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Thoughtful Thursdays, Health Care, and NaNoWriMo for mental health management?

While Universal Health Care would help many people managing a wide variety of illnesses, mental, emotional, and physical, there are stop-gap measures that one can take as an individual, as well.  Here is what I learned during NaNo2015WriMo…

My second practice novel actually started on Wattpad , but much easier to track the deadline on the NaNoWriMo2015 website, has taught me several things about managing Depression (or PTSD -> anger->depression, sort of…).

First: Making a deadline feels good, even if it is Just/Only YOUR deadline. You DID it.
Second: Physical activity every day, like running  or dance, etc, is, at least for me, imperative (and also read, and have a sun lamp).
Third: Making a deadline a second time, better than you did the first time, proves you can repeat the feat, thus showing discipline and perseverance. This makes me feel like less of a waste of oxygen, provided I can find a way to use that to help other folks.
Fourth:
Writing 1.) When writing your first/second/fifth practice novel, be sure to have a physical workout routine, preferably involving boxing gloves, AND several people to talk to about all of the crap your writing will drag out of you.

(Remember NOT to use the gloves on the people…)

Writing 2.) For me, at least, plan the ending first…
Writing 3.) Plan setting, time and weather for each scene, not just the plot!!
Writing 4.) Outline by scene, not by # of words (I outlined by 300wds, which ended up driving me nuts toward the end…)
Writing 5.) Do not write a chapter per file, it is a formatting nightmare to insert 18 files (one for each chapter) into one ‘book’ file on an exhausted day 28!
Writing 6.) Lay out the chapter plan on one large calendar in the same notebook (if at all possible) as the planning notebook (and resist the temptation to plan each chapter on small scraps of paper!! You cannot believe the number of scraps I now have floating around…).
7.) Start on day one, and don’t punish yourself for not planning ahead. A planner is not a pantser, and you will feel annoyed if try to write stream-of-consciousness just because you have 2000 words to finish That Day.

Better to take the day to plan out the next two scenes and write them the next day, at least for me.

I found that when I knew the time of day and year and weather as well as what the MC was supposed to do in the next couple of scenes, I could just imagine the flow and zap, 2000 words came out of no where (I did NOT say 2000 Good Words, but that is for the next 3 or 4 re-writes!!!).

and the real

Writing 7.) Set a new notebook aside for the 30-Day 50k challenge, because it will turn into at least a year, and probably 80k words. Before it goes back down to 60k again.

In Solidarity with All Kind People,
Peace via Cooperation and Non-Cooperation,

ShiraDest
29 November 12015 HE

Shira

 

So, it turns out that writing helps, but helps a lot more in the presence of a community of friends who are willing to act as family.  In the absence of such community, writing and walking or running can still help, but staying in the same place is not going to help, unless the region has a strong safety net for All residents (citizen or not).

Action Items in support of stop-gap writers:

1.) Consider whether a writer you knew was isolated, emotionally or physically.

2.) Did the writing show signs of emotional distress, and if so, how did the work show that distress?

3.) Were you able to find a way to reach out to that writer?,

4.) Did it seem to help?

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

End of NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

30th of November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

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Ancient Greek Wednesday, pedal-powered writing, and Health Care

The ancient Greeks probably would have approved of the author who wrote her 2nd novel using a pedal-powered laptop. 

Why?  Well, not only was she keeping her mind sound by writing, and her body sound by pedaling, but she was also taking care of her intellectual health (if one considers writing to be related to emotional health) by using a new invention.  If we assume that such technology requires a bit of learning in order to use it, and a bit more learning in order to maintain it (as many of us who bought baseline stick-shifts in order to have a simple car that we could do repairs on ourselves if need be: oh, was I the only one who did that?).  So, you meet three of the basic criteria the ancient Greeks used for being a well-rounded person: mind, body and psyche.

What do you think, Good Readers, about well-roundedness, pedal-power, and Universal Health Care?

Happy End of NaNoWriMo 2020!

