NaNoWriMo: The method I use for writing my Novel is I really love my characters as people

8647 is the current word count  for my Novel on Nanowrimo

One of my writing buddies, Ela Iliesi asked me this question:

“What do you do to write? What works for you? I for example like reading things other wrote and brainstorm on that, capture the best ideas and integrate them.”

I had never really thought about it before she asked me, and it was interesting that she asked me this yesterday because yesterday’s focus for me was character development. I got in there and made sure my characters were understood and profiled well, and I realized I really loved them as people. Even the antagonists who are unsavory or weird or bogus are people I understand. I know “why they are like that”, and I have compassion for them.

I also use a lot of old material from my past to glean from. Song lyrics, poems, short stories, essays and opinion.

So that’s the answer to her question.

Since you have come to the trouble of visiting, I think it is worth it for you to read this pep talk from a well published author Catherynne M. Valente who has done Nanowrimo in the past. This is really good stuff and what she says rings true for me, that’s why I’m linking to it.

today wabbit

That’s what I’ve got for today, hope you enjoyed it. Come back tomorrow and check on my word count for me.

Check out a day of focused moments, too, if you want.

The benefits of finishing NaBloPoMo

That’s right, I finished it. I did NaBloPoMo for the whole month of November. What is is basically is you choose a month and make one post per day each day that month.  It was great. I will do it again, and there are several reasons why I am grateful for the experience.

  1. Discipline. If you say you are going to do something, but then you do not.. you look like you can’t keep your word.
  2. Discipline. You force yourself to find things to write about, or revamp old writing.
  3. Spur of the moment, on the fly, improvisational writing.
  4. Writing plateau’s. When you write every day, you hit plateaus where you see marked improvements in yourself. This post is an example. It’s one of my nicer posts for the month but it only took me a little over as half hour to finish. It was one draft, a spell check, and that’s pretty much it. Not long after that was this one. Really quickly, I think I relayed  some cognizant points
  5. Because writer’s write.
  6. Networking and promoting. I made a decision in October that it was time for me to stop pretending, and  write professionally. I am now getting paid to edit and write some things, and I am having a graphic novel illustrated and published. My stuff is going to be available electronically and also printed. I have read many books where my talent at least matches the author. Why shouldn’t I?

And, during this time I have also stayed organized enough to stick with my novel called Stellar Gas. Now that NaBloPoMo is finished, and I am moving in to a new place. I will have more time for that.

If you want to see all 30 posts.. just go right here.

I will not be doing December, or probably even January.. but it will definitely happen again.

Christians kill with doctrine instead of simply following Jesus’ instructions

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans do the same? And if you salute your brothers only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans think they are special?” -Jesus 

(Publicans were the ultimate hated people in Jewish culture at that time, because the only job they could get was collecting taxes for the Romans, who were afraid to enter the militantly independent Jewish communities. Publicans were just despised for being traitors and sellouts. Publicans did not create or provide any value, all they did was take from their people and give it to the Govt.) 

In the  Sermon on the Mount,  Jesus gave very clear instructions. And they are unconditional instructions, toward unconditional love. They are instructions, and it is brilliantly and obviously simple. Very often, in fact most of the time, people create and fabricate all sorts of excuses; Platonist “forms” (LINK), what they call “doctrines” in order to justify not following the instructions; the very simple instructions. When people do not feel comfortable, they create -excuses-, or -doctrines- to justify keeping god’s blessings to themselves and excluding other people because they live in fear and are frankly, just plain greedy. Your Doctrines are excuses to not follow the instructions.

Jesus did not -ever- say anything remotely like “Feed the hungry, if they convert to that religion and doctrine you created”. Or, “Give drink to the thirsty if they get baptized, or let you have their resources.”  There are no ifs ands or buts about it. People who think they are supposed to get involved in all the little details are deluding themselves into playing god. Follow the instructions, that is the role. People who get into all the little details about doctrine, and look for any excuse they can find in some other part of scriptures to -justify not following the instructions- are playing god. But guess what, they are not kidding anyone. They live in fear.

