Monday, October 20, 2014

In A Strange Place

I’m in a strange place. 

No, I don’t mean I’m in Luxembourg or something. (Which is an awesome place, and close to where I used to live once upon a time.)  I’m in a strange place with my writing.  I want to start another book while my WIPs are being critiqued, but I don’t know which one to start first.
from Bing!
I hear the voice of one of my favorite characters in my Mafia book.  She’s letting me know she’s not ready to be put aside just yet.  She has more adventures to share and I’m tempted to listen to her.
from Bing!
Another voice, not nearly as strong, is calling me to continue writing a book I started many, many months ago.  Although started is loosely used. I think I have all of five pages written.  And, every one of them needs to be edited before I continue.

I feel like I’d be happy to settle into the familiar world of the mob again.  It’s a fun place for me to travel in my imagination.  Yet, that smaller voice calls from a place I haven’t explored yet - horror.  Not scare the crap out of you horror, more like horror lite, if that’s even a thing.

Would I be happier trying something new?  Or, cozying up with the mob?  Both worlds are fairly scary, but which one would be more satisfying?

I think I’ll quiet my mob chick first, then pop over to the world of horror for a bit.  I’ll see which one motivates me to keep my rear in the chair more often.  Something tells me it’ll be the mob.  But, maybe that’s because I have a gun at my head.  Figuratively, of course.

Are you ever torn between ideas or projects?

Speaking of horror, has anyone been watching the latest season of American Horror Story?  What do you think?  

Can you believe Twisty the Clown:


is really this guy, John Carroll Lynch?:




Yeah, me either! 

Enjoy your week, everyone.  And, watch out for those pesky clowns….

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  1. Clowns are so creepy.
    Whatever calls strongest is what you need to write.
    And I tend to only have one idea at a time, which makes it easy to decide. That does have its drawbacks though...

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    1. I have a dear friend who is terrified of clowns. I didn't realize it was a phobia until I met him. As for me, I feel that way about spiders although I've gotten better having had to save the kids a few times. I started on my mob book. Barely. But, I agree with you - she was calling the loudest.

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  2. I would listen to those strongest voices...our intuition rarely fails us :)

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    1. You're so right, Keith. Our intuition is something to be relied upon. I've learned that the last few years.

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  3. Flip a coin and call it. If you get heads and you'd prefer getting tails... then go with tails and whichever one you assigned to that side of the coin. Keep it simple.
    First time visit - blame The Blue Grumpster - came here via his blog! I'll return to read more.

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    1. Hi Dixie. Welcome to my little corner of the world. So happy you swung by. Blue is one of my favorite people in Blogger land. He's sweet as can be, don't let him make you think otherwise. Flipping a coin is a cute idea.

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  4. The only horror movie I like is The Shining and only b/c Jack Nicholson is so over the top that he makes me laugh. Yes I am often torn b/t craft projects so I end up trying to do 3 at the same time in different rooms. It's challenging! Speaking of the mob, I used to like to joke to people, 'I'm Italian. I can have you killed'. hahaha

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    1. I loved The Shining. We watched it a few months back and my kids were like, um, so this is supposed to be scary? Yeah! A writer flips out….it could happen to your mom!! Kids these days. haha In reality, my oldest son really enjoyed it. Three projects at once? That's pretty dang talented, JoJo. Uh-oh, I better be nice to you. I don't want to be sleeping with the fishes anytime soon. ;p

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  5. Maybe you need to write a mafia horror book? With clowns.

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    1. Now that just made me laugh out loud - thanks for the early morning chuckle!

      Hmmmm, waitaminute, maybe I should write a mafia horror book with clowns. Maybe not….

      :)

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  6. lol he sure can change getting all clowned up.

    Oh many ideas pull the cat and Pat, hence being 150 posts ahead and now two blogs and the umpteen amount of book ideas. But you just pick whatever one is the loudest and go with it.

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    1. It was so strange as I watched AHS. I recognized his eyes but couldn't quite place him. Thank goodness for Lord Bing. Why am I not surprised you are 150 ahead at your bay? And, probably almost as close on your newest blog. Damn cat!

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  7. Ack! This is me right now too. I'm between projects. I need to write the third novel in my trilogy, but I have this other story that has been hounding me for YEARS to be written. I believe the best writing comes from following passion, so I may detour for just a bit and work on that other story to see where it goes. :)

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    1. Years, Lu? That's a long time to be hounded by those voices. ;p I look forward to hearing more about the detour you're taking. Makes me wonder if you're going with a different genre this time? Best of luck!!

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  8. huh. it is a toss up...i would go with whichever voice is speaking loudest...i took some time and wrote some horror under a pseudonym a couple years ago and it was so refreshing because it was so different than what i typically write....

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    1. You wrote under a pseudonym, huh? That's pretty dang cool. I'm going to write under a pseudo's pseudo. Figure that one out. I can barely wrap *my* head around it. Don't suppose you'd share the titles of those horror books, hmm?

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  9. Bwa ha ha, I'm going to get you your novel back either this afternoon or tomorrow, meaning that you'll get your wish of working with the mob again! Since I've got some edits for you. That wasn't what you wanted to hear, was it?

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    1. Dang nabbit, Bryan. I really got a great idea forming over here. Angela (aka Amy) spoke to me the loudest so I've been working on the storyline today. It's cool, I'll keep on truckin' until you send over the bloodbath. hehehe

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  10. Go with the strongest voice so the mob it is! That clown is major scary and I am trying to place the actor as I have seen him in other roles. I have done the same thing as you and when I tried to create a card that is the smaller voice in my head (sort of speak) it turns out icky. I have to go always with the strong one

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    1. I finally decided to go with the strongest voice. I started a vague outline in my head last night and am slowly working getting it on paper. I write by the seat of my pants. It's more fun for me that way. I totally get something you're almost pushing yourself to do not coming out as well as something you really want to do. Makes total sense.

