Posted in NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, Writing

A new beginning

Since I finished NaNoWriMo, I’ve been a wretched lazy-butt. When it comes to writing. Obviously, I should never participate in such matters, even though it gave me some good as well.

Nevertheless, now I’m on it again. Working on my story about Mz Eliza Elderberry. Went to the library yesterday, sat down, opened my iPad and began. I had copied the entire story from Scrivener to Pages, and therefore it’s easy to keep on working.

I know it’s possible to have Scrivener both on the Mac and the iPad, but I don’t know whether it would cost me extra or not. Maybe I should address L&L and ask. It would be quite stupid to buy the same program twice, I think. Just to be able to switch between devices. I got the expression I would have to do that, but I didn’t go further at that time, to actually ask about it.

Anyhow! Pages works, and now I’m sitting here writing a blog post about writing, instead of actually doing it. And, yes! Right now I am at the library.

About the manuscript, I’ve begun translating it into Swedish and simultaneously I’m doing some editing. The translation work in itself isn’t difficult. But some things aren’t particularly easy to change. For example, Eliza’s name. Mz Eliza Elderberry. That doesn’t function well in Swedish.

Eliza, is okay even though the spelling is – normally – wrong. The most common spelling is Elisa. But it can be done with a z. If I want to keep that. Mz, is totally out of the question. The Swedish version of it doesn’t ring the same bell at all. And Elderberry? Would it be possible for me to give her a family history that would explain that name? Because it’s certainly not a Swedish name.

It is a bit troublesome how I shall solve this. I like the full name, and it also says something about her. Also, the direct translation into Swedish just sounds very, very stupid.

What the name says about her, is that she is a healer, and knows everything about medicinal herbs and other remedies from  nature. Therefore, in the village where she lives, she is believed to be a witch, and that leads to horrible consequences. And that is essential to the story that follows. It can absolutely not be deleted.

So! I have a problem to solve there. And I have other “expressions” I’ve written in English, that are too difficult to just translate straight off. They need quite a lot of thinking before writing.

Anyhow, it feels good to be back on track again, and the problems will be solved. Won’t worry about that.

Posted in Fantasy, NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, Writing

No needs for words now.

I didn’t think I would write this much while visiting my daughter. But I got the opportunity, and I grabbed it. Both Friday, yesterday and today.

I promise, I haven’t been rude to anyone doing this, diving into the iPad. I just didn’t want to go out in the icy cold weather. But they did.

And here is the result. 😁🤓😆 I am a Winner!

It’s okay, of course, that I these days have written only in Swedish – much quicker this way – and mostly diary notes, ponderings and such. The important issue was to write, not what to write.

Now I can take it easy, without any pressure at all, and keep on working on “The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry”. I have, after all, also written a lot during these 24 days that is, or is about to be, included in that story.

From now on, I will probably take a day off from writing, once in a while. Meeting people, having lots of laughs – and be Living my Lives and Whereabouts.

Posted in Fantasy, NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, The Mechanical Man, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Creating a world

It was just as difficult today as it was yesterday, to write something for the Mz Eliza-story. But today I finally began to write sentences like ”I don’t know what to write”, and ”I have nothing to say”, and ”I don’t want to write anything at all, today”.

Well, after a while I realized I was coming up with a synopsis for the entire story. And by ”entire story”, I not only mean the story about Mz Eliza Elderberry, but all of what is, has been, and will be occurring on this particular planet. Which, by the way, doesn’t have a name yet. And if it has, I have forgotten it. 😉

This means, that the entire story will involve Jaycee and her friends and allies from ”The Solar Eclipse”, Andrew Milllbourne from ”The Mechanical Man” and now also Mz Eliza Elderberry. And some other characters

Oh, my God! I had absolutely no idea, what seems to be about to happen! I can’t even imagine how long time it will take to finish it all! I have a great Albert, the Muse within me, that is giving me all this. And I have been able to open up totally to that spirit! My dear spirit within. Whether it actually is called Albert or not. Or is a Muse.
Well. Okay. It’s a Muse.

And no wonder it’s called: InSPIRI(T)ation! 😉 😀

No! I won’t tell you anything about the plot itself! At least not yet. And I realize very well, it was a good thing to write this synopsis today. But I have to make up some kind of plan, to make these ideas more visible for me, and easier to access. A chart of some sort perhaps. A timeline. And make another one for the characters.

I’m never able to do anything like this, a synopsis, before I start writing! Never have been! I usually don’t know what it will be! I might get an image in my head, or a name that gives me an idea. A “starter”! I have to begin writing first, with that starter, and then characters appear, events happen, and the environment begins to shape.

At first, in the beginning of Jaycee’s story, I had a cold, dark city and a desert. North and south of it there were large mountain ridges. The south one was quite eroded, and the north one was high and steep, the mountaintops covered with snow.

There was this magic City, a Tower, and a couple of more or less quirky people. It was supposed to be a whole planet, but if so – where was the rest of it?

That odd mysterious Solar Eclipse – what about that? Why and how? Though the cold, dark effect of it mostly only concerned the City itself, it nevertheless, had affected the rest of the landscape enough to turn it into a desert, from earlier having been a prosperous landscape.

