Mourning, Trailers, & Epiphanies

Earlier this week–Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!–I had an epiphany of sorts. Or, rather, TWO epiphanies. They are as follows:

Epiphany #1: This actually was brought to my attention from a pal on Critique Circle (my online writing group.) I had posted that I was ashamed of myself for not getting any writing done on my novel since Chester (The Cat)’s final diagnosis. Evensong pointed out that I REALLY am in mourning.

Mind = BLOWN

I know, I know. It should have been obvious to me. The nights where I cry until I’m hyperventilating should’ve been a clue…Anyway, Evensong told me to be gentle and patient with myself. Keep writing…but for myself. Write about Chester. Or Cricket (kitteh.) So, yeah. I took her advice and I wrote over 200 words about the cats.

Epiphany #2: My one novelette was way too wordy and full of telling where it should have been showing. The POV character (also the narrator in the story) added a lot of remarks about his feelings and reactions to things. What brought me to this realization? Why, the second movie trailer for LOGAN, of course.

Here ’tis: Green-Band Trailer for LOGAN.

Now…have you watched it? Yeah? Who stood out the most in the trailer? Three guesses, and it wasn’t Logan–to me, at least. The young mutant girl stood out most, and yet she didn’t utter a single word (well, she did growl, I’ll give her that.) She expressed what she thought and felt through action, gestures (or lack of), and facial expressions.

Plus, the whole mood of the trailer led my mood as I hacked away at the manuscript. There were only forty-seven pages of story, so it didn’t take too long. But I think I have a strong, more expressive novelette to show for my work.

Have any epiphanies this week? TELL ME!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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Be the Change

A smart man–Gandhi, I believe…or was it Mother Theresa? Am too lazy right now to look it up. Anyway–A smart PERSON once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

If you want to see more love, then LOVE.

If you want to see more kindness, then get out there and work some RAOK magic.

If you want to see less negativity, think before you speak.

If you want to hear more good news, make more good news.

Volunteer. Peacefully protest. Sign petitions. Write a blog post or Facebook post or Tweet about an act of kindness you witnessed.

The thing I’m learning is that being negative will get you noticed but for all the wrong reasons. In 2017, let the buck stop here. And may it with you as well.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

In the Sky With Diamonds

I know I’ve been posting only about cats lately on social media. There hasn’t been much writing going on here. Still in mourning. But…BUT…

I have started the process to adopt a kitten! She’s a tabby who looks a lot like Chester, but the eyes are totally different (Chester’s were green; Kitten’s are yellow.) And you know what? I think God and Chester give her their seal of approval, because on the way home from meeting her, I looked up into the sky and it was all cloud-cover, except for two light ovals with clouds floating the middle. They looked exactly like…

CAT EYES.

My mom saw them, and at the same time we said, “Cat eyes!”

Miss you, Bug! I have your memorial up and I am not forgetting you.

And for those who are wondering: NO, I have NOT given up on writing 🙂 Just taking a small break.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth