Question…

•August 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Is it vain to say that you LOVE your own story? Wrong to think that your own novel is just the best thing to grace a page? (Especially as it hasn’t yet become a ‘page’?) Every time I go through a section to rewrite, make a change, or just refresh my memory on what it is I’m writing about; I fall in love with it again.

I think I’ve managed to change my ‘romance part’ into something closer to romantic and farther from cheese ball. Been working out inconsistencies like what someone was wearing, or what a place was called. Getting all the details in like place names and minor character names… All of which takes time and isn’t all that fun. Yet it keeps reminding me why I started writing this in the first place.

This person in my head, this character and her world…. I want it to come alive in all its horror and grace. And I want other people to read it and GET what it is I SAW.

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Tabeth

Poet AND Writer?

•April 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

April is National Poetry Month, which got me thinking about how I started out (way back in 6th grade!) writing poetry. That was a tough year for me and poetry really started speaking to me. My teacher encouraged us to write poetry and so I started writing for myself. It was always the short poems, or pieces of poems that I clung to, so that is what I wrote.

For example I loved Phyllis McGinley’s poem “A Choice of Weapons” being an angsty teen at the time.

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Sticks and stones are hard on bones.

Aimed with angry art.

Words can sting like anything

But silence breaks the Heart.

 

 

 

Yet I was still young , idealistic, and loved nature so I wrote:

Like a whisper,

The Wind

Lightly blows through the forest.

Are you listening?

 

I always thought of myself as ‘a poet’ never as ‘a writer’ until I kind of fell into novel writing around 2001. As my first book poured out of me I was shocked! I had played around with writing short stories but never even gave a thought to writing novels!

So here I am a poet, working on another novel that I would really like to publish, and wondering if anyone else out there does both. Are there other writers that also write poetry?

Night Kisses

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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National Poetry Month!

 

Today I would like to share a poem I wrote back in 1998.

 

Revised a bit today.

 

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Night Kisses

 

 

Things always seem….. crisper

        at night

darkness more

        poignant

Light more

        sharp

 

Shadows of the day have

        shifted

dwelling awhile in the

        surreal

moonlight plays upon the leaf

        as sunlight never dreamt to do!

revealing details the day

        misses

hiding faults the day

        condemns

 

Shedding the sun

        night takes control

painting the world with

        mystery

seeking the point

        unrevealed

molding the mundane

        into cast silver treasures.

~Maria Rich

Moonlight image thanks to: http://www.thelensflare.com/members/donwrob.html

National Poetry Month!

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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In honor of National Poetry Month I thought I would share more of my own poetry and perhaps some of my favorites.

I would love any responses to my poems, and suggestions for poets both old and new that you think I should check out!

The Walt Whitman poem they use on their poster reminds me of one of my favorites that I memorized as a young teen by John Greenleaf Whittier, only it was just the one stanza. I never saw the whole poem, and wouldn’t have liked it nearly as much if I had! Loving nature as I do, this stanza was all I needed:

 

“Behold in the bloom of the apples

And the violets in the sward

A hint of the old, lost beauty

Of the Garden of the Lord!”

(from: The Minister’s Daughter)

It is also very fitting for this time of year!

http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41

Where the main character IS the evil one!

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I have been trying to spice up Tabeth some more by developing the characters in more depth and I came to realize that my main character, Tabeth herself, is also the main ‘evil’ in the book! What is your main character’s conflict? She is in conflict with her own evil nature. What is your main character’s flaw? Her vampire nature. Who is the protagonist? Tabeth Who is the antagonist? Tabeth!

So how do you make an evil, wicked, creepy character likable and work as a main character?

I found an interesting article on Writer’s Digest that has helped me figure this out and I would like to share.

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“Create Your Own Bad Guys and Sleazy Protagonists” which is from a larger book Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrel.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/create-your-own-bad-guys-and-sleazy-protagonists

I intend to get this book as soon as I can, but for now, I have this great article. In the article Jessica says, “Sometimes unlikeable protagonists have redeeming qualities mixed in with their negative qualities, which makes them enormously complex.” This is what I decided I wanted to go for with Tabeth, because while she has this evil side and definitely has evil moments where she is being creatively cruel and liking it, she also has this more human side which doesn’t want to kill innocents and falls for this very human man, making her vulnerable in all sorts of ways!

So how to do that convincingly? Jessica goes on to say how sometimes unlikeable characters are understandable or redeemable, and how no matter what we make them become they must be compelling. If you make your evilly traited character redeemable, they must have at least one positive trait. In doing a character sketch I have already decided that Tabeth has a few positive traits; one she doesn’t want to be a killer and so tries to kill only ‘bad guys’, two she finds herself capable of love and wants very much to believe in the hope that represents to her. The third positive trait is a bit more elusive, and I haven’t really put my finger on it yet, it is her drive to learn, to discover, to become something more than just this hungry animal she finds herself being.  

Is that enough to make her work as an evil protagonist who is also a main character? We shall see….

Post Holiday Blues

•January 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Wrapping up the Christmas treetree07

 

boxing up the tinsel

 

all the pretty paper

 

splattered with turkey dinner

 

overflowing trash buckets

 

overflowing counter

 

filled with all the shinny things

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that fail to lighten shadows

 

tipping scales with candies

 

pitching bank with negatives

 

sigh’s of ‘glad it’s over’

 

ringing joyous season

 

~Maria Rich

 

2014 (EDIT I typed 13!!! lol its 14 now!)

Just a quick poem to ring in the new year, off the seat of my pants as it were.

Happy New Year

 

 

Rewriting techniques

•December 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Last time I was talking about my rewrites I was looking into totally outlining my book due to timeline issues that had cropped up. Well that proved more than my lazy @ss was willing to do, so instead I use an old fashioned pen and paper to make a basic timeline. Then i went through the whole document and put in notes for *day one * night two and so forth. This was enough to get the problems fixed, but then I was seeing that it had become choppy… So…

This time I decided to break the whole book down into separate documents, one for Tabeth’s point of view, one for Kris’ point of view, and one for the main detective; Sarah. I figured that if I could read one point of view all the way through and not be totally lost, I had a winner. So, with the exception of the detective who is only a secondary character, I am now working on filling the gaps so that the story moves completely through both sets of eyes. Some things are obviously lost this way, but thats the point of having two perspectives right? One person doesn’t know what the other is doing, but the reader gets both sides. I figure this will give a lot more depth to the ‘scenes’ where they are both together as well.

The Plan is, after I get them together, separately, i can put them BACK together into a single document with a much better flow through. Sure I will have to get rid of anything that is too repetitive, but at least this way I will get two complete perspectives instead of a choppy ‘jerky cam’ story.

What do you think? Has anyone else tried this approach with a dual perspective story? Do you think it will work?

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Where to start?

•December 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Semester break, and I am sitting here trying to decide if I should work on my novel or the serial story that I have here that I never finished. Oh bother! Just write something already!!

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Semester Break

•December 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Do you know where your Draft is?

Odd Passions

•May 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sorry, not THAT kind of passion :-P

I just opened a new Flickr account and started uploading pics of one of my odder passions: Tarantulas!

I am an avid Tarantula hobbyist who is a member of the American Tarantula Society and has owned quite a few of these fascinating animals.

These pics were taken by me or my husband Shane Rich.

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Just click the page to the right that says Tarantulas via Flickr or HERE