09 February 2010

The NeverEnding Story

photo of yum yum sleeping with her paws over her eyesYou may remember that I mentioned a writing contest I was going to enter. The only problem was that I needed to rewrite my story, so it would sound somewhat decent. Well, I tried, but I missed the deadline by a mere six minutes. Yup, I would be able to work on it after the girls got done with school and I spent about ten hours a day over the weekend, but it just wasn't enough time. Even though I didn't make the deadline, I'm glad that I went through the story again. It was something I had been putting off for a while and this contest was just the motivation I needed to get it done.

Now that I've gone through and fixed the most glaring mistakes, I am currently in the process of going back through it again and trying to tighten-up the storyline. Since I will be working at a more leisurely pace, I'll be able to add some additional details and polish-up my transitions. One of the other things I am going to work on is the dialog. Before I wrote this thing last November, I had very little experience (try none) with writing dialog, so this is a huge learning curve for me. I need to be able to make the conversations flow much easier, so this is where a majority of my work will be centered.

Anyway, besides the old writing, I'm keeping busy by trying to learn Geometry. Yup, the battle rages on...Equations of Planes in Space. Although this sounds like a weird Science Fiction movie, it's actually working with 3-dimensional figures. So, instead of having just the X and Y coordinates, you now have X, Y, and Z coordinates. Here's a little sample of what I'm talking about... photo of a 3-d coordinate plane
Hope you have fun with it, I know I am...NOT!


photo courtesy of...wikipedia.org (Edited to remove dead link)

9 comments:

  1. 6 minutes? Oh, that's too bad but at least you got all that work done so you'll be ready next time. The Geometry problem looks like a book - coincendence?

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  2. Oh man, just 6 minutes! Well, at least you will be ready for the next contest?

    Better you than me on the geometry, lol!

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  3. BeadedTail: You know, you're right, it does look like a book. I didn't even notice that. Yeah, I'm hoping to be ready for the next one.

    Storm, The Psychotic Housewife: I know, just my luck :)
    It's hard to get my mind around the 3-d part of it, but at least my daughter understands it...which is the point, anyway. But now, it's a matter of pride. I will not let the evil geometry win :)

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  4. Oh no, just 6 minutes late. Well it was a good try anyway and like you said it got you working on it.

    As for geometry. I'm lost

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  5. Oh no, six minutes! That sounds really frustrating...But you'll be ready for next year nice and early! (Me too, I hope)

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  6. Ann: Yup, that's about how the week went for me. Anyway, I'll be able to make the book even better (I hope).
    I'm with you on the geometry :)

    Lidian: Yeah, I cut it really close, but I think it's for the best. This way, I'll be able to work on some more and tighten it up a bit more. Good luck on yours and if I discover any other competitions, I'll let you know.

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  7. This is actually quite interesting! I am glad to have found your site; I'm also a writer -- and a Dad :)
    I'll be back, all the best!

    http://www.taxtipsfordemocrats.com

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  8. Six minutes...gosh. Well, keep at it and all the best with all you're doing :)

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  9. JL: Thank you very much! It's great to meet a fellow writer and dad. We've got to stick together :)

    Dori: Thank you! I hope you have a great weekend :)

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