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Leaving Time

I recently read a novel by Jodi Picoult, her most recent novel in fact.  She always makes her readers think.  This one was no different.  It deals with a character on an elephant reserve.  We learn about memory, not just elephant memory but human memory as well.  And we learn about elephant grief and elephant mothering.  It’s really a fascinating bit of research in this novel.  If you are at all interested in memory and grief, you should pick it up.

As usualy, the ending was a surprise.  Didn’t see that coming.

In any case, here are some quotes from the novel:

“A bruise is how a body remembers it has been wronged.”

“When someone leaves you once, you expect it to happen again.  Eventually you stop getting close enough to people to let them become important to you because then you don’t notice when they drop out of your world.”

“No matter how much we try, no matter how much we want it…some stories just don’t have a happy ending.”

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Yesterday’s post told about the annoyances of attending the all-state Nanowrimo write-in.  After sleeping on it, I’ve come up with some of the positive things from yesterday.

I took my iPod and listened to John Williams soundtracks and some Santana for a while so I would drown out the noise but I took ear buds instead of headphones and the buds just aren’t comfortable for me so I had to take them out.  Next time, I will fit my headphones in.

I did end up writing at least 3,051 words (in a total writing time of less than two hours). I also wrote my blog post and Twittered a bit and kept an eye on the news of the fire in Sylmar. (I used to live near there for many years so I was more than interested in it.)

I managed to turn the most annoying of the teen boys into a minor character in my novel; one who was as annoying in the novel as the actual model!

One of the leaders had some prompts for us that were fun to try to incorporate into our novels.  The prize?  Charms Blow Pops.  I got several of them and I think having that thing in my mouth kept me from shouting “Shut Up” at the kids!  From the suggested prompts, I actually wrote some things I would not have that turned out to fit nicely into the novel.  One prompt was to incorporate a person that we had just met at the write-in into a character in our novel, however minor.  So I was writing a party scene in which my MC was stuck at a table where one woman was talking about her daughter-in-law’s pregnancy in detail.  I had met a woman at the lunch just before the write-in that did exactly this during the two hours we were there.  It fit into my novel very nicely and gave it a little bit of authenticity.

I also drove a woman from Portland to the write-in and on the drive over and back, we talked an awful lot and discovered some commonalities.  She just moved here from California in May.  She has no car.  I’m picking her up in a while so we can go to a coffee shop and write!

So not all was lost!

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