Sunday, November 3, 2013
The New York City Marathon is happening right now. I hear the helicopters flying over First Avenue. I feel the excitement waving over New York City. I remember waiting by the 59th street bridge, waiting to see my husband run to the finish line—26.2 miles. I can’t believe I made it to Central Park, all ten times, to see my husband Bob, win his goal. But I did.
The New York City Marathon hits in November. The NaNoWriMo hits in November. It is an annual (November) novel writing project that links together writers who want to make it to the finish line—to write a novel with a word count of 50,000 words. When the clock strikes 12:00 midnight on the last day of November, the writers’ goal must be met. Like winning the GOLD. Writers from all over the world participate in this great undertaking. I was one.
To equate The New York City Marathon with NaNoWrMo is right on target. To run a Marathon the runner is obsessed with their Passion. Need. Discipline. Making a pledge to oneself to run the Marathon starts months before the scheduled date. The runner needs time to set goals, timing, running schedule. What writer who wants to finish a novel doesn’t need the three disciplines.
Back in 1996, I took the pledge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. How did I finish? Passion. Need. Discipline. Now, on this day that the Marathon is waving its colors in New York City and day THREE of NaNoWriMo, I am taking the pledge to finish Starstruck Girl, the novel that I can’t let go. But I must let it go out to the world by its Finish. My time span. December 31st.
To all the runners and writers out there striving to make it to the finish line, I am right there in the pack.
Monday, May 20, 2013
One Writer's Story
Although the Katha Pollitt story is dated, it deserves to be up-dated what with the Information Highway offering writers myriad roads on the road to publication. Do you remember when we went to the Post Office with that SASE. Okay, it’s still on the road block, but most agents, if you check an agent's website call for that Query. First twenty pages. A miracle happens. Your book is published. Okay, you shout it to Facebook, Twitter; you know the rest. But did you think of submitting your book to be reviewed by the editors of the New York Times OP-ED page.
This post goes back to 1996, but it's worth an up-date. Here's the scoop. Katha Pollitt, a published author wanted to get noticed in the New York Times.
On Wednesday, July 12, 2006, Katha Pollitt sent her bad reviewed book, “Virginia or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time,” to the New York Times. I read her story and so did many other readers; but if you haven’t read her story, let me tell you it’s a great way to get your book noticed. She gained a higher ranking scale at Amazon.com.
Pollitt writes, “By judiciously purchasing one book an hour--something I was going to do anyway, I have free shipping and a lot of relatives--I had managed to raise my rating from 101,333 at 2:25 o June 17 to 6,679 at midnight --a staggering advance of 94,636 places at a cost of $110.00.” Pollitt got her book noticed.
Friday, May 3, 2013
I was hooked on the first page of Neil Gaiman’s, The Graveyard Book, and followed Nobody Owens, to the END. I crave reading the writing practices of famous authors; not only famous but beloved...wow...okay...but it’s true. We do fall for author’s that have taken us on a ride to somewhere over the rainbow. With that, I will list Neil Gaiman’s Good Writing Practices. Number 1 says it all. But here is the rest. The article on Neil Gaiman’s Good Writing Practices was taken from, The Guardian. Bold print is my idea because that’s where I need to listen.
- Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
- Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
- Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
- Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it. they are almost always wrong.
- Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
- Laugh at your own jokes.
- The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
After reading Paula Fox's novel, "The God of Nightmares, I was drawn to her protagonist and read with fast turns of the page to see how Fox created dire jeopardy and propelled her protagonist to go on a jolting ride. I went on that ride and rode the waves and jumped to shore with wanting more. So it goes when I read a compassionate writer.
"The God of Nightmares," takes you to New Orleans in 1941. You smell and taste the steamy streets of the French Quarter. The book caught my interest when I read about the author--Paula Fox. She addresses the issues: "How do we go armed into the world? And what does the world do to us if we are not sufficiently prepared to understand it?"
Bought "The God of Nightmares," from Amazon. On the very last page I felt a beat for more; I pressed the last page between my fingers. Fox left me imagining more... that's the way to write a novel.
Friday, February 8, 2013
So there I was up-dating my i-book, The Myth of Cyber City, to incorporate the origin of how my book came about in the first place. In the first place my book idea emerged when I saw spectacular visuals of cyber lines and colors dancing on my computer screen. I was dazzled by this performance. I set out to write text for the images.
Bit by bit, a mythical story invented itself. I visualized a city in cyberspace. In cyber city you enter the phenomena of Information Art. A city where cyber robots build mysterious complex structures under the sandy bridge. Microchips are retrieved and stored. So my i-book, The Myth of Cyber City was born. Anyway, that's how it began.
The link to my i-book is in the iBookstore.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
A Blueprint in the Wind has a major update, an update that ties in Tom Parisi's blueprint illustrations to Floyd Bennett Field Gateway. On the month and year of his death--December, 2011--his hand-built model air planes had been commissioned by HARP, to be exhibited in Hanger B, in the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York.
It has been a long journey to get all of my brother's life's work together, but an uplifting journey, at that. I have gain considerable knowledge about my brother and do hope I have done what was important for his legacy. I do know that through the mystery of cyber space, his work is LIVE in the i-bookstore.
The Theme of A Blueprint in the Wind.
A spiritual journey down memory lane inspired by the power of technical drawings and lyrical notes my late brother, Tom Parisi, left behind, in a mix of Edgar Allan Poe's poetry. The book contains Interactive elements and pop-ups .
Why did I write this book? My brother left me. He is in a free place strumming his guitar. He is missed. My husband Bob and I needed to make his presence felt even if he is so far off in the distance. This little ibook was assembled with much love with lots of tough decisions. Like, would Tom like this?After all, he wasn't into Facebook or social networking. He was into his own world playing his music. So where do I, his sister, decide to promote his life's work, the little that I have. His technical drawing. The music he had sent to me over the information highway. A birthday gift.
My husband Bob encouraged this book, encouraged me to "do it." And so with my husband reading it over and over and over and when he believed it was right, I submitted, A Blueprint to the iBookstore publishers. Not an easy task. I had to wait until the book was approved. Apple wants the book to be the best it can be. That is, the way it is. Actually, I'm quite happy about that.
Anyway, here it is for you to judge. Maybe, there is someone whose spirit you can feel too.
My brother's memory book is in the iBookstore.
A Blueprint in the Wind
Monday, October 1, 2012
So there I was in cyberspace and met with Raychelle Muhammad. I was delighted to be invited to The Writer's Block. It was an amazing experience. It offered me an opportunity to reflect up my journey of my writing and digital art life and where I am going and where I have been. The Writer's Block