Um… What’s That Thing?

Multifarious Day 5 (…on Wednesday)

Daisy Love Bravo – Every once in a while one of my characters scares me half to death, leaves me in tears, or makes me burst into hysterical laughter. In “Twister,” Daisy did the latter when she said, “‘Dark Loon on her knees in front of a hot hunk, where’s my camera?’ Daisy was still smirking when I managed to stumble up to my feet. ‘It seems I don’t have my camera,’ she said, ‘so do you mind if I just watch? I have a pornographic memory.’ Daisy winked repeatedly.” Yep, my sense of humor leans a bit towards the dork side ;-)

AlmaMia at 13? Soledad’s Point of View? Or AlmaMia at 28 The end of August brings the conclusion of The Haunting: a Webserial of Pre-Chaos. I’ve already said that I plan to publish a second webserial, and that it will be set in AlmaMia’s world. Would you be absolute darlings, my Wicked Luvs, and help me choose between the following three options?
1 - A short tale about AlmaMia at thirteen years old
2 - A tale that covers an event from “AlmaMia Cienfuegos” told from the point of view of Soledad, AlmaMia’s sister
3 - A chapter from Dancing on Her Bones, an AlmaMia Cienfuegos novel (She is twenty-eight years old)

Um… What’s That Tiny Thing? – This week, the extremely good looking artists of the fully buttered realm celebrate the magic of insects. And I LOVE bugs! I’m dancing and cackling as I relish in the bliss. Here’s what I have for you: Can you see find the gorgeous thing in the first picture? Say hello to the sweetie pretending to be a stick on my hand. And, um… what’s that tiny thing on the gravel? 
 Words of the Week
My characters seem to birth themselves. By the time I meet them, all I get to do is tell their stories.
Writern. One who writes or has written; an author
Authorn. One who produces, creates or brings into being
Storytellern. One who tells stories; a narrator of a series of incidents; Magaly Guerrero ;-)
(Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 1861)

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  1. i guess writing like you do, you become your character...and he/she would flow through you...so sometimes you don't know where you're going, til you get there..?? like a musician. make sense?
    it's early. well, not really since i've been up since 5. just trying to do some catch up before work.

    about AlmaMia...BONES! yeah, Dancing on her Bones.

    i love bugs too! (no, not love-bugs...poor little annoying love-bugs that get squashed on your windshield. but they sure have mastered fuc...uh, love making. they do it on the fly. no, not ON A FLY...but in the air, while flying)

    i'm getting sidetracked...and a little weird...have a happy august and FULL MOON!

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    1. I feel that just telling the characters' tales is much easier than trying to create their stories. They always know what they want to say, so why not just let them, right.

      And about bug, you are so right, they have the act of reproduction down to a science. I guess we'll delight in the beauty of their ways for a long, long, long time.

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  2. Hmmm, all the AlmaMia options look good to me. I'd read them all.

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  3. a story from #1. i haven't much use for Soledad. #1 might provide context for #3.

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    1. Interesting... you are not the first person to use that phrase when talking about Soledad. Very interesting, indeed.

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  4. Bugs are so well camouflaged aren't they. :) I'd go for #3, just because it's closer to my age. :)

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    1. I envy the ability of certain bugs to become one with their environment and jump out when they choose. Fascinating. I like your reasoning for choosing #3.

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  5. I'm going to be different. I want to hear from Soledad. In my life I have been both AlmaMia, where I got to tell my side, and I've been Soledad, where I have had my tongue removed and not one wanted to hear what I had to say or how I felt.

    Soledad deserves her day in court.

    #2...please.

    \IiiI

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    1. I love the passion behind your words. And I'll tell you a secret, every time I write a story that has two characters who are pole opposites, I write (even if one is just for me) the story from the points of view of both. It's the only way, in my case, that I can truly understand both. Let's see how it goes...

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  6. I'm afraid I'm out of the loop as far as your stories go.....I did read 5 paperbacks on vacation, but for some reason, when I get home, all reading ceases til the next Summer. I find it extremely hard to relax into a story when I feel I should be doing something else.....I know, I know....
    I hope you can forgive me ;P

    In just reading the descriptions, though, #3 stood out for me.

