Theatrical Tuesday – Begin at the Beginning

Tuesday

As I begin to write my one act play, I’m deliberating where to start it. Do I start like a movie and give a bit of the ordinary world then have something happen that turns the place upside down? Do I have one character come in utterly disturbed and they are the catalyst?

I’m leaning with the latter because it means less set changes, but perhaps I could have them witness something from the “window” and then they all react differently to it. I like that idea too.

Deciding where to start can be hard as a writer because each decision closes doors. It’s important to realize it opens other ones. This forges a path somewhere. Ideally, you should know where you’re headed, but sometimes we don’t.

The important thing is to pick somewhere to start or you’ll never write anything. You can always change it later if it isn’t working.

Many things in life are like that.

Life itself even. I’m constantly evaluating where I am and where I’d like to be. It’s a habit I learned studying LEAN management. Continuous improvement. Often, it takes many small changes over several years, but I digress.

And, of course I need to think about set design. It’s an office, but I think I want it to be a modern, open one.

Ooo, I think I just figured out how to open my play and I think it’s pretty cool.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~

Wonder Wednesday: The Call to Write

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Today, I am wondering if my writing will ever accurately portray the story to the reader as I see it in my mind. I expect this is something all writers struggle with but it gnaws at me. This niggling feeling in the back of my mind says I’m not good enough.

But is it really our job to make them see every bit the same as we do? Or is it to provide the reader with enough to spark their imagination, so they can fill in the gaps?

Perhaps it’s somewhere in between those two extremes; in the Goldilocks zone.

When I think about my characters, I smile as though they are my best friends and I am enjoying their recount of the latest shenanigans we all got into. Indeed, sometimes I even laugh out loud because they feel that real to me.

I want my readers to know them as well as I do. Or at least pretty close. I like keeping some secrets.

I’m on a writing break right now, and my characters keep bugging me to get back to their story. I keep telling them to be patient because my house needs cleaning and I’m trying to wait to make more changes while the current version is being judged in a contest. They can be such brats. I bet they’ll sulk once I’m ready to get back to them. The living room/dining room/entrance/and kitchen are mostly clean. My bedroom/office is a disaster, though. Let me clean my writing nook at least!

“But writing will make you a better writer”, they urge.

I suppose I could write some new scenes while I’m waiting…

Fine, Josy, you win!

Dammit.

She’s almost as stubborn as I am.

Well, it looks like I have writing to do.

Ciao,
R~

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A Gradient Day

I’ve been a little grumpy today. I had a setback with my food reactions, but I figured it out. For a time, I thought that I was reacting to sugar, but that wasn’t it. I had a reaction to raw apple today. Earlier this week I had no issues with cooked apple. What does that mean? Likely that I have trouble with certain proteins from the apple. Why? Because I’m allergic to trees and apples grow on trees. Annoying, but at least I figured it out. I hope. I know that sounds nutty. There’s a thing that happens called Oral Allergy Syndrome. People with environmental allergies can become allergic to a part of a food that is similar to something they are already allergic to. That similarity is removed when the food is cooked. Raw isn’t always better. I wonder if this is part of why I became sensitive to yeast as I have a penicillin allergy, which relates to mold and fungus. No idea on the dairy and egg sensitivity. I feel like that came from left field except for cheese and yogurt as cheese is a mold food and yogurt is fermented.

But enough ranting about food allergies. I’ll continue aiming to eat like the mediterranean and lower sugar and salt to reduce inflammation.

I haven’t heard anything yet on the last medical tests. It usually takes at least a week. Waiting is annoying. It’s hard to keep my mind off of this thing no matter how busy I am. I did find some insoles that have greatly reduced my ankle tendon pain though. I can once again use stairs. Yes it’s been that bad.

Some really great things have been happening though.

I have a new man in my life. He buys me flowers, massages my ultra tense neck and shoulders, and he’s really fun. We have a lot in common and I’m enjoying our time together doing a wide variety of activities. I met him at my dojo. We’re enjoying dancing and geocaching together. He takes away my pain instead of giving me more. I really like that.

