Tips on how to write a story

 

If you wonder how some people can write stories, the answer is very simple — first you must want to do so.  Then, just looking around may give you ideas.

  • Sometimes, a fact of life brings to mind a story, or just a spark of a story.

If you have paper and pencil, or more modern, a latest model of phone cum computer, jot it down before other ideas push it out of your mind.  An active person can have a zillion of ideas a day, so it is easy to lose them.

It is interesting how once it is put down in writing, you will not forget it as easily.  Other sparks come and go, but if you continue to put them down in writing, in the end you may find out you have an outline for a real story.

  • Sometimes, you wake up from such a clear dream – thrilling or romantic or just plain bizarre…

Get it down in writing.  Dreams are notorious for getting lost, completely out of daylight memory. All you can remember is that it was funny, or threatening, or …I don’t know what…  But they are lost.  I tried to record my vivid dreams the moment I awake, but listening at my recordings after I was awake, I discovered that all I had was an unintelligible mumbling.  If you want to keep them, you have to record them in writing.  Then you can embroider on the initial dream…

  • Another time, you watch a program on TV and the spark jumps from the screen to your mind!
  • I am member in a group of writers and sometimes we need a prompt in order to produce a story.

The opening chapter of “Save Magic City” may remind you of “The Iron Giant” animation movie.  But the story is based on facts of life and politics.  And I love magic.  So, the resulting story is based on all these elements.

Now I have embarked on this “Time Travelling” new adventure.  I started with Marissa, a girl of 12 years of age, who is living in the Middle Ages and who discovers she can travel in time or space, as she needs.  She lives in the Middle Ages, but she meets all the characters from “Save Magic City” and they all become friends and traveling comrades…

If you have not yet read “Save Magic City”, you may order the e-book at iUnivers or any of their distributors.  Marissa’s story you’ll be able to read on my website blog.

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

the-kingdom

 

 

This novel was provoked by the cruel realities of today’s world

Only this week it was announced that GM will let go between 1 and 2 thousand workers from their model plant in Canada and move their production in the States. GM makes money, Canadian Government makes money, and the workers are left in the rain and wind without cover!

This and failed small farms are the realities prompting this story, for they are not only today’s happenings, they have been going on for years…

Albert is so rich that his rich fellows in school called him “rich bitch”, but he can do nothing to change the world. He is a dreamer and visualizes this kingdom based on human needs and intrinsic goodness. He puts his own wealth into the realization of his dream, but his money, though plenty, is not enough. He needs other investors and thus, nobility is chosen and developed based on the amount invested. He starts by inviting the richest of his old colleagues from high school and three of them accept. A duke and two earls. The duke invites an old friend from college and now they have a marquees as well. Of course, Albert is king, but he has to take care of contracts and last minute arrangements and is between worlds most of the time, leaving the care of the kingdom in his nobles’ care.

They each recruit their retainers based on a very long and complicated questionnaire, the gist of which would be “leave all insecurities behind and never regret it, for once admitted there is no way back.

Albert loves his idea of a Medieval kingdom, and it seems everybody in it does too, but he has a dear friend whom he wants to marry and make his queen, and to convince her to leave the Modern world behind, he builds for her a palace to tempt a saint. Unhappily the beautiful woman and the tempting palace bring the serpent in the garden of Eden and Albert himself is not capable to fight for them. He is the dreamer, not the warrior.

Enters Jack, the loner, the man without wealth and without obligations aside of some debt incurred in the process of building a theater that in the end burns down leaving him without an aim as well. By a quirk of fate, Jack was Albert’s only friend in school, and now Albert comes to Jack’s rescue. They both could ride, but Jack could fence as well and had a streak of contrariness that made him fight for what he considered to be right even against terrifying odds. That is what Albert needs in order to save his kingdom — a Champion.

Jack is seduced to enter the kingdom thinking that he could leave anytime he chooses, is knighted and leaves on a discovery journey, a quest if you would… and just before he leaves is made aware of the perils he might encounter on the Duke’s fief. The Duke? Is he his old school nemesis? Should he leave now?Too late. Jack is in love with the kingdom and with the future queen and can no more leave without feeling he is betraying his old friend Albert.

The saga begins and I will not tell it to you. You must read the book.

I only want to ask the author if he thought of a continuation of next generations. The kingdom is on a lease for 99 years. Will it end just like Hong-Kong did? Will it finally clash with the modern world? Canadian Government is not known for taking the right decisions, so there is plenty of room for new conflicts in the new generations…

For the moment we live inside Utopia, but what if loggers cut the woods surrounding the kingdom? What if they bring technology, medicine and pollution with them? What if oil is discovered in the very neighbouring valleys? What if modern army is brought to subdue the wild men living like “savages” in the middle of nowhere? So, let us hear about a sequel, and soon!

 

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The world around us

Look around and take stock of the changes that take place under our very eyes..

The world is dominated by corporations who conduct their business in a globalized way. They change work forces the way we, plain humans, change clothes. As soon as a new poorer country offers better conditions, the factories and offices move there and the old work force is “let go.” That means that men and women are left without the means to continue life as they knew it. The process of finding new jobs entails such stress that families split and children suffer.

