My Daily Word – Memories

•July 27, 2009 • 5 Comments

At the end of a two week tour through Egypt (two years ago), our fabulous tour leader gave us a great insight into memories.  I have never forgotten her explanation.

She described our memories as being like little zip files, files compressed to save space making them easier to save or send.  What a great visual, and she was right.

She also said that memories would return to us…like little zip files.  Some would stay vivid in our minds from the day we left Egypt, and others would pop back into our minds and decompress days, weeks, even years later.

How absolutely brilliant!  I can attest that in the past two years, I have experienced little pop-ups of memory from my trip.  Some open up during conversation.  Others are triggered by senses, like a smells or sounds.  For example,  the other day I read a scene from one of my critique partners in which she described a character’s eyes as being as “blue as the Egyptian sky”.

Wow.  That could sound trite or cliche to some people, but for me it unzipped feelings I experienced while standing beside the Great Pyramid.  I do remember being in awe of just how blue the sky was.  Even in my photographs, the sky seems bluer than in ones I’ve taken here at home.  Standing beside the great stones, I felt…eternal, and eternally small.  🙂

Here is my daily senryu, dedicated to all of the compressed files hidden inside YOUR mind!

To Zip or Unzip, That is the Question

To Zip or Unzip, That is the Question

memories return

like mental pop up windows

unzipping the past

***

🙂

Try unzipping a memory today…and keep writing!

Eternally,

Lynda Gail Alfano

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My Daily Word – Eternal

•July 22, 2009 • 4 Comments

As a writer, it doesn’t hurt to remember that what we post online becomes an eternal representation of ourselves.  Once it’s out there….it’s out there:  linked, pinged, forwarded, copied, pasted, and otherwise flung into the far reaches of the world wide web.

I watched a local story on the television last night where a mother left her two children in the car while she went grocery shopping.  She did leave the car running, but her 8 month old was left in the care of a 7 year old.  What??!!

A concerned woman in the parking lot called in the cops…who thankfully have arrested the woman.

Here’s where the “stupid keeps coming” (love that phrase Teresa),  the woman is pleading her innocence, but after bailing out of jail she talks about what she did on her MySpace page.  She titles it with one very obnoxious word:  BUSTED!

Now they get to use her words against her in court. 🙂

So, here’s my quirky senryu for the day, and remember…anything you post…is now on an eternal journey through cyberspace.

wordsshare, publish, go, send

a fool and her ideas

are soon parted

***

Have a brilliant day, and keep writing ya’ll!

Eternally,

Lynda Gail Alfano

My Daily Word – Demons

•July 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

Demons are certainly more than the dark creatures portrayed in fantasy novels (like mine)!

In many cases, they are emotions and thoughts inside our own mind.  They hold us back when we should move forward.  They push us down one path when we should have chosen the other.  They make us cower away when our core personality is more assertive.  They create doubt in our minds, leaving us blind to the possibilities.

Today’s senryu poem is so affected by demons, that it is missing the usual irony, and that is intended:

Demon Kneeling by Walter Myers (arcadiastreet.com)

Demon Kneeling by Walter Myers (arcadiastreet.com)

let fly your demons

to flail on ebony wings

so dreams soar again

Do not let the demons of  doubt, fear, and indecision overtake your authentic being.  Know your true self…and live it…everyday.  Stay committed to it.  Keep the demons locked inside the realm where they belong…in fiction and fantasy!

Eternally,

Lynda Gail Alfano

My Daily Word: Foolish

•July 20, 2009 • 1 Comment

This weekend, I came across a great quote from Anne Rice.  It said:

“To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.”

How true.  I don’t know what she said before or after that, but I would personally extend that sentiment a bit.  Many people write, but there is a big leap of faith that must be taken in putting it “out there”.  There is no risk of embarrassment if you keep your writing to yourself.

For those of us who might fall into the fearless category (like me 🙂 ), we risk being embarrassed, criticized, corrected, and much more.   I don’t know why I seek to be “heard”, but even negative comments are a form of acknowledgment.

Well, that’s really as philosphical as I can get on a Monday morning at 9 am.  However, I have a new plan to stretch my inner writer each day.  Like my favorite comedian, George Carlin, I love words.  I love the English language.  So, today I begin something new, which I’ll call:  My Daily Word.