If you do a word study for the Sermon on the Mount, go ahead and look at the word “if”.  Jesus uses the word not to justify conditions to make  someone comfortable, but to strengthen the instructions. In other words,  you do not use the word “if”, to determine your obedience to the  instructions, you use if to reinforce them. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” 

Follow the instructions, all the details will work themselves out.. That is why Jesus said in this sermon “Judge not”;  Essentially, “you ain’t that smart”. That is why Jesus was so down on the Pharisees who he also mentioned in the Sermon. All through the New Testament Jesus just lambasted the Pharisees because they would petition the power (implicit violence and coercion) of the Roman Government to enforce their piety in the Jewish Community. Similar to the way some Christian factions today try to use the power (implicit violence and coercion) of the US Government to force others into paying for things they may not believe in, to enforce lifestyles, or make judgement calls on other people they know very little about in order to justify untoward policy, exclusion, or prejudice. Both the right wing and left wing Christians get into this Pharisaic practice in different ways. The Founders of the US were so smart for not allowing the establishment of any one religion so it could dominate the others… so smart.

right out fucking loud, you're a dog

 

“Unless your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” -Jesus 

Jesus seems to always speak to the “I”, never to the “we”. The titles of the sections are such as “Jesus spoke to the Multitudes”, but when he spoke, he spoke to the individual, because he wanted people to take individual responsibility for their actions. This is another reason doctrines are dangerous, because they get people into groupthink, which, because of our flawed nature becomes “us vs. them”, and it becomes an “external authority”, not the authority of your heart, your “I-ness” that Jesus speaks to.  

Groupthink creates a lazy atmosphere, where people can defer their responsibility to the “greater good” determined by the tricksters. That is why Pharisaic groups get so much power, because they create Platonist “ideals” or “forms” (different Plato link) they are able to convince the people they have tricked into following them to conform to. These ideals and forms are -not real- and do not reflect  -what is-  in objective reality. These forms and ideals are  only imaginations from the minds of people who use religion and politics to control others. The right wing christans want to control everyone’s body.. which is -really- bizarre, how the HECK did they come up with that?.. and the left wing christians think somehow the government is going to magically begin doing the work Jesus instructed for the Church. Each of these factions are OUT OF THEIR MINDS in delusions. They have an imagination that is not matched by the reality of the Planet we live on or human nature. -CRAZY-. It is NOT the role of government to do the work of the Church, and it is also not to judge people’s lives or control their bodies. If the people who think they are supposed to spend their time getting the govts. to do god’s work just went out and obeyed Jesus there would not be any more hungry, thirsty, etc.. Bad priorities, bad individual choices. Some people never learn.

That is why Jesus’ instructions are so simple, because you do not know what you do not know, but you do know when someone is hungry, thirsty, sick, hard working, honest, etc.. Things you can see are what they are, and you do not know what you do not know, so just follow the instructions and quit trying to think you can manage the details.. follow instructions and judge not, because you ain’t that smart.  Your doctrines are excuses to not follow instructions, and that’s just you being scared. Let the details you are so worried about work themselves out. Jesus also spoke about your worry.

“Take therefore no thought for the next day: for the next day shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” -Jesus

It is not a part of the instructions to worry about the details of other people’s lives, or what they do with their money or whatever else. Your business is to follow the instructions, love unconditionally, and don’t worry about the details, mind your own business. All you can see is what is on your radar screen, and your technology is limited to your own event horizon. Mind your own business. You simply do not know what you do not know. Focus on the immense value that -you- provide. You have no control over what others think, and you have -zero- to do with it. When you are conscious, one of your thoughts is infinitely more powerful than others as those thoughts relate to you, and vice-versa. Other people are going to have their own thoughts. When you make a judgment call that takes you outside the realm of unconditional love, well.. that is your fear, you’re scared, don’t inflict your fear on the lives of others because you can’t handle not being in control. You are not in control of anything but you.. so quit kidding yourself and get out of the way of the universe. This thing is happening with or without your blessing.

