The one where I discuss my future, the present, and occasionally the past. (FuFri's are back after the hoopla of last week's Friday Feature 1-uppage.)
Step 1) One-sentence summary (still a work-in-progress)
Step 2) One-paragraph summary (still a work-in-progress)
Sick of this yet?
Good, I'm nowhere near finished.
Tina Lynn gave me a good push and shove this morning about my answers to steps 1 and 2. Not only were they not cutting it, they were just plain old-fashioned horrible. Hey Maureen Johnson - THEY SUCKED! I am so glad that they did. I am glad I sucked. What? That's right, OPERATION LOWERED EXPECTATIONS = success. Hang a banner in NYC, Mission Accomplished.
And now, for the non-suckage. I finally took the advice that Randy Ingermanson, the author of the Snowflake Method, gave, "Read the one-line blurbs on the NYT Best Sellers list to learn how to do this. Writing a one-sentence description is an art form."
Well, last night I was talking to Heather Kelly, yeah, we're close, and I said, "I am an artist." It's true. Private art lessons when I was a child. A few semesters at art school, and hundreds of notebooks filled with pictures of cars, maps of made-up worlds, and clothes (ha! A design for a $200,000 car followed by a design for a cocktail dress.) Anyway, I am an artist. One-sentence description an art form. Click. All along, I was making this WAY harder than it needed to be, it's genetic. Yes, you've heard me say that before...I got bad genes (this literally said jeans until five seconds before I clicked post...), what else d'ya want me to say? <<< does that give in distinguishable characteristics as to where I live? Cuz, I dun' talk like dat. All that much. Whoa, so off the point. Me + 7:00 AM + coffee with half a scoop too little of grounds = wtf.
Step 1) one-sentence summary:
Two gay teens' paths criss and cross until they are wrapped around each other, then an even stronger bond forms.
Phew! I am onto something much better. Still suckage, but not so bland. Tina, Tina, Kelly, Floot? I think a significant testimony to this sentence, and the process as a whole, is that I really started to think about the characters and their storylines and where I can take this book. Before I knew this: Scottie and Justin are gay. Scottie and Justin like each other, kinda. Scottie and Justin have issues. Scottie and Justin...kiss? But, now, I have way more to go on and I have specifics! No, I am not sharing. At least not yet.
Regarding FuFri: I have shaken the Magic 8-Ball*, like twelve times, and got this message: You're on your way!**
*Here's another service I can provide, Tina.
**Does it still count, even if it's rigged? Yes.
For blind Tina.