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"The Crazy Hour" By Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on February 19, 2015

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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.

Who Know's
Who Know's

New Idea

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

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.

Quigley

"The Quig's

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.

Seasons

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.

© Rolly A. Chabot.... All Rights Reserved and Monitored

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Boy oh boy, do we ever speak the same truths! Great reflections. I'm curious about the writing program you mentioned that you use? I'm not sure I understand what that would be?

      Great hub; I wish you well with the new novel and it sounds like you have a great support system, as do I.

      Thank you my friend for your wisdom and compassion.

      your friend in Washington,

      bill

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... I sent you a link in your mail. I got busted once by HP for posting advertising on here...

      Thanks for the comment. Speaking the same truths is an interesting quote. Understanding the same battles would be another. Smiles...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      What an indignation for Tanner, shame on you! Blaming Quigley for your paper mess too! lol

      I love cloud pictures and have many. It is strange how standing on the ground you can take a picture that looks as if it came from a plane window. I have to force my attention off clouds and their beauty to capture what is in season because the sky always is.

      Great visit. Thank you. Up and over vote.

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed talking to you this morning Rolly! You are one of the kindest people I have ever meet here! I agree with Bill, "Thank you my friend for your wisdom and compassion"! I see your love of life in your work! I am proud to cll you my friend!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like your comment about the past, unable to change it, and perhaps it got you where you are today. I choose to believe that too. I think we all have things in our past that we would like to forget. I love the serenity prayer. It works for me. the picture of the dog in the tree made me LOL..Thank's for sharing again.....Peace.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Pollyannalana... Good to see you again... it has been some time. I agree the clouds hold a special fascination and often the camera tips upwards...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi iamaudraleigh... oh my thank you for all the encouragement and pleased to hear about your future endeavours and know what ever it is it will work out. You are a highly respected writer and I know you will incorporate it into your venture.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... smiles... I would add we have all learned from past mistakes. For years I blamed them on others till one day a light came on in this empty space and I realized it was me all the time.... like you I love the Serenity prayer... It has been a part of me for many years now.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Rolly, It is wonderful that you wife can also critique or make suggestions about your writing. My mother sometimes reads mine and since she is able to spot flaws. I have tried to make peace with anything in my past I am not proud of. I repent, ask for forgiveness and let it go. I truly try to live each day to the fullest, with job, and I have some serious problems in my home. I know the only answer is to trust God for each day, not worry about the future nor regret the past.

      My writing area has gotten messy again also, so I periodically straighten it out. It may be that I have too many irons in the fire.

      God bless you and your family, including Quigley of course.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Pam... nice to see you again... to be honest I think we all have problems in our families. We tend to offend them much quicker than other people because we love them and or they hopefully love us.

      It is so nice to hear you are able to forgive and move on. The think the hardest person to forgive is ourselves...

      Hugs as always from Canada

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for a look into your everyday. Super to have such a wonderful support team.Interesting point about where we stand in life. I guess I could say I'm on the threshold of autumn.I too have found that lately my creative moments come in the wee hours of the morning and no matter how I try I must get up and to my keyboard. Love darling Quigley. Sid sends her a supportive meow. Hugs from Riga.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy and Sid... smiles to the fact there are now four of us in the world that get inspired at odd times. Well actually two and the other two just follow. I wonder what Sid and Quigley would write about... lol

      Hugs from Canada

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Rolly,

      Not sure what happened. I haven't received any notifications for your hubs in quite some time, so I thought I'd check it out and see what you've been up to on your home page. It looks like I missed a lot and have some catching up to do. All I need now is the time.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Actually Rolly I've let my imagination take me so far that Sid does have some hubs posted as if they are from his point of view. lol Hugs right back to you.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate... not certain why either... but blessed to have you back... Hope all is well with you and yours...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy... I do need to check those out... Quigley has been after me to do the same... anything as long as it involves treats... lol

      Hugs again

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Why we write or what motivates us to write can be a subtle conundrum or sometimes a mundane question. A man's(or woman) mind is profound, we cannot exactly decipher what goes there.

      This hub is quite an interesting read. Thanks for sharing your point of view.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Vinaya... thank you for stopping by and reading this rambling. Motivations in writing can vary from one day to the next depending on the mood, what is on your mind or heart that day.

      In the four years I have been involved on hub pages off and on I have come to appreciate each writer. It is an amazing community of people.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      How wonderful to peak into your life, and even see your working space! Quigley is adorable. I really connect with those last two quotes you mention. It is nice to have inspiration and words can certainly do that for us.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HI Christy... thanks for stopping and saying hello. I often think we all need a break from things and just have what I call a "Slob Day". That running around the house in the old grubs and forgetting about the dishes and all. Just take a day to be yourself.

      Quigley is a cutie alright. Loves her time with Dad... always close at hand like now snoring at my feet. We just came back from a long walk.

      The quotes are all yours... help yourself and hold them dear.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Enjoyed reading "the crazy hour" and seeing that I am not the only one with messes to clean up. My house suffers because I love to write. It's the malady of most authors, I believe. We tend to have tunnel vision, or maybe it's Attention Deficit Disorder that keeps us from paying much attention to the disaster in our midst. We live in our dream worlds, with imaginary characters that come to life in our minds, and our fantasy world seems more real to us sometimes than the true deal. Maybe it's not that way for all writers, but it does seem to be this way for most of us. I'm sure Quigley is happy to take the blame, even though it really isn't her fault. She is adorable. Great hub! I'm voting up, awesome, beautiful and sharing!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Cathleena... Thanks for the great comment... looks like we all live in the same house in that case. There is always a mess around. Next is the garage. It is called recycling and yet it never seems to make it to the depot. Tomorrow is the day along with all the other stuff that gets used and never seems to make it back to it's place...

      Yes Quigley is special and she does entertain me often while I sit and opick away... Thanks for all the votes and the shares.

      Hugs from Canada

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      You write books?! My husband just gifted me with a Samsung Galaxy for my birthday (I love to read) - once I figure it out (which may take a little bit of time), I'm going to download your books - can't wait...Another great hub!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi sallieannluvslife... yes I do... smiles... I have several listed there and number 16 is just in the editing stage right now. It is a sequel to the one called "The Fallen Barn" it will be a two book series. Most are full length novels and I have a great deal of fun working on them.

      They are all in the Kindle format but I have been told they can be converted to other readers.

      Hugs from Canada

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi Rolly....it did not take me as long as I thought to figure out the Galaxy. I was able to download The Fallen Barn last night and am already to Chapter 3. There was an Amazon Kindle app installed on it, I merely had to click an icon and it took me to my Amazon account....which made it very easy...too easy :\...looking forward to the sequel to The Fallen Barn!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi sallieannluvslife... thanks for the note and the order... glad you are enjoying the novel. Good to hear you have found the option for the Kindle App... The sequel should be out by the end of the week I suspect.

      Hugs from Canada

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