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September 15th, 2014
11:37 pm

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Some days I have the attention span of a gnat.
If I'm on my computer I'll write for a little bit, go back to Facebook, watch a movie or some other video, repeat, etc. Maybe there are advantages to doing so, and maybe advantages to concentrating for an extended time on one activity. What worries me is how I'll start squirming and feel anxious if I concentrate on one activity for two long. I wonder what the cause of that is and if it points to something being wrong.

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September 8th, 2014
09:48 pm

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More scaredy cat behavior!
My cats were on the back of the couch in the livingroom, looking out the window. They see my neighbor across the street walk out to get her mail. They both jump down and run and hide! Apparently the number of strangers who've had to come in their house lately (plumber, window installer, etc.) has made my poor boys skittish.

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08:44 pm

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Novel restructuring.
Today I cut and pasted another section that was relevant to how my novel is structured now. As I was reading through this section, it dawned on me that made more sense to have my novel structured this way, so that makes me happy. At first I had some doubts if I was making the right decision but now I'm confident that I am.

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September 6th, 2014
10:22 pm

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*forehead slap!* Will I ever learn?
I plugged in a guitar into my amp I had bought some months ago. Depending on how I held it, it started making these horrendous staticky noises. It was an inexpensive Squier dual humbucker Telecaster. Later to make sure there was nothing wrong with my cord or amp, I plugged in my Gibson SG. None of these sounds at all.

When I will I learn that you get what you pay for? Except for this noise, this guitar plays well and has a good tone. However, I'm terrified of hurting my amp with it. This might mean that I have to have the electronics replaced with something that doesn't make these horrendous sounds if you hold the guitar wrong. Groan. I should have just sprung for an American Telecaster.

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September 3rd, 2014
11:06 pm

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How incredibly depressing.
I'm watching a program on Investigative ID about Rebecca Schaeffer's murder by a deranged stalker. I was aware of her show My Sister Sam but I never saw an episode. I remember when she was murdered. At least her death led to the first legislation to prevent stalking. Her killer said that when he shot her, she managed to ask him "Why?" before she died. How sad and horrific.

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09:33 am

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Life is so unfair.
I'm finally dating a stripper and I still feel unhappy. What's up with that?!

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August 28th, 2014
11:19 pm

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More restructuring?
It dawned on me that there is a story element in my novel where it might make more sense to have part of this element occur right at the beginning of the novel so that the introduction of this element isn't too jarring to the reader later. Moving it to the very beginning of this novel will also have the advantage of it leading into another story element more logically than as it is now. I came to this realization when I was looking over various parts of my manuscript (well, actually Word file!) earlier tonight. I was too tired to really do any writing but my 'writing' session wasn't wasted because I realized what I needed to do next. A lot of times figuring what to write is harder than actually writing the section itself.

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02:43 am

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Hit the two-hundred-page mark a few days ago on my novel.
Monday, I think the day was.

The last couple of days the writing has been going as slow as molasses. I feel like I'm jogging through a swamp. I'm starting to actually wonder if I'm clinically depressed due to my feelings of lethargy and blah-ness lately. The 'fun' aspect to this situation is that no matter how crappy I feel during my writing sessions, I feel even worse if I don't make the effort.

I think need to consume some good beer.

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August 19th, 2014
04:28 pm

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Novel plot problem solved?
Lately I've been getting more and more nervous about this novel because it was dawning on me that it was unrealistic that some of the characters would have withheld a certain piece of information. The good news is that I realized today that I could make it so a group of characters had told this information while keeping a related piece of information secret, which is very important for the story. I was very, very relieved by this realization because I was getting very nervous that my novel might be headed for serious trouble.

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August 18th, 2014
06:00 pm

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Poor scaredy cats!
Earlier today my cats were on the couch in the living room, looking out the front window. They saw the UPS truck come by and they promptly took off and hid. This is the second time this has happened. My poor cats now associate the truck with some strange person coming to our door and knocking! So they were hidden for a while. While Justin doesn't like strangers, Grady is even more scared when that happens. He had to endure a guy coming to do maintenance on the furnace and a guy coming to replace some windows that had lost their seal. So lately Grady gets very nervous when he hears anybody come in the house until he can see whether it's somebody he knows. Poor babies. It's not easy being scaredy cats.

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