Hi, MIF, Checking in…Check this out!

As promised, here are the full living/writing accounts from yesterday. Yes, we have to add ‘include real life events that interrupt the flow of ink’ to the accountability list.

  1. The Scaffolders turned up (at long last – we’ve been waiting for them for over a week) and took down/took away the last of the exoskeleton at the back of the house.
  2. Phoned the painters who arrived tout de suite. I became the refreshment provider for a while.
  3. The painters are here as I write this, MIF, so there’s been some ‘rinse and repeat’ stuff on the refreshment front. They’re sanding down the front and back doors, so there’s been some stereophonic sneezing going on.
  4. A computer guru arrived – a day early – to sort out the mail program. Yep. Refreshments.
  5. A landscaping chappie is arriving in about half-an-hour, to assess the visibly crumbling retaining walls surrounding the decking. I can see the piggy bank quivering in terror. I have a mug and refilled kettle at the ready.
  6. I remembered to have some breakfast, earlier. I think one of my lovely mentors (Rachael Stephen) calls that ‘self-care’. She’s right. It was a bit yummy.
  7. On the writing front: I have been brainstorming some ideas related to the Protagonist’s and Villain/Antagonist’s motives.
  8. Checked email, and there was a reply from another mentor/guide, Jessica Brody. I asked for permission to include a link to a book she has written which is being released into the world on October 9th. Below is the link to pre-order and to receive a yummy gift for doing so – on the release date.

I use a whole bunch of methods to get the story in my head out onto paper, in some sort of coherent form. Save The Cat!® created by Blake Snyder, was something I found on the Net while I was stumbling around looking for help in organising my thoughts. Blake’s story beats – primarily movie-based – can be adapted to serve the novelist. Jessica Brody, a valuable STC! contributor – who has used the STC! story beats to write and publish novels of her own –  has written Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, to show us how to do it! Let joy abound. Here’s the link:


When you’ve checked that out, you might like to know that Jessica has created writing courses, which I’ve found to be fun, friendly, and motivating. She has many similar qualities to you, dear MIF. Here’s another link for you. Jessica tells us how Blake Snyder’s story beat method, saved her own novel-writing career. Enjoy, my cuddly MIF:


Lots of love,



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