What Have We Been Up To?

And now for a look at what Writing Wranglers and Warriors have been up to lately:

CHICKEN DIAPERS, PINTEREST AND RESEARCH, by KP Gresham

KP Gresham writes about . . . chicken diapers.

“Then I got to thinking. In a different Hardscrabble Homecoming book, a character (and I do mean character) has a pet chicken (which integral to the story). I’d heard stories of a writer who did, indeed, diaper her chicken and keep it inside as a house pet. So what the heck. I looked up “Diapered Chickens.”

ONE STEP AT A TIME, by SJ Brown

Wildlife photographer SJ Brown writes about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

“Guided by a series of white hash marks we wandered into the woods and left civilization behind and began to enjoy the tranquility of the trail. This leg of our journey had the most elevation and would be the most challenging for both of us. As the rain subsided we longed to reach our first peak and the well deserved rest we had promised ourselves. We had heard stories of snakes and bears along the trail but encountered neither. We did get a glimpse of a coyote and maybe a fox.”

WHY BLOG? ADDED SQUIRRELS AND ALLIGATORS, by Cher’ley Grogg

Cher’ley Grogg discusses reasons for blogging. Squirrels and alligators might or might not be among them.

“It is hard to get the first blog out, but over time it gets much easier. My reason for blogging and for creating Writing Wrangler and Warriors was mostly geared toward number 8. We average 18 bloggers, so if each blogger reads, comments and shares each blog just think of the coverage we get.”

CHESS, by Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner writes about bonds formed around a chess board.

“It was my lot in life to raise a hyperactive son.  Luckily my trials and tribulations are all over now as Leon is 36, but when he was a boy I tried to help him focus his mind and concentrate by engaging him in a game that my father had taught me.  This game is excellent for getting small boys to sit still…”

TO WRITING WRANGLERS AND WARRIORS, WITH LOVE, by Cole Smith

Cole Smith looks at life, work, and priorities.

“A few nights ago, I was walking my wire fox terrier, Arty (Full name: Slarty Barkfast, for all you Douglas Adams fans). I was thinking of the deadlines looming this month and the next, and fretting a little. Can I meet them? And if so, will I arrive with my sanity intact?”

FLEETING BRILLIANT IDEAS, by Neva Bodin

Neva Bodin looks for a way to hold on to ideas without running the car into a mailbox.

“Does anyone else have a mind that jumps from one story possibility to another? Or to suddenly knowing what should be added to or done with a scene while in the midst of another task or driving the car? It is very frustrating for me, because the brilliant insight/thought is gone by the time I have a notebook and pen.”

RUNNER’S (CONTACT) HIGH, by Joshua S. Robinson

Joshua S. Robinson discusses the links between running, writing, and building community.

“I wanted them all to succeed. I hoped the ones trying to make certain times would do so, and that the ones just trying to finish would cross the line proudly. Every runner out there was participating as an individual, with his or her own goals and motivations. Yet there was still a sense of community, of camaraderie. Even among strangers, they all understood one another.”

BOOK REVIEW:  FULL DARK, NO STARS BY STEPHEN KING, by Renee Kimball

Renee Kimball offers a look at three novellas by prolific writer Stephen King

“Full Dark contains a common theme of each novella, a theme that explores the darker human psyche, retribution, revenge, and a sense of twisted justice.  Redemption is not found, but retribution appears in each.  Even evil acts can result in a twisted kind of justice–a black and damaging kind of justice, but justice nonetheless.

EXPANDING YOUR CAST OF CHARACTERS, by Noreen Cedeño

Noreen Cedeño discusses how she creates characters outside her own experience.

“Part of my job in writing fiction is to create fully formed, believable characters that people can recognize, identify with, or at least be able to envision as a functional being. The more types of people I can imagine, the wider will be my casts of characters. So how do I improve and increase my casts of characters? I have to improve my knowledge of humanity as a whole by increasing my knowledge of the unique individuals whose quirks and personality extremes exemplify the wide variations in human behavior. I have to read.”

THE TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, by Mike Staton

Mike Staton watches Hurricane Florence through the eyes of friends living in its path.

“I’m writing this Friday morning in Henderson, Nevada where I live. Five years ago I lived in Wilmington, North Carolina and worked as a weekly newspaper reporter at the Duplin Times in Duplin County’s courthouse city, Kenansville. I sat down at my laptop and took a look Facebook, and what I saw shocked me.”

TALKING DIRTY, by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Abbie Johnson Taylor discusses how she creates real characters and real life in her writing.

“How about belching? I’m going to be vain one more time and give you an example from a short story I wrote several years ago that hasn’t yet been published. It’s called “Living Vicariously,” and it’s about a Catholic family dealing with issues related to religion. In one scene, a teen-aged girl who has lied about attending confirmation classes, is eating dinner with her father in a pizza joint. She’s drinking Dr. Pepper, and she says she doesn’t want to be a nun because she doesn’t want to give up the beverage. Then, she belches for emphasis. Again, I’m showing you her character.”

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