Monday, March 28, 2005

Desperate Housewives is back!

The weather stinks here in New York, I just glanced out the window and it's pouring rain outside, but it was hot on Desperate Housewives last night!

Yeah, Desperate Housewives is back and living on my TV. I cannot tell you how excited I was to see a new episode last night. At first, I wasn't even sure that I would remember what happened before since it's been over a month since the last new episode. Thank god for the flashbacks in the beginning to remind us of what had gone on previously.

I thought this was a great episode. Edie was back, trying to be a friend to Susan in her own bizarre Edie way. The mystery surrounding Mary Alice was deepened with the news that Mrs. Huber's sister knows something about Paul and Mary Alice. The storyline with Rex and Bree was continued with the reveal that Rex was one of Maisie's clients, adding more conflict to their marriage, plus what is the pharmacist giving Rex that he's not getting better?

The best sub-plot was Gabby and her husband not having enough money to pay to fix their plumbing. Gabby stealing a porta-potty was priceless and having to do laundry in the jacuzzi. As usual Lynette's story-line had the most reality with the knowledge that her kids were being blamed for a head lice epidemic.

I would love to see Lynette either get a part-time job or have her husband lose his and Lynette have to go back to work. Imagine Tom spending time in the park with the other Mom's or carpooling or hanging out with Mike, while Lynette wheels and deals. It would be fabulous. Or Lynette becoming a Mary Kay cosmetics rep, and trying to get that pink cadillac!

So Brad and Jen are getting a divorce. I don't know why this depresses me. It's not as if I even know the two of them. Maybe it's just the sadness of another marriage ending, and wondering why. Irreconciliable differences, the most over-used term for ending a marriage. Two people who don't know how to compromise is what it really means. I wonder if a year or two from now, they're going to regret the fact that they didn't take care of their marriage more.

Oh well, c'est la vie!

On a writing note, I'm working on the synopsis for my recently finished chick-lit romantic comedy paranormal. Trying to make sure that I get it under 11 pages. Feels great to know that I can whip out a 439 page manuscript in 2 1/2 months. Granted, it's only the first draft but it gives me something to aim for when I start working on the next manuscript.

Took the big step of sending off my first three chapters and synopsis to a freelance editor. I know that there's a book in Nearly Famous just waiting to come out. I just have to find it and I can only do that if I have fresh eyes who can tell me where I've gone off the rails. I already know that I need to cut at least 150 pages out of this puppy, and the first 6 chapters have to be 3 chapters. I have a lot of backstory going on right now. In fact the whole first 3 chapters are nothing but backstory.

I had originally started the book with the defining incident and then was told I needed to make the audience care about Julia before the defining incident, but now I need to do that in a shorter amount of time. I need to start thinking of this book in terms of a three-act structure like a play and figure out what goes where. Alot of stuff has to happen in the first 100 pages, and right now it doesn't.

Cutting this book is going to be like cutting off a limb but it's necessary surgery unless I want gangrene.

Revisions can be a bitch!

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

I love Desperate Housewives, too! :)

Good luck with the cutting