October 8, 2020

Looking at the 'Working Writer'

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The term working writer looks to me as two words that are saying the same. I think they mean working on writing words.

I see myself as a working writer, working editor, and working publisher, who is aspired to write and finish projects for others to read and hear. I have a message. 

To write is to work words into sentences, then the paragraph, next pages, and into a story, or lecture, or essay. All are literature terms. I am a writer with the skills of plotting, characters, scenes, timing, dialogue, creating mystery, and adventure, which I learned by reading folktales, fairy tales, legends, myths, and fables from all over the world. I lack the training in phonetics and creative writing because my early education was filling in the blanks, which I am excellent. I love to answer questions. 

To look and to see are excellent art terms. I am an artist with the skills and techniques to make designs, book covers, paintings, drawings and format novels, etc. 

I think 'looking at the working writer' means reading their words, which I hope happens for me and any writer devoting time and efforts to word a novel.

And last, the seeing or hearing of the spoken words from telling a story, which we all do. Some of us interesting; others need to think about the words use and how the listener is receiving their story as do all author.


I am not a hobbyist!



August 4, 2020

Folktales linked together create my genre.

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Grouping folktale, legends, and myth became a form, even a genre for interconnected stories I told. The more I wondered about the date and characters in the Asian Art Museum galleries, the more I needed a frame, seque, sequence for telling the myths, legends, and folktales as I carved a path from statues of art the better my stories related.

On a stage for one to two, hours most storytellers connect their stories by a frame; the stories might have different characters, time, and settings; a novel uses scenes with the same characters. So I use dragon, tiger, anger, and justice through history in stories to relate as we travel on an ancient time path.


Today, I write the legends, myths, folktales that I told in the segue in a frame.
Let's take the tiger folktales, each folktale is a event building the drama. A simple
introduction, a tiger is born. A problem, tiger escapes from a man, roams, and dies. A twist, the tiger is given life. The drama thickens; the tiger becomes greedy and embarrassed by a rabbit while he is in a pit once out tiger is injured hunting a pheasant. The climax, the tiger hid in a cave and healed by a woman. With a satisfying ending, the tiger happily dances behind a drummer to a feasible. A simple plot with maybe 12 folktales traveling through history with the tiger the character, which builds intrigue while hearing a simple history of Korea and the children did not suspect, either do adults.

Beware, one can enhance, adapt, modify, revision, embroidery, embellish, exaggerate and elaborate traditional tales; they have no copyright. Keep the plot lines; we all know the stories from childhood and enjoy the familiarity.

July 1, 2020

Changes needed in self-publishing!

 1) More opportunities for photos and drawings within the text for epubs and mobi. We are a visual mind.

  2) Too many marketers saying the same things over and over and charging more money need a new model for advertising.

  3) The little guy starts an ideal and then jumped by the bigger markets and peddlers of junk come. Then all the changes rushed at us.

  4) All the apps and upgrades getting too complicated. I get exhausted even trying to write a simple blog post. I need a trip!

June 27, 2020

My Work Partner


My work partner is my computer.

What a complicated character is the computer? Not an old character, most likely about 36 years old. Its development was a bit older so let's say about 42. So what does this character do for storytelling 1) writes, 2) records, 3) videotapes, 4) prints projects, 5) shares links, 6) shares messages, and 7) shares emails around the virtual expandable vast web. Beware of the bugs and don't get caught while surfing in a net, although fun, by observing what others have pinned to their nets as charms. Remember on a web one side is sticky; you can get stuck and held.  

AS IS Productions for BobbieTales,  Bobbie Kinkead

June 19, 2020

No new stories only repeats of the same plots.

The storytellers have for centuries, forever, told traditional stories that have a simple plot: “Once upon a time there lived so-and-so in a land far away.” The time, characters, place settled then to the event to solve, climax, and conclusion. Simple!

The ancient fable Hare and the Turtle,
The set-up – careful Turtle slower that the over-confident Hare;
event - a race;
final event – arrogant Hare (nemesis) falls asleep;
climax- slow, plodding Turtle (protagonist) wins;
and conclusion – Hare can’t believe the Turtle won, and neither can the Turtle believe she won.

