On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Ouch...Life Imitating Art Imitating Life

Well, in my novella, Road of Adventure http://www.robindowens.com/images/novella_pdf.pdf I have my heroine dying (it's a Second Chance At Life Story) by falling down the stairs and hitting her head on a newel post. I got that idea when, ha ha, I fell down the stairs a couple years back (AFTER I'd decided to pay for my own health insurance after going bare for about 7 years). Anyway, I fell down the top part of the stairs (combination of just turning the lights out at night and mistaking the stairwell for the bathroom, I now burn candles in the bathroom), so I hit the landing and not the newel post. Shakes you up for sure.

I included in Road several things that had an impact upon me. One was the fall down the stairs, one was the crash of two small planes mid-air over my area (you DO NOT forget the cops calling and asking you to look for body parts -- in your trees), and one was a favorite cat having to be put to sleep. So it was a special story and fun to write, and I like/liked it.

Every book will have bits of you in it, whether it is motivation, the color of a bathrobe, the layout of your apartment. Expect it, and, of course, use anything that comes up.

Well, I was reminded of Road this am when I ran up the stairs with my hand along the rail and a sliver goudged under my little fingernail. Ouch! I think I got it all, and as you can see, it isn't slowing my babbling much, but -- Geeze (as Jake would say in Road), I use the banister all the time, where did that rough spot come from? I don't know, but I did find it and will sand it down and stain it...but meanwhile I got caught in the cylcle of Life Imitating Art Imitating Life...

May you use everthing possible today.



Blogger Michele said...

Major Ouch!!
Hope your finger feels better by now!

"check for body parts in trees????"

Another entry of amazing insight.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thank you, Michele. The finger is ok but splinter under the nail is not fun.

Take care,

10:02 AM  
Blogger Digital Art Photography for Dummies said...

Wow, you've got a lot of books under your belt. I'm trying to get my book, "Bienvenido a Miami" published. Thanks for all of your thoughts.

10:30 AM  

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