On a personal note, I do not define myself as a Christian, because what I think is not in line with Western Doctrinal Christianity. This being said, I love Jesus. I am grateful for his life and his work. I may not believe all the “right”  things, or the “Fundamentals” as people call them, but I also do not want to think about what my life would be like without that ability to have thoughts, and to recognize my heart, or “I-ness”, my consciousness, and the utter responsibility  that comes with it.

From what I can tell, Jesus was all about that.

Yesterday’s post about depressing moving and the joy of surprise
Today’s post is my 28th NaBloPoMo post

Some notes about caretaking: the commodification of time

Most of the physical work that needs to be done has to do with critter control.

There are many feral cats, many rodents, lots of skunks, many Deer, and the occasional Bear. The evidence and damage from Bears usually comes early in the Spring when they are waking up.  Then we never see them again all summer.

I have never needed to use poison for the skunks, although there were times I came close to making that call because it was getting to be too much.  Skunks do not get the message that they are not welcome, unless you do something that deters them. Throw a couple of rocks at the cats and they remember to steer clear of the front and the porch.

A light connected to the timer, pointed to shine under the front deck will keep he skunks away.  They are nocturnal and do not like light very much. When there is a skunk outside walking near the house, it smells like it is inside. Use a yellow bug light in the fixture that is shining under the porch to attract fewer bugs.  If you do not do this, you will learn your lesson… fair warning.

Keeping the garbage under control is also very important, and frankly, probably the most important thing

The smell of the garbage attracts critters, again, critter control. The smell also wafts around into the screen door and under the eaves into Apt. 2.

Check the garbage twice per day. Once in the afternoon to be sure that a tenant has not just thrown garbage in there without using the cans, which they do all the time.  Also, you might have to break down cardboard and open the bags they use and crush the plastic bottles so all the trash will fit. You can ask the tenants to do this but very few of them do it, and even the ones who do usually give up on that after a couple of weeks. I usually separate the cardboard and burn it every two weeks. This helps be sure I am leaving enough room to get everyone’s garbage into the cans in front of the house. You have to do this because of critter control. If you put plain garbage bags out there without cans and the cover on the cans, the crows, the feral cats, and the rodents will make you pay… every time. You will be cleaning up the garbage they spread all over the road, EVERY TIME. There is no reason for me to make this up. What would be the point?  Summer is rife with life around here and they love stinky garbage.

Also check it at night, before retiring. Make sure it is locked down.  You can tell the tenants to remember but you are the only one who can make yourself remember. You have to be sure that the garbage bin stays locked down and tight at night, because cats get in there and scare the heck out of you when they jump out, thankfully I never got scratched. It takes a long time to train people about keeping the garbage bin pin in place, but cats know instinctively how to get in there without being trained… And they come every night as part of their routine hunting and gathering to see if they can get in. 11:30-11:45, every night I hear noise by the bin, cats. If the cats get in there, you may not know it right away, or at all. But pretty much assume that if you do not lock it down over night that they have been in there.

You will know if Bears have been in there because they just take the whole bags to the other side of the hot-tub room and dump everything out, so once every couple of days check on the other side of the hot tub room for garbage. If there are Bears around, that is where they hang out, in the lot next door to the hot tub room, it does not happen very often, but if you walk around over there, along the property line, you will see Bear feces from time to time, again, usually only early in the season. Although this year, 2012, there were quite a few Bear sightings. Sometimes the garbage that gets dumped out over there isn’t even from here, it’s from some other place. So be sure to check that area because the tenants will not tell you, they don’t care, they’ll let garbage sit over there for weeks and not tell you, it’s not their job, they don’t have to, and they are not going to.  If they leave their garbage out, and it gets strewn around by critters, they will not clean it up; at least don’t assume they will. This might seem like some kind of easy job but you are a Hotel Groundskeeper as much as anything else. You have to clean up after them, and they know it, and you will do it. I GUARANTEE you will be cleaning up the messes of other people so it does not look like you live in a ghetto, GUARANTEED.

