And the Oscar for Best Writer Goes to…

Welcome to the 83rd Academy Awards!  If you missed the second most watched television event of the year, here are the highlights!

The hosts, James Franco, staring off into space, and Anne Hathaway, giggling so much and trying to be slapstick though no one appreciated it.

Melissa Leo wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in "The Fighter" and curses on stage in her enthusiasm!

Presenter Kirk Douglas takes his sweet time on stage hitting on Anne Hathaway and Melissa Leo, who coincidentally walked off stage with his cane, while he walked with his hand holding her very "tightly".

Colin Firth made every woman's dream come true by winning the Best Actor role in the same film that took Best Picture, The King's Speech!

The food I made for my Oscar Party! Cucumber stuffed cherry tomatoes, bacon wrapped apricots with smoky honey barbecue, and a wine marinated antipasto platter!

I wish you could read this napkin better. It says, "Dinner is Poured."

The day went by very quickly, as did my whole weekend.  Amidst the rushed grocery shopping, dish cleaning, counter wiping, gift assembling, and cooking *whew* I was able to completely restart my story, beginning the book in a totally different place and adding more dialogue.  Woohoo!  I read the first page to my mom and best friend and asked for feedback on whether or not it hooked them.  Generally, they both really liked it, but did give me one place I could embellish the relationship between characters more intensely and that was appreciated.  So that gives me exactly one hour after work tonight to madly edit the first page, print it out, and mail it in to the writing contest at the Writers Institute conference I’ll be attending in April.  Nothing like a little deadline madness to tell your procrastination pixies to buzz off!  If they’re flying around your work space, please take time to check out Kristen Lamb’s Blog, she has helped me immensely with realistic goal setting, hooking your reader, and gives FREE advice on what to watch for in your story that may make an editor pass on your project.

Since I’m still in a celebrating mood from my Oscar party, “Cheers to Writing Weekends!” that also involve your BFF making asparagus soup, squash risotto with gorgonzola, and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and your BF helping chop blocks of cheese and doing the dishes!  Yay!

Monday  Mash-up:

I actually had some time to get back into reading blogs by you wonderful fellow writers!  Here are my favorites from the past week!

Jillian sparked up a great debate on the mash-up of classic literature with sci-fi themes.  What do you think about this new wave of publications?  Check out her post, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer Seriously?

Discovered through Freshly Pressed, C C Lester, had a great post on the times she argued over whether she was a writer, or an author, or neither at all.  In the end, it was having a loyal reader that meant the most to her, but she’s certainly struck a chord with many of us so check out her post, So am I an Author Yet?

Wendy Matheson just kicked off Women’s History Month for me in her entertaining post, Strength, Thy Name is Woman! It details many inventions that are often accredited to men, but were actually made by women.

For your laughing pleasure, The Hack Novelist writes a letter to the guy holding a conference call in a crowded Starbucks cafe’.  I think he eloquently pens what we would all be thinking.  8 Pages and the Conference Call

I’ve also been following the very funny Mark, from Mark My Words as he battles the unemployment offices, takes on the world of freelance writing, and has to fire his maid and buy clothes at a second hand store.  Well… you’ll see.  Champagne Wishes on a Sparkling Water Budget

Happy writing and reading, friends!  Tell me about your weekends!  What writing goals did you accomplish?  If you found some great blogs this week, what are they?  I’d love to cheer you on and check out the posts you love!

15 responses

  1. Aww…thanks for the shout-out. That’s awesome! I’ll be sure to check out some of the others you linked to. I’m always looking for good blogs to read.

    James Franco did seem very odd to me the whole night, with that sleepy-eyed gaze into space. I think as hosts those two failed miserably. Hope next year brings somebody better!

    1. I agree, while I like both actors, as hosts they were sub-par. Hard to top the schtick from Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin last year!

  2. Oh, this is fun! The food looks good.

    1. Thanks Marilag!

  3. First year we ever watched the Oscars, as this year we realised we could watch in real time without having to stay up all night! I still managed to miss Anne Hathaway’s singing (I have a soft spot for her…Wish she’d be in one of my movies. Maybe I should finish writing them first?) But James Franco was definitely a bust. Watching the footage from a couple of years ago, they should’ve partnered Anne and Hugh Jackman. That would’ve rocked. Still, it seemed the crowd were a little stiff. Not enough booze?

    1. Yah, I thought that too, even when they were announcing the nominees for categories. Sometimes you can discern the crowd favorite from their applause, but there was no wavering point. Dead fish!

  4. Thanks for the shoutout, Jess! You might want to check out my un-Oscar post today…


    1. Thanks for stopping by Wendy, I’ll definitely check out your post!

  5. Good luck with your story. I think rewriting to start the story in a different place is often needed. I cut out the first few chapters of my novel based on an agent’s suggestion, and I think it was good advice.

    1. Yah, I’ve actually found doing so very energizing and motivating again. It’s brought a whole new element to the characters by allowing them to speak more. I must remember this as I hit one of those mental block days.

  6. I’m glad I’m not the only one who though Anne Hathaway was giggling way too much.

  7. Sweet! I’m a bit late to this one but cool recap and good luck on the writing contest! I love the nod to the procrastination pixies.

  8. I adore Anne Hathaway, and tove this post!

    1. Oh dear, that should read “love” not “tove.”

      1. lol. I thought she was cute and bubbly, even if she did giggle too much.

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