Friday, July 26, 2013
I started drafting this post in my head a couple days ago. Had it all mapped out; the flow of plot points, order of announcements, up the tension, let 'ya catch your breath, hit you with a twist and the final ahhh of the end.
Yeah, sounds like a story I'm writing. And like the perfect story drafted over days in the head - doesn't work out quite like that when you're staring at the blank page. Bear with me if you will.
This started with a trilogy, I think: Al, Michael and Siv, and Gary.
First is Father Dragon (Al Diaz), an old soul full of love and wisdom and the occasional witticism to share. You'll note his inspiration to me in my left side bar. He tagged me in a writing meme on Face Book, but although I've subscribed to the social media, I have problems figuring out how to group post (can barely update my own status) so I decided to answer here on my blog - in my comfort zone.
The rules are to go to page 7, 70 or 170 of your current WIP or new release and post the first complete paragraph or 7 lines of dialogue then tag 7 other authors.
Well, I haven't had a true WIP for several months - possibly more than a year. I have many unfinished projects, but haven't been writing much. And my only "releases" have been short stories in anthologies. But, here's an excerpt from the top of page 7 in a novella I'm hoping will be my next completed project . . .
The monthly moon run in November had been disappointing. They drove up in Raquel's SUV and set up a campsite with two tents, an ice chest and a propane stove. Reggie wouldn't eat cooked meat on his cyclic runs, but Raquel insisted she would act the part of a human camper in case park rangers or late season hunters happened by. He had hoped for meat on the hoof - elk was his favorite, but he'd settle for a decent sized deer or even a fleet footed goat. The taste of fear from the chase was the flavoring ingredient he craved. He ate what he stalked and killed, bringing his sister what he scavenged from traps; a couple of scrawny winter rabbits, two beavers and an antagonistic badger that still had some fight in him when freed. He almost let the beaver go.
Is that three? I think that was the original plan. Then I had a couple other issues come up I wanted to report out.
As many of you may know, I've been co-host of Romantic Friday Writers for over a year now. A lot of elements went into the consideration to close down the site, but ultimately and with great regret,
July's Honeymoon Challenge was the last adventure for RFW. I have learned a lot of writing skill by participating with RFW, and have made many writing friends. So many talented fiction and non-fiction writers of prose and poetry have offered their writing excerpts, and I wish all the members success in their writing and blogging careers. It has been a pleasure to write for and co-host Romantic Friday Writers.
The last change I have is about my own blog presentation. I love my blog: the three columns, the brown/tan/black color sceme, I've even gotten used to the "commentaro" language that appears before the first comment has published, and the "read more" prompt that goes no-where. Over the last year as blogger and Google have undergone a multitude of changes, I've waited out several glitches until it all settles back to normal.
Well, perhaps you've noticed that 1/3 of my blog (the right side bar) is missing. Not totally, it has rearranged itself to the bottom of my blog, under the posts. Not good! I miss my followers, community events calendar, and especially my blog roll. My blog roll is how I read blogs now (haven't really got the hang of feedly or bloglovin). I'm not tech savvy, but I have an idea what the problem is, and talked to a couple people I know who are in-the-know about these things, and they confirmed it is a simple sizing problem of a new gadget.
The fix could be removing the new addition and waiting for blogger to readjust the parameters of my blog. I'm willing to do this, but it will hurt my blogger ego to remove the culprit, so I'm attempting to resize the object on my own. If I fail there, I could screw up my blog and have to start again with a new template. The new template is something I've been thinking for a while; but as I've mentioned, I want my same three column look and muted colors. I don't know what the colors do for my viewers (though I've had no complaints so far), but they are easy for my failing eyes to read so I want to keep them.
My warning here is that I will be "messing with" my blog over the next week or so, so I'll not be posting. And maybe not commenting either so you don't click on my blog by way of reciprocation and see some weird shhhhhh and never come back again. Blogger has some pretty easy templates to follow, and I've already been experimenting (which may be contributing to my problems when I don't save any of the changes), and most of the techy people I know have told me to just "figure it out already," so that's what I'm gonna do.
Even if my blog disappears and I have to start all over again. Will you come find me if I'm lost?
Many times I think my lack of confidence in my computer skills is because people smarter than me laugh at me when I want to try something on my own. It takes me hours/days/weeks to figure out something that takes most people minutes to recognize and adjust. I can't write or understand lines of code, but I know when a program isn't functioning as it should, and what elements are the problem.
I'll be testing that theory over the next few days as I try to fix my layout problem. Wish me luck, offer advice, or just laugh when it all falls apart. Hey, I got a sense of humor. But I may be listening to Beethoven's Fur Elise to keep me calm and breathing steady through the crisis. If I could read music, I'd be a pianist instead of a typist.
See y'all on the other side if I'm successful!