The garbage truck comes Tuesday, by anywhere from 9 am-10:30 am. I get the cans out there by 8:30 and if I have bags, I keep them in the bin and run them out to the truck so the birds and other critters don’t get into them.

Make sure the Hot Tub House stays locked

People store their things in there, there is a decommissioned Winter hot tub, and on top of that, there is a phone. The hot tub house has been broken into in the past; I have had to fix the door, probably just because someone knows there is a phone in there and wanted to use it. You have to take this seriously. Not just because it’s private property, but because the other line of that phone number belongs to the owner, and the caretaker lives on site. If someone is using that phone for crimes, they can get traced back to that line, and the caretaker could become a suspect in something. TAKE KEEPING THE HOT TUB ROOM LOCKED SERIOUSLY. There is a lot of poverty and weirdness that goes with that around here. Yes, there are wingnuts and tweakers and bored kids who are future criminals, just like anywhere else.

Lawn mowing

The best timing for mowing the lawn is about every 10-14 days.  In June and July it can get pretty long in 10 days and it doesn’t look great, but ten days is the pollen cycle for the insects and I like to keep them busy and not kill them off. I never use chemicals on the lawn for anything, or fertilizer. I have noticed that even if the lawn is short, the tenants have rarely used it for anything.  I have never mowed the lawn more than 5 times an entire Summer, once in June, twice in July, and once or twice in August. 

Mow the front all the way to the street on both sides, and next to the Building. Mow the back, and make a path the width of two lawnmowers all the way to the back road where the big stone is, the guy who lives across that road is weird and possessive about mowing all the way to the road because he owns that part that is overgrown, and there is no need to spend money on his lawn. The property markers are all obvious back there. But a path to the road is nice. There is a triangular area next to the property where the tree is that is not all this property, but mow it anyway, it provides clearance from the wild animals, and there is a nice shade tree back there, just do it. Then make a path from the other side of the french drain, around the pine tree, along the side of the hot tub house. Make that 1.5 – 2 width of a lawn mower. Now you have a clear path all the way around the property to walk around and see everything you need to see for security and maintenance and what not.

In front of the building, right in the driveway in front of the rock garden and also next to the empty lot is a bounty of chamomile. There are other edibles too, but they are more obscure. When you get up in the AM and there is dew, and it smells sweet and sleepy out there, that is fresh, raw organic chamomile. It’s a very nice thing to smell, and to keep around. It peaks for about 5 days in late June I think. Don’t mow that!! Pick it and store it and give it away. This year it was SUPER heavy, so it probably will be from now on.

 Weeds

I planted mustard in the rock garden this year and it completely ended any serious weed problem. Mustard outgrows weeds, it takes up their root space and it repels many insects. This is not the invasive wild mustard, this is non-threatening, good old fashioned Mustard Greens. It is not the prettiest thing in life, but you can eat it and it keeps it all low maintenance. Between that and all the other edibles out here you never have to buy salad from the store unless you want to.

 Wasps and Hornets

You have to walk around regularly and check for wasp and hornet nests. They are everywhere and we do use chemical sprays on those. The tenants will wait until it is really bad before they say anything.  Walk around and look under the eaves and under the decking and stairwells at least once a week, but twice a week in August when it is really dry.

 

Grilling

Grilling is permitted on the decks, but the decks are really dry. I always tell the tenants and remind them to keep a bucket or pot of water near their grills at all times when they are using it. Hardly anyone grills, but when they do I remind them.  I have never had to tell anyone twice about that. The image of a wood framed-building burning down is sticky.  Be vivid and descriptive about how quickly dry wood burns when you remind them.