    ....and the bugs! Maggie and I love moths that we see in the campground restrooms every night when we brush our teeth. They come in, attracted to the light and perch there in all their beauty! We like to guess where they would normally hide," Ooo, that one looks like tree bark, Mommy. I bet that one lives in the trees...."
    That delicate stick bug is so cool....and, I surely see that blue darner sitting on the gravel. Dragonflies and their kin have long been my totem animal....though, as I age, I'm feeling a tug away from their teachings now...but to where? Hmmmm.... :)

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    1. No forgiving necessary. We move with our lives, for we are the ones who need to live it.

      I would love to see Maggie's face when she talks about bugs. I bet her eyes are wide and wondrous.

      Can't wait to learn where the "tug" is going to take you...

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  7. I think it would be interesting to hear Soledad's point of view, as there are always at least 2 sides to every story. I call the "tiny thing" a Damsel fly, the tiny cousins of the Dragon fly( I get Red ones in my garden). And how clever of Webster to recognise your talent so long before you were born lol :D XXX

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    1. You just made me shriek with laughter lol. Yes, Webster seemed to be psychic with the definition. Although, I'm quite upset and disappointed when it comes to um... windy his take on windy biology. I was looking for the word 'fart' and didn't find it!

      I have a feeling that even if Soledad's story doesn't last as long as a whole webserial, that it will be shared anyway. She is terrifying, but that is what writing is all about, facing the baddies face-to-face from a safe distance.

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  8. Hmm I am not sure I think it might be interesting to hear from Soledad's point of view. Though #3 seems like just as good of an option to go with.

    These bug shots are great! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    -Nadine

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  9. I'm not a bug person but I'll say that bug on the gravel looks to be a tiny dragon fly. I've seen them around.
    And I pick option 3 Dancing on her Bones, just because I like the way it sounds!

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    1. It has bones in it, of course you'll like it. And oh, there is a scene in a graveyard, which I believe you might appreciate.

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  10. Bugs and a pornographic memory. What fun to visit you! Not that I'm in favour of bugs. Not at all. Pornographic memories are much more fun!

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    1. Pornographic memories are the best ;-)

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  11. While it would be nice to hear the other side of the story, I think the story from her teenage years would be the best option as it would help bridge the gap between the 9 year old and the 28 year old. Although, you could always do both... Nothing to stop you doing both, is there?

    Ugh! I don't do bugs! I love animals, but the only way I would put the words "bugs" and "like" in the same sentence without adding the word "don't" in there would be to say that, "I like bugs to be a long way away from me!"

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    1. In the end the entire story will be told, for the novel will contain flashbacks of AlmaMia's childhood and adolescence. Let's see how it all goes, right?

      Bugs rule! lol

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    2. Is that something on your toe?

      Sorry, couldn't help myself. Don't worry, I know Kero will protect you ;-)

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  12. Bless you for being so kind to bugs. I'm not a fan, but help them out when they are stuck in my house. I've been having quite a dance with spiders lately. I think there's a message there...

    Tough choice, but I vote #3 too. "Dancing on Her Bones" sounds too good!

    And I think we all have a bit of pornographic memory - lol!

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    1. I think it is absolutely sweet that you help bugs even if you don't like them all that much. I feel the same way. I'm not all that fond of tarantulas, they are just freaking terrifying and very unfriendly, but I would do what I could if I saw them stuck somewhere.

      I like the Bones, too!

      And I'm right with you in the pornographic memory lol

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  13. Oh I love these darling creatures that blend in with their surroundings. We were watching a group of ants trying get a 'big ole' bee into their tiny home and stared in utter amazement ~ better than T.V. any day.
    ♥Sharon

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    1. I am sooo jealous! I used to ant watch when I lived in the Midwest. You don't find too many ant colonies in NYC though ;-(

      Hm, I might go exploring, just to see what I can find ;-)

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  14. I think I want to hear a story about AlmaMia when she's 13.

