I am a transplanted New Yorker living in Texas. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and worked as computer programmer before I became a full time mother. Now that my children are grown I am starting a new career as a writer.
Today I am going to discuss using text messages as an art form.
Olivia (Year of the Numen) has a lot going on in her life which she keeps to herself. Because of the format, I have to write short, compelling conversations. This will force me, as the author, to not get side tracked for too long into these side stories and yet fill in some background about the main characters. I plan to sprinkle the text of the story with snippets of Olivia’s text exchanges.
So, after 8 months at a miserable job which sapped my time and energy, I have finally found a new job.
I’m working the front desk at a local resort. This new job is a sedentary one – which means I’ll have to hit the gym more – but it shouldn’t leave me so exhausted that I can’t pick up a pen to draw or form a complete sentence at some time during the day. I’m hoping that means I’ll be blogging more and will be able to get back to my many, fun hobbies – especially my stories.
Another bonus at the new job is that I get to tool around, occasionally, on a golf cart and get some sun. You can’t beat that with a stick.
So, here’s to a new start (once again) at this blogging thing.
“It looks like one of those black magic symbols,” Ruby chimed in. “I suppose it does,” Olivia answered, “but it’s not. It’s just a tool.” “For what?” asked Miguel. “Ruby’s right. It looks like witchy Voodoo stuff. You shouldn’t mess with it.”
[Author’s Note: This is an excerpt from the Year of the Numen]
Synopsis: On the threshold of old age, Avery and Olivia renewed their friendship after thirty years. Due to scheduling conflicts, they find themselves calling each other during Olivia’s morning excursion by shuttle to her new job. Over time, the regulars on the shuttle become involved in their daily conversation.
“What is that,” Steve asked, looking down at Olivia’s phone.
“It’s a visual representation of a memory palace – what we’ve been talking about all this time.”
“How do you use it?” he asked.
“We’re still working out the details. I’ll show you when we’re done.”
“It looks like one of those black magic symbols,” Ruby chimed in.
“I suppose it does,” Olivia answered, “but it’s not. It’s just a tool.”
“For what?” asked Miguel. “Ruby’s right. It looks like witchy Voodoo stuff. You shouldn’t mess with it.”
Feminism used to be about equality in business and the political worlds. Then it was about who was morally better, women or men. Then it was about being blurring gender lines.
While the different forms of Feminism were slugging it out, we also had the inter-feminine wars: the stay-at-home moms and the career moms. Currently, a cease-fire exists where we seem to be trying to form an alliance. Sadly, that common ground seems to center around a woman’s sexuality. No longer does it matter whether you make a career choice or stayed at home. We are women, damn it! We are all sisters in the same fight against aging – and we can prove it by our gym passes and our lingerie!
At the present moment, Feminism is focused on power-Feminism with the aim of destroying the “Patriarchy.” But suppose what we call the “Patriarchy” is the social construct we need to make the right changes to our system? What if what we have today is built on hundreds of years of Western philosophical thought and progress? What if it’s this development, which have allowed women the greatest amount of equality and autonomy in human history, is one of the end products of that heritage? What happens if we tear it down?
On the other side, many people believe the female emancipation effort has reached its end. However, I believe we are still in the process of coming to grips with so many new options for men and women. That change can largely be credited to the political movements launched by women which gave us the vote and financial independence. At the same time, advances in science and technology have freed women (and men) from time-consuming domestic tasks. Our lives are changing with new technology giving us new moral and ethical challenges. DNA testing and surrogate mothers are such recent advancements that we are still in the early stages of understanding how they affect the social dynamics of family life.