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  11. One of the reasons I don't write fiction is that I don't have any ideas at all about characters or plots. Your cup runneth over, LOL!

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    1. So true, Debra. I shouldn't complain, huh? Well, let's be honest, I'm still gonna complain. haha

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  12. I would think mob-horror would be an easy-to-write yet unexplored genre...

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    1. Totally. I could have a mobster put a hit on Jason, Freddy, and Michael...

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  13. Yeah, I actually have too many different things going on, right now.

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  14. "Write what speaks to you"...write what you want to write, readers would come!

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    1. I think as long as I enjoy what I'm writing, it will shine through!

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  15. My teen daughter is into that series as well as Supernatural and horror films ~ Me, I prefer the quiet pen smiles ~ I know what you mean about different projects ~ I am torn which one to start myself ha ~ Have a good week Elsie ~

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    1. Your daughter just went up a few notches in my book, ;p Hubby loves Supernatural, me, not so much but I love a good horror. Not the hack and slash type. The kind that gets in your head! Hope you can pick a project...

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  16. So far this season of AH has been pretty good. Twisty is a very well done character, but why didn't he kill Dandy Mott?

    Right now I have about 4 projects to choose from. Decisions, decisions.

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    1. I'm thinking he spared him because he's just as "twisted" as Twisty. I think they'll work in harmony. Four projects…that is a lot of decisions to make! Good luck!!

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  17. We were told at work that we can dress up for Halloween as long as we don't dress up as a clown.

    You impress me with all the diverse directions in which you're taking your writing. It's all good stuff. Keep writing, whatever the venue.

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    1. I have to say, that's pretty amusing that you guys were told, "sure, dress up…but no clowns…" I imagine too many people are freaked out by them. Thanks for the compliment - that means a lot coming from you!

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  18. oh Elsie Esperanza loves horror movies, me not Im afrraid haha!
    No I think I need more peace but I msure you can write about any theme!! really and you will make always fine!!

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    1. I'm surprised you don't like horror flicks. Not sure why, just pictured you a fan of the genre. I hope I can make it fine. Bryan's got me a bit worried. haha

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  19. I hear you. I"m torn between projects. I am about to submit my first ms, then I have four others in various states of undress. Where to next?

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    1. Four others? Impressive. I think two is too many to chose from. Best of luck on your first ms!

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  20. Horror lite....that's just too damn funny. We all know that the mob is in your heart. Oh, I know, go with a horror mob story. Just kinda mesh the 2 together. It can be done. I know you can do it.

    And there's that damn turtle again, peering into my soul and putting me in a state of hypnosis, quietly lulling my soul to sleep. Make him stop!

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    1. Yeah, I don't know what to call it exactly. It isn't a hack and slash idea but involves a demon, you know, such as yourself….

      Ah, yes, my little turtle is working his cutey pie magic on you, Dan. You're getting sleepy, very sleepy...

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    2. I am sleepy. Whether it was that turtle or not remains to be seen as I'm always sleepy in the morning. If I come back later this afternoon and find that I'm still sleepy, then we'll credit that stupid reptile with its voodoo magic.

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    3. I'm sleepy too. But, I think that has more to do with not sleeping well than being hypnotized by my adorable turtle. He's trained to only do that to you. And, the cat.

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    4. What the hell? You come to my blog and complain that I haven't posted anything new and so I post new stuff and now you won't come to visit? You sure that turtle hasn't cast a spell over you?

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  21. Did you know that Disney World has more public rest rooms than Luxembourg?
    Okay, I don't know if that's true, but it sounds legit, doesn't it?

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    1. It really does sound legit. Luxembourg is such a tiny little country. But, hey, it's gorgeous and had great cigarette prices to make the trip there well worth it!

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  22. I never got why some people have a problem with clowns till I saw a clown in the flesh and not just on telly and now yeah they are creepy..............

    I am often torn when it comes to deciding what I should do but then I just close my eyes take a deep breathe and go where my instinct takes me

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    1. I never understood it either. I don't know if it's their strange make-up or the goofy things they do but some people are terrified of them. My friend being one of them. I saw a clown close-up when I was a young kid but don't remember being afraid of it. Going with our instincts is usually the best way to go.

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  23. I get torn from ideas a lot! I started doing this thing where I do whichever sounds the most fun, or whichever can be made the most fun (if not writing) and sometimes that leaves other projects way behind. Now if I ever come back to that project it's only because I'm ready, but there's so many unfinished doodads I've got laying around...

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  24. Creepy clowns!

    My mind continually jumps between projects. I suppose that's why I have so little completed. *sigh*

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  25. You could always try to do both. I know, it can be crazy-making, but sometimes it's nice to have more than one project going at a time. That way, if you get stuck on one, you can switch to the other for a little while; and you can procrastinate on one while being effective on the other. You just have to keep careful notes so that you know where you are in both!

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  26. So basically you keep hearing voices? Good. That means you're normal. You know, like me. ;)

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  27. Oh yes, I am always torn between ideas. I have several half written drafts lying which seek my attention. I guess that's the fun part of being a writer. You become somebody one day and a completely new person, the very next day..!!

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  28. The commercials for this season of AHS scare me so much there is no way I could watch. Not clowns! I will stick with the Walking Dead. I can handle zombies better than clowns LOL.

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  29. You wrote a book? Oh my!! How much did I miss, Elsie? I hope everything has been well.

    P.S. I totally vote for the mob story before the horror. ;)

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