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Suspension of “Dis”-Belief

I will be the first to admit, I haven’t had anything published … traditional, INDIE or even “self-published”; unless you count my blogs. So I don’t consider myself a “real writer”, though my college instructors would argue that point, because anyone who creates a written work is a writer.

HOWEVER …. that isn’t what this blog is about, but sort of a “disclaimer”.

From what I have read, seen, and learned there are several guidelines to writing.

I think one of the rules of writing should be “continuity”. With that said, how can a successful writer of a book series (such as say John Sandford–“Prey” novels; Debbie Macomber and her “numerous” series), movie franchise or even a TV series expect continued success without continuity?

It has been the lack of continuity (written and visual) that has led to the decline of a series.

While I will admit that in the land of “fiction” there are certain creative licenses you can take to make the story, movie, or episode engaging and entertaining for the audience; when you start re-writing a history that you established (and not that long ago — less than 1 year), that takes the “suspension of belief” to a whole new level. It becomes almost “soap-operish”. I know, that isn’t a real word, but I will be honest and admit, that is the best I could come up with. It’s like those soap operas where the kid is born this year, and 2 years later, they’re adults with children.

There are certain cases where that level of story-telling should not be employed, explored or even thought.

To be honest, I enjoy “constructive criticism” — that is the type where someone says “hey, this is wrong — here is my suggestion to correct it or better it”. Constructive criticism lets a writer know that what they are writing is sub-par, but there is hope for it. I am open for that.

And, I can even ignore the “shifts” in certain things (such as James Bond going from Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Sean Connery to Roger Moore, etc) as long as there is a sound and sufficient reason (actor too old for role, no longer interested … ).

BUT, to alter an important aspect of an established character’s past (without  a complete “re-boot”) in a credible TV series, that is where I draw a line.

For example, in NCIS, we take the character of Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Jr (the first DiNozzo we were introduced to) …

In Season 1’s “One Shot, One Kill”, we learned Tony dated his “high school music teacher”. In Season 8’s “Baltimore”, we learn more about “Wendy” and that Tony had proposed to her.

For those who own the DVDs, I would go to approximately 11:58 when Danny shows Tony the fortune cookie. Danny mentions that Tony asking “his high school music teacher out” was brave, and Tony stated it was Wendy who asked him out.

About 14 minutes later (again, on the DVD version) at 25:08 Danny recovered the ring that fell out of Tony’s pocket and Tony states he asked Wendy, she said yes, but he had to take the ring back for re-sizing (too small).

So, let’s go with the established “canon”:

1. Wendy WAS at one point in her life Tony’s “high school music teacher” (that can cover grades 9-12)

2. Wendy had to be older than Tony (depending on what grade he was in, would determine the exact age difference)

3. Wendy asked Tony out, Tony subsequently asked Wendy to marry him

4. After joining NCIS Tony and Wendy did not get together

With the news breaking that Wendy is going to be on NCIS (perhaps a potentially re-occurring role), we find out she is now an investigative journalist and apparently closer to Tony’s age (at least in looks). In real life, the actual actress is 2.5 years younger than Weatherly.

Now, we already established that this is the “Wendy” who was the music teacher. So, how does a music teacher go from teaching music to being an investigative journalist?

I will explore that by saying she switched careers due to the widespread dissolution of the music programs in schools.

HOWEVER …

That doesn’t settle the age difference . As a teacher (and not knowing what grade DiNozzo was in when she was his teacher), she would have to be at least 22 when she taught school, if not say around 26. It would depend on the state she taught in, their requirements and how soon she started her “education”.

Let’s use this example:

DiNozzo 9th Grade (14-15)/Wendy (22; brand new teacher) (This is assuming he didn’t repeat a grade, and didn’t advance either). That is 7-8 years difference “minimum”. If she was his teacher in his senior year–12th grade (17-18) she would be a MINIMUM of 4-5 years older.

So, the actress who is set to assume the role of “Wendy” would have to portray a character at least 4-8 years older than DiNozzo, as most high school teachers need a bachelor’s (4-year) degree to teach. That would put her in her mid 40’s and in some cases likely too old to have “little DiNozzos” (which is something Tony has expressed on countless occasions), unless the writers want to re-write that as well … again, anything is possible at this point.