I also found salsa that doesn’t have vinegar in it! The brand is Hernandez. I got it at Metro in Gloucester, Ottawa, Ontario. I always get excited for food that is free of my allergens. I can make my brother’s salsa chicken recipe now 🙂

Planning for the panel I’m part of at Can-Con has begun. It’s too bad we only have an hour as I’m sure we could talk for much longer, but I know I’ll make myself available for questions after the panel. Anyone can hit up my contact page and send me an email. Initial discussions are so good that I think it should be a great panel. If you have battle scenes to write, you should probably be there.

I signed up for pitching sessions with two small presses at Can-Con. I also signed up for writing critiques by published authors. I’m a little scared about the pitching as it’ll be my first time. My manuscript is well on it’s way, but it’s not ready for the public just yet. The story is done, but I feel it still needs refinement before selling it to anyone.

My writing course starts tomorrow. I’m debating on whether to use characters from a WIP or invent new ones. The first week is on character. On one hand, I could get feedback on current characters and where they might need work. On another, I might want to branch out and try something I’ve never done. Maybe work on a character for something I haven’t started yet, so when I’m ready to write it, some of the leg work is done? There’s always a character generator if I get stuck too.

Well, I have a few things to do before bed.

Ciao,
R~

Heroes, Villains, and Computers

I’ve begun taking a course called, “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture.” It’s a free course put on by edX and Stan Lee often makes appearances. The first assignment has us taking three of our favourite superheroes and linking them to their mythological roots. As an example the teacher gave, Superman is basically a retelling of the story of Moses. As writers we know every story has been told before and that we need to put our own spin on whatever story we’re telling. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It was hard to choose my heroes as I didn’t know many of them and I wanted to do female characters as they are more often overlooked. I spent the weekend watching superhero movies to help me choose. I’ve chosen Wonder Woman, Rogue, and Storm. After my X-Men marathon, I feel like Magneto is arguably one of the more reasonable villains. He acts in a way that makes sense considering the atrocities he has seen. I’m not saying his behaviour is wholly acceptable, but I understand him better now.

There was a scene with Charles and Magneto where Charles is telling him that he needs to be able to use his power without anger in order to properly control it. I feel that way about Iaido. I find it hard to pretend like I’m in a fight without getting tense and aggressive. Too much tension makes for bad sword technique. I’m not sure how to overcome this, but I suppose recognizing it is the first step.

I took most of July off from my martial art with the goal of finishing my novel. I’m close, but not quite there. The weekend class made me regret taking the time off to a degree as I’ve had several days of difficulty walking following it. Also, my technique has gotten rather sloppy. I did enjoy the time spent on summery things, but if I intend to get my next rank in December, I better get in the dojo and work hard.

I’m about a chapter and a half away from finishing my book, I think. I rebuilt my desk recently with a proper keyboard tray. I need a long network cable as it seems my Wi-Fi doesn’t work in the corner my desk is in. This may be because it’s behind a book shelf? The drywall is thicker than average and the wall studs are metal, so perhaps I’m getting interference? It’s really odd that my Wi-Fi won’t go to my bedroom/office as my place is tiny. It’s about 15 feet from the router, so I really shouldn’t need a repeater. At this point though, I just want to write at my desk, have it sync to DropBox, and get my book finished.

I missed the last check-in. Oops. I’ve been late this whole round. I’ll try to be better.

I have an essay to finish tonight and then I can get to my writing.

Ciao,
R~

Challenge

I feel one of my biggest challenges as a writer to be creating dialogue. A lot of my book is written but there isn’t enough dialogue.

Once I finally get the dialogue down I keep analyzing whether or not it is witty, boring, etc. Then I wonder whether or not it is even something the character would say the way it has been said and/or whether or not what is being said is realistic.

The next thing I ponder is whether or not I should be writing the dialogue at all if I’m unsure whether or not it is something the character would say. Part of me feels like I need to discover the characters just as my eventual readers will.

Perhaps this is the one time that I should listen to my friend and “just write.”

Ciao
R~