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That Little Moment

There are many big moments in a person’s life:  their birth, their graduation, their marriage, the birth of their child, and so on until their death.  These moments are easy to recognize and to celebrate.  We do it all the time.  Any time you go to a party, there is some reason, even if it is just that it’s Saturday.  A big moment doesn’t so much have to be remembered as to simply recognize as it being on “this date sometime.”

Just as important, perhaps more in some ways, are those little moments that define, not necessarily us as individuals, but that change or affect us in some way(s) that may take time to do so.  Our child says his/her first word, takes first step, goes to school; we remember those days and what was going on in most cases.  However, the first day you ate bread or the first time you successfully opened your high school locker are not moments that you can, probably, recall with much clarity.

I try to remember a lot of those moments.  It may seem rather dumb now that I have so much problem with my memory due to age and stroke; but that is a part of the reason I want to.  Days and weeks slip by me at times. I look back and remember all those evenings I sat in a chair at a nursing home watching baseball with my Dad.  I didn’t and don’t care much for baseball, but he was at home here and I found a new way to connect, not by learning all about baseball, but by listening to him talk about and yell at the game.  I remembered how I use to listen to him get so angry when his team was doing poorly or when a referee didn’t “make a good call.”

I remember my days in high school, though I remember less and less about less and less.  That is a time when I grew up, not always good times, but more than I thought at the time.  I never dreamed I would be 61, sitting at a computer, and have to say that I need to work harder to remember more all the time.

People are not always patient and happy with me.  If you sit and talk with me for a long time or spend time doing things with me, you will, at some moment (I believe), have to shake your head to clear your mind of the things you are tired of with me.  I can have perfectly good conversation with someone, then just mess it up because I will forget something important about them or the thing I was talking about.  Jokes get poor when you forget the punch line or realize you just gave the wrong info for something needed.

Still not a pity party.  I am not, and don’t, look for that in what I say or try to convey.  This is merely my interpretation of the facts as I see them.  I am telling you this because of a 46 minute special I saw on Amazon called “Jacob“.  As a brief summary, Jacob is a young man (I haven’t looked up his age, but 20s or 30s, most likely.  He is a special person; he has 10 degrees, including a BA, MA, Physician’s license, Attorney, Bio Ethics degree, and others.  He has written and published 215 short stories, and well over a dozen books.  He has lectured at Universities, taught in them, worked in an ER, and writes…

What I remember most is:  he writes.

I am a pretty satisfied person.  I have written and published more than 7 short stories in more than 4 collections of books.  I have self-published several books on Amazon.  I have had more than 25 jobs in my life, 2 distinct careers (computers and teaching), survived a major hemorrhagic stroke, and have written over 1200 blog posts.  I have 2 wonderful, successful children, and enjoy my computer games.  In fact, I am, currently, a beta tester for Fallout 76’s new mod/dlc entitled “Wastelanders”.  I am not overly proud, just satisfied.  I have more goals I wish to do, but I have come to grips with the idea of mortality.  I think that is a basic bucket list item we all should have.

This post was to be about Jacob.  I wanted everyone to watch the short documentary.  That’s pretty amazing coming from me, anyway—a documentary?—wow!  But, even more so, were the things it brought up in my head and the things that it didn’t so much.  Jacob made me look at my life and see that everyone’s is so very different and that, in the end, you only have to be satisfied with it yourself…everyone else is, well, just along for the ride.  They can get off anytime they want, and many have in my case.  I have those I miss and those I don’t, but even those who I don’t miss being gone, when I think of them – there are memories, feelings, and other thoughts.

Everyone I have ever met, everyone in my life now, and all I will meet down the road – all have/are/will affect(ed)(ing) me.  And that makes me realize something…they affect me and, while that is happening, I am affecting them.  I say that all things are connected – Now, I know one more way…

Namaste to all who have ever, are, or will ever be any part of my life.

There is love of some type,

Scott

100 Absolutely Fascinating Questions (to someone, anyway)

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Megan did a post on answers to 100 questions she got from another post and told us to do it as well.  A lot of you know me fairly well.  I guarantee you will know me much better if you read through all of these.  If you decide to do them, please tell me in the comments.  I would enjoy reading them as well.