While I don’t presume to tell writers of the #1 show in America how to do their jobs, there is only so much reality that they can ask us to suspend to believe a story. This is a series about a real agency after all. While the actors are just acting as though they are agents in this agency, this is where some shows start to go down hill–too much suspension of belief.

How the writers intend to tackle those issues remains to be seen, and I will remain open to the episode that airs. But, I am not the only one who seems perplexed by all this. Some people have taken to TV Guide’s article to voice their thoughts about it (some have expressed the fact she was 10-15 years older than him, so I might have further research to do).

I wanted to voice my concerns in a blog so readers could understand how I put everything together. Also, my thought was too long and complex for a comment box. As of right now, I am on word #1040-1041.

While I am a late-comer to NCIS, I did a lot of research. I had been watching it on USA since 2008-2009, and began watching the season 7 episodes online in May 2010. In June 2010, I purchased seasons 1-6 on DVD and literally watched EVERY single episode. When I learned there were two episodes of JAG that introduced the “team”, I purchased JAG season 8 and watched Ice Queen & Meltdown (have seen those 3x each, so far).

In August 2010, I got season 7 on DVD and was thoroughly acquainted by the time the 8th season aired. So I have seen EVERY single episode anywhere from 2 to 3x, perhaps more. In that respect, I know the series from the beginning episodes to the most current one.

While I can appreciate the writers efforts to put Tony in touch with his past, there needs to be a certain “realism” to it. Casting someone younger and who looks about the same age (of a former student) to play an OLDER role … that is a bit of a stretch of the imagination. If they are making Wendy near the same age, they will lose credibility and viewers. And, if the writers are not careful about the “job switch” and making it believable, that too will cause credibility issues. I don’t want that for NCIS. They have done an amazing job of gaining viewers and growing with the times to start losing the credibility they have so rightfully earned.

I’ve had a lot of favorite shows go downhill after a shorter period of time. NCIS is not only #1 every week, but replaced M*A*S*H as America’s #1 favorite series. I would honestly hate for it to lose its standings because of a slip … because once those slips start, they tend to snowball out of control.

Those are just my 1300+ words worth of thoughts 😉

For reference, here is the link to the article: http://www.tvguide.com/News/NCIS-Perrey-Reeves-1041349.aspx

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New Year’s Resolutions

Sorry I haven’t posted an update in a while, it seems the holidays — from Thanksgiving forward came up too fast for me. Add in school and being sick to the chaos … it was, well, a chaotic 6 weeks. I did have an 8 day break from school, however that was not nearly enough. I almost forgot how nice it was to have breaks in between classes.

Overall, I did enjoy the Christmas holiday.

Among some of the Christmas gifts I got were the Rory’s Story Cubes and Rory’s Story Cubes–Actions, and I can’t wait to try them out with a few new ideas I have swirling about. Ok, that is an understatement. I have no less than 40-50 active projects, which I need to sort out. Of course all that takes time, and sadly I don’t “have all the time in the world”. There are only 24 hours in the day and I need to work within those hours as much as possible.

As far as my novel, I haven’t written on “Finding Faith” since winning NaNoWriMo at the end of November, however that is another one of my New Year’s resolutions–to finish and publish it.  It’s hard to focus on one project at a time when the others want some attention too. So, I am trying to spend January reorganizing my hours and time to suit my writer’s mind and get some work in on ALL the projects I have open. I will also have to fit crocheting, reading and some “movie” watching into the schedule as well. Believe it or not, crocheting while watching a movie helps develop my mind and the creativity. Reading as a similar affect as well. By reading a book, I can see how other authors put their words and stories together and have a “frame” to outline my own stories by.

This is going to be a long, tedious and likely time-consuming process, but I am hoping it will be well worth it. I know there are some things I likely won’t have time for, and some I will have to give up entirely.  I might not be able to blog as much as I have been, and I might have to limit tweeting … but I have come to appreciate my “gift” and I am tired of making excuses as to why I can’t get something done. Also, after spending the New Year watching some movies I hadn’t taken time to appreciate when I was younger, and love them now as an adult, I have been “inspired” to write more.

And yes, my photography is still an essential part of my life, as well as my writing. There are stories everywhere, I just need to take the time to tell them 🙂

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In Leah’s Wake — Review

Announcing the In Leah’s Wake Social Media Whirlwind Tour!

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the In Leah’s Wake eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including Amazon gift cards of up to $500 in amount and 5 autographed copies of the book. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, December 16th, so you don’t miss out.

