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12 January 2020

Song mood: Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson.
I didn’t get much done on my current project.  This weekend I focussed on the poems that I read for the poetry reading.  I think I understand free-verse or what I want to do with writing a free verse poem.  Imagery, telling a story and letting the rhythm happen.
I think my poems may have been a hit.  I apologized before reading saying that free verse was out of my comfort zone.  I worried about as I was writing the poems, but then I thought, what I am doing with them?  Well, it’s a presentation, so then I will tell a story.  A story needs images, a beginning, middle and end.
I had an idea, that maybe I could do something similar to Nikita Gill’s Fierce Fairytales, but with Greek mythology.  It’s an idea that is still far out.
So this weekend, it was all about presentation.  Or that is the lasting impression that the weekend made on me.  Presentation.  This idea of the Marquis de Avery traveling between worlds and meeting up with different heros of parallel worlds, is a go.  I need to work on the rough drafts so that I can put together the overall story.  I need to work on them with the idea of making the stories be like the films I like to watch.  The stories are mine, I just need to work on the presentation.
A cool thing happened at the poetry reading.  The head librarian told me she liked my poems, but the Persephone one more because I said that I based it off of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.  She said that she read the whole series, which was weird because she feels that Sci-Fi/Fantasy books need to be long in order to build the world.  The Wayward Children series are all novellas.  Where I explained that most of the novellas build up the world the story is in a short time.
But that got me thinking.  For the series that I am writing, what can I do build the world in a short time?  Part of the answer I learned from an online mystery writing class.  Establish 4 out of the 5 Ws within the first page.  Who, what, where, when?  Move to some sort of action and sprinkle in some of the background through out the novel.  Or, that is what I think I will do.  I’m doing a little research on the topic.

So the goal is get the single focus idea down pat, so then all I need to do is think of what I want for the story and follow the single focus.  Learn how to rapidly build world and then knock out this series of novellas.  The time is now and this is my new presentation.


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