This picture is from The Princess Bride, a must see movie for all ages. But this gentle question really does represent the whole Daylight Saving Time shift. Even not being on a commute-to-work-place schedule, I am affected by the perception of the time change.
I ate breakfast an hour later, which threw off when to eat lunch, and I don’t eat dinner prior to my 6:30 Dancercise class, which was an hour earlier, according to the daylight. The class I attend looks nothing like the link. We’re a dozen women, all over 50, wearing boring active wear and doing our stretches, dance steps, and kicks in a farmers “grange” hall that hasn’t been upgraded since before we were born. But it’s fun. Rock-n-roll for an hour with my girlfriends, three times a week.
The status of my energy is – roller coaster. Jim at jbuss Astrology has been tracking the turbulence in the stars as representing positive changes for humanity and mother earth. We don’t like changes, yet we are all connected, as above so below. We can imagine these stellar aspects affect our personal perceptions. That “how do you feel?” question is a valid one to ask.
I attended a fantastic workshop on Saturday, presented by Donald Maass, who is an icon in the world of books and storytelling, and a really nice man. (He’s even willing to teach us How to Sashay.) From his insights, and the writing exercises he directed us to do, I felt a personal shift in perception regarding my intent to be a writer when I could have pursued a career as a storyteller. The difference is important and both skills apply for a novelist. In each scene we need to ask the primary character, “How do you feel?”
I attended a workshop, years ago, where a young woman enthusiastically presented what she had learned about writing from studying “the dead guys.” I was inspired even though others griped that they had studied “the dead guys” decades earlier and certainly didn’t need to copy classic samples as a writing exercise. But I didn’t study literature in school as I was on the business track. So, even though Delilah Marvelle was still an aspiring novelist when I attended her workshop on “the dead guys” it did create a shift in my perceptions on the writing – and reading – process. Writers are a rare breed and we need to remember that readers have lives we can’t fathom, but we can enhance.
The moral of that story is Delilah Marvelle is now an international brand of stories that readers adore. The catty old bitches whining about writing the exercises Delilah encouraged them to do – nothing has changed in their lives. There’s nothing wrong with that. Life is for living and we are not all the latest and greatest entertainment production company. Delilah is.
Today I read a Writer Unboxed post on the value of being a copycat as a writing exercise, like was recommended years ago, and I think I’m going to add this to my routine. But I’m not going to pick a favorite author or one that is specifically dead. There’s about 100 excerpts included in “Fire in Fiction” because they are examples of good writing. And that’s my thing.
So, how do you feel?