The Lovely and Surprising Creative Mind

The creative mind is starting to work again. It’s not consistent yet, or really strong, but it is happening. It’s even resulted in words! One things that is helping me is working on a new series. Even though I was a little miffed at myself for creating yet another universe when I already have so many. On top of the new universe I started writing on, The Enigma Watchers, the last year before Mother Hen passed away. So yeah. Had an alternate history action-adventure series in The Enigma Watchers. Now also have the Atlantis Shifters romance series. And then earlier today… WHAM! These aren’t two new universes! Both of these series are in the same universe! I was working on …

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Plot Bunny Spam Comments

The spam-bots can get really interesting on a blog nowadays. While procrastinating from revising I decided to clear out the moderated spam caught by Akisment where I discovered these two gems: You can definitely see your expertise within the paintings you write. And… The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. I laughed at the first one. “Paintings you write”? My mind shouted, “Synesthesia!” One day I want to use synesthesia in a story. Just haven’t found the right one yet. The second one… well, this is proof you can get story ideas from anywhere. When I mentioned it in Forward Motion chat, suddenly there were story ideas from a …

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It’s a Story, But Not *MY* Story

I’m in the process of getting ready for the Forward Motion Writer’s May Story-A-Day short story challenge. The plot bunnies and Muse have been very good to me providing me with more ideas than I think I can write in that month. So much so that I stopped looking for more, and tried to distract myself with other things, such as revision. The next morning I realized one of the ideas kept coming to mind, but not in a good say. The more I thought of the story, as first imagined, the more I didn’t like it. It was darker and more depressing than I usually write. Then came the realization that I was not looking forward to writing it. …

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Astronomy Fun Stuff: Molecular Cloud Barnard 68

I love to read about odd and strange phenomenon in our large universe. The one I read the other day is on Molecular Cloud Barnard 68. This ‘hole’ among the stars is what is called a dark molecular cloud where the concentration of dust and gas is so dense that is shuts out practically all the visible light from background stars (it’s possible to see through them in infrared light, though). Barnard 68 is a classic example of this. Because no stars are visible in the center indicates the cloud is rather nearby, with current calculations placing it about 500 light-years away and approximately half a light-year across. It’s not known how these cold clouds form, but it is known …

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Ideas Versus Originality – Why the Fight?

With the planning for the upcoming Nano my mind continues to circle back to the basics of writing. At Forward Motion we have several newbies in chat who are working their way through the process of deciding what they want to write. And every year I hear the same line, over and over again from a lot of new writers: “I can’t write this idea. It’s been done before! I have to find something else that is original.” I sigh every time I hear this and then have to patiently explain the below: Newsflash: There are no new ideas out there. Which is okay, because the idea itself isn’t what is important. How can I say that? Boy meets girl. …

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