Naga Fireballs – Gas or a Real Dragon?

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Today, at work, I received a bit of a geography lesson from a co-worker. She is from Thailand. I guess, from what I could make out from what she was saying, next month holds a significant festival for her country. It is really difficult to understand her sometimes, as her accent is very thick.

She spoke about the Naga Fireballs that are seen on the Mekong River. From what I learned, it is one of those unexplained phenomena that people flock to see every year. Scientists say it is something they haven’t actually explained. Some say it has to do with gasses trapped below the surface, others say that it doesn’t really explain how the sparks are made. Nor how they can shoot up into the air from below the water’s surface.

English: Wayang kulit figure, representing a d...
English: Wayang kulit figure, representing a dragon, naga Nederlands: Schaduwfiguur. Wajangfiguur van karbouwenhuid, voorstellende een draak Unknown language: naga Wayang kulit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I like the dragon theory. If dinosaurs existed at one time, why not dragons? We’ve read fairy tales about knights killing dragons to save the princess. These type stories are found in many of the different European countries. Why couldn’t they exist?

I know, I’m grappling at tales.

But think about it, we have the paranormal phenomena – unexplained. Then there’s Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Why not a dragon? It could be listed as the last dragon in the world.

English: Loch Ness Monster
English: Loch Ness Monster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever seen a ghost? I know I witnessed a ghost presence many years ago. I believe they’re real. Especially after what I saw happen. When a radio, from back in the ‘80’s with a dial tuner changes channels while the radio is tilted up in that direction, then you know something is not right. Gravity should have been stronger – right?

That’s what happened to me and my first husband in our first apartment. He put the radio on an oldies station – playing 60’s music, and the station changed to classical music all on its own. He went over to the radio three times that night to fix the position. After the third try, he decided to jack one end of the radio up, thinking possibly that the floor was warped. When the tuner dial moved to that channel once again, even though gravity said it shouldn’t, we knew someone had to have had helped it change.

He then went around the room yelling at whoever, that had been changing his radio station that they needed to change it back. He would only agree to listen to classical music before going to bed, but he wasn’t ready to do that just yet.

Surprisingly, the station was returned to his exact channel by whoever handled changing it in the first place. My first encounter with a ghost.

Turns out, an old lady burned to death in that house back in the 1800’s. I hear she loved classical music.

 

ROW80 Check-In:

I haven’t done much work on that wip since Sunday. That was when I had written over 1k words. I’ve been a bit stuck with how to get the character from point A to point B in the plot. If something doesn’t change fast, she is going to appear to be a stalker. I don’t want that.

I did a bit of brainstorming with another co-worker today. She gave me a pretty good idea which may allow me to use a scene that I had cut from the manuscript. I now keep all parts I cut out in hopes of finding a way to recycle that scene. This means the word count may go through a big jump this weekend.

Having co-workers like mine, make it worthwhile to have a full time job and write at the same time. They are full of ideas, and sometimes their little lessons from their homelands can lead to other ideas as well.

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Clouded Writing

Writing has been going slow – still. I don’t know if I’m trying to do too much with sewing a quilt, crocheting a doll and writing a story. Don’t forget the blog posts.

I also have too many unfinished works in progress piling up. How? Well, I come across a prompt that jars something in my muse and I start writing. Then the tree falls across the path and I can’t get over it or around it. I don’t think it is a plot hole. Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe I need to dig a tunnel under the tree to get around it. Hmm – I wonder what’s under the surface?

I love reading fantasy! Game of Thrones is my ultimate high. I’m on book four after reading one book a month. But like I said, maybe I have too much going on. Don’t forget the hot weather. I should be done with book four, but I’m still at 6%. It’s not that I’ve lost interest. I think there are other things distracting me.

I love GRRM writing! I love the way he builds his characters, shows the settings, fills in the backstory, and mystifies the plot. – By the way – I believe Jon Snow will live. I haven’t gotten to that part of the storyline, but he is a warg and if they don’t kill his wolf, he should live on – unless he is beheaded.

I have to finish reading the series, there’s no doubt about that. I want to learn to be a writer like him, weave a story just like George Martin. Settings and description always give me the most trouble. I’m not actually sure about how well my characters are built. Those will take a bit more skill too.

Blogging does help with my writing, along with time and patience.

I’m trying to build a blogging schedule. That’s not the easiest thing to do when you work a full-time job. Please forgive me if I go off schedule from time to time. At least now, I have a vague idea as to what my blogging schedule could look like. A bit of photo, poetry, flash fiction, quotes of the day, news flashes, and any other craziness I can come across.

Next month my RWA meetings return. Monadnock Writers’ Group begins their meetings again too.

It’s been a busy summer, with health issues and recovery. Returning to work was most welcome when I started feeling better and grow stir crazy. I think I’ve had a full overhaul this summer, between doctors, eye doctors, and dentists.

