Tightrope walking for Writers

The Princess Bard

I sometimes wonder what it must be like to be like the “normal” writers. You know the ones who have a single project that they’re working on. One book they’re writing. One series they’re creating.

Is it quiet and peaceful in their heads? Do they sleep blissfully at night?

I don’t think I’ve ever been like that. My brain has always been a mess of characters and ideas since I started putting ideas to paper as a teenager. (I recall in sixth form, or was it seventh, writing simultaneously about a girl who lost her best friend to drink driving and an epic fantasy about a Queen trying to restore her kingdom…)

Nowadays I have a lot more than two stories on the go, and a lot more than a couple of voices all vying for attention. In the height of my RP days, I was creating new accounts almost…

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Lyric Warm-Up Writing Day 24 -She Can’t Relax

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A bit late today, been drowning in images for the book cover for the next episode of City of the Wiccad. But we finally got words out, and Rachel wanted a little more of her time working at the dig site. Enjoy.

She Can’t Relax

Sometimes a person can mean well and yet be absolutely clueless as to the problem they were causing. Other people know full well how uncomfortable they are making someone else. They know and they keep doing it.

Rachel wasn’t sure which one this was.

She was showing Grant Matheson, of the University board, around the dig-site. Herger was away, he’d left with the most beautiful woman that Rachel had ever seen on an urgent personal matter, and Rachel was left to run the business side of the dig, while Matthew ran the dig side of things.

Mister Matheson, no please call him Grant, was…

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Peggy Restored – Moving Forward

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Fan Fiction set after Captain America – Civil War and After Peggy Restored

“You kissed my niece?”

Peggy stood with her arms crossed over her chest, and though she stood far shorter than Steve she seemed to dwarf him in her anger.

“I…I panicked. I didn’t know what else to do.” Steve was a fairly pale man but all colour fled from his face as he stood before Peggy. He wasn’t sure he had ever seen her more furious. Not even that time she had shot at him and his shield.

“So you decided the best thing to do was to kiss my niece?”

“I didn’t want to blow my cover. Your cover. It was a dumb choice, I didn’t mean to make you jealous, Peg.”

“Jealous? Jealous! Steven Grant Rogers, this is not about me not liking you kissing another woman. This has everything to do with you giving…

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Lyric Warm-Up Writing Day 2 – Dream if you can…

Justine’s wonderful words for Becky’s (Zena’s) “Lost Years”.

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Thanks to my Mum for today’s lyric prompt. Always a favourite song of mine. And today it inspired me for a character I have missed writing a lot! If you’re inspired by the prompt, I’d love to read what you create.

Dream if you can

“Dream if you can a courtyard. An ocean of violets in bloom. Animals strike curious poses…”

“And you’re being crucified in the middle?”

“Tsk, tsk, that is not very nice.”

“Says the psycho who has me tied to what I assume used to be your grandmother’s table. My father is not going to be pleased with this.”

“It is for your own good, Zena. Do you want these headaches to stop or not?”

“I’m pretty sure this whole bondage set up is more about you than me, Liam. I hardly need to be restrained for something I want.”

It was true that Zena wanted the…

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2016 Year-End Reviews: 16 Characters

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There’s no feeling quite as indescribable as finding a fictional character to care deeply for. A character who we perhaps see ourselves in or a character who’s just so well written, it’s difficult to turn the other cheek. There are a number of fantastic TV characters — whether heroes or villains or somewhere in between, they’re so well written, they become a part of us. They become someone we cherish, someone we want the best for. They become someone we’re constantly in awe of. And 2016 has truly been one of the best years in the world of television. It’s been a strong, undeniably powerful year for complex, incredible characters.

And whatever you do, in order to get the best of Year-End reviews, you need to check out the beautiful work Nerdy Girl Notes and TV Examined are doing as well.

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I think if you ask most people where they were on 9/11, they would be able to tell you. Well, unless of course they were too young at the time, or weren’t born yet.

I remember where I was when the two planes hit the twin towers. I was on the Hemptead bound LIRR train. I recall that we had just reached Hempstead when one of the other passengers mentioned that he had heard on the radio about the attack. My knee jerk reaction was that it must have been a terrible prank. My mind had called upon the War Of The Worlds radio broadcast and clung to the idea that this was a similar hoax.

Sadly, it was not.

I recall getting off the train and heading to the nearby local library where I listened to the radio, keen for more information. It was a while later that I got back on the train and headed home. It took me a bit to get home, folks unsure if the subway was even running. (It was in fact running, though had I needed to take it in to Manhattan, I would have been out of luck.)

Once I was back in Astoria, I noticed helicopters flying overhead, no doubt looking for further trouble in the area. The news played footage of the attack for days, maybe even weeks after it happened. It was such a dark time.

Things got darker when the US went to war with Afghanistan. I have my own thoughts about that war, and the one in Iraq, but I will keep those to myself. Lord knows I know how heated internet debates can be when it comes to these topics.

I do, however, want to spend a moment of silence to honor those who were lost on 9/11 and the innocent civilians who were killed in those brutal wars. I cannot even imagine the horrors of living in a war torn country, and I do hope I never have to find out.

I hate how some folks still believe that Islam is responsible for 9/11. That’s like blaming all of Christianity for those who have used God as their reason for committing horrible acts against humanity. Unfortunately every religion has their fanatic fringe who will bastardize their beliefs in order to kill those who don’t believe as they do. They do not nor will they ever speak for the whole religion. Islam is a religion of peace despite what many talking heads on Fox News would like you to believe. They peddle fear and make a profit on their viewers’ gullibility.

Let us all try to rise above the hate, and make the world a better place; today and every other day.