Sunday, January 21, 2018

My unfortunate? habit of following pop-culture

I've been watching 'The Handmaid's Tale' on a streaming service. Evidently, it met with at least some small bit of critical acclaim, and the original text was written by a known author. As a wanna-be author myself, it seemed like a reasonable thing to waste some time on. I have to admit, it does seem to be very well-written, and the acting and production value isn't bad either.

It is, however, a pretty tough watch from a thematic point of view. I really can't say I understand why so much of the stuff we see in pop-culture anymore is so brutal. I'm no flower child, and I read the description before I clicked on the show, so I had an idea what I was getting into, but...

Did I need to see a guy getting his arm cut off? How about the rapist that the girls beat to death with their bare hands? The bottoms of Offred's feet after she was beaten? All of the bodies hanging from the church ceiling?

I know one of the most basic rules of writing is 'show, don't tell'. It kind of seems like taking the easy way out to use all of this gruesome imagery instead of writing through it. I'm not the published author that got my work picked up by a hot-new studio and made into an award-winning mini series, but there has to be a way to make the depiction of hardship and violence more situational and a little less visual.

Don't get me wrong, Offred/June is an interesting character. The thing I'm discovering through my on writing is the hero needs to have luck break her way every once in a while. I think the closest Offred got to having things far in her direction was getting away with having sex with Nick.

You can't JUST beat on even your hero. NO ONE has bad luck all of the time. Gotta let a little light in sometimes - it actually makes a story more real.

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's Flash Fiction Friday!!!

Hope on board as Jordan starts down a new road.  Take a minute. Live a story...

http://www.ticoproject.net/writing/flashfiction/serialflash/whoneedssleep9.pdf

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Who Needs Sleep? ANWAY???

Trying to tell a story without any explanation is what writing is all about, but... I have concerns that my recent flash-fiction series is just a little too...  Out there...  So, I wanted to discuss it a little more. I believe in the concept. I believe in the story. I just think there are some people that might benefit from more explanation, so...  Here that is.

I came up with this concept a long time ago. I wanted to explore what it would be like for a teenager to know, with complete certainty, how a sizable portion of the rest of his life will transpire. This will obviously require some type of time-travel, and I decided that he would travel within his own body. Whenever he went to sleep as a teenager, he'd wake up as his future 'self', and vise-versa. Either way, he remembers whatever went on.

When you stop and think about the concept, it's sort of amazing. At least in the case of this first season, he's 'living' out adult days about twelve years on down the road. As an example, the 'boy' Jordan sees the adult woman he hasn't met yet, but knows what day it's going to happen, who it will be, and how he'll feel about her - even how her lips will feel when he kisses her.

Gift or burden?

He'll see other things, as well. He'll see his job, he'll see that he has people in his life that care about him, and he might even meet an enemy or two. And at the ripe old age of fifteen, he'll deal with knowing what the next half of his life looks like.

One other hint, I'm trying to use either pink or white flowers in the posts that announce the releases to reflect whether it's a 'young' or 'adult'. If the picture has pink flowers, he's a kid, and white flowers reflect the jump forward.

I'd love to hear any comments or suggestions, and I hope you'll continue to Take a Minute and Live a Story.  Here's the link to the episodes if you want to have another look and/or catch up.




Friday, March 17, 2017

It's Flash Fiction Friday again!!!! Take a Minute. Live a Story...

The latest episode of 'Who Needs Sleep?' is called 'Distance' and it isn't giving any enchantment to Jordan's life.  Take a look and see what's going on.

http://www.ticoproject.net/writing/flashfiction/serialflash/whoneedssleep4.pdf

Friday, March 10, 2017

It's flash-fiction Friday, and there's a new episode of 'Who Needs Sleep?' on my website. Jordan is starting to understand what's happening to him.  Are you???  Find out if you're right.  Take a minute. Live a story...

http://www.ticoproject.net/writing/flashfiction/serialflash/whoneedssleep3.pdf

Saturday, February 25, 2017

All right!!!  It's time!  The new season of flash fiction is here! The first episode of the series, 'Disclaimer' is live, and I hope you'll Take a Minute. Live a Story... And yes, it is just a minute. I promise...  Sixty seconds.  Have a little fiction ;-)

http://www.ticoproject.net/writing/flashfiction/serialflash/whoneedssleep1.pdf