Action Items in support of well-rounded health that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different ways to make a simple electric generator for a laptop.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how practical you find these ideas and whether you would use them,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses this technology, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

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Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Moody Mondays, Community Cooperation, and Adulting Education

As part of the responsibility for knowing how cooperation had previously taken place in order to improve cooperation in our present and future, I recommend that you read my free and short book:

Seeking reviews for my second book, available for free, on Community Cooperation and shared history in the Nation’s Capital (applicable all across the USA):

GoodReads (the Archive link is in the GR book description)

Open Archive: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnFreedomsCall

WP : https://shiradest.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/stayed-on-freedoms-call.pdf

ShiraDest, in the year 12015 HE

Edit:  1st Walking Tour: Early Integration Neighborhoods of DC -Shepherd Park
Many thanks to those who joined us for this tour today!
Join us, if you missed this one, or again!, on Sunday, 8 Jan. 2012!!
Please feel free to leave feedback and suggestions for me on the reply comments below!
Peace.  Join us for a musical walk back in time, to the turbulent times of BlockBusting and Cooperative struggle to integrate neighborhoods, drawing together White, Jewish and Black neighbors to form a new and unique thing of beauty.
(The response to this tour, particularly by Andra, inspired me to continue with the Black-Jewish Cooperation Tours, and then to write the book…)
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

ShiraDest
23 February, 12016 HE

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download Stayed… in your favorite format from the Archive (see GoodReads description for the link),

2.) Share your thoughts on the book  with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts as a review on your GoodReads please!

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses something from Stayed, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Thoughtful Thursdays and is organization a sign of poor Self-Health Care?

Or the lack of organisation?

And a side comment on the need for Universal Health Care: writing is so often fraught with the dangers our past traumas uncover, or prevent us from covering, that yet another reason we need far more accessible, affordable, and long-term trauma (especially childhood based and C-PTSD trained trauma specialists) therapy, for everyone.

In working on the various versions of my first NaNo (2012) novel, I ended up wishing that I’d written it all out on paper:

Organisation is definitely another key element of writing a novel. Too many backup files and changes in one directory make for lost edits -a novelist’s nightmare. This is why I prefer paper.

Here is the real Draft #6, with major changes to the chapter headings, and far cleaner prose, but still two main hero(ine)s.

And then I submitted a (very bad) synopsis:

Submitting old material -ouch! This, submitted yesterday, was what I thought was a synopsis of my most recent Draft, but is actually a major revision ago! (Book of The Catalyst, i.e., is now Book of Hayat!!)
😦 Too late.
Synopsis: “Creator, Friend or Foe? Book One -Beginnings

by Shira Destinie Jones

Chapter 1. Before The Beginning/Encounters
In the moment … Worst place to be; Alone? Why bother to exist?
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

An energy being, the Ancient One, lonely, forces a younger energy being to join him.

Chapter 2. Cooperation Lost
Community is one of the key values in our philosophy, because constructively cooperative and fully inclusive community strengthens the ability of every being to reach its full creative and loving potential. -from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

The Ancient One insists on running an experiment which the younger considers unethical, leading to his deception and then banishment of the younger being.
Chapter 3. Light Bearer
“Just as a catalyst is not the end result, but merely what triggers or brings about the process leading to that result, so light is not the end result, but rather makes it possible to arrive at the goal.” -from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

The Ancient lonely, unlocks the parallel universe to which he had bannished the younger, then pressures the younger being, now called The Light Bearer, to help him carry out his ‘sentient-biengs’ experiment.

Chapter 4. Stages
Cultivating seed / Cultivating a friendship … Sounding the depths -from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”
They create a universe with Guardians for the galaxies and animals. Disagreements as to how the experiment should be run keep tension muted, displayed visually/ironically.

Chapter 5. Evolving Creation
Hold the Creator to account
For his misbegotten creation
For his ill-conceived plan
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

The Light Bearer argues for patience, fights the orders given by the Ancient One. Humanity’s intelligence is helped along, despite argument over interference in the experiment, breaking a fundamental rule, and increasingly violent confrontations. Man is modified, monitored, then threatened lightly before a female is created as his companion. A key agreement:

”Then we shall take care to intervene as necessary to prevent or correct gross abuses, and instill a code of ethics as they develop. The guardians will help see to it. You have my word, Young Creatrix. Proceed as you wish.”

”I am not sure I trust your word, …” and woman, as soon as she is created, falls in love with The Creatrix, instead of the man.

Chapter 6. How Rage Took Form
By all of the turmoil, roiling
By every good thought, turned

My case shall be heard
-from “the Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Various guardians argue amongst themselves, pick sides with the Ancient One or the Light Bearer, show contempt or love for humanity after an earth-scorching argument between Creator and Creatrix. Creatrix must decide: risk her destruction and that of the experimental universe for justice. Small tendril of rage begins to form self-awareness.

