Heya to all you lovely readers and wanderers of the blogosphere; today I’m guest blogging at The Action Prose as Rance Denton’ guest. What a fabulous honour it is and a great opportunity to have a rant on a subject that I have been thinking about for some time now. Please follow the link below by clicking on the title to read the article and say a quick ‘hello’ to Rance too (who is an awesome person, writer and blogger).
Hellooooo there! This is super blogger number three. Please welcome Sonia G. Medeiros to the spotlight *cheers* I am particular honored to have Sonia along -as she, like Billie Jo Woods, is one of my ‘flash fiction buddies’ and she also likes tormenting herself by combining millions of challenges together! Anyhooo, this is not ‘me-time’ for me (of course I’m not taking away Sonia’ limelight!); so, without further ado, please give a warm welcome to Sonia!
I’d like you to meet my inner critic, Agent 36. I wrote this the third month I’d been blogging after a particularly long, bloody struggle with Agent 36. I like to reread it often because it reminds me that, although the inner critic can look so very official, he’s really just a sneaky demon.
Agent 36, Inner Critic Extraordinaire
by Sonia G. Medeiros
The inner critic.
When I set out devising this game, I had no idea how things would pan out and how life would prolong the inevitable end. Here we are -the part of which where I reveal my theory and if my findings are as I thought it would be. I realise this will likely to end up as a rather long(ish) post; therefore, depending on it’s length I will spilt this up into two or three posts (for the sake of easy reading). Before I start I would like to thank Cynthia, Stephanie, Billie Jo Woods and CM Stewart -you guys have been great sports for taking part and extremely super for being sooo patient!
Now let’s get back to my theory. My theory is a simple one; it was spurred on after I took part in Voice Week hosted by Stephanie. We were required to use different voices to re-act the same scene. Whilst taking part a thought popped in my head (a common known flaw at the best of times ); would a perfect character sketch allow for any writer to write in the same voice (or close enough) as another writer? Hmmm was my response and then this game unwrapped itself.
I can’t believe how ironic it was that the character sketches provided by Billie Jo, Cynthia & CM Stewart was sooo different.
After my odd week last week -and my realisation of what was going on on Monday (if you haven’t read Monday’s post, do so as I had an epiphany on how powerful our mind can be and how it can affect our daily lives) the past two day has been relatively productive. This change in the breeze is a welcome relief.
I’ve visited and commented on all my allocated team for Sunday’ check-in (a promise is a promise). *yay* I’ve written two blog posts (including this one), a guest blog post for Rance Denton over at The Action Prose and added 240 words to Our Story Begins; here’s a snippet:
I should have updated my ROW80 page yesterday and posted it as a fabulous update on the ROW80 linky list; but I couldn’t, my heart was not in it -nor is it today; but I owe you guys some form of noise, so I will babble about what’s been going on (well, I’ll try)…
I was trying to find a balance between my inner and outer world -AKA as my writing and my world outside of writing; the two parts of me are not gelling as well as I hoped it would. When one goes well, the other is neglected for a while; then when one goes from bad to worse the other becomes non-existent as the guilt for messing up riddles me with many holes which I find difficult to heal.
Dearest readers, you would have noticed that yikici was closed yesterday in order to make a protest against SOPA & PIPA; eventhough we are not based in the States, we felt we needed make a stand and hence the silence was observed until 11:11 GMT today; we hope our endevours are listened and taken seriously. Now, let’s get back to todays post; Patrick Tulley is back with another engaging article; therefore, I will stop my chatter here and let you enjoy the article as it should be.
Thursday’s Topical Tête-à-Tête: Male Virtue and What it Really Means to Many Men
I blogged recently on a subject regarding male power. In that blog I briefly explained some of my feelings around the subject, but I promised to return when I felt I had made some better philosophical conclusions. I’ve done a lot of rethinking on this subject since then and felt it was a good opportunity to share them with you. This will be the first part of two blogs on this topic.
It’s been months since I issued a challenge -or even took part; and now my patience is wearing thin (who said patience is a virtue ). So, hence forth I have taken on a challenge set by Sonia G. Medeiros (she’ll be my next fab guest blogger on Sunday, so keep an eye out for that); my entry to her challenge is below (a fifty word story which has to contain one of the words on her prompt list) -following that I have last month’ participant(s) and a new challenge for you to take on…
A shiver went down my spine; strands of hair moved with force; it tickled in an uncomfortable way. Casually, I tilted my head to free the strands; it wasn’t enough, my hand gingerly swept over the annoying section; it pierced my finger, it throbbed; a wasp tumbled onto my bag.
