Point-of-View, Scenes, and Events; Oh My

For the past two weeks I’ve been saying, “I just have eight scenes left to write.” Every day I write, and every day I look over what’s left and I say, “just eight more.”  What is happening here? How can it be that as I near the end of my writing, my scenes seem to split like cells, doubling and tripling even as I write.

I have a theory, and to quote Monty Python, “my theory, that I have, that is to say which is mine. is mine.”

My theory is that early on a story, a scene is often the equivalent of an event.  Character A experiences an event, then Character B experiences a different event. These events or scenes build upon each other until your Characters are all playing nicely in the sandbox. But that’s when things get complicated. Now an event is made of several scenes. Perhaps your first character is building a sand castle. Then the point of view shifts and the second character sees the castle as a prison to hold his family and friends.  As the point-of-view changes, so can the setting, scene, and mood.

As the climax and/or ending of your novel nears, you reach the part where the action needs momentum. Events need scenes that are short, succinct, and interwoven to build tension until the scenes reach a crescendo. Whereas earlier in the novel, a single point-of-view might be used for a several chapters, in these later events, the point-of-view shifts. The scene, setting, mood all change with each shift. Your readers should feel the roiling of your story as you slide them in and out of character’s emotions.  You are still talking about one event, but each point-of-view is its own scene.

Again, to quote Monty Python, “That is my theory, it is mine, and it belongs to me, and I own it and what it is too.” And I’m guessing it’s about as good as Anne Elk’s Brontosaurus theory.

Today I can say I really have seven events left to write. How many scenes will that be? I have no idea…

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Wkly Brief – Windows 8.1 Wireless Rant

I thought about writing an Ode to Windows 8.1, but I have already wasted enough time uninstalling and reinstalling wireless connections, because Windows 8.1 has a ‘glitch’.  Just a tiny little thing that you can research and find solutions to on the internet, IF YOU COULD GET ON THE INTERNET, because that’s the glitch.  Wireless just stops working. No reason. Today it works. Tomorrow it doesn’t. It sees our wireless router. I can connect from my primary laptop. But Windows 8.1 laptops: they decide when and if you should go on the Internet.

It happened once on my Surface, which has Windows 8.1, and now two times on my husband’s Lenevo laptop. Seems like every night I come home from work and get to do computer repairs.  EVERY NIGHT.  I’m ready to pull an “Office Space” on his laptop.


Love this movie, but taken out of context this scene is rather harsh…

We have seven pages of instructions on how to fix this Windows 8.1 problem. I fixed mine with a simple uninstall, and find new hardware. My husband has to use five out of seven of the pages to get his to work. Thank goodness, my primary laptop still uses Windows 7. Oops, I misspoke. I’m on Vista. Pretty sure support for that won’t last much longer.

Obviously internet connectivity is a low priority for Microsoft. So should I upgrade, it was nice knowing you. I’ll see you all again on the far-side of Window 8.

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Julie Foudy: ‘To be the best, you gotta play the best.’

Barbara Rath:

World Cup 2015, Canada news.

Originally posted on finishers:

In this video interview from ESPNW, Julie Foudy says fans shouldn’t fret too much about the United States’ challenging draw for next summer’s World Cup. The United States is grouped with Sweden, Nigeria and Australia. It’s the only group that has three teams (USA, Sweden and Australia) ranked in the top 10 worldwide.

But let’s not forget who’s No. 1 in the world — and has been for more than six years.

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“The reality is, the U.S. has never lost to Australia. They’ve never lost to Nigeria,” Foudy notes.

And with 16 of the 24 World Cup participants moving on to the second stage, there’s not much chance that the United States will be left behind. In four of the tournament’s six groups, the top three finishers advance to the knockout stage.

“The challenge for the United States is not getting out of this group,” says Foudy, a…

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Why Does Physical Inactivity Drain Human Brain Power?

Barbara Rath:

My college degree was in Recreation Administration. As a young professional working in Parks and Recreation, for the YMCA, and then for a private, non-profit child care and senior center, I saw the benefits of activity and play. This post promotes activity and discusses its impact on creativity, innovation and cognitive abilities. Just a little activity can reap great benefits.

In this beautiful season, I hope you will find time to get active: to play, to laugh, and to have fun.

Originally posted on Current Medical Research:

Humans throughout the ages have realized that physical activity leads to creative thinking, new ideas, innovation, and optimum cognitive function. Modern neuroscience has confirmed that moving your body boosts brain power. On the flip side, being physically inactive drains your brain power. This is a universal and timeless phenomenon for people of all ages.

We are no different from our human ancestors. Our bodies are designed to move every day. Unfortunately, our bodies and minds may be short-circuiting in a digital age that by its very nature promotes a lack of daily physical activity.

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Wkly Brief – Junk Drawer or Treasure Chest?

Junk DrawerIt started as a place to keep paperclips, and maybe to squirrel away a pen. Soon there are fat, purple rubber bands, the kind that hold the broccoli together at the grocery story; rubber bands that you have to keep because you just might need them someday. There’s the eraser that fell out of the end of the pencil, and the pencil that’s just a nub. And the twist ties: long ones, short ones, yellow plastic ones with serrated edges that stick through a hole. Maybe if your lucky you’ll find a real pair of scissors; not the little kid scissors Continue reading

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