Chapter 7. Eternal Love (thought I’d changed this chptr name)
Quiero hacerte temblar
Sentir nuestros pechos juntos…
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Light Bearer asks woman how she plans to build a world with the first man, getting ideas of children
and family, shared land, with a mischievous cat in the way. Woman kisses L.B. And is gently put off, for humanity’s own good. Romantic tension begins. Same-sex marriage in community context agreed good, full potential for all children via cooperation. Love-making scene after caution.

Chapter 8. Mars and Venus
“My quest, though stopped
Is not yet done…”
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Man develops, Creator gives orders, LB protective of creation, especially of the First Woman, wary of loving her, as she must marry the man. Rage-monster gains in power. (this is cut out of the novella…)

Woman explores and names animals and plants with several different words, but man uses his own word for each animal/plant, and yells at woman when she speaks differently. LB wants to protect, hindered by Creator, who insists on observation only.

Chapter 9. The Bet
“I play the role You bid, Mourning within
Each failure, Every loss,
Despairing, each time I ‘win’”.
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

The Creatrix sends woman on learing quests. Creator insists humans mate immediately. Parting of ways over planned tests of endurance once human population is large enough.
Marriage ritual used to delay forced procreation.

Story told to build a sense of cooperation, and gave a power to the oldest women then sad parting.

Ominous entity watching. Creator growing more impatient as LB works to bring man and woman together gently to avoid worse fate.

Chapter 10. Expelled
How I long to climb
To go up to the mountain
There to rest, and reflect.
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Creator pissed off, LB fights to prevent rape of woman by man, gives knowledge to woman, who shares with man, causing Creator to expell both into cold area, sending LB into hiding. Ominous rage entity hiding with humans, waiting. Everyone is miserable. Flaming sword = volcano, various guardians are demoted or promoted, first woman is named Hayat, children, misses Creatrix. Hayat starts to create writing, arguments grow over languages and names and stories. First murder, kidnapping, punishment, rape.
Her guardian began to cry.

Chapter 11. Thinking of Escapes
Your place of birth marks you … Whether you like it or not.
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Aclima remembers childhood, longs to go home, to mother Hayat, endures abuse. Hayat refuses to have other children, is finally persuaded by L.B. To save all by having more sons. But on condition of being together w/L.B. At end of Hayat’s life.
Rage entity openly in charge of city.

Chapter 12. How Tyrants Fall
When I arise, trembling,
It shall be with sword drawn
To see justice done.
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

City is tyranny, ready to make war on first family. Aclima kills brother.

Chapter 13. Becoming Artemis
I will arise, again, to fight … As the light always returns
So do I, to the strugle. -from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Entity stunned, Aclima flees, guardians confused.

Chapter 14. The Pleasant Drummer
Put aside your rages, righteous, true
No more can they help now, only harm
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Guardians negotiate while women run, soldiers pursue, names change. Back West, missing messengers sent to city to reconcile family provoke worry.

Chapter 15. Discoveries
Your fury, Father, I feel
your anger, I know
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Son of first murderer discovers body, orders executions. Back West, first man and woman still trying to have more children, with L.B.’s help. L.B. Intercepting guardian messages to keep Creator from destroying everyone. Destroys rage entity. Creator losing control of his secret.

Chapter 16. Contention in the Wind
Let my wings embrace you
As my arms
Hold each part of you…
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Guardians arguing, manipulating humans, amassing power.

Lilith ritual prepared.

Chapter 17. Heroes and Lies
“Alas, how few
True words are heard.”
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Aclima/Artemis and Naamah found after Lilith ritual in city. Allowed to leave as exiles, on pain of death.

Chapter 18. Home Comings
“Hold me tightly, gently

Tell me that all will be well”
-from “The Book Of The Catalyst Of Illumination”

Reunion of first mother and daughter, romantic possibilities with Naamah and young man, funerals, leaving to form new community. Lawlessness and mixing among human beings and hybrid guardian offspring leads Ancient Warrior, destroy all:

“Tell the Light Bearer that I am amenable to allowing the children of her precious first woman to continue, if she insists, through the family of this Reposo, who seems to be the best of the lot. He is the only one who has found my favor, so if she insists on continuing this experiment, it must be with him. If the young Creatrix agrees, then perhaps my compassion will overcome my judgment. Now go.”

