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Thu, Feb 15 2018

Be the character?

I just spent two hours going through three paper files and twelve folders to find a charcter profile I had filled out for a character who is at a crossroad in life. I think I can certainly portray her bewilderment of all things office-related.

posted at: 13:35 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Thu, Feb 08 2018

Wanted: Writer. Some experience Necessary

It's not enough to be a writer, is it? Don't we also carry a multitude of other duties on a daily basis? I suppose it has to be that way though, or we'd never have anything new to plug into our writing experience. We have to get off our little velvet stools once in awhile and stop writing long enough to dabble in the stock market or listen to a child talk or ride a (literal) roller coaster. We don't have to experience everything, but some real-life experience is necessary to keep the heart and mind open to fresh ideas and creative surges that can help us through the doldrums when we aren't feeling the muse.

posted at: 12:04 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Thu, Jan 18 2018

Walking the talk

Someone on Twitter recently talked about taking to the streets when political changes were made that they disliked. I thought about that. Should writers take to the streets when life hands us lemons? Should we put on our walking shoes? Well, we certainly can. It's a form of free speech (as long as we deal with any required permits and as long as we don't block the streets). But should we? Does it change anything in the political or governmental arena? Or are there other things we can do as writers that would be more meaningful? Actions often do speak louder than words. But it depends on what the actions and the words are.

posted at: 08:56 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Fri, Dec 29 2017

One for all and all for one

Every good story we tell, whether set 2078 years in the future or 1242 years in the past, needs to be able to pass through the timeless river of human experience,

posted at: 07:56 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Tue, Nov 28 2017



It's time to climb into the vehicles, drink hot chocolate (and then hunt for a portable potty) and crane your necks in the dark. The Lightpatch Christmas Lights page is there to browse and is being updated almost daily. I added the pop-up portion of Christmas fun last year and am repeating that feature. Go have a look and then enjoy the light displays near you. If you find a great one I left out, do let me know.


posted at: 11:22 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry



Wed, Oct 25 2017

Gullibility vs. naivete

A thesaurus will probably tell you that gullibility and naivete are similar. I suppose they are. But I think of gullibility as the thing that people possess when they pass along as truth a meme/photo on social media without checking to see whether it's real. Naivete is different to me. When a reader/viewer/listener suspends belief in order to enjoy the spinning of a good yarn they have naivete. They're both traits that one chooses to possess, but the former speaks more to me of a lazy, biased choice, while the latter ssems to me a temporary opennesss to a new experience. Maybe society shapes the difference in the two words?

posted at: 10:35 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



Mon, Oct 02 2017

Unseen characters

We recently had a chance to attend a live music performance with friends. It was all wonderful, but one of the songs was a duet in which the male singer was supposed to be apart from his female partner for the first part of the song, coming out into the open only later in the piece. There was brief joking between the conductor and the male singer, and then the singer put a hand on the fabric-wrapped tent pole as if he was hidden behind a tree. We all laughed because he was perfectly visible, but he managed to make the situation work with his voice, acting skills and his body movements as he finally came out from behind the tree that wasn't really there at all. We were with him. We were on his side.

When we tell stories, we sometimes elect to omit certain details about a character until later in a story. Sometimes it works better to keep certain details in the forefront of the reader's mind. At other times, revealing those details in a sudden moment well into a story can enforce sympathy/empathy. It can even give the reader more reason to dislike a character. We might not let the character give us this information, but instead let other characters' dialogue or the action itself spell out the added details.

In the case of our singer, we had to allow him his moment of breaking character in order to give us enough information to understand his placement in the scene and to pull us a bit closer into suspension of disbelief so that we could go on to enjoy the rest of the performance. It's similar to the sort of thing an actor does when they turn abruptly from their placement in a scene and proceed to speak directly to a live audience or a camera (or twirl a mustache to elicit boos, in the case of a villain in a melodrame). It often startles us, but it's also very effective in taking us to new heights in terms of accepting the truths behind the story.

posted at: 15:02 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



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