Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Writing Process



I have been doing some pinpointed research and tentatively writing a haphazard collection of seemingly unrelated short episodes that I hope to include in what I intend to be an original novel. This is not at all an enjoyable task. Below is a smattering of examples:



It is fundamentally irrational to use violence to achieve a peaceful society.

Nonviolence is the personal practice of being harmless to self and others under every condition. It comes from the belief that hurting people, animals or the environment is unnecessary to achieve an outcome and refers to a general philosophy of abstention from violence based on moral, religious or spiritual principles

Governments use force and violence to obtain its revenue.

Ayn Rand wrote: "A government is an institution that holds the exclusive power to enforce certain rules of social conduct in a given geographical area." And: "A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort, or enslaves him, or attempts to limit the freedom of his mind, or compels him to act against his own rational judgment -- a society that sets up a conflict between its edicts and the requirements of man’s nature -- is not,"

Ms Rand also wrote: "Man’s rights can be violated only by the use of physical force. It is only by means of physical force that one man can deprive another of his life, or enslave him, or rob him, or prevent him from pursuing his own goals, or compel him to act against his own rational judgment."

There is more . . . much more, but that's enough for now.


Food For Picky Demons is my Working Title

Lincoln "Linc" Powers is the name of my protagonist (main character.)

Linc believes in the ideal of non-violence, but he is not always able to incorporate it into his dangerous, adventurous, but quite profitable endeavors. (I do not yet have all the details worked out.)

It is my intention to describe (in literary style) and present to the reader the basic and true essence of a man -- I cannot reveal yet how I will do this. Because I do not yet know.

"The only story that seems worth writing is a cry, a shot, a scream. A story should break the reader’s heart."
--Susan Sontag

Opening Sentence:

Immediately after the shot a cry emerged from the forest's darkness that surrounded the tiny cabin; it started as a low rumble reminiscent of a grizzly's growl and rose to the pitch of a threatened puma's scream.




Ending Sentence:

Lincoln knew that even though the man had been taken from the forest, the forest remained lurking within the man.

Damn! This is hard.


A friend from years ago posted this photo on Facebook
Hal Gray and his wife, Marcia (Parkinson) Gray.

He was my music teacher in elementary school.
She was my first grade teacher in 1945. This is a
recent picture. They look fit as a pair of fiddles.


Did You Know . . .?

Judy Blume received “nothing but rejections” for two years.

According to Ms. Blume: I would go to sleep at night feeling that I'd never be published. But I'd wake up in the morning convinced I would be. Each time I sent a story or book off to a publisher, I would sit down and begin something new. I was learning more with each effort. I was determined. Determination and hard work are as important as talent.

Note: Had to laugh at this cartoonist's tale about rejection slips



On this day in 1885, Mark Twain published his famous novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. At the book's heart is the journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on a raft. Jim runs away because he is about to be sold and separated from his wife and children, and Huck goes with him to help him get to Ohio and freedom.

Huck narrates the story in his distinctive voice, offering colorful descriptions of the people and places they encounter along the way. The most striking part of the book is its satirical look at racism, religion and other social attitudes of the time. While Jim is strong, brave, generous and wise, many of the white characters are portrayed as violent, stupid or simply selfish, and the naive Huck ends up questioning the hypocritical, unjust nature of society in general.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been hailed by many serious literary critics as a masterpiece. No less a judge than Ernest Hemingway famously declared that the book marked the beginning of American literature: "There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."



composition  (kahm'-puh-zish'-uhn)
 a. The combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole.
 b. The manner in which such parts are combined or related.
 c. General makeup: the changing composition of the electorate.
 d. The result or product of composing; a mixture or compound.
2.  Arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole.
 a. The art or act of composing a musical or literary work.
 b. A work of music, literature, or art, or its structure or organization.
 4. A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise.



(born February 18, 1954)
John Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta's acting career declined through the 1980s but enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction, and more recent films such as Face/Off, Ladder 49, and Wild Hogs. Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He won the Golden Globe Award for his performance in Get Shorty.

(born February 18, 1957)
Vanna White is an American television personality and film actress best known as the hostess of Wheel of Fortune since 1982.

(born February 18, 1968)
Molly Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Having appeared in the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), Ringwald is part of the "Brat Pack" and has been called the greatest teen star of all time. She has also played Anne Juergens in the ABC Family show The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

(born February 18, 1950)
Cybill Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model. Her better known roles include starring as Jacy in The Last Picture Show (1971), as Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), as Betsy in Taxi Driver (1976), as Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting (1985–1989), as Cybill Sheridan in Cybill (1995–1998), as Phyllis Kroll in The L Word (2007–2009) and as Madeleine Spencer in Psych (2008–2013).


"If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything."
--David foster Wallace


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