Feeding your Characters, Part II

What sparks your creative juices?

 

Waves of Emotions, Does the Moon Affect them like the Tides of the oceans?

Many of you know that I have been dealing with the loss of a close friend who recently passed.  The things in life that we take for granted, the smile, knowing look, the chuckle that you caused,  and that voice on the other end of the line that you come to know as your lifeline to reality, those are precious… When those are gone, and you are left alone…the tides roll.

As one who has always “adopted” older friends it has been my privilege to know and care for many that have since passed. Each and every one unique and precious and missed.  Two of the last three I was asked to do their Eulogy, which if you have never done, try and get through it without becoming a basket case in front of countless people.  It is not easy.

The more you care, the more it hurts, and the harder it is.

Spending days writing it I finally had to remove anything in it that would trigger me, and then it was still a challenge.

Today I was dealing with their family trying to be of some assistance, and it brought back the pain all over again.  Facing the “residual” of a friend trying to assess some monetary value to it as to assist their survivors is just miserable!

The “things” the treasures that charmed them and we are now relegated to boxes of stuff waiting for an estate sale.

I often go to antique malls looking for trinkets that “charm” me but more often than not I look for things that might inspire a story.

From strange tools to old tchotchkes that someone treasured a long time ago interests me.  I once bought an ancient relic that looked like it belonged to some tribe in some dark jungle as I thought if I could imbue it with magical properties it might make a story.  Who knows.

I sift through old black and white photos of people who have long since passed that have found their way to the antique malls and make up little stories about them as I hold their picture in my hand.  If the story sounds good, I buy the image, and he or she becomes a character in a novel.

Many of you can relate to the loss of a loved one.  You know that the waves are real and sometimes they can bury you.  I keep some memento of them around me as they were important to me for decades.

How do you deal with loss?

Stuff cannot replace them.

The things we find in antique malls are just effects that meant something to someone long ago.

On multiple occasions, I have purchased boxes of “things” on eBay.  This one box I bought the person who sold it took care to wrap each individual thing in tissue.  There were old lenses from glasses.  There was a model of an old delta airplane. There was a marionette that is probably from the thirties. There were some timeworn cufflinks, a watch and just basically a drawer of someone’s stuff that was put into a box and sold. There was even a broken glass figurine of a toucan. Where did that come from and how it did come to be in that drawer and how did it get broken.

I got the box and looked at each and every little thing including the old glasses.  This was the residual of a life. The old airplane they probably got when they flew.  The little marionette might have been passed down to them from a grandparent.  The watch was old and well-worn but, it too told a story.

I carefully wrapped the stuff back up and stored it away for a future day when I need an idea.  Those trinkets will live again in some story and by them becoming part of one of my novels, the previous owner in some small way will also live again through my words.

If you are a writer, go visit antique malls.  Spend time looking at the trinkets on display, and if something sparks a thought,, you know what to do.

Some things I snap a picture of as I have no desire to haul some piece of furniture home but….I found an article that I will tell you about.

In this old downtown store, there was this small desk that belonged in a classroom from eons ago. The chair was in front, and the actual desk with the writing surface that lifted and a place to store crayons and such were underneath the writing surface.

This was designed very differently in that the chair in front of the person who used the surface of the desk was contingent on the person sitting in the chair not moving the desk.  It was, in fact, a piss poor design to get the maximum amount of students in one small space but…Wow!

I immediately thought of “Good Night John Boy!”

Many of us go into such places looking for something to charm us to purchase it.  I look for fodder for stories.  I never know what will “trigger or spark” an idea.

Search “box of crap” on eBay and see what comes up.  I used to challenge people to pick up an item and write a story about it.  I would have a box of stuff and tell them to reach in and grab something without looking.  Take it back to their desk and write.

To you my pretties, feed your characters.  Find an item and write something on your blog, and tell me about it.

 

Much Love -TW

 

Are we under attack?

Who is the enemy?

 

The trend we see today at least in the USA is alarming.  Using social media, groups can leverage companies to react to pressure changing how they spend their advertising dollars.

When Chick-Fil-A donated money to a pro-life group the LGBTQ group “community organized” to boycott them and shut them down.

The MSM gave them the free publicity that they needed to rile up the masses and a boycott was formed.

There was a slight problem with that.  Most of the population of the country realized that Chick-fila was being bullied by a left-wing group.  The action by the LGBTQ people was designed to inhibit Chick Fila from having a first amendment right to donate money as they so choose to do.  It backfired.

The LGBTQ community should have realized that the very thing they rail against most which is “bullying” is what they were doing to a company that happens to be Christian and pro-life.

We have seen many “community organizing tactics” during the last few years where the left tries to shut down the right by going after their advertisers.

