I'm peeping out of my hiatus to share this bit of humor with you.  I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.  This man is an idea factory.  If his wife were a writer she would have an endless well of ideas to draw from. 

Warning: This video is totally clean, but the website that documents his sleep talking is full of uninhibited ramblings which contain a lot of swearing, so be aware of that if you decide to check it out.

For some reason Youtube won't let me embed this.

***My personal favorite:
"Garlic cheese! Double death to you, you lactose intolerant vamp man!"

What I expect from you!

You know that thing you feel when waiting at a stoplight for thirty seconds seems like it takes too much time out of your day.  I've been feeling that a lot lately.  Life is a series of crests and troughs.  Sometimes I'm riding high, sometimes I get a bit bogged down.  I'm not complaining, just stating the facts.

My husband's work is taking him to D.C. for the rest of the month, and we're going with him.  After we get back from D.C., I have family coming into town followed by a long trip to California for more family excitement stuff, and then we will be moving (again).  No, I don't know where to yet.  Could be Arizona, could be Guam or a number of other places... Hopefully we'll find out by the end of April. 

So that's my long way of saying that I'm taking a hiatus from blogging for a while.  Maybe a month, maybe the whole summer.  I haven't decided yet, but I hope you'll all be here when I find my way back.  Don't forget me ;)!  I expect you all to be agented, published, and on your way to a life of literary success when I get back.

I don't care how many cool monsters you have in your story.

Put me, a pretty girl in a toga, and a hero with an accent in your story, and you won't have to worry about anything else.

As I become more and more involved in the writing community I must admit, I have a hard time not analyzing everything I read and watch. I find that the typical bad boy just doesn't do it for me and a lot of cool special effects won't make up for a lack of characterization.

I can enjoy some aspects of almost any book or movie, and I always try to look for what was done right as much as for what was done wrong. I want to learn from both. But in the end I favor great characters over almost everything else.

This was especially apparent to me last night as I watched Clash of the Titans with my husband. I don't want to dissuade you from going to it. I love Greek mythology, and it was entertaining enough, not to mention the special effects were really cool. But I just found something lacking in the main character. He was so flat to me. His motivations should have been clear, but at times were confusing, and he did a lot of raspy-voice, tough-talking one-liners. Honestly, I like Hades more (played by the amazingly talented Ralph Fiennes). His character I understood. Even though he was doing bad things, in a way, I liked him more than the hero because his character was three-dimensional. By the end of the movie I wasn't sure if I was rooting for Perseus or the Cracken.

The whole experience felt like eating pancakes without anything on top. I was full, but everything was a bit dry going down and felt heavy in my stomach afterward. A little syrup or jam and a edible meal would have become a delight.