    I also particularly liked what Daisy said, by the way. I like her. :)

    I also like bugs. Sometimes. Sort of. Depending on whether they scare me. Like spiders. But I definitely like walking sticks.

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    1. It seems AlmaMia at 13 is quite the favorite, as is AlmaMia at 28, hm... I might have to compromise here.

      Daisy is a very special character. I feel honored to watch her grow into herself. She surprises me much.

      Some spiders can be scary, but I saw love their colors and crafty ways. And yes, walking sticks are very glamorous ;-)

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  15. I love bugs too...especially stick insects, my Mum has a tree that is covered with them outside her front door. At least 12 at last count. They are amazing insects. So magical looking.

    And I would like to read all three of your options, though I was particularly drawn to #2. You will have some decisions to make. :)

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    1. You should take some pictures! I've never seen more than a few walking sticks at the time. Magical, indeed. I can only imagine.

      One more point for Soledad's point of view. The race continues ;-)

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  16. Ohhh how he fades into the stone...I have to open the picture bigger, to see him !! Wonderful

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    1. I remember when I saw her. Okay, so she saw me first. I was sitting at the very top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park, resting after a bit of a long hike, when I heard this noise. I spent more than five minutes trying to figure out where the sound was coming from, and then surprise! there was that beauty pretending she wasn't there. I watched her for a long, long, long time and she didn't move.

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  17. I was laughing so hard I had to cover my mouth to keep from waking Ariel at the "pornographic memory" quip. I loved it!

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    1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has to cover my mouth in bed *Teehee*

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  18. All 3 options sound good, I'm greedy. I'll vote for the incident from Soledad's memory. :) I do like the underdog.

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    1. You might get your wish... let's see how it goes...

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  19. Isn't every character an extension of our psyches? A little of this, a little of that. Never really all of us whole, but spatters of experience and memory.

    I like all of the Alma Mia options, 1, 2 and 3. Ahhh, Soledad...I'm sure there are reasons she became who she is as well and this would also make for an interesting tale.

    I am not a fan of bugs, but walking sticks do fascinate me. ;-)

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    1. I tend to base my characters on many things: bits of me, bits of other, bits of emotions, but you are right, they are always bits of our psyches trying to make sense of the world.

      It seems many are intrigued by Soledad...

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  20. I vote for number 3, because i am not sure i am ready to start liking Soledad or having any sympathy for her at all yet..... But of course, if you write it.... I will come!

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    1. I completely understand your feelings towards Soledad. I will think on it very hard...

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  21. How about a story of all 3?:P I had to be difficult. ;)

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    1. Hey, if you ask for everything, you might just get it, so why not?

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  22. My vote would be for number 3. (My sense of humour also leans towards the dark.)

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    1. Ah, a soul with a taste for the mysterious things in life. Welcome home, Dave ;-)

      Guess what? The results were so close that I chose to do all three. Here is a post with the details: http://www.magalyguerrero.com/2012/08/ask-for-everything-my-wicked-luvs-and.html

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  23. Um... Can I vote for you to write all three? =D I'm greedy, I know... ^_~

    I love bugs too. ^-^ People are always rolling their eyes as I shoo bugs outta my house instead of squishing them... except mosquitoes... they get squished. o_O

    And yes, I love October. It is my absolute favorite month of the year! I can never get enough Octobery-Halloweeny goodness...

    I'm excited to see all your party posts! =D Woohoo for making the most of this month & all the magic, glitter, pumpkins, blood & gore that come with it! =D

    XOXO

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    1. October is the best month of the year!

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  24.   Yes, I love your way of inspiration.

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    1. Muchas gracias. I'm quite enchanted by it, too *grin*

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  25. Bugs are a nuisance. But I would not step on them just to get rid of them. I would go for all 3 just as you've decided!

    Hank

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    1. I'm glad you'd be nice to the buggies, Hank ;-)

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  26. My 1st time here (visiting via SueAnn's photos). Pornographic memory & creepy critters - fun mix

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    1. Welcome to the circle, SueAnn is a riot of imagination, isn't she?

      Hm... "Pornographic memory & creepy critters - fun mix," huh? Well, you know what they say about great minds... ;-)

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