RWA Lecture 2015

So, as promised, here are the handouts and notes from the two lectures I gave today. (For the record, I wore make-up and underwear, but drew the line at pantyhose and heels. I felt that was a fair compromise.)

PDF from the Motif and Metaphor Workshop:

Crusie Metaphor Handout

PDF and last few slides from the Turning Points and Character Workshop:

Crusie Turning Points & Character Handout 2015

Turning Points Lecture 2015 PDF (Notes from the end of the lecture, not the whole thing.)

31 thoughts on “RWA Lecture 2015

  1. Thanks for the notes, I’m sure it’ll be life changing for somebody! Here’s hoping its me.

    You Westerners put a big effort into panty hose. Are the parts of the world where it isn’t a thing besides countries whose cultural dress are long items?

    I loathe how it makes sweat evaporate and makes my legs too cold. I’d rather wear thick pants or leggings under my pants. In warm weather I wear dresses and sometimes do so in winter too, preferring boots and socks over tights.

    Hmmm. Off topic but what the hey. Random Friday for me.

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    1. Recently, I started to notice (after owning a university degree in English for more than 30 years) that there has to be a difference between tights and pantyhose which is not just regional… Is pantyhose the sheer stuff while tights are made from a thicker material?

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      1. Pantyhose is (are?) lightweight and sheer–usually in skin colors, or shades of black or white. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s I remember them in colors, too, but that seems to have gone the way of the dodo. Tights on the other hand can be woven, woolly, or spandex-y (even microfiber), can be either smooth or patterned (think cabled), and are a LOT warmer in the winter than “hose”. (I don’t know if that’s just a local thing, but I almost never call them pantyhose. I love wearing hose because of the cool leg thing that Sure Thing mentioned. No thigh rub or chafing when you’re wearing hose! πŸ™‚

        A linguistic weirdness that I’d like you all to weigh in on… in Central KY and IN you wear a pair of hose, but you just wear tights. Do any of you all wear just pantyhose or a pair of tights?

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        1. I grew up in WI. I am fine with adding “a pair of” or not having it in front of both pantyhose and tights.

          Also, I am so happy to not have to wear pantyhose anymore! I think it’s been 20 years or so. I am so very happy that bear legs are fine with dresses and heels! The worst part for me and pantyhose was the “panty” part. Always so fricking tight! It was this sigh of relief taking them off and letting the belly out to breathe. Think spanx like. Plus the hose part is so sheer and fragile, you could cause a run by scratching an itch it you had a nic in your nail. Hate those things!

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          1. I only wear those for job interviews, not that that’s helped any. They’re so flimsy and snag on everything, ugh.
            I also quit wearing tights after I stopped taking ballet. “Keep your legs warm,” my ass. Leggings forever. Y’know, because they have actual fabric.

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      2. There are no pantyhose in Britain. It’s American English. Our tights come in all kinds of weights and textures – woolly tights for winter, sheer tights for elegance, etc. I wear sheer ones rarely; most of the time I live in jeans and socks, or bare legs and sandals in the summer.

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    2. I wasn’t at Nationals but Jenny’s PDFs and presentations did change my life. I’m one of Jenny’s students from the second group (2013/2014). She’s fabulous!

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  2. The Divine Miss Crusie: You are way too hilarious to cloister yourself in New Jersey for God’s sake. Your Turning Points talk was excellent — SRO and a line a mile long after to say hello etc. All you need is a BFF, unopposed estrogen, NasalChrome for allergies, and 6 months of Bar Method so you can wear Lulu Lemon stretch pants with Camelflage panties and start perspiring after 5 minutes while the millennials back away and later ask if you’ve recently visited Sierra Leone. Somebody needs to throw you a coming out party.
    And thanks for a great talk.

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    1. I don’t understand the middle part of what you said. From BFF to Leone. I’m guessing this is a reference to something?

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  3. Thank you for sharing, Jenny. Both handouts are very helpful, but the Motif and Metaphor one is just excellent. I must think how to play with it in my WIP. In it, I swerved from my usual fantasy towards romance. It’s an interesting journey.

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  4. Yeah, pantyhose are the sheer ones and tights are almost everything. When I was growing up we called pantyhose, “stockings”.

    I’m so glad I asked this question. This is why I love Argh.

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    1. Yeah, thank heavens for the long ago passing of stockings with garter belts. That’s why pantyhose were so popular for so long, because those of us old enough knew the horrors they had replaced.

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      1. I never could understand how Anne Bancroft managed to put on nylons so sexily in the Graduate. It was nothing like how I put them on. There were no welts left by the garter belt, no weird lines at the top of the nylons, no weird lines showing under my skirt where it clung to the garter belt. Pantyhose were a big improvement.

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  5. Thanks for those files, Jenny. I will immediately add them to my Jennifiles and have a good read of them tomorrow on the dock by the lake. Ahhh…..

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  6. Deep thought of the day:
    Hah, clearly I am not a fictional character because I never end up making any changes (even if I think I want to) and pretty much lie down dead at the first opportunity. I’ve never had emotional stamina like that.
    Ah well.

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  7. Wonderful workshops and you looked absolutely fabulous, Jenny. But the best part for me was sitting with you and Corrina and just chillin’, talking books and movies and television series. Sorry I slipped away without saying a proper goodbye, but you were suddenly swamped by a ton of people and all vying for your attention. Hope the evening was a ton of fun and that you got to sleep it off in the car ride home.

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  8. (-: I heard about it through the grapevine, and it sounds like it went so well! You looked fabulous, too!

    I have to say, even though I couldn’t attend, I’m getting fabulous buzz off of all the people who did go and had such a good time.

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  9. Thank you so much for allowing your RWA 2015 workshops to be recorded, and providing the slides on your blog. I learned a a lot and enjoy your presentation style.

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