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Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Used to sleep with them open, but found out I am allergic enough to Tamika, my cat, that I will do better with them shut.

Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Once in a while, but only the last day I am there. I usually pack them to take in my next vacation or outing from the house overnight.

Do you sleep with you sheets tucked in or out?
Sheets are always tucked in, otherwise, I kick them off half the time.

Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Nope.

Do you like to use post-it notes?

I used to use them, but not since I stopped working.

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Yes. But, not very often anymore.

Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Might just live through a bee swarm. Though I was chased by a bear when I was a child at Shenandoah National Park.

Do you have freckles?
I think a few, not many. They are sexy on a woman though.

Do you always smile for pictures?
I try. It’s not always successful.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who chew with their mouth open when they eat. I have had to get up and go to another room so I won’t throw up.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
OCD did that to me years ago – not since the stroke.

Have you ever peed in the woods?
Yep, played golf and camped out.

What about pooped in the woods?
Don’t think so, but well, might have, I guess.

Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
Since the stroke I don’t dance much, but I do in my head a lot.

Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Pens, yes, pencils – gross.

How many people have you slept with this week?
Um, let’s see…there was, no that was a dream – ah, none.

What size is your bed?
Queen, unless I had to get a full when I moved. Lol – you would think I would know that huh?

What is your song of the week?
My favorite song (going by the “stuck in your head” meter) is “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri.

I like “Royals” by Lourde and quite a few other songs.

Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
A real man wears whatever the heck he wants to.

Do you still watch cartoons?
Grew up with them, still watch them on the PC, mostly clips – Still love reading comic books, though

What’s your least favourite movie?

“Spookies” – hands down. Worst movie I have ever seen and I have seen a LOT of them.

Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Um, deep and remote.

What do you drink with dinner?
I mostly always drink water, sometimes, hot tea – every once in a while I drink Unsweetened Almond Milk with Hersey’s Low Sugar Chocolate.

What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Vegan, but used mustard when I did.

What is your favourite food?
Since my vegan switch, it would be Earthfare’s Mock Chicken Salad on Rye with Sauerkraut.

Before being vegan – Chocolate Malt from DQ or Meatload dinner from Cracker Barrel

What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Bicentennial Man

Last person you kissed/kissed you?
Formal kiss? I dated a woman for a short time about a year ago, I think – I know, I am deprived.

Volunteers?

Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
No, lived without that one. Had too many insecurities as a child.

Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
Laughable, but, I suppose, perhaps, but it would be a lot of money (I mean a LOT).

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
If Christmas counts, then a short note on a gift, otherwise, only to myself as a reminder. Email and texting are lovely things.

Can you change the oil on a car?
With my hip messed up right now, I doubt it. Do I know how? Yes, used to do it all the time. Now, it’s those quick-change guys.

Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Yes, a couple. Only one was bad and the officer generously only wrote it for 1 mph under the bad level.

Ever ran out of gas?
No, but close? Yeah.

Favourite kind of sandwich?
See above on favorite foods.

Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Oatmeal with Splenda and Unsweetened Vanilla Milk (that is if you ignore that malt from above)

What is your usual bedtime?
Lately has been 4 am. Now back to 2 am. I don’t sleep well. The stroke messed up my Melatonin levels, so I sleep 1-3 hours, then wake. I seem to do my best work at night, so…

Are you lazy?
Tired? Yes, all the time – didn’t used to be particularly lazy.

When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I remember being a robot. Last time was at around 52 or 53 when I dressed up as Sabrina the Teenage Witch at 50 on Hormones.

What is your Chinese astrological sign?
I think the dog.

How many languages can you speak?
English. I can understand a bit of written Spanish. I can read Spanish fluently, but don’t know what I am saying.

Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yes, when I was teaching I bought about 5 magazines for about 5 years due to the great education pricing. Those are to run out very soon.

Which are better, legos or lincoln dogs?
I would love to stack Lincoln Dogs…but though I have used both – Legos are better.

Are you stubborn?
Some, depends on the why. Most things I let slide as I don’t worry much, but there are those few things. Worse if I am very tired or sick.

Who is better, Leno or Letterman?
I used to watch Letterman with a woman I was dating. I still like him.

Ever watch soap operas?
Used to work nights, so I would watch some of them – “General Hospital” was my favorite.

