WOW!!! My short story - 'Dream Stuff' was just nominated for a Quill Award! Amazing - thanks Angus for nominating me. |
I had entered this little story after a prompt led me to writing it. It is wonderful how your imagination takes you on a journey sometimes to a land you have never entered before. Suddenly characters you've never met appear and become a part of your life. Amazing!
|I walk every day. I've always walked, even as a child. It's just something I do. I seem to have a route I follow. One day I go down a certain street and then the next day another street. I usually walk about a mile or so every day right before lunch.
So when you walk every day over the same route, you begin to notice the neighborhoods. You notice dogs, good and bad. You notice cars, which ones belong where. And if you walk long enough, four years now, you notice when houses go up for sale, then get sold, and then go up for sale again.
A weird thing I noticed one day was a full sized airplane in a yard. Yep, an airplane. One day it wasn't there and the next day there it was. Now I live in a small town/city in rural Montana. The nearest airport is about three miles away. I thought to myself, I need a picture of this. Tomorrow, I will get a picture. And you know what is coming. The next day, the airplane is gone. Hmm..where was it before and where did it go? haven't seen it since. Weird.
Then today there is this car, a silver SUV with tinted windows driving up and down the street. Back and forth. Enough times that you begin to notice. My friend got worried. Her husband stopped the car and confronted the driver. Ooops - don't worry mister, they say, showing him their badges, all is under control here. He was ready to beat up a U.S. Marshall.
You just can't make up this stuff! I think one or both of these events may end up in stories some day. Oh - and you have to hear the one about the lady in the airport going down the escalator in a wheelchair with an attendant........
Norma Jean Trent
|Does it make anybody else crazy when you see misspelled words on a sign? How about in print? On a newscast? I swear, with all the computer programs out there, I don't know why anyone would, or could, misspell words these days.
Just the other day I walked by a shop in town. This shop is new. Great! I read further down the hand-written sign. "Come in to veiw our new shop." Arggh. Then there was this. "Get our advise on flower arrangements." Double aargh. Come on people. If you are making a sign and people are going to read it, maybe you should check the spelling and usage of the words first? Would you do that? I would.
But maybe we are too lazy these days. I mean, they don't even teach writing in school anymore, and by what I am seeing, spelling and grammar have also fallen by the wayside.
I think it is a sad commentary. Fine to keep the lazy spelling and grammar in a story for a character but in real life, we should be precise. Or am I just getting to be a cranky old person? Probably.....
|My computer is a MacBook Air. I just installed a nifty little application. I have a hard time with abbreviations like app, or veggies, or such, so I call things the name they are. ANYWAYS, this little program I am sure was developed for folks that have a hard time typing, It is voice activated. So when I have it out of 'sleep' mode, I can talk and it will type.
I tried this the other day. Pretty nifty. I understood me and even typed in punctuation if I said 'comma', VOILA, a comma appeared. Of course, it wasn't fool proof and I had to go back and change some things. But wouldn't it be amazing if someone could invent a process where you could think and then it could appear. Oooohh, what a great idea for a science fiction story/novel! But does that exist in real life? Hmm.... need to investigate.
|How is everyone's novel doing? Got to admit - mine is taking some twists and turns I hadn't expected. But then that is what makes writing so exciting. I haven't been contributing to writing.com this month. Kind of sad, I enjoy all the contests here and enjoy entering. But I feel that all my energies need to go to this novel writing month. Anyone else feel the same way?
There will be time in December to do Flash Fiction, and The Writer's Cramp and Persontification again. I know those will still be around and will still test my writing skills. And by then I will maybe have my 50,000 words completed and have a cohesive story. Time will tell.
|Does anyone else have a problem with this time change we do each year, twice a year? It almost makes me want to move to a different state. Indiana and Arizona I last knew did not do the time switch thing.
Montana gets really dark this time of year. Most of live above the 45th parallel. It starts geting dark about 3:30 PM right before the winter solstice, no joke. And then the sun doesn't rise until about 8 AM in the morning. I gotta tell you, it can be a drag.