But outside and surrounding the city, the desert and those mountain ridges, what might it be like there? Also a desert? Or a prosperous landscape? What about people? Are there any?

Now, I know what it’s like there. Outside. I know there are other people, and I also know about at least some of those issues that sooner or later will cause BIG TROUBLE. Though, the word ”trouble” itself, isn’t at all a word fierce enough.

Posted in Around & About, Fantasy, Miscellaneous, NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, Writing

Keeping the sunshine within

Not much writing today. On the story, that is. A lot of other writings though, a mail, several iMesseges, notes. Hung on the phone talking to my daughter as well. For quite a long time.

I had no idea anyway, what to add to the story. Later I wrote a short scene, most of it a dialogue. A sad dialogue. Someone is crying, and the other one is comforting, by just being there.

But I am not sad. I’ve arranged with my youngest daughter to visit her and her family next weekend. We were texting about trains, when to leave, when to arrive. Then we talked on the phone as well.

And then I was trying to do everything the right way when booking the ticket and paying for it. It went well, and I’m really looking forward to see them again.

Hopefully, the weather will be okay. I chose a train that will give me 1,5 hours to spend in the southest situated city in Sweden. On November 22nd, the weather can be almost any way. Cold, or not so cold. Wintery, or not. The sun might shine, or not. But I’ll guess it will be cloudy, maybe even raining. So we have to have the sunshine within us instead. And that’s okay! That’s more than okay!

I intend to visit the bookstore. Been there before, loved it, and I really do hope it’s still there. Been an awfully long time since the last time I actually visited this city, not just driving through it as I have done when visiting my family earlier. But now I’ll go by train, and she will pick me up in her car, and drive the 20 kilometers home to their house.

Her son, my youngest grandson, will turn six in February. Soon a big boy, a schoolboy. His name is Leonard, called Leo. What a name, eh? He’s cute and wild and have a great personality.

I’m so looking forward to visiting them all.

Posted in Fantasy, Movies & TV-series, NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Stage fright

When watching all those movies and TV-series, when reading all those books, when pondering all that I have written so far – is it beyond my reach, to write a whole novel?

Maybe I’m a bit morbid or something right now, for some reason, but there are all those thoughts rambling around in my head.

Do I doubt myself, my ability to write?

Not per se! I can write, I don’t doubt that. I know grammar – and I specifically mean the Swedish now – and I know how to spell. I can show instead of tell, and I’m really good at writing dialogues. I can “use” the language to build images for the reader, make them feel they are there, in the middle of the story…

But can I build an entire novel?

I can write short stories! And I do it well. Short stories are easy to write. Few persons. One scenery. One event. No other persons stories or actions. Not too long. I only have to focus on what actually happens, and make it live.

But can I build an entire novel?

I have always loved to watch movies and series, but lately, I’ve been indulging myself a lot in those worlds. I see the plots, always have, and how intriguing they are built by the author. Yes! I admit! They kind of scare me off, a bit.

Maybe I am, a bit morbid? Or maybe just a bit nervous about entering the NaNo in a couple of days. Not that I have anything to be nervous about, not really. I’m entering the task with open eyes! I don’t have a specific idea. I have no plot, not even an idea for a story.

My main concern is just to write… every day… for thirty days. Not adding any other expectations at all. And then – it will be, what it will be.

Still, I can’t help thinking – am I able to write a novel, an intriguing story with several characters, scenes and semi-plots that will mix and interact – or counteract – with the main story. Would I be able to make it catching, interesting, exciting – funny? Enjoying? To make it a whole story with ups and downs, with cliffhangers as well as smoothly ongoing parts. To make the characters into living beings, not ending up as flat paper-dolls?

At this very moment – I don’t know. But I realize I might only be seeing the matter in black and grey colours. Maybe there will be a story after all. And if I may wish for, and even pray for – something new that will continue my fantasy story with the work-name “The Solar Eclipse”. And “The mechanical Man”.

Maybe this Mz Eliza Elderberry that suddenly popped into my head a short time ago, will show up there, somehow, in that magical city surrounded by high mountain tops and a large, seemingly dead, desert.
And a weird solar eclipse.

I fear November, but I’m also looking forward to it.

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Just a little deep down self talk

I must say! I do look forward to NaNoWriMo.
Which might be a really odd remark, since I still haven’t written anything since the end of August or early September, thereabout. I have actually forgotten when… the last session…

But I DO look forward to it! I need that little pressure, I gather, to start writing daily again.

Where did my writing-self go? And why has she been gone so long? It’s like it’s harder to restart, the more days and weeks that have passed along without.

Now, now! Don’t be pessimistic, Thêa! It will be alright! Whether you realize it now, or not, you are mentally preparing yourself for November 1st and the whole NaNo-thing.

Everything will be just fine! All that shit is behind you! You are just fine as well! You’re not only walking and biking again! You are seeing friends and – yeah – you hoovered your flat today AND INDEED, even mopped the floors. If that isn’t a good sign – then, what is?

And furthermore, my dear Thêa. You have been THINKING about your fantasy novel!!! Not that you are going to continue writing on that one during November….

OR?

ARE YOU?

Nahhhh…. I didn’t think so, either. You have other stuff to write about.