Shenanigator's Progress Journal

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  1. Dragon Turtle

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    I'd better come up with a suitable answer to that to flesh out my daydreams, then. :p

    My problem is that all of my honest influences are either cliche titans-of-the-genre types, or they're authors from completely different genres that would make you go "huh??" if you connected them to what I write. Or they're television shows and movies. Not that I think I'm freakish in this regard, it just doesn't sound as good as an answer, lol.
     
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    Then it might be that your answer might be something like, "A big mix of influences, everything from yadda yadda, which you might expect, to yadda yadda yadda which may sound strange, but it's true. Yadda yadda yadda waa a big influence!"

    ETA: I think the most important thing with your answers is, to be sure you are comfortable with them and that they portray the kind of image you want to have as an author, because the image fans put together from your answers and interviews and PR materials isn't something you can take back. So the "you" they see has to be something you're comfortable with.

    edited to add a skipped word ("can")
     
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    It's really interesting to hear about PR from this angle. Never would have thought of this stuff. Thank you!

    My WIP series though... my influences include an obscure computer game from the 90s and a South Korean variety show. I will have to think long and hard about whether that's the image I want to project. :supergrin:
     
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    LOL. I've had a lot of lives: Question asker, Askee, and Person who creates Askee's materials for the Askers (among other things).
     
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    Thanks!
    I wanted to do something completely different with the phoenix. It's just a misshapen bird that longs to fly back home. Unfortunately, Rosemarie's one-eyed cat, Achilles has a different idea.

    How it comes to life...
    It resembled a pile of autumn leaves giving birth to some misshapen creature; it flapped and flopped like something closer to death than of life resurrecting.
    “Did we do something wrong?” Adeline said.
    Mabel’s shoulders slumped, “This is disappointing. I was expecting a pillar of fire… and trumpets.”

    How it will eventually die...:)
    Achilles dropped it at Rosemarie's feet, as if it were no more than an unlucky sparrow.
     
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    So I woke up this morning...

    ...and I said to myself,

    "It's a great fucking day to sell Mom's car!!!!!"*

    I got my wanted asking price, the buyer just left, and I have the cash in hand!!!!!!!!!

    :cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader:


    *Actually I spent the entire weekend working on the deal.
     
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    Current word counts: The same. Was dealing with estate stuff and haven't cracked them open. Tonight after dinner!

    "Life is a tragedy when seen in closeup, but a comedy in longshot."--Charlie Chaplin

    "OF COURSE SHE DID!!! :rofl:" -- Sis

    Today is Charlie Chaplin's birthday. As I mentioned in another thread, City Lights is one of my two all-time favorite movies (Sunset Blvd. being the other. They battle back and forth for the #1 spot. Modern Times is in my Top 5 as well and is my favorite Chaplin comedy. ) Chaplin also wrote the music of the song "Smile" (It's a musical theme in Modern Times.)

    The Chaplin quote is one my sis texted to me this morning to illustrate the point she was making on Friday when she and I had the following text conversation about my mom's car:

    Sis:"You can call OnStar to have them open the door since the keyless entry fob isn't working!"

    Me: "Well, I could, but Mom discontinued the OnStar because she couldn't see the point of having it and thought it would save money." (Note: new keyless entry fob and programming would cost $284.)

    Sis: "OF COURSE SHE DID!!! :rofl:"

    Me: "It's easier to laugh when it's not your mother." (Sis is technically my half sister.)

    Sis: "True. But you gotta laugh, because it's just so her!"

    Me: "Arrrrgh!"

    Sis: "You need to go put up a sign on every wall that says 'OF COURSE SHE DID!!!!' so you can laugh when all this crap comes up. Because it is funny..."

    Me: "I'll laugh about it later when I'm not so fucking stressed."

    Sis: "Go put up the sign so you can laugh now."

    I love my sister. She was right, so I made the sign that says "OF COURSE SHE DID!!!!:rofl:". It's above the desk where I do the Estate stuff, and I included the sideways laughing smiley with tears of laughter.

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    I had a manual key made for the car on Friday.

    On Saturday morning, I called AAA to come out to see if a jump start and quick battery charge would do anything, and to see if the tires would hold air or not. If not, I was going to have it towed to the dealer, having reluctantly called them ahead to get a price on a new battery and labor. (Yes, I know dealers are more expensive. Unfortunately, my beloved mechanic, Louis, is in L.A., and there wasn't a garage close by who had the battery in stock.)

    When the AAA truck arrived, I looked up to see the neighbor from across the street walking toward me. He and his wife knew my mom, and he's old enough to be my dad.

    When Neighbor reached Mom's driveway he said, "I'm here for moral support." He knew how much my mom loved that car, and he and his wife knew Mom's relatives all scattered when they found out there was no money for them to inherit. I haven't heard from any relatives other than Sis and Aunt since August, and before that it was last April...even though some of them live a couple of streets away in Mom's neighborhood. (I call them "Mom's relatives" because those people don't act like family. My sis, Aunt, and closest friends are my family.)

