Daily update: Dentist, Pain and Sub Plans

The cute little corn husk doll is what i made at Indian Day the subject of my last post.

I am miserable right now going through some horrible pain due to a tooth abscess at least I assume that’s what it is. I am not a fan of a medication the Dr. prescribed for me called Meloxicam.  This medication seems to take hours to kick in and doesn’t last all day at all.

I am home waiting for the dentist office to open so I can talk to her about a 3 month old referral to the oral surgeon for this problem which I thought was gone away. Some things cannot be handled with homeopathic methods. I am still in pain and exhausted due to no sleep last night.

Therefore at 4:45 I got up because I wasn’t sleeping anyway and went to work to set up the lessons for today. I know that 90% of the students are not going to try very hard on the  assignment. They really don’t want to read to find out information. I really have no choice but to use worksheets or book work when I am gone as no one except two people on staff are qualified to help with chemistry or biology. Last time the sub was there she sent some students to the library. Uuuggghhh!

 

Writing a Thrilling Scene, Take 1, and Action!

Again, these articles are what we are looking at when we go to the basement every Tuesday night. If you are a writer and live in or near Riverside you should check it out.

The process server from the fly by night notary service beat me up. His name was Mike. We fought for a couple of minutes, throwing punches, hitting and kicking each other repeatedly when out of nowhere a Blue Chevy Truck with a chrome bumper and painted flames came barreling through the red brick wall. My friend from high school Bobby came out of the car and said to me: Hey, stop fighting you two and come help me move my pickup before the police come and we are all arrested for trespassing. At the same time Mike the process server punched me twenty six times in the face and I choked him until he was unconscious, just after he cried “Uncle”

Was that a good action scene, or was it as painful to read as the fight itself?” What went wrong? Why was it so bad?

A story needs conflict…

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How to Hack your Writing Method

Whereas I have been attending the workshops at Underground Writer’s Unite for a few weeks now I will start promoting this blog on my almost non existent WordPress reach.

Own your Writing Style

A writer writes, but how do you conceive an idea and make it come to life? Do you daydream for hours on end and develop scenes in your head before you ever write a word, or do you sit in front of your computer and wait for inspiration to strike?

Your writing can get carried away. By spending to much time plotting and outlining, you might find it hard to gather all of the information into one compelling narrative. On the other hand if you’re a pantser you might end up with a narrative that dances around beautifully sculpted details, convoluted to the point you lose track of the story arc.

In this article we will discuss how to keep track of creative ideas. We will cover how to organize ideas into a well scripted piece of writing. That way a story can be written effectively…

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GUEST POST: Max Gladstone on Bees and Diversity

Intellectus Speculativus

LastFirst_v2_textMax Gladstone is the author of the amazing Craft Sequence, the first-or-fourth installment of which came out on Tuesday, titled Last First Snow. Since Dr Liz Bourke turned me on to the series, back with Three Parts Dead, I’ve been a huge admirer of the diverse, brilliantly-executed, fascinating, urban economic-legal fantasy that Gladstone has been writing, so I jumped at the offer of a guest-post from the man himself when offered it.

On asking Twitter what the topic of the post should be, the overwhelming response was “bees”; as an alternative, I asked about Gladstone’s choice to write from marginalised viewpoints (most notably, a disabled trans woman of colour in Full Fathom Five). It turns out that, as only a writer of his calibre could, he managed to meld both topics into one in this essay…
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Daily recap, on the mend through groups

Getting out and meeting other people seems to be the best way to deal with this deep sadness I have about the separation and the divorce. I went to two different groups yesterday. RAIN is a monthly women’s group and they had a close out session about being in the moment. I related this to when lessons go so well that the grand discussions happen. That can’t be much more in the moment. But really, most of us are living for the hopes of the future and full of regrets for the past. 

I went to a second group called the Writer’s Critique and this was enjoyable. Stories were shared and good advice flowed. I was impressed with the sharing from Tiffany with her short vignette about chess with the Angel of Death. This week on Monday I went to Larry Dunlaps book launch and that was good. I am keeping busy.  

Here is a pic of one part of my now decorated and unpacked apartment.

Now off to get my car serviced for a factory defect.