December 6, 2019

My Writer Self in a Dream

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How I describe MY writer-self, how work looks and feels like if I were living the dream? 

Well, first I sit on a roll-a-coster, then jump off onto a flower which bobs up and down. I slid off and land on another flower with spider webs tangled around the petals. I manage to slip through the petals and sticky web and jump to a leaf, another leaf joined others in jumping here and there; finally, I fall into a large pond of water. I float, relaxing. The sun shines, people laugh. Then boom the water begins turning around and falling into a funnel, which becomes a long tunnel which twists and turns around and down. I plop out on soft mulch staring at bright lights. Then I hear shouts of joy and hands lift me up, bells rings, and whistles blowing, shout of 'hurray' echo. Balloons are handed to me.  I hear, "Great novel!" 

I stand thinking writing that story was worth my efforts now time to begin the next.

November 22, 2019

NaNoWriMo for Worthy Women Folk


I've been a member since 2009 and completed about 6 of my 19 attempts. This November, I'm working on WISE and WORTHY WOMEN FOLK, which includes animal tales: Little Red Hen, Hare vs Tortise, Rabbit in the Moon, Red Riding Hood, Spider Weaver, and Snake Princess; and classics like The Salt of Life, The Seven Swans, Rice Goddess, Taskuso, The Swarrow's Gift; and long epics as Durga, Li Chi, Lady Enida, Julnar of the Sea.

Many of these stories can be read on Wattpad.


I did not finish the 50,000 words, although finished Worthy Women Folk ready for first editing. Anyone out there in the vast web wanting to edit.  Contact me at ART@bobbiestoryportfolio.com in Subject put RE: 'Edit Worthy Women Folk.' 

November 4, 2019

The strangest thing I've ever googled for a story?

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Actually, 'google' is too complicated for me, and ads appeared, and sites appear who have acquired status for the top of google's list involving how many links and hits they get.

To find what I am searching for and not to waste my precious time getting lost on google, I use Wikipedia, better information, concise, and no ads. Well, the ads are run as information documents.

My Critic!
My grips with google, the advertising has gotten thicker and more often with all the pop-up ads. Google ads plugging up searches with ads and more ads.


I do google for book references and to get on Amazon.

October 18, 2019

The places I really write my stories.


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A bit late for October!
I write from my thoughts that float around in the space in my head, which is the stage around me. I see the characters, I hear the voices, signaling time to write.

I go to my writing room, stacked full of this and that I have accomplished, or work that I want to finish. This place is cluttered, which is a bit tiring. I focus on the screen of the computer. My search begins for the story document, and the writing starts. Then who shows up is my critic. She is haunting going on and on about this and that, spelling and grammar, what is wrong with this character, and that scene. She becomes a song in the back of my mind as the story unravels. Then the phone rings about a text, I continue to write. My husband comes in my writing space to say what he is doing. My cat comes into humor and calms me. All the while, the story continues to float through my thoughts, and I'm in the middle, watching, and hearing to catch every word.

September 1, 2019

The place I want to write my next story.

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If I could pick one place in the world to sit and write my next story, I choose a small cabin on a warm beach and in front of the vast, untamed ocean. I'm sitting at an outside table with my computer.

The day starts cloudy and warm, slowly turning hot. As I write, I observe the birds playing in the waves or looking for foods; watch the flies buzzing with news of this or that, and spy a lizard sitting on a rock beside me quietly warming. Boats move into and from a dock. A seagull stands on an orange circle on the railing of the walking path and beneath the bird is written, LIFE RING. I know I'm safe and can journey more into the story I must tell while life around me preforms as usual.

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August 1, 2019

My writing taking me by surprise!

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Well, not writing specifically; verbal storytelling came in with a blast. Twenty years ago, the computer I used wiped from within and the floppy disk all my children's stories, a first draft novel I finished, and a family tree I had spent 3 years compiling.

 As I recovered on my couch, a thought ran through my mind, "Time for you to stand up and tell a story." To stand up and tell one of my creative stories, never. A disgusting, impossible idea, farther more where to start.

I never heard a person tell stories, only lectures about specific subjects. (This was before YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, google blogs, before the cell phones and the videos we watch.) I did find a program at a Park and Recreation Center. Finally at Dominican University in San Rafael, I found a whole series on "How to Tell a Story." Verbally telling was precisely like writing a story; characters, plots, and scenes. And, there were thousands of public domain free stories, the TRADITION TALES, from all over our world to preform.

SO, I stood up and told a story.


NOW . . . TODAY - I write traditional fractured stories. That means I re-write or re-tell folklore by adapted, enhanced, re-imaged, embroidered, modified, elaborated, and embellished characters, scenes, and make subplots. I fabricated to suit my time and to create a better read. All folktales, fairy tales, legends, fables, myth are analogy, metaphors, or simile we use in writing. Traditional tales are the bones of today's movies and novels.


July 3, 2019

My Personal Traits in my Characters

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What personal traits have I written into my characters?

EASY, the love and playfulness of nature and the insects and spirits who play between the light and shadows. This is actually my view of life about the magical spirits that occupy my mind as I sit in my garden watching the trees and flowers grow and bloom.

June 6, 2019

My favorite genre to read, and the genre I write.

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NON-FICTION and ARCHEOLOGY are my favorite readings, and of course, all the information about writing and publishing.

What I write is FANTASY. I have always taken what is real and twisted around to show my opinions in the stories I create.  Non-fiction does allow this re-imaging and enhancement.

So, I am a writer who uses symbolized words to write analogy, similies, and metaphors about the possibilities of the real. We don't know what is real. Over hundreds of years, what was once believed reality has changed and still changes. Many theories exist about these changes. So I adapt, embroidery, modify, and elaborate on what I think reality is.

