Writing Recycled

I am currently working on adapting my award-winning one act play I wrote for Sculpted Entertainment's 24hr Playfest '09 (Understanding Polly) into a full length stage play… developing characters, set layout, lines of dialogue, etc., etc.  So much so lately that I find myself writing quick one liners and notes on any paper I can find at any moment of the day I happen to come up with an idea.  So this morning, as I was organizing myself for a meeting with my producers, I noticed that I have notes on napkins, 2 am sleepless ramblings on several random yellow legal pads, backs of receipts, on envelopes, post-it notes, and on any and every possible slip of paper that was handy at the time so that I can transfer them later to my computer.  I also did this when I was writing my novel, Excess Baggage, by the way.

I know, call me crazy, but isn't that what your Blackberry is for, Tracy – to keep my notes and musings organized and in one place?  Puh-leez, have you ever tried to type dialogue into a Blackberry Curve in your bed at 3 am.  I'm sorry, it can't be done.  And no, I'm just not one of those people who likes to dictate into a recorder for playback later.  I'll never play it back and therefore, it will never get transferred to my computer later. So much for modern technology, huh?

It occurred to me that I might not be the only one with a crazy writing system.  P.G. Wodehouse pinned pages of his current story up on the wall; William Faulkner, however, actually wrote scribblings and outlines on the wall of his house; and Voltaire, used his lover's naked back as a writing desk. 

Call me old fashioned, but my system works for me.  And maybe it's my way of recycling all those little bits of paper that seem to be lying around here and there... now where exactly did I put that grocery list?

This is it...

They named the winner and it was ME

My very first stageplay. I've been wanting to write plays since the seventh grade and now my very first complete one has won a prize! How fun it that?


Tracy Can Be Read

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THE DARLINGS OF SUNDANCE is available online now at amazon.com   


"A wise, funny, and slyly knowing novel about Sundance, filmmaking, writing, and creating not just the life you think you want for yourself—but discovering the life you actually need. As effervescent as a Perrier with a delicious bite of lime." -- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of With or Without You, Pictures of YouIs This Tomorrow and Cruel Beautiful World.   

When struggling midlist author, Austen Landry, receives the chance of a lifetime to interview mega-star Radley Seager at the Sundance Film Festival, she jumps at the opportunity only to get caught up in the glamour, drama, danger, and secrets that Seager’s entourage brings into Austen’s orbit. This chance of a lifetime will change Austen’s life forever.
Austen’s cinematographer best friend, a contemplative director, a rising starlet, an elusive stalker, a publisher and studio head power couple, and Austen’s vanilla boyfriend from back home round out the cast of characters. Through the eyes of Austen we glimpse a unique and unbridled view into the glamorous inner workings of the Sundance Film Festival - the multi-million-dollar deals, the exclusive star-studded parties, the gifting suites, the hot-tubs, and, of course, the swag.
Does Austen return home to New Orleans with something much more valuable than anything a gifting suite full of swag could ever give her? A week can change everything!

EXCESS BAGGAGE, is available online now at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Kelly Carmichael can’t seem to find her niche in life. Her father pushes her in one direction while her mother pulls her in another. Now almost thirty, she grows weary of pursuing someone else’s happiness. But just when she believes she has found the perfect career and the love of her life in Memphis, her father dies. Now she is forced to give up her dream job to take care of the mother she doesn’t understand and deal with the harsh reality of a father she thought she knew. When she is finally ready to resume her life in Memphis, she is set back once again, this time with ulcerative colitis and the horrible changes in her body she must deal with as she fights to keep her boyfriend, gets to know her mother, and adjusts to her changing life in a small southern town.
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Tracy Lea Carnes



Tracy Lea Carnes resides in Shreveport, Louisiana with her two cats, Gilly Bean and Sally, and her rescued Shih Tzu, Boo Radley.You can always find me hanging out with The International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Reading Nation Book Club where I am a featured author.

Where to hear Tracy

1/13 - 15/2023

Tracy will be signing copies of THE DARLINGS OF SUNDANCE and appearing at The Pulpwood Queens annual GIRLFRIEND WEEKEND from January 13th thru 15th, 2023 in Amelia Island, Florida. Authors appearing at the annual GIRLFRIEND WEEKEND are either past or future Pulpwood Queens Book Club selections. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

1/20/2023 2-4 pm

Tracy will be appearing at Dolly's Bookstore, 510 Main Street, Park City, Utah on January 20th, 2023 from 2pm - 4pm with Sundance Film Festival alums David Paterson (LOVE, LUDLOW; BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA; THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS) and Tim Harms (THE VICIOUS KIND; DEATH AT A FUNERAL) as well as authors Lara Bernhardt (SHADOW OF THE TAJ) and William Bernhardt (BEN KINCAID SERIES). Hosting the event will be the Pulpwood Queen herself, Kathy L. Murphy (PULPWOOD QUEEN'S TIARA WEARING, BOOK SHARING GUIDE TO LIFE).