My hopes for this fall are:

  1. Finish one work in progress
  2. Pick and can applesauce
  3. Go to King Arthur’s Fair in Carver Mass.
  4. Take pictures of Fall leaves
  5. Make sure the Maple trees are marked with paint so I can tell them from the Oaks in February for Sugaring Season.

That’s five things. I’d be happy if I could at least get around to doing one of them.

What are your plans for the coming fall?

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I Can’t Believe January is Almost Gone

I don’t do well with deadlines, at least on the writing front. I’ve tried making a blogging schedule and the 300 words a day just doesn’t ever happen. When I get home, I turn on the computer, check the email, then Facebook and Twitter, and then back to Facebook. At night comes the blogging.

I work all day. Maybe there is a day or two of vacation or holiday time, but most of the time I keep a real day job. Don’t get me wrong, I do love writing, but in my own way and at my own time.

Four weeks have passed and I don’t think I’ve made one ROW80 Check-in. I have been working on the work in progress every so often, even the extra other two works in progress.

Two weeks ago, I finally broke down and bought my Kindle copy of The Game of Thrones – the first book in the series – A Song of Fire and Ice. I love this book and George Martin’s writing style. I just can’t stop raving about the book. I only hope to learn from him and create characters in the manner that he did for this book.

I have seen the first season of the series, that’s as far as I got when we borrowed the DVD set from a friend. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

ROW80 Check-In: I have written some, maybe 300 words here and there. February is coming, I do have ideas spinning around in my head that are almost ready to hit the paper.

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Dear Writer’s Block – ROW80

Dear Writer’s Block,

It’s not you, it’s me. I know we’ve been together for over a year, but it is time for us to part ways. So, I will no longer be sitting with you and talking to you. It is over, and time for us to move on. I’ve stories to write and worlds to build. I want to put characters in desperate situations and see how they get out of them. I want to help them find love, romance, and to finally find happiness.

For the past year, you haven’t made me happy. You’ve only made me procrastinate by playing online games on Facebook. Isn’t that what social media is for?

But it’s over between you and me. I have NaNo coming up next month and I want to finish 50k words in 30 days. I’ve never done it and this year has to be my year to shine.

I don’t want you to be unhappy. Believe me, you will find someone else to spend your time with. I know you will be in touch, but don’t expect me to call.

I don’t love you, and never have loved you. It’s not fair to you to be around someone who doesn’t like you. Feel free to find someone else.

What I’m trying to say, is that, I’m breaking up with you. So sorry to waste your time, but what is time to you anyways. I should have had two books already published this year. Instead, I will be lucky to have completed one.

Goodbye my Blocked Head and may peace follow you wherever you go.

 

Sincerely,

Your latest Writing Victim

 

ROW80:

I’m back! NaNo is right around the corner. I still don’t know what my NaNo story will be about, let alone a title. Will it be Contemporary or Fantasy? Even that I don’t know yet.

That secret wip is coming to a close. I have another 10k words to go before I’ve hit the end of the story. Sometimes it is hard for me to write the ending. I’m never sure if it is enough.

I guess what I need to focus on is whether or not it is a happy ending. If it is a happy ending then, it is the end of the story. No happy ending means the story must go on until I’ve got that happy ending.

Yesterday, I wrote almost 2k words. I consider this pretty good since I’ve been plagued by writer’s block for the past year. It all started half way through NaNo. I don’t want to continue with this writer’s block. My goal for the coming writing season is to write a minimum of 200 words a day. If I can do this, it may keep me writing long enough to get back into the good writing habits I had a few years ago.

So how’s your writing going? Did you pick a NaNo title yet? Do you have NaNo buddies? I would be more than happy to be your buddy.


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Do Da Writing Sprint #amwriting #ROW80

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Puppy Power!

I remember Scrappy Do from Scooby Do. Scrappy was fearless and full of energy. That’s the way our pup Keelaa appears to be. She runs around like a miniature greyhound, doing figure eights around the older dog Julie.

Meanwhile, Julie barks encouragement, sound as though she is saying faster, faster, faster…

I’m not sure what she is in training for. Maybe counter-attacking the family cats who keep trying to terrorize her by pouncing on her from dark corners. I never realized, cats can be so mean when they want to be.

Me, I haven’t actually run sprints since High School. I’m not sure if I could either. The body doesn’t function the way it once did. I have toyed with the idea of taking up running, and think of it long enough to say, “I don’t know. Can I go that quarter mile?”

Then I’d have to take not just one dog, but both dogs, and the older dog would get to the quarter mile and require either a long rest or a car ride back home. I’m not carrying a 100 pound dog back home.

 

ROW80:

Sprints can be applied in different areas, like writing, which is what I did all week, except for Friday night and Saturday night.

My secret work in progress is coming along nicely. I have the first draft at 75% done.

It feels good to be able to write once again, after months and months of writers’ block.

