Mini-Musing 4/13/19 ~ Should I Embrace The Weird?

A while back I wrote a blog post referencing a video by the Nostalgia Critic asking the question, is weird the new good?

The question recently came to my mind again by way of an article on the Barnes and Noble site, Science-Fiction/Fantasy Blog of 7 Impossible Fantasy Cities Worth the Visit by Sam Reader. Some of the cities described actually got me interested in the books.  But one thing I noticed many books of this kind have a setting that seems to consist of a hodgepodge of different – how can I say this? Well really I can’t find the right words but usually these places are held as astounding or intriguing but when I see them, I can only think, “OK, I’m confused.  What is this all about?”

Maybe it’s that logical part of me.  I’ve been told I can be too logical in certain situations.  I’d make Mr. Spock jealous — yes you heard right, jealous! And I’m a ginourmous Trek fan. But how does one make weird and have it make sense at the same time? I guess it takes an eyes and talent for the weird.

So does that mean fictional worlds that have some semblance of a known world or era obsolete.  Do I have to now go against my logical instincts and write not only outside the box but the entire galaxy as well?

Ponder this question fellow authors.

4/11/19 ~ An Evening With Hillary Jordan

Author Hillary Jordan

I wanted to do this before I got too tired. Author events and more SWAG! Yesterday I attended An Evening With Hillary Jordan presented by New Castle County Reads 2019. Bravo and props to Ms. Jordan for her brilliant lecture. Yes, many people said she was brilliant! I said it too, but it was while she was signing my book copies and I don’t believe she heard me, but I’ll say it now!

Ms. Jones is the author of Mudbound which is also a Netflix Original Movie and When She Woke.

Books by Hillary Jordan now a part of my ever-growing library!

It was a pleasure listening to her and I’m glad I attended. If you have a chance to hear her speak, I would definitely not miss it. I want to thank her for taking the time to come to my home state and speak.

I have two short movies, one is her reading a passage from her book Mudbound and the other is an anecdote she regaled us with. I’m downloading them seperately onto Facebook and Twitter as WordPress won’t allow me to do so until I upgrade to pro. They’re going to have to wait a bit on that. Enjoy!



Delaware Writers Studio

Author Judith Reveal

I’ve made a discovery here in my lil ole’ state. Today I attended a talk on Viewpoint vs. POV hosted by author Judith Reveal. Presented by the Delaware Writers Studio,  I found it very informative because really I never thought there was a difference between the two. I took notes and some pictures; although I wish, I had done a video so you could have gotten to hear a sample of what we discussed. All I know is, I was thinking I was the only writer seeking mainstream publication around. It was good to see others.

I also scored a copy of her recent work, The Four Elements of Fiction.  Good for me because I haven’t added to my the top shelf of my PC desk—where I keep all of my How To Books—in like forever.

The Four Elements of Fiction: Character, Setting, Situation, and Theme

Every third Sunday they, “… offer workshops from 1:30-3:30 on the 3rd Sunday of every month (with a few exceptions, noted in the calendar) at Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington.”

I suggest hopping over to their site for more information.

Everyone had a good time and learned a lot.  Ms. Reveal gave us a writing prompt focused on the familiar Jack and Jill story but told from a different POV.  No, I didn’t present mine, which means I need to do a lot more work when it comes to writing prompts. It’s not something I do. Now I know it’s something else for me to work on.

Big Brother asked me why I was going, and I replied, “Because we can always continue to learn.” He understood, it was like, he said, how he watches the DIY and fishing videos.  So now, I’m off to find writing prompt challenges and to research more on those Four Elements, which I’ve always known about there’s obviously more I can know.

One more thing, being here was rather inspiring. Yes, yes, I know we shouldn’t wait for inspiration but I figure it this way, if something can pull your muse out of the corner then I say strike while the irons are hot – sorry about the cliché.

It was just a nice change, gathering in a room with authors making the same journey.  I’ve only been recently able to do that.  I would suggest doing so to anyone.  Now I will find more things to do!


Wendy S.