Monday, October 3, 2011

Mish mash and movies

I just had a crash and relax weekend. Crash, because I managed to stay up twenty-three hours straight, after which I only got four hours of sleep. I should include a warning here: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! I lived on lack of sleep in my twenties (blame school), but let's just say...I'm not anywhere near my twenties. I felt like I was coming down with the flu at the end of it all. Luckily, I aborted any illness with tons of vitamins and a good night sleep.

I'm sure you're wondering what triggered my insanity, LOL. When I was at the RWA Nationals PRO retreat this year, I won a drawing for an entry fee waiver to The Emily Contest, a fabulous writing contest hosted by the West Houston RWA Chapter. It's open to both published and unpublished writers and you can find more information on it at I'd like to extend my thanks to whrwa and to everyone who dontated to the PRO retreat.

Of course, the deadline was this past Friday and that meant completing revisions on my first 7000 words. I'm pleased to say I got it done and in on time :). Next up, finishing the rest of my revisions in time for the Golden Heart. It'll be my third time entering.

So how did I relax? Movies of course! The funny thing was that several ended up being about writers. One was a TV movie where a mystery writer becomes a suspect for the murder of her hot neighbor. Part of the reason for suspecting her...the photos she took of him and the research she did on his rich family as inspiration for the book she was working on. The idea that research can be used against you is a bit scary for a writer! Okay, it was just a movie...but still.

I also saw Inkheart. My son begged me to watch it with him (he read the book) and I'm glad he did. I really loved it. I think it's a must watch for anyone who loves to read or write. Just beautiful.

Finally, I watched Finding Neverland, a movie about the author of Peter Pan.

Do you have any movies that involve writers/books that you love?


  1. Can't think of any movies about writers, but then I don't watch a lot of movies.

    Sounds like you got a fair chunk of writing and editing done.

  2. I really liked Inkheart. It was such a unique twist on storytellers.

    Glad you met your deadline--just remember you're not 20 anymore. LOL.

    Enjoy your break.

  3. Hi Rula ~ I know of no movies about writers as I don't watch a lot of them. Congratulations on winning the entry and good wishes for the results.

  4. Hey J.L., Maria, and Kaelee! I saw a commercial for a new Shakespeare movie called Anonymous. It seems to be more of a thriller take on his life. Guess that qualifies as a writer film, but I don't get to the theater much (kids).

  5. Hi Rula,

    Congrats for winning the fee waiver for the Emily contest!

  6. Can I say I loved Nicholas Sparks 'The Netbook' though it's not about a writer, it is a book made into I cheating here?

  7. Good luck in The Emily. I was going to enter, but the manuscript I was going to enter wasn't ready. I liked The Proposal.

  8. Hi Riya! Thanks:)...and I love your name!

    Hi Nas, close enough to not be cheating ;)The Notebook is a wonderful movie.

    Hi Carol! Thanks. I loved The Proposal so much that I just bought a copy the day before you posted your comment. How wierd is that? We're channeling the same movie wavelength, LOL.