Word count: 14,783 words
Word count goal: 16,000 words
Mapping the Hero’s Journey: Crossing The Threshold
Save The Cat: Fun & Games
These images from different excursions I’ve taken, make me think of leaving the ordinary world, having to cross the threshold and embark on a physical and existential adventure. Where will your characters wander today?
#vss very short story
The brisk morning encouraged her to turn back to her comfy bed, but the slanted sunlight beckoned her to adventure. She pulled her scarf up around her nose and ears and trudged on.
Plotting with Tarot
Crossing the Threshold Card: Four of Swords upside-down –
Introduction: When the 4 of Swords reversed appears in a reading, you or someone very close to you is exhausted, on every level. This is not a time to push yourself beyond your limits, to do so now is to risk all that you have worked so hard for: your health, your work, your relationships. It’s more than okay to take a break. It’s critical now.
General: Generally, the reversed 4 of Swords means that in addition to feeling tired, you may be feeling a bit isolated. Do not look at this as a permanent situation. Allow yourself to rest, and know that the relationships and friendships that you need are coming. Take one step at a time. – from Psychic Revelation
What MC risks losing by Crossing the Threshold: Nine of Pentacles upside-down –
In its reversed position, the Nine of Pentacles suggests that you may be suffering from financial setbacks or you have experienced a loss due to unwise decisions or foolish actions. Your foundations may be about to give way. If they do, learn from your mistakes and build a more solid and secure foundation next time. – from biddytarot.com
Most compelling reason to cross the threshold: Queen of Wands – Desire. If she wants something, she draws it into her life. If she wants information, she’d go out and get it.
I’m having a little trouble with The Four of Swords reversed for a Crossing The Threshold card. Since it’s reversed, maybe it means this is not a time for rest, that my character needs to take action. When he does take action, he risks losing his foundation. He may experience loss do to unwise decisions and foolish actions. The third card, The Queen of Wands makes total sense for this reading because my character has a mystery on his hands and is driven to find answers.
Ask Your Character
- What is your worst memory from grade school?
- Are you still friends with anyone from that time?
- Was there a teacher or teachers who had a particularly strong influence on your life?
Word Of The Day
sanguine: adj. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident 2. reddish; ruddy (complexion)
8 Action Verbs:
adjusted caused convened effected
helped managed protected simplified
Its dangling strawberry escaped long ago
The pins in its flesh protected with pride
A motley collection of proof of trade plied
Memories filled with patient instruction
Needles of creation, processed reflection
Holding textiles in place to be molded perfection
It somehow stayed with me when all was lost
Holding together the edges that fray
I return to it daily, my passion at play
Awesome Sentence Challenge
Free Play with Phrases:
In separate lists, collect some noun phrases,some adjective phrases, some verb phrases and some adverb phrases. From each list, pick a phrase and put them together to make a sentence.
Here are the lists I collected:
|Noun phrase||Adjective phrase||Verb phrase||Adverb phrase|
|The sight of his face||Very pricey but really beautiful||Crossing boarders||With ease|
|His roiling emotions||Quite small but cheap||Seducing and performing||In a minute|
|The foolishness of her actions||Covered in mud||Running yourself ragged||After the game|
|A person of passion||Cowering in the corner||Take it easy||Every day|
|A pause in the battle||Older than dirt||Get some rest||On the count of three|
|The agony and the ecstasy||Exquisitely graceful||Mastering the beast||Over the lake|
|The headline entertainer||Heaviest of all||Conquering fear||Under the sea|
|The grunting of the engines||Neatly pressed||Marshalling your forces||Through the window|
|The noises of the tires||High overhead||Pick up the reins and drive||After the sun set/ before sunset|
|The clock on the mantelpiece||So low only she could hear||Pulled one way or another||Only two days ago|
|The belt of her robe||Rattled like loose teeth||Leveled at my temple||As if he understood|
|Her father’s eyes||Dotted with strip malls and gas stations||Tripping an alarm system||Down the road|
|The back of her neck||Open all the way||Considering the situation||In the forest|
|The glass creatures||Facing the light||Developing a rapport||Whenever he remembered|
|Old people||Pressed tight||Deployed about the room||Through the garden|
|A piece of trash||Floating in the air||Gone out for a walk||With needle and thread|
|The neighborhood that bordered the park||Like kings||Wasn’t parked||Back and forth|
|The darkened room||Like a motorcade||Read the article and cursed||Under his breath|
|The grandmother Ashleigh never knew||The color of the margins of the Declaration of Independence||Folded her arms||Across her chest|
So let’s see what kind of amazing sentences come out of this mess:
- His roiling emotions, so low only she could hear, picked up the reigns and drove across her chest.
- The agony and the ecstasy, rattling like loose teeth, tripped an alarm system under his breath.
- The back of her neck, the color of the margins of the Declaration of Independence, pulled one way or another with ease.
- The belt of her robe, open all the way, leveled at my temple after the sunset.
- The clock on the mantelpiece, quite small but cheap, considered the situation on the count of three.
I can see how this could be a great tool for coming up with some interesting sentences. My collection appears to be leading me toward the naughty. Maybe my character has other plans than the ones I intended.
Today’s Simple Task
Have your MC observe something from a different perspective physically (from above, from below, through a filter) and/or emotionally.
I was inspired to write this prompt by a Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt on Mundus Media Ink by Michelle Rene Goodhew
Set your timer for 10 minutes. Write in first person from your MC’s perspective in your MC’s voice. Your character has been grossly betrayed by a close friend or family member.
Recommended Word Crawl
Bookshelf Word Crawl A little extra encouragement to explore your TBR (to be read) pile.
Don’t Forget To Read!
For today’s Awesome Sentence Challenge, I collected phrases from:
Mapping the Hero’s Journey With Tarot: 33 Days To Finish Your Book by Arwen Lynch
Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. I am loving this novel. It’s a fun read about two people who are thrown into one crazy misunderstanding after another.
The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin
The Hiding Place by David Bell. I found this one when I started research for this year’s NaNoWriMo novel. I’m hoping it will be a good comp (comparison novel) when I finish and start to query.
Write a scene that demonstrates a flaw your main character has.