Can you consider “Dark Shadows” as a soap? If so, never missed that one.

Are you afraid of heights?
Yes. Overly much so. I am a bit better in my mind as I play MineCraft and, intentionally, jump from high places in the game to try and desensitize me a bit. Seems to be working a little.

Do you sing in the car?
About the only place I do sing anymore. Used to sing a lot, choir, church, even went with a group overseas in ’76.

Do you sing in the shower?
Sometimes, anymore I am just concentrating on not falling down.

Do you dance in the car?
I don’t stand up, no, but rock back and forth? Yeah, I like doing that sometimes.

Ever used a gun?
Yes, I am a very good shot with a .22 rifle. Not so great with a pistol. I love playing a sniper or archer in my video games.

 

Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

My daughter’s wedding a few years back.

Do you think musicals are cheesy?
I enjoy musicals of most any type. Just went to movies to see “Into the Woods”. I like college musicals, too.

Is Christmas stressful?
Yes. Shouldn’t be, but it is.

Ever eat a pierogi?
A what?

Favourite type of fruit pie?
Vegan. If I wasn’t, then cherry pie.

Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Scientist or Science teacher.

Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes. Much more than I ever used to.

Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Man, I feel like I have been asked this before!

Take a vitamin daily?
Several supplements. Not a straight up vitamin, but B complex, Chlorophyll, enzymes, Cinnamon, Chromium Picolinate, and perhaps a couple others.

Wear slippers?
No.

Wear a bath robe?
No, but I don’t wander around the house after a shower. If I did – I live alone and do what I want.

What do you wear to bed?
Used to do the nothing deal, but I like regular gym shorts and a T (3 or 4 x on the shirt – I like them long and baggy).

First concert?
Neil Diamond.

Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart?
Wal-Mart – I hear the screams of protest now.

Nike or Adidas?
Never had a pair of Adidas, only one pair of Nike (maybe 2).

Cheetos or Fritos?
Yes please! Vegan again, can’t do Cheetos and haven’t checked Fritos.

Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Have had both quite a bit, but Peanuts more.

Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?
Don’t believe so.

Ever take dance lessons?
Yes, but she actually told me they wouldn’t do me any good.

Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Yeah, she’s a 38 year old supermodel – J

Can you curl your tongue?
Yes, but it hurts to use the pliers.

Ever won a spelling bee?
Did not win. Very funny as Scrabble is my favorite game and I win about 80% of my games and don’t look any words up now.

Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes, usually when I hear a beautiful song or voice.

Own any record albums?
Not any more.

Own a record player?
Nope.

Regularly burn incense?
Did once upon a time.

Ever been in love?
Yes…

Who would you like to see in concert?
Always wanted to see John Denver…RIP

What was the last concert you saw?
Neil Diamond – only big name concert.

Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. I drink it at Denny’s when I go out for a meal.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee when I am tired and taking a drive somewhere (need to stay awake). Decaf at Cracker Barrel (Mmmmm).

Sugar or snickerdoodles?
Only grandmother could make snickerdoodles I would love, so now it’s sugar (vegan of course).

Can you swim well?
Probably not with my bad hip, but could before – afraid of the water, so I learned to swim.

Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Had to in order to swim under water.

Are you patient?
Mostly. If I am really tired or sick, then I have problems. People tell me I am too patient.

DJ or band at a wedding?
Doubt it will happen again. If it does, I imagine it would be a DJ. I would enjoy a string quartet.

Ever won a contest?
Yes.

Ever have a plastic surgery?
Nope.

Which are better, black or green olives?
Green olives – used to love them on pizza. I still eat them plain.

Can you knit or crochet?
Did both a bit. Never got the hang of either. Kept getting my loops too tight.

Best room for a fireplace?
Most people say living room, but if I was rich, I would have one in my bedroom.

Do you want to get married?
I think I would rather have someone who enjoyed their own place but could be committed to me otherwise, and me, too.

If married, how long have you been married?
Twice – once for almost 13 years, the other for 5.

Who was your HS crush?

I will take “crush” to mean someone you either had or wanted and couldn’t have or lost.
The one I dated I still talk to on FB.

The two I had in HS I saw years ago and both have changed so much I don’t care anymore.

Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
Nope, I will discuss it if I care. Most of the time, it’s fine either way.

Do you have kids?
Yes, both grown up. Now if only I could.

Do you want kids?
Really don’t want anymore. If I dated someone who had them, we would see.

What’s your favourite colour?
Baby powder blue

Do you miss anyone right now?
Not really. A lot of women I would love to go back in time and see, but that doesn’t count.

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Namaste,

Scott

Youth – Gotta Love ‘Em!

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I saw that it was time for my next flash fiction or short fiction entry on this post.  However, I am always allowing myself to step away from that routine in order to bring to you what I consider a very important item.  This time, it’s about our youth.  I am reading a book by Neale Donald Walsh entitled “The New Revelations.”  In it, one of the main themes is about how we can change this messed up world of ours.  Part of the answer seems to be to quit teaching them the same old stuff.  I am not talking about Math, Reading, and so on.  I am talking about teaching them how to hate, dislike, to find differences in others as a reason to pick on them or ignore them.  I have been thinking a lot about that and how my life would have been changed had most of my world been aimed to help me love the world instead of to fear it and to be angry with it.  Something inside of me kept pushing back at that teaching; it still does today.  I meet so many people and organizations who, whether they know it or not, they keep pushing this agenda forward.

You know it’s easy to see this in something like ISIS or Concentration Camps or India’s treatment of women in so many parts.  It’s easy to see it when it’s far away and has little to do with you.  But look at your life right here.  Ask yourself some really tough questions and think about them and then answer them “honestly.”  It’s too easy to blow off with “yeah, a lot of them are like that.”  Here’s a couple of the really tough questions:

1)  Does your school teach boys and girls to be different in what they strive for? Do boys only have boy ideas and girls only have girl ideas?

2)  Does your church teach that there are those who are separate from you?  separate from the church?  separate from God?

3)  Does your job pay men and women the same?

4)  Do you think that women (or men) are inferior to you?  Do you think that others are inferior to you?  Do you think you are inferior to others?

There are many more questions.  I will let you ponder the ones above and start a dialogue if you wish.  My email is bookman23@comcast.net  Just make sure to put “Tough Questions” in the subject so I don’t delete it out of hand.

Read a couple of books “Conversations with God” (3 books), “The New Revelations” all by Neale Donald Walsh.  He isn’t the only person talking about all of this.  He is just who I am reading now.

To add to it here are 3 short videos about our youth, the ones who aren’t “listening” well…good for them:

http://www.upworthy.com/heard-of-the-ripple-effect-these-young-people-are-proof-that-good-can-just-keep-growing?c=reccon1

http://www.upworthy.com/after-hearing-how-she-spent-her-9th-birthday-its-no-wonder-shes-being-recognized-globally?c=reccon1

http://www.upworthy.com/the-inventors-of-this-could-have-made-a-fortune-instead-theyre-making-kids-happy?c=reccon1

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Namaste,

Scott

Q & A – 25 Question Challenge

Megan from Megan Has OCD did a Q/A and invited readers to tag and answer them, too.  I don’t so much know how to tag, so I have put the questions below with my own answers and have linked back to Megan.  Enjoy!!!

25 Get to Know Me Q’s

1. What is your middle name?: LaMoyne and, no, I did not give my son that middle name.  Dad was upset.

2. What was favorite subject at school?: English, then Math, then Science.  I still love all three, but did all my degrees in teaching and English.

3. What is your favorite drink?: I drink mostly water, tap water, as a matter of fact.  I do have hot tea when I eat out at Denny’s and decaf coffee at Cracker Barrel.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?: That song changes so much, but “We’re not Royals” by Lourdes (sp?) is high up on my list – I do love classical, though.

5. What is your favorite food?: Since I went Vegan, my favorite food has become Old-fashioned Oatmeal and also seasoned fries from our local Denny’s.   Follow that with several items from Food Fare (their mock chicken salad and vegan choc chip cookies!).

6. What is the last thing you bought?: Vitamin B tablets and Valerian root capsules from Amazon.  I love Amazon.

7. Favorite book of all time?: I think I will put Maia by Richard Adams up there for now.  I love a lot of books, but that one kinda haunts me a lot.

