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An expanded working list to give writers ideas:

Ecstatic: Combo of rapture and delight

Loathing: Hate and disgust in tandem

Startled: Surprise or alarm accompanied by reflex movement

Aversion: Extreme dislike

Terrified: Extreme fear

Joyful: Feeling intense pleasure/happiness

Humiliated: Brought to a low psychological state/status

Despair: Having lost all hope

Fright: Being afraid or scared

Shame: Feeling guilty or disgraced

Wary: Slow to act or careful

Clueless/naïve: Not understanding or knowing or lack of experience

Confused/dazed: Not being able to think rationally or clearly

Hard-headed: Stubborn or resolved or refusing to stop

Devastated: Emotional shock

Disgruntled: Feeling resentful, sulky, discontented or unhappy

Empowered: Feeling of extreme confidence in your abilities/circumstances/opportunities

Hyper/wired: Frantic, nervous, or jumpy

Jealous, covetous: Bitterness towards another for undeserved wealth, favor, or success

Numb/frozen: Lack of feeling or emotions

Paranoid: distrust, suspicion, or fear of others

Sedated: Feeling of calm, tranquility or serenity

Traumatized: Disturbed or devastated

Cheerful: Happy & jolly

Humorous: Funny, joking, & silly

Idyllic: Unspoiled or serene

Madness: Insanity or just folly or ridiculousness

Melancholy: Sad & depressed

Mysterious: Strange &/or secretive

Romantic: Idealistic, dreamy or loving

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Fair warning!

The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6. The evening of December 5 is Krampus Night or Krampusnacht, the wicked hairy devil who nabs naughty children. In other words, St. Nicholas gets the good children, and Krampus gets the bad ones. If you been bad, Krampus gonna get you! Best you can hope for is to get off with a good swatting.

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Generating writing ideas

Are you certain of the difference between sleep, unconsciousness, and not remembering? (Did you live through that hour or were you asleep or unconscious?)

Dream or what—the old idea—or you a dream or a dreamer? (Is dreaming your real life or is your life part of someone’s dream? Are you positive you know the truth?)

The past: Are your memories rock solid? Or did your mind generate the memories it either wanted or expected or feared? (In other words, can you really know the past?)

The subconscious: Is it the real you? Or just a shadow of you? Is the story about an Evil Twin grounded in fact? Do subconscious desires, fears, and urges control you more than you realize? (That is to say, who is in charge? You or your unconsciousness?)

Sensory input: Do your eyes tell you everything? How about mirages and optical illusions? And do your ears hear it all? How about ultra-high-pitched and bass below human hearing? Can sound coloring affect what you hear? How about smell and taste? Dogs and cats, might consider us nose-blind. (In other words, we only know about the world our senses tell us about, so how much more is out there waiting for us?)

Sanity is the last item: Are you certain you are sane? Schizophrenics do not live in the real world. I am not a psychologist, so I can only touch on the possible assaults to our consciousness. People with Arrested Emotional Development sometimes retreat to a safe time in childhood. Alzheimer’s patient regress mentally to a reality based in their childhood. (Is your lack of sanity restricting you to a world it created?)

Writers: I ask again. Are you conscious? Are your characters conscious? Can you take your mind into a state theirs is in? Happy writing. (If this is indeed real, I invite your ideas and comments)

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Kentucky Book Fair

Friday, December 2, from 4pm to 7pm I will be selling books at the Tiger Tree Fest, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and festival at Campbellsville University. 1 University Drive, Campbellsville 42178

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Memory or What?

As a writer, I am intrigued by the concept of unconsciousness How does a person know if they have been unconsciousness or they suffered memory loss? As a writer, how do you write about the difference? In other words, if you can’t communicate, how do other people know if you are conscious? My late wife suffered from Early-Onset Alzheimer’s, and I think she was aware of more than anyone realized. I recently had a near fatal septic shock and remember almost nothing for 12 to 24 hours. I thought I was unconscious all the time, but my son said I spoke to him, so I was not unconscious as much as I thought.

This leads to the concept of consciousness with AI. Any ideas?

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Moody Writers

More Moods for Writers

 

An expanded working list to give writers ideas:

Terrified: Extreme fear

Joyful: Feeling intense pleasure/happiness

Humiliated: Brought to a low psychological state/status

Despair: Having lost all hope

Fright: Being afraid or scared

Shame: Feeling guilty or disgraced

Wary: Slow to act or careful

Clueless/naïve: Not understanding or knowing or lack of experience

Confused/dazed: Not being able to think rationally or clearly

Hard-headed: Stubborn or resolved or refusing to stop

Devastated: Emotional shock

Disgruntled: Feeling resentful, sulky, discontented or unhappy

Empowered: Feeling of extreme confidence in your abilities/circumstances/opportunities

Hyper/wired: Frantic, nervous, or jumpy

Jealous, covetous: Bitterness towards another for undeserved wealth, favor, or success

Numb/frozen: Lack of feeling or emotions

Paranoid: distrust, suspicion, or fear of others

Sedated: Feeling of calm, tranquility or serenity

Traumatized: Disturbed or devastated

Cheerful: Happy & jolly

Humorous: Funny, joking, & silly

Idyllic: Unspoiled or serene

Madness: Insanity or just folly or ridiculousness

Melancholy: Sad & depressed

Mysterious: Strange &/or secretive

Romantic: Idealistic, dreamy or loving

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SCBWI Reading List!

My YA thriller, Experiment 38, is on the SCBWI Winter 2016 Reading List:

https://www.scbwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Mid-South_2016.pdf

YA thriller, publication TBA

YA thriller, publication TBA