Fin “

 

But now, it turns out that I have too many small bits of paper floating around with too many different colors (I had a color mark-up system until I lost one of my colored markers in a move earlier this year).

I can also see, now, that this is not a proper synopsis format.  I’m not sure why that was unclear to me earlier, but I have read a bit more now, and my situation is also rather different, as well.

I got encouragement from 3 friends to try submitting right away, back in 2013:

A friend likes this novel alot, having critiqued draft #5: “Well, the story will never “date”, for one thing–someone can read this and
> not necessarily know when it was written. they might know it is based on Old
> Testament if they are familiar, but they do not have to know in order to
> enjoy the story. Plus there are cool elements in this story that show how
> religion in many ways is universal and descended from a common source. The
> multi-armed goddess and the women decorated in henna, the use of the various
> languages to nod to our ancestry and give an opinion on masculine and
> feminine language, thought, etc…plus the dialogue is often quite funny,
> and all of this breathes life into an ancient story.”

which I think pushed me to submit as I was in the process of one of the largest moves in my life. Since I feared losing all of the material that I’d worked on, it made sense at the time, but I can see the problems with it now.

It’s been so tiring that all I really want to do is throw up my hands and simply write, yet I’m terrified of going through this horrible 2012-2015 editing experience all over again!  More on my continuing striving with writing next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of writing that you can take right now:

1.) Remind me again, please, why I should draft my new novel now?

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Great Greek Wednesdays becomes how libraries help writers

Not only as faithful patrons of the Public Library system, set up by Benjamin Franklin for civic purposes, but also as starving artists…

Here is How (NOT) to Write a Practice Novel, based on my experience writing Creator: Friend or Foe, Book 1: Beginnings; Draft #6!

At the end of September, on the 26th, in fact, of 2014, nearly two full years after NaNoWriMo 2012, for which I wrote the very very Rough draft of C:FoF, I finally gave up and agreed to let a few friends see my draft, which remained persistently terrible after 5 rewrites.

But I think I know a bit more of what not to do now:

 

This is where it gets hairy -as in splitting hairs. After Draft #5, I read up on How to Write a Novel, and discovered that one should have only One Hero(ine), not two or more, per novel. So, along with changes in the pov and scene divisions, all made on paper to a hardcopy of Draft #5, as I like to spread all the chapters out and see them lined up pages all-together (not yet possible on a pc), I began books 1 and 1.5, along with shuffling chapter 0 out to Book 2: Reposo. Nevertheless, for some reason, here is a 6th draft of Book1, which incorporates more cute furry animal displays, more sarcastic replies, and much less philosophy than I would have liked, but I bowed to popular pressure:

Draft # 6 which was in Progress:

So, it turns out that I am definitely not a pantser: well, I can get the words written, but not have them follow any sort of a plot, unless I plan ahead.  More on my continuing striving with writig next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share your thoughts on novel writing, if you wish.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Moody Mondays and writing as Personal Health Care?

When long-term therapy is limited by the insurance powers that be, try writing a novel instead?

–For the record, I have found writing to be a balm, in fact, but in combination with other tools, particularly journalling of various kinds…

And here is how that went, in 2012: My novel, originally titled Angels: Friends or Foes? became Creator: FoF? and ended up, after six revisions, as just a novella, with a new name (likely a result of the nearly two year time span between November 2012 and finally ‘finishing’ this novella.

How (NOT) to Write a Practice Novella: “Creator, Foe”

And here is a novella version (of my 2012 novel), about 35k words, of Book1, with the sex, poetry and more torn out.

Creator, Foe

ShiraDestinie, 26.9.12014 H.E.

The last version of the  novella, actually at 60k words: CFoF CFoFNovella toPost

So, it turns out that editing a pants novel from 50k to 80k then to 75k words each draft is not the best way for me to write a book.  More on my continuing striving with writing next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.)  Share your writing process with us in the comments, here, please.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Moody Mondays, libraries, pantsing, and how emotions show in writing

First of all, none of the writing that I have done could have happened without access to the DC Public Library and the ILL system connected to both the Montgomery County Library system, from which I had to request books rather often, and also without access to the Library of Congress, as I needed access to at least one book, (Subversives, and a few others), so libraries are important!

And so is planning some reflection time into the pre-writing process.