The basic plot remains the same, speaking to our genetic bodies. Verbal stories are inbred into our spirits, souls, and physic centuries before writing, photos, movies, or computers. The bones of our stories connect to our bones. We have heard stories for eons in many versions. Writers and storytellers tailor narratives for us; they enhance, fabricate, and re-image the characters and places, and use basic plots. Think about all novels and movies based on The Hare and Turtle. The same simple plot satisfies the teller, writer, listener, reader, and viewer.

June 3, 2020

I have a secret about my writing, something few know.


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I have secrets my readers would never know from my work?

I think they would if taught from the DICK, JANE. and SALLY the reader book for first and second grades. Called SITE reading from the PICTURES. Look at the picture: what do you see? what are they doing this? who do you see? where is this happening? and how are they doing this? I can still see the pictures and not the words on the other page. No spelling or grammar, just looking at the picture. This, those, it, that, here, there, all vague words to put into the picture.

So when I started writing, what are we were given as children in school, diddos --- fill in the blanks, no multi-choice, a, b, c, d.  Is that writing, NO, absolutely not. So injured children went forth into the world as laborers.

You want to know what else, no phonics  -- just a bunch of letters to memorize for the spelling test.  No writing career, years of repair, even to speech the English language was horror, I had to make-up my words to speak and for letters of words with no sounds --> (I was creative); so I became a visual reader, my first language. Sound is next, and you know what words are not spelled as they sound. How is that for a non-reader, tragedy, destruction - because I was considered poor and went to a poor school with deprived children.

Why is this still today going on?


May 2, 2020

I have rituals to enter the ZONE of writing!

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Well, usually sitting in a chair outside in the fresh air watching the birds, which are the muses for my writing. These spirits squall, sing, dash about, rest in a tree, or quietly sit on a nest, maybe even watch me watching them. They could be shape-shifters, waiting.

I'm taken into their InBetween, my reality mixes with their's when I find am flying, relaxed, cheerful, I'm ready.

So, in this feeling of the InBetween realms, gliding, swinging, sliding, singing, I head for my computer, turn it on, find the right blog or story/chapter on Scrivener and start writing.

If I need refreshing, I sat outside again. In the winter, I walk in the rain around my yard and wonder where the birds are. Usually, one or two appear. If there is a storm, I watch from my window, soon one flies by and looks at me, as if saying, "Write!"

My muses are always outside in their realm, cheering.

OOPS, well, there are the predators, the CROWS, who come in to eat and destroy the home of the JAYS, who eat and kill the smaller birds. Then the squirrels do their damage to my miniature MUSES.  And, hovering overhead can be an owl or hawk.  I do hear this disturbance and horror. I am amazed the smaller birds survive.

One smallest of a wee bird pecks on my window, I'm not sure what this symbolizes. The pecking happens when I'm busily typing. A camellia grows close to the window. The wee bird hops from branch to branch, pecking as the bird does on the flowers staying elusive from my camera. 

April 2, 2020

My world with Covid-19?

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My world is holding up. I feel tired because of all the fighting about what, when, where and who is running the show. At this time nemesis, Covid-19 is in the limelight and steals all the action while the other characters fight to see who will be the hero.

I do not want to die, I have many, many stories to edit.

This month I'm in the A2Z Blog Challenge, with emotions for each letter with blurs about a story for that emotion. Then editing the written story in Grammarly.com and posting in Bublish.com and putting the story back the corrections into Scrivener to produce an epub, kindle, and book-on-demand.

How is this for putting of DEATH?

March 10, 2020

THE STORY REALM: AtoZ Challenge, CAMPNaNoWri DARE!


THE STORY REALM: AtoZ Challenge, CAMPNaNoWri DARE!

During the month of April 2020, after writing with CAMPNaNoWri a story a day, THAT IS 27 STORIES, will post on StoryRealm for the A2Z Blog Challenge and the full stories on Wattpad.com or as a PDF from google drive. Story, Story, STORY!

