Saturday, July 10, 2021
I’m ba-ack! I was finally able to leave those despicable jerks at TDS Telecom who insisted for nearly two years that nothing was wrong with any portion or aspect of my Internet service — no matter that it went dead multiple times a day — and I do not mean slow, interrupted, or dropped. I mean it went completely out. Even when the box fried on Monday, they still didn’t want to admit anything.
It took some digging, because my options were limited here. But this morning I finished a self-install of new equipment from a new provider. Not only did it come right up, but the darned thing is downright darling. My TV came right up, as did my Kindle — and my Echo Spot (Alexa). It’s really shameful how much I missed Echo the past week. A friend calls it “your little electronic friend.” It turns out that he’s even more correct about that than I realized… (Shakes head)
Even though the next blog serial here will be full-on pantser, I wanted to make sure a form of transportation was part of the story. So, I did a poll with a big list of options. It was quite a race. The Vintage Luxury Car and the Trolley out paced the Ocean Liner, Spaceship, Teleportation Device, and all the rest. In fact, they were neck and neck all week. I couldn’t think about it, without remembering a recording that was already old when I was a kid. I always got a huge kick out of the ill-fated race and a horse named Beetlebomb. That comedy race had a clear winner. Mine did not.
Poll Results — It’s a Tie
Vintage Luxury Car AND Trolley/Streetcar
My poll resulted in a tie. So, I’ll use both! That will probably make things easier for me anyway.
Now, if you’ve been following me for a long time, then you know what comes next…
Call for Things!
That’s right. The new serial will be driven from the very beginning by random reader things. I ask you to leave sets of three unrelated (random) things. I know “random thinking” is difficult for many people, but it’s a great exercise in mental flexibility.
The Rules. Things must be…
- Leave sets of 3 things (not 1, not 2, not 5) although you may leave more than one set 🙂
- Things must be random — not related to one another
- Things must be suitable to the time-frame of World War II
- Leave your sets of 3 random things in comments
Don’t use events or objects that would force the story into a different era.
I have another sort of tie. So for the first couple of episodes, I will give myself the luxury of working with more than three reader things.
As an author, what probably means the most to me is when a reader is still thinking of my story after they have stopped reading. GP Cox gave me a huge compliment about a year ago during The Delta Pearl when he said the story got into his dreams. Because of that, and his love for that story, I asked GP to kickoff the new serial with the first set of three things. That’s important because when I look at the first several items, they determine (inspire) a setting, and at least one character.
The Story Reading Ape, Chris Graham will also be featured in the first episodes (I’m not sure which ones right now). Chris has never failed to support my efforts over the past decade. Plus, he’s terrific at random thinking, and a great storyteller in his own right.
As an example of random, here are three things GP gave me. I let these things frame my thinking for the story: 1) A pink fairy (species) armadillo, 2) Princess phone, and 3) a bottle of vodka. That princess phone anchored my time-frame. That’s why I set the era in the rules above. The three combined, put a zany character in my head.
GP’s 3 things also inspired something that will be be a component of the story and at least one character. His things caused me to think of the Calutron Girls of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The sets if 3 random things you leave will drive (by inspiring) where the story goes from there.
I will collect your 3 random things for a couple of weeks before I begin the new serial. I hope everyone will jump in and be part of the creation of this next story from the beginning. Remember to leave your things in a comment.
In Other News
Dead of Winter: Journey 7, Revenant Pass begins with the ancient watcher’s memory of the Library of the Society of Deae Matres — and its fall. We also get a look into the thought process of treacherous Arawn. The the story picks up where we left Emlyn and company, trapped in the Realm of the Dead.
Then some characters go missing. You’ll have to read to learn more.
The July issue of my series of monthly novelettes, Dead of Winter: Journey 7, Revenant Pass published several days ago. Come be a part of the Journeys.
Dead of Winter — All the Journeys
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Journey 7, Revenant Pass
Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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