Thursday, December 9, 2010

Creating worlds in my first novel; making my plot is plausible and unique

Researching physics concepts, theories to make sure my plot is plausible.  I am getting so wrapped up in this part...really cool stuff as a young adult in college just thought of as something to get through to get a grade.  Now, application is taking effect in a sense.  "New" news related to magnetic portals connecting Sun and Earth, negative mass, The Einstein Rosen Bridge, and Biblical occurances all going to be brought into this series.
 Also searching similar plots to mine in cinema, written form, and other media to make sure mine has a distinct and unique edge. So far, I'm good.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I love it when I start a new writing project and the flowing of images, characters, intertwining relationships take on a life of their own... I become the transporter from mind to paper.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; Amazing Storyteller

Oh Diana, what a story you have woven.   Before reading  Outlander,  a fellow book club member gave us the backstory on the author and a taste of the storyline.  Diana Gabaldon; degreed in marine biology, zoology, and ecology. Dr. Gabaldon did research, was a scientific computing and database expert, and taught university classes for college credit in anatomy and other subjects. Oh, and one day she decided to  writing a novel because she wanted to learn how.  Wow, I couldn't wait to read this book, which I must say was a bit intimidating due to the thickness.  But, this woman had already inspired me with her tenacidity to not only follow through with an epic novel , but to then spawn a series of novels with the never-fading main characters, Claire and Jamie!
Nevertheless, I curled up on the sofa and dove in.  Gabaldon did not dissapoint. From  the first page, I was hooked.  Layers and layers of emotion, the humanity (and inhumanity) of the characters took me  for a ride.  Rich characters that you fall in love with, relate to, and feel true emotion for (shock at times). A storyline that at times seemed unimaginable, yet a luring fantasy you wanted to get lost in.  Webs of thoughtfully constructed historic, scientific, and romantic fiction mingling together and create a thrilling, can't-put-the-book- down-at-1-in-the-morning, first novel.  And, not only did I fall into this Outlander world once. I am revisting the dynamic characters Diana has created for the fourth time in Drums of Autumn; the fourth book in the Outlander series. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The "Grounding Effect"

How many times have you felt you are the only one keeping things grounded, level, together.  Well, you are not the only one involved in the grand scheme.  There is more going on through you, through others, through your spouse, through the neighbor down the street, through your childrens' eyes in order to get you to focus on that "grounded place". Most of the time you don't even get to reflect on  and appreciate the proverbial "man behind the scene"  until the storm is passing and the grounding is settling in.  I was sitting down with my children doing homework when I sketched this conceptual depiction.  

Friday, October 22, 2010

Harness It and Don't Let Go!

I believe everyone needs a way to decompress from reality.  Watching my daughter, Lauren, creating her fairy and princess sketches and writing her mythical "Wonderland-esque" stories reminded me  As a child, I harnest my artistic spirit just as I see my daughter doing.  Life was all about writing, creating, sketching, painting.  Before my beautiful children were born,  before my career, I would find myself "lost in the arts" when I would journal, write, sketch, and paint.
Career, marriage, growing family, daily life, daily routines, daily reviews, began to build upon eachother.  I tucked  my journal into a drawer and put my canvases, paints, and brushes into storage and haven't revisted them in a number of years.  

I remember in my youth, hearing a phrase that my gifts will be lost if I don't use them.  Yes, some can be forgotten if not practiced.  But once you harness a specific gift can't  it  remain dormant within you until the energies can not be contained any longer.  I find myself bursting at the seems lately with the desire and passion to write, create, sketch, journal, and paint creatively.  

Which leads me to first blog.  A place where I can go and express creatively. A place I can go to step out of the box, out of reality.  A place where I can take ink and inspiration, pair them, and transform them into a short story, a screenplay, an editorial, a sketch, or a painting.  I  do not know what will be created or when. I do not  know how my inspirations will reveal themselves.  It will be interesting to see how everything plays out now that  my metaphorical volcano is no longer dormant and I can burst at the seems creatively!