WORDS on WORDS By Ellie – Awe, The Golden Years.

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TODAY’S WORD: AGING

“I’m not sure when it happened but when I was distracted and not paying attention, someone else moved in and started running my body. And I can’t say for sure but I’m thinking that she’s about three years old.”

So, here’s what’s happening. The first thing I noticed is that she must have found my boxes of Crayola crayons for she began to color brown splotches all over my arms and legs and neck. Once in a while, she seems to choose a purple crayon for the splotches but mostly they’re a drab and ugly brown. I’ve just about used up my flesh-colored crayon trying to color over the brown splotches so they won’t show.

Then she began to play Charley Horse with my leg muscles. She mostly loves to do this in the wee small hours of the morning and generally interrupts a fabulous dream in which I’m decades younger. Lately, she’s begun to bend my toes under at the same time so I don’t know where to massage first. That doubles the fun. For her!

I gather she loves to twirl around and around inside me the way three-year-olds do because I’m the one who gets dizzy all the time. She just bounces off to another activity, like putting small objects in front of me that I trip over when I walk.

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Now she’s begun playing peek-a-boo with my eyes. When her little hands cover my face, everything grows blurry and indistinct. I’m pretty sure she’s also the one who puts her fingers in my ears on occasion causing me to miss parts of conversations.

But the naughtiest thing she does is re-arrange my memory. Things from my childhood come readily to mind. Childish memories are front and center where they simply crowd out current activities of the brain, like where I laid down my glasses, did I or did I not pay the gas bill, have I taken my medications this morning.

She doesn’t show any signs of moving out soon and there’s been no evidence that she’ll grow out of this mischievousness. So I guess I’ll have to learn how to live with my new, young roommate and hope she moves out before she becomes a teenager!

AWE, The Golden Years .  .  .  .  .

Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer

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Words on Words  ~  TODAY’S WORD:  ‘WRITING’

“Writing is a messy business.”


Each page of the handwritten manuscript is blotted with cross-outs, strike-overs, arrows pointing to a bit of re-write, underlines indicating a section that resonates with the author. And more.

I’ve tried composing strictly on the computer but frequently find I’ve deleted something that didn’t seem quite right only to discover that I could have used it further down the page or in the next chapter. If I still had a written copy of the now deleted text, it could easily have been typed into the space appropriate to it. But it didn’t stay in my brain long enough to retrieve it from there.

The next problem is, of course, knowing how much of the early writing truly is worth saving. These words are your own children, after all, and each has a special place in your mind, if not in your heart, so the tendency would be to save every single syllable. Trying to save all the pretty words is fairly unworkable. There are just too many of them, each saying approximately the same thing but with small nuances and minor corrections.

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It is not unusual, I believe, for an author to re-write any given paragraph eight or ten times, much of the time reworking the piece directly on the computer by deleting the unwanted material in favor of the newer edition. In this case, the earlier copy almost certainly has been erased in favor of what has just been written. And by the time you realize that some of it could have been incorporated into the new bit very compatible, you can’t remember what it was, exactly.

So, the answer, I’m thinking is having more than one computer and switching back and forth between them, incorporating any great bits as you move from one to the other. Very cumbersome, to be sure, but breathless bits of prose are worth the effort. So, one problem figuratively solved.

Next, comes the bigger problem: How to recognize those ‘breathless bits of prose’ as actually worth saving. Hard to separate vanity over one’s own words from the reality that perhaps they really should have been deleted permanently. Writers are not often the best critics where their own words are in the balance. So, what to do?


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Oh, wait a minute! Isn’t that what beta reader and editors are for?
Problem solved!

KEEP WRITING AUTHORS!  ~ Ellie Pulikonda, Author


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Today’s words: Success and Failure

As an elementary school student (and if truth be told, as a high school student) I measured myself by my successes and failures. I loved the ‘soft’ subjects: reading, writing, and later English, social studies, and history. I aced them. The so-called ‘solid’ subjects were my downfall. I failed chemistry, twice, in high school, barely made it through algebra (math was always a struggle) and would have had to repeat geometry except the class was full. One presumes it was full of students who could actually understand it.

I am just now coming to the realization that ‘success’ and ‘failure’ are not absolutes and certainly that any one person is either/or. One is not either a success or a failure. There is an enormous amount of middle ground between those two opposites that we need to lay claim to. As an author, you can appreciate that your book is a success even if it does not meet with overwhelming acclaim. It’s not likely that my work will ever be on the New York Times bestseller list, and even less likely that it will be a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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At the same time, I have stories to tell, stories that I hope will entertain and enlighten those who pick up my books and read them. The whole process of taking a book through the writing, editing, and publishing process is a new kind of learning experience and one that is frustrating, difficult, painstaking, and exhilarating.

And I am grateful for the readers that I do have, those who ask me “When is your next book coming out?” And especially those who say they can’t wait to read it.

So my audience may be small, my fame may be non-existent, my income from writing may be minuscule, but my gratification is enormous. And so I’ll keep on keeping on. And I encourage every ‘would-be’ writer out there to do the same. Success and failure are, after all, just words.

