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Action/Adventure: February 10, 2021 Issue [#10612]




 This week: Seeing Double!
  Edited by: Leger~
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Letter from the editor

Seeing Double!


I was watching television a while back and I noticed something that created a bit of an epiphany. The program started with the shot coming from the interior of a refrigerator, you know, the frig door slamming in our face and then an exterior kitchen shot of the rest of the conversation. At that point in the show, I wasn't engaged and gave thought to how the camera shot was done...did they actually cut out the back of a frig? Or just set a small camera inside?

Anyway, the epiphany came at the end of the show when the characters were back in the kitchen at night and the last shot ended up being just like the first scene. This time the last phrase of the conversation was spoken into the frig and then shut the door - fade to black. There are a lot of parallels in life, you have to admit. Things that compliment each other, yin and yang, masculine and feminine, and bacon and eggs. (Okay, maybe not the last one, but I'm hungry.) And then there's the classic opposites of good and evil or dark and light.

Sometimes we can get stuck while writing. Perhaps, a good segue is needed from one scene to another, or a meaningful ending to a well written story is desired. Not every cowboy can ride off into the sunset. So think about your first scene, or something significant built during your rising action scenes and dialog...then find an opposite or complimentary scene to use while wrapping up your story. Write on!

This month's question: Do you use duality/parallels in your writing?

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Editor's Picks

 D&D Double Date  (18+)
Two couples play Dungeons & Dragons
#2241547 by Geneva Fox

Excerpt: A story of a group of players. Is this their first time playing, or are they veterans, or is there a mix of skill-levels? Does one or more of them have Special Needs, where accommodations need to be made for them in order to play (like are they blind, deaf, mute - there actually is a blind player in my group)? Is there a That Guy in the group, who makes things difficult? Are the players, and by extension, the characters they play as, forming friendships with the others?

 
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The Double Life Of Julius Caesar  (13+)
New information is unearthed about Julius Caesar
#2237451 by Lornda

Excerpt: New unearthed scrolls revealed how far Julius went to make a name for himself. So incredible, in fact, that it would last up until our day and right on into the future.

STATIC
Double Rainbow  (E)
A little girl stumbles upon Luck.
#2216300 by Lilliy Loidd 🪔

Excerpt: It’s foggy over these letters. A small hand, hidden under a sleeve a tad too long, wipes the condensation off the screen. What a wondrous sight you see! Sunlight hits tiny droplets on the glass creating small universes of color in each. Focusing beyond them, you can see the beauty of spring. A vast, startlingly blue sky seems to be sprinkling little gems out of nowhere. The green of the leaves is so vibrant as if radiating. A double rainbow spreads far above them, seemingly plunging into the nearby park.

 
STATIC
The Man In The Picture  (18+)
A woman learns of her mother's double life.
#2088730 by Royal Eduardo

Excerpt: One caught my eye. A man, who wasn’t my father had his arm around my mom. The weird thing was they were at a wedding. I went over to the nursing home to see my dad to ask about it. After we exchanged pleasantries, I got right down to business. “Dad, who’s the man in the picture?”

“Leave it alone.”


 Doubleganger  (18+)
Two men look identical but not the same
#2045145 by Specter

Excerpt: In a patronizing voice he yelled at her retreating back, “what comes around, goes around.” He stood up and strode down the street for about fifty feet and disappeared--just vanished into the air.

 Bullet  (13+)
Mauser,a double-crossed cowboy, seeks revenge on his gang.
#1244619 by T.C. Abernathy

Excerpt: A buzzard was eating a piece of his ear. Like a marionette, the buzzard’s head bobbled up and down trying to swallow the ear meat.

White Lightning  (13+)
Written for 48 Hour Short Story ~ double meanings for a pair of fortune hunters
#1471456 by Kate - Writing & Reading

Excerpt: Find the letter by the singer, and be careful of the white lightning.
Aunt Terri’s last words rang in their ears with each clap of thunder as the twins fumbled the heavy door open and entered the old parlor, damp and musty from weeks of sealed disuse. Aunt Terri had lived there, alone, for over sixty years, after old Uncle Max had passed on of either an accident or a disease. She aged with grace in company of family memorabilia and the occasional long-term visit from a relative in need of a place to stay.


