You are what you write. Illusion and Reality...I reside in between. Where are you?
UNDERSTAND THAT REDIRECTING CIVILIZATION is a major undertaking. You can write volumes about it and who will listen? But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn. You know that.|
Prompt: What do you think is the difference between a short-short story and a prose poem?
This question is because some people are mixing up the two.
I think this would be called a prose poem...
There is a right and there is a wrong,
And there is a different way of doing almost everything.
Escape it not. Be wary of trying not.
Be scheme yourself into a new vale of intent…
Words come in exquisite waterfalls of unstoppable cadences,
Pushing everything out of its way, your way, our way.
Not since the evolution of new words, new language, does the preparation of poetry have any lasting effect. It’s an outlandish scheme, but one that has color, striking images and little emotional zingers…if you let it flow without impedance. Understand?…then do it!
I think this is a short-short story...
Snapshot: Billy-Bob Baggins
Convoluted, centrist, and overwhelmingly accommodating, the big man called Baggins stood resolutely in the path of the oncoming vehicles. His wife, children, friends and neighbors stood a few steps behind him in the dew-wet grass. All eyes were focused on Billy-Bob to see if he would truly stand firm against the onrushing tide of public outrage that threatened to engulf them all.
The story is a captured moment told with naration or dialogue.
The difference is the use of language and structure. And it’s not a hard rule, it’s very grey and fluid.
Just write it!
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
My question to you when it comes to character development how well do you know your character? What works best for you creating this epic person? Do you feel having an outline spoils that relationship? Can your character create the plot for you? Steel believes the character writes the story if you've created a strong character, what do you think?
For me, there is no single source for characters. Most of my stories initially come from dreams---quite vivid and quite clear who they are and what they are like. Sometimes I know a backstory, other times I have to create the justification for their existence. A few have appeared with automatic writing, but only as a brief snapshot. The dreams are always more complete.
And yes, once the story is started, and I know the character, they control a lot of what happens in the story. The structure of the story is an outline, especially if it must happen within a set timeline. However many times it is a total informational diagram of a place, or story moment, or a nation-kingdom, or everything within a characters place in time. From the study of that, I find the possibilities, possible timelines, etc. Especially large, epic-like stories there is too much to remember all the time. Note: I learned this method at a writer’s workshop. He did it on a wagonwheel. I tend to expand beyond that. Ha!
There have been times when I cast a horoscope of a character, which determines their qualities. Other times I’ve tried tarot cards; and you must follow the reading. That makes interesting plot lines.
A few times I’ve used a living person I have known, fictionalized of course.
This entire idea of creating characters is wonderful, and god like. Writing is exciting if you can translate your vision to the readers.
Peace and Love...>>> iggy
Prompt: I knew who I was when I got up this morning but I must have changed several times since then.
Do you ever feel like this?
When I’m writing and when I’m reading, I become the characters intensely or just a bit depending on how involved I am with the story. I review quite a number of novels and I try to easily associate with the main characters after five, or twenty, chapters. It’s easy to know if the author has flipped out of their POV or slipped in a passive voice. The self I’m identifying with just fades away into dry narration or suddenly another characters thoughts.
So yes, I change many times during the day depending on the work. When I wake up in the darkness of 4:00am, I quietly know who I am, then remember where I am, since I move around a lot with house-sitting jobs. Sometimes it’s the gentle rock of the boat from passing tenders. Other times it’s the dogs grumbling or barking wherever I’m staying. Then I become the caregiver and coffee maker and the day begins.
I’m reading R.R.Martin’s, Dance of Dragons, which makes me become a different person for each chapter, happily returning to ones I know well.
Isn’t life interesting? Open your mind and enjoy...iggy
Do you experience psychological challenges of living with machine intelligence since computing power is woven into everything, and sometimes extremely erratically?
Computers are erratic, chaotic, too presumptive---of course designed by engineers who are obsessed with adding every conceivable alternative and choice into their creations. I have lived (house sitting) with the always present “Alexa” Just softly say her name and ask a question or request for the time, or music, or news, or anything else she can find on the Internet. Her soothing voice is just a breath away. The fact that her “ears” are ALWAYS LISTENING is forgotten after a few hours. Does she record conversations? Does she report back? To who?
I’ve also experienced Smart TVs that include your computer and will soon be acting like Alexa under a different name. Robots are replacing thousands of workers. Automobiles and trucks and planes are now becoming self-driven by amazing artificial intelligence---Faster and more accurate than any human operator. Does that create psychological challenges for humans? What do you think?
There’s the other problem called DRONES, which in some uses are programmed to hunt and kill, or destroy structures, or watch and report back to homebase for an attack order. Soon they will make the decision themselves.
The stock market, the currency exchanges, commodities(gold & silver) ALL MANIPULATED by computer programs at lightening fast speeds.
There is no end to the new developments and already-completed-technologies waiting in the wings.
What kind of world are the new-borns going to grow up into? Will they be prepared? Serious questions are pending.
# Viewpoint: The push towards FULL DISCLOSURE
The doubters and deniers mass together, formidable in their fear of change. They cannot face the crumbling of their religions…so futile and hopeless in the long view. The view that is circular, that sees past the now to fluid states of knowing and seeing. Cannot we survive? Where will be go? How will we cope with too much so soon?
