1. I’m taking a road trip this weekend, me Zesties. I’m driving with Frank to another Albertan city where he will play with his cousins, and I’ll attend a full-day writing conference with Michael Hauge. In fact, this makes my FOURTH class with MH, because in last summer’s RWA, I followed him from session to session to, um…session. In my defense, he’s a gifted teacher on story structure and provided me with a number of huge “aha” moments.
But this weekend should be fantastic, because that restraining order expired. Also, this time I’m organized.
I have a dozen freshly laundered, monogrammed hankies to give to him, in case he has to recurrently mop his brow. (It’s odd how some of my favorite teachers share this mannerism. They must all overdress. Maybe I should draft up a quick manifesto on how to dress appropriately for hotel banquet room presentations. This could make a good and endearing ice-breaker for post-conference cocktail parties. I think it could cement me, in the lecturer’s mind, as a prepared and businesslike writer. What do you think?)
I’m taking a guest with me: a non-writing writer named “Ted.” This guy is talented and full of ideas, but he needs a gentle nudge. I’m thinking Michael Hauge will be closer to a fourteen-story fall, so that could work out nicely.
2. I’m looking for a pithy title for a series of visual puns I anticipate running on Sunday mornings. (Like this one.) As I said on Facebook, my brain loves to create these kind of things, and I’ve always been a nut for puzzles. I’d love to hear feedback on two things:
- Ideas for a name, which incorporates something about citrus or Tartitude + puzzles. “Tartogram” is a website, alas, so that wouldn’t work out.
Tartogram? Tartotoon? I’m running on empty, guys.
- Whether you’d enjoy this kind of thing. At the best of times this blog could be called somewhat unfocused. Is this a welcome feature to you folks, or yet another inbox distraction?
3. I’m told WordPress changed its comment system recently. It’s now more difficult to comment and people receive follow-up comments through email by default. They must opt out.
Are you having difficulties or experiencing frustration? Please let me know.
For some time I’ve contemplated moving this blog to a self-hosted site. This might make me commit.
4. Lastly, a fun video I spotted on Elizabeth S. Craig’s blog post on conflict. Wouldn’t you LOVE to stage an event like this?