Wednesday Writing, & #ThursdayDoors to My Author’s Mind 2

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 


Yes, my post is doing double duty again.  I’m flattered that Robbie Cheadle liked my post about My Author’s Mind enough last week that she used the theme.  I think she’s doing the same this week, so be sure to pop over and visit her blog.  Anyhow, that caused us to start talking about how we compartmentalize our thoughts and ideas so we can work on multiple concurrent writing projects.

Robbie said she sees her mind as having rooms for the various ideas.  Sometimes I think of my brain similarly.  At other times I think of my mind as a dark windmill with cobwebs in the endless corners where the stories are. 

Jill Wellington Pixabay
Jill Wellington at Pixabay

Then there are the times when I think it as having all these vintage automobiles that need keys for the cars of a given decade — and my imagination is the key for the cars’ doors and ignition.  So, this post features car doors.  Hop in and let’s go for a ride through some of the twists and turns of My Author Mind.


Admittedly, I love old cars and even trucks, and other means of transportation.  My Cornelis Drebbel character had numerous ways of getting around, including his steampunk submarine, an aerial screw (yes, that’s really a thing and it isn’t the “mile high club”), a train, and a road locomotive, which was very popular with readers.  You wouldn’t really know it was a door, but as Dan Antion pointed out, it has a round iron door at the front of the boiler.

Burrell Road Locomotive

In the Pip’s Three Things Series, Granny Phanny had a cherished old yellow Model-T with spoke wheels. She kept it in mint condition. I can’t help noticing that it looks like there aren’t any door handles on the outside…

Image collage by Teagan, River St, Savannah, GA & 1924 Model T Phaeton
Image collage by Teagan, River St, Savannah, GA & 1924 Model T Phaeton

Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure features several modes of transportation. One is Valentino’s green 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom.  Can you imagine the beautiful woodgrain on the dashboard and inside doors?

1927 Rolls-RoycePhantom I 2, Wikipedia
1927 Rolls-RoycePhantom I 2, Wikipedia

Birdie Devovo of Brother Love, a Crossroad had an old Nash Rambler wagon.  It was one of the “random things” Dan Antion gave me to drive the story.  Birdie’s car would have been older and not nearly as shinny as this one. Look how rounded the doors are.

1952 Nash Rambler Wagon, Wikipedia
1952 Nash Rambler Wagon, Wikipedia

Luci is the heroine of my work in progress, which is set in 1970.  She describes her Chevy Malibu sedan’s color as “snot green.”  That actually came from a car I had when I was about her age (although the decade wasn’t that far back). I never did like that car. It doesn’t meet a good end in the story.

Luci & snot green Malibu by Teagan
Luci & snot green Malibu by Teagan

My Atonement Series, set in fictional Atonement, Tennessee has a couple of interesting vehicles.  The sheriff has a souped-up police car that one character (Bethany) refers to as the Batmobile.  She drives a purple Volkswagen Beetle, which suits her quirky personality.  Even the door handle is purple.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle altered
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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. It’s hosted by Dan Antion.  Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

2022 Thursday Doors badge by Teagan R. Geneviene

Call for Images & Photos

As I mentioned last week, I’ve decided to do something different for a while on weekends. But I need your help. This time, instead of putting out a call for “things” for a serial, I’m calling out to photographers and artists.  I’ll do short stories, but in a “3 things” way.  

I’m asking photographers and artists to send me three images that will prompt and illustrate a story.  I’d like these to be somewhat related. (With the serial “things” I ask that they be utterly random and unrelated to each other.  However, the randomness does not work for what I have in mind for the image driven short stories.) 

You do not need a blog to participate!  I know some of my readers don’t blog.  You are still welcome to send images. 

You do not need to be a professional photographer or artist.

Also, vintage photos are good too.

You can leave a comment with links to where your images are posted, or email me the links.

Or we can email each other for images.  

Remember, this is a G-rated blog.  Nudes and explicit images will not be accepted.

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2022 Thursday Doors badge by Teagan R. Geneviene

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Thanks for opening the car door and taking a drive through the twists and turns of My Author’s Mind.  Hugs on the wing.

This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

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69 thoughts on “Wednesday Writing, & #ThursdayDoors to My Author’s Mind 2

  1. Fun doors, Teagan!
    I know some of these pics are not yours, but you have really created some fun images.
    Keep ’em rolling! Okay, think I’ll head over to Robbie’s blog. Thanks for the tip! hugs!

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  2. You are always up to something new! ! Thank you for the photos of the cars! Thank you, also, for your invitation to send items for your use! ! You force those of us who enjoy your blog, to stretch our own minds and desires to do new works of art and story! ! Thank you! !