The tenuous development haltingly drives the mystic military to swell in its knowledge, but hide its truth. We cannot allow others to know, or the world will swallow us…fear of discovery becomes a religion, structured into the very fiber of everything they did…do.
The latent being has taken hold, and gleaned knowledge out of tiny scraps of…what?
We are not now on the edge of total transformation even if other worlds would agree to help us. The timeline of linear existence is to be broken; the scope of the future is a rush of new, different, foreign, alien concepts that only a few will embrace. The godhead belief is burst asunder and worldviews are shaken to the core of all civilization.
How do we react…they already know. Trying to hold back the tide of revelations cannot be stopped…especially as the old men die, the desperate clawing grasp of hiding from the truth is fading. Linear reality is about to dissolve. Alternate states of being and awareness are always with us.
I say question everything, move carefully with great discernment.
Peace and love...>>>iggy
How many days? every day my email reminds me to renew my blog.And everyday I push it aside to deal with reconstruction inside the boat (my home)trips to town, visitors, cooking, cleaning, laundry...you all know that routine. Then comes a pile of really good reviews for my book. Now that's really important. There are more reviewers coming up---and i cannot let them find the same errors. So the time is devoted to re-editing and re-posting.
I;m also house-sitting in Mexico at Playa del Carmen---great house and two dogs.
My book, Knights of Sparrow, is beginning to have form and substance that I'm proud of, thanks to the in-depth reviews at WYRM. Plus I'm reviewing a book for another of our members. A new chapter every week. i guess it boils down to writing priorities. I'm reviewing three novels for OCEAN every week. The blog slips down the list. Some bloggers disappear. I won't do that. I just may be a bit thin.
Since it is Saturday and I enjoy Norb's creation Saturday over in 30 Day here's the prompt.
Create something using this link to generate your muse. Looking forward to seeing what your muse creates.
I know it’s late for Saturday. Got interrupted and never back on line yesterday. The generator website is very cool with lots of source material.
This is called The Gateway of Dreaming...
I am a shattered Idiot,
When faced with an irrational destiny,
I climb over masses of stone,
Searching for the river’s spirits,
To realize I’ve crossed without knowing,
Into the Gateway of Dreaming.
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
I think poetry is like visual art. The writer uses words like a painter creating images with texture, color, sound. You can’t mess with another’s art.
If the poetry is written with structural guidelines or limitations, then more study is necessary if the writer has weak spots within the format.
Mostly reaction is emotional to the images created. If a narrative is involved as a story, that can be appreciated or struggled with. I think poetry is infinite in possibility.
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Do you think published authors should participate in writing workshops to help other writers accomplish their writing goals?
( Kind of like paying it forward) Have you ever attended a writing workshop with a published author? Would you go to one if it was available near you?
Workshops are always valuable both for new writers and published writers. It’s one of the few times you get to find out how other writers work, how they create, how they polish. Sometimes they tell you their secrets. I used to go to the Wyoming Writers Association conferences. They were wonderful and I learned a lot. I still follow them on Facebook.
We don’t have anything like that in Belize. I’m still crying for a bookstore. Old paperbacks are real treasures when you find them! Hooray for Kindle!
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Rahm Emanuel said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." Have you ever spun a crisis into an opportunity?
Were the end results good or bad?
I think Hillary Clinton had the same thing to say From those two I don’t think their ‘opportunities were the best for the benefit of the world. There is a great deal of ‘in service of self’ involved there.
A serious crisis requires assistance, compassion and some kind of support. Taking advantage of people or countries that are down (even enemies or opponents) is not how to make the world work better.
We are living in a world of continuing crisis, and somewhere someone is profiting from the turmoil.
War is the best example. Who profits?
What do you think about the people and organizations that create a crisis with the intention of not letting it go to waste? The end results are good for who?
Do you think the main-stream media benefits from every crisis. Do they consider a crisis as an opportunity? Do they ‘spin’, and for who do they spin? Do they profit? Who else profits?
Difficult questions that have to be asked every day. I don’t think they are. Informed awareness is quite painful at times.
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Prompt: Have you ever read a book and the setting was a town you lived by or a town or city you have been to?
In answer to the prompt: Yes, yes and yes.
All true because I have lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris. Lots of movies too.
The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac set in San Francisco
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West set in Los Angeles
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger set in New York
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand set in New York
Nana, by Emile Zola set in Pars
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, by Victor Hugo set in Paris
Those are the classics. The spy and action novels that pass through these cities are read and forgotten. Too many cities, too many memories. Plus the cities are never quite the same when you go back to visit.
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Prompt: What makes you stop from quitting things, for example, your writing, hobbies, friendships, relationships, etc.?
It is rare to quit something that is positive. If it is something you enjoy and gain satisfaction from it, why would you quit,
Sometimes life circumstances and the real world force a person to move on. To relocate, take a new job, lose a job, or complete the project. Lots of reasons that are not necessarily termed quitting.
Now unpleasant relationships are hopefully ‘quit’ for positive reasons. Also that is often called, moving-on. That could be personal or job-related.
It seems that our real world these days is far from pernament. It is all rather fluid and sometimes chaotic. I think everyone has to be prepared for change. What do you think?
I’m down to what most would consider minimal...and I’m happy.
Peace and Love... >>>iggy