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My creative muse, and my voice of reason

Hello everyone, I have a very interesting topic to bring to your attention. Have you ever thought of having a muse for your writing? If so, I’m sure you have a story to tell about your muse, and how it helps you make a connection with your characters. If you don’t have a muse, then I hope and pray that my story will inspire you to find a creative muse of your own.

As you know, from a previous post, I have been inspired by ALF to continue with a story that was initially inspired by a dream. With that being said, I found even more videos on YouTube featuring ALF. One of the videos I found, during my YouTube search was an interview with Paul and Linda Fusco that my husband actually stumbled across one night after we watched a few ALF episodes on his iPad. Paul Fusco created the snarky little alien, who became popular in the late 80s, and is still loved by fans around the world today. If you want to watch this inspiring interview for yourself, you can do so by visiting the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n_bnq0ebgw .

There were a lot of things I liked about this interview, including a joke about Fruit Loops at the end of the video, but there was one segment of the interview that really stuck with me. Mr. Fusco talked about his creative process, when writing ALF’s lines for the TV show. He told the professors who conducted the interview that there were times when he couldn’t think of any funny lines for ALF to say on the show. However, when he put ALF on his hand, ALF would tell him what lines to write.

The reason I can identify with Mr. Fusco is really simple. As a writer of Christian Fiction, I know my characters so well that they tell me what to write, when I sit down at the computer. From time to time, my characters will mentally pull me along on their journeys. To give you a perfectly good example of this creative process, is during the time I wrote my first draft of A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery. There were times, when I wasn’t even thinking about my story, my protagonist Becca Martin, would start her journey, and I felt as if she was beckoning me to “come on”. She kept looking over her shoulder to make sure I was following her, and I was mentally walking along behind her. Although I wrote this book long before I heard this video, Mr. Fusco’s story took me back to 2015, when the writing process for my novel, began.

There’s something to be said about creative minds thinking alike, no matter what we write whether it’s fiction, a narrative, comedy, etc. This interview inspired me to find a creative muse of my own to internally connect with my characters. My muse is a beanie bear my husband bought me, when I was hospitalized with Cellulitis back in September. She sits at an angle, beside my computer, which makes her look like she’s looking at me while I write. When I’m suffering from writers block, I pick up my beanie bear and hold her so she’s looking right at me. In this way I can sometimes tap into my character’s conversations; yet at other times, all I have to do is touch her and my story comes to life, like a movie playing in my head. However, when I try to force my beanie bear to tell me what comes next in my story something always happens to stop me in my tracks.

Here’s the part of my creative process that may sound weird, but when I try to force myself to be creative, ALF pops into my head as the voice of reason that keeps me from staunching my creative flow. This memorable TV character from my childhood, comes to mind when I need him to rip my writers block to shreds and keep me from halting the creative process, in the middle of the stream, when no other sources of inspiration will work.

I believe that as writers, we all need a voice of reason, aside from those of our characters, to keep us on track and throw writers block out the window. Your voice of reason can be anything from a loved one who is familiar with your creativity, to a voice from your past, such as a favorite character from a TV show, movie, or book. Who or what is your voice of reason? How does this person or internal voice keep you inspired and help you keep the creative juices flowing, so that you can write your story from start to finish? Please share your creative process in the comments below.

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My national novel writing month struggles and success

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I have struggled with what to write for the first few days of NaNoWriMo. I have been working on a couple of different stories, and I think that that works for me at the moment.
Let me share with you a little about each story I am working on. The first story I call Survival in the storm, but that is just a working title. This is a story about a couple who had to move into a cabin for the winter, because their house was totally destroyed. Once they settled in, and Brad Prescott started the furnace, he developed a bad cold, which turned into pneumonia. Before he passes away, he tells Jody to follow “the path”. She and a Bill Rider, her closest neighbor discover a root cellar in the cabin, after she finds a box with a key taped to it and a not inside the box. Although Jody is still grieving for her beloved husband, she discovers the provisions that he left for her. But that’s not all. She also discovers a secret path. The questions I’ve been playing around with are as follows: What is hidden down this path? Where does the path lead, and what clues does this passage give her about the destruction of her house?
The second story called The Native Beacon, which I posted a conversation with the characters in my last blog post, is taking on a different turn. Maylani is not a good beacon. She is actually part of Fire Fly’s gang. She was raised by the native beacons, but she is a fire breathing dragon. However, in the land of Snow Angel, there other native beacon creatures from the city of Winter Haven. These creatures have been sent to protect Anna and her family. Anna is the only person who has discovered these creatures, because she can feel the vibrations of their melodious language. I’m thinking about making her able to understand their language.
Here’s where I want to hear from my readers and followers. Do you think that Anna should be able to communicate with the native beacon in their own language? In my other story, does this secret path have anything to do with the destruction of her house? I know that these are my stories, but I want to know what you think. This feedback may keep the creative juices flowing, and add fuel to creative fire. Thanks for reading and I wish you happy writing during NaNoWriMo and beyond.

