Sunday, August 29, 2010

Idioms According to World of Warcraft

An avid gamer, I was playing World of Warcraft the other day when several idioms came to mind. Tongue in cheek (pun intended), I decided to change them accordingly. Here are I few I came up with:
  1. A dungeon boss killed is an emblem earned.
  2. Any portal in an enemy-won battleground.
  3. Leave no brightly colored egg unopened.
  4. Always on the wait list, never a raider.
  5. A twink and his gold are soon parted.
  6. A watched Murky never dances.
  7. Longer than a month of raids.
  8. Back to the starting zone.
  9. At a turtle mount's pace.
  10. From grays to purples.
  11. As cool as the Lich King.
  12. As mad as Illidan Stormrage.
  13. A mana tide totem raises all intellect.
  14. Recount speaks louder than Gearscore.
  15. A screenshot is worth a thousand emotes.
  16. A level 80 character is worth two in Outland.
  17. Between the Lich King and the Frozen Throne.
  18. Elwynn Forest is always greener on another server.
  19. Almost only counts if the boss dies on the next attempt.
  20. Beauty is in the eye of the one wearing Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles.

Monday, August 2, 2010

RWA 2010 Conference Musings

I've just returned home from the Romance Writers of America 2010 Conference in Orlando. It was an incredible experience! I met so many wonderful people and even geeked-out with quite a few of the SciFi/Fantasy lovers like me. I had a blast at the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Writers' party and won first place in the Steampunk costume contest.
The guest speakers for the lucheons, Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz, were personable and entertaining. They both told hilarious and inspiring stories from more than three decades of writing. The best part of the conference, however, was simply getting to meet the other writers. Each and every RWA member, from the lowest newbie to the rich and famous, was sincerely welcoming. Even as a not-yet-published author, I felt validated and worthy. I will forever cherish the memories and friends I made.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Revision and Re-writing

I'm still hard at work on the storyboards for "Saint George and the Dragon." A week or so ago, I re-wrote the entire story in order to make the rhyme match the page spread. The re-write has definitely made the manuscript better but it sure was hard to toss out two years worth of revision.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tangible Dreams

I find it fascinating that, ever since I started writing, my daydreams include a running narrative. I start with an idea then, unintentionally, I find myself solidifying the action and adding the accompanying text. Similarly, when I'm painting, I find myself fantasizing about the mood and thoughts of the characters in the illustration. I don't remember doing either process before I became a writer. It seems writing has transformed my elusive dreams into tangible stories.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

It's Showtime Folks

The East Mountain Dance Conservatory 2010 Recital is over at last! The dancers and crew were amazing and I would do it again in a hearbeat yet I am very glad I can finally get back to writing. My goal is to complete "Oasis" by the Romance Writers of America conference in late July. It will be a challenge but I'm more excited than scared. To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes from the "Miri" episode of the original Star Trek series - write, write or else "bonk, bonk on the head."