 

To Win the Prizes

  1. Purchase your copy of In Leah’s Wake for just 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
  2. Fill-out the form on Novel Publicity to enter for the prizes
  3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book or a $50 gift card!
  4. BONUS: If you leave a comment on this blog post, you have another chance at $100!

 

…And I can win too!

Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for us too. The blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100 gift card as well. So when you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form, don’t forget to say that I referred you, so I can get a point in the poll.

 

The Featured Events include:

Monday, Radio Interview with Novel Publicity! We’re kicking-off on the Novel Publicity Free Advice blog. We interviewed Terri on our radio show Sunday night and have embedded the full podcast and blogged about its highlights. Give it a listen and then leave a comment on the blog post. This is a great chance to get to know more about this inspiring and friendly author. One commenter will win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to enter for the other contest prizes while you’re over there!

Tuesday, Twitter sharing contest! A tweet is tiny, only 140 characters. But on Tuesday, it could win you $50. Send the following tweet across the twittersphere, and you just may win a $50 Amazon gift card. An autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake is also up for grabs. The winner will be announced Wednesday morning. Here’s the tweet: In Leah’s Wake has taken the publishing world by storm. Get the book for just 99 cents http://ow.ly/7ywpZ #whirlwind

Wednesday, Google+ sharing contest! Yup, there’s yet another awesome opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and this time it just takes a single click! Visit Google+ and share Emlyn Chand’s most recent post (you’ll see the In Leah’s Wake book cover included with it). On Thursday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake is also up for grabs. Three chances to win! How about that?

Thursday, Facebook sharing contest! Stop by Novel Publicity’s Facebook page and share their latest post (you’ll see the In Leah’s Wake book cover included with it). It’s ridiculously easy to win! On Friday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake is also up for grabs.

Friday, special contest on the author’s site! Win a $500 Amazon gift card, simply by leaving a comment on Terri’s most recent blog post. Yup, you read that correctly—$500! How easy is that? An autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake is also up for grabs.

Remember, it’s all about the books!

Terri Giuliano LongAbout In Leah’ Wake: The Tyler family had the perfect life – until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn’t want to be perfect anymore. While her parents fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah’s younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake. What happens when love just isn’t enough? Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the Author: Terri Giuliano Long grew up in the company of stories both of her own making and as written by others. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and a writing teacher at Boston College. She was grateful and thrilled beyond words when her award-winning debut literary novel, In Leah’s Wake, hit the Barnes and Noble and Amazon bestseller lists in August. She owes a lot of wonderful people – big time! – for any success she’s enjoyed! Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

 

What’s the Story, Morning Glory?

The Importance of Music and how it Inspired In Leah’s Wake

 

Although I find it too distracting to listen to music while I write, inspiration for my stories often arises from music. While I was writing In Leah’s Wake, songs brought me into the emotional state necessary to write difficult scenes. Songs set a mood, which helped me envision places, and songs helped me to identify and shape the book’s themes.

The novel opens with Zoe and Will listening to the Van Morrison song “Tupelo Honey,” a sweet love song that gives their relationship context by suggesting happier, better days. “Showdown at Big Sky,” which Will puts on the stereo next, foreshadows the problems on the horizon, and “Face in the Crowd” speaks to the profound loneliness Will feels as he waits up for Leah that night, imaging all the unthinkable horrors that might have befallen his daughter.

Later in the book, the song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” from Evita, gave me a glimpse into Zoe’s fractured emotional state—remorse compelled by abiding love—as she drives home, wondering what to expect next from her rebellious teenage daughter: “I still need your love after all that I’ve done . . . I love you and I hope you love me . . .” “Stardog Champion” from Stardog Champion by Mother Love Bone, suggests power, so appropriate to the post-fight euphoria felt by Todd and Lupo after a showdown with Will.

Often, songs transport me to a place. Listening to Miles Davis one evening brought me, in my mind, to the coffeehouse Zoe visits with the policeman, Jerry Johnson. Music also helps me to clarify themes. One night, on our way home from dinner, my husband, Dave, played the Bruce Springsteen album Greetings From Asbury Park. The song “Growin’ Up” struck a nerve and I insisted on listening to it over and over. I saw Leah, a good kid, just trying to grow up and make her way in the world.

