Just a bit of thought today


As a long time writer and a medium time blogger i have written about a lot of things. One of the things that I like to do is think back over the various things I have done. Now those of you who have joined my blog recently (Thank you) may not know that I do more than just flash fictions. I have written short story collections, poetry collections, novels, fan fiction and even erotica over the years.

I have been in the past really depressed that it seemed like my work was being seen by no one. That is in part why I started to post up those free flash fictions here. But also over the past two years I have gone from producing huge amounts of short stories and novels, to mostly flash fictions and drabbles to a really dry period for nearly a year. When I dragged myself back up by the bootstraps I found there was a new set of tales to be told but from a totally different style. I looked at my various pieces of art from the past forty years (Yeah I have stuff going back to around junior high school) and realized there were tales sitting right in front of me that needed only the words to be written. Thus my illustrated tales started. Now they are being posted up on two of my other blogs and of course over on deviant art.

If you don’t follow more than one of my blogs you will probably wonder what the heck. I have a total of seven right now and I am planning on starting one to put up all of my poetry.  This blog was started as a place to just ruminate on being a writer and all the things that both inspire and dull my art. Writers are probably both the sanest and craziest of people. We spend hours/days/weeks/months talking to our imaginary friends. We create stories that are our babies and we gleefully/timidly release them to the world to love/mock/enjoy all the time.

Everyday I see on social media people saying that society has stopped creating, that people dont read anything that isn’t 140 characters long and so many other dark and grumpy things but I argue that the art of story telling is still alive and people are still gobbling it up.

Everything from short stories in collections to interactive chat stories are out there. Novels are still selling and people have more choices than ever before to read. No longer do we need to feel ashamed of the hobby of reading thanks to all those dreaded electronic devices. You can read anything you want just by the click of a button.

I started rambling here commenting about my illustrated tales. I have written a series of different illustrated tales. They run the gambit of styles and genres. Though most of them could easily be considered childrens stories. I have used both hand drawn images and those i have created with an ap on my tablet. So the art is at times a bit primitive but it seems like those who see it are enjoying it.

When I started doing them I was expected them to be only a few pages but some of them are up in the twenty or more pages. While the text is only a paragraph at most on each image it does add up doesn’t it?

If you are interested in seeing these you can hit up either my deviant art page here

http://suteko-williamson.deviantart.com/gallery/

or my other blogs

http://booksbylisawilliamson.wordpress.com

or

http://talesofsirjacksonderabbitus.wordpress.com

And if you are looking for longer free reads you can find me over at Wattpad

https://www.wattpad.com/user/LisaWilliamson

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Oy vey…five videos started


Yup I have recorded five tracks so far. They arent long, only about 20-30 seconds long so far. Used Adobe Soundbooth to do the recordings and wasn’t that fun! Audio work is harder than you think folks. First getting your all important words down without out flubbing up can be HARD. Then you have to listen back to your own voice…creepy. Save the file and then open up Premiere Pro and past in the .wav file, past in the png file and then find some interesting music to go under your voice. Yup I am going to have two audio tracks on these! I am excited if filled with a lot trepidation.

Thanks to the awesome hubby I have managed to figure out how to have the second track at a lower level so you lovely people can hear me reading my deathless prose. Okay not so deathless but I can be a be egotistical in a blog if not in real life right?

The next step is figuring out how to fade the second track out after the audio voice stuff is finished. I hate having things end abruptly and want a nice slow fade out. Now I could put up the few that I have done but they are far from ready. There is a ton of clean up that needs to be done on the audio.

Fun thing is I do have a bunch of videos without my odd voice in them all ready around. Poem videos with images and background music with a line of the poem on different images. I am trying to re-work those so I don’t have to try and do it all again…not as easy as it might seem. The first one I tried, Butterflies, comes out really choppy in PP but plays just fine in Windows Media Player. So I am not sure I will be able to update them with my audio files of me reading those poems. We will see.

I had hoped to be able to post something up today but I think I am just rushing myself. Now my readers don’t expect James Marstairs quality reading here or movie quality image. I am playing with what I have and slowly like with anything else these things will get better. I have decided to take a break from frustrating myself at the moment. I really want to get back into creating.

Okay to be totally honest I want to see if I can do as well as my 14 year old daughter is doing with her YouTube channel. The child has over a thousand followers. Last time I looked I had..um…14. What an ego crush right? I admit I am not doing the type of topical videos she is. My daughter makes videos based on Aphmau, he favorite YouTube series, along with original artwork videos to songs she adores. Proud of my girl yes, jealous of my girl, oh heck yes, but isn’t that the life of a parent?

