You are viewing jeffpalmatier

Online Journal of Author Jeffrey Dean Palmatier [My Amazon Reviews] [Old Magazines for Sale.] Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in the "jeffpalmatier" journal:

[<< Previous 10 entries]

June 1st, 2015
02:52 pm

[Link]

That fun time when you start a new level in a video game.
What makes it so great? A lot of times I'm very happy about having just beat the last level. Then I won't really play the next level that seriously at first, which is more fun because I'm not worrying about staying alive. Instead, I'll just go nuts and run around, which is like stirring up a nest of fire ants. I've learned that there is value in doing this because it allows you to flush out the enemies and you find out what the paths/terrain is like up ahead.

(Leave a comment)

May 30th, 2015
06:45 pm

[Link]

When you don't have the energy to add details or narrative.
During my revising the last couple of days, I made use of notes in brackets at various points where I knew I had to add certain details and narrative but I didn't have the energy to write it then or know what to write.

(2 comments | Leave a comment)

May 29th, 2015
10:14 pm

[Link]

A scene from The Grapes of Wrath.
"Hey, grandmaw: doesn't Paw look a lot like Henry Fonda?"

"Shut up and eat your bowl of dirt!"

"Haw naw, Paw, haw's Maw, paw? Yaw, yaw, yaw!"

"We're going to Caleeeeeeeeefornia! The land of opportunity, I say, yaw yaw yaw! There will be bowls of dirt everywhere for us to eat!"

(Leave a comment)

May 27th, 2015
05:02 pm

[Link]

What would I do without my writing assistant?
My cat Justin will usually come into my bedroom and lie next to my left and sleep as I write. Even a sleeping feline gives you a lot of company, especially as he grunts in his sleep.

The invention of the laptop makes me wonder how many people write in bed. I've found that I personally don't really like sitting up right at a desk, although I must admit that I've never owned a comfortable chair either. I have a TV in front of me if I want that playing in the background. I crack up when I see photos of Thomas Mann wearing a suit as he composes at his desk in his very-stereotypical German study because that is antithetical to my whole writing getup.

(Leave a comment)

May 25th, 2015
08:46 pm

[Link]

Sniper Elite 3 is so much fun.
It's both challenging and fun. A lot of times video games last me a long time because I only have so much patience so I only do it a little bit at a time.

(Leave a comment)

May 24th, 2015
06:32 pm

[Link]

The lamest smart phone ever!
But it is pretty inexpensive and does what I need it to. I was able to buy 240 minutes for 90 service days for $20, so that isn't too bad. It's more of emergency phone than anything. Usually I only have longer phone conversations when I'm at home so I just use the landline.

(Leave a comment)

05:09 pm

[Link]

Jerry Orbach had a nice singing voice.
To my surprise, I have two songs on my iTunes with Orbach singing, Promises, Promises and There's No Business Like Show Business. They're from Irving Berlin and Burt Bacharach compilations. In his A&E Biography, he noted how if you had a good enough voice, you could support your family by doing musicals as he did for a lot of years. It wasn't until later in life that he tried to get settled down in one location with doing TV. I had no clue about his past when I saw him on Law & Order. I was looking through a songbook I had since my teens and I was amused to see a photo of him from one of the musicals he was in. When I first bought that book, I had no clue who he was.

(Leave a comment)

May 23rd, 2015
05:51 pm

[Link]

The Nazi representative in The Remains of the Day . . .
. . . is so subtly evil and creepy. "We vee don't vant war . . . We just vant to blitzkrieg all of Europe and destroy international Jewry!" She doesn't actually say that quote, but you know she's thinking of it. I wish Christopher Reeve's character had thrown his drink in her face.

(Leave a comment)

May 22nd, 2015
05:48 pm

[Link]

Alpha cat rules.
I was lying on my bed, working/playing on my laptop. Justin jumped up and laid down next to me and went to sleep. A while later, Grady came in and jumped up and laid down too. Justin allowed him to join us because Justin was there first and he was right next to me. If Justin jumps on the bed and Grady is there first, he'll made Grady get down because he apparently feels that his brother being there first is an insult to his alpha cat status. *shakes head* I would have never guessed all this silliness before I adopted two cats together.

(Leave a comment)

May 19th, 2015
05:50 pm

[Link]

I think I now the structure of my novel now, knock on wood.
I spent this past week or so restructuring my novel, moving sections of various text around so that these sections of narrative were in the correct order. Today I wrote out how the rest of the novel should be structured. I think now that I'm sure that the order of these scenes and chapters flow in a logical way, now I can finally go through and write I'm hoping will be the final structure of this novel. It's been a hard, long slog at times, but that was definitely also the case with my first novel.

My friend and fellow writer Patricia Esposito remarked to me how one advantage of writing on paper that she likes is how it preserves the changes that a piece of fiction goes through in terms of the notes you write on them. I'm a historian by training and even by nature, so I like to keep records documenting various elements of my life and my family, if only for my own interest. In terms of my fiction, I save a new file whenever I go through a new revision of a piece of writing. I'll probably do it again with this novel before I go on with these next revisions. Keeping saved older versions can also be helpful if you realize you made a big mistake, you can go back to the earlier version.

(Leave a comment)

[<< Previous 10 entries]

web counter
 My Website Powered by LiveJournal.com