Monday, August 8, 2011

New Blog Home for WTR

I've moved to a new blog via WordPress so all my updates are there. I don't know if anyone is looking but if so feel free to visit!

Thanks!

www.words-that-rattle.com

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Coming Around Again

I am a graduate from college with the degree I yearned to earn.

I've had a significant birthday pass.

I retain a burning desire to tell stories, at the moment one in particular. This is in a genre I enjoy and if I do it right I'll tell it in a way seldom seen in this genre. But it's my belief that others would like it, get something from it and it would be hard work and great fun.

This is the year I do my part to make these things happen. And no matter the outcome I'm going enjoy every single, exhilarating, difficult, frustrating and wonderful moment. Mu muse and I are aligned and ready for it.

These updates will be in between writing and life. I'm thinking weekly posts at minimum (to start), more frequently as able. I almost took down my old posts but as those are all part of my evolution I've left them to remind me where I've been and who I was at the point I was there. It's all part of my growth, I hope.

I will refer to this new WIP I'm working on as "CTD" for now. Are you working on something and want to share stops and observations along your journey? I'd love to know and share.

Here we go. I should officially wait until tomorrow, but just to get a little ahead:

Week 1 has begun.

I can't stop smiling.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It has been a year

...and I'm still writing.

I'm just focused more on completing my degree so it goes very slow.

But I remain a writer and dedicated.

I'm just....quiet.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Out of The Silent Planet

Life for this writer, as I suspect for many others has been a roller coaster as of late. Some of the dips have been to some amazing depths. But there have been rises and peaks, promises of more thrills to be had.

Do I still write?

Are you kidding? Yes, I do. I haven't written short stories or posted as often as I like, but I continue to write my novel and hit goals.

Tonight, I submitted to my writing group the first 20K+ words of my work in progress. I would never have felt it was ready if I chose to be casual so I'm grateful for a deadline, for me they are necessary. As much as I want perfection in my execution, I get lost in my quest to reach it. As I reviewed the copies I later passed to the group, I saw flaws that made me flinch and want to scream, "I know better than that!" or "I should have caught this!" etc. Yet there are other parts that I feel are fantastic and interesting. Fun.

So here I am countering attacks by switchblade-bearing butterflies, dodging waves of anxiety, and running from storms of doubt. What keeps me standing in the eye of all of these forces? My belief:

My stories are written for the joy and need to write. I want to question, explore, provoke and have fun. They are meant to be shared and enjoyed with others.

So, if I don't give them to respected individuals to review and share constructive feedback as they develop, how will my stories ever become as great as I believe they can be? How will I ever grow and improve?

So that's it. Now there's nothing more for me to do except to wait and see.

And keep writing, of course.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Conversations On The Train...

(Due to minor surgery (I'm fine!) this blog has been typed with one hand, but proofed for typos)

I'm taking the commuter train into work these days. After getting accustomed to the hustle and bustle I started listening to the conversations around me, the glimpses of other lives happening. These are snippets of conversations I've overheard.

Dark haired woman on cell phone, "No. No it means I'm pregnant. Did I ask you to do anything? W-What do you think I'm going to do about it? I'm going to be a freaking fantastic mom without you. You've done the most and best you will ever be capable of doing and I thank you. Have a great life." *click*

Drunk man sitting illegally on the train steps commenting to random disapproving passenger, "No you...you think I'm stupid but I'm just drunk. And even drunk I know.... you ain't right."

Woman with strong perfume on phone,"No I can't I'm on the train...no....no...fine." (hushed voice) "I love you madly, thinking of you constantly and can't wait to come home just to touch your hand."

It reminds me there is so much life going on all the time around us, yet it is so easy to tune it out. I find for me it is much more rewarding when I pay attention. As a writer there are a wealth of opportunities that provide great inspiration for new stories everyday or even new conversations or character development. You just have to be willing to be open to hear it. A simple notion perhaps, but a powerful one when embraced.

And so, I continue to listen, write and learn.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I'm not dead and I'm not for sale...

Well...my writing may be for sale at some point but not me, per say.

I am alive and mostly well. Time away from the blog and website has allowed me to focus on my final semester toward my first degree(s) to be awarded in just a week and a half (gah!), focus on my health (which I had neglected) and generally making life more relaxing and fun again by managing the stress of budgets and cash in this recession ready economic climate. I have been working, going to classes and writing when I can - though I readily confess my writing got the short end of the stick overall.

