Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Diary of a Mad Hatter Writer

Plot Bunnies run from the MAD HATTER!

Okay, maybe that title is a bit extreme. But after the day I've had...

I'll admit up front on a scale 1-10 that what I know about coding a blog would fit into a thimble.

Get a template, you say.

lol ...

That's what I did. But after a few days, I naturally had to make some some changes. That's when the madness set in. The first header was too stark and not wide enough to suit my finickiness. I couldn't live with it another moment. 

When it comes to  images, I'm pretty good for a self-taught ... whatever I am. ;D

So I fiddled around with this and that, blended a few things and out popped the header you see above you. 


TS sat back on her laurels and figured it was time to get back to writing those stories...

You know what I mean. Solving a few character problems, flipping those problems and making life more difficult for my darlings (think I've mentioned that's fun) and then I took a break.

Stopped to look at the blog. Guess what? 

The post background color no longer worked for me (was dark stormy grey) and the font title was an atrocious orange. Yuck! <<<isn't that an awful color?

It would probably take the average blogger minutes to fix those issues. *sigh* Sadly with me, nope.

Wading through code has never been something I enjoy. That's exactly what happened. Wading. Through gobble-de-gook.

It's true this page still isn't the way I want it, but it's beginning to grow. Eventually I'll add some of my favorite links in the sidebar. After I figure out what color I'd like the font to be. It's difficult to read because when I changed the ugly orange, black font over grey was part of the outcome.

For now I must let the page rest. That's because I realize that building this new author platform is going to take some time and the most important aspect is to WRITE!

Characters Phoebe & Alex are at cross hairs and they need me to be there for them. If I don't put them in the middle of their crisis and cooperate with them to solve this case then the story won't come to fruition.

Come here plot bunny... here bunny... come on furball... no more procrastinating!

~ TS

Next, I'll work on a bio to be inserted here. ;D

ProBlogger had an interesting post that included information about Google's new Author Bio requirements HERE.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tampa Bay Nights and Flights into Imagination

It's been months since I've blogged anywhere online. That's astounding because last year I was a blogging fiend. This is the first post for Temple Storm, only one of my pen names. 

It's new. I'm working on stories and plan to publish them later this year.

This blog will focus on the writing process for this new genre. (for me) Stories done by Temple Storm will be centered around the world of crime, murder and frequently blended with conflict between characters. (torturing my darlings is a great adventure)

Readers who stumble across this blog will also enter worlds of secret societies. So much fun! Actually, I've always been interested in secret societies and so far I've created two. (more revealed closer to publication)

Anyway, something happened at work last night that prompted this new blog post.

I work overnight at the local big-box super store. It's located next to the bay and two airports. Doesn't that sound so typical? ;D

At about 2:10 am, several jets flew over the store. Low in the air, they shook the large building. It isn't unusual to have overnight flights, but last night the take-offs lasted about ten minutes... non stop with each airline taking off and buzzing the building and followed closely by the next.

Someone said, "What is that?" while pointing toward the ceiling.

"Planes taking off," I answered.

"Naw. We're too far away from the airport."

"No we aren't," a boss replied.

Then Someone proceeded to argue with boss.

I confess, I found myself smiling. Why?

Because clandestine flights at 2 am is the stuff stories are made of.

"Never under estimate the importance of a small airport," I said. 

"It's just an insignificant airport. There's nothing going on there. I don't think they can handle such large planes."

"The coast guard uses that airport," the boss said. 

The discussion continued and nothing was resolved. 

Awhile later, I told Someone, "I'm from northeast Ohio. When the President came to town, he didn't use Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. No, he used the little unimportant airport located between Akron & Canton. Never underestimate the power held within the boundaries of a small airport."

Why was this conversation interesting? It's because the simplest things can be turned into a story element. In my opinion, that's where the fun comes in.

As time goes by, I'll write more posts about finding plot bunnies along the path of life and how they can be incorporated into stories.

Next time a plane flies low overhead, think of the many ways you can use the experience in a fictional world.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Enjoy your weekend. 

~ TS

p.s. Someone must remain anonymous... lol To protect innocent readers.

Saturday, December 1, 2012