And that is why I have a daylight machine. Yep, a daylight simulating machine, So when, and if, the gray gets overwhelming, I can, by the magic of electronics, simulate daylight. Trick my brain into thinking it got real rays.
Of course, I could always hop a plane for points west and south for 3 months. But then I would miss out on all that great powder and cross country ski season!
|So - is everyone started their novel? That is, if you are doing NaNoWriMo? I guess I started early, knowing I would probably have trouble finishing, But I guess it will work out. If I stay with writing every day.
And I guess that is the key, isn't that? Writing every day, every chance you get. if you are serious about writing, then you do write every day.
Luckily there are so many tools to help. This site is amazing, also the official NaNoWriMo site. Plus, and I haven't checked this out, I am sure you can buy all the books you can imagine. But think about it, if you spend all the time reading about how to do your novel, when will you have time to write your novel?
Just jump in and do it. Don't overthink the problem. Go with the flow. Be creative.
Enough cliches? Sorry - I digress. Time to write.
|It covers a large portion of the Earth, but yet is tiny. It can fall through your hands. Sand, tiny grains, smaller than rice. It can be as soft as powder - white. It can be coarse and rough as sandpaper - black. But most will be somewhere in between - brown.
But the real beauty is when you see sand under a magnifying glass.Then you see tiny bits of shells, coral, glass, rocks tumbled by the sea. polished and whittled down to microscopic pieces. Untold numbers of pieces. Beautiful when magnified.
It even mentions in the Bible that Abram's descendants would be as numerous as the sands in the sea and the stars in the sky. Millions into billions.
But who can count the grains of sand? Immeasurable and more being generated every second by every crash of the waves on sea shores all over the Earth.
|Does your character ever have a mind of its own? Well the other day mine did. I am participating in NaNoWriMo. I am starting to write a little story I had figured out. Happily typing away, my one character is doing his thing as I had envisioned, Suddenly he takes a turn I didn't have in the script.
WHAT? I started laughing and had to get up from the computer. I walked away and my husband had to ask "What is going on?" Then of course, I had to tell him the person in my novel is doing something weird, something I was not aware of, how dare he!
Then my husband is totally confused. "You have control of that. You did it."
So that statement got me to thinking. Do we actually have control of our imaginations as we write? Should we change what comes if it is not what we had first planned to happen?
I think not. I propose that imagination be left to wander in the mists of our mind, take the twists and turns of the gray matter of our brains. Let the neurons fire and release the chemicals that produce memories, or however that works. Perhaps that is a great oversimplification of the physiology of it all. But I digress.
I am going with the detour the character took. He had a good idea and I am running with it. He may be penalized for having this idea, Serves him right.
|So here's the rub, my husband and I don't use a cell phone, smart phone, device, whatever the catch phrase is today. Seems that you are penalized, though, these days in some ways if you don't use one.
An example: We go to a warehouse store and buy a weather station we saw and liked. It had wind direction and wind speed. Good to know the wind because the wind blows - A LOT - in our part of Montana sometimes. But we can't use this great machine because you need a WiFI enabled smart phone to connect to it. That we don't have. Wonderful - so now we have to take it back.
Guess we go back to the old way of finding out if it is windy - we look outside and check the trees, Oh, and the windsock across the street at the museum. The windsock is on top of an airplane hanger. (Doesn't everyone have an airplane hanger across the street from them next to a museum?)
So we continue to survive in this world without a smart phone. We have our computers and that is as far as we want to wander into the brave new world.
And just think of all the money we are saving!
|How do you decide on a name for a restaurant? We ate at '5 Guys' the other day. It's a regional hamburger place. Catchy name - looks good on a logo - on a sign - easy to remember and above all - good food.
But think of the variations:
Deese Guys - nope - too much like 'disguise'
One Guy - so what! - not fun enough
Twelve Guys - now that's a jury - won't work for a restaurant name - or maybe it would, come to think of it
My Guys - sorry - sounds like the drink 'mai tais'
So unless it's totally catchy, or a proper name, or the name of a food, finding your niche in the restaurant world must be tough! Let's just hope that steak is not!