Thursday, June 18th, 2015 -( 20°C / 68°F @ 10:30am & Sunny & ‘clear’ in Atlantic Canada on what might be Paul McCartney’s Birthday )-
— It’s tough when you have to scroll past hundreds of bad news tweets to find something that doesn’t make you want to throw up or go into sugar shock.
— It’s funny how, after several days of feeling like the universe is under attack by mean spirited ice holes who want everybody to be totally demoralized and ready to submit to the rule of corporate fascists, you wake up feeling really good about life, in spite of everything that’s trying to convince you otherwise. But somehow, that happens.
— In writing fiction, or novels, or anything you’d like to gain and hold the attention of potential readers, especially in these days of short attention spans from G.M.O. poisoned ADD & ADHD- riddled readers, there’s a formula we’ve been told we need to follow:
— You need to start with a likeable character whose butt is caught in a bear trap. Your story is complete when you’ve told how that character does, or doesn’t – free their butt from that bear trap.
— Ingredients that you need to manipulate your audience with if you want to hold their attention include:
— Dark Moments, when it looks like there is no way this could possibly end well for anyone, and:
— Light Moments, when it looks like everything is falling into place nicely and there should be happy endings all around.
— Think about your life. How many light moments come after your darkest hours? For instance, when you thought you’d go ahead and end it all, but took one more drink before completing the act, passed out and woke up with a happy dog licking your face, or a good looking nurse taking your blood pressure?
— And not even your deepest, darkest, most cynical bits of nature can rob you from the pure joy of being alive in that moment?
— Yup, life definitely is worth living, and that wolf at your door might have just eaten the guy who went nuts and thought his life would be perfect if he took his gun and blew your head off?
— Weird, violent images are NOT us–,