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Character Fears

Our 8-pound dog is scared of our turtle.

Once upon a time, Raph the turtle was hanging out in our den and Rachel gave her a piece of banana. Chip the dog wandered in, saw the turtle and the untouched banana, and decided that, hey, Raph isn’t eating the banana and it’s on the floor, so it must be up for grabs. Before we could blink, Chip inhaled the banana piece and Raph… wasn’t happy. Apparently Raph was saving the banana for later.

Chip was startled that the turtle suddenly turned and really got going toward her. Despite popular belief, turtles aren’t that slow. When they wanna move, they move. Chip was still faster, of course, but she was startled enough to never want to stay in the den whenever Raph came out of her tank.

It’s a bit of an irrational fear. Honestly, there are no indications that Raph remembers the stolen banana piece or if she holds grudges. But seeing the turtle turn on her is ingrained in Chip’s little brain and makes the pup dash out of the room whenever she so much as hears Raph’s tank open.

Fears help round out characters. Even if they don’t impact much of the story, fears shape a character’s personality and actions. Facing their fears is usually a fantastic make-or-break moment for characters in their stories as well. Does your character’s fear help shape your character’s personality or the other way around?

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Posted by on October 4, 2018 in Home

 

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Snoozing

It’s a gray-sky kind of day, a day full of mist and rain. It’d be the perfect day to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a large book, and I’m so disappointed that I have to go to work.

The animals are too, actually. At the moment, the turtle is throwing a tantrum in her tank next to me because I’m not letting her out. I’d let her roam about the upstairs if I was going to be home all day. The pup is curled up in her bed by the heater and the cat is in his hammock by the slider door, all snoozing on this sleepy day.

I wonder what it’s like in their minds…

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Home

 

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The Determination of a Turtle

So I figured I would try to do a lot of writing today, seeing as I’m about 7k behind on my NaNo project. It’s a quiet, drizzly day, I don’t have to puppy-sit my uncle’s hyperactive beagle, and I’ll have the office/den to myself for a couple of extra hours since my sister Rachel babysits after work on Mondays.

Anyways, here I am sitting and typing away while gulping down coffee (decaf for me, since I am not Rachel), when I hear Raph the turtle start knocking on her tank. I glance over and see her staring me down through the glass, and I figure why not take her out so she can get some exercise. It’s not too cold of a day (actually, it’s rather mild for a rainy, November Monday) and she’s been semi-hibernating with the winter days coming. So I take her out, dry my hands (since Raph has an affinity for wanting to come out of her tank right after she gets out of her pool), and place her in the middle of the room before going back to my laptop.

First, the turtle got stuck by the wires of our telephone and game systems, so I had to rescue her from there. Then, she decided to walk along the wall where our laptop chargers rest. I had to pause and lift the chargers out of the way so she could continue her walk. Seriously, she stopped right by them and stretched her neck up to stare at me, demanding to move the obstructions. After that, she decided, hey, why not attempt to climb up the pile of novels Rachel has by the corner of the room?

Spoiler: she didn’t make it up the book hill.

At the moment, she is now trying to either climb into or bury herself under Rachel’s leftover bag of Halloween candy. There’s not much left in the bag, but there is a package of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lollipops in there. Maybe she’s trying to channel her inner ninja turtle, especially since she was named after one.

That got me thinking. Despite the setbacks, Raphael never gives up on exploring the room (and beyond it if we ever accidentally leave the door open) or trying to get where she wants to go. Her determination led me to my own and, as I stared back at my current NaNo project, I realized how my determination has been wavering.

I’ve got so many ideas, not just for novels, but for myself. The only thing stopping me from achieving those ideas, those goals, is myself. Why can’t I write 5k a day, even while pup-sitting? Why can’t I edit a few pages of my first-draft manuscripts a day? Why can’t I sketch a picture or, hell, even make a blog post once a week?

On that note, how many “inspirational” posts do I have on this thing? When was the last time I actually wrote about an achievement rather than just a promise of heading toward my goals?

The story of my NaNo project is not going well. It’s going down the road just fine, really, but it’s not what I had originally pictured and the result is less than sub-par. However, I do have a few good scenes, a couple of great lines, some interesting characters (like a wyvern named Mumbles) that popped up. In the spirit of NaNo, I’m going to get to the end of the story (at least, figure out the ending), and maybe the aspects about it that I do like can find a home in a future novel.

At the moment, I need to channel my inner turtle and find the determination to keep moving forward.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Home

 

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Define Success

Marva Collins: “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.”

Success is generally defined as the accomplishment of one’s goals. Whether that means completing your homework or research paper in a timely manner, teaching your dog how to sit, editing that final draft of your novel, or beating your sister’s turtle in a game of hide-and-seek, the meaning of success varies from person to person.

(I’m not kidding about the turtle. During the colder months, she likes to hibernate, and currently I cannot find her buried among the three or so inches of bark in her tank. She’s probably under her pool, I’m sure, but she is definitely the queen of hide-and-seek.)

I’ve been thinking about my journey to success lately. I considered myself successful when I beat the NaNo challenge with 50023 words (the winner certificate is still on my desk) and when I got promoted to a manager position at work. All of that is well and good, but how is my relationship with success towards my dream of writing?

I have two first drafts of novels finished, and the strong start of a few more. I want to write, to make writing my main focus in my life, to be able to share and live off of my works. To get my name out there, to figure out what this publishing business is all about, to work by my own rules… That will be my definition of success.

I’m going to be 24 at the end of next month. Through hard work, discipline, and a bit of silliness here and there, I will be successful. Let’s see how it all pans out.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Home

 

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