Monday, February 15, 2016

Trying Not to Die is Hard Work

So I am surprised to find myself here again. Not the part where I am trying to figure out what happened to months on end, but the part where I am trying to write again. I don't think I officially said what the conclusion to the fun week long hospital stay in early April 2015 was, but the diagnosis is Multiple Sclerosis. I have been working hard on taking care of myself and for the most part am doing significantly better. There is still a long way to go and it is a forever battle with no cure, but I am managing much more efficiently than I was before the diagnosis. However, as the title stated trying not to die has been a lot of hard work. I hope you all have been well since I last checked on you and I am looking forward to connecting with you again and finding out what you are up to.

I am going well enough now that I am missing writing again. Sadly, my laptop is out of commision at the moment and I no longer have a geek to help me. I know after the million times (OK, like 2, but still.) I have posted about backing up all the things all the time I would have a recent backup, but no. Insert something about if you don't learn from history you are doomed to repeat it, shed a tear and move on. A long while back I realized I had based the antagonist of Most Magical Place on a combination of Alan Rickman's performance of Colonel Brandon and Severus Snape as far as mannerisms and looks. With his death I am sad everytime I look at my printed outline so I am thinking that it is time to work on something else for a bit.

Conveniently enough I have a character that is basically poking my brain with a freaking 6 foot sharpened stick pretty much constantly. I have him largely fleshed out (because he showed up that way) on Hiveword, but I have no idea what to do with him. I have 2 scenes in my head, but where they are going to or what lead to them I have no idea. There's a girl and her best friend that came barreling along shortly after him, but still no idea what they are planning. Yes, I have been told that they aren't real and I am the one planning, but it really does feel like I am watching these people and they are doing whatever the heck they please. I would think something like wouldn't it be nice if she stopped to talk to him. Then she would stop in her tracks as she is walking away, look at me and say, "Whatever, I am busy storming away right now and if he gets in my way I'm going to run him down." What is that about?

I am hopping on the ROW80 bandwagon again. It is a great place to find support and help as well as people to cheer when you have successes. I am only starting with 3 goals and planning to stay with them for the rest of this round. My goals are:
  1. To make the check-ins on Sundays and Wednesdays
  2. To visit 5 fellow ROW80 bloggers each check-in
  3. To write 500 words every day 

What do you do when you have a character or several, but no story to put them in? Where are the best places you have found prompts to help jump start a story idea? Please leave me a comment to say hello. Don't forget to let me know where you are visiting from so I can follow you back and see what you're up to.

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  1. I am not sure how much an author is in control of characters - and whoever said they weren't real?!! of course they are and they can be very very dictatorial :)
    keep smiling:)

    1. Exactly what I was thinking. I hope we figure out what to do with them soon.

  2. It is so good to hear from you again. It has been too long.

    I am so sorry to read about your diagnosis, but sometimes at least having an answer to what's been going on is better than wandering in the dark going, "argh, what is wrong with me?"

    Which leads me to the female character in your head. Not to go all psychology on you, but maybe she is really you and she is running away from her MS. I sure believe that MS is liking having a 6 foot piece of shrapnel in your head. Of course, I don't know what you are supposed to do with those images or how it is supposed to help you deal with your disease. But sometimes recognition is half the battle. I don't know. I am not a shrink, but have read enough about junk like that.

    But all us writers know the characters in our head are real and we need to deal with them, one way or another.

    1. Oh, no I am most certainly not running from my MS. (Other things possibly, but not MS) I have been working very hard and am putting myself back together. The female character is ignoring the guy, but it is the guy who is poking my brain waking or sleeping. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I am glad to see familiar faces again.