Not! Well, maybe. Actually, today I start a new job. Nothing to do with writing! It’s a factory type job that’ll bring in much needed money. Ah, the life of a starving artist. But wait! Still gotta be creative. Maybe I’ll borrow Don’s tape recorder and plot scenes for my books during the forty five minute drive to and from work. Yup. I guess I still can live the writer’s life. Can’t do any research in Arizona, Coronado, The Sonora Desert, endangered species, history, or anything else, but then again, I’ve done most of that already for my work in progress, the sequal to The SEED. Anybody can get some writing done if they put their mind to it. Ha Ha. So, come one folks! Give me some comments, get your friends to log in. When I get 40-thousand hits or more my agent will push my work!!!#! www.annrichduncan.com
Looks like 2011 is going to be a great year for Johnny Vic. Like, what are the odds that your character is going to be the focus of an historical play, even as he’s being “immortalized” and mounted on the wall of Ticonderoga Elementary School? Even as you’ve been picked up by an exciting literary agent? (by the way, as a result of her advice, I’ve got a great new website: www.annrichduncan.com. ) But, before you go there, read on!
Whitehall, New York, is an historical town at the very southern end of Lake Champlain. Originally called Skenesborough, it’s the site of the first American naval shipyard: Benedict Arnold was commissioned by Congress to build 15 warships there! And while they lost the battle (of Valcour), those 15 little ships did succeed in turning the huge British fleet back toward Canada. I’m working with the Whitehall Rec Assn and Bridge Theatre to do Johnny Vic’s Whitehall Adventure. After all, Horace Greeley and Charles Dickens both visited Whitehall (they’re the inspiration for an opening song for the play!)
Vacationing this summer? Consider Whitehall, New York! And a hop and a skip away is East Poultney, VT, where Johnny Vic may just star in a second historical play. Jeepers. More on that later. Right now I should get to work. Two plays to work on. It’s definitely “play time”. Don’t forget to check out my recipes, art and Crafty Kitchen posts before you leave. And please! I welcome your comments! Learn more at my website: www.annrichduncan.com . . . including a puzzle page for JohnnyVic fans.
Watched a documentary today. About Nostradamus, the French astrologer from the 1500’s. It said he wrote while in a trance. Got visions and wrote them down. Wish I could do that. I tend to do research. Like with my new novel–a follow up to The Seed. Sort of.
Maybe it’s my public relations and journalism experience. Thing is, I need facts. Just the facts, ma’am. I look things up and weave them into the story. Like how did Tucson, Arizona get its name? It’s in the book. And, what could lead people to a victim who has been buried alive? How about an endangered species that a witness might have seen? So I looked up endangered species in the Tucson area. Got a good one. Which led to statistics about construction, human population, yata, yata, yata.
Each fact woven into the story. Heck, I even learned about the burial of Cochise, the great Indian Chief. And, one of the biggest mines in the Tucson region. Bisbee Queen? Nichols Turk’s Head Cactus? Arizona Sonora Desert Museum? Habits of the Monarch butterfly? The veins and Petiole and other parts of a leaf? And, cedar used for Alexander the Great’s ships? It’s all there. Woven into a thriller. John Victor’s second adventure. Hmmm. I’ve got lots of facts, maybe I should sit down and envision the way to use them. By the way . . . have you seen our You Tube video, called: Seed Baby? It’s a spoof on biotechnology. Log onto my website: www.annrichduncan.com and scroll down to the You Tube button. Do it now for a good laugh!
In the 1963 Random House version of The American College Dictionary, there are 26 descriptive explanations for the word “way”. Twenty six! And then there’s the Bible, where Jesus says, He is the Truth, the Life and the Way—the only Way–to the father. The Pastor of our church brought this to my attention with one of his recent preaches. That’s why I looked it up, noticed the 26 descriptions. They all seem to refer to movement of one sort or another, whether it’s the mode or fashion of looking at something (a new way of thinking) or a course of direction (look this way, please), or space for passing (make way for the queen). As I ponder this, I realize I’ve got a long way to go as I make way for the acceptance of the way of life I believe I deserve as I search for the ultimate way to make my way in this wayward world. And then, I get it. It’s simple. It’s a one-way street. It isn’t my way I should be focussing on. It’s His way. The only way. Duh.
In the meantime, have you seen my “Crafty Kitchen” series? Includes pages from my novel of suspense, The SEED, and quotes from some famous people, and recipes, history, and more. There are the recipe, my art, and Johnny Vic pages you can click onto, too, at the top of this blog. Thanks for tuning in.
Ben Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” And then there was the poet Yeats who wrote, “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” Smart words. Too many of our young people have been taught the opposite. No wonder there are so many who look to our government, and not themselves, for restitution, sustenance and absolution. They should be looking upwards and inwards.
So, we were at the dinner table at a friend’s house last night and Leigh says, “I can’t stay awake in the car. It’s so soothing, I just relax and nod off.” That’s when I said, “Me too! I’m a dud on a trip.” For some reason everyone laughed. I’m not talking about a giggle or two. These were belly laughs all around the table! It got me to thinking, why am I a dud on a trip? Well, for one it’s like Leigh says, when you’re a passenger, it is quite soothing to tip your seat back and give in to the hum of the engine and the strum of the music on the radio. By the way, here’s a place to go for ideas on what to do on a trip: http://www.ehow.com/how_4921358_things-long-road-trip.html
Oh sure, some people think my life is exciting. After all, I’ve been the host of a radio talk show (even interviewed Gloria Vanderbilt, Ron Powers, and Governor Jim Douglas); and I’ve published four books, and I’ve just been picked up by a literary agent, and my husband has created the beautiful outdoor sanctuary that can be seen at: www.ChristsHouseofAngels.org. But, really! I’m quiet. I’m not much of a talker at a party, and heck, I admit I love Disney movies and the Waltons. Oh . . . and Quincy! And yes, if I see a turtle trying to cross the road to lay her eggs, I admit I stop my car and help her along. Even snappers. I’m not a nut! I just love nature and all God’s creatures. And that leads me to one very, very important truth: We all have gifts from God! We all have a mission on this earth! We all are unique! Check it out in I Corinthians 12:1-15. For within these lines you’ll see that, “. . . the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man, to profit withal.” So, I might be a dud on a trip . . . but I’ve got something special in me. You do too. By the way, pages from The SEED (cover shown below), recipes, my YA historical adventures and my art work are on other pages. Click onto them at the top of this post!