Monday, April 09, 2007

Hope Floats


Happy Day After Easter!!!

I woke up this morning wondering what I might blog about as I rentered the world of online life documentation. Start out with a pretty picture, I told myself. Something that says 'Spring is here!' On a whim, I googled hot air balloons, which placed me squarely in the middle of my first ethical blogging dilemma in a month and a half. It's only 8:30 in the morning, so I'm not sure my resources are up to the challenge (exhibited by the fact that I just sat here for a full two minutes trying to remember the word for "figuring out the right thing to do in a challenging situation.") So here's what I came up with:

If you're easily offended, skip on down to the next section.

If you're in need of a giggle, click on this link, which I'll simply call He is risen, indeed.
I have no idea why I find this so compelling, but it is truly cracking me up. As seriously as I take Easter (it's my very favorite holiday - the hero rising from the dead to save the day has always captured my attention, no matter what age or cynicism level I found myself at - and you did NOT want to be there the year I wandered into a church that abandoned the Jesus story and instead used Easter to focus on the important take-home message of The Velveteen Rabbit), this was not at all what I was picturing yesterday as we sang our Hallelujahs.

Okay, enough with the ethics for now. The past 40 Days have been intense and fabulous, but I missed you guys. Huge thanks to those of you who commented, emailed, or even (in one case of blog fandom I will forever treasure) called to tell me you were looking forward to my return. It's good to be back :)

In update news, I got my editor's notes back on my manuscript in mid-March. "This is wonderful," she said. "But it has no narrative arc." "Narrative arc?" I replied (having never aspired to write a novel and having only a peripheral idea of what she might be talking about). "Um, it's a memoir...isn't the narrative arc just how things happened???" Apparently not. So for those of you out there who think you might someday want to write a memoir, try and give your life a narrative arc as you go along, as I suspect that is much easier than retrofitting one later on in the process. (No one ever tells you this in writing classes, so there you have it...) The good news is that after fifteen days in my pajamas, laptop glued to the ends of my fingers, a narrative arc emerged. My life story now reads more like an adventure and less like a trip to a badly-organized yard sale. Hallelujah!

How about you? How was your Easter? What have I missed????

10 comments:

Karen said...

I'm so glad you're back and congrats on the progres with your book!! I guess I can't sell any t-shirts on Cafe Press that say "Life is a narrative arc." :)

LEstes65 said...

YEAH!!! I checked your site like 5 times yesterday. TRISH IS BACK!!!!! YEAH! YIPPEEE!!!

Sorry. Just glad to see you back.

My Easter was great. No Velveteen Rabbit in my church. We'd been studying the different names for God in the bible and ended with yesterday studying the name 'Jesus'. It was very cool. Made me think of you and the Alpha gang quite a bit.

What have you missed? Not much from me. I keep you in the loop whether you're blogging or not.

Smooches...

Sarakastic said...

I agree, YIPPEE!!! While you were gone, no one else showed funny pictures of hot air balloons, & there was a void. I don' tknow what narrative arc

Stacy said...

Yay! Welcome back! I, too, did not realize memoirs had narrative arcs. In fact, I can think of some novels that don't have them (even though they really should).

Beck said...

My Easter was great. That Jesus balloon was just... wrong!
Glad to have you back.

Swishy said...

Yay! Welcome back! I have been very horrible with email, but I thought about you lots! So glad you found a narrative arc!

LEstes65 said...

Hey, you missed a lot of fun memes. I'm sure you'll see them on everyone's sites. When you have time for some silliness, I'd love to see your responses.

ellesappelle said...

Hooray! You're back! Welcome back :)

Wanda said...

I guess I can't welcome you back because I just found you. lestes65 ivited me to visit you and I'm so glad I did. I truly honor your Blog Fast...that's awesome and you books sounds wonderful!
I'm wanda, visit me sometime.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

So happy to have you back, Trish, and yay for you! You have a narrative arc! My life?...more like the yard sale you mention. But luckily I haven no plans to write a memoir...