11.10.14 Update

CALL FOR WINTER PARTY HOSTS

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of year again.  Get out your Santa hats and your candles, your appetites and the box that hides your scales.  Let’s party!

If you’d like to host the Littleton Writer’s party this year, please let me (Liesa) know.  We’re looking for a place that can comfortably hold 40 to 50 people, and a host who can say “we already have 3,000 desserts, can you bring a veggie tray?”  This party is for both the Tuesday and the Thursday groups, so anyone reading this who’s a member of either group is encouraged to let me know about it.

IF YOU MISSED KATHY HOUSE’S PRESENTATION, YOU MAY WANT TO CONNECT WITH HER!

picture of Kathy House 2014

Kathy discussing Innies and Outies with an RMFW member at Standley Lake Library

Saturday, our own Kathy House did RMFW’s monthly continuing education course on introverts versus extroverts in writing.  What a terrific presentation, Kathy!

We learned that there isn’t such a thing as totally introverted or totally extroverted, but rather a range of emotions and modes of operations in a spectrum, and that these ranges we fall in are not an indication of anti-social or unhealthy emotions that profile serious emotional health issues.

And when we were playing with introversion versus extroversion it became increasingly easy to find ways to make our characters uncomfortable in our stories.  What a terrific eye-opener.

Kathy has masters degrees in both English and psychology, and her expertise was delivered with humor, and gracious style.  Well done, Kathy, and thanks!

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CHARACTER’S WEIGHT?

If you’re like me, you may never have won at the “guess my weight” side shows and carnivals.  This isn’t usually a big deal unless you’re trying to create a character.  In my second book, I wanted a character who was significantly over-weight, but couldn’t go up to people with similar body structures and ask them what the scales would read.  Curiosity won out and I found a great website that lets you put in height and weight of a character, then draws the final figure for you.  Talk about a great character building tool!  Plus its fun. So if you’re struggling to figure out how to visualize your next hero or heroine, check out http://bmijs.is.tuebingen.mpg.de.  Just be careful!  This “toy” is addictive (and no checking out your writing colleagues’ weight!)

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