Welcome back to Imaginate with Abigail! Here are some thoughts that have resonated this past week: How well we live our lives depends on the grace with which we let loose strings dangle.... How well we can let go of what-ifs and should-haves and concentrate on whatsinfrontofus and the peoplewhoneverbetrayedus. There are challenges and choices [...]
Welcome back to Imaginate with Abigail!
Here are some thoughts that have resonated this past week:
How well we live our lives depends on the grace with which we let loose strings dangle….
How well we can let go of what-ifs and should-haves and concentrate on whatsinfrontofus and the peoplewhoneverbetrayedus. There are challenges and choices that are worth accepting, and one of them is to simply get out of bed in the morning.
I’m talking about the fact that sometimes, a pen carries life or death in its ink.
You know what the most beautiful buildings are made out of? Wood. Stone. And glass.
Just because you haven’t found something yet doesn’t mean it’s not out there, waiting for you.
So my week had a lot of musing in it (which it usually has) and also a lot of pain. My lower left wisdom tooth is coming in with a vengeance. There haven’t been tears yet, but there would have been if not for OTC drugs! Tylenol, I am your slave.
My newest YouTube video should be out this evening, where I talk about Ivana Chubbuck’s masterful techniques that sum up her acting method. She’s incredible, her twelve steps are incredible (I’ve used them, they work wonders in the field), and her book is incredible. It’s one of my favorites and is THE most applicable acting book in print that I’ve found. It gives you tools that you can employ the very first day you start learning them. Enjoy the video, I explore the twelve steps in some pretty good detail. Finding the book is easy, here is the link to it:
Wishing you the best in your creativity & always lots of love,
I seriously can find nothing to both entertain and enlighten me in the literary universe. When you no longer find books worth reading, you must write them yourself... Have you ever had difficulty describing what you want, such as your deepest desires and dreams? The things I want aren't even describable. I have this feeling [...]
I seriously can find nothing to both entertain and enlighten me in the literary universe. When you no longer find books worth reading, you must write them yourself…
Have you ever had difficulty describing what you want, such as your deepest desires and dreams? The things I want aren’t even describable. I have this feeling about the things I want… more like a lumped up idea where every part is needed to create a whole world… not separated into items. There’s no real value I can assign to these. It’s either the whole package or nothing.
By the way, this word evokes a sensation I want to live in for the rest of the day: “Waldeinsamkeitsicht” (n) the feeling of being alone in the woods. German.
It can be difficult to find out what makes you tick; I've been lucky in that I've found some of that "ticking" in nature and my myriad of artsy projects. I also have realized I want to share my vision and creativity with others on a larger scale than just in one conversation. That's why I'm [...]
It can be difficult to find out what makes you tick; I’ve been lucky in that I’ve found some of that “ticking” in nature and my myriad of artsy projects. I also have realized I want to share my vision and creativity with others on a larger scale than just in one conversation.
That’s why I’m investing time into my YouTube Channel, Abigail Schwaig; creating more videos to share with you! I look forward to this journey of discovery and am blessed to have you along for the ride. If you’re interested in reaching out, send me a message via YouTube, Twitter, or an e-mail on my contact page. I love people, so I’ll be super excited to hear from you!
Hey all! I will be attending the EPICon Conference in San Antonio over next weekend. Can't wait to soak up all the wisdom and tips that will be discussed- writers, unite! Hope to see you there :) Meat of the post: cultural tidbits regarding my next book, Harbinger Part One. Most of the story takes [...]
Hey all! I will be attending the EPICon Conference in San Antonio over next weekend. Can’t wait to soak up all the wisdom and tips that will be discussed- writers, unite! Hope to see you there
Meat of the post: cultural tidbits regarding my next book, Harbinger Part One. Most of the story takes place on the planet of Deka, the very first planet in the Four-headed Galaxy, residing in the Deka Quadrant. (A lot of this information will be available in the back glossary of the finished book.)
Truth Extraction: A fatal probing of the mind- it finds the truth but destroys all of the neurons in the brain that were used when witnessing and storing the truthful thoughts. As the extractor combs through the brain’s data banks, everything is destroyed. You can learn a lot, but the subject never lives- unless there was a sectioned off bit that you knew of that you could get too without destroying anything else. Then it works without rendering the victim a vegetable. Elesion is the only nation on the continent of Angara that has not banned this procedure.
Skylark: A prankster, but a lovable one.