Lights

The security lights are on a timer. You have to adjust it based on the time of year. It changes fast between Winter and Spring, and Autumn and Winter, especially with Daylight Savings Time. It’s really nice to have that light out there. It makes the place more secure, and it keeps a lot of critters away. It is easy to lose track of setting the timer as the seasons change. The lights on the hot tub house are motion sensor lights. Those are nice too. It might be nice to hook up another light on the other side of the building in the front. It would be easy to do with a cord connected to the T connector that is coming out of the bottom of the timer, or do it proper with some Romex coming from the outlet box.

 

Fire pit

The fire pit is the real deal. It is not a joke and it exceeds the building and fire codes around here.  It is the nicest fire pit around here for miles and I am very proud of it.  (link). Keep the bottom clear with a shovel. The bottom is concrete with some rock drainage, when you are scraping concrete with the shovel that is the bottom.  Use it for burning refuse or having a nice fire. It is deep, so if you want to have a warming fire in the evening, fill the bottom with rocks. The reason it’s not filled with rocks is for burning refuse. Refuse needs to have a deep fire to be safe.  A warming fire should be shallower so it radiates. If you start a real honest fire in there in the evening, and let the coals smolder all night… which is fine because it is deep, the ground all around the pit will be a thermal mass. The ground will still be warm and you will have embers 24 hours later. That thing is no joke. If it was lined with ceramic it would be a proper cook oven… for sure. I do not recommend cooking in there now though. The concrete and blocks could leech toxins into food. Cooking above it would be fine, but not in it. A cook spit would be perfect for this, and incredible. (Picture of a really nice cook spit)

Yesterday’s post about how really, really good you are

Today’s post is my 26th NaBloPoMo post

We fought for you until you woke up

This is a dream you had, and then it came true

We were in the same position you were in, and then we were telling you just like someone told us, that’s all. You knew the truth, and you slowly internalized it. Then, you heard it one more time and you acted on it. It’s never easy for anyone to admit being hoodwinked their whole life. We were ready for you, and since we were not partisan and political, we never said “I told you so”, because you were the next link in the chain to break free. Everyone was looking forward to your efforts and we were not going to ruin that by being spiteful and arrogant. Someone told us once, too. Then we told you.

The work you did was amazing, and it helped change everything and they thanked you for telling them, and for doing what you did to wake them up.

your beautiful, awkward epiphany.

i'm glad you had a good time at the mall.... but.

they thanked you for telling them and doing what you did to wake them up

 

Today’s post is my 23rd NaBloPoMo post

Yesterdays post about Black Friday

Black Friday is for Stupid People who Suck

Oh my gosh, how awful. I have not watched the news today but I wonder how many people got trampled. What a lot of embarrassing weirdness about our “culture”.

They are not relevant until they wait in line overnight to buy shit they don’t need, with borrowed fake money that they don’t really have, from some offshore private bank, owned by people who have utter contempt for us. Then, the day after the day they are supposed to be thankful for Family, they abandon them to buy them garbage, so all they can afford to feed them is genetically mutated food. America, you are a giant clown in space

Shop till you drop, or till you drop someone else.

What if our lives were about something really good instead?

Americans used to -make things- and disseminate them all over the world through business, and I’m not talking about weapons.The nature of Human life is to create.

Do you realize Santa hates you if you don’t conform?Santa hates you and he's a fat bastardHe took a really cool season, with all kinds of cool stories, and turned it into an expensive fiasco that helps prop up the lying media and the war machine.

Hanging around the house with Family all day telling cool stories with really great values should be enough. How wonderful. That sounds really lovely.
peace cost less Peace is cheaper than Santa

This was yesterday’s post about Thanksgiving. It was a nice day

Today’s post is my 22nd NaBloPoMo post