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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Welcome Author Evie Alexis!
I get ideas for my stories all the time, sitting at home watching television, eating lunch, washing dishes, even sometimes at church! (I know, I know.) If I’m home and get stung by the muse I can conveniently turn to my laptop or jot it down in my messy draft notebook which is nothing more than my stories but in half-chapters and disconnected scenes or bullets.
But sometimes, I get my Pulitzer-prize winning scenes during the worst of times. In the middle of the night, when I can’t move for fear of waking my light-sleeper husband, or while I’m driving and can’t write because that would be worse than operating a moving vehicle and texting at the same time.
I hate those missed opportunities. It’s not that I suffer from memory loss and can’t recall the gist of what I would like to happen in the particular scene, but at that moment I have such phenomenal dialogue and setting. The details in my mind are crisp, smooth, vivid, and the emotion is so poignant. After the fact, it can’t be repeated, duplicated or equaled. It’s like when the sports player is in that zone. The pitcher delivers a no-hitter, or the goalie stops every single pass with his eyes closed. The fire, the drive, the motivation is all there. Give it some time to cool. The ability and technique remain, but the magic and zeal, it kinda flew the coop.
My husband recently purchased a digital recorder because he has seen me during these magical moments and then witnessed the afterwards if they are lost. Rest assured, my reactions are never violent. The dear man only wants to make life easier, for both of us, I guess. But I have to get used to using my new tool. It’s going to sound weird listening to myself as I type. It just might kill the mood as all the characters have the same voice. I will give it a try. My family travels a lot, and it may be easier to pack a small digital recorder than a notebook with pages and napkins borrowed from other places.
That bug bites any time, anywhere.