Monthly Archives: June 2015

Recreating Death

My writer’s group had a biweekly meeting date/time, and usually a prompt. This was before most of us started writing our book, memoir, or other literary piece. So over a year ago I presented a piece that was mostly dialogue from someone who was in a car accident. The chapter showed how the narrator had to draw out the mechanism of injury for the patient. Unfortunately, it was not the traditional fender bender. I found this short story today, hidden in a file on my personal computer. A small amount of rewrites, and Poof! There was another chapter for me!

I had gotten most of the details when I realized this history didn’t fit. I kept running into roadblocks, as it were, as to what really happened. I soon realized the person was going to tell me, but it was hard. Imagine my surprise/horror, when he took a deep breath, and stated,

“I killed her”, he sobbed.

To add to the paranormal aspect of my book, can you imagine what I felt when I visited the wreckage? I actually envisioned “the mechanism of death”. It was not hard to do, given the mangled windshield. Horrific, as i realized due to the imprint of the hood, the driver was literally face to face with victim, briefly. I tried to capture this emotion in my chapter.

My visualization was short, but powerful. Afterwards, my legs were weak and i felt nauseous. My short description was what I saw in the victim’s eyes, pressing against the glass directly in front of me. Horrific!

My book is about non fiction ghost stories and related dealings with rats, bats, and in this case,
“the mechanism of death!”

Daily Quotation Challenge Day #3

“I am the sanest person I know!”……DWolgangMiller

This is more than a quotation, this is my daily mantra. I have been through many challenges, hardships, and yes, on the flip side, triumphs and  victories….A wise man once told me that everyone has their highs and lows, it’s part of life. The key is to have the curve closer to a “ground zero” level….so that it doesn’t seem like there are such huge shifts that happen periodically.

Quote challenge, Day #2

“I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” -Bill Murray, (I forgot his character name) from the movie, Ghostbusters.

 

 

I actually included this in one of my chapters; I was employed for the summer with some activists, and they heard about my experience of a very old home in Coopersburg….where during a dark, stormy night, complete with a full moon, I involuntarily met with one of it’s prior inhabitants!

 

“POST A QUOTE CHALLENGE! (DAY – 1)”

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“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’”
George Bernard Shaw

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There is also a slightly different version of this quotation:

“Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say, why not?”
Robert Kennedy

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Both quotations speak to the need to see the world differently than others, to maintain idealism, and to have hope for positive change.

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I was nominated for this challenge by Trish threehandsoneheart https://threehandsoneheart.wordpress.com . She is a wonderful blogger who always gives useful information and evocative and imaginative writings on her site. So, a deep thank you to Trish!

The Rules follow:

* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).

* Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.

* Thank the blogger who…

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How a taboo subject inadvertently came into one of my chapters

My latest chapter was not too hard to write; the thoughts and occurrences were still vivid. However at the end of the story, I realized that I had inadvertently reported on a taboo subject: Abuse.

The reader’s opinion of a negative entity usually is the same; “they are up to no good!”

Well of course they are. That’s why they are called negative entities! They thrive on chaos, and negative emotions. Their goal is to recreate circumstances or events that would produce more of this. It is said that by doing so, the negative entity actually starts to get stronger, feeding of the discord and emotional trauma.

Perhaps one could find another example in the term of “gaslighting”. The term means by altering someone’s daily routine through deliberate actions, it causes a mild psychological imbalance or phenomenon. Stealing house keys, and then setting them in a different location is one scenario. Wrong numbers in the middle of the night, wrong deliveries, etc., add up to consistent frustration.

In my chapter, I focus on a young woman…I try to give subtle nuances as to her emotions not to be a strong as she would like. The ghost tries to create havoc by creating stress and discord through electronic means, primarily through cell phone malfunction! Inconvenience at the least, deliberate actions trying to cause a scene, more like it.

Without giving it away, what happens to our young woman and the narrator is timeless…a haphazard action, directed to the young woman, but not intentionally. The results are predictable; the young woman takes the action personally, and then has an emotional breakdown not so much as the action itself, but what it implied. The narrator is quick to deny, and later realizes his mistake, but.. . TOO LATE! An accident occurs.

The ending of the chapter is the narrator trying to rectify his actions, and soothing the young woman’s anxiety and trauma. The abuse subject lifts it’s head when it is revealed the woman becomes completely docile and appeasing, much to the surprise of the narrator. The very ending suggests that this is a LEARNED behavior, and voila! the cat is out of the bag, so to speak,. I did not intend to bring this subject up, but rather it came out on it’s own after relaying the story.