Hellooooo there! Welcome to 2012′s very first Savvy Sunday Salutations’! Before I disappeared and took that rather long break away, we had resident blogger (and good friend) Patrick Tulley take the spotlight ( click on the link for his interesting article ‘Male Power isn’t All it’s Cracked up to be‘). Now, we are in a new year, I thought it would be perfect to start Savvy Sunday Salutations with one of my very first author/blogging buddies: Billie Jo Woods. Please give a special and warm welcome to Billie Jo. *stands up and applauds*
Fear – A Writer’s Best Friend
by Billie Jo Woods
Fear is one of the most powerful tools in a writer’s shed. On my blog I post a weekly spot dedicated to phobias of things that humans fear the most. I do this because these fears make great material for writers to use within their plots and are brilliant for character development. That is one way of a writer using fear as a powerful tool. Today I am going to point out another way writers can use fear to their advantage but I would like to first thank Ozlem Yikici for having me as a guest blogger today.
When we fear something, it is usually because we need to develop more understanding of it or gain more experience dealing with it. If something is new to us or strange to us, our minds fill in the gap for the missing information. We do this by basing our assumptions on past experiences we deem as similar to the situation we fear. The problem is sometimes these assumptions are wrong.
The week is nearing to a close as we finally get to the long-awaited A Fun Game – In Your Head (thank you for your patience); so I thought a recap would be the best thing (to re-familiarise ourselves with the game and also re-read the stories. Before I went AWOL we were one story short (Cynthia was unable to continue with the game; which meant I had to see what I could do to make this work. Then an idea hit me; remember I took part in Voice Week (see point number one below)? Well, I thought it would be apt to ask the brains behind that -and what a sweetie she turned out to be yep, Stephanie agreed to participate (you’re such a lifesaver Stephanie!). I’ve copied the relevant parts for this game below from my initial post (apologies if you have read it before; great if it is a useful refresher and if you want to skip it, please do so; but make sure you check all the stories in the linky list at the (nearly) end of this post. :D
…and it’s all looking Super!
Hasn’t this week flown past? I cannot believe that we are in week two and my goals are starting waiver just a wee bit -why you ask? Well, I gave the life around me more of my focus and this naturally impacted on my goals; but I will not quibble because I know I’ve still met a good part of my goals and slowly but surely I will get it all in perspective and will be flying through! Shall we do a quick-fire ticking off? *nods* I do too.
Thursday’s Topical Tête-à-Tête:
Welcome to another Thursday with Patrick Tulley; again he has written another engaging article, I hope you enjoy it as it is an interesting read.
Warning: Please note this video link contains disturbing images of a child being beaten.
Well many of you have perhaps been made aware of the video above that went viral last week of the judge beating his daughter with a belt. The video goes on for almost 8 minutes. At first I was unable to watch past the second belting, but I finally watched it today in preparation for this post. There is so much to discuss in this video for just one post, but I’m going to relate it to my own personal experience of being beaten myself as a child. The reason that she was given a beating it seems was because she installed a peer to peer program which allowed her to share music files with other users on the internet. Her parents saw this as stealing, which is the justification for her beating, under the guise of discipline As to the rights and wrongs about what she did is not really my question here, since I’m not aware of any punishment we mete out to adults that involves hitting them.
Monday’s (Muwahahahahaaaaaa) Meandering Muse:
An ‘appy ‘Alooo-weeeen to you-aaaaaaaaaallllllllllll… Muwahahahahaaaaaa. Halloween’s been and nearly gone in the UK (it’s not that huge over in my part of the woods, so there are no interesting ghoulish stories to tell); besides I’m not a huge Halloween follower (my stories say otherwise I know!). However; this year, to mark the occasion, I managed to write one spooky story Sarahann’s Warning; this I have decided to enter into a competition. Haley Whitehall devised a Horror Flash Fiction Contest -seeing Haley introduced me to Flash Fictions, it’s only fitting that I should enter this competition -so I did. Please pop over to Haley’s blog and check out the other entries too.
…I Listened to What you Say…
(Let’s celebrate the new look with a cake.) This is a very quick blog post as I am very tired and also very excited to share this bit of joyous news! I know the previous blog theme has caused viewing difficulties for some of you and I have been looking into this for a long while; today I want to do the grand unveiling of the new theme. There are still some kinks to iron out; but I’ll get there eventually (maybe a few more scheduled maintenance works are in order; let’s wait and see). In the meantime, I have added some new imagery (artwork from a while ago) and also some photography. I will no doubt edit these as time passes by; but I just wanted to share a little something with you as I absolutely ADORE my new theme! If you share the same enthusiasm too then please give a shout out in the comments box below.