Tonic or herbal healing tea, Bracer: “The morning bracer”- something that everyone on Deka besides Noble Elesioners openly adores. Since Elesion provides perfectly calibrated nutrients in tubes for the people, they “only” get sick from tainted tubes. Elesioners don’t like to admit the fact that they often use homeopathy for simple things. The high-tech lifestyle isn’t foolproof, but to say so is a gross insult and misconduct in the presence of polite society.
Quench it: Shut it, shut up, be still.
Irascean grain rods: Grain that grows in cool, somewhat wet environments- similar to an Earthly reed on the banks of lakes and ponds and marshes. There are variations of this crop, some are edible, some are not.
Mr. Wallpaper: Term for a coward.
Dentar: A metal alloy that is extremely strong and can be made in different colors; the most popular choice glints like burnished gold.
Milo: Sweetheart, love, or my love.
Quadratants: Inhabitants of the Deka Quadrant.
Hyper Doorway Attraction Disorder or Hyper Doorway Magnetism Disorder: There are three levels, the first two reside under the term HDAD (Hyper Doorway Attraction Disorder) and the third level is categorized under HDMD (Hyper Doorway Magnetism Disorder).
The most advanced studies on the disorder suggest it would be caused by an abundance of a certain genetic protein. But the doorway attractions don’t happen without a spike in human electromagnetic energy (neural impulses), so it is difficult to ascertain whether the impulses or the protein marker is the true cause. Most subjects that have been rigorously tested showed both theories to be in effect, though several subjects showed a marked preference for one over the other. There are differing schools of thought on the origins and possible miraculous meanings for such an affliction. The terms HDMD and HDAD are interchangeably expressed in non-scientific, everyday conversations. Average Deka Quadratants don’t appreciate the subtle differences.
Level One: Hyper Doorway Attraction Disorder. This is actually a fortuitous predisposition to have. While your body’s protein marker and/or magnetic nerve impulses attract doorways, they don’t affect you violently. You merely find doorways easy to access. You may come upon them at surprising times, but you are never compelled to enter them. You can choose which ones to ignore and can even coax a doorway into coming nearer to you for your convenience. All in all, the subject has the dominant position in this level. Level ones almost never progress to any greater stage, requiring only the most minimal medical supervision.
Level Two: Hyper Doorway Attraction Disorder. These subjects are designated as level twos. This is where it gets tricky. You find doorways easily and sometimes fall into them on sheer accident. There is a stronger genetic marker for this level. Subjects are often intellectually and/or artistically gifted. There is a distinct possibility that later in life your disorder could progress and become a level three Hyper Doorway Magnetism Disorder. Level twos need moderate medical supervision to maintain their health and safeguard against any furthering of their condition.
Level Three: This is full-blown Hyper Doorway Magnetism Disorder, the kind in which you are a constant, forceful magnet for Random Doorway Friction. There is no cure for any level three, yet.
There are two distinct kinds of level three HDMD, 1st degree and 2nd degree, and then a third category where the truly baffling cases are lumped into one group, called “Vitals”.
1st degree HDMD is when heightened levels of electromagnetic impulses are carried within and used by your body, making your actual bodily composition less stable than normal humans. You are human, just more so. You react to things with a heightened level of emotion and often can reach higher levels of critical thought. Cataloguing mood swings, depression, unexplainable feelings of mental anguish, hysteria, and irrational anger can be helpful in diagnosing subjects with this disorder. Subjects have a tendency to lose bits of their sanity due to the mental strain and disorientation of being dragged through doorways you had no intention of venturing through. 1st degree subjects are often extreme risk-takers and heedless of their own safety. This heightened state of being is hard to sustain, and as such, most die at early ages, literally from “burn out” where their neurons can’t reproduce fast enough to save them from wearing out. The ones that aren’t extreme risk takers or have learned to curb that desire deal with their disorder by staying in one place throughout their lives, moving only within a specific radius of land in order not to ever get sucked into a doorway that is located outside that perimeter.
The second degree of HDMD is when you are simply a carrier for the protein, causing your body to store massive levels of electromagnetic energy within you, but without the ability to access it. More and more latent magnetic energy keeps building up over time and eventually it reaches a certain level that triggers the DNA protein to dissolve, causing a chemical reaction that kills every living tissue in your body. Strangely enough, the amount of poisonous solution this protein-trigger creates is precisely tailored to your body chemistry and is never greater than the amount it would take to kill you. You literally carry inside of you a code that can cause ultimate personal destruction to you and no one else at any time. When it happens, it will cause complete organ failure, akin to poisoning. The individuals with this 2nd degree disorder will always produce children that test HDAD or HDMD positive. Your deterioration can take place over any kind of time frame. It can take as long as forty years or it could be as short as four minutes after birth.