The good part is that I haven't stopped completely though my frequency has been less and I have been VERY slow. The other good part is that the tedium of work allowed my mind to travel enough to work out and expand my story further. On one blessed day during the last month and a half (and just in time as I was feeling particularly guilty and frustrated about the writing situation) I actually sat and banged out 3,000 quality words that moved the story, scene, character development and plot in one session. This did much to improve my sagging confidence and ego. The story lives in me as does my desire yet "writing out" my stresses can only go so far with me I've discovered. Or better to say certain types of stress do not lend themselves well to my writing. Perhaps as I continue to mature and develop as a writer this will change.

Now things appear to be on an upswing and this summer promises me GREAT opportunities to complete my book and possibly start my second one (YAY!!). I do also want to write a few short pieces and submit them with a full understanding that I can probably collect at least nine more rejections before the summer is out (I've got one rejection under my belt currently).

So in about two weeks the blog and website should be alive again with content and thoughts on a regular basis.

Today is Mother's Day and we celebrated this morning with our moms who we are so fortunate to have as they are among the best in the universe. I hope you were able to do the same or appreciate the memories of your mom on this day with smiles and laughter. I know, that was sappy. Snark makes a return in 2 weeks too.

BTW: Quote in subject line is from song Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart by Stone Temple Pilots

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Late But Heartfelt

Thank you Arthur C. Clarke for lighting the heavens and my imagination with possibilities. Traveller, I wish you well on your next grand adventure...among the stars, surely.


Excerpt from an article about Mr. Clarke on Space.com (full article is here.)


As news of Arthur C. Clarke's death spread through communities of scientists, writers and science fiction fans, many people shared their memories of how the visionary writer, inventor and futurist inspired and influenced them.

Clarke is famous for his book, "2001: A Space Odyssey" (he also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie), for coming up with the idea for the communications satellite and for predicting space travel long before humans left Earth.

"I think the passing of Arthur C. Clarke is really epical," said Alan Stern, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "There is no one of his caliber or vision on the scene today ... Clarke's contribution was to motivate people to go after careers because they wanted to help shape a certain kind of future, to be at the beginning of something of millennial importance."

Stern said Clarke's legacy at NASA and in the space exploration community was particularly significant.

"For my generation, the children of Apollo, Clarke's writings were hugely and deeply inspirational," Stern told SPACE.com. "He was not just a technically competent writer of science fiction, science fact and futurism, but he was incredibly optimistic. I have had many emails in the last 18 hours, from friends of mine, from childhood, graduate school, >adulthood. It's amazing to me how many say the same thing: 'I wouldn't be in this line of work if it weren't for Arthur Clarke.' People across the world, especially the backbone of American aerospace exploration and space science, were inspired by Clarke's writings at one stage or another in their youth."

Clarke had a profound impact on technology and invention. His idea for the communications satellite has affected the whole planet.

"Arthur was not only a major figure in the first baby steps in humans' exploration of space, but a major figure in the building up of our planet as an interconnected organism," said writer Ann Druyan, widow of science popularizer Carl Sagan. "He was someone really significant."

Druyan said she met Clarke many times over the decades that he and Sagan were friends, as well as after Sagan's death.

"He was not only a great technical mind, but of course he had a powerful imagination, which influenced every one of us," Druyan said. "If we use anything based on a communications satellite then we definitely owe Arthur a huge debt. In my mind, '2001' remains the greatest sci-fi movie ever made. In many ways today it seems more futuristic than movies made 30 years later."

Many people have wondered how Clarke was able to predict so many elements of the future before they unfolded in reality.

"I think it was partially because his mother was a radio telephone operator," Druyan said. "So here he is as a young person growing up in the early part of the 20th century, at a moment where electronic communication was in its fledgling earliest stages, and he is a guy who has an exceptional imagination. So it was the perfect recipe for a child with Arthur's talents to go in that direction. The modesty of his background is yet another reason why it's so important to educate everybody, because you never know where the next Arthur C. Clarke or Carl Sagan could be."

Druyan said her friend will be remembered long after his death.

"Arthur had a great life," she said. "I don't really feel sadness because I think he had a full measure of life and he used it to the utmost. We are better for [his life]."

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