Thinking along Anne Rice’s words, I started researching phrases that involve foolishness.  In a very stream-of-consciousness way, I came across that old adage that we are our own worst enemy.  Very true.  As writers, we have many enemies:  writers block, procrastination, the internal editor, the dirty laundry, the Lord of the Rings DVD’s which keep calling my name.  Well, you get the idea.

So, My Daily Word for today is represented in a senryu poem.  A tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves…no matter what you do for a living.

I found the villain
he’s closer than I thought
my breath fogs the mirror

Have a brilliant day, and keep writing!

Eternally,

Lynda Gail Alfano

Oh, No! (Gasp) – The Synopsis Approaches

•July 14, 2009 • 5 Comments

Yes, my writerly friends and family, it is the bane of my existence…the dreaded synopsis.

Yet, it isn’t the actual writing of the synopsis that seems so dastardly.  It is the frustration that the format of a synopsis is like a contemporary painting…open to interpretation.  For an industry that in other areas is so regimented, why is the style and length of the synopsis so varied from agent to agent…and publisher to publisher?  Why can’t they all just get along?

Recently, I lamented this frustration to a new writer friend, Teresa Frohock.  I discovered her blog while searching for critiquing ideas.  I have enjoyed her humor and insight, and especially her “lunch hour links”.  After researching this topic, today she has posted a great blog on writing the novel synopsis.

Thank you for the topic, Teresa!  (Sigh)  Now I have to haul out my synopsis, which originally began life at a whooping 10 pages.  After much sweat and tears, I’ve managed to massage it down to 6 pages.  As it’s written, I’ll never get it any shorter.  So, Teresa, I am going to use the technique you mentioned, and rewrite it in three Acts.

Those who know me personally, know that I love movies…and I love to quote them.  As a new blogger, I think I’ll continue to spout off my favorite quotes as I come across them.  Teresa, you now have the distinct honor of being my first quotee!  Here’s my favorite line from the post writing the novel synopsis:

“Well! many authors exclaim, how can that silly agent-person possibly experience the greatness of my novel with one lousy page?”

Boy, isn’t that the truth?!  Not the silly agent part, but the part about the greatness within us.  Isn’t that what we want?!  We want someone to come along…and even through the rough edges…can see that spark of greatness withinus.  And the thought that we have to convey that latent spark in under 300 words – is terrifying!

Keep writing!

Eternally,

Lynda Gail Alfano

Senryu Poem – Eternal Pride

•July 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I recently learned about a form of poetry called senryu.  It is similar to haiku in that it is unrhymed and 17 syllables or less.  The difference is in theme.  A senryu is supposed to be a bit satirical or ironic, and to be about human nature or human artifacts.

Artifacts?  That’s right up my alley of interest!  🙂

I was looking through my personal photos from my trip to Egypt, and one really stuck in my mind.  The Sphinx, which of course I wrote about earlier.  But this time, I focused on the face of the Sphinx.  There are certainly some interesting stories about how the great statue lost it’s nose.  Yet, I can’t help but think of one particular old adage when I look at the massive chip in the stone features: “cut off your nose to spite your face”.

So, here is my first (and hopefully not too lame) attempt at a senryu poem about spite.

Profile of the Sphinx

Profile of the Sphinx

rigid with cold pride,

yet spitefully nosing

into the sharp sand

by

Lynda Gail Alfano

New Poem – Sphinx Meditation

•July 1, 2009 • 6 Comments

I finally found my old files from my January 2007 trip to Egypt.  The trip of a lifetime.  So many experiences to share…including a very spiritual experience in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid.  But I’ll share that story at a later date.

Today, I’m just going to point you toward a copy of a poem that sprang from my mind during a meditation my tour guide led as we all sat in between the great paws of the Sphinx.  I felt profoundly lucky that our group did receive permission to enter the Sphinx enclosure.

Meditating next to the Sphinx in Egypt

Meditating next to the Sphinx in Egypt

That’s all for today.  I need to spend my afternoon trying to figure out how to redirect my domain name to this blog site.  My old website has lived out its usefulness, I’m afraid.

Eternally,

Lynda Gail Alfano