    That lovely man stood there the entire time the AAA guy jump started Mom's car and watched him like a hawk while he checked all the fluids and inflated the tires. (My dad taught me how to check the oil, but that was a different car, and I have Louis now.)

    And it wasn't that I needed him to, because I didn't, but it was really nice not having to do just one fucking task of Mom's estate alone. (I even made all Mom's burial arrangements alone, FFS. One of her relatives dropped me off and picked me up on their way out to lunch or something. Sis is excluded because she cares for 91 year old Aunt and does more than her share.)

    Mom's car started on the second try, after a spark and a click, and she sounded like she'd hadn't been sitting there since February 2017.

    To our surprise, the AAA guy announced, "The oil's still golden and fluid. It's just fine." Neighbor and I had a look for ourselves, and we don't know how, but it was. All the other fluids were still good, too, and at the right levels, and the water level was perfect. The battery would need to be replaced, but everything else was fine.

    Then Neighbor said, "You go lock up the house while I take her around the block to make sure she doesn't stall, then we'll go to Walmart to get that new battery. It'll save you a lot of money."

    In two hours this neighbor I'd never met until a few weeks ago did more than any of my relatives other than Sis and Aunt have done in over a year. And I'd had to ask them, and when I did they made me feel like I was imposing on their time. This neighbor just jumped right in and offered.

    So off we went. We took the car for a drive to test everything, then to to get the battery, and two hours later, the car had a new battery and air filter.

    The buyer test drove it yesterday morning and we made a deal. The keyless entry fob still wasn't working, but I'd had that manual key made, so the buyer agreed to replace the keyless entry fob at her own cost. We agreed on the terms, I got my asking price, I wrote up the sales contract and downloaded the DMV paperwork, and she came over with the cashier's check this morning.

    Paperwork signed and countersigned and monies and keys exchanged, as she was turning to leave, the car's headlights came on and the car chirped.

    I said, "[Buyer], I think the keyless entry fob might be working!"

    She said, "Did I hit a button?"

    I said, "I don't know, try the keyless entry."

    Sure enough, it worked just fine...every single button.

    It didn't at 2:00A.M. when I went out to take off her license plates and double check the glove box to save time this morning.

    I have no explanation.
     
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  8. GlitterRain7

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    This is great! I'm motivated to make a sign to put above my desk now for when I'm stuck writing.
    I'm glad everything about the car worked out for you!:)
     
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    Thank you @GlitterRain7 ! A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. It may be of many, but at least that's one down!

    That's awesome about your sign! It does help.

    Thanks for reading!
     
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    Current Word Count: Exiles 57,826
    Tori's Story: same

    ACCOMPLISHED:

    04/18/18:
    Finished writing Carole's Downfall scene!!!
    04/18/18: Research, most popular boy's baby name 1964.

    TO DO:
    Fact check police procedure/ arrest 1980


    I got over a major plot hurdle in Exiles (Alexei's story) today. Today I finished writing the downfall of Carole Brennington. I had to keep taking breaks so I wouldn't screw up the order or pacing (dyslexic), and it all needs a lot of polishing, along with the "first first draft" excerpt I posted last week, but at least I have the sequence of what happens, the choreography of the scene, and the timing of when the other characters enter the room.

    It's not quite as hokey as I thought, thank God. And I figured out the tech that Alexei would use at that time, and I know what Alexei does to bring her down. I think after the scene is polished and polished and polished it will be OK.

    Meanwhile, over at Tori's Story...What was going to be a letter will now be something more. I had a flash of inspiration based on something I took from life between the Ex (the Ex-fiance) and I. Warning, major spoilers ahead and after today's writing I'm too dyslexic and wiped out to insert a spoiler tag.

    So, in Tori's Story the premise of this part of the story is, she's a rock star on the road with her band, and her rock star boyfriend is elsewhere on the road with his own band. In the 80's it was common for a lot of big tours to be out there at once, and they hopscotched each other, so they're both out there, traveling across the U.S., a mere two states or cities apart. So, in other words, when she's in, say, San Antonio TX, he's in Biloxi MS.

    They share the same manager, and he's out there flying between the two tours, to check on things. Tori and the rock star boyfriend pass messages to each other via the manager.

    That was the original idea. Then I threw in something from my life with the Ex.

    I used to have this radio station T-shirt that I won in a contest. It was unisex sizing and was too big for me to wear as a T-shirt, so I slept in it. It happened fit the Ex as a T-shirt, and if I had let him shrink it, it would have fit him perfectly.

    Anyway, he liked the T-shirt a lot, so we passed it back and forth between us. One laundry cycle it would be mine, the next it would be his, and on and on.

    It occurred to me that this is what Tori and her rock star boyfriend Dave would do, passing it along via their manager in a large inter-office envelope as he flies back and forth between their two tours. And because they're a hot couple, what if maybe they wear it once before sending it along to their beloved, unlaundered? (Not a gross, sweaty T-shirt, but you know, worn once. Gently used.)