Vitals are the group of 3rd degree HDMD subjects that don’t show enough of a protein marker and display enough neural impulses to be diagnosed as HDAD/HDMD patients. They lack physical evidence to back up their claims. The abilities of Vitals are often bizarre, each of them unique, and the life span for the subjects differ radically. Some have all the patience in the world and others are more irascible than the worst 1st degree HDMD subject.
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Hey all! I’m switching things up here at abigailschwaig.com. I’m going to focus more on world-building for the Deka Series instead of posting on a bunch of unrelated topics. Since my next book, Harbinger Part I, focuses on the Deka planet (the 1st planet in the Four-headed Galaxy), these next posts will hopefully follow that [...]
Hey all! I’m switching things up here at abigailschwaig.com. I’m going to focus more on world-building for the Deka Series instead of posting on a bunch of unrelated topics. Since my next book, Harbinger Part I, focuses on the Deka planet (the 1st planet in the Four-headed Galaxy), these next posts will hopefully follow that train of thought and cover more of the topics that are important/related to Deka. (Coming at least by winter of 2015, if not sooner!)
The planet of Deka has one continent called Angara. Angara is comprised of 5 nations: Elesion(maiden’s profile on the far left), Goth (shaped like a stingray), Malachi (the sack in the middle), Trania (the boomerang strip on the far right), and Andari (the Super Mario mushroom head on top).
At the end of my 1st book, Fortune’s Detour, there is some explanation about the ten main planets. Here are the particulars:
The Planets (In consequential order, scattered throughout the Four-Headed Galaxy in the Deka Quadrant.)
Deka– the planet that has no animal life to speak of, “the first planet,” “the planet where life began,” “the favored planet.”
Hecta– “the melting pot” of modern, urban, and tech-dominated lifestyles.
Kila– large, carnivorous, lumbering beasts reside on the surface of dried desert mud while a wide array of flowers, fruits, saps, and plant matter is found in the underground jungles where the tribes of inhabitants reside; “the planet of clans.”
Mega– some smaller mammals reside here. Insects, rodents, and snakes breed only on this planet; “the cradle of pestilence.”
Giga– a great, hungering evil lurks within the bowels of this planet, so much so that criminals are sent there through the Doorways to an inexplicit fate and are never heard from again. It has a pock-marked surface, leading down into a cavernous underground. The surface is blood red and rugged and mountainous. “The dark planet;” “the red planet;” “planet of terror;” quite literally “hell.”
Tera– sea creatures are the only kinds of animals residing on “Earth’s planet;” “Earth’s twin.” Known for its similarity to Earth; most “accidental immigrants” choose to reside on Tera.
Peta– the only animals are bigger land mammals, a few rodents, and some fish on Peta. The populations that reside on Peta are among the most varied in custom (besides Hecta) and the most acquainted with Amaranth (besides Deka). The planet’s leaders agree not to take a stand for or against the Spirits; they try to ignore them.
Exa– a heavily industrialized planet constantly striving for greater inventions in steam, gas, and electric; set precedence on manners and polite conversation. “The cradle of ingenuity;” “the home of machinery” “the foundation of modern science” “the frame of civilization.”
Zetta– the planet most closed to Doorway travel and outside interaction; resolutely remaining within the quagmire that was the historical “Age of Mysticism” in the Quadrant. Also known as “the isolated planet.” Zettans are thought to be ignorant and stuck-up, whereas most of them are well-educated in the arts, philosophy, and classics; just afraid of bringing wrath down upon their people by being over-investigative.
Yotta– the last planet; blocked by an asteroid belt that is impossible to navigate. Yotta has not held a stable Doorway since the beginning of the “Silence of Amaranth.” Also known as “the unknown planet;” “the place of shaz.”
These are just the main planets, not taking into account the planetoids, moons, stars, asteroid belts, and space cities (if any- you never know!). Hope you have as much fun with this as I do!
Have a good Monday by imaginating yourself someplace beautiful and serene
Helpful tips to answer the question: “What do I keep in mind while preparing a written work?” This paradigm below can be helpful to get your point across tastefully and succinctly. Literary tools and tricks can be extremely useful for just about anyone in any area of life- school teachers, activists, social educators, writers, public [...]