It took me 3 painful drafts to see what was happening in my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel “Angels: Friends or Foes?” -which really was 3 or 4 short stories rolled into an episodic novel, as it turns out in hindsight.

I also see alot of anger and questioning, my then-current mental state, which I was pulling out of the book in order to make it more readable for others, and more enjoyable for myself.  But I had to work through those emotions before I could even see, let alone edit, their effects on my writing.

 

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Item in support of emotional awareness during writing that you can take right now:

  Share your thoughts on how you the writing process, if you like,

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Spanish Sundays becomes novel planning errors

Or non-planning errors, actually.  Looking back on my first novel writing attempt, which was my 2012 NaNoWriMo novel (which I call a Practice Novel, having heard the phrase somewhere else online), I see that some sort of planning would have helped, alot! Instead, I wrote everyday, finishing about 70k words, I believe, but looking back at the disaster and feeling despair during the numerous editing processes.  Here is one comment I made during editing:

I should have written the synopsis before writing the novel: “Moving between and across multiverses, powerful beings, sentient fields of energy, exist, and they want to know why, and where they come from. To find out, one Creator proposes an experiment. As the experiment begins, these ethereal beings disagree, and a long quarrel ensues. As the newly created human race begins to reproduce, suffering follows in its wake. As creators and created fight among themselves, then start to come together, the threat of total destruction follows.

Drawing most heavily on Jewish midrashic sources, as well as Muslim, Christian and even ancient Greek and Native American stories of the first men and women to populate the earth, this time around, the book explores the nature and origins of existence, free will, struggle, and love. The scaffolding of the book is Parashat Bereshit, the first 6 chapters and 8 verses of the book of Genesis. Physics, evolution and creationism combine in this often erotic tale of feminine survival where creators do battle, and human women take the lead as they love, teach and do battle, each in her own way, with forces both physical and spiritual.

The first chapters outline the overall objective, to find out where they come from, and central ongoing conflict, that of defining justice, of the two co creators. The second quarter of Book 1 show the results of human life on earth. The third half of the novel sees the results of ethereal and human beings coming together in direct contravention of creators orders, excacerbating the tension between the sides of obedience versus cooperation. The last chapters bring to a head and finally resolve, albeit with some uncertainty, the conflict between the co creators and their ideals.

Starting in the void all alone, the co creators, electromagnetic beings able to convert energy into matter, and back again at will, wish to understand their origins. The Ancient Warrior and the Light Bearer therefore embark on an experiment, designed to test a hypothesis that they originally had bodies of substance, but not without dissension even before the experiment begins. Once underway, the newly evolving universe advances in ways not anticipated, leading to further tension between the two creators, as human beings variously get protection or act in defiance of one or both creators. The first man fathers a son who murders his brother, kidnaps his twin sister, and drives his mother, Hayat, to refuse further sexual contact with her husband. Battling between strict non-interference and tender protection, the creators make and break policy toward their creations as their helpers begin to play games of their own, forcing human and ethereal beings to choose sides in what may become a show-down between the creators themselves, with the entire experimental universe caught in the middle. As one branch of human beings again begins to reproduce, the other branch has begun preparing to make war, allying themselves with forbidden forces, using brutality to maintain their regime. As war approaches, Aclima, the first daughter of human kind must decide how to avert the coming disaster, building on hope and community in an increasingly lawless world where magic is fast becoming reality, bringing down the threat, in the end, of complete destruction by the Creators of all human and animal life on earth.

Major characters include the creators, the Ancient Warrior and the Light Bearer. These are ethereal yet often gender-identified beings able to transform shape at will, according to the known laws of physics (e = mc2) who though working together by necessity, are at odds with one another. The Ancient Warrior, aka the Great Creator, wants to know His origins, and thus iniciates an experiment to determine whether corporeal beings can evolve into sentient energy beings. He has a secret weakness which the Light Bearer, also variously known as the Creatrix, and the Child of the Morning, is slowly beginning to discover. The Light Bearer is the offspring of the Ancient Warrior, and contributes a vital part to the experiment. Other characters are described in the detailed synopsis.

The hierarchy of supervising guardians are individually minor characters, but collectively play a major role in Book1, able to take on corporeal form with great difficulty under limited circumstances. They were intended to be only temporary monitors for various parts of the experimental universe, since the creators have vast but still limited capacity for controlling the experiment. When they begin to interfere in the experiment, the creators must make difficult choices regarding the existences of mortals such as Hayat, the first woman. –

 

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Slaves, flaming swords, and re-outlining a novel

There are only two more weeks left in Preptober, with only 13 more days to go before the start of NaNoWriMo!

