So, on Friday I met with two college students who are working to convert my Johnny Vic’s BIG DIG action game into a digital computer game. They have great ideas!!! Exciting stuff. They want to organize an open house at their campus (Castleton State College) in the spring to show it off along with other games their group is working on. Neat, huh? The game was inspired by my Johnny Vic historical adventure series, and my John Victor (treasure hunter turned sleuth) novel entitled, The SEED. See them all, plus my Youtube video entitled SEED BABY, at http://www.annrichduncan.com.
So, as August 11 passed I found myself thinking about 9/11. I don’t for one minute think my troubles surpass those of the families who lost loved ones that terrible day. But, it DID impact me. As a writer. About nine days prior to 9/11/01, I lucked out on the telephone. Got to speak to one of the senior editors of a major publishing company. He said he NEVER answers the phone, but something told him to that day as he walked past the receptionist’s desk. So, I asked a number of questions, telling him I was preparing for a radio interview. After I thanked him, he said, “Okay, so what have you written?” I said, I’d promised not to push my work . . . the interview was legit. He said, “It’s okay. I’ve enjoyed our talk, so whatcha got?” I explained the premise of The SEED, my novel of suspense and the message about GMO’s. Then I read one paragraph of “The SEED” which, at that time was just a work in progress. He LOVED IT!! Asked me to send fifty pages. Said if it all was as good as what he just heard, he’d “get something going with it. I’ll call you in about 15 days,” he said. WOW. I sent it. September 11 happened. His office was demolished. He left for the midWest. Needless to say no one else was interested or even believed me, months later, when they re-opened. Do you have a September 11 story? I’d love to hear it.
So, I’m trying to come up with an interesting series of posts. As I squint my eyes and scrunch my brow, I take a bite of apple pie. Gee whizz, I think, I need something that should relate to my books. Maybe the Johnny Vic series? Or should it be John Victor’s adventures. After all “The SEED” was nominated by a professor to be a required reading choice for Green Mountain College freshmen. I take another bite of apple pie and I’m reminded that Horace Greeley loved apples. And Johnny Vic ate an unusual meal with Horace G, including a pudding that wasn’t really a pudding at all (as we know it to be). And he ate a wonderful meal with the Pilgrims at the very first Thanksgiving celebration. So, maybe I should write about the food favorites of famous people of history? What do you think? In the meantime, feast your eyes on this:
Nature’s tableau at the House of Angels
I couldn’t resist this shot last fall.Knobby treesfalling leavesred, yellow, goldtrulyasight to behold!
There I was, wondering about the props I want to create for my upcoming Johnny Vic play, when Don says, “Hey, there’s this amazing garden I want to show you. It’s up this way.” I was willing to go, especially when I saw the lawn sale sign pointing the same way. Up we went on this curvy dirt road. Winding for a couple of miles, darkened by foliage. And then, bam! There’s this fantasy garden. An Alice in Wonderland paradise. It’s filled with a beautiful bounty of flowers and foliage and a bevy of colorful cement characters from the well known fantasy. There was Alice peering at the Three of Hearts. And the Cheshire Cat was grinning at the Rabbit. And there was the cranky Queen, and even an evil looking troll under a footbridge. The creator of this cool fantasy land told me how he created the statues. “A little chicken wire. Some styrofoam. A coating of cement. Lots of imagination.” Hmmmm. Suddenly my Knock-Knock Rocks, Talking Tree, and Rock of Ages are doable. And the lawn sale? It was right there at this fantasy land. I picked up a beautiful “wedding ring” quilt for four bucks. Cool, huh? To see my cool books, go to www.annrichduncan.com if you haven’t already been there!
So, aside from reading, reading and reading more . . . writing, writing and writing more, one thing all of us writers (published authors or aspiring authors) should do is get together with other writers. Great way to do it? Attend a conference like the Unicorn conference on April 28 in Connecticut organized by my agent, or the Horace Greeley Writers’ Conference in October in Poultney, VT. Interested? Check ’em out.
Another thing us serious writers do? We study our environment. Our family and friends. Our co-workers. Our topography. Our local history. Our local news. Our . . . well I could go on and on, but you get the picture. I’m hoping that this habit I have of sitting on the sidelines watching and mentally writing is the habit of a some-day-to-be successful writer. And hey! Time for bragging! My novel, The SEED, has been nominated by a college professor to be added to a required reading list for incoming freshmen!!! Whoop whoop! Got you at least a little bit curious? Check it out at: www.annrichduncan.com. And don’t miss the video–just click the you tube box at the bottom of the home page. It’s a hoot.
So what’s going on? We’ve got a great You Tube video. “Seed Baby”. Been up for almost a year. Now suddenly I get an email from You Tube that says “Seed Baby” has been approved. And it’s “on top.” Huh? Have I gotten tons of hits? Nope. And my webmaster says You Tube doesn’t “approve” videos. Yet, the address from the You Tube email is the San Bruno, California address listed for You Tube headquarters. Hmmmmmm. Now, when I googled it months ago, I couldn’t get it to come up. Now, googling just You Tube Seed Baby brings it up. And it’s on the top of the sites that pop up. So, maybe someone from You Tube thinks it’s a great one? A relevant message? I hope you see for yourself. Seed Baby is all about Genetically Modified Seeds. The dangers of untested biotechnology. And of course, my entertaining novel about the subject entitled, “The SEED”. Hope you check it out. Please! Just google “You Tube Seed Baby” (it’s the one with the weird blue ‘baby’). It’s three minutes long and is worth the entire three minutes!!!!! My books are all at www.annrichduncan.com.
So, here I am, at the end of my third week at the “factory” . . . pre-cleaning blades for aircraft and such, and shining them up with an electric wire brush. By the time I get home, from 11 PM to 1:340 AM, it seems like an amazing feat of strength just to turn on the computer. And then? Up early enough to get something done before the afternoon shift begins again? Not. Speaking of shifts, Don and I are “shifting” for sure. He’s doing the housework. Fixing the meals. He’s even struggling with sleep much as I’ve done for decades. Welcome to my world! Hmmmm. This shifting thing doesn’t feel so bad after all. In the meantime, I’m wondering if I’ll be able to scratch up enough funds to go to my agent’s conference. Guess I’ll have to put in a few more hours on-the-job. Check out the Unicorn Writer’s Conference on April 28 . . . the web address is available in my last post. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out my books! The Seed placed as a top-ten finalist as a work-in-progress. Deals with a plot to control our food supply by unethical GMO giants.