where is this story going?

I’m aware that I haven’t blogged in awhile and though I seem to have problems typing this morning–I’m re-typing more than actual typing–I’m here  to reflect  bit on my writing process, and how I hope it fits into my life in general.  I ask: where is this story going?  and  I could very well ask  of my job…where is this going?….or my life in general…where is it going?

And I’m aware that–for me– they are all connected.   In the current story–I’m working on–the heroine Connie  wants  to escape  into the world of a  Cyrano-type  Xavier (loosely based on the Gerard Depardieu movie).    Through entering that world and coming back again–with some of the fantasy characters in tow–she learns what she needs to know about herself and where to go from here…And the issues that Connie are facing are of course the ones that I’m currently facing in the work situation….I had some interesting “feed back” about my job that suggested that I could  more of what I love to–on it, despite the  “demands” that seem to pull me in other directions.. .Sounds hopeful… And then this morning I received a request–to do yet another thing tomorrow–a small thing but something that given all the things on my schedule tomorrow–makes me wonder–where is this job going?  can I really do all of this?  I’m aware that someone could say: this is just what people in my profession this morning are expected to do these days…and my response is: maybe so but it’s just “not me”…

And that  sense of it’s just “not me”…is where Connie also ends up a lot of the time.  She’s a frustrated writer and even wonders at times–what she’s doing on the job–although she’d admit–there are aspects of that she enjoys, and she suspects that the job– is “more ‘part of me’ than I realize.”   Having said that, she finds herself in unfamiliar territory–in a new situation that reflects the changing times–where everything seems to be an adjustment to the “new normal”.  What to do?  Does the fact that it’s “not me” mean that she should leave, and go off and just write?  Or is it simply a  challenge to venture outside her comfort zone and “become all she can be”? (The motto of the agency she works for) …

I can see myself working out these themes in the story…

I’m also aware I that I’ve in the process of creating  two other characters in Xavier’s world–the villianous Le Blanc, and the mysterious Morgana who ,deemed as a traitor is banished to the outer reaches of the forest.  Either of these characters could easily “derail” the story in that they both raise a lot more issues than Connie is addressing at her work place…And right now my “plan” is to work on the story as Connie’s story…and if Leblanc and Morgana  “require” another story or two– to tell their story and deal with the issues they raise–so be it…

Thanks for reading

M.C. Piper

fantasy writing as a way of being in the world

I’m sitting in a coffee shop, trying to work on my writing and obsessing  over a request from a group that I recently joined. It’s not an unreasonable request; and it does involve doing something new, something that I consciously decided not to do.  It wouldn’t be so bad, if I didn’t feel overwhelmed by requests at work:  everybody, it seems, wants me to fit into their plans; and  “nice” person as I am, I usually try…and I just don’t need another thing–to try to be doing differently…in order to fit in…

And I don’t like being victim–I believe that in everything that happens–I have a part in it…

And that’s where fantasy writing comes in for me…

I see it as a  way for me to write about what’s happening in a way that’s creative ;and also in a way gives me another perspective.  In both “Passionate Hero” and the novella that I’m now writing (“Agincourt”) the heroines, Marcy and Connie respectfully, seek to escape from their lives into fantasy worlds.  The only problem is that, when Connie, for example, escapes into the 17th century world of Agincourt,  she finds that  although the issues she is dealing with her life (e.g. saying  what she needs to say so that she can be who she is,etc)  seem to dealt with by her hero, Xavier–in a larger than life way–   his way of doing things–and his world in general–don’t fit for her.  It’s only when Xavier travels back with her into her world and tries to help her deal with the issue–however ineptly– that she gets the help she needs to get on with her life…

And so I can deal with the issue of  people pleasing–trying to fit in where I feel it’s “expected” of me–by (possibly) giving the same issue to Connie, and have her work it out with the help of Xavier–in a way that’s creative, and fun. It helps me not to obsess about it–even have fun with it–and be less reactive about the aforementioned request…

Thanks for reading

M.C. Piper

How I learned how to stop being so serious and write something fun…

Sorry–I haven’t posted for  awhile. It’s not that I haven’t been writing; it’s just that summer, vacation, now back to work–that has been where my life has been. And I must be honest–I’m older and blogging isn’t something  I fall naturally into–it requires exercising “new muscles” for me–and I realize–I need to get in there and just do it.

The title of the post  is actually the title of the article that  I wrote for “Renegade Word”, the website that Julie M Rodriguez, my consultant and editor, co-sponsors. (If you like to read it, it’s at http://www.renegadeword. com,  under Archives–June 2013) Basically it’s about how I, as a so so serious writer,  found myself in a job crisis situation, and the only writing I felt I could do–was a humorous/fantasy story which became “WANTED PASSIONATE HERO: Experience Preferred”. I was aware that this wasn’t   “serious” writing –my “research” was  watching   Youtube videos of a old western show I used to watch as a kid– but I loved doing it.  And I believe there would people out there who’d enjoy reading PASSIONATE HERO too.

Recently, I’d thought about approaching a fan site of the actor who played the character the cowboy hero, Trace Gallant is based on, and see if they’d feel comfortable about me putting something about it on the website. If so, I certainly would love to do so.

And I’m aware that this isn’t the only direction I want to go in. I mentioned in a previous post that I want to write a series of novellas based on the employment agency that the heroine of PASSIONATE HERO works in. The heroine works for the Kootenai Brown personal advertising agency–where she teaches clients to “be all they can be…and let the world know…” The only problem is that she isn’t being all she can be herself… and seeks to escape into the fantasy world of her childhood cowboy hero as a result.   A Trickster character, ACC,  allows her not only to enter Trace’s  world, but also has him (and two other characters)   come into her world. And it’s in this crossing between the two worlds–which often are at odds with each other—that allows  the heroine Marcy to learn what she needs to know.

As so I’m starting another novella  with the  heroine Connie Butt who as a “failed” writer who decides to “peddle” her talks in a more “practical way”–i.e. working for KB, helping the clients “be all they can be”….only she isn’t all she can be either… so she tries to escape into the fantasy world of the noble Xavier–a Cyrano De Bergerac type character

It’s good fun…and I’m aware I must go…

Thanks for reading

 

M.C. Piper