So my WiP is still about escaped slaves, escaping slaves, former slaves, and a slave holder and catcher or two, with a few assorted other MCs to be mentioned later (if someone is interested: please let me know in the comments). And it is still revolving around the Ever-Turning Flaming Sword, but I’ve just realized, in writing my most recent scene rough rough draft, that I need, yet again, to reset a couple of important base points from my main plot!! Argh!

I’m also finding that I hate writing the detailed outline for each scene of my novel, which I’ve been working on since June, now.

I needed the high level scene outlines, which I scribbled on 3×5 cards, and then hated when it came time to lay them all out so I could see the main plot and my three subplots.

Now that I’m writing my detailed scene outlines, one page of a4 paper for each scene, those 3×5 cards are coming in handy, while I am cursing the fact that I just grabbed any scrap of paper or my smart phone (to bring up workflowy) when ideas would hit me, and now have a vast array of bits of different colored paper marked up in different colors of pen and highliter colors, workflowy notes, and my spreadsheet, which I use to lay out the scene order and number, while assigning a preliminary word count to each scene.

To make matters worse, I’ve found that I actually prefer to type the rough draft scenes into a word processor (for page by page wordcounts), rather than writing on paper, as I’d planned.

So now, I have partial scenes written and spaced out in my notebook with literally 6 different types and sizes of paper, in 8 different color markings, and then 2 places online to look: I think that the sequel will be all on soft-copy!! –

 

So, I am now rapidly re-rePlotting my WiP, to avoid the tractor-trailer sized plot hole I only just discovered, via my 3rd subplot… 

More on my continuing striving with sword and slave tales next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “slave” into Hebrew.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please, OR:

3.) Share your thoughts on your writing process.

Any ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Sacred Study Saturdays, flaming swords, and writing a novel

It’s still Preptober, with only 15 more days to go before the start of NaNoWriMo!

I’m not ready to write my novel! I need to finish researching, and this week’s portion has my favorite fantasy item that goes into my novel!

It is the end of the first week of the new Torah study cycle, Parashat Bereshit!

Since my synagogue (as most, if not all, Masorti/Conservative movement shuls now do) follows the Triennial Torah reading cycle, rather than the Annual cycle, so now it takes us three years to read the entire Torah, rather than just one.  I still sort of miss the Annual (Full) cycle, but I also admit that it is much easier to keep up with when doing other work.

This week, the Bible again, from the beginning:

October 10, 2020 –

 

page 22
 

1.41% “Genesis 2:19 recalls the famous Rabbi who carried a note in each pocket, 1 of which read:
עפר אני
I’m dust”

 
October 14, 2020 –

 

page 22
 

1.41%“Gen 2:20-25, naming, sleep, rib, and naming again: All by the man…”

 
October 15, 2020 –

 

page 22
 

1.41% “5th reading of Parashat Bereshit:
וַיְגָ֖רֶשׁ אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֑ם וַיַּשְׁכֵּן֩ מִקֶּ֨דֶם לְגַן־עֵ֜דֶן אֶת־הַכְּרֻבִ֗ים וְאֵ֨ת לַ֤הַט הַחֶ֙רֶב֙ הַמִּתְהַפֶּ֔כֶת לִשְׁמֹ֕ר אֶת־דֶּ֖רֶךְ עֵ֥ץ הַֽחַיִּֽים׃
So after banishing the man, who lived east of the garden, The Chruvim and the The Ever-Turning Flaming Sword guard the way/road to the Tree of Life.
Interesting that the commentary asserts that The Sword must have been known”

 

So, it turns out that this week contains part, a fun and interesting part, of the inspiration for my WiP.  I love it when my writing coincides with my curiosity interests, like history and languages. The struggle becomes not to get too far into the research and forget to write!

That sword is not held by any angel, person, nor Cherub, but turns on its own, and was apparently a known magical or spiritual object in the ancient Mesopotamian world. That is all I’ve been able to find about the Ever-Turning Flaming Sword, so I guess that gives me plenty of leeway for my characters to ‘find’ information about it… 

More on my continuing striving with Biblical tales next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “sword” into Hebrew.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Hebrew word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)