March 4, 2020

Family traditions and customs are included in my stories.

Including family traditions and customs in my stories is what makes them real.
The fun of writing is telling what I know. My life as analogies or metaphors are in my characters, usually the ole grandma, auntie or cousin names changed, places changed, and time changed. 

The stories of elves, trolls, pixies, fairies spirits and unwanted guests came from different places and times to the Oakgrove gardens (my yard). These characters from mythology arriving here for the adventure of living with humans. Each character brings a story (folk stories, myths, or legends), mostly from what I perceive and blended with what I have read, researched, experienced, or traveling.

AS I SAY, "Adapted, enhanced, re-imaged, embroidered, modified, elaborated, embellished, and fabricated from what I know and am into the story." 

The spirits from the other dimensions are especially interested in what the human youngster Lassie JooJee does her friends and the days of parties, holidays, and celebrations now and before. They compare what they know from their homelands (realm) to what they see and hear from the human Lassie JooJee. And so, the stories started.
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AS I SAY, "Story is my life from my early years fishing and haunting the gold museums in my Colorado, to backwoods travel in Alaska, and then nesting in the richness of diversity in the Bay Area of California. I know my stories through child, daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother as well as art, teaching, writing, and verbal telling – everyone important to create an outstanding fantasy." 
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February 4, 2020

Has a photo inspired my writing?

watching a river flow
A real-life view inspires my writing. A photo is static and seen through a frame while a view from a high rock looking into a valley with a river emerging through evergreen trees offers decisions, or resting under a tree by the river with the light flickering through the leaves and branches, or sitting in a rocking chair looking at the birds and foliage of plants mingle with a few flowers offers story discovery. During any of these meditations, a story can flutter into my mind. First, an image then as a movie or short a
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video. And as fast as I can, I rush for a pencil and paper to decipher the inspiration later what happened, what was said, and why.

The fun is creating the words and a need for anyone to read or hear the story. Most of my stories are thrown into my 'later' box. A few I combine, and that's when the real journey begins --> characters and a plot develop and twist the reader through the words as if they are floating on a river that splashes through the trees and creatures along the valley floor.

January 8, 2020

What started me on my writing journey?

WHAT INFLUENCED ME TO BECOME A WRITER.

BOOKS? When in 2nd grade, Aunt Marion gave me two Golden Books: one was Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes and the other Johnny Apple Seed. I always wondered how the books were made and who wrote them. In elementary school on the Southside of town, we only filled in the blanks, no creative thought, no writing skills, spelling by memorizing, no grammar. I have always said, "I have a wounded poet,  words with no way to use them."
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TEACHER? Luckily when I was in fourth grade we moved to the Westside of town, the teachers were there to teach, only I was about three years behind. In Mrs. Warren's, class, we actually researched and wrote reports, some of which I still have that was 60 years ago. I was inspired, I could write. By sixth grade, I had the best of all the teachers in the whole world, Miss Owen, she had an art studio in the back of her room. When we were finished studying, we could go and create. All the supplies one needed, everything. My reading skills jumped; I scored higher than just 6th grade. Then I have a friend, she and I rode our bikes to the Westside Library. All that summer I read all the books I could. My reading scores went up higher. I was in the Y group one group from the Zs, who were the scholars.

SERIES? There was the Freddy the Pig series, which I read over and over. I think because the stories were fantasies. I wanted to write like this, to convince other readers that other worlds existed, my worlds. Eventually, I learned 'how to write' fantasies with the help of SCBWI so readers could enjoy my stories.

The trip was not easy, the lack of spelling skills and not knowing grammar was a downer, and my internal critic did not help.

All obstacles can be overturned, and with the help of the computer's spell and grammar checker, I do stories.


Because of the early grammar school learning, I'm an expert at making easy to follow charts with fill in the blanks. If you want to receive my story charts for writing or telling the best story ever, these are offered with my e-newsletter, EVENTING . . . , which I send once or twice a year.