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  3. I love love love the first old car with the spokes wheels and chimney. In the young days of our son we went to several vintage car shows, so I have seen a bunch of them. The oldest ones are always my favorite, because a story is written on them of adventure and bravery for new things:)

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  4. That was fun. I love old cars. And the purple convertible Beetle. I’d like one of those. The choice of cars say a lot about the characters. I only have one book with cars in it. My heroine drives a clunker she calls The Heap, and the hero drives what she refers to as a fancy-pants car.

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    1. Thanks, Diana. I don’t offer it as advice — just something that I like to do. Regardless, you get a pass on the cars for characters issue. It’s not exactly compatible with high fantasy. 😉 I do love the Heap and Fancy-Pants cars though. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Oh, wow! That would have been amazing, Noelle. I know you were sad to see it go, regardless of why. One of my uncles had a fully restored Model A when I was a kid. I haven’t thought about that in years. Thanks for taking this little joy ride. Hugs on the wing.


    1. Deborah, you are so right about that. Your Malibu sounds gorgeous. Mine was actually a good car (until my father started “fixing” it), but I was 18 and a huge snot-green sedan had little appeal.
      Thanks for opening this door. Hugs on the wing.

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  5. My first car was an orange VW Beetle, so I love that pic – especially since purple is a fav color. I picture my mind with lots of closed doors and great story ideas behind all of them. I just can’t find the correct keys to open them, lol. Hugs, Teagan!

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  6. Reblogged this on Just Olga and commented:
    What does the inside of your mind, and the stories it contains, look like? If you want to take a peek into Teagan Geneviene​’s mind and also see her post for Dan Antion​’s #ThursdayDoors, check this colourful post!

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  7. What an interesting conversation you had with Robbie, Teagan! You’re both full of surprises and so inventive! I love your collection of cars and other vehicles, and their, so special, doors. I do remember some of the stories, of course, but I am also pretty intrigued by Lucy and by the new serial inspired by images. I hope your call gets many answers. Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  8. I love these doors, Teagan! I love old cars and odd vehicles. You might need to make an edit, though. The road locomotive has a round iron door at the front of the boiler. This was one of my favorite vehicles in all of your stories. Thanks for including Thursday Doors in your thoughts and for bringing us inside your stories.

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    1. Oh! Good eye, Dan. I’m not sure I would have spotted that even if I had been over this blasted eye strain. I’ve been dealing with it for at least two weeks. I guess it would help if I could stay off the computer… (eye roll).
      I remember how much you and John too liked the road locomotive. Hugs.

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    1. Haha. Priscilla, a long time ago, I started putting vehicles in my stories as an additional means of showing the character’s personality. Although the first time I did it, I created a monster. The Guitar Mancer (my WIP) gave me the chance to have a field day with it. That story has been unfinished… well since the late 1990s, so I don’t just have characters in my head. I have their cars zooming around too. Hugs on the wing.


    1. Thanks, GP! They almost are that for me. I give most of my characters cars. The Guitar Mancer (my novel in progress) gave me the chance to have a field day with it. That story has been unfinished… well since the late 1990s, so I don’t just have characters in my head. I have their cars zooming around too. (A vintage [even in the 70s it was old] Cadilac, a custom Vista Cruiser station wagon, Luci’s ill-fated Malibu all get parts.) When I get back to Wheel of Fortune (the one I worked on from 2019 – 2021) I have a lot of vehicles too… a “special” Thunderbird, a 40s egg-shaped delivery truck, an Indian motor cycle, a dune buggy… Oh, and that WWII airplane you gave me info about. Yes. I like cars. 😀 Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Welcome, Samantha. I’m happy you enjoyed this thought tour.
      LOL, maybe my compartments aren’t tight/secure enough, because the unfinished stories keep leaking out of their compartments, all demanding to be finished. Thanks for reading and commenting. Hugs on the wing.

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  9. How interesting to explain how you and Robbie compartmentalize writing projects. I think understanding the process of others is one of the fascinating aspects of writing.

    I’m curious if you’ve ever owned an old vehicle?

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Pete. It’s nice to see you.
      My father restored a 1938 car (I forget what make, maybe Ford) when I was a kid, and I’ve been enamored of antique and vintage cars ever since. The only one I’ve had was a Mustang with a 302 engine (which I drove & was my only car). Just keeping it running was too much of a challenge. But they are great food for fantasy. Thanks for opening this door. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. My pleasure, Robbie. Many years ago, I read a couple of articles that talked about the vehicles people choose reflecting their personality. I mostly agreed with it. So, I started giving most of my characters vehicles. It’s rather like epic fantasy stories — the characters have horses that are always described and named. Thanks for opening this door. Hugs on the wing.

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