Saturday, November 26, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
It's a USA holiday called Thanksgiving. I find it repulsive.
Should we really be celebrating the massacre of fellow humans. No? We should not.
I know, perspective is everything. So let's change our mindset, right? Let's say this day is actually about gratitude.
To me, that is an act of selfishness and unkindness. You're refocusing the holiday that was originally about wiping out populations of people - to be positive. It's not right. It's about you. It's about you wanting a holiday.
It's not about recognizing that wrong was done and making it right.
If we were being unselfish and kind - we would walk away from this holiday entirely. Not to assuage ancestral guilt but to avoid the appearance that we are okay with what happened. Anyone with a conscience is not okay with that.
This year I participated in the feast, sort of.
Next year I want to do something entirely different.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Nanowrimo is a success because my word count on the novel I'm writing is 15206.
It's not a great success because my word count should be 25005.
Words, I've written words. And a lot of them might not have been written if I weren't participating in National Novel Writers Month.
I've been having fun. Writing scenes I like. Picking placekeepers I like. What's a placekeeper - you ask.
A placekeeper is an image of someone you use for a character until the character forms more fully in your mind.
So far we have:
Main protagonist: Charlotte Bronte Harrison
Placekeeper: Jeanne Damas
Theme song: Touch of Grey by the Grateful Dead
Angie Lynn's theme song:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: I'LL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DARK
Let me tell you about the authors who participated in Pinellas Writers Zoom meeting tonight (actually Tuesday 11/8):
There’s Glenn – who sent me down the first wormhole because I had to find out if Mars is cold or hot. Turns out it’s cold, as Glenn read, and it’s only logical that it would be because it’s 50 million miles further away from the Sun than we are.
Continuing with the “competency porn” was David who spun humor from tragedy with his preference for leeches in the morgue-cold hospital where he experienced alien abduction minus the probes.
Then there was Eve who was planning strategy for when former Presidents get arrested. I like her thinking. And her fictional president’s name is Schicklgruber – wormhole again – which means “moneygrubber" and now I can’t call certain former presidents anything else.
Richard was pursuing a jeweler whose significant other wore panties covered with diesel dust. You had to be there. (Why weren’t you? There, I mean.)
And Louise, our dear beloved Louise. There’s no predicting what she will say or do or, in this case, write. The perfect name for a cheating husband – Thaddeus Chenowith III. It just doesn’t get better.
Then we come to Tad. He has my full attention immediately because he’s quoting lyrics from Death Cab For Cutie. And he’s using phrases like “superhuman tolerance for tedium” and “traveling makes him feel light”. I can relate. Staying in one place for too long used to make me feel stuck – trapped. And, as usual, there is a word I have not encountered before: agitprop. It means political propaganda, especially in art or literature – wormhole!
Susan – also unpredictable – and apparently ruthless, is reading a story in which her heroine is plotting to kill her husband. Quite boldly. With no shame.
Of course, Linda writes thrillers, and while her body count is not in the triple digits like George RR Martin, it’s high enough to make this listener cringe while still admiring the prose and the details.
Sallie, Phillip and BJ were present. They didn’t read – sad – but they did provide their usual useful critiques.
As for myself, my characters Holden Graves and Charlotte Bronte Harrison were enjoying a perfectly prickly road trip until Angelyne the stalker came along – and – as David wisely put it – bonded them together against a common enemy.
That wraps up another week of throwing words at the wall to see what sticks.
You could be part of things. Join the fun. Tuesday 11/15 – 6pm for technical help. 6:30 to 9PM Eastern time zone. ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM
And, as my dad would say, god willin and the creek don’t rise – yours truly will be moderator!!!
Saturday, November 5, 2022
"So, write. Find your recipes on the days that writing is hard. Slow down on the days the plot is throwing speed bumps your way. Lift dialogue directly from your life. Allow the play and experimenting and process to teach you as much as the finishing point. There will always be a reason why you cannot finish your project. Now go ahead and list all the reasons you not only can, but you most definitely will."
For me - substitute POEMS for Recipes.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
When I started this blog I didn't want it to be solely about my writing stuff. Because...boring sometimes.
Elections are 6 days away so let's talk about that.
I have always been a left leaning but bipartisan voter. I am registered democrat but I have always voted for some of the other parties.
The former republican party that, in my opinion, is no longer a party but rather a front for rich bullies, their wannabee rich followers, oligarchs and one issue voters - will never get my vote again unless they police themselves and become a real party instead of a front.
And for people who say the democrats are just as bad as the republicans no they are not. Here are some differences that represent significantly different mindsets:
Thursday, October 27, 2022
I have decided to participate in National Novel Writers Month starting Nov 1st this year.
I will be working on the second novel in a contemporary gothic romance trilogy called the Chosen Poets Trilogy. The title of the novel I will be working on is Black Windows - so named because of a dark ritual the protagonists mother put her through when she was growing up.
I am tentatively putting myself in the plantser category because I am doing some plotting & some pantsing. This is a nanowrimo badge for that:
I leave you with the theme song for my protagonist, Charlotte Bronte Harrison, from the WIP novel Black Windows.