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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How Many Words Does it Take to Make a Novel?

Have you ever wondered how many words it takes to make a novel?

I just picked three of my favorite books and did a simple count equation, added them all together and divided the sum by three. The average I came up with was 83421. This means to me that my stories are falling short of novel status. I need to learn more about my characters below their surfaces. It is time to start digging deeper.

I need to find out what their secrets are, what they fear and what they dream about. All these things make them tick and keeps them going.  A bunch of dominoes waiting to fall. If the right one falls, everything can fall apart for the hero or the heroine. How much should they lose before they take action?

Life is full of conflicts, even in historical stories. Back then it was constant war. Most people never lived beyond forty. With the biggest cause of death being killed in battle. The second cause of death was a disease. Then came starvation.

Getting inside a character’s head can be a bit scary. You’re about to experience the same thing the character is going through. Loss of family and homes, being alone in a world filled with constant battles to stay alive. Where is the safe haven?

These things are some of what I have avoided in the past when writing. Now, I’m about to embark on this new character encounter. Learning to see through their eyes all the stumbling blocks they will need to face. This must be one of the reasons some writers will write the end of the story first. That way they can remember that the story does have a potential to have a happy ending.

What does word counts mean to your writing?

Do you ever feel like you fall short of your goals when you write THE END?

One of the Simple Causes of Writer’s Block

“Be who you are, and say what you feel. Because those who matter don’t mind, and those that mind don’t matter. ” – Dr. Seuss

Sometimes Writer’s Block is a sign of fear, the fear of writing. A part of the process is holding you back because you fear to do it. When you can identify that fear, you may be able to take action to overcome this fear.

I’ve heard how some writers fear the editing process. I really don’t mind editing. This is the time I take to read my work to see what I’ve written.

So what is fear anyways?

We have internal fear, external fear, and subconscious fear. The inner fear revolves around how we appear in our own eyes. How do we measure up to the values and standards we were taught as a child or the difference between right and wrong. Sometimes we may believe we are always wrong or not good enough, but cause that is what we were taught to think.

External fear comes from external sources, like spiders, snakes, clowns, and the dark. These are things outside our control. Some can mean danger from poisonous bites, Others like the clowns, are from misunderstanding odd behavior.

Subconscious fear is based on not feeling deserving. It is out of your area of expertise so you should naturally fail at it. An example would be your job that you’ve had for most of your life. It has been blue collar, working in a mill. Therefore, you feel you don’t have the intellect to be anything more than a factory worker for the rest of your life.

Any of these fears can stop you dead in your tracks. Even as a writer. It is hard to continue to write when the only one who believes in you is you. That’s where Dr. Seuss tackles writer’s block with his quote about those who matter and those who don’t.

When you can overcome your fears and be who you are and forget about what people may think of what you write about and how you do it, then all the blocks fall away. It is so hard to shut off the internal editor to write what your subconscious wants you to write. External fears shouldn’t matter. Do you fear the fact that the story won’t sell? Should that matter in the end? If you don’t write it, it won’t sell that way either.

So the only way to overcome your writer’s block is to WRITE! Move past those fears and hit the keyboard running. Don’t think about how the story sounds, or what it’s about. If the character is stalking the other character, don’t fret about it. Just make something happen so they too can overcome their own fears and get the story moving. Sometimes an external factor is all it takes to motivate the heroine into action. You just need to keep trying to find that motivation. When it shows its face, you know it and the story will flow onto the page like a river.

Now get out there and Write!

Is Texting and Driving Really That Important?

Driver in a Mitsubishi Galant using a hand hel...
Driver in a Mitsubishi Galant using a hand held mobile phone violating New York State law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who ever thought society needed cellphones should be held accountable for all the car accidents in the past ten years. People just don’t get it. They don’t even seem to care that it is now a crime in most states to talk, let alone, text while driving. Is it really that important that the message can’t wait until you have pulled your car over on the side of the road out of the way?

I remember phone booths. Oh does that make me sound dated? Heck, I don’t care. It really wasn’t that long ago when we would stop at the nearest payphone on our way home from work to make that urgent call that couldn’t wait until we arrived at our destination. You know, the ones that took a coin to operate?

The other day,  I saw not only one person trying to text and drive but several that were either texting or talking on the phone. Do they do it for the fun of punching the buttons on the device? Oh wait, what buttons, most phones now have touch screens. So how does one text and drive while using a smartphone? If you tip the thing the wrong way, you’ll be standing on your head.

It is amazing to see how important that call really is. Oh right, life and death important. That’s why you just missed that car you sideswiped into that ditch back there. Too bad the driver never stood a chance when his car hit that tree. You never noticed it did you? That’s because you were too busy looking at you phone screen instead of what was in front of you on the road.

Imagine what you would do if you suddenly looked up from your phone to see a bull moose standing in the path of your car. Too bad you didn’t notice it a few feet ago. Your car is a total wreck, and you’re getting a ride in the ambulance. I wonder if you’ll live to tell about it.

Is that your phone still in your hand? Figures, you can’t wait to send that next text.

Bird Feeder and Thirds

Bird House

This birdfeeder is the best. All the squirrels and chipmunks hate the thing since they haven’t once been able to rob it. The feeder was purchased at the Tractor Supply Store and was reasonably priced. It was a Christmas gift given to my DH. He loves it! When and if, a squirrel or chipmunk makes it to the perch, their weight causes the spring controlled cover to close making the food inaccessible. The roof, itself, keeps them at bay.

Last year we used a conventional feeder. No matter what we did, we couldn’t stop those critters from taking all the seed. The older dog didn’t help matters. She won’t chase them. Apparently they are her friends. Every time we would try to shoo them away from the feeder she would take to barking at us, not the pesky rodents.

Keelaa, on the other hand, loves to chase those squirrels and chipmunks. She’s pretty fast too. One day she managed to run up the hill before the squirrel and was waiting for it. I guess that critter was in a bit of shock to find a little dog waiting for it. That squirrel ran up the nearest tree, complaining the whole time.

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