From Kathy: I’ve met many fellow writers this past year, and am thrilled to share my blog space with some of them. Please take time to read Pam’s post below! And just a few reminders: The Kindle and paperback versions of Wives of the Saints are both available on Amazon now; also the Goodreads Giveaway of said book is still underway until the 31st, so check that out, too. And now, Pam…
About Pamela: I am a teacher of middle grades English, and I love reading and writing. In this last year, I’ve published three short sci-fi novellas on Amazon: Made for Me, Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes, and From Bedlam to Ben. I’m always trying to improve my self-promotion game, but at the same time, trying to continue writing. I know that I haven’t gone just as far as I can with this, and I hope to be writing regularly even when I retire from teaching!
Inspiration, When it Comes Knocking
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If you’re one of those who sometimes wonders why you ever published, or you feel you are in an endless loop of writing, then trying to get your writing noticed, then writing more, rest assured, you’re not alone. I feel that at times. But two years ago, the writing bug hit me, maybe because of hard times at home and the desire to escape; I decided I was going to write, finish what I started, and stop being afraid to show people what I wrote. After all, I am a grown up. I’m also not getting any younger. To this day, I don’t regret that decision. 🙂 I took to hanging out in writers’ forums on Facebook, took a James Patterson online class, and entered some contests on Wattpad. Now, my college degree was English Literature and I wrote about many authors, but something had to get me up to bat as a writer of my own material. Blogging on WordPress has helped me to be part of a writing community. This post is in honor of the many things that make me write and keep me writing.
My favorite writers. A favored quote by Stephen King: “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” He is one daring author. Nor does he feel like he has to put on some fake persona for the fact that he is an author. I like that. He keeps on writing. If he can, so can I, and he seems to think the same thing.
Joyce Carol Oates: She angered me so in her book “Wonderland,” but it spurred me to write a whole book full of poetry that brought out many issues from my past. It is not published. Her main character was utterly detestable, and perhaps a little of a sociopath, but his treatment of women disturbed me so much that I could no longer empathize with his horrible past once I got past 3/4 of the book. I’ll look back on my poetry and see when I’m ready to share it. I am not knocking Oates for “wonderland,”, this simply shows how good she was at hitting a raw nerve. Her book, “Freaky Green Eyes,” totally championed women’s rights by showing just how wrong a patriarchal relationship could go. “Wonderland” disturbed me. What does that mean? I’ll never forget it.
James Patterson: Some people have argued that he’s not really that good at the art of writing. I THINK THEY READ THE WRONG BOOKS. He’s no Shakespeare, but if he’s no good, then, why can’t I put his books down? He’s a master of suspense who can write in the perspective of male, female, protagonist, or villain and is convincing in each one.
Writers inspire new writers to write. By just writing and daring to get it “out there” you could provide inspiration to a new writer! One of the few times I allowed myself to be moved to tears as a teacher was in response to a student’s poem about her dear, departed father. I told her my tears were a real compliment, and she smiled. If you are a writer, you should inspire others to write. Writing is forever evolving, this is why we always need new literature and, or course, new writers.
Dreams. Of Reptiles and Dragons…
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The most recent dream I’ve had is supposedly foreboding, according to dream interpretation books. I say they’re just narrow-minded. Hard times are coming? I’ve already had them. Reptilian eggs hatching to tadpoles, growing into snakes that morph into raptors or dragons? No problem. Here is an idea of what I’ll make of that, and yes, it reflects my reality of having a family member who suffered a mental breakdown in the last two years.
Little girl: Hey, you’re that boy who sees dragons all the time, aren’t you?
Boy nods his head and looks at her warily.
Girl: Well, some people see angels. Grandma says you can’t see them, but Momma says my baby brother sees angels, that’s why he smiles all the time. Did you see angels when you were a baby?
Boy: Nope. Mom says I’ve been seeing dragons since I was a little one. ( Looks back down at his toy truck.)
Girl: Do you see one right now?
Boy: Yep. He’s right next to you.
Girl: Do they help you? Do they keep you company?
Girl: Well, maybe you just have angels that look like dragons, then.
Girl: Can I play with your truck, too? Tell your dragon I’m a good person, okay?
Boy: (Shrugs). Yeah, okay.
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Now, if only every oddball was accepted so easily, and differences could be normalized. I’m not sure where the dragon theme is leading, but it seems to be here to stay until I figure that out.
Reality. Events happen. Sometimes life sucks. See my last section on my inspiration for writing about dragons. My writing motto over the last 1-2 years has been, “I Fiction because Reality Sucks.” (Bites, etc.). But doesn’t a troubled or confusing reality fuel one’s fiction? Yes, I say it does. It certainly has fueled my poetry which is a source for expressing my emotions. Anxiety over what may happen to a loved one has wrecked me time and again. I wrote about it in this poem, written after a sleepless night:
Yes, things are better now in my family, and should stay that way, as long as terrible drivers don’t come near me ever again. It may seem irrelevant, but that has been my main source of anxiety lately. Deep breaths.
I’ve also used my past experience in a troubled marriage, dissolved eighteen years ago, to develop the perfect man in my novel, Made for Me. (Well, almost perfect) 🙂 My second, Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes, focused on a side character from the first, who turned out to be a kick-ass chick at just twenty years old. If interested, you can find out more about my self-published novellas by clicking on the About section of my WordPress site.
Faith and Beliefs.
I am fortunate enough to be in a church where I feel I am good enough. I feel totally accepted, and there are many opportunities to serve the Lord whether in brief skits, Advent devotions, or the traditional ushering, liturgist, elder duties. I have posted my entry for the Advent devotional here on my blog as well. http://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/christmas-memories-no-im-no-angel-but-sometimes-my-prayers-are-answered-advent-faith-christmas-memories/
I also devoted several posts to the application of Bible verses to my life during Lent this past year. If that is your thing, please take a look!
Faith has been an important part of my life, so it is right that I should write about it.
Morning and Evening Walks with the Dog.
This is one time when I cannot multi-task. I have to see where I’m going! I can observe thins around me, such as the arc of the sun ascending or a full moon at night. I love watching my dog’s antics when he sees a squirrel. I got many ideas for a time travel novel as I walked him around and glanced at the night sky. For the last two years, he has been such a blessing in many ways. I should mention yoga. It clears my mind and then marvelous thoughts enter. In other words, my mind doesn’t stay clear. And that’s okay. I’m different. Yes, I’ve written on this topic also in posts titled “My Exercise Evolution, Yoga Stream of Consciousness.”
“Halt! Who Goes There?” Seen regularly on my morning walk.
Popular Culture. Songs, books, movies. Let’s talk movies, shall we?
Among the most inspiring: The Martian. (I read it and saw the movie). Interstellar. Another Earth (you likely haven’t seen that one, but you should. Go rent it). Fight Club. Being Flynn. Some of the more obscure movies are simply obscure because they don’t appeal to the mainstream. That is why you should see them! It is also why they make my brain want to explode with ideas. Songs? There are many, but I’ll only mention one. “Wow,” by Beck. He is groundbreaking in many of his songs, but this one takes me to so many places, probably because it sounds like a blend of so many different music genres. I recommend it if you are open-minded in music choices.
In a nutshell, I keep writing because there is so much out there; there are so many ideas just waiting to be caught! Do you see them in the air? Do you hear them in between your friends’ conversations? There are so many ways to go with writing and sometimes, I want to do it all! Maybe, I’ll find one area that is really my niche, or maybe not, because I am such a moody little filly that I must write to stay sane and because anything I write expresses my mood at that time. Perhaps one day, I’ll figure it out!
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