Helpful tips to answer the question: “What do I keep in mind while preparing a written work?”
This paradigm below can be helpful to get your point across tastefully and succinctly. Literary tools and tricks can be extremely useful for just about anyone in any area of life- school teachers, activists, social educators, writers, public speakers, students, researchers, scientists, marketers, and even business professionals and executives.
Disclaimer! The model below is meant to be loosely interpreted depending on your personal style and the genre of your WW (written work).
1. What is the purpose of this WW?
2. What information or personal knowledge do I have that can make my WW more powerful?
1. What other works are similar and how can I hit the mark or improve off of them?
2. Do I know this topic enough to write coherently about it? If not, can I write about something else? If yes, great! Go find something interesting to write about! If not, learn about the topic. Immersion is a good way to go. If you’re writing about sky-diving, you’re probably going to have to experience it before you can write accurately about it.
3. What approach am I taking with this WW? Am I using persuasion, logic, heart, or humor? A mixture? Am I writing in 1st person, 2nd person, or 3rd person, or do I want to switch around?
4. What specific population is targeted with this WW?
5. How long will the WW be?
1. How do these topics interplay?
2. How does the material connect?
3. What questions need to be answered by the WW?
1. Review for grammatical mistakes and continuity errors.
2. Market, distribute, publish, or turn it in to your professor or boss.
1. Who liked it and wanted more?
2. Was it easy enough to understand yet intriguing enough to keep their interest?
3. What were the sales or feedback?
3. How can I capitalize on the information collected on this for the next WW?
Good luck you guys! Have a great week!
PS. Don’t forget to imaginate
I have some imagery for you today! (Imagery: vivid and descriptive language that adds depth to the literary work. It appeals to human senses to deepen the reader's understanding of the work. Powerful forms of imagery engage all of the senses and use metaphors to express ideas and concepts.) ~She drank in the professor's lecture [...]
I have some imagery for you today!
(Imagery: vivid and descriptive language that adds depth to the literary work. It appeals to human senses to deepen the reader’s understanding of the work. Powerful forms of imagery engage all of the senses and use metaphors to express ideas and concepts.)
~She drank in the professor’s lecture like she was sucking down a creamy, Jack-in-the-Box milkshake.~
~The static from the freshly tumbled dry laundry shocked him like a Franklin kite.~
~The bowling ball was like a lead weight in her small, third-grader sized fingers.~
I know, I know. I missed my calling as an English teacher.
It seems fitting to inundate you with school-related randomness today, seeing as this is the first week back to it for many of us.
I’ve got to confess, I did not see myself going back to college a few months ago. A few months ago, I was getting Fortune’s Detour uploaded to Amazon, outlining my next novel, and finding myself in a whirlwind romance planning to spend the future with a guy I was overjoyed to call my own.
It’s funny that I should write Fortune’s Detour first and then find myself living it. The book is doing well- I’ve gotten really encouraging reviews(thanks so much guys!), the next book I’ve got cooking is coming together(thank you GOD), and as I shared over the Christmas season about “Surviving a Holiday Break-up”, I am romantically aglow with requited love no more – in fact I realized that I was not equipped to deal with some of the crazy issues that that relationship threw at me. But goodness prevails! Out of pain comes peace, and out of toil comes joy. I’m excited about the new year, the new semester, and the new experiences in store for 2015.
May your semester be full of extra sharp pencils, crisp note paper, and understanding teachers!
P.S. Don’t forget to use that imaginate-tion! 😉
http://youtu.be/vL-AS6HMYBk Hey everybody! How were the holidays? Full of tasty goodies? So was mine! Now, while I don't encourage New Year's resolutions (because I think it's a big industry to get you to buy a bunch a exercise equipment you'll never use after three weeks of purchasing) I do encourage healthy and nutritious living! One [...]
Hey everybody! How were the holidays? Full of tasty goodies? So was mine! Now, while I don’t encourage New Year’s resolutions (because I think it’s a big industry to get you to buy a bunch a exercise equipment you’ll never use after three weeks of purchasing) I do encourage healthy and nutritious living! One of the ways to stay healthy or get back to pre-holiday weight is to juice! There are tons of great benefits to juicing and it’s easy to “mix n match” what kind of ingredients you prefer. Have you ever juiced before? Maybe just thinking about it? Comment on my youtube video here, or send me an e-mail. Got an idea for a juice but don’t want to try it first? Send it my way and I’ll make a video on it!
Happy (New Year) Juicing!