Yes, I know, I love clever.
Nano went off well for me. How about you? Did you partake in NANO this year?
People ask me how I have managed to crank out so many novels. I don’t watch TV, and I don’t play video games.
Years ago, I complained I didn’t have time enough in the day to do those things that made me happy. From the time we get up in the morning, we rush here and there to get ready for work. It doesn’t start at daybreak and end with the proverbial Fred Flintstone whistle in my work. Time clock jobs are meant for entry-level employment or factory work of some kind. Personally ‘in my opinion’ those folks will live longer.
My job doesn’t end at five or six or sometimes much later. Since I left the corporate world, where I put in an average of 70 hours a week on salary, now it is for me. I am a bitch to work for…J
Nobody drives me harder than I do. I thrive on it. On the rare occasion that the TV is on and I manage to see it, my attention span is there for just a few seconds when I know why I gave it up.
We write because we lack something. I don’t write to sell books, I wish they would sell more than what they do, but that is not why I write. I write because I escape that world or this realm and sneak into mine.
In my world, I can be a button-down person, or I can be a whore. Think about it. In your novel or your short story, you can be something you are not. What is it like to be a serial killer? What about a madam?
Picture yourself in the role of a madam. You are holding a crop, and your boss is now your bitch. The fool wanted to be punished for his abuse of women, and he found you. What would his or her ass look like when you finish?
Maybe you are the naughty boss and require a little over the lap action to set you straight. It is your world; you can be what you want.
In one of my novels, I took a childhood fantasy and wrote it as part of the plot. I have always wanted to go back in time and have a do-over. While I doubt I will use the phrase hindsight is 2020 much longer, I would do many things differently.
For one, I would value time much more highly than I did.
In my novel Saga of the Starduster, I find myself in the body of a fifty-year-old man. An astronaut on the ISS. Out of the blue (or black), a mammoth-sized space ship hovers over them. Sucking the whole thing up into a cargo bay.
Don, my main character, gets probed so to speak but more importantly, through a series of events, he gets to go back to his third-grade class and have a do-over. Don, unlike what would probably occur, has all of his memories and his education. He gets to see his mother again after she had passed from cancer. Does he change history? Does the timeline change?
The novel is a roller coaster of emotions and time travel and aliens, yes, aliens.
The Saga of the Starduster has the Right Stuff. It is my best seller.
Nano has seen the birth of another TWScott original. This novel is 108K words, and unlike anything, I have written to date. Magic and Mayhem is a young adult coming of age story. Of course, it involves magic and witches and goddesses, and even Fae.
I have parts of it with Beta Readers, and I will be sending it off to the editor soon enough.
I am still pretending it is Groundhog Day. My nights and days are screwed up. I am on a first-name basis with UPS, FedX, the Mail delivery person, and even the Amazon guy. A salesperson happened by the other day, and instead of pretending I was not home, I stepped out and chatted with them for over an hour. Hey, door to door salespeople’s lives matter… I think I did brighten their day. We are friends on social media now. How strange is that?
The recycle is full of little boxes with smiles on them, as I am making Jeff Bezos even more money than he currently has.
I do have a mystery for you to puzzle. If I stick a box on the floor, at least one cat will jump into it. What is the deal with cats and boxes? Even if the package is too small, they will attempt it.
I love to hear your thoughts, what you are working on, and how you are coping. I am sick of zoom or the virtual world, but I guess it will have to do in lew of hugs and kisses.
Much Love -TW