I think I needed a different creative outlet to help me think and plot. So, I thought about else I’d been doing when I wrote Aaron & Keja and Witch Book. I’d been crocheting, or knitting, or one of the many craft projects I like working on.

My son has a requested that I make him an afghan. I was supposed to make this for him last winter, but never finished it in time. Since it is getting cold again, I’ve picked the project backup, and now I’m doing the finishing touches, as in the border.

Since I picked the project backup, I’ve seen an increase in my word count, of nearly 5k words for the week.

My hopes for the week are to at least match the word count for the entire week, and be done with the first draft by the end of the month.

How is your writing going?

Are you struggling? Have you considered changing just one thing you’ve been doing when you’re not writing?

I think being able to channel creativity in another form can help open up the channels that fuel our writing muse.

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Summer Ends – Write on Time


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Summer, is our beach time, cookouts, fireworks and baseball games and most of all, for the majority of us, Vacation Time. What a shame, it is all coming to an end. Why is it that winter seems to last forever and summer is always over in the blink of an eye?

Now that my favorite season is coming to an end, I need to get back on track with my writing and blogging. Of course, this will be in-between the time with the newest member of our family.

Meet Keelaa – our puppy!

She will be my writing mascot, there to make sure the fingers are working on the keyboard, or not :p

Keelaa is as sweet as she looks. At ten weeks, she weighs no more than 8 pounds. Her mom weighs in at about 20 pounds and we couldn’t find out what kind of dog her dad was. This doesn’t matter to us anyway. We love mixed breeds, plain and simple.

The cats don’t like her much. They keep trying to plot ways to get her into trouble, but they all keep backfiring as the cats or cat keeps getting caught in the act. Gracie is the brain behind all the scheming.

So in-between all the conflict with a puppy and a couple of cats is my writing time.

By the way, our older pup, Julie, who is going on 14 years this coming season, adores Keelaa. In fact, the two of them are best buddies.

ROW80 Check-in:

My goal for the coming season is to write every day, no matter whether it be a blog or my work in progress. If I can write a minimum of 500 words a day, I feel I will be on the right track.

Two works are going at this time. One of which I can tell you about. That would be my Sleeping on the Beach. I started to use Wattpad for the story, but it wasn’t working out for me. I find the site sort of odd to use. So, I’ve moved back to Authonomy since they have revamped the site. Hopefully, I will be able to attract some critiquing and maybe some brainstorming for this work in progress.

Sleeping on the Beach
ß click to view on Authonomy.com. (Note: Site does not work well with Internet Explorer. Need to use Firefox, Chrome or Opera to read any of the books on the site) A new feature to the site is the ability to download the stories to your Kindle or other eReader if the author has allowed downloads for viewing offline.

How has your summer been? Did you do any sleeping on the beach like Andrea? Hopefully, you weren’t sleepwalking as she was. I hear PTSD can do that to you.

Tell me about your work in progress – or did you recently publish? I’d love to hear about it.

 

MIA – Nope, I’m Still Here!

I know, I’ve been missing in action for several months this summer. In the past, I diligently posted at least once a month. Lately, I’ve been saving my writing well for the work in progress.

So, how’s it been coming?

It’s going great. I went through a period where I was wracking my brain trying to remember what it was that I had done to get Witch Book done in that record amount of time. It seemed all elusive; there was no way I was going to be able to create another story in that short amount of time, or so I thought.

I’ve been struggling with a piece I started a few months ago. I managed to write just three or four chapters and then nothing. I couldn’t think of anything that would spark even myself. The story seemed lame, but others did comment that they were intrigued by the idea the first chapter sparked. But still, I didn’t know how to carry on with the story.

What was so special with the way I wrote, Witch Book?

I plotted that book, and even made character and setting sketches.

So I broke down this past week and dug out a book on writing that I bought way back when I first began working on, Friends of Choice. Back then, I didn’t understand a word that book said. It talked about character sketches and motivations and goals and setting sketches. Then there was the part about consistency and POV.

Four years later, I know what all those terms mean, thanks to my local RWA chapter. They’ve done a great job at teaching me the ropes.

 

The book, From First Draft To Finished Novel: A Writer’s Guide To Cohesive Story Building, by Karen S Wiesner, is loaded with worksheets, both character and setting, along with plotting, goal and motivation.

Above, is the book I’ve revisited. I know the terms in the book now, it all makes sense. In fact, after doing only half of the worksheets recommended for a proper pre-write, I’m getting that super strong urge to start writing that next chapter. Maybe even finish the darn book.

But, I’m going to hold myself back. I’m going to continue with the worksheets and use all of them. Hopefully this effect will have a springboard effect.

Come the end of September, I will let you all know the results of this little writing experiment.

 

Giveaway on Goodreads.com

I can’t forget to let you know about the paperback edition of Along Came Neil that I’m giving away on Goodreads.com. Stop by and check it out and enter to win my first of many to come YA Romances.