Until Next Time Writers!

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Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer

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WORDS ON WORDS ~ By Ellie

 

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TODAYS WORD?   WORDS!

My novel, Willa, is written. All two hundred and twelve pages of my manuscript are covered in words. Now comes the hard part: re-writing to tighten phrases, eliminate redundancy, facilitate the flow, check spelling, grammar, and syntax, and make it a good read.

Words have been a lifelong love of mine. Even as a small child I loved hanging around words to see what they had to say. I was the brat who aced every vocabulary test, won every spelling bee and cheered when essays were assigned.

The tendency for a lover of words is to see every word of their own writing as perfect, precise, apt, and immovable. Removing words I have written down is almost as painful as having a splinter removed (and just as necessary).

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So here I am, faced with the editing of two hundred plus pages of manuscript. I can procrastinate by sharpening pencils, (even though I’m using a computer), checking pagination, straightening the stack of papers on my desk again (and yet again). I then remember that I need to take something out of the freezer for dinner and straighten my closet and, yes, it’s time to walk the dog again. Even writing this blog is evasion.

So! Enough of this procrastination. I will give myself a good talking-to and get going on the re-write. Right after I put in a load of laundry and straighten up the living room. Oh, and clean the kitchen counters.

Writing is fun. Re-writing: not so much.

Ellie Pulikonda, Author & Writer,  (My new novel “Finding Faith” below)

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    A Special Weekend WORDS on WORDS

    Ellie Pulikonda

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    “I write for the pure joy of writing” . . .
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    Today’s Word: WORDS

    Words are the most powerful tool mankind has ever invented, more powerful than any other single invention. Words have enabled us to create civilization as we know it, to discover and name new experiences, and to share their merit and usefulness with others. And words have given us the ability to direct our lives toward our own goals.

    Nowhere is this more evident than in writing and publishing our words for others to read. Being a novelist is exciting and rewarding, enabling me to share my thoughts and discoveries about the human condition with others. After all, being an author is simply choosing, writing, and publishing words that communicate to others what the authors has found to be true in her own experience.

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    So it is with the novel I’m currently writing, which carries the brief title of “Willa.”
    Willa was not a name to be worn lightly. The question that informs her story is: did the name (the word) create the person or was the naming a kind of foresight of the person that she was born to be.

    Notice that I did not say “the generous woman she was”. She gave grudgingly to those who found her favor but not many who walked with her through some part of her life gained even that slight reward. Nor did I say she was a beloved woman or one who loved well. She had her favorites, oh, yes she did, and they warmed themselves, sometimes briefly, in her regard for them. But there were also those who served her wearily with no real expectation of any kind word or warm regard, although surely they hoped that at some time they would be rewarded for their steadfast service.

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    She was, nonetheless, a remarkable woman, her coming of age occurring during the heady days of the suffragist movement. Determined to live on her own terms when most women didn’t dare dream of such freedom, she seems to have ignored the proposition that others should have shared equally in that privilege. It was a life she claimed only for herself.

    “Willa” is the tale of this remarkable woman’s journey through life. It raises more questions than it answers but questions have a way of changing our understanding even as, or because, they provoke us.

    More on the novel as it progresses.

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    Today’s Word: Mindset 

    “I believe we all by some point in our lives have a certain mindset that has been developed over the years by our experiences and our interpretation of those experiences.”

     
    Our mindsets are useful tools, helping us to sort our current experiences quickly and without having to think too long and hard to make conclusions about them. In a way, they’re like a filing cabinet with tabs for our experiential knowledge. We can quickly determine where a current idea or thought process belongs and sort it into the proper “bin” in our minds. Or toss it into our virtual waste basket.

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    It’s one reason us folk “of a certain age” (I would never say “old fogies”) are prone to sort through current happenings, pass judgment on them, and relegate them to the proper bin in our minds. We don’t have to spend too much time thinking through any given situation or set of facts to test them. We just recognize the keywords from our past experiences with them and quickly determine which folder this given bit of information goes into.

    This works efficiently whether our judgment is pro or con. We’ve already worked through our beliefs on that particular idea and don’t need to dwell on it now. The problem I find in handling information always in this way is that it doesn’t allow for new understanding.

    Change is constant and things that were true ten, twenty, fifty years ago are often found to be untrue or irrelevant today. So our file drawers may not always be the best way to handle all the incoming information we receive. Our mindset may no longer be the best sieve to filter current events through.

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    To be sure, past experience is a factor in sizing up current situations and making helpful decisions about them. And it is a time-saver. Yet if we are too quick to pigeon-hole current information based only on past experience, we may miss some of the richness of living in the present.

    I wonder what would happen if we approached each new experience or bit of information as though it was the first time we were feeling or hearing it. We just might discover a richness of knowledge that we could never have dreamed existed.

    Until Next Time Writers!


    Ellie Pulikonda, Writer/Author  of  “Split Second and now released, Finding Faith”

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