Sunday, November 17, 2019

Dreams can come true if we remember and act.

Do you remember your dream?

Recently a friend told me she planned to take flying lessons. Her younger self dreamed about flying.
Flying, soaring in the wild, blue yonder, is synonymous with freedom. Not so much freedom of the body, but freedom of the soul, the secret, inner us.


Ask, "What did I want to do when I was still young?"
Before the so-called reality of the world made itself known.

  • My mind flips to when I was 8 to 10. Sitting on a swing with the neighbors' one-year-old on my lap, I sang, making up the words as I went.
  • My whole being, experienced bliss. Stories.

Symbols, alphabets, and words fascinated me. So many ways to communicate, to tell my stories.

  •  My brother and I learned a secret code.
  •  A visitor gave me the Korean alphabet, and I practiced the letters.
  • I learned the two-handed sign alphabet from a deaf cousin.
  • I wrote to record the stories teaming in my head.
  • I wrote comedy, mystery, and adventure to entertain myself and my friends.
  • I wanted to learn ASL -sign language with one hand.
  • I wanted to publish my stories for the world to see.

Find a Way...

A tiny voice in my heart said, "It's not too late."

  • I looked up ASL lessons on YouTube. There are plenty.  I did learn to say hello and ask/answer simple questions. 

  • I kept going forward and in 2014 published my first two books. Now in 2019, I have five published, plus one fiction and one non-fiction in first draft form.

What was your dream?

Seize your dream with your heart and soul and find a way to make it come true.
We owe it to our childhood selves to at least try.




NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 15 and 51,098 Words - How did I get here so fast?

What helped, what went sideways, and what I learned that I can use every day.

 1 - What helped.

1)   Warm-up – I had written four hours a day for the six weeks prior to November 1. Although it was non-fiction I was writing, the habit of sitting down in the morning and again after lunch served me well during NaNo.

2)   I do not have an out-of-the-house job – a major bonus.

3)   As I stated in my thoughts after day 1, I had characters and a rough plan when I started page 1.

4)   I have finally killed off my Miss Purdy (critic) and was able to write fluently without worry about it was good, bad, or even useful. I simply focused and wrote.

5)   Being a fast typist probably helped as well. Plus, this is my sixth book. I’ve been here before.

6)   Knowing my buddies were rooting for me gave me courage.

2 - What went sideways.

1)   My title was Uncle Lem Fakes a Wife. First off, Sam Logan butted in and took over the narrative.

2)   Secondly Uncle Lem did not cooperate. He kept hiding from me. He does appear as a secondary character in the first four books in the series. Apparently, he doesn’t want his own book.

3)   In the end, Mary Morrison (who was to be the fake wife) stepped into the lead role. After that, things went more smoothly.

4)   My killer didn’t like her character sketch and operated in ways that didn’t fit it.

5)   If my crooked fingers type wrong, the program underlines and I can fix. Don’t look. Just type.

3 - My take-way from all this.

1)   Habits are essential for high production. Write every day to keep in ‘writing shape’.

2)   Be brave and if needed shift protagonists (or anything else) mid-stream BUT KEEP GOING.

3)   Writing without a resident critic is so much more fun. Need to keep her locked up.

4)   If not sure what to type in the beginning each day, read the previous two or three paragraphs, type AND THEN and write down whatever comes to mind.

5)   Let the characters act how they want and change the character sketches later to back up their behavior.

6)   Planning is good, (I always plan) but sometimes pants-tering is just as good and occasionally more enlightening. DO BOTH.

7)   Once I have my Draft Zero written, my boys in the basement start to feed me what I need to alter, add, and delete to make a decent next Draft.

Will I do NaNoWriMo again?

 I’ll see.
 But I know that I can write a useable draft in fifteen days if I want to.

That knowledge alone was worth the effort.  
My question in Week 2: Can I keep the pace?

Damn right I can.

My advice to you if you want to give it a try.