Then, during the writing of my blog-novel, |:::|::: Hapa Girl DNA :::|:::| (which is a first draft that totally “doesn’t work”), I came across Shawn Coyne’s book, The Story Grid, and realized that next to him, I’m embarrassingly unqualified to help writers improve.
So I quit posting about fiction. I still post an occasional short story, though.
Now I’m writing about intelligent design, a few health issues, scientific fundamentalism, the recent shocking UFO story in the New York Times, the alternative to “scientific materialism,” and several other topics that I just can’t keep quiet about.
I avoid politics, though, because it appears we’ve all been duped into an emotional hate frenzy by a few people at the top who control both sides of TV politics and want the voting public evenly and disdainfully split so the powerful 0.000001% can maintain some sort of control. Here’s a post on that conspiracy theory. Yes, if pejorative labels like “conspiracy theory” could stop people from thinking objectively, democracy wouldn’t have gotten this far.
I took a developmental editing course from Shawn which helped my fiction writing more than anything else I’ve ever done. (For instance, I’ve read over 80 how-to books on writing.) Someday I hope to re-write Hapa Girl DNA. It’s embarrassing now that I know how to tell a story.
Shawn’s editing course also gave me the privilege of calling myself a “certified Story Grid editor,” and hanging out a shingle at StoryScopeMD.com, as well as being mentioned on Shawn’s site, http://www.StoryGrid.com. But I’ve run into some health issues that prevent me from taking on clients now. No great loss, there are 18 other certified SG editors ready to help you. They’re all awesome.
My background is in science and medicine (pathology), by the way. I bailed on that profession at age 58. Total burn out.
Love, and may there be gentle breezes this spring and summer,