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Story scene and a character conversation inspired by ALF

Hello everyone,
Today I have been invited to sit in on a conversation with three of my native beacon characters. For those of you who don’t know what native beacons are, they are winged horses that I saw in a dream a few months ago. Their bodies are six feet long, from head to tail, and they stand seventeen hands tall. Their wings have feathers that billow out and take the shape of any object that is needed to rescue people in trouble. They use a melodious cry to communicate with one another, and their melodies can take on a variety of meanings, and they use a variety of melodies to make their needs and wants known to their own kind. However, they can speak to humans in their own native language. For example, if a character from one of my stories had a major problem that only the native beacon could solve, the beacon can speak to that character in English and advise him or her as needed. These creatures also help my characters solve simple or complex problems or fly them to a safe location to save them from grave danger.
Let me set the scene for you. Milo is standing in his large comfortable enclosure. Maxim and Maylani are gathered round him in the open paddock outside the fence that surrounds him. Milo has called his children, to discuss a very important assignment with them. Their mother, Francesca is out hunting for food. Let’s join the conversation with milo and his two children, Maxim and Maylani.

“Maylani, Maxim! Come into the paddock, we need to talk.” remember, this conversation is conducted in the native tonal tongue.
“Yes Father? What can we do for you?”
Maxim groans. “What is it this time, rescuing animals?”
“Maxim!” Maylani swats her brother on the back with one of her long fluffy feathers.
“Ow!” Maxim darts away from the flying wing feather.
“Children, Children!” Milo lifts a front paw to silence the squabbling siblings. “This is very important, and I need your undivided attention.”
“Yes sir!” The two siblings chant in unison as they hang their heads in shame.
“Now that I have your undivided attention, I need you to fly to earth and bring back a family, from the southern part of the United States, to help our ferry friends rebuild their town.”
“Will they come to Wing haven?” Maxim’s curiosity gets the better of him.”
“No, you goofball.” Maylani tries to swat Maxim again, but he ducks the playful blow.
“In one way, Maylani is correct. You won’t be bringing them here as of yet, but you may have to as the story progresses. However, let’s take this story one step at a time. These children must help the townspeople of Snow Angel, rebuild their city. After the Christmas festival last year, all the snow that the town was built upon was melted by the citizens of Fire haven.”
“How was Snow Angel destroyed?” Maxim steps closer to his father’s fence.
“An evil prince of the neighboring land of Fire haven, sent a fireball into the center of Snow Angel and melted all the snow, which sent the townspeople into Iceland to live, until their home land can be rebuilt. Your job, is to find the perfect family to help you. This family must have little girls that love princesses and fairy tales. The little boy must love to build thing with his hands, and the babies must love to simply follow their siblings. Their parents and grandparents will join in the venture. The grandfather, and his son will use their welding tools and knowledge to build frames for the dwellings for the Snow Angel citizens. More people will be invited to build the dwellings, but the foundations and framework must be built first.”
“What will happen to the children?”
“I will communicate this information to you when you and this family arrive in Snow Angel. For now, I must show you a very important tool of your native people. You’ll need to know this type of magic when fulfilling this assignment. First of all, you’ll need to know how to form chariots and other objects with your feathers. Here, let me give you a crash course in feather formation. Watch closely, as this is very important.” Milo sings out a long low tone that gradually rises in pitch to a very high whistle. At this point, his wing feathers form a circle. He emits the strange whistling tone again, and the feathers form a traveling chair. “Now, let’s try to form an object together. Come Maylani, work with me.” They create a small house out of their feathers. Maxim adds wheels to the house with his own feathers. “How creative, son! Now you too try to make a chariot from your own feathers.” Their feather take their natural form, and the two siblings stand facing each other and form the winged chariot that will take the family to Snow Angel. “Maxim must go to earth and be introduced to this family. Once he finds and meets this chosen family, he will call you to come and help him. Now, you must prepare for your assignment.” Milo sends the children on their way so he can get back to his work. “Wait!” He beckons the siblings back to his side. “The family consists of a child whose mother is blind. The mother may be able to come up with a creative way to help us build this village again. The rest of the family consist of her relatives. This is all the information I have for you at the moment, but you’ll learn the rest as you go on your special journey and complete your assignment. If you need me, you know how to call out to me.” Maxim and Maylani give Milo a nod to show that they understand, and leave him to his work.

The following conversation and scene descriptions are from a story that was inspired by a dream. However, this particular scene was inspired by one of my favorite TV shows. If anyone remembers the sitcom called ALF that aired from 1986 to 1990, you’ll understand what I am referring to. My husband and I have been watching the classic episodes on Stars/Encore, on demand through our cable company’s Roku app. As I was thinking about how ALF came to live with the Tanners, my Native beacon characters came to mind. The father, whom I named Milo began talking to me, and thus the scene above was created. Have you ever watched a television show or movie, or read a book whose characters stuck with you for a special reason? If so, how did this particular character or set of characters inspire you to create a story or novel? Please share your stories in the comments below.