Monday, August 23, 2010

The Vacation Effect

I love the beach, and we are lucky to be able to go with family every summer. I do not love that one week at the beach means one week of prep time plus one week of recovery once we get home! But it is all worth it.

I don't have much to report on the writing front. Notifications should go out in 2 weeks for 2 contests, so I'm just holding on until then. I do have plans for my days once school starts, but since that isn't until 9/7, I'm spending my time with the kids, getting them ready to go back and enjoying our last pool and play days.

I did do as much reading as I could on vacation - another perk of a trip with children who are no longer toddlers. Here's what I read:
I loved all of them for different reasons. I think The Help made the most lasting impression on me because I did not intend to read it. My sister-in-law brought it with her, and one day when she was busy, I picked it up and started reading. It was captivating, and I mentioned that I'd have to pick it up at the library once we got home. She found the time to finish it at the beach, and she graciously gave it to me to enjoy, then pass on to another reader. I couldn't put it down! Having lived in the South, albeit during the 1980s, I could hear the rhythm of the dialog in my head, and it was addictive. Very satisfying read! I've passed it along to my mother, and I think she'll enjoy it even more than I did. I'll try to write reviews of all of the books once we're back on a regular schedule around here.

So here's to the last bit of summer. It's been a great one -

    Friday, August 6, 2010

    False alarm

    My heart skipped a beat last night when I checked my email. There was a new message from the Austin Film Festival, and it took forever to load. When I finally read it, and took a breath, I realized it was just a notice that they would be contacting the finalists in September, not August. I have to wait a little longer, but that's ok. I can wait.

    - BlogPress from my iPhone

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Mystery Readers Rock

    My experiment is not complete, but I am thoroughly enjoying the reviews my Mystery Readers are providing! I received three reviews of the screenplay, and all were very thorough and contained thoughtful suggestions for improvement. I already knew that the high schoolers I chose were good students, but their comments made me realize that they are producing college-level work already. Very impressive!

    Overall, the reviews have been very positive. The story entertained them, there weren't any glaring holes or discrepancies, and they finished it wanting more. That leads to my latest dilemma - wanting more is good, but wanting too much more means the story isn't full enough. I plan to keep revising as I review my Mystery Reader comments, and as I do, I'll continue to keep in mind the balance between telling a complete story and leaving the view wanting the sequel.

    But here is my question - how do you know when wanting more is enough? I've been trying to think of other movies that leaving you wanting more in a satisfying, yet urgent way. Any ideas?