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I thought I was taking the day off

Yesterday I went to Disneyland with a friend -- another television writer currently out of work.  I thought I was taking a day off from writing.  But then I made a purchase from a young woman whose name badge said:  Chellsea Rae.  I loved the name.  We talked a few minutes about writing, how she loves reading twisted horror, and how I might use her name as a character name some day.

This morning I woke up and realized that Chellsea Rae was the name of the main character in my paranormal novel.  Well, actually it was Victoria Winters -- in honor of Dark Shadows and the late Dan Curtis who I loved.  But I had been struggling with Victoria's character and when I woke up, I knew who Chellsea was in the context of my book.  I have such a strong sense of her.  I feel like I can just sit down and write the entire book because of discovering her true name.

It's simply amazing to me how much of a difference a name can make to a piece.  I have a problem coming up with names.  I have a couple of name books that I look through.  I really hate coming up with names.

I'm so happy I went to Disneyland yesterday.  What a productive writing day for me!


Going to Disneyland

After a month of packing, hiring movers, driving cross country and unpacking -- Paul had decided I need a break and I'M GOING TO DISNEYLAND. Actually we're going to Disneyland. What a great way to spend Easter. I really love Disney. A lot of people feel differently, but Space Mountain really rocks.

I got my office set up today so I was actually able to write. Finished a dirty draft of my short film script. I figure a day away and Monday I can clean it up and send it off to my mentor -- 8 days late but she understood about the moving and all and still gave me a good midterm eval.

So life is good. And I'm going to Disneyland.