Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Hot in the City

It is so hot here in New York, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Yesterday, it was 98 degrees, and something like 90% humidity. So what did I do, when I got home? I decided to have crab cakes for dinner. Because nothing says summer, like turning the oven on to 375 in your kitchen which is already about 100 degrees, to have crab cakes. FYI-the crab cakes were great, but I almost passed out baking them.

Today, everyone will be arriving in Reno for the conference, if they're not already there. Sigh! I hate not being in the thick of the action. I had so much fun last year, and the year before in New York. And this year is the 25th anniversary of RWA.

I got another rejection letter on Monday, but it was actually okay because I had a feeling that my novel wasn't going to be to her taste. At least, I received a personal rejection letter this time which was nice.

Jennifer Crusie talked about making collages in the RWR a few months ago, so I've decided to make one for my new book that I'm working on right now.

That's my half-black, half-jewish heroine Emma. I'm trolling the net right now for pictures of her cousin, her other relatives, and her love interests.

Her brother Justin, who has his own independent record label in Austin, TX.

A possible love interest.

I think this is a good way of getting to know your characters. It's also alot of fun! I plan on hanging near my computer while I work. Do any of you use actual pictures for your characters? As a visual aid?


Bearette24 said...

that is a fun idea! Maybe Taye Diggs as a potential love interest though?

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Cool. I'll have to look up some pictures of him. Not tall enough to play basketball but he could be a journalist!

Gabrielle said...

I've always, since I was a teenager, had collages beside me as I write. I've got a corkboard/whiteboard that I use to pin photos to and scribble down notes. I also have a little widget on my desktop that displays a photo of my hero. I've got it set up to change every hour to a random shot and I always have a "ooh, yes, THAT'S why I'm writing this!" moment :-)

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

That's a cool idea, sort of like a screensaver. I have a picture up on my computer at home of a love interest for a different book. Collages are neat.

MaryF said...

Hugs on the R, and I hear you about not being in Reno....some friends called last night and they sounded like they were having so much fun!

Gabrielle said...

Yeah, like a screensaver, but only in one corner of the screen. Download Konfabulator to do the same. It works on Macs or PCs (though why anyone'd want a PC.... ::grin::)