So this is what it feels like to go for over a month without blogging. Weird. I'm not sure if anyone else suffers this fate, but the longer I go without writing, the creakier my style gets. If that's even a word. Creakier. That's not necessarily a good thing for someone who minored in Creative Writing. I suppose the only answer to this dilemma is to write more often. However, I do have a partially good excuse for my absence. I'm about 90% sure I posted about my job at Compassion International. The last three months have been spent in training and incredibly busy work days so when I get home the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen. My job is data entry, so that's a little understandable, I think. But, I must get myself back into the rhythm of blogging since I do enjoy it, although I'm discovering that I'm less keen on reviewing books than I was before I was gainfully employed full-time. That aspect of my blog go by the wayside, or I might review only when I'm really keen on something. We'll see, no promises.
I know that most of my popular posts are about the ISFJ. That's fantastic, and I'm thrilled, but I also need my readers to understand that I don't always want to talk personality types. So, I'll probably take a break from that aspect of my blog for awhile, try something new on for size, maybe even bits of creative writing. There's this fun writing contest for Beauty & the Beast that Serena posted over at Edgy Inspirational Romance that looks intriguing. I've always been partial to this particular fairy tale, but never really liked all the adaptations and re-imaginings that have come down the pike since the original story made its debut. Not a huge fan of Beastly, let me tell you. The contest ends in December 2014, so I have plenty of time to think up a retelling. Of course, if I do decide to participate, I won't necessarily post the writing here, unless it's something I don't plan to put in the final draft. Like an extra scene or a side bit, or something like that, a short as it were. It could be a fun way to spend a few months of my free time.
Some of you are writers, right? Creative writers? Do you ever look back at your stories in awe that you actually wrote the words on that page? That you created those characters, breathed life into them, maybe even killed them off? My new boss wants to read the short stories I wrote for college, so I re-read them first, just to make sure that they were actually presentable to another living human being that wasn't a family member, friend, or teacher. My science fiction story needs work. A lot of it. The original conception was for a novel, and I crammed all of that world building down into 25 pages, barely 5,000 words since it was double-spaced. The one I did while volunteering at the food pantry is an extremely accurate portrayal of my empathy to the people who are down on their luck and don't deserve it. But my favorite, by far, is The Cross. It's about a young man whose parents move him to a small town to be nearer to his mom's dad. This kid ends up spending the entire summer with Grandpa and is forced, unwillingly, to put Grandpa's house in order. What does he find during a cleaning session in the attic, but a box with a Navy Cross, awarded to his grandfather for bravery during World War II. It's a great story, and I'm proud to have written.
I don't want to lose the magic that comes from creating fiction. Nothing is ever truly fictional. Writers are always moved by memories of their past. Writers use people they've met, experiences they've had, even someone they've observed across a crowded restaurant to fill their books and stories. I do it all the time, when I'm writing regularly that is, which doesn't happen as often as it should as my family and best friend can attest. But when I do write regularly, almost any little experience is potentially a story idea. A twist for this character, back history for that character. Writing is magical.
Have you ever read the original story of Beauty & the Beast? Or better yet seen the French film version from the 1940s? It's so magnificent!The Beast was not cruel. He was a gentle, kindly soul who had been cursed by an evil witch. I know, I love Disney version just like everyone else, but I'm partial to that story where the Beast had done no wrong, and suffered dreadfully within the body of a monster for no reason. So gentle, and so understanding of Beauty's reticence to marry him. It's a truly moving story of a righteous man not letting his suffering change him internally into a beast regardless of his outward appearance. That is a story worth telling, a story worth sharing, and it has stood the test of time admirably. That's what good storytelling does . . . it lasts. No one is going to remember Beastly 20 years from now, but everyone will remember Beauty & the Beast.
I know, I know, I'm rambling now. That's what comes of not blogging for a month. I forget when it's time to stop writing. Anyway, I've missed all of my faithful readers, and I promise to look at your blogs and comment over the next few days. I hope, when I do share some of my original fiction, that you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Signing off for now!