks for the nudge.

Valerie Geary said...

I'm glad you like squirrels. We should be friends. :)

Valerie Geary said...

Oh and PS- new blog=awesomeness

Stephanie Thornton said...

Susan- Glad I could help! :)

Valerie- Squirrels rock! I especially like the scene in the Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I almost snorted my popcorn in the theatre!

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Love me some Yoda.

I need to live near Baltimore. Then I could get my dream birthday cake.

Sigh.

OK, gonna go take care of what I need to do then maybe try to write a few more words before bed.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Stephanie- You just motivated me to try to write a few more words in Book #2. I've put that on hold while I beta for a couple people and revise HATSHEPSUT yet again. Thanks!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Cute little buggers, aren't they? I had no idea there were so many weird squirrel pictures out there. :)

That Yoda quote is one of my favorites!

Terresa said...

Yoda fans unite! (That's one of my fave quotes of all time, "Do or do not. there is no try.")

Stephanie Thornton said...

Shannon- You have no idea. I think I could find a new squirrel post for every blog post this month. Hmmmm... I might just do that! :)

Terresa- I use that quote as one of my quotes of the day at school. The kids get a kick out of it. I have some from Harry Potter and Calvin & Hobbes too.

Amalia T. said...

Squirrels with lightsabers sounds like a forest fire waiting to happen.

Does rewriting count?

Stephanie Thornton said...

Amalia- I'd never thought of that. Thanks for the giggle! And rewriting definitely counts. I actually prefer revising to first drafts. Both require a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but the control freak in me has a hard time letting go to just write.

Amalia T. said...

I like rewriting when I get into the groove. Getting myself to actually START is the hardest part, but once I get going I enjoy myself, especially when I really feel like I nailed it on the revision.

Lynn Colt said...

lol I love that squirrel pic. One day I will have to write a novel strongly featuring squirrels. Anyway, just found your blog and wanted to say hi!

Julie said...

The squirrels are cute! I was just thinking of doing a post about which aspect of writing is my strong point vs. which is my weak point. Great idea!

I love to slide in classic literature mixed with today's teens. I think maybe I've done this well but I probably need some teens to tell me for sure.

Julie

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Love the quote, and Yoda of course! It's back to revisions for me today...

Bane of Anubis said...

My wife and I are huge squirrel fans, so keep the cute critter pics coming :).

Wendy Sparrow said...

Squirrels were meant to hold light sabers. I love that picture. I also love the Yoda motivational poster. Yoda is so inspiring. He's a short, wrinkly dude, but still sort of hot, you know? I think it's the power. You gotta love a powerful whatever he is with hairy ears.

I could never write a historical fiction and I admire those that can. Too many restrictions. I love research, but I like to use it to create my own world. We're like flip sides of a coin, huh.

David J. West said...

Like you everything I write has to touch on something historical. That's just where the passion lays.

K. Marie Criddle said...

Aye me. I needed to read this today. Time to get out of bed and do something besides eat ice cream. :) I will do as you say Master Steph...er...Yoda.

Matthew Delman said...

Wendy --

I'm with you ... I'd much rather base my own fantasy world off research rather than do pure historical fiction.

Of course I am going to write an alternate history story soon. Hmm ...

Julie Dao said...

I love Yoda. And squirrels. I also love reading historical fiction! I'm not sure what it is that I do really well when I write - I just know I love writing! So yes ma'am, I will follow your order and get some writing done!

KatieGrrr said...

Awww, squirrels! Heart, heart, heart. My grandmother used to freak me out when I was little, said she liked eating their brains.

With scrambled eggs.

I never forgave her.

Eva O'Dell said...

You and I are opposite. I have an easier time creating worlds than I do describing this one :)

V. S said...

I admire you for this skill. I can describe my own made up world but this one...

Not so much.

Jemi Fraser said...

I love Yoda! I have that quote up in my classroom :)

Love the photo too!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

It's so interesting how each person is drawn to something different. ALthough I like reading historical fiction and enjoy history in general, I find the thought of writing a historical so intimidating. But world building? Not so scary for me--although at the moment I'm writing straight up contemporary so no world building needed.