Monday, July 10, 2006

Monday Motivation

Another Monday that actually feels like one. Not that I'm particularly a fan of the first day of the work week, but better to know where you are than constantly be playing catch up, right?

Though I have not seen Superman Returns yet (and I hear it's better than expected), we *did* see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. And holy special effects. If you thought the undead crew in the first movie was impressive, wait until you see this one. There were incredible amounts of character development, a *wonderful* tentacle-y bad guy and ... really. Last time it was about the plot more than the characters. Not so any more. This movie was all about getting to know the players better.

And that's all I'll say to avoid spoilering.

This week I'm moderating the final week of the Pre-Conference Bootcamp, which is an online workshop we do with RWA National. We have agents, locals to that year's conference, editors and authors who volunteer their time to ask questions and give advice to those of you going to National. This week we have Nadia Cornier of Firebrand Literary with us. If you're a member of RWA Pro and are interested in hearing what she has to say about pitching at National, feel free to sign up!

And with no further ado:

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"It's not fire or ice," the old man said, pausing to chew the stem of his pipe. His gaze was unfocused and far away. "It's a tree. A great, black tree with no leaves. There's no god to tell you up or down. It's all about the climb. If you can climb the backs of the people beneath you, you can reach the thinnest branches and climb up to a better end."

"And if you can't?" Someone had to ask. Most held their breath.

His gaze snapped back and his eyes crinkled at the edges. "If you can't, a thousand passing feet will wear you smooth as a stone."

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Your turn!

2 comments:

Silma said...

Oh, I can't wait to see Pirates 2! I've been hearing/reading all kind of mix reviews, but I'm going anyway.

M.E Ellis said...

'Wear you smooth as stone'

Hmmm. No rough edges on the one hand, being walked over on the other.

Thanks for that, gave me something to think about.

:o)