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"The Crazy Hour" By Rolly A. Chabot
Ever have one of those nights when it is like someone slaps you awake in the middle of the night. There is no sense attempting to go back to sleep. You will just be more tired than you you get up and start the day with a good cup of coffee. This morning it was 1:38 am right on the nose.
Coffee in hand I have found myself at the keyboard again, a second home. The one thing I noticed this morning when I stepped in my office is the mess that I have scattered all over. You know the kind, papers, books and notes stuck all over everything. The writing area is supposed to be clean and uncluttered. Well that has always been advise to people. We are having a rain day here today so this day has been set aside to clean house and get a fresh prospective.
Gather around and lets see what falls out of this half awake mind this morning. Hugs to all and please make yourself at home. Fresh brewed coffee and what ever you like. Sorry all the cookies are gone. I think there was a monster here that stole them all. Wonder who that would have been.
I have had an idea you might say cooking in my mind for a new novel of late but the character is something I have been struggling with. Stuck you might say and I may have created one this morning.
The writing program I use has become an extension of my thinking process. I have been adding and deleting form this poor man for the past two weeks. This morning it hit home. One of the beauties of writing fiction is we can create them to be whomever we want. Hero, Villain, Underdog or better yet the common everyday working man who has found a purpose. In this case someone who has been over the road. Seen far to much and come out a winner. Not only to the reader but to himself and those all around him. He become believable. He becomes one of us who has the same struggles, headaches and stress in life we have. He is real he may be you or I.
In writing for me at least what I find works is create the character and then the story seems to follow. You see I have no real plot, it just starts to happen. This sort of writing is maybe unethical in the sense of direction but it works for me. As the story unfolds on the screen so do the circumstances and other characters and the plot begins to take on a life of its own. I rely a great deal on my past experience. The places I have been and the people who have come and gone.
Mrs. Quill as some of you know from the old days is my wife. She is a thinker and reader and has been a great influence to me as an encourager. I have drawn inspiration from her often and depend on her to read what pours out of me. I think we all need to have our work checked and a truthful opinion given of what we write.
I have come to trust her instincts. Hub Pages has become a great community to allow others to share with you what they think. There are times when we write and it falls face on its nose. HP has some great tools to prop up what needs help. Many of you have become mentors and been a great inspirations as well. Often you have become great friends whom I have exchanged emails with. Some have even become phone and Skype friends. What a blessing that has become. Our worlds can be expanded greatly when we reach out and I thank all of you for your caring and loving hearts.
This is the other member of the family. Not a mean bone in her body and so full of kisses and love. This is Quigley who is always close at hand looking for some love and attention. My left arm is strengthened by reaching for the coffee. My right from tossing that silly wet slobbered upon ball that is hermetically attached to her mouth. Well there are other things there as well such as her bear, rabbit and anything that makes a noise to get my attention.
On Skype she has been welcomed into your homes and loved by your children. She has become a card for the camera. When you visit the Fireside she will entertain you so be prepared. She is only two and half years old. It is good to see her finally start to settle down a little. Last year at this time we were beginning to wonder if we had made a mistake getting a pup. Today I would not trade her for anything. She is a constant source of entertainment.
Clean Up Day
I was chatting with a friend this morning and saying today is clean up day. My office has become a disaster area and maybe the reason I have been struggling creating this character. I dawned on me this morning when I turned on the light. Who lives here and of course I blamed my shadow Quigley for the mess.
A cluttered space creates a cluttered mind so look out office you are about to have a makeover. As you can see I have a few computers to work off of and that is a blessing as they are all networked together so no need to have papers spread all over right. They are all Mac with the exception of the old monster PC I use as a diversion to play games on. It is the kid coming out in me I like to think.
I like to think we all pass trough seasons in life. I guess I end up in the category of stepping into the fall of life. Once we accept where we are it is easier to accept and we base the direction into prospective. This is where I find myself and this past few months have come to a place of accepting it and at peace with it.
There is nothing I can do to change the past. Some things I can say I'm not proud of but they happened and I accept that. I can fight with myself and be dragged into it fighting and screaming or say yes and embrace it what comes next. I choose to embrace it. Does that mean I have given up. Not in the least there is still much to do, places to see and people to meet.
I have a small few small reminders in my office. One says "Limits exist Only in Our Minds." Really when you stop and think of it they do. The other says "The roads I have travelled have brought me to where I find myself today."
Often I think of the future and what it means. Can I direct it? I suppose or maybe it is better to leave yesterday alone. Concern myself with today and let tomorrow look after itself. Tomorrow will come in due time. Today is what really counts.
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