Matters of Lesser Import

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. I’ve written about it in a couple of these posts, and it’s really all that matters right now. The stuff in this post is about things that are far less important. I recognize this, and I’m sure there are many of you who will recognize it as well. So let’s just get it out of the way at the outset.

What I’m Doing

Just to be clear there is an error
in the graphic.
Obviously the first example
should have been attributed to Nick Lowe

Even though I am pretty much always writing, I don’t always feel productive. For example I’ve been journaling a fair amount and in my internal mental hierarchy that is the closest thing to not writing at all. So, paradoxically, the type of writing I’m doing the most of right now barely even counts.

Aside from that my biggest output currently is probably poetry, and that brings me to the second unimportant point of this post.

Existential Threats

This is not only the theme of 2020, it’s the title of the latest edition of Down in the Dirt Magazine. There’s a decent chance that you haven’t heard a lot about this particular literary journal, and that’s too bad because it is a very class outfit. The editors are very conscientious and they did a great job of letting the contributors know what was up with covid-related delays.

How do I know about how they treated their contributors, you ask? That is because I’m honored to be one of them. They’ve included three of my poems in this volume and for that I am very grateful. There are lots of really talented writers represented and I think you might want to order a copy. I really think you might.

Using the outlets

Seek ye the odd blue bird.
Also seek ye the vaguely camera-shaped thingy

I have been posting a good deal on Instagram lately, and invite you follow me on there. And of course you can follow me on Twitter as well, although that’s the one place I tend to leave the filters behind, so consider yourself forewarned. That being said, Twitter will always be one of my favorite social media outlets, as it’s where my writing partnership with Craig Hart got it’s embryonic start. All downhill from there, of course. And of course you’re welcome to like my Facebook page, join my Reader’s Group, The only other way to be annoyed by me would be to signup for the newsletter. If you choose to follow me on every one one of these platforms and say “Beetlejuice” three times, something could very well happen. I wouldn’t know. I don’t follow me.

Oh wait! There is also the Amazon Author Page. That’s annoying!

Writer’s Corner

One of the things I want to do as often as I possibly can is to encourage other writers and one of the ways I’m going to do that is to keep my eyes open for places on the web that might be of interest or use. Here’s one:

Because I’m learning so much hangs on the depth of my characters, I am constantly on the lookout for anything that would help me in that regard. A person who is just phenomenal on the subject is Angelique L’Amour, and she has a great resource that you can have by signing up for her newsletter, (and believe me you will not regret subscribing). It is her 25 Questions, a series of questions about your character that will bring him or her to life. In her latest newsletter she asks a new question: “How does your character hide trauma?”

How does your character hide trauma?

Angelique L’Amour

I have watched a character literally rise out of nothing by answering this question, (as well as the twenty-five others you’ll receive when you subscribe) and you will benefit.

One last thought…

I don’t want to miss a chance to say at least one thing of greater weight, and that is YOU! I want to remind you all that it’s still important to take care of yourself. The country is starting to open back up, including my beloved New York City, but the potential for another spike of infections is very real. The history of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic proves that point all too well and we, unfortunately, don’t appear to have learned from our mistakes. And while I’m not big on telling folks what to do, remember the things you did to keep yourself safe thus far and listen to the scientists, not the politicians. In fact, don’t you feel as though the politicians should be listening to you? Well, I have good news: there’s a mechanism already in place with which you can let them know exactly what you’re thinking.

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