    Every girl who's ever picked up their guy's T-shirt from the tangle of clothes on the floor to throw on, em...afterward can relate to this. It smells like him...That wonderful special mix of his soap and shampoo and cologne if he wears it, and just...him. Pheromone city. It's the same thing when you roll over to his side of the bed, when he's not in it, to use his pillow because you miss him.

    So, that's what Tori would do. She would share a T-shirt with Dave. (Or Michael or whatever the hell his name is. It's been Dave for years, but I kind of like the angelic quality of Michael.)

    And, what if when it's Tori's turn to have the shirt, she reaches into the envelope and goes to put it on, and it smells like him, but it also smells like another woman's perfume?

    Real perfume doesn't launder out on the first try, y'all. Real perfume is made of oils, so it lingers. it would take more than one laundering, especially in quickly done on the fly tour laundry. And in the 80's? With strong perfumes like Georgio or Tresor? Oh Lord. Dave, honey, you're about to be in big, big trouble!

    As you may have guessed, that's how I found out my then-fiance was cheating on me.

    We weren't getting along, we had one of those quick flare arguments about seemingly nothing, and I said we needed a cooling off period. We were on a break, like Ross and Rachel. A few days later, we decided to make it permanent. So, he brought the stuff I had at his place over to me at my folks' house. Just a small box, like a cardboard file box, because we weren't living together.

    My T-shirt was not in the box, and he tried to insist it was his T-shirt. That was new...Always before, he'd ask me to just let him keep it. I'd never won anything before, and it was comfortable to sleep in, so the answer was no.

    You may have seen a posting or two around here that mentions my photographic memory. This was one of the times I whipped out my memory, reciting the name of the contest, the date I won it, where I was and what i was doing when I found out I won, how long I'd had the T-shirt, and on and on and on to badger him into finally giving me back my damn T-shirt. (By this time, it had long become clear to me that the reason he wanted the shirt wasn’t because he liked it. He was a jealous, insecure person who simply didn't want me to have anything he didn't have.) There was some other stuff missing from the box, too, so he said he'd bring it by in a couple of days, which he did.

    I was putting the things away when I smelled another woman's perfume on my T-shirt. Obsession, I think it was, or something like it. I didn't wear Obsession. Everything clicked, and I realized the reason he didn't bring my T-shirt with the first round of stuff is because she had it.

    Given a few things I found out later, I also suspect she wasn't the only other woman who wore my Tshirt. Getting that Tshirt onto every woman he slept with like some sort of reverse trophy is exactly the kind of thing he would do. He was not a good guy, and I was a really stupid and insecure 16 year-old when we met.

    Needless to say I threw out the T-shirt.

    A week after that, I had to call him regarding something important...probably our shared copyrights or something. I called him at 9 in the morning so I wouldn't miss him before he left for work, and a woman answered. Given the casual, confident way she answered the phone, it was obvious she was now living there.

    Good thing I dodged that bullet, isn't it?

    Following Beyonce's lead, I think that story needed to be turned into a little lemonade, don't you?

    Fuck that... Let's go all 80's (Tori's Story takes place in 1989) and call it lemon mousse!
     
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    OMG that t-shirt story is crazy. I'm glad you're putting it into a book because that kind of thing deserves to be in fiction. o_O
     
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    Yeah, there's gonna be a whole lot of crazy in Tori's Story...There are several things I've wanted to use for a while that didn't fit my current WIP that are a much better fit for Tori's crazy life. A good many of them either came directly from, or were inspired by, things that happened in my own crazy life.

    Wait'll you get to the part where Tori's dad brings a ten-year old Tori along to his meeting with a bookie for insurance! Really happened, and I came close to having it happen to Kathryn in my current WIP but couldn't make it work. Tori, it would definitely have happened to. (All the parties but me are long dead, so I think I'm good to tell it now.)
     
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    :supergrin:

    And ohhhh, that bad kitty!

    Although in fairness, he was just being a cat.
     
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    It's sort of funny, the animals were added only because I'd read a writer's blog that said giving characters pets lends itself to all kinds of possibilities. You don't use so many dialogue tags as you need only mention the physical interaction with the character and the animal... and, more importantly, animals can do lots of things we humans can't! They're a great catalyst for getting characters into predicaments, putting them where you need them when you need them without much effort.:)
     
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    I think I read the same blog. I had Alexei find a kitten because it was a good excuse to bring up the fact that one of the things that happens when people defected from Russia is that they had to leave their pets behind. I had him find a kitten of a similar breed to the one he left behind. Also, I’m having a hard time making the FMC relatable, and the blog I read said “Show how much they love their pet.”
     
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    In my story I have a Kilimaan warrior that has a wolverine riding on his shoulders. Does that count?
     
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    Yes. Yes it does.

    Most importantly, if it counts to you the writer, it counts!
     

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