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31 March 2021

 Song mood: Just Like Heaven by the Cure.

I downloaded another writing craft book: Writing in the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith. It was a writing book recommended in the Be A Writing Machine book that I’m reading. Basically this book is about writing without an outline, or writing in the dark. Most writing groups and creative writing teachers and most of the writing community in general are against pantsers, or people who write by the seat of their pants. Writing in the Dark is book that shows how to write a novel without outlines.

I need to do whatever it takes to get stories done. Which, is why I’m reading all these craft books at the moment. I discovered pulp fiction and the successful writers like Georges Simenon. I read the Maigret books and say, these are good quality books.

I’ve a had a few low energy days for the last several days. Where I just wanted to sleep. The last couple of nights I have been watching the Murdock Mysteries. It is what it is. The series takes place in Victorian Canada. Every show, or every other show Murdock is inventing something to help solve the crime.

I’m still working on getting my vaccine appointment set up. Slots fill up quick.

I’m a little over halfway done with The Martian Chronicles. Today I listened to the story that was replaced in the edited version. The story was about all the African Americans in the south getting on the rocket ships and moving to Mars. And one of the white men was upset that his hired help was a part of the migration. Ray Bradbury in 1997 thought that that story wasn’t relevant. Because in the 1990’s the racial tensions weren’t as high as they were in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 

Tonight I hung out with family. 

I thought about bits and pieces of the Milo de Ford and Marianne story. The premise of the final book of the series is that Milo sees the Dark Prince disintegrate Marianne in battle. So Milo goes back in time to alter their time lines. And in the alternate timeline Marianne isn’t an assassin, but a couch potato who eats bon bons. Who has this strained relationship with an older guy named Milo and her guardian Kurt Grey. Little does she know that Kurt killed her parents.

My serial fantasy actually ties in with the series, I just didn’t know it at the time. I’ve been calling it the Radio. I think I will call it, A Radio in the Phantom World.


So the struggle continues. I will work on the Radio blogpost tomorrow and continue with my craft study.


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