I believe we build on the dreams of the fictional, fantasy, and science-fiction thinkers. Then I carry this one level farther to the characters that float, flitter or walk around us that we do not see in our limited reality.

May 1, 2019

Learned language has power!

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 VERBAL LANGUAGE HAD POWER FOR ME, as a child the words help describe what I wanted and I could communicate with my mom, dad, and brother, later my friends, teachers, and family relations. I learned that the tone of language helps, a pleasant voice got more than the whining begging voice.

Then in the eighth grade, I learned WRITTEN LANGUAGE HAD POWER, I wrote a piece that was accepted by the local newspaper, on the kid's section, of course, still in the city newspaper, the Rocky Mountain New in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



A simple story about a lost dog, who found his way home. The fear of getting lost was every kid's concern during school years because we explored our neighbors. Then when we lived in the mountains of Colorado where my Dad cut the lodgepole pines for telephone poles and fences, there were no paths just a main road. What if I got lost?

This bit of writing I have saved to this day, it sits in a frame in my writing room, reminding me success is here and small counts.

March 29, 2019

Writing a AH-HA moment.

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Help - just deleted my whole post - I'm going off to cry for a while and will be back to rewrite!

So a couple of days have passed, of course I forgotten what I was writing about the AH-HA moment. YES!

What scene do I always want help describing without giving away the ending and to keep the read interested.

The scene in every story, the scene where the character is hit, smacked, or dumped on the head by the premise of the whole story, The moment the character realizes, why the journey, mystery, adventure, or the quest in the first place. How all the bumps, detours, battles, arguements, and questions make sense. Why character is driven for a conclusion. The moment the whole fits together for the character without giving the plot away, and the audience stays connected to the stroy until the end!

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I have designed a fact sheet as my helper.

At the defining moment of AH-HA describe the charater:

What does the character look like?
What is the character doing?
How does the character move?
What does this character feel?
How are the feelings conveyed?

This 'FREEZE FRAME' moment is the character seen by the storyteller, writer, or film director and not the audience.

March 3, 2019

Main Character, Not the Narrator

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A dialogue is not spoken by my main character in the story, Vasalisa, the Frog Princess. My enhancement and re-imaging creates an inactive persona, a damsel in distress. With Vasalisa having an absent voice, I wrote concerns for her and her struggle through contact with other characters.


As for the writer, fun to conceive what other characters see, hear, and feels about a main character's struggles and concerns while helping this silent distressed character, who is stronger than any of these think.
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Soon pre-sales for PURSUED will be posted on Amazon and Smashwords.com.

March 2, 2019

I use my feminine propective as an writer.

My feminine protagonists are the narrators in first voice and the present tense
BECAUSE as a child and young adult, I was a
--> female; second to a male;
--> lady; second to a lad;
--> woman; second to the man;
--> she or her; second to he;
---> heroine; second the hero!
Always second to male, lad, man, he, and hero, who were and still are the main narrators. He leads and solves the problems and dilemmas of our the world, unfortunately.

A girl and young adult pushed from the frame because of my sex. I needed a place in the story, in the plot. So I write from my feminine irrate voice - about strong maidens or older matrons, who battled against oppression by cause by 'him'.

I write about strong maidens or matrons who overcome tyranny and suppression by facing ignorant dominance. My protagonists make change in their worlds for us to witness so we can make changes in our feminine lives.


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In my last piece, PURSUED, a Russian Folktale, the ugly frog skin of a princess is burnt by a selfish prince, a fool. This young male needed to view what his enchantment was.The fool does not understand balance and equality in a partnership only that female's beauty is for his prestige.

A villain, a male antagonist, can devour a story. A heavy, destructive, villain dominates. I figure she or her needs to conquer his hateful messages as does Faery Rhyonna, who rids Zzuf from her realm.


February 1, 2019

Besides writing, what other creative outlets do I have?

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Well, I like to say, "Jane of many and Queen of none." to be exact - ART and STORYTELLING and WRITER.

There is my art ---> the gift of experimenting, changing, viewing and capturing like writing only a visual story or something that is a 'none story' to observe.

There is my storytelling --> to structure to verbally tell -- anyone can and we do all the time. 

And there is writing --> of a stories so others can read or tell if they want.

  1. I challenge and change the traditional with my interpretation and my experiences of what I think happened in art, storytelling, or writing. Really for me, the process of storytelling and writing as art are analogies or metaphors that I have adapted, enhanced, re-imaged, embroidery, modified, elaborate as other impressionists, expressionists, realists, and abstract non-objective artists; or mysteries, romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, memoirs, adventure novelist or scriptwriters do with their creativity for others to view and read.  

ART, STORYTELLING and WRITING are functions within me for creating.



January 10, 2019

My favorite and least favorite question about my writing.

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My favorite question people ask about my writing:

Why did you write about faeries, elves, and trolls? Because they live around my garden and ask for their stories to be told. The reason why I ventured into the world of stand-up storytelling.

My least favorite question people ask about my writing:

My GOALS!
What are you doing next? I have many projects stewing in the cooking pot: PURSUED, the Frog Princess, the Elfin Books, and the classes on how-to-do and the appreciation of art.

January 1, 2019

What publishing path did I take?

I needed help!
The self-publishing path was my choice because I did not understand the work involved. Actually, about as hard as writing letters to editors, who soon wanted agents to do the selecting, then the agents had readers, who selected few works. So I decided not to spend all my time on writing letters to anyone who would say no, instead to design and paint the cover and format the text. Online courses on how-to-self publish with Carl King, then Kristen Joy, were amazingly were fun.

I had control! Rhyonna's Fright did get finished and published and is posted at Smashwords and Amazon.

Now, I'm on to the next story, PURSUED, Vasalisa, the Wise.