Yesterday morning rolled around, and I still hadn’t come up with an idea for today’s post. The day job kept me busier than I have been recently, and, to be honest, my creativity is still wandering the universe and isn’t checking in with me very often. So this post is my version of “free writing,” in the sense of “free association.”
In The Archaeological World
The big news this week in North American archaeology is the discovery of evidence for cannibalism at Jamestown, the early English settlement in Virginia. Researchers don’t know who the 14-year-old girl was, whether she was the daughter of colonists or a maid servant. But her bones show cut marks consistent with defleshing and breaks with removal of the marrow. Historic accounts had hinted at the possibility, but this girl’s remains provide the first physical evidence of cannibalism during the “starving time” of 1609–1610.
On (My) Writing
Last weekend, Meghan and I sat down and discussed more story ideas. From what I see in my notes, there are three stories we could write. We’ve chosen one to start with, and I’m trying something different. I’m setting down some of the plot lines, learning who the main characters will be, and the reasons for what happens. Some of you may recognize this as “outlining.” Now before you think I’ve been converted from my pantsing ways, that’s really not the case. This won’t be thousands of words written out, chapter by chapter. It’s just some “good” notes being taken prior to a dive into the writing.
Meghan apparently enjoyed the thrill of writing one section per week and putting it out on the blog with minimal editing—or planning. But it was stressful for me, and I’ve told her we can’t do it again. She told me I’d never have made it as a writer for radio programs in the ’40s and ’50s. I told her I wasn’t even alive back then, and I wouldn’t have wanted to do that, anyway.
Blog Buddy News
Congratulations go to Kourtney Heintz on the release of her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin. The e-book is available now, and the paperback will be out later this month. The Six Train to Wisconsin was a semifinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Do check out Kourtney’s web site and blog for more information. And be sure to stop by here on June 1st, when she joins me for a Saturday Sit Down post.
That’s All She Wrote
It’s a beautiful spring weekend here, so long-time readers can probably guess where my husband and I are heading later this morning. Hopefully that takes our minds off setting up his new computer, which runs Windows 8. I’m hoping all the terrible reviews I’ve seen are really the result of unfamiliarity with the new operating system and not because it’s really that bad. But time will tell, right?
Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?
- Cannibalism evidence found at Jamestown settlement (cbsnews.com)
- Scholars Find Cannibalism at Jamestown Settlement (abcnews.go.com)
- Skeleton confirms cannibalism at Jamestown colony (upi.com)
- U.S. scientists find ‘solid’ evidence of cannibalism at Jamestown colony site (globalnews.ca)