Saturday, Jul. 31, 2004
Interesting night last night. Was talking to Friend from Quebec (gotta come up with a better pseudonym for him!) about my writing. He's always encouraged me to no end, and cheered when I told him I'd submitted a story for publication. He's now telling me to finish my novel, then suggested a story base for a sequel - and it was downright spooky, because I'd literally just had the same exact thought myself yesterday, and was going to ask his opinion of the idea.
Of course I have to write the first one and get it published before writing the sequel, but it can't hurt to start collecting the research now for this one. A couple of romance writers I know (who are published) organize their research on index cards, though I'm not sure that's possible for the subject matter I'll be presenting. Where they're using details of a period to create verisimilitude in their characters, what I have in mind is real history being presented from the point of view of my characters. My goal is to present as accurate a history as possible in the process.
I love the research that goes into that, but in the case of my first story, it's difficult to find the history notes on the event. I'm depending heavily on the reminiscences of people who were there, or of their progeny (in this case, children and grandchildren, so not too far removed). The advantage to that is the emotional impact is powerful; the disadvantage is that it's harder to get an impartial accounting and to get all of the political background that drove the processes at the time.
Yes, I am taking this seriously. One of those family members has mailed me materials she had and I'm working my way through them; but the primary resource is really a glorified political pamphlet that details what the party achieved, if you will. I'm looking to obtain another book for research purposes, but not sure if it's still available.
If and when I start working on the second book, I'll be facing a more profound handicap - a language barrier. If I'm extremely fortunate I'll have a translator to help me - or better yet, I'll have the opportunity to take some classes in the language, though in reality I'd need to be fluent to be able to get what I need to get.
Can you tell I'm completely jazzed about this? I'm bound and determined to get there, to be published and to do so more than once.
For the moment, however, I have to heed the overwhelming call of dirty laundry and a Linux computer that need my attention. So the dream gets set aside - but this time I know it's only for the moment. I can do this. I will do this!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )