So This is December

December 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm (Random Thoughts)


Hello, fabulous blog readers. I apologize for leaving you stranded last week, but obviously my technical difficulties were more difficult than originally thought. Just to keep you updated, my book trailer is done and I am bouncing from toe to toe to post it to the world, but every time I try and upload it onto YouTube, the picture plays, but there is no sound. I briefly thought about letting it rip anyway, but once I really thought about it, I realized how crazy I was being. I mean, really–why not just go all the way then and have Buffy without Willow and Xander, or peanut butter without chocolate. It’s insane people– just insane!  So I keep trying and will post my trailer as soon as I can. At this rate, it’ll be your Christmas present.

What else? I’m still writing. Had a bit of a post-Nano slow-down, but the little engine is still chugging away. I don’t know if the girls in the basement are helping or if I’m just in a wacky coincidence zone, but I’m getting ideas on how to really crunch things up from a book I’m reading about the HBO show Deadwood (if you can believe it.) I also found another great song for my soundtrack on So You Think  You Can Dance. So even by not writing that much, the book is still cooking along.

Yesterday I started getting back into my Michael Hauge teachings. I have a few of his seminars on my iPod, but yesterday was the start of a 3-hour DVD he did with Christopher Vogler (of The Writer’s Journey). Here’s a description of the set: 

If you’re looking for valuable instruction and some extra inspiration for your writing, look no further than The Hero’s Two Journeys DVD series. Whether you’re a screenwriter, producer, novelist, playwright, actor, game designer, or just anyone who loves to tell a good story, then this is the tool for you. Two of Hollywood’s best teachers come together to coach you in the art of storytelling, sharing more than 10 hours worth of insight and writing technique. Be a student of this screenwriting workshop from the comfort of your own home! Michael Hauge, script consultant and author of Writing Screenplays That Sell; and Chris Vogler, story analyst and author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, discuss their views of story structure, character arc, and plot.

DVD 1: The Outer Journey: Explains the important structural principles that move any successful plot forward.

DVD 2: The Inner Journey: The deeper aspects that form the heart of the story. The Hero’s self is experienced or revealed.

DVD 3: The Journeys of Erin Brockovich

My plan is to make my way through it all this week and let those little gems sink in as I’m writing. I already had such a moment this morning, but may save the story for later. (It starts out kinda like a joke–what do you get if you cross Michael Hauge and Fiddler on the Roof? The inside of Pam’s brain!) I realized lately I’ve been slacking off on listening to my craft and writing seminars and that’s just bad! They do such a great job of inspiring me, giving me little tips and tricks that give me new layers to my stories, that I really should queue them up more. Yeah, sure it’s fun to listen to the Glee soundtrack or Buffy’s Once More With Feeling and belt out the words in the privacy (and relative) soundproofedness of my car, but I’ve forgotten how good it feels to have one of those “Yes!” moments when hearing a really good idea.

So that’s life with me. Hope you’re all doing well and the holidays are treating you well. I figure any season with Eggnog shakes has got to be good.



  1. Marilyn Brant said,

    Those eggnog shakes look delicious! I really loved and appreciated the wisdom of Michael Hauge. Some friends and I were just talking about him this weekend and how much of an impact his story structure concepts had on our writing. Between Michael and Blake Snyder, I felt RWA gave us a pair of really outstanding models… Good job with all the work you’re doing! Keep at it–I know it’s great stuff. 🙂

  2. Robin said,

    Eggnog shakes ~ yum! I’m very much behind on my teachings and love when you post about those writers that have helped you so much – thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Montana (curtbooks) said,

    Go Pam! Where’s the next shake coming from?

  4. Karen said,

    My local RWA had Michael Hauge come and speak back in Nov. He was wonderful!

  5. Pamela Cayne said,

    Marilyn–yup, eggnog shakes. Yummy. And I feel that with the Holy Trinity of Screenwriters (Michael, Blake, and Jane Espensen), anybody can take their writing to the next level, and beyond!

    Robin–I need to post more about Michael, but maybe after the holidays when my Christmas Brain is no longer the zombie snack it’s been lately! 😀

  6. Pamela Cayne said,

    Montana–I’m thinking McDonald’s. That or Cold Stone Creamery. 🙂

    Karen–isn’t he? We heard him at the RWA National convention in Dallas in 2007, and I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many notes so fast in my life! My hand looked like a gnarled talon for the rest of the afternoon, but it was so worth it!

  7. Heidi Betts said,

    Hey, Pam! Just dropping in to thank you for showin’ LOVES ME, LOVES ME KNOTmad love over at Amazon. I don’t usually pimp for positive reviews, I swear, but those few snotty ones were starting to bring me down–& just before Xmas, too!

    I’m with everyone else, btw…those shakes look yummy! But I mostly just want the whipped cream & cherries off the top…anybody wanna split ’em? *g*

  8. L.A. Mitchell said,

    Oh, Pam…I’m so happy to hear the writing is still cooking for you this time of year. I’ll live vicariously through you, k? That DVD sounds like something I need right about now. {{holiday hugs}}

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