Thursday, August 28, 2008

Galleys . . . and cats

Seb is back.

He and Neely have been keeping me company this week. I've been reading the galleys and looking for typos and things that absolutely had to be changed.

And it occurs to me that if I were given the chance to revise this book now, I can see a lot of things that I could do to make it better.

Can I do them in galleys? Probably not. Not most of them anyway. Sad, but true. A fact of life.

So while I am, of course, still glad of that "no revisions" time I had to myself in May, time I desperately needed for other things as a matter of fact, I do have twinges of regret now that I didn't have one more chance to attack the book, to tweak it (as editors are fond of saying), to streamline it a bit, to sharpen things up.

I'm doing a tiny bit of sharpening now. I'm hoping it helps.

And I'm getting back into Christo's book. Finally.

I re-watched Father Goose the other night to see how it worked as a "Save the Cat" movie. It was a two hour film. At exactly one hour in, Cary Grant made the first move toward getting involved with the kids in the film without anyone coercing him into doing it.

It was the turning point at exactly where Blake Snyder said it would be. Other bits fit, too.

The opening was a masterpiece of a set up. Right there in the first image you saw the single unsteered boat blithely trailing the dinghy toward the dock as the radio blared news of the war. And then Cary Grant emerged, flipped the station to the upbeat song "Pass Me By."

It is a great fun movie. Almost too much fun to watch because I did more of that than analyzing it. But I guess that means I'll just have to watch it again.

One thing, though . . .

If you have a movie with Cary Grant in it, he doesn't have to save any cats.

He just has to be Cary Grant. It's enough. You're already cheering for him.

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Blogger maryciao said...

Dear Anne,
Thank you for my prize copy of One-Night Love Child. The book was a delightful trip to Elmer and Ireland. It's an honor to have a signed copy! I'm pleased that Celie and Jace now have a family and that Sloan, Polly and the rest of the gang are well.

I'm re-reading Gus and Mary's story in A Cowboy's Gift. The comedic timing is perfect, and it keeps me smiling. Good thing, as this back injury would otherwise have me very frowny.

Anne, I read a 1st page (I think last year on your site?) that begins with the hero home after recovery from alcohol use. If you tell me the title, I'd like to get a copy.

Happy reading to all,

02 September, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Hi Mary
So glad you enjoyed Flynn and Sara's story and have gone back to Gus and Mary's. I hope your back injury doesn't keep you down for long. Backs can be soooo painful. Take care of yourself.

I don't think the alcohol recovery book was mine. I don't remember writing one, anyway! Sorry. If I run across one, I'll let you know.


02 September, 2008  
Blogger Jill said...

Actually, I was going to suggest Cary Grant for Male on Monday over at the Pink Heart Society. I think he may have had a short mention along with other classic movie stars, but I think he could hold his own for a whole column. He is just so charming and perfect in everything.
One of my favorite roles of his is "Walk, Don't Run." In that he isn't even the leading man. It was his last movie before he retired and he plays an old meddling matchmaker. It's a very slight but charming movie. He just gives it some kind of extra sparkle just by being him.

03 September, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Jill, I agree. In fact I think that Ally Blake may already have done a Cary Grant Male on Monday blog. It seems to me I remember one.

I think I saw Walk, Don't Run. But I don't remember it now, so I'll make a point of trying to track down a copy and give it a look.

He gives pretty much everything "some kind of extra sparkle" doesn't he?

04 September, 2008  

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