Celebrate The Small Things
Lexa Cain is the wonderful host of this meme, so go HERE to sign up and find the other hoppers. Then each Friday, post on your blog something you wish to celebrate, or have achieved / or are doing that week.
Here’s mine . . .
Today I’m Celebrating trying, even in the face of great doubt. Writers face doubt all the time, as do most of us through our lives and for a million reasons. But add to the usual stressors personal loss and those doubts become monsters all of their own.
For my first module (Creative Non-Fiction) I chose to write a memoir focussing on my brother, who, though no angel, didn’t deserve what lead him to premature death 12 years ago. The neglect of police, poor judgment of the CPS, and a whole host of other details contributed to his tragic end. Naturally, research has been hard going; reading and researching such a subject is as tiring as it emotional, and certain aspects haven’t helped–two key members of my family have refused to take part because it’s still too painful for them. Still, I spent a week in Spain (until last Saturday, which is why I missed last week’s CTST’s) with my mum gathering evidence (she’s been beyond marvellous, strong, determined to help), sharing paperwork and memories and yes… tears.
It’s a slow arduous task to not only decide what I want to say within the 9ooo word limit, but also having to fully digest previously unknown details and disturbing truths (including Brian’s own autobiography, which I’ve always been too afraid of pain, to read). But I’m getting through it all, slowly.
Also, I have found there are so many differences between writing fiction to writing non-fiction. Especially creative non-fiction. I can’t plot out the story because truth doesn’t happen in eight neat steps. And I can’t use much dialogue without tripping over the same restrictive boundaries. And there are so many issues with finding theme and any structure, issues fiction writers rarely face. I’m not even sure I will truly get to grips with the whole creative non-fiction thing before I must hand in this memoir (January), or that it can fully do my brother justice, but I’m trying. For him. For the truth.
Next is a Quick Book Mention for science fiction author, Duane Simolke:
On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone’s speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.
The brilliant scientist Taldra loves her twin gay sons and thinks of them as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, and the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
- “This is an incredible book about the human condition and how one person striving for the good can, in the end, be a source of change.” –Rainbow Reviews
- “So for those who want a thought provoking and fun sci-fi read, then I would highly recommend Degranon; so hover on over to the bookstore and check this one out.”—Blogger Girls
- “In Degranon, author Duane Simolke establishes his voice in gay genre writing by combining current concerns revolving around queer culture with a world of dimensional doorways, advanced technology, and distant planets.” –X-Factor, October 1, 2004 issue
- “It’s a very good story.” –HomoMojo.Com and I Must Be Dreaming
- “A must read.” – Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society
- “A reminder of the danger of fanaticism.” –Mark Kendrick, author of Stealing Some Time
- “Duane Simolke’s latest offering is a fascinating scifi excursion into a world as unique as his singular vision.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Cinátis
- “I recommend DEGRANON for its exciting, well-constructed narrative, its often intriguing characters, and its wealth of ideas both political and philosophical.” –J. Clark
- “DEGRANON is sci-fi that warrants the attention of any serious aficionado, gay or straight, fascinated by alien worlds that mirror our own world.” –William Maltese, author of Beyond Machu