I heard “Champagne Super Nova,” from the Oasis CD What’s the Story? Morning Glory, when I stepped out of the shower one morning. Our house was wired for sound and Dave was playing the new CD he’d just bought. As with “Growin’ Up,” I insisted that he replay the song, and then replay it again. The pivotal scene, where Justine asks Leah for a cigarette and Leah allows her little sister to smoke, blossomed as I listened to the music.

As I wrote, music came to play a defining role in the book, and I would often search for the right music after writing a scene. The Liszt piano solo “Hungarian Rhapsodies” mirrors Zoe’s frenzied mind as she drives home from her motivational workshop, the day after Leah shows up drunk at 3:00 a.m., after a wild party. The same happened with “Paranoid Android,” from Okay Computer by Radiohead, “I’m On Fire,” from the Bruce Springsteen album Born in the USA, “Stardog Champion,” from Stardog Champion by Mother Love Bone, “I Loves You Porgy” from Porgy and Bess, and “Misguided Angel,” from The Trinity Session by the Cowboy Junkies.

Without music, In Leah’s Wake would be a very different – and for me, the writer, much less compelling book.

For those of you who, like me, find inspiration in music, here’s the soundtrack. Enjoy!

Soundtrack from In Leah’s Wake

 

Growin’ Up,” Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, Bruce Springsteen, Sony Records, 1972

Tupelo Honey,” Tupelo Honey, Van Morrison, Polydor/Pgd, 1971

“Showdown At Big Sky,” Robbie Robertson, Robbie Robertson, Universal Int’l, 1987

A Face In The Crowd,” Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty , MCA, 1989

“John Barleycorn,” John Barleycorn Must Die, Traffic, Island Records, 1970

Not A Pretty Girl,” Not a Pretty Girl, Ani DiFranco, Righteous Babe, 1995

Hungarian Rhapsodies, Franz Liszt, Leslie Howard solo piano, Hyperion, 1999

Testify,” The Battle of Los Angeles, Rage Against The Machine, Sony Records, 1999

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” Evita (Music From The Motion Picture), Madonna, Warner Bros./WEA, 1996

“The Ride of the Valkyries,” Wagner Without Words, Conducted by George Szell, Performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, Sony Records, 1991

Chase The Blues Away,” Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology, Tim Buckley, Elektra/ WEZ, 1966

Champagne Supernova,” (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis, Sony, 1995

The Candy Shop,” The Massacre, Fifty Cent, Aftermath, 2005

Vital Transformation,” Inner Mounting Flame, The Mahavishnu Orchestra Jazz, Sony 1971

Strawberry Fields Forever,” Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles, Capitol Records, 1967

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5,” Mozart: The Five Violin Concertos by Itzhak Perlman violin, Weiner Philharmoniker and James Levine, Deutsche Grammophon, 1995

Surrey With The Fringe on Top,” Steamin, Mile Davis, Prestige, 1956

Come As You Are,” Nevermind, Nirvana, Geffen Records, 1991

Paranoid Android,” Okay Computer, Radiohead, Capitol Records, 1997

I’m On Fire,” Born in The USA, Bruce Springsteen, Sony, 1984

“Stardog Champion,” Stardog Champion, Mother Love Bone, Mercury/Universal, 1992

“I Loves You, Porgy,” The Melody At Night With You, Keith Jarrett, EMC Records, 1900

“Hasta Siempre, Witchi-Tai-To, Jan Garbarek and Bobo Stenson Quartet, EMC, 1973 Records

As The Years Go Passing By,” Born Under a Bad Sign, Albert King, Stax, 1967

“Misguided Angel,” The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies, RCA Records, 1988

“Davidian,” Burn My Eyes, Machine Head, Roadrunner Records, 1994

“Here I Am, Lord,” Wonder, Love, and Praise, Daniel Schutte, New Dawn Music, 1981

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NaNoWriMo 2011 Winner!!

Today has been the best day of my life. I didn’t think I would get here to be honest. There were times I was behind in writing this wonderful story, which needs some SERIOUS work, even at the half-way mark, lol. But, I met the goal of getting to 50,000 words in one month. I can now breathe a sigh of relief, and fully concentrate on my last week of Criminal Law as well as my writing, and be relaxed.

