Thursday, September 4, 2014

Writing . . . To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

by Jill Williamson

I've always felt like writing books takes me to far-off places. So, today, in honor of my being at my very first Comic Con event, I thought it appropriate to quote Captain Kirk. And, yes, I went ahead and used the original, non-PC, quote. But with Uhura as part of the crew, I think the use of "man" here meant "mankind" not that only men could "boldly go."

In the past few months, I have spent a great deal of time riding a camel across a parched desert landscape. I've also had the opportunity to travel through underground tunnels. Where have you boldly gone lately? Where has your story taken you?


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  1. I've spent a lot of time in the desert, mostly running from bandits. Other than that, it's mostly just hills and forests . . . but there are dragons, so that makes up for the not-so-exciting-ness. I'm looking forward to getting back to the mysterious manor in the mountains, though.

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  2. I'm about to run into a city on fire and under attack, hoping that the person I'm trying to find(who I've never seen before) is still alive.
    Joy.

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  3. I've been in a forest that makes you hallucinate for a while. (And I can't find the notebook I'm writing the story in, i believe I left it somewhere, so I'm praying I can find it) And brainstorming some new names for a time-travel novel I'm planning, with the current name of "Stuck".

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    1. LOL, that's funny. Maybe you've been in the forest for so long you're hallucinating and that's why you can't find the notebook?!?

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  4. I've sailed across most of the Pacific Ocean, ran through a city on fire, explored countless islands, trekked on an abandoned trail, will spend time in the inner workings of Washington D.C, and finally will travel across America.

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    1. Whew! That makes me tired, Samuel. But it sure does sound fun too!

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  5. I have had trouble this week hiking through foe-infested forests, with one of the enemies as my guide. The thickets are so dense one simply cannot venture without a guide. I have my good companion with me, but the trusting fellow does not believe that our guide is as wicked as he is. I cannot seem to convince him. He tried to poison us yesterday and drown my own friend just the day before. I can only hope and pray that we last until we reach the ends of this forest. There's a lingering, tingling doubt at the back of my mind...

    This post especially reminded me of something one of my friends wrote for me, because of my fondness for writing. Feel free to share if you will give due credit.

    Conqueror laughs at Writer
    Fights a bloody war
    Prevails and tells the writer,
    "I have so much more."
    Writer laughs at Conqueror
    Creates a wondrous land
    Writer tells the conqueror,
    "Won by pen and hand."

    Keep journeying!
    Hanan A.

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    1. Hey, that's really cool! Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. Yay Star Trek! (sorry, I'm kind of a fan)

    Right now I've just discovered that I'm being pursued through the streets of New York City while on my way to a performance. Move over, fellow pedestrians!

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    1. Nice! And there are a lot of pedestrians to move over too. That city is packed!

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  7. Go you for using the original quote!
    I am currently searching for a cure for someone who has lost his memory, trying to get over grief for friends that (I assume) are dead, all while trying to stop a turncoat from destroying the rebellion.

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    1. Thank you. :-)
      Wow! That sounds stressful, but you can do it!

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  8. At the moment I am captured by corsairs (pirates) in the middle of the sea and trying desperately to find a way to escape. Unfortunately, the only one who might help me killed my father, so we aren't on the best terms.

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    1. I can understand that. I hope they're giving you plenty of food and water.

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  9. I've been in a little Swiss town, teaching a boy how to drum the 2/4 march.

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  10. I'm galloping across the prairie after escaping the evil king's castle...but one of the two people I was trying to rescue is still held prisoner.

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  11. I've gone many places, including being an American girl stuck in a foreign country with a foster father, the daughter of a famous cosmetic companies CEO, and a girl on the run because the world has discovered she can read minds.

    Writing is so awesome :)

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  12. I've not been doing much writing lately, as I finished my second draft a few weeks ago and am letting it set while I outline some subplots, and work on developing my NaNo story (yeah, I plan ahead :P).

    But as for the daydreaming part of writing, I've been trying to save my father from an unknown captor with the help of his (extremely irksome) apprentice and a steam-powered robot named Hattie, rescuing my little cousin from a band of Daish raiders, and looking for a way out of this weird hole in the ground a certain someone pushed me into. (Did I mention that there's a creepy rock down here with me that's been turning anything that touches it to dust?)

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    1. Nice, Catsi! I love it. Sounds like a major adventure!

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  13. Though I've not been writing too much lately, my imagination and plotting has taken me numerous places. I've been having Milo with an angel, burying my dead brother in the 1940s of my hometown, and transitioning into a life without constant treatment for cancer.

    Thanks for this Jill - writing is so awesome!

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    1. Sounds a little bit, sad, Annie. But, yes, writing is AWESOME!

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  14. I'm currently in the middle of a forest near an old warehouse that is more than it seems, with a girl whose life has just been flipped upside down and a friend of hers who's trying to figure out how to right it again.

    I admit, at first I thought you meant literal camels and I was confused...haha, oops. ;)

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    1. That would be interesting to have camels in my yard in Eastern Oregon. The deer would be mighty confused. LOL

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    2. LOL, yeah, poor deer! We have some deer near here (oh my...triple rhyme), but as we don't exactly have a backyard--more like ten feet of grass before you hit the huge drainage pond-thing that's right outside the entire neighborhood--all the animals I see are in the street, in that pond, or other random places. Actually on our property I usually see lizards, squirrels, ducks, maybe an armadillo or another type of bird. No camels...

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  15. Currently I am in a rebel base talking to the rebel leader. In other stories I'm on the side of a road, in a small cottage, and a forest in a world where humans don't exist.

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    1. Love the contrast of those places, Jessica.

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  16. One story carried me back in time to the Third Reich. But another shot me right into an alternate dimension.

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  17. Hope you have a great time at your Comic Con event! That sounds wizard.

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    1. It was amazing, Jenna. Report coming Wednesday. :-)

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  18. Love Star Trek!

    Lately, I've been popping between 19th century England and ancient Israel. Quite an adventure!

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  19. This is a fun question. I've been traveling to other planets in other galaxies. On one such planet I've also gone through a desert of illusions where nothing is what it seems. There really is nothing to see except pure white going on and on forever, but the white isn't what it seems. There are many invisible obstacles that have surprised both me and my characters along the way.

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    1. Interesting, Ana! Sounds like a scary place to spend a lot of time. I hope you get out of there!

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  20. I have been flying on the back of a dragon who possibly saved me from the bad guys after I woke up from sleeping for a hundred years. As well as journeying through a forest where your worst fears become real while trying to escape the nad guys who want to get hold of ne for an as yet undiscovered reason.

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    1. Sorry I got excited and typed to fast. I meant Bad Guys:)

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    2. That is exciting! I would make some typos too if I was trying to use a computer while riding on a dragon! ;-)

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  21. Best place under a spring. Worst place death. Death was probably the scariest as well.

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