Today we see a tragedy in Florida being exploited by people with an agenda. Using children as weapons to force companies to either bend to their will or face financial ruin. Companies who support the NRA are being bullied to no longer do business with them or suffer consequences.

“How would you like some group organized by your opponents to target you?”

While this group should be complaining to the FBI and others who dropped the ball, they target the NRA.

“Why?”

If they make the NRA the bad guy, then all they have to do is tie the GOP to the NRA. No matter if the devil him or herself is running as the Democratic opponent in the mid-terms, they believe it will affect enough voters to think that somehow an organization that protects your second amendment right Is to blame for all the gun violence in this country.

Since Trump has stated time and time again that the NRA supports him, it is a natural leap to think that if they just get those “Republicans out of office, all the school shootings will stop.”

“It is absolute bullshit, wrong on every level of wrong, and they don’t care!”

Exploiting children who play hours on end of role-playing violent video games blaming the NRA for their problems is just idiotic.  The problem is the idiots believe them as they are speaking their language.

The flawed message is :

  • Terrible tragedy
  • NRA to blame
  • Republicans supported by NRA
  • Democrats good, Republicans Bad..

What is worse is we have Russians and other nefarious groups whose sole purpose is to sow the seeds of discontent. They use social media creating fake news stories the people will click on and share assisting those that wish to take this country apart.

I would encourage those of you who support the NRA, to help these companies targeted by the anti-gun lunatics who think more laws will finally force the bad guys, to capitulate and stop being a criminal. Only support them if they resist these fringe elements of society who are not in touch with the American people.

Florida was preventable, and the FBI and others are to blame for it. They have accepted the blame.  Why blame the NRA when they had nothing to do with it?

No matter how many schools you walk out of, or how much you protest, the bad guy is out there.

The root cause of most of these shootings is not the gun or the knife of the truck, or the baseball bat or machete.

The root cause is mental illness.

If you want to march, march against mental illness.

  • How is it that people are mentally ill?
  • What happened to them?
  • Were they born mentally ill?
  • Did they turn mentally ill?
  • What was there home life like?
  • Did they have both parents?
  • Did the shooter play hours of violent video games?
  • Did they watch hours of horror movies?
  • Were they in combat?
  • Did they suffer from PTSD
  • Were they drug users?
  • What triggered them into action
  • Was it planned or spontaneous?
  • What were the warning signs?
  • Why were they ignored by the FBI
  • Why were they ignored by the local police?
  • How did this person not have his name on the list of not to sell a gun to?

Marching against guns is like marching against rocks.  When man was still living in caves, he hunted each other, killing them with yes, a stone.  (very much like cane and able) Hitting them on the head, they would then eat them, and their brain was one of the first things they ate.

It is a misguided concept to think that marching against guns and blaming an inanimate object is going to solve anything.

Looking at the problems in the light of day is not glorious.  Solving the issues, you must first identify them and then address them.

When an organization readily tells you what they are, and it turns out to be a gun, be very suspect.

The left for some reason wants to disarm Americans.  With the millions of guns in this country, it will never happen.  But they try and first they do this by attacking the NRA.  Those of us with a brain in our heads will make sure that will never happen.  You can attack their business partners but we the people will make sure that the NRA does not go anywhere.

You can link the shooter and his actions to the Republicans which is what you are attempting to do but, we will fight you there too.  We will fight you because it is not true.  The last lunatic who shot up the congressmen was a Bernie supporter, and we will not let the world forget that.  He was an ardent left wing nut job who watched and believed the hateful hyperbole spewed forth by the likes of the left wing media. He was enraged by their propaganda to the point of trying to kill people.

The logical debate will bring forth logical discussions.  The emotional debate will bring forth action.

Words have meaning.  You cannot go into an auditorium and yell fire, and you should not be able to spew out hateful rhetoric which is unfounded, as a news organization.

Journalism is objective reporting of the facts, not what you want the events to be.

Some people watch late night comedians and think it is news.  When vital news organizations have to pay airports tens of thousands of dollars to only play their news stations in the terminals, that should tip off the world that just maybe they have an agenda.

“Yes, they will say it is for their advertisers but, C’mon!”

If the FBI were not looking for Russians under every Republican bed, while trying to bring McCarthyism back to life just maybe, they would have paid some attention to the many red flags and warnings about this dangerous individual, and prevented it from happening.  Had the Local police after going out to this kids house 39 times on domestic disturbance calls, knowing he was violent were thinking just a little, they might have put the kid’s name on the list of those to not sell guns to.

The NRA is not the problem.

What I find interesting is when talking to liberals about this they did not know about the warning signs.  They did not know that the FBI messed up and accepted fault.  They were unaware that this kid had been visited 39 times by the local police for violent domestic disturbance calls.  This was universal among all my liberal colleagues.  How is that possible?

When conquering a country, the first thing you do is control the media or destroy it.

Are we under attack?