Balancing too many ideas at once

Where I’m at Wednesday May 21, 2014

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I am nimbly, frantically, drudgingly working. Day by day, I add a little more to the story. Researching for the next location, I think Jaskinia Raj, Poland might be the next venue. I haven’t settled on it though; it’s in the raw stage of research. As for now, my characters are headed to London, and then on to Ireland. I’m hoping to wrap up the conflicts and climax soon. As things are coming to me, I think it’ll be a faster pace from here on out.
On a different note, I was delighted to finally share some of my research of Roman Emperors. Tracing the Omphalos down throughout history has been challenging, but very worth it. So far, I’ve researched a sphere to King Darius I in Babylon, but other connections have brought it to the Sumerians. Like I said, this book will be the death of me in research alone.

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Balancing too many ideas at once

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Have you ever been in the middle of one project, and then get a brilliant idea for another? I have done that on several occasions.
In the middle of writing my first novel, I got an idea for the second. The same thing happened again while writing the second novel. My best advice is not to give up on your current project to write the next, but take as many detailed notes as you can. Write an outline, draw a time line, or scribble down the facts in a notebook. That way, after you’ve finished one project, you’ll have the backbone for the next. If you drop your current task to start another, then most likely you will never finish. Sometimes our creativity can be overwhelming. An over abundance of ideas can produce stumbling blocks. Remain focused on the one you’re working on, and DON’T stop.
Take care my friends. 🙂
Have questions or ideas you’d like to share? Feel free to contact me via email: hsquires9597@yahoo.com
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Don’t Tell. . . Show

Where I’m at Wednesday January 15, 2014

OK…lots of juggling going on. So, I finished chapters 17 & 18, but they needed to be broken into two chapters each. Technically, I am writing chapters 18 and 20 now. Another change is that I am no longer going to Copenhagen. After researching, my characters will charter an aircraft from Reykjavik, Iceland to London, England.

I don’t regret the work it took to research Copenhagen. I may utilize it in the future either for this series, or another book.

This is a minor change on what may be the finalized product. I try not to get too attached to the direction—it’s part of being a writer. I know the key points, where my characters are going, and how it’ll all end. I like to create some realism along the way. Going to Copenhagen was an unrealistic journey, which would have caused my characters to double-back.

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Take care.

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Have you ever heard the statement: “Don’t tell—show”?

It means that even though it is easier, (and can become habitual) telling a story over the details is not interesting. Don’t flatten your story by indulging us with the ability to read it, but cause our other humanely-senses to tingle.

Life is meant to drink!

I like to envision what our hero/heroin feels, smells, sees, and hears. I’m not saying that you need to gush with endless descriptions. But be more concise with your choice of words.

Sometimes, you don’t need to elaborate actions with words. Dig deeper…pause…and create a scene in your head. Tell us what you see, and then reword it to sound stronger.

For example:

                                          “He ran in from outside.”

                         “Winded, he burst through the front door.”

 

You get the idea that he ran by suggesting words “winded” and “burst”. Plus, it is more powerful and suggests urgency. If you took each sentence in your story as seriously—by the end—it’ll be magnificent!

Good luck my friends.

“Where I’m at” on The Omphalos of Delphi

I am still working in chapter 17, and am very happy with the direction it’s going. But, I will try not to get too attached, because it might change during final edits.
Recently, I started researching Copenhagen, Denmark. It is beautiful!
 

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Even though the characters aren’t going to stay long (maybe an hour delay), I’d like to know their surroundings. Then we’re off to London! Thank goodness, I have friends and family members to help answer questions pertaining to England.

 

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TRUE and INTERESTING FACTS about The Sphere Of Archimedes:

—Professor Donovan Spiegler is modeled after UC, Berkeley Professor Richard A. Muller, and Cary Grant’s character: Dr. Noah Praetorius in People Will Talk.
—The character “Ms. Sloth” (not her real name) was my seventh grade teacher.
—Oliver’s “shopping overload” with his mother and sister, was my experiences as a child. My mother and grandmother would take me on long trips to the mall. They spent hours and hours of sifting through racks of clothes.
—Donovan’s narrative, about being bullied, was my uncle’s story. The only difference: When my uncle went to punch his tormentor, he turned his head. Consequently, the bully was struck in the throat.
—Joshua (boy on the cover) couldn’t stop giggling for the photo shoot. When handing him the glass orb, I said: “This sphere sucks-up bullies.” It made matters worse! We had to take a few moments to compose his laughter.
—Oliver’s obnoxiousness is based on a combination of my youngest daughter and husband. My oldest daughter is the source of Amy’s character.
—Our family DOES own a tarantula.
—Gumble’s disposition is based on our dog, Boomer. Sadly, Boomer died a few weeks after I had finished the book; however his goofy, loveable-self is forever immortalized in this book.
—I have only been to the South Rim Grand Canyon once when I was 10 years old. In order to write about North Rim, I had to study the geography of the park, the trails, and stations in the area, because I’ve never been there.
—My mother had a business meeting in Flagstaff, and we stayed in the Little America Hotel™. They DO have the fattest squirrels and chipmunks I have ever seen!
—I knew the road trip from Phoenix to Wyoming was going to be long and boring, so I added many distractions from the drabness of driving.
Special thanks to Google Earth and caffeine!