Like many families, ours has been hit by the flu. No, it's not the horrible ordeal you hear about in the news, just sore throat, fever, and the need to lie on the couch for hours. I'm thinking of getting a T-Shirt for everyone: I SURVIVED THE PIG FLU. My boy got hit the worst, and was out for a week. He still has an impressive cough but is back to school. While he was sick I gave him a little bell to ring if he wanted something and I wasn't right there: he favored my reading to him for hours, and Lime Jello, and warm blankets.
Between this, maintaining the house, and making good progress on The Story Template, I just haven't found the energy to even make an entry such as this. Thank you everyone who has written to me to make sure I'm OK, and please forgive me for not letting you know! I've missed you.
BTW the Template is really taking shape. It describes an algorithm I've used while coaching fiction to develop a complete story (novel or screenplay) from the germ of an idea. I'm currently describing character strands, and how using these can help you develop one or more of 5 types of subplots in a story. If anyone would like to give the template a whirl, I'd love the feedback! Just email me.
OK, I will try to get back to my regular blogging schedule of Monday/Wednesday/Friday soon. In the meantime, stay well.
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