There was a lot of stuff I had to give up to make it happen. It wasn’t easy. I lost a lot of sleep, missed a few meals (quite literally), I gave up fun stuff (Pogo, I sometimes miss you, Farmville I hardly miss and Island Paradise is no Jamaica), and I hardly left my computer. Sometimes when I needed a break, I would crochet, then write, then crochet, then write some more. I also read at night before going to bed (well, the nights I could sleep).

In the end, to meet the goal and realize I have a legitimate shot of being a writer was all the encouragement I needed … well, it helped to have my mom cheering me on, as well as family and friends (yes, those of you on Twitter, Google + and Facebook are my friends). Reading all your tweets, messages, and comments was encouraging and inspiring.

To those people I am following: I follow you because you inspire me. You help me learn, grow and breach boundaries I wouldn’t have the courage to do.

To those people who follow me: I don’t know what I did to earn you as a follower. I hope you enjoy reading my tweets (good or bad). I thank you for being a part of my life, and allowing me to be a part of yours if even in a small way.

I’m sure everyone though I was nuts for doing this. To tell you all the truth, I thought I was nuts for doing it 😛 but I have to say it was worth it.

The next step is finishing the story, editing, revising and editing … then …. publishing. I might be a few months away from that. Does that mean I can resume those endless nights of playing games? Not at all! 😛 I’d rather be writing 🙂 (or crocheting or reading).

So, now a new goal in me life — finish the story.

‎”Count it all joy when you fall into trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2

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Less Than 10K To Go …

Well, here it is  …. 4 more days left and I am less than 10,000 words to go (counting down to less than 6k actually, was up in the 5 digits when I started this blog).

Being sick over Thanksgiving night and Friday morning did not help at all. Sleeping most of Friday away also hindered me. But, it also gave me the drive to make this happen. I didn’t sacrifice most of October to prep and worry, just to miss out.

I am making a special effort to get through this goal, while also trying to write a paper for my Criminal Law class. Thankfully, I am in week 4, and only have three more assignments left. And, I have managed a nearly perfect grade. Currently I have a 98% with all assignments graded.

My story is now coming along better than it was. I am in Chapter 7, which could be a halfway point. Now, my “antagonist” has shown up and clearly this is going to be a great story to tell. I’m in the downward slide, despite the fact the story isn’t even finished. It’s hitting the goal that counts as winning.

Now, I need to get ready for my acceptance speech, champion’s dinner, and that big check …. wait, there is no check right? 😦 darn …

Well, I will be meeting a goal. So here I come checkered flag!

(Let’s hope it’s not a green-white-checkered dash to victory lane)

😉

 

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4 days to go …

I know I haven’t been very good at updating this blog. My “Post a Day” goal went awry, but I am back at it, again. Turns out my last few school assignments were a little tougher than I anticipated, but I do enjoy a challenge.

Not to mention, I have been writing here or there, working on other ideas as the “creativity” strikes. So I have been a tad busy.

Here it is, 4 days to go before NaNoWriMo 2011 begins — I’ve profiled my characters, and what characters they are 🙂 I am so proud of them already, even the bad one. Each story has to have an antagonist, so they might as well excel at being bad.

I’ve outlined the story and am currently making the last few revisions to the outline to make sure it isn’t too long, but long enough to tell the story. Since this is my first story, I am not hoping for much. It should prove to be amusing as well as inspiring. I haven’t even written the story and I feel as though I have already taken an incredible journey.

I can’t wait until I can begin writing this story.

November 1st will challenge me as I start my Introduction to Criminal Law class in addition to the writing challenge. I took the step to get my degree, now I need to take the step to become a writer.

 

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A Little Behind, but Catching Up

I apologize for the lack of postings here lately 😦

I’ve been winding down the last few weeks of Introduction to Criminal Justice and Composition I. As of Tuesday I will be in week 7, which I am thankful for, and there are only 2 days in “week 8” (October 25th & 26th). I will get a break from October 27th to November 1st, so I can likely catch up and breathe.

I will admit, the most recent assignments required more research than I first thought…HOWEVER…I have been working on my story outline too 🙂

Even if it is a little memo here, little note here … it is something. I have learned that a little writing is better than nothing. As long as I make a little progress everyday, it adds up.

On November 1st, I will start Criminal Law and #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2011 begins; so November is going to be a busy month for me.  Thankfully, I only have 1 course at a time. No more double courses for me (and yes, I am still considered a full-time student).

