Monday, October 09, 2006

In Recovery


...from the dissipations and celebrations (aided by my favourite repair - an orgy of lobster sandwiches.)
Thank you again for all your kind congratulations and good wishes on my son's wedding. They warmed my heart and soul.

Some idle questions:
Generators: Do any or many of you use the "generator" websites to jump-start ideas or help you plan and plot your works? Or do you feel that injudicious and religious use may lead to mechanical repetition and the predictable, all-samee stories that agents complain about?

Free Plot Point: Have read several novels with animal rescue/conservationist protagonist/major element. Has anyone ever seen one with a principal "cat lady" conflict ( re: media stories - the recluse w/the 35 cats and 15 dogs, etc.)

Your Opinion: Robin McKinley's essay on rude 'n crude fan letters seems to have raised some wrath. Some see it as curmudgeonly humour, some as insulting disregard of readers. Thought it contained a warning sub-set of what to expect in the mail-bag when we all become rich and famous writers.

25 comments:

Ric said...

Sounds like you had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Congrats to the Newlyweds. I am so happy for you.

Jaye Wells said...

Some generators have been helpful with ideas. However, many are just a waste of time.

Mary Janice Davidson got into some hot water a few months ago because she got into it with a few readers. I think both sides were immature, but she had a point once you read between the ego and the cussing. I think a lot of fan-girl readers take themselves way too seriously.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Ric dear.
~still in a state of euphoria ~

Bernita said...

Must check out that link, Jaye, thank you.
Some readers do seem to think the writer - not the novel - is a commodity.

Bernita said...

Just read it.
Oh my.
And here I was thinking along the lines of alleged readers wanting help on home-work assignments and free thises and thats...

S. W. Vaughn said...

Oh! I missed the nuttual announcement! Many congrats and best wishes to your son and his new bride... may they enjoy decades of happiness together!

Generators are fun to play with.

S. W. Vaughn said...

Or the nuptial announcement, even. Er, don't mind me, can't quite see straight yet...

*pours coffee grounds into mouth*

It's Monday, darn it!

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Congrats on the child's nuptials!

I'd rather 'generate' my own ideas, than borrow from a machine...I let machines do too much now that I should be doing!

And the 'cat-lady' thing is just creepy...I've known several in my lifetime, and they were all spookier than Stephen King!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Sonya.
~laughing - were you knocking back champagne this weekend too?~

Bonnie, thank you!
Glad I'm not the only one who views such programs with suspicion.

MissWrite said...

I'm so happy you had such a great weekend. I use generators once in awhile. Sometimes not for their actual answers, but to help spur my own idea. (Usually with unusual names for people or places.)

No, haven't seen the 'cat lady' yet, but I'm sure we will now that you've spawned that plot bunny out into the statosphere... thanks a lot Bernita. LOL

MissWrite said...

Oh I LIKE 'NUTtuals' ROTF.

Carla said...

Generators - no. Cat lady - not as a major plot point that I can remember (puzzling over what conflict there might be). Haven't read the link (maybe later), but never likely to concern me.
Here's to your recovery.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Tami!
Responsibile for a mini mental "virus", ya think?
Interesting psychology though.

Thank you, Carla. Wondering after if I did indeed introduce the father of the bride to someone as the "mother of the groom"...

Sela Carsen said...

Generators -- I've used them, but never get a whole story out of them. Usually not horrible for an elementary school writing assignment or for flash fiction.

Cat ladies aren't usually the main protagonists. They're usually the murder victims. At least in the books I read. *gg*

I think RMcK has it about right. However, she speaks from a position of having a Newberry Award winning book and a huge host of fans. If most of us rank beginners wrote a letter like that, we'd be flogged down to the bone -- and rightly so.

I find it charmingly crusty and eccentric, but then I usually like charmingly crusty and eccentric people.

Bernita said...

I though her rant targeted idiot requests, not the average communicator, Sela, and feel much the same as you do.
However, there was quite a variety of comment over at Miss Snark's and a few other places..

Gabriele C. said...

I don't need generators to get plotbunnies. What I need is a weapon that kills some of the buggers. :)

archer said...

Congtats, Bernita! May they go forth and multiply.

Robyn said...

The link to RMcK didn't work for me.

Odd how it is always a cat lady. In novels, women always seem to have cats while men have dogs; but I've known just as many obsessive cat men.

The generators are serious fun, though I don't think I'd use one for a story I was writing. My favorite get-out-of-the-corner advice: Nothing but sex will save this story.

Bernita said...

I think a generator might have that effect, at least on me, Gabriele.
Who needs canned bunnies?

Thank you, Archer.I only worry about subtraction - the multiplication is up to them.

Sorry, Robyn, I probably screwed it up. The link's available from Miss Snark's site though.
Yes, the cases one reads about seem to be quite evenly divided between men and women.

Marie said...

I did try using one of those generators a while back. Wasn't really that helpful. I'd rather use my own ideas.

Bernita said...

Me too, Marie, but some find them helpful.

M.E Ellis said...

I've heard of the plot generators. No, never used one. Mine come straight out of my crazy head.

:o)

Bernita said...

You don't need them, Michelle. Obviously!

Ballpoint Wren said...

I take my ideas wherever I can get them. If they come from an idea generator, great! I'd install one in my kitchen if it would be any help.

Bernita said...

You're another I can't see in need of one, Bonnie.