Posted By Christine Graves on January 29, 2017
Okay, so I don’t usually discuss some of the weirder things I believe in, but I had to talk about this topic. I am a firm believer that many of the world mythologies are based on facts. I stress the word “based”. In other words, history is the longest running game of “messenger”, or “telephone”, whichever you called it. Remember that game we all played as kids where all the kids sat in a row and whispered a message into the next person’s ear to see if what the last person hears is what the first person said? Okay, maybe it’s just me.
Anyway, I’m watching Atlantis Rising on The National Geographic Channel. I truly believe that there was a real place behind all the hype. I know there’s been a ton of research done on the story, but some of the crap they come up with just amazes me. However, this show is actually trying to find some real evidence. I even heard a few things I’ve never heard before.
For instance, they found some very compelling evidence on the island of Sardina. Why have I never heard of this before? There were some very cool ruins found on the island. According to the archaeologist on site, the ruins were only recently discovered as they were covered in a thick layer of mud. For thousands of years, the people of Sardina had no idea that the giant mountain of dirt they pass every day was a huge stone structure? Kinda find that hard to believe but okay. They did determine that the biggest problem with that being Atlantis is that the time frame is too late. But it could be a place the people of Atlantis colonized after the destruction. Yeah, I might be able to buy that.
So they’ve moved further west to just outside the Straits of Gibraltar. Now I’ve heard some of the details of things they’ve found in that region and it’s very compelling. I won’t say I believe it’s Atlantis, but they are finding some interesting things. I won’t say what, watch the show. LOL couldn’t do that to Mr. Cameron or Mr. Jacobovici. I love me some Simcha.
I think there could be something to finding Atlantis in Southern Spain. It coincides with a lot of the details in Plato’s story, though I’m sure they’ll give some ideas as to why it’s not.
Posted By Christine Graves on January 26, 2017
I’m such a geek. I do a lot of the normal things that a woman of my age does. I crochet, I write, I ride motorcycles with my husband. But I also like geeky girl stuff like super heroes, fantasy worlds, and the idea of magic. I love ancient history, gods and goddesses, ancient aliens, and the SyFy show “Face Off”.
It may not seem a big deal, but it drives my husband up the wall. Being a motorcycle guy, he’s also into raace cars, muscle cars, old volkswagons, and prison TV shows. He’s your typical “man’s man”, but he has a heart of gold.
I know I’m a geek, but I’m okay with that. I might be an old broad, but I’ll always be young at heart.
Posted By Christine Graves on January 18, 2017
As I’ve said before, in order for me to get back into writing, I need to go back to the beginning. Today, I did just that. I went to my local library and picked up the 2017 Writer’s Market. I was pretty excited to see that it was there as our library isn’t a large place, but they impressed me today.
When I first decided that writing was what I really wanted to do, I didn’t know where to turn. That was before there was a computer in every home. We didn’t get our first computer until like 1996 or 97. And then it was only a WebTV. Remember that?
So, before that, I turned to The Writer’s Market for guidance. I sent a lot of submissions out in the mail, and I got a lot of rejections in return. But I learned a lot in those first couple of years. Now keep in mind, I haven’t used this guide in a very long time. I’m not so sure I remember how or where to start. But as before, I’ll figure it out.
I also picked up a book called “How To Write Anything–A Complete Guide” by Laura Brown. Never heard of it, but there looks to be a lot of information in there. I’m sure there’s something in there that will help me get to the next step.
I often wonder if it’s too late for me. I’m looking 50 in the face and it makes me a little nervous. Then I found this article about about just that topic. “Is It Too Late To Be A Writer?” by James Altucher. It’s about Louis L’Amour and the the road he had to travel in becoming one of the most prolific authors of all time. I bow to the master.
I told a friend of mine today, that if she’s really serious about it, go for it. One of the ladies I work with at my real world job, likes to write also. And being 20 years younger than me, I know she’s in her prime and could take her dream to the next level. Now I just have to remind myself of the same thing.
I can do it. I am a writer.
Posted By Christine Graves on January 8, 2017
So, I did a post a few days ago about coming up with an idea from a writing prompt. I’ve working on the first draft/outline. I put it that way because that’s kind of where I’m at in the process. I’ve got all these weird ideas coming out of thin air and I’m not sure where to go with any of them, so I’m just getting them down, I’ll figure out how to arrange them later.
I can’t believe I’ve gotten so much coming from a simple writing prompt, and it wasn’t even a serious one. It was kind of silly, but it’s brought out stuff in me that hasn’t been released in a very long time. It just goes to show that even the strangest of ideas can spark something in the right person.
The oddest part of the whole thing is that the more I write, the more it looks like I could come up with an entire series of stories from this one idea. I don’t know about entire books, but several short stories. I love writing short stories. I think it’s because I have the attention span of a squirrel.
For anyone who’s actually reading this post, don’t walk away from an idea you think won’t do much for you. It could actually be the one you’ve been waiting for. Don’t just read a prompt, feel it. Let it sink in for a few minutes then see if it moves you. Never take anything for granted, you never know when that miracle will be waiting for you just around the corner.
Posted By Christine Graves on January 6, 2017
Yes my little friends, it’s colder than a well diggers backside out there. I am NOT a cold weather person, and yet I live right smack dab in the middle of the country and when it gets cold, it gets horribly cold. Last night it got down to -27*. And the high today? 9*F. Brrrrrr.
I’m a firm believer that the temperature should be at least as high as I am old…48. That being said, I’m not a fan of extreme heat, but warm is always better than cold. And I don’t understand how people can live in areas that are cold throughout most of the year. Boggles my mind.
So why don’t I move to a warmer climate? Well other than the fact that I can’t afford it and all my roots lie here, some of the warmer climates come with issues of their own. California has Earthquakes, no thanks. The South-East has hurricanes. Umm, no. A nice island in the Mediterrainian? Sorry, allergic to volcanos.
So I guess I’ll just continue to live where I am, deal with jacked-up winters, and a few blistering summers. We do have to deal with tornadoes from time to time, but at least you can see them coming…usually. So you’ll have to excuse me now. I have to go pile on a few more layers to get warm. They say there’s only 6 more Mondays until Spring. I’ve never been so happy to see a Monday show up in my life. 🙂