8. Favorite Color?: My favorite color is powder blue or baby blue.

9. Do you have any pets?: I have a cat, Tamika.  Funny, but she looks so much like Megan’s cat, Chester!

10. Favorite Perfume?: I don’t wear perfume, but Wind Song was always one of my very favorites.

11. Favorite Holiday?: I love Christmas and Halloween.  Christmastime makes me happy.  The fall weather and being spooked are great, too.

12. Are you married?: Did that one twice.  Might try again, but I am pretty picky now about anyone wanting to be that permanent.

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: I did a quick trip to Canada once.  My big trip was in summer of ’76 when I went as a First Tenor with Sounds of Hope to Europe for 28 days to tour and sing.  Visited a lot of places – England, Austria, and Holland stick most in my mind.

14. Do you speak any other language?: I dabble at Spanish.  I have told people I speak it fluently, but did not understand what I was saying.  I suppose the proper term is that I can read/pronounce it fluently 🙂

15. How many siblings do you have?: I have a younger sister.  We get along well.

16. What is your favorite shop?: The outside place I visit most is Walmart (sorry, too many things to be able to get in one stop).  But my favorite is Amazon!  I sell for our local library and buy for me.

17. Favorite restaurant?: Denny’s and Cracker Barrel.  Denny’s is for the staff; Cracker Barrel is for the food.

18. When was the last time you cried?: I teared up Sunday night.  TV people had to show Beth dying on Walking Dead again in review.  I took that one hard.  I tear up a lot at TV and movies.  I allow it.  Why not?

19. Favorite Blog?: Well, mine, of course! 🙂  It’s where I spend the most time!

20. Favorite Movie?: I love movies.  It’s really hard to name a favorite, but…  Little Mermaid and Bicentennial Man have been watched most often by me.  I haven’t watched them in awhile…it’s about time to try number 84 on Little Mermaid, I think.  Otherwise, love action, suspense, and movies with a good solid plot and decent acting.  I watch a lot of “b” movies and those are fine, but it’s ones like Kiera Knightley in Pride and Prejudice that really get to me.

21. Favorite TV shows?: I had gotten almost completely away from TV and watched everything on my PC, but I am back to it now.  I love escaping in TV.  My favorites right now are Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The 100, Bones, Friends, and Z Nation (though I may deny that if you ask).  I grew up as one of those 77+ hour-a-week TV children.  It kept me company through meals, homework, and when I played with modeling clay.  No permanent damage that I can see. lol

22. PC or Mac?: What’s a Mac!?

23. What phone do you have?: I have an AT&T LG.  Not a smart phone; don’t want a smart phone.

24. How tall are you?: 5’10.5″

25. Can you cook?: Yes, I can cook 🙂 In fact, I truly enjoy it.  It’s not near as much fun for one, but then again, I always eat what I cook.  I tend to mess with recipes unless I truly love them.  Right now, would love a simple recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip cookies.  I buy them at Earth Fare and may try to buy ingredients and make them myself.  We will see.

 

Thanks for reading…as Megan stated, feel free to tag, link, whatever and do this yourself.  I, like her, enjoy reading them all.  If you have any other questions you want answered, let me know.  If I get several, I may do this again.

Namaste,

Scott

The Blog Hop – My Entry

The Writing Process Blog Hop

 

Writing? So you want to know about writing? My writing? Well, you have come to the right place!

Writing is an individual thing. Some people write for fun; others write for money; some get to do both.

Some people write the first thing that pops into their heads and it works. There are those who sweat over the small writing things.

I write for three writing prompts per week. One is 100 words (exactly if you can). One is 5 sentences (semi-colons are lovely parts of speech).

The third one is 150 words (+/- 10). All three of these exercises do not take me a long time; writing comes pretty natural for me.

Not so for others.

Regardless, a couple of weeks ago, Arianna from http://ariannasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com wrote to ask me to join her in a blog hop.

After reading her explanation and then reading her blog post that was for the blog hop, I understand it.

So, in the next section I will talk about Arianna. Then I will answer a set of questions about my writing.

Right now I am going to do what Arianna did: if you have not participated in the blog hop, I invite you now to do so.