 Double the Change  (E)
I find a gold dollar and then a little more.
#1775803 by Than Pence

Excerpt: As I was about to open my car door, a reflected ray of light caught my eye. With the sun so high, heating up the day, I almost ignored it. But I looked down and saw that, next to my rear driver-side tire was a golden dollar. I retrieved it and smirked as Sacagawea looked back at me over her shoulder, a sleeping baby on her back.


 
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This month's question: Do you use duality/parallels in your writing?

Answer below *Down* Editors love feedback! *Heart*

Last month's "Action/Adventure Newsletter (January 13, 2021) question: What do you do to back up your work? What advice can you give regarding organization?


FlyingDuckManGenesis : I save my work on word documents using the Document program on my computer.

Danger Mouse : I use MS onedrive to backup automatically. It is right instantly behind me. Then I also physically have a backup drive with everything. I do this because I have lost everything, and that hurts.

Paul : How safe do you want to be? I’ve been using on-line backup and thumb-drives. My iPad automatically backs up the entire computer every night around 2AM. There are several others that offer 2 to 5 gigabytes of file and picture storage free. On line is safest and easiest, you don’t have to find safe off-site places to keep it and retrieve it. I use an iPad Pro and can do a complete restore to a new computer in 15 to 20 minutes.

Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville : I used to use WDC to back up all my writings on paper making paper printouts. Since I've traveled more the last 10 years I tend to use WDC as my primary storage and desperately need a paper backup. I think storing on internet, computer, paper... doing all 3 is best for those who do not wish to lose their writings. Don't discount sharing copies with friends.

As for organization... can we talk? *Laugh* I've numbered my writings for years. With photos I date and mention place. I have thousands of photos and thousands of writings and I'm on page 5158 in my journal which is done in notebooks by season.

But I'm not as organized as I should be. I could use a secretary.

Advice? Number! Date! Synopsis (place, people, all-5-senses)! Unique title! Key words or categories (WDC folders and cross-referencing)!

TJ likes Cadbury eggs & Peeps : Do cave paintings count? How about stone tablets or scrolls? No, I'm not that old. I have, however, used floppy discs for backup. Then, we had the cloud; I have 1TB of cloud storage so I should be good for a while. I organize with folders but must confess, I do need to improve my organizing.

TheBusmanPoet : I have an external hard drive which I use as a backup. Plus as an even double backup, when I'm finished with a poem/writing I make a paper copy and my wife puts them into a book but that's how I do it.

Lucinda Lynx : I use the USB - memory stick.

Steven, Rejected By All : An external hard drive. And I organise with a simple spreadsheet. Each time I start a new writing idea I add it to the spreadsheet (vague title, description, ideas for how the story might go - I am a pantser - and a hyperlink to easily open it up).

elephantsealer : Constantly use the external hard drive. Poetry/fiction/nonfiction should be backed-up in three different hard drives. Expensive? Not when a writer values her/his energy and hard work. And the ideas that are always floating in and out of one's brain should also be backed-up in its own drive.

keyisfake : I save it in the cloud.

Anna Marie Carlson : I back up my work by writing it on paper and file it away in a notebook. I wish I had a way of keeping it all together without taking up a lot of room.

Quick-Quill : I love reading your newsletters. I don't always answer as I have nothing to add. This one hits me where it hurts. I'm so unorganized. Okay, I'm creative and that's my excuse. I organize my plotting but not my life. My biggest irritation for my husband. I won't promise to change after 68 years. ha!

Wonder Queen Sox : I back up online, to a memory card, and to a portable hardrive.

Same Ol' Sum1 : What do I do to back up my work? I try (emphasis on try, because I'm not good at being consistent in this), is use a USB thumb drive, and copy everything there. I have a system I use to organize my documents and such, so I can easily restore things when needed. Sadly, I usually do this only when changing computers, not monthly like I should, and intend to.

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