Writing Skills

(First posted on my Goodreads blog on August 16, 2012)
Thinking back to how my idea of writing began I have to go back to middle school or junior high. It wasn’t in school I learned the lessons. You see, my mother strove to write so she attended classes, and club meetings, and groups. She took me with her to several. She had to. There were four of us and leaving Dad with all of us was a bit much to ask.
One of my brothers occasionally came along, and disrupted things, but I learned to listen. I couldn’t tell you much of what was said back then, but I can remember the classrooms and people around me and teachers lecturing.
It was good practice for college. With highly intelligent, educated parents it was a given. However, I only completed two years, then spent the next twenty years working toward the last two and a Master’s degree. It was a given.
In my study of psychology I knew it wasn’t so much a desire to practice in that field as it was to learn the deviations of the human psyche. I learned the DSM-III, the DSM-IV and the DSM-IV Revised. Now there’s a DSM-V with controversial articles. One in The Sun will soon get my response.
My professors tried to encourage me to write self-help books, very popular at the time. I found those who read the books didn’t really need them. Those who needed them didn’t read them.
I believed people learned more and better when having fun. Think of all the movies and books with misinformation which infiltrate the fans who believe. So much is learned incorrectly and, unfortunately, it eventually begins to be believed as fact. Thinking it so doesn’t make it so, as any narcissistic individual usually learns.
Think about the stereotypes you learned from movies. Indians then; Native American Indians now are a perfect example.
I’ve learned a lot about them, growing up being told my great-great-grandfather was a Cherokee Chief. I learned there were a lot of people who could say that. Some don’t even know it.
About twenty years ago I had an idea for a story. While practicing my craft, letting it “stew”, making many false starts, I learned about our First People. I’ve researched more for my book trilogy, WHERE THE HORSES RUN.
I try not to romanticize them or the past, because I know it was much harsher than we like to think about, but I do have a deep respect for what was almost lost to us. I hope we can regain at least some of it.
There are First Peoples in my trilogy, from the past and in the present. Their insight, knowledge, and true Lakhota ways shed a new light on the ignorance our founders thought of these people and their culture. Some of what I say won’t sit easy, but without them the heroes couldn’t accomplish their life’s path. If you read this trilogy, and the spin offs, some not yet published, you might learn how much they knew and how inaccurate our descriptions of them were, and are.
There will be a time, I feel in my heart, when what they knew, and hopefully have regained, may save us. Remember the Boy Scouts? Founded by a Native American Indian, who else could be called a scout? It’s not just for geeks, but warriors and warriors are those who stand up for what they believe in.
My mother asked me, when I was in high school, if I thought I might write. I can remember my answer quite clearly, “When I have something to write about.” I have found something to tell and it’s been stewing for a long time. I started writing it six years ago. It was something I thought important to say.
I hope you read the first book and continue to the others, but be prepared. They get deeper and deeper and the puzzles don’t stop.
There’s more here than a story of the horses vanishing. There’s a reason why they do, and how it’s done. Lots of science in this fiction, but it’s a contemporary fantasy that begins in 2032 A.D.– our near future. And it could come true.  Happy Reading!
Where the Horses Run, Book I, Mass Extinction
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