Then Vs. Now

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It’s easier to write now, so much so that everyone can call themselves a writer.
You don’t need to be published or write good works. All you need is a computer,
an email account, and a blog. Instantaneously famous!

My grandmother had an old fashioned typewriter, the kind that jammed a lot.
If you didn’t know where the keys were, you had to start over. There was no such
thing as a back space key. No home key, no delete, and if you took the paper out,
there was no way to put it back and line everything up properly.

You literally had to start over.

You couldn’t hit Control Z to go back or Control C & V to copy and paste. You had
to type your project over and over again if you made one tiny mistake. Or if you
had to say something in one article more than once, you had to type it as many
times as it needed to be read.

So often I look at my work and think there’s no way I would have written this much
if I had to use a typewriter. There’s no way I would have ever seen my work in print
at all. It wouldn’t have been impossible but it would have been difficult and
discouraging. Of course, I wouldn’t have known the difference and if one wants
their work in print bad enough, they will find a way.

Are we better off with so many people thinking they can write? How many people
are on sites like Twitter or own several blogs where they ramble on and on about
politics or relationships… or dare I say, poetry.

I’m going to go with yes because to say no would make me a hypocrite. Without
the outlet of writing, I would feel stifled and pushed down into a dark, dark place
I don’t want to dwell. I would be silenced into a nowhere place, someone without
direction or purpose. Perhaps one day my works will be officially published but
until then, I will enjoy the means of sharing my thoughts with those who want to
read them; understanding that many will not even get to the bottom of this post.

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February is Coming

Good morning!

New poetry reading videos are coming out for February. There is one left over from January that will sneak into the new month but theremaining poems read for February will be under the theme of Beliefs and Thoughts. These are philosophical and yet still fun. Please feel free to check them out over on YouTube. I will attempt to post when new videos come out but in general, they are posted a couple of times a week. The first version of a poem is with text and the second version is without. In this way you can watch/listen to whichever you like the best. The words on the screen help when it’s not quite understood how the poem flows in the written word. The video without allows you to enjoy the words being spoken and see the video pictures without words scrolling.

Once the first video comes out, I will post the link to the playlist. That said, if you want to check out the past videos for themes of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, go to YouTube and search for Phenix Jira. There you will find two accounts (the other is for gaming) and you can view the many poetry videos.

Speaking of gaming, there are many videos to view of Yahtzee with Buddies with new ones to emerge soon. I have a couple of videos on Rumble as well however that is a new account and I am primarily on YouTube at this time.

Thanks everyone!

Fast Fiction Friday (#19)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: How does your rock garden grow?

 

Prompt #2: Stories around the campfire...

 

Prompt #3: The dead wear boxing gloves...

Dice World Yahtzee w/Buddies Merry Movies w/Phenix JiRa

Moving on into December, we're working on a new season with Dice World called Merry Movies. This is a celebration of characters from well-known Christmas movies such as A Christmas Story. The first opponent named Bunny Onesie aka Ralphie. Check out how well we do (or don't do).

Dice World Merry Movies

Merry Movies Dice World Season on Yahtzee w/Buddies
Merry Movies Dice World Season on Yahtzee w/Buddies

Fast Fiction Friday (#18)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: I met him in a dark alley while throwing out a body...

 

Prompt #2: "What's holding you back" he asked after taking a swig of beer...

 

Prompt #3: After the coma... or was it a comma?

Dice World Yahtzee w/Buddies Maestros w/Phenix JiRa

Check out the completion of the Yahtzee with Buddies Dice World Season called Maestros. I started this back in September however interrupted the posting of the videos while I went on to the October/Halloween season which can also be found by following this link and searching the playlists. November gaming yet to come.

Dice World Maestros Yahtzee with Buddies with Phenix JiRa

Maestros Dice World Season on Yahtzee w/Buddies

Fast Fiction Friday (#17)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: The restaurant visit; 5 around the table...

 

Prompt #2: Lost my hair over an impromptu hair cut...

 

Prompt #3: The day my zombie ran away...

Dice World Yahtzee w/Buddies Furry Frights w/Phenix JiRa

Love October and Halloween themed games?? Check out the play list for the Halloween themed season on Yahtzee with Buddies (Dice World). It was a lot of fun playing and should prove as good background video play while you eat your lunch or dust cobwebs around the TV. 😉

I'm not kidding here... there were a few funny spots including a neighbor mowing right outside the window as I played and at least once where I apparently forgot how to play. Yahtzee, All Right!!

Furry Frights Dice World on Yahtzee with Buddies with Phenix JiRa

Furry Frights Dice World in Yahtzee w/Buddies

Fast Fiction Friday (#16)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: The holiday tradition we never understood...

 

Prompt #2: Twelve residents in a quiet house...

 

Prompt #3: I don't think she meant to say THAT...

NaNoWriMo Start

Here we go!

And here is my thought on it...

I have many details down for the story however not a lot of actual writing. I've decided to create the story board which will help with the writing of the actual story. I know many people have all of their information and details compiled before November in order to ONLY write. I'm not at that stage so I am making an adjustment which is what all writers do.

I will eventually publish the author site however, until I am ready to do that, I will use this (my main site) as a way of tracking my progress. I am not sharing the title of the story yet other than to call it DuDuZe which is a short version of the actual title. Don't want anyone to borrow it before I publish it. 🙂

Today I will begin the process of adding sticky notes to my story board which will highlight all areas of the story. I'm very excited about the process!

Until later... bye-bye.