Finally! At long last . . .

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I’ve posted another chapter of my novel-in-progress, The Lady & the Panther.  I really feel quite chagrined it’s been as long as it has been (February, I do believe) since my last chapter.

 

As most of y’all know, I have some chronic health issues and a number of them decided to assault me all at once.

 

 

As Leigh and I have discussed, if a certain percentage of my body and brain aren’t working properly, it’s very hard to settle down and focus on my writing and be really satisfied with what I am producing. Because I do want to publish this as a novel and not a piece of fan fiction, I am trying extra hard this time around.

 

I’ve always put a pretty fair amount of myself into my writing–that’s my modus operandi– but now it’s more important than ever. With a period story, getting the setting right–the clothing, the language (within reason. A modern audience must be able to digest it), the manners, the occupations, the forms of entertainment–is very important.  Let’s say I would like it to be a bit more authentic than the average episode of Robin Hood 2006.

 

I have a stack of reference books and more research from online. One of the things I always enjoyed about my newspaper and magazine articles was the opportunity to learn as I wrote. There is a saying, “You teach, you learn,” and that was certainly true in my case. And it’s also true for writers of all types.

 

I also have a real need–a thirst– to be creative. Being able to work on fanvids and now, fanart (thank you, my darling husband, for getting me into Photoshop Elements) has been a great help to me.  I like to think I have an artistic eye. Learning, slowly but surely, how to use modern technology in conjunction with it has had a real–I don’t know–liberating effect on me, for want of a better word.

 

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I see new possibilities and I see that this old dog can, in fact, learn new tricks.  As I have said before, I have always been somewhat intimidated by computers. Now–dare I say?–they are becoming my friends and not my enemy.  I have a blog. I just established a Twitter account (#angieklong) and now I am cross-posting new entries to The Armitage Effect and my Live Journal blog in tweets.

 

I resisted Twitter for a long time because I was turned off by celebrities and wanna-bes who seemed to feel the need to report every time they stopped in at Starbuck’s or took a crap. That wasn’t for me. However, I see a lot of people who are kindred spirits on Twitter these days (alas, no Richard Armitage, but then, when would he have time??) and I decided I was ready to take yet another step.

 

Thank you all for joining me on my journey.  One of the best things that has happened to me in terms of modern technology and Mr. Richard Armitage is, of course, discovering all of you.

 

Well, there you go.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. How amazing that not only are you embracing technology, you are an expert at using it as a creative outlet so that the artist in you can be more alive in different forms.

    I am only beginning. I have always considered myself techno-impaired but now I am changing the words I use and simply saying that I am in the process of learning more. I have taken 2 wordpress classes already and just exploring Livejournal and other blogs, tumblr etc. It really is an exciting world.

    • Very exciting. 😀 Benny is getting a kick out of seeing how much I am enjoying playing with Photoshop. Our budget is tight right now with me not working, but we agree this was money well spent. I think looking at it as a continual learning process is important–it’s a much more positive way of looking at it, isn’t it?? I have thought of also getting a book on WordPress (having dived in before I really knew what I was doing LOL). I am hoping as I grow older to keep the old synapses firing off and the little grey cells active–one of my greatest fears is developing dementia and I would like to ward that off if I can.

      • You now have one more follower on Twitter! I signed up last year to follow my favourite opera singer’s tweets but haven’t visited the site for ages! Now

  2. You go, girl! I’m thrilled with what you’re doing with Photoshop, with the blog, and now you’ve got Chapter 19 up. Congratulations! Those little gray cells seem to be snapping like crazy.

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