Oh wow I have a lot of work to do or why did I decide to do this?


Well yesterday I sat down and worked on a lot of things. Between taking my flash fictions and putting them together with the images that inspired them was a full day project that is not yet finished! As of this morning I have 83 image/word files ready for audio and I am not anywhere near done with this part. I guess I have been a very busy beaver haven’t I?

I have audio recordings for thirty four poems that I intend to combine together with my photography and of course the original text from my poetry. It will be fun learning the way to combine this in the updated Photoshop I have on this machine. Once I figure it out they will be put up on my second Youtube account.

As for the voice recordings I think I will start those tomorrow, after all it is getting pretty hot today and I am not sure I want to do recordings when I can sit in a cool breeze away from the computer.

As for the illustrated flash fictions I have been working on I have four completed ones, or mostly completed. Three of them have all the illustrations are colored in and the words are inked in. I worked on the drawings for the four story yesterday and half of them are really good, the other half? Well you will see.

Hopefully this weekend the scanner will be set up so I can use it. Scanning in these pages will be the beginning of my new work. As I have said elsewhere these will be free tales. Hopefully readers will find them and enjoy them and maybe, just maybe want to read my longer for sale fictions.

Darn it all


Well I was all ready to take my audio files and post them up on this blog. Take it in a new direction and place up files of me reading my poetry, dribbles and drabbles up here but when I tried found out that while you can do that one WordPress, you have to have a paid account. Which of course I do not. Sorry folks but as I haven’t made much money as a writer/poet/artist/sculpture/etc I can’t afford pay for sites yet.

Back to the search for a place I can place my audio files and let people hear my work. The plan is to put up these files for free. The poetry ones are very short so I had no plan of making a video of them but well looks like I just might have to and put them up on my second youtube account. Now for those of you who don’t know I have a bunch of videos up on my first youtube account here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/loralil

This account was set up quite a long time ago and contains music videos I made and book trailers. I had to do aother one because no matter how I tried I could not sign in. So the original account is sorta linked to my current empty account

 

https://aboutme.google.com/user/lisawilliamson

So I will put up updates with links so hopefully you wonderful followers can actually enjoy the audio version of my work.

 

Making audio files of flash fiction


Recently i tested out using my recording ap on my tablet.  Started with the dribbles I wrote last year. For those who dont remember dribbles are stories of exactly 25 words.  Reading your own work is something we all should do but it does feel weird. I plan on posting them up once I find a program to convert the gpp file to mp3. Seems my lenovo tabley records in gpp, which as far as I can see is not accepted in the various places for sharing sound files.

The second part issue is finding a place to post up these files. I have a bunch of my poems I recorded before my desktop died that are up on my old Myspace page but it looks like only music is over there now. And to be honest I never actually gained any traction on that social site.

So anyone have suggestions? While I have a YouTube site (two actually but I can not lig into the first one) I doubt straight audio would get views. I used to post my book trailers and aome fun photo videos over there. Maybe if I decide to do an snimated short versus the illustrated shorts I am working on but that is future.

So if you are intetested in hearing my reading of my work please tell me where I can put them. There are fifteen dribbles recorded and about twenty five poems. I will be recording my drabbles, quickie fictions. Probsbly everything I have under a thousand words. Given a place to put them and working equipment.

Hello once more


Well as you know it has been a while since I wrote anything at all. Lots of reasons but the biggest for this blog is that I just haven’t had the drive to write. Generally I write something but for months now I have been unmotivated.

While my own personal work, books, stories, poetry, drabble and dribbles, etc are on the back burner but my mind keeps going. So how about we do more analysis of trends in fiction of all kinds.

As a fan of good characters I have been enjoying the current takes on Sherlock Holmes. In the past decade there are three different takes on This classic character. Yes I am talking about all three today. From Robert Downey Jr’s movie take to Benedict Cumberbatch’s British Sherlock and Johnny Lee Miller’s American take on the same character.

In each we see a different face on the classic character.  The modern takes are in many ways so much better because the character has become very three dimensional. He is no longer the two dimensional character of the 1800s. He no longer is just the cold, ex druggy with just one drive. Now we see the reasons behind how he became who he is. Why he had the drug habit, why he only seems to trust a very small amount of people and why he is willing to go to extremes.

Plus one of the best parts is that they have, in this current century, started to make the female characters three dimensional. The recent takes on Sherlock’s paramore, on Doctor Watson’s wife and on Mrs Hudson has been so very much fun to watch. No longer in modern fiction can we have half the population under explored and that makes for fine watching.

