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    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    Mark Twain is a Romantic Comedy Queen's Keeper

    I haven't done a Today's Special Tidbit for a bit so here's one from a guy who will always be on my Keeper Shelf...Mark Twain:

    "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." --- Mark Twain

    How true this Twainism rings for me as a romantic comedy novelist. The facts are that life and love are full of laughter and natural shtick. I take the truths of the experiences and twist them a tad with my personal style/voice. As a writer, I make them appear to be fiction even though they're plum full of universal relationship truths to hook my readers.

    Take for example, the second book in my Bootscootin' Series where it's all about The Ex-Factor. (How many of us haven't lived through that horror? LOL!!! Well, now I'm laughing...I wasn't back then...well...let's just say I shouldn't have been although I was...)

    Here's my story hook: With both of their exes stirring the pot, can two chefs pull off catering a wedding without making minced meat of their relationship? Perhaps love is a lot like cooking...delicious with the right ingredients...or...not so delicious if the heat is simmering in Hell's Kitchen. Add a sex therapist to the mix and you get Hell's Kitchen meets Meet the Fockers.

    How's that for some fun stuff to distort?

    Sexy, Sassy, Smart Wishes --- D. D. Scott




    Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    Tracking Down My Fickle Muse Sluts

    Lately it's been all about my muses The Carrie Squad...I know I keep finding things to say about them, but it's all in an effort to make them the celebrities they insist on being in order to keep rolling out the red carpet leading to my bestsellerdom.

    'Course The Carrie Squad was none too pleased when I told them about Nora Roberts' take on their tendency to blow off a day or two:

    "If you need to believe in the muse, let's say, fine and dandy. Whatever works for you. But don't tell me you can't work today because the muse has left you. Go track down that fickle slut, drag her back, chain her to your keyboard, and GET TO WORK." --- Nora Roberts

    I'm thinking it was the whole "fickle slut" thing...but if the shoes fit, they're usually the first to wear I'm not sure what they're problem is. They don't dress drag but appreciate and accept the talent and effort of those who do. And the whole bondage thing...well...I don't write Erotica, although I'm way past sweet romance...definitely more the hot stuff...we're talking researching with A Lover's Paintbox of Chocolates for some tasty foreplay...then my characters GET TO WORK!!!

    Any thoughts on why The Carrie Squad wouldn't be into Nora's sound advise? 'Cause this sexy, sassy, smart romantic comedy writer thinks her comment is brilliant!!!

    Sexy, Sassy, Smart Wishes --- D. D. Scott