ON WRITING

“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

I Swear I'm Telling the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth...


Well, it's time for me to 'fess up and let you know the answers to the seven questions from the Creative Writer Blogger Award. Some bright sparks did guess the ONE true thing I posted.

Around the World in 80 Days

1. I really love to travel as Francine knows, so that may have been behind her guessing #1 as a truth. Sure, I'd love to go around the world in 80 days, but not like those krazy klutzes from the movie did - oversized goggles, biggles hats, balloons etc. Sorry Francine! 

2. Laura and Jules played along with #2, but Clarissa was really hopeful...ha de ha.

Good... Morning Vietnam!

3.L Diane Wolfe and Jai Joshi and Terry Stonecrop thought #3 might be the truth and I'd like to go to Vietnam to shout 'Good morning Vietnam!' and why not? Trouble is I have my baby daughter trekking Vietnam from North to South and I'm worried witless, so Vietnam was kinda on my mind. No, I'll leave the shout out to Robin Williams. Hmm, maybe I will do that one day, kinda the truth...let's get Candice home safely first!

My daughter's doing this...
While I am doing this...

4. Absolutely no-one was fazed by #4. North Pole/South Pole - too much of a stretch, or a mush or what!


5. Summer and Secret Writer went for #5 - why not? It's one of the coolest! Sadly, all my research on Antarctica comes from books/internet. But it would be very cool to go one day. Maybe one really hot summer in Australia - oh, that's every summer.


This is where most of the action takes place in Twilight - or so it seems...

6. Funny, not even a whiff of a suggestion that Twilight is my favourite series. For those who have friended me on goodreads, you may have noticed me saying I've started reading them. Hey, I've got through the first two, now I'm heading for Eclipse! I thought seeing as I'm a writer/teacher/mother I should see what all the fuss is about and try to work out why Stephanie Meyer has been uber successful. I think part of the secret is heaps of dialogue and Bella's POV, which keeps the action going at a cracking pace. I'm totally sick of her whining, getting cut, looking for danger etc etc, but I totally get why this series has been a money spinner. Hey, but you're right, I don't even like reading about vampires/werewolves/zombies and whatever other monsters are lurking out there, so Twilight can never be my favourite series.



7. The Words Crafter, Helen Ginger and Francine (yes, you did!) really thought this movie segment from Apocolypse Now was the truth. I must confess - YOU ARE RIGHT! Must be, as I'm at #7! I know it's cruel, and American POV, but it does show beauty juxtaposed with the humour and cruelty and I just LOVE the images of the helicopters with Wagner's soaring music. I don't think the movie glorifies the Americans, just the opposite, and remember, the Aussies fought in this beastly war too. Thanks, Francine, for thinking this couldn't possibly be true, but IT IS! I'll say no more, but I hope I don't get a bundle of hate mail, or I'll be saying:
'I love the smell of disillusionment in the morning!

'Heck, this post took longer than the original. Thank you for playing along. I hope I got all the names/choices right!

Oh, and while we're on the American theme, Nick Thomas, thank you for the list of Bill Clinton lies/truths. Woh, he's such a role model! As I'm a tad political, I'll reprint them so others who missed this jewel of a list can have a crack at guessing which of Bill's quotes are the truth according to the Gospel of Bill:

  1. I have never lied in my life.
  2. I did not have sex with that woman.
  3. Hillary makes my toes curl.
  4. Hillary makes my toenails drop off.
  5. Chelsea is honest, beautiful, faithful, and adopted.
  6. I have no regrets, and sleep well at night - on the couch.
  7. Obama is the greatest president since Nixon.

Geesh, I must admit I'm flummoxed. None of them could possibly be true, could they?



Pop down and replay #7! Da, da, da, da....


22 comments:

  1. Woohoo! I usually never get it right! I haven't ever seen this movie. I can only do a few war movies. Their realism, and knowing they really took place, make it too difficult for me.

    A fun post to read, for sure!

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  2. Thanks Words Crafter! Who would have thought it true, eh?

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  3. LOL, snaps fingers, darn I thought I had it. :)

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  4. Ah man, I was wrong? I though 3 was the one. Oh well.

    Jai

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  5. I want to invite you to follow my blog. I have signed up as a follower of this blog and will visit your others from here.

    As a young lad. I was in France for 21/2 years and loved it. Enjoyed the pictures you had from there.

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  6. Jai, tricked you!

    covnitkepr1: Welcome to my blog. I am on my way to visit yours..:)

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  7. That scene in Apocalypse Now is very well done. So of course you like it. I can't watch the movie that often but I like that scene too.

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  8. Pamela Jo, yes, it is well done, and I'm glad you like it..:)

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  9. Hi,

    I loved Apocalypse Now so I guess that puts me in the frame for hate mail too.
    best
    F

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  10. Hello,

    I think you are very brave to enter the NVoices contest. I posted mine and have now quit the M&B NVs contest. I did as someone else suggested and posted my email address on my profile. I'm glad I did because another large publisher approached me and they want the whole manuscript right now. I sincerely believe the chances of publication at end of the M&B contest is very slim, and I would like to pass on this little bit of advice. Put your email on your profile.

    Suzy

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  11. It was fun guessing. Maybe we can do a group shout of "Morning Vietnam." lol

    Fun post for sure :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  12. Francine: Great movie! No hate mail so far..:)

    Jules: 1,2,3...Good Morning Vietnam!

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  13. Aw I liked the Vietnam one. I don't blame you for worrying about your daughter. Wishing her well.

    OK, I think I'll do better on Clinton: #2 is the truth. "I did not have sex with that woman."

    I guess it depends on what you call sex:)

    BTW, I'm having trouble with your link to that contest. I'll try again.

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  14. Terry, thanks for your good wishes for my daughter in vietnam. Yeah, Good morning Vietnam sounds so cool..I'm sorry you're having trouble with that link. You have to sign in to comment, which is a pain but understandable. Thanks for trying..:)

    L Diane: Shame, it was fun..:)

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  15. Terry and Jude: Ha Ha Mr Clinton. Terry I thought #2 was a lie! *falls down laughing*..:)

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  16. Thank you for your post to my post on Rachelle Gardner's Blog. Now I've discovered your Blog. It's great! Thank you for a really out-of-the-box look at your world.
    Sue Harrison

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  17. Congrats on entering NV Denise! Thanks for stopping by the blog :)

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  18. Sue, thanks for dropping by and commenting. Lovely to meet you..:)

    Lacey, lovely to meet another Aussie. Great to see Daniel on your site. I must do the same..:)

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  19. Ah there is definitely something about that movie! I love the music too.

    Ps: I just wanted to pop by and tell you that I've posted my Star Award and my writing habits! Thanks again for the lovely award.

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