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

 

What if there were no politicians?

What would it take to get the news media to just report the bloody news?

I have said it time, and time again the news is toxic. Everything you read or hear is suspect.  Are they just telling you the facts or are they practicing yellow journalism?

There was a reporter who I knew personally that years ago reported that the scanners at the airport were safe and not as invasive as the pictures were showing.

I know better, and I called her on it accusing her of practicing yellow journalism.

What is Yellow Journalism?

Basically, it is half-truths.

“Officer, did you try to stop the bank robber?”

“Yes!”

“Did you pull your service revolver?”

“Yes.”

“Did you pull the trigger?”

“Yes.”

“And the bank robber still got away with the money?”

“Yes.”

“Your excused officer.”

 

“Boy, I am sure glad they didn’t ask me if my gun was loaded.  I keep my one bullet in my pocket just in case.” He thought.

That is an example of yellow journalism.  Albeit fictitious and oversimplified.

My friend was telling the world via the news media that the scanners at the airport were safe and one would get more radiation at flying at altitude than using the scanner.

The lie or half-truth is that they are two different kinds of radiation.  Flying at altitude is cosmic radiation which is known to cause skin cancer.
Many Pilots get skin cancer from spending many hours above 30,000 feet.  If you are a frequent flyer, go see a dermatologist regularly.

“You really do get used to having people examine all of you…NA, not really!”  On my last visit, she looks at me in the face as I sat there with that flimsy paper gown falling off and shakes my hand and says. “It was nice to see you again…”  Think about that one.  She had just finished examining every nook and cranny.  Rude bits included. “Nice?” I know, I am overreacting.

The kind of radiation that the scanners at the airport use are ionizing radiation which penetrates your body much more in-depth and does more damage than that of cosmic radiation. Yes, your chromosomes and DNA can be messed with.  From cancers to who knows what.

What does that do to your eyes?  Can it heat up the internal structures of the eyes causing them to get cataracts or maybe stop functioning as they normally would?  I know, let’s ask someone in the news who has stock in the company that makes the machines, that will certainly get us the truth!

And then there is in some back room someone looking at everybody’s naked body one at a time.  While I would imagine that they would become numb to it after a bit, the powers that be, are lying to us.

Is the old Jack Nicholson quote true? “Can we not handle the truth?”

Goddammit, this is America, not some third world dictatorship!  Or is it?

What brought this to the forefront is the media and their complicit passion of assisting the liberal hooligans who want to disarm Americans and sell their poison using every disaster that happens as a wedge to pit one American against another.  Then you have paid operatives who stir the animus created on both sides to further the schism that they have created.  The chasm is already so deep that a Trump voter had best not tell anyone who he voted for.  Did you see the guy get pulled out of his car and beat up because he had a Trump/ Pence sticker on it?

Today there was a politician railing against guns.  He called the rifle “fully semi-automatic.”

I am sorry you ignorant moron, the non-shooting public may be traumatized by your rhetoric but the “truth” is, it is either fully automatic or semi-automatic.  I have no effing idea what a fully semi-automatic weapon is.  It is kind of like being fully half naked.  I am either dressed or naked, not both.

How about clam chowder soup?  It is either chowder or soup. 

How do they find these morons to interview?  Do they give them a script?

Lies and half-truths are to manipulate the voters.  They need to tie all gun violence to the NRA and the Republicans. Entirely a false narrative but so many will hear “fully semi-automatic” and say, “we need more gun control!” Not having a clue that what the moron just said was bullshit!

I really do want accountability in the press.  They should not be able to knowingly lie to you. In government parlance that would be collusion.

What are the long-term politicians afraid of?

Do you want to know who is crooked in DC?

I can tell you an easy way to determine who.  While this may not be 100% accurate, I bet it is at least 95% correct.

Those that are squealing the loudest like a pig stuck under a gate, foolishly not supporting our president are most likely the ones that need to go. Their gravy train with biscuit wheels is being threatened by a man who cannot be bought.

Do you realize how many people have run for office on getting term limits passed and it has never happened?

It is time for the crooks to be prosecuted and those long-term “politicians” to go home.

When the media is in bed with the snakes in the swamp, we the American people are the victims.

  • Is it time to look at how we elect our “rulers” and lawmakers?
  • It is past time to look into the appointed demigods who think that they know better than you?
  • Is it time to hold the press accountable for creating this rift between the American people?
  • Is it time to tell comedians that they are not funny when they poke half of all Americans in the eye with a stick?

If you want to take over a country, you control or dismantle the press. In war times they took out the transmitting towers. They jammed the airways keeping the people from hearing the truth.  Some countries do not allow any outside input to get to their citizens to keep them in line.  Of course, they also do not have any weapons, so they are entirely subjugated by the ruling class. We are headed that way, and our press is complicit with those that want to destroy this country.  Why?

  • If you voted for Trump, good for you.
  • If you voted for Hillary, good for you.
  • If you voted for Bernie, Bless your heart but, good for you.

At least you voted!

I would like to see legislation passed to hold the press accountable for knowingly spreading lies and propaganda.  Whether it is for ratings or some darker more nefarious purpose, it is time to stop the hate, and that starts with the media.

It should not make any difference which network you watch.  The news should be the news.  Journalism in our country seems dead at the moment, and I believe that the community organizing of one community against the other is to blame for it.

Like labeling on cigarettes, if some talking head is “opinion” based a label on the screen should alert the viewer “Caution what you are looking at and listening to is biased opinion and not necessarily the truth.”

Who is behind this community organizing?  Who is spreading so much vile hate and ugliness? Who is promoting these lies and myths at the expense of children?

Hold these people accountable.

 

That is all!

I am going back to writing fantasy as I create the rules, the settings, the relationships and I can kill whoever I want to! I can also love whoever I want to.  There is power in the pen, and that is doubly true for the keyboard and a fertile imagination.

Please check out my site, my tweets and most of all my novels.  The last one is selling like hotcakes!

If you have a comment, feel free to agree, disagree or just say hello.  Please keep it civil as I really am about stopping the hate.  Hate is toxic! 

Love will fix a lot of blunders and just stupid prejudices, and that is what I am about. There is no room on this earth for bigotry and hate, and it starts with you; Love someone.

 

Much Love -TW