What is the reason for going to to 1 course? This is to accelerate my degree. I take 1 course every 5 weeks, as opposed to 2 courses every 8 weeks (Over 50 weeks = 10 classes per year, as opposed to an 8 class academic year).

Perhaps it will also give me more time for writing, which I will be quite thankful for.

I can stay connected to my characters, my story and perhaps my life. And, I might even have time for something new 🙂

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Heading Towards the End…of the Story

Despite the fact I did a little “school work” Monday night, I also worked on my story outline.

I  am now in the stages of the climax (rising action/protagonist vs the antagonist showdown), though it took several chapters to build up to it, ok half of the story, but there is some good stuff along the way. Some of it is funny, some sad, and some inspirational.

I have a slightly huge problem though …

I don’t want to drag out the climax, then again, I don’t want to rush it either. I want my characters to explain what they are doing and why they’re doing it, but I don’t want to “drone” on chapter after chapter, just rambling either.

This is another part that is difficult for me–getting to the “point”, winding down the story, then ending the story, and leaving the characters behind to live their lives.

Many of these characters become people I so dearly cherish, and I don’t want to leave them, especially when some are modeled after beloved family and friends. I haven’t yet thought about “sequels” or follow up stories. Although, there are other “stories” I have created specifically for that purpose, this is not one of them.

Although there are a lot of characters in this story, I don’t want to end up writing a long series of books to tell stories for each set of characters. I also don’t want it to move away from the main point and focus.

Essentially this is about one woman and one man who are finally connecting with each other; the others in it are family and friends who were influential along the way. It also tells of how my “leading lady” draws strength from her family, friends and finds herself in this journey. I don’t want the story to end, but I know it can’t go on forever.

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Transitioning

Back about 9-10 days ago I decided to enter the National Novel Writing Month 2011 Challenge (#NaNoWriMo2011). I have spent the last eight days profiling characters, outlining my story, trying to decide where I want it to take place, while still trying to do my school work; which at the time I accepted this challenge, I was in the Week 4/5 mark.

The “story” notes I have been writing down in a notebook to “plan out” as sometimes it is easier to write than type.

My characters are already profiled, complete with families, sub-families, friends, friends’ families and even jobs. It has been interesting to me to learn so much through my own family to piece this story together.

The next step was to outline the story. I will admit I got stumped a few times, so I had to walk away. It wasn’t easy, but without a sense of direction it didn’t make sense to stay.

Also, trying to write a story, thesis, discussion question and read 3 textbooks did not make for an ideal situation. I am still behind on the reading, but my work is still in the A/B grade range so I can’t complain. I will have to take some time to read those textbook chapters in the next day or so (and draft more written work for class).

Because of the fact I was all caught up, I decided to take today off from school for a change. I spent the day outlining my story, which was stuck at the Chapter 6 mark.

It could have been worse, I could have been at Chapter 5 😉 As I moved closer to the middle and ending chapters I started having more and more ideas, thoughts, notes–the story was really coming to life even though I had to fix dinner and do laundry. Being that the outline was in pen, I didn’t want to re-write it or mark it up…so I am now transitioning it from pen & paper to computer to make it easier to add those “thoughts”.  It should save time as well.

Since I am caught up with the laundry, Sunday is going to be the day I put my outline into the computer and start outlining the remainder of the story.

As always, I will leave it open to revisit my characters down the road 😉

 

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Muses

Often creative muses come when they shouldn’t and sometimes they don’t show up when they should. I don’t blame them, they don’t get paid for the job they do, the service they provide or the push of encouragement.

However they are essential to writing or creating works of art.

Although I sometimes wish they wouldn’t wake me from a sound sleep to deliver their “help” 😉

As much as I need to work on my writing, if I don’t get good sleep I will be unfocused and scatterbrained during the day, which is counter-productive, which defeats the purpose of “helping”. I know I couldn’t write without them, so I definitely appreciate the assistance. However “timing is everything”.

To properly thank those creative muses, I am going to try to work on my writing later today and  take a break from school … if only for 1-2 days 🙂 …

In conclusion, my dear writing muses … I thank you for your help as always. If there is something very important you’d like me to write or note … please leave a message. I have plenty of pens, pencils and paper for you all to enjoy and I will gladly read your messages when I wake up 🙂 (but, I do need my sleep).

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