I believe firmly that people should help each other when misfortune strikes; the need to put something on paper became an obsession with me and “Save Magic City” became reality.

I worked 10 years for such a corporation and when told that I together with my section colleagues were no more needed, I became part of this globalized world and I understood much better its underscoring evil.

Not Voldemort, but humans with $$ instead of hearts are changing us into scared beings, expecting the worst but doing nothing to change life to better…

5 Ideas of How We, Together With our Children, Can Bring Magic Into our Lives

Author Rocsanne Shields

I finished writing this book in early 2007, but I took my sweet time deciding what to do next.

In March 2010, I heard on the TV about a town (Detroit) in which the mayor had taken over the empty houses and the lots around them, to be used for the greater good of the town. There were too many empty houses left by their owners who could no more pay their dues. According to newsmax.com “city-hall takes over 23.000 abandoned houses.”

The story is not short, but very sad and very true — there were 33,000 abandoned houses, out of which 10,000 were too decrepit to be repaired and were to be demolished, the rest of 23,000 to be taken over by the city and used to produce income and save the city.  Aside from the houses there were 91,000 urban lots abandoned and polluted by trash.  The population had declined from 2 mill. in its days of glory, to less than one mill. in 2010.

How close to my story! It is frightening to know that fantasy walks so close to reality.  Though the process had started some time before the recession, it became accelerated by the closure of the automotive factories in Detroit, Michigan USA. Detroit’s magic will be provided by the government in the guise of loans and grants for the beautification of the city and advertising for new businesses to come and bring much needed jobs with them (50% of population was unemployed in 2010, at the time the article was written).

I think that people can do a lot to improve their lot, and their children are a major factor in implementing any plan.  It is their future they should fight for.  Here are the ideas I suggest for bringing the magic back in our lives:

1. Organize teams to keep the city clean.

Many a time I come home to find somebody had thrown empty cans of pop on the side of the street, coming to roost in the side ditch.  Children and young adults can help.  They are the next generation of workers, thinkers, and artists.  It is our duty to help them understand that if we destroy the environment, there will be nothing left to save in next decades.  They may organise through school, church, or just plain by neighbourhood, and help keep streets clean and green.

2. Start buying “Made in Canada”.

Once I heard President Obama say “Buy American”.  He was right but, not politically correct!  He changed the music to “buy global”.  But he was right.  Buy Canadian and support the Canadian economy.  Without our support, it is going the way of the Do-Do bird…

Parents and children together, by buying only local products will contribute to reinforce the local agriculture and the small entrepreneurs.  There is strength in numbers. This may preserve jobs from disappearing.

3. Encourage the farmers’ markets.

If we use all arable land to build houses and malls, we’ll be always buying our food from outside our country.  Already the Canadian agriculture is suffering.  We need to encourage the farmers markets, and teach all our friends and family members of all ages to do the same.

4. Follow the example of other children.

We hear all the time about children of ten or twelve who have already started to organize their friends, and gather money to help those in need.  It is very important to support their actions and encourage others to do the same, and not only for places struck by disasters.  The way the economy is oriented, we’ll have financial disasters like the banking one in USA, or the automotive crisis in North America and Europe in their generation as well.

Children can do lots to save a community.  “Canadian children help earthquake victims” is the story of Bilaal Rajan who started his crusade of helping children in need from the age of four, when he sold clementine oranges door to door. The $350 he raised was to help the 2001 earthquake victims in Gujarat, India…  After the hurricane of 2004 that ravaged Haiti, he formed a team of 12 other children to help sell the cookies his father’s company donated for this effort.  In October 2004, Bilaal and his team-mates presented UNICEF with a cheque for $6,387 from cookies sold by them door-to-door.  He was seven. By the time of the article, in 2007, he was eleven, and had already gathered $50,000 by himself. You can read more at http://www.bilaalrajan.com/about_bilaal.html :

“What a legacy Bilaal has begun– and in 2007 he’s only now 11 years of age! Your partnering with this visionary young man will make it possible for him to raise the consciousness of even the youngest of souls on the planet, and instill in them the purpose that so many of our lives lack today. In so doing, they will learn the importance of being of service to others, and will be primed to continue this work in brilliant ways in the future, leaving the world a better place than they found it, and keeping Bilaal’s dream alive…”  He also set up a dedicated website, ( www.handsforhelp.org ) to raise awareness for children in need.

5. Children should be exposed to good examples on the media.

If we start asking for such programmes, I’m sure the TV producers will listen to our voices and will find ideas for a series of shows to encourage good deeds among children and young adults.  Today Facebook is almost more important than TV.  Let’s have short movies taken while working for a good cause, instead of movies of kids beating kids.

I like to think that young people can get organized for good just as they get organized for crime.  Instead of choosing the easiest way to obtain satisfaction, they should help each other to better themselves, not to beat or bully the weaker among them.  This is our true magic.  Together we can change the conditions — locally and globally.