Triptych Tapestry Tuesday:
The next few weeks’ Challenge is set -and it comes with a prize (see at the end), so if you are interested and feel inspired please take the challenge, I dare you!
Challenge Issued: Triptych Turkish Delights
Last month we had one challengee (see below). To view last month’s rules click here: Challenge (Re-)Issued: Turner’s Tapestries.
A fellow campaigner took part in the challenge, he did not post the said entry on his blog but in the comment section of the initial challenge; therefore, I will copy and paste it here and link him back to his blog.
Savvy Sunday Salutations:
Today we kick start off the new Savvy Sunday Salutations format with non-other-than our resident guest blogger Patrick Tulley; I thought it was appropriate to take the plunge with someone we already know. As previously mentioned Savvy Sunday Salutations (with guest bloggers) will now roll out on a fortnightly (two-weekly) basis. Guest bloggers will write/create an article of their own choosing -my only condition is that it must be something they enjoy writing/creating. In addition to this, I will be
interrogating carrying out a semi-interview-type question and answers session with my victims guests. So, dare I say, you are all in for a treat. Happy reading!
Male Power isn’t All it’s Cracked up to be
I wanted to share an interview I listened to recently with Warren Farrell, the author of the book, ‘The Myth of Male Power’, that’s available on Youtube. I found it fascinating and seemingly connected many of the dots for me, when it came to contemporary gender issues. I have been toying with writing about this subject for some time now. I will admit to a fair amount of anxiety in doing so, since men are often attacked for taking a position on issues that affect women, even though I believe this issue affects both genders equally. This probably goes some way to explaining the almost resounding silence on this issue from men, which is why I step into this subject with gingerly steps of course. I apologise for the rather lengthy video interview (19 parts) -which is why I am going to break this subject up into parts over the coming weeks, so as to get a more overall picture including some of my own criticisms of Warrens views.
Frivolous Fun Friday:
Today I was hoping to do a bit of analyses of the dialogues and see if my theory worked; however, we are two dialogues short (one I will share with you below, the other I’m looking into seeing how I can make it work before we start to analyse the theory). Due to life’s uncertainties, Cynthia has been unable to continue with the game (I hope whatever it is will sort itself out Cynthia). Having said that, I have been in contact with Cynthia (she has kindly sent me her first dialogue so I can post it here on her behalf; however, the final dialogue is still aloof (I’ll let you know how I fair with this)). Please find below Cynthia’ dialogue to her own character(s) profile (there’s a brief recap of the rules etc for those who are not familiar with the game).
A Special Triptych Tapestry Tuesday:
I have been toying with the idea of writing a blog post about the difficulty I have in being able to differentiate between showing and telling then Rachael Harrie comes up with this ‘Third Campaigner Challenge: Show Not Tell‘ -so it was only natural to take part and see how I fair with this challenge.
Third Campaigner Challenge – Show Not Tell
Here are the rules for the challenge -in Rachael Harrie’ words:
“Write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:
- that it’s morning,
- that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
- that the MC (main character) is bored
- that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
- that something surprising happens.
Just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: “synbatec,” “wastopaneer,” and “tacise.” (NB. these words are completely made up and are not intended to have any meaning other than the one you give them).”
Saturday’s Showcase Sketches:
Since I turned my attention to my family these past couple of weeks, I have not been able to write as effectively as I would have liked to. Today; however, I have had some ‘me time’ and a little story unwrapped itself –courtesy goes to the fabulous prompts of Ken Broad (AKA ‘The Magician’). To check out his rules (and also an interesting history on who Sarahann is) click here; Ken, you wanted an Octo”boo”er story fit for Halloween, I am hoping this meets the mark.
Something happened; it happened just before I reached here…
I can’t remember quite, what.
Something happened; a cold irksome feeling took a-hold of me; memories-a-haze, it failed me…
Glass, ice, stone?
My hands moulded, shaped-in quicksand-like; that’s what engulfed me.
Thursday’s Topical Tête-à-Tête:
I have some good news for fans of Patrick Tulley; after his disappearance act (I have had words! ), Patrick will be taking over the Thursday slot for a limited period until we finalise the ‘how details’ on where he will take his blogging to. Here he will have philosophical discussions in keeping with the Topical Tête-à-Tête theme, which will be scheduled fortnightly. His post today, is extremely engaging and witty; I hope you enjoy the read as much as I have.
A Healthy Alternative to Drugs: Burnt Toast
Ok, I’m going to discuss something political this time around. Not my usual topic, but I have been having some strong issues regarding this subject matter recently. By the way apologies for my recent hiatus, but I’ve been a little busy with my personal life and since the changes with the website I decided to have a little break from blogging.