So, today I changed my baby's diaper. I've changed it before, so it's not like a big "Oh, he finally helped out with the baby!" kind of thing. Of course, Shaundale, my wife, changes Watson more than I do. Yes, we named him after Sherlock Holmes' friend and confident. The name grows on you after a while.
In any case, I change Watson's diaper from time to time and I've found that when I do, I seem to have the same thought run through my head. As I unsnap the bottom of his sleeper, then unsnap the snaps on his onesy, suddenly I feel like I'm in a timed competition. I rip his diaper off him like it's on fire, whip the clean diaper underneath him and slap the velcro stips across the front. I snap the onsey back in place like his and my lives depend on it being done before the next tick of the clock. Now I'm cramming his legs back into his sleeper like a person making sausage, and snapping the snaps back in place - sometimes snapping a leg snap to a crotch snap, correcting myself and muttering to myself about this unexcusable loss of time, thinking he'd be fine snapped together in a tangle, and only correcting my mistake because my score won't count if he's not put back together correctly. Finally, the last snap is snapped into it's correct place and I raise my hand like a calf roper who has just trussed a baby cow in record time.
I have yet to actually time myself, so I don't know if I'm breaking any old records from day-to-day, but it doesn't stop me from looking at changing a diaper as a rodeo event. And at the end of each change I feel as if I have just had numbers posted on a huge digital board above some stall in a stadium. "And the winner is, Watson's Dad!!!"
Okay, I know everyone has something to say about the movie rendition of "Les Miserables" but I want to add my take on it.
For my birthday the other day my wife took me (along with her family) to see the movie.
I loved the new approach to a musical, having the actors sing their parts lending all the emotion of the part to the song and recording it live as they perform - then going back and adding the
music later. I think it made the performance and the music much more powerful
than it would have otherwise been.
Joss Whedon is most famous for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spin-off Angel and the short-lived but much-loved Firefly series. But the writer and director has also worked unseen as a script doctor on movies ranging from Speed to Toy Story. Here, he shares his tips on the art of
The first thing to remember, and never forget as you write your query letter, is that the purpose of the query is to: GENERATE REQUESTS!!
There are 4 elements you want to incorporate into your query to make it a Killer Query Letter.
1. The Hook
2. The Setup
3. The Conflict
4. The Consequence
New authors seeking representation wonder whether or not they should approach this task by sending out queries to a large number of agents all at once, or waiting for a response before querying the next potential agent. And if you're going to query a group should you go with your favorite agent(s) first, followed by the second and third level agents? Or does it make more sense to
approach them in reverse order, starting with your least favorite, (but perhaps more available) agents first then move up the scale?
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