Monday, February 3, 2014

Harry and Hermione?

Oh my gosh, really?  Well according to AFP (Agence France-Presse), JK Rowling admitted she made a mistake by having Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger marry and that the two would likely end up in marriage counseling.  "For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron," Rowling says in an interview with Wonderland magazine.   

I know this is not earth shattering news but to writers it brings up all the choices that must be made in order to produce a story, especially a series.  Should I pair these two together?  Is it realistic?  Does it move the plot and in which way? Is it the right way? Is their relationship  strong enough to last three books? If not, how can I make it better? 

Oy, the decisions! And that's just a few of the questions. It's just nice to see even a well respected writer as Ms. Rowling can second guess her work. There's hope for me yet. 

Do you cling to certain parts of your story because it's how you thought it should flow when you first imagined it?

If you're a published writer and some time has gone by since the release of your book, have you ever wished you had done something differently in that story? 


I'm starting something new.  Every first post of the month will have an idea for recycling or up-cycling . I'll do a run for six months and see what everyone's reaction is to it and take it from there. Hope you find the ideas new and/or interesting. ~ Donna

Okay, so my first recycling idea is something I thought up and it has worked very well.  My eggs come in those Styrofoam cartons which I always feel guilty throwing out just so they can sit in a landfill for years and years.

My solution is to use them as packing material. I line the bottom and part way up the sides of the carton before I start placing my package(s) in it.  Then continue lining as more parcels are added and cover the last package with another layer.  It's almost like a protective foam box. 

If this was a real packing job, I would have cut some to fit on the other sides and fill in that empty space on the bottom.  But since it isn't, I didn't want to waste the cartons.

They're easy to cut to size.  You can either use the whole carton or the section where the eggs sit in. You can use them between packages for more cushion.  I have used part of the lid to cover bows so they won't get crushed.  The product is light, sturdy and not as messy as "peanuts". They also don't take up that much storage room if you open them and stack inside each other.  Hope you like this idea and give it a try.