Simply, write a brief introduction like the one above. Then talk about me for a paragraph or so as below. Then answer the questions and invite at least 3 people who haven’t been in on this one to become a part. You should ask them to respond if you only ask three. I decided to invite all of you because I would enjoy reading about your writing. Good luck! Have fun!

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Arianna Merritt, M.Ed., is a Canadian Psychotherapist who has a strong desire to help people and to write. Her blog (above) takes a very positive position on empowering you to accomplish whatever you set as your goals in life. She is a wonderful person and I feel so lucky just to know her. That joy is accentuated by having received emails from her and being able to call her a friend. I have read her book “Stand Tall and Speak from the Heart” (http://ariannasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com/book/) and enjoyed it immensely. She is very full of good, common sense and a vast personal knowledge of overcoming problems and achieving your goals. Read her book, read her blog, get to know her. She is a wonderful, caring individual who I am so proud to know. I have decided that, should I ever visit Canada and am anywhere near where she is, I will try my darndest to visit her.

Read her answers to the questions here: http://ariannasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/the-writing-process-blog-hop/

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Q: What are you working on?

My life has been taking some turns lately and I find myself working on a lot of different things. My blog is still important to me; however, my writing has picked up. I just finished about 3 months of work on my longest short story “Keeping Watch” about Carolyn, a woman in her early 30s who is trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. It started out as a horror story and developed more into a character-based story of learning about Carolyn and how she struggles and how her mind changes and remains the same in this horrific environment. It is one of the first stories in which I have allowed the character to “write” the story. It is from her viewpoint and I really did not know how it was going to end until it did. I wrote from Carolyn’s perspective and put myself deeply into her character. I think it is my best work. I started out by writing it as bits and pieces to fit my blog prompts, then I would take a week’s worth of those and create a section of the story. Finally, I have put all those together and edited and modified them into a story of about 14,500 words.  The online part version can be found at: https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/carolyn-keeping-watch-an-apocalyptic-thriller-in-parts/ . The prompt sections are first. The weekly sections are at the bottom of the list. I have changed the story for its final state.

Q: How does your work differ from others of its genre?

            This story differs from others of its genre in that it gets so deeply involved in the main character’s life. All this action going on around her, so many catastrophic events, and yet, you are learning more about her than anything else. I believe that you become enough a part of her mind and thoughts that you start to feel as she does. I have read it multiple times and each time I find myself happy, sad, excited, depressed, based on how Carolyn was feeling or was going through the event.

 Q: Why do you write what you do?

            I have a deep feeling in my soul when I write something like this. There is a need to get it out, to show it to others, to find satisfaction in having someone tell me that what I wrote was good, that it accomplished what I set out for it to. It doesn’t matter if it’s a poem or a grand piece like “Keeping Watch”. All of my writing has a goal and I write to do those goals and to fill those needs. I believe this makes my writing come more from my heart and soul, so it is better. If you go to my other pages (listed to the left of this post) you can see the other types of writing I have done. I write short stories, longer stories, stories in sections, poems, haiku, and posts. I write on all types of topics. I enjoy many many things and enjoy writing about them. My biggest hope is simply that you will like what I have written and will let me know. I can handle criticism (constructive), so I am not looking for mere applause. I just have a need to try and write so that people will get lost for a bit and enjoy, whether it is being scared from horror, shocked from truth, or feeling great from a poem.

 Q: How does your writing process work?

          My process all depends on what I am writing. I have to be in a specific mood for a poem or haiku. I have to feel the emotions tied in with those for them to turn out any good. Short story writing stems from an idea, a very basic plot. “Keeping Watch”, for instance, stemmed from my desire to write something a bit different from the regular “zombie” story. While doing that, I got caught up in the emotions and the trying to show people how the main character felt, why she did what she did, what made it go from A to B to C and then, sometimes, to H before going back to D. I tend to think out of the box, so my ideas are often strange. If you were to read my story,”The Way It is” in the online magazine “Atomic Avarice” you would see a satirical work on what happens when there is a Union to spooks. The site closed down so the best way to read it would be in my soon-to-be-published book on Amazon. I will be putting together a collection of 10 short stories (loosely labeled horror) and will include “Keeping Watch” and “The Way It is”.

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 Thanks to all for reading and make sure you seriously consider becoming a part of this blog hop and post next Monday.

Namaste,

Scott

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