Now as a writer I have done my best to explore characters in many ways. Sherlock is not one I have tried other than in a video game. The Great Detective is of course the basis of many of the detectives we read, watch and play to this day.

 

 

The difficulty of picking a title


All writers know that we need a good title to catch the attention of our readers. After an eye catching cover, the title really brings people to at least take a moment to look at your book.

Now as many of you know I have been writing for a long time. Coming up with titles is a real pain. There are thousands of books out there, all using titles that you just might have wanted to use. What to do right? Searching every single e-retailer would make any author throw up their hands and just give up. Thing is you just can’t do that with every story you write. Think about it folks. The average novel writer might just put out one book every year or two, but those who write shorter fiction like I do would be going back and forth, changing their title a thousand times before they could publish.

As an example one of my earliest online stories was a Ranma 1/2 fan fiction that I titled Sins of the Father. Go to Amazon and you will easily pull up 20 pages of work with similar titles, 15 on the first page alone. They come from every single genre out there for sure.

Now I could go on and make a chart of how many other titles that I can used would have multiples but it would be depressing.

How about we be original folks


There is a lot of argument all over the web about making more inclusive characters in books, comics, tv and movies. Now I am totally for having characters of every race, color, religion, sexuality, etc. What I am not for is taking well established characters and forcing them to be something their creators did not intend just because it is a current thing.

Taking heroes and making them villains because people don’t want heroes anymore is just wrong. Deciding that two same sex characters who are FRIENDS have to be in a secret sexual relationship just because we are now more accepting of those of different sexualities doesn’t make sense. We have gone over board lately. Two people of any sexuality can be just friends, very close and not want to have sex.

If people are so desperate for great characters who are evil or gay or transexual or anything, then you need to WRITE them, MAKE them.

This blog is yes a complaint from a writer and reader and fan who is getting really annoyed with people.  As a watcher, a reader and yes a fan, I want new and wonderfully rich  characters to sink my teeth into. I don’t want beloved characters that I have read or watched gutted and made into something they never were meant to be just because some young person wants them changed to fit their idea of fandom. It might be me being an older fan but I think it is really just I love looking for new and amazing characters to love and enjoy.

I have for decades read fanfiction and this is never more clear than in the fanfiction world. There are thousands of authors out there writing new stories in old worlds. The best of them stay true to the characters they have come to love and they add in new characters that interact and fit into the worlds they are playing in.

In fanfiction people have been exploring those topics that are so hot right now for ages. The best of the authors there have been taking characters who are ambiguous and make them fuller is okay. They make the stories rich and intriguing. They don’t take established characters who are either straight or traditionally sexed and turn them into a chimera of themselves.

You fans out there need to realize that these characters, including the ones I write, are not yours to take and warp into your version. They are gifts to you to enjoy, to get a brief glimpse into the mind of the creative souls who make the characters. Realize that the writers, the creators, pour their heart and souls into these people, the children of their minds and hearts. Don’t mess with them. Read them, watch them, love them but if you desperately need a character to be more like you, Write them, Create them and then gift them to the world.

 

 

Back to diversity research


This morning I spotted an interesting video on facebook about the changing face of male beauty around the world. Yes I said male. We all want to have a good looking, sexy male in our book to bring in the readers. But back to the video. In this they went through countries around the world and showed what was the current trend in the various countries. Every one of them was buff, mostly hairless on their chests/bellies and had thick hair, mostly dark and yes most of them are lighter of skin tone. Though there was more diversity than you would expect. The ones from India, South Korea and Nigeria were interesting to me.

Now for the research part. You see after watching the video, getting tired of all the comments that I see online and on tv, I wanted to see just what is the biggest racial group and this is what I found. It isn’t white (we knew that). it isn’t black (no matter what they say), it isn’t Latino (really folk it isn’t), the largest racial group in the world with 18% of the over 7Billion people on this plaent, is Han Chinese! The old rumor of the Chinese taking over the world from when I was growing up is close to true if you look at the numbers. The next largest group is those of Indian (from India that is) descent. So the two biggest groups are of the Asian world.

Now I have written characters who were of Japanese descent, native American descent, a few of African descent and a lot of course of Irish/Scottish (my own personal racial group). We do write what we know of course. I write characters that I want to read.

My question for reader this week is what do you want to read? When it comes to a hero does he need to be tall, dark and handsome? Have a square jaw, 12 pack of abs and more muscles than brains? Or can we do real men? Ones who might be short or thin or fat, pale or darker ?

The links for the research I did are these

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_world

http://www.queerty.com/heres-how-the-male-standard-of-beauty-changes-around-the-world-20150319?utm_source=bb82&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=malebeauty&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2   This is the video