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Character Arcs: The 6 Basic Shapes of Stories

Little-known fact about me: Kurt Vonnegut is on my list of top five authors that I aspire to write like. I particularly like his writing style, and Sirens of Titan changed my whole way of viewing the world!

More well-known fact, although new to me: Kurt Vonnegut had a theory about the shapes of stories that was later proven to be relatively true more than 50 years after he attempted to present this theory. It was proven by computers, and I can think of no better way for a Vonnegut theory to be proven!

Unless it were by aliens…

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Awake or Alive? (original poem)

The tender flutterings of your lips brushing my eyelids
send shivers of ecstasy through my spirit.
The scent of your flesh
and the heat of your breath
tickle my nose,
a memory of what I want to happen,
and what might be,
chasing me through a dream
too true to be good and
too perfect to be real.

I have envisioned this moment,
touching myself and wishing it was you,
your large, rough hands gliding down my belly,
leaving trails of steam through the landscape of my soul.

Now that the moment has come,
I find myself questioning:
am I merely awake?
Or, for the first time,
am I truly alive?

awake

Monday Motivation: What problem do you want to solve?

I binged some Doctor Who this weekend. I had heard a lot about the new Doctor, and how wonderful she was. I was skeptical, but the hype is true, I think: She is a good Doctor for the show. She’s brought hope back to it. Capaldi was a bit dour at times…

More than that, though, I was intrigued by the subject matter and the villains that we’ve already seen so far. It reminded me of something I’d seen about Star Trek and how The Next Generation’s main enemy, the Borg, was perfect for the time in which the show was originally airing. The idea that we can lose our humanity through technology was (and still is) an interesting, yet terrifying premise for a story.

So what do the new Doctor Who villains, the Stenza, say about the problems we face today? And what does any of this have to do with writing?

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Weekend Coffee Share: #NaNoWriMo has begun!

Hello Coffee Share peeps! This week, if we were sharing stories over coffee, mine would be rather bitter. I’ve developed a taste for coffee without sugar, and just a splash of heavy cream. I need to get some sugar free flavored syrups because I do like the flavors (especially hazelnut), but I’m finding that I feel better with less sugar in my diet.

Come snuggle on the couch with me, and we’ll discuss while I binge some more Ancient Aliens (It seems to be my thing right now). And if you ask nicely, I’ll even share my discount, post-Halloween candy with you.

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