Friday, August 16, 2013

a happy place




I don't know about you, but I save almost everything I write. My file cabinet is chock full of stuff - including stories I wrote back in high school (which was kind of a long time ago!). I have A LOT of spiral bound notebooks. And I couldn't begin to guess how many files I have sitting on my computer: unfinished tales, poetry, ideas, and scenes with people I don't know yet. I'm guessing a lot of it will either stay where it is and get dusty, or end up the trash. But every now and then I'll find a use for some old thing I wrote, a way to either make it into something new, or use it in something else. Such was the case with an old file called 'boy crashes car.' Which made me happy.

Do you save everything? Ever find use for old stuff? Doing anything fun this weekend? I'm going to a lobster bake :)

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  1. Enjoy your lobster bake.
    I have no files on the computer, but I do have quite a few old notebooks. Including a really ancient one from my teens (a very long time ago for me as well) marked 'CassaStar.' Really glad I saved that one!

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  2. Wargamers are the worst hoarders, we won't throw anything out especially heads!

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    1. I actually still have some plastic army men and their equipment from when when my brother and I played, I suppose in the hopes we might play again!

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  3. you're a story hoarder, sister :)

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  4. I'm like you. I save almost everything. I have a closet packed full of of old notebooks, and files and everything else. And I have them on the computer, too. Every project has a file called "Deleted Scenes." And yeah, every now and then, I do find a use for it.

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  5. I've moved so many times over the years that I have almost nothing saved. Plus I'm the stupid type that thinks when I have a good story or scene idea, that "sure" I'll remember it later. Uh...no.

    I'm jealous of your lobster bake. I adore Maine lobster. Have a wonderful time and eat some for me! :-)

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    1. Moving is good for living light. Sometimes I almost want to move simple so that I'll have to get rid of a lot stuff.

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  6. I'm a story hoarder, too! I have most of the stories I ever wrote, although I'm sure many of them were lost when my dad got rid of our really, really old computer when I was a teenager.

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    1. Yeah, I have some lost stuff, that's in a format that can't be read any more. I think I still have the disks, too.

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  7. I saved very little of my early writings... just a few things that were published in the high school literary magazine. Too bad. I wish I'd saved a lot more. Ya never know when the world wants me to write a smart ass term paper about F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Yeah, I was a smart ass when I was young, too.)

    Enjoy your lobster bake! We're hoping to get a mess of live crabs today, and weather permitting, to go to another car show tomorrow.

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    1. I saved my college research paper on the the demise of the Incan Empire and an essay on Louisa as a character in Dickens' Hard Times.

      Hope you get your crabs!

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  8. I've saved most of my stuff from the last four years (I started writing around Summer/Fall of 2009) and it's come in handy for things like scene fixes and coming up with names.

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  9. I have some old stuff laying around but I'm slowly clearing it out.

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    1. I'm clearing out slowly as well but not my writing. That stays, because you never know...

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  10. I do save everything I write but otherwise get rid of stuff. My husband and daughter are two pack rats.

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    1. I have too many books, big surprise. But I am slowly giving more and more away to my local library, even some I loved. It's hard but I had to before I ran out of room!

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  11. Ok. What lobster bake am I missing?

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  12. I still have some old floppy discs... Too bad I don't have the hardware to read them anymore.

    This weekend? At the moment, sleep sounds good (it was an early morning this morning).

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    1. Yes, sleep is always a priority with me on the weekends. Hope you get lots :)

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  13. I save what I write, too. And I wish I were going to a lobster bake. Sounds like a ton of fun!

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  14. I save everything I write and draw... PILES of it! lol.

    OH, I am SOOOO jealous of your lobster bake! Maine lobsters, MMMMMMMMM! ENJOY...

    Nothing too exciting here. Theres the air and water show, but I have seen SOOO many of them, I now stay clear.NOISY and lots of people. I'll have to find an alternative route to my power walks this weekend. The weather is beautiful though!

    I plan to do some writing... another scene for my noir novella. It's been TOOO long!

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    1. I like your weekend plans; they sound relaxing and productive! And the nice weather is heavenly. I love summer.

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  15. I still have lots of stuff saved from my pre-computer days. Don't look at it too often. The stuff I save on the computer I sometimes recycle -- things I've cut from novels or stories that never went anywhere.

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    1. yeah, I don't look at my notebooks much - but when I get back to my trilogy I will be since almost all the world building is on paper.

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  16. I have everything saved. But I used to write in pencil so some of it's sort of hard to read. Like the western I wrote when I was 13. I had some weird ideas back then. And I was obsessed with cowboys. Unlike today. Ok...exactly like today.

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  17. Yeah, I save stuff, too. I'm thinking very seriously of resurrecting a novella I wrote in my writer infancy stage. *grins* It needs to be gutted, but does have some good stuff that could work for another tale. We'll see.
    My wife is sick, so I guess we'll be staying home all weekend. It's okay with me. As long as I'm not at the day job I'm happy. :)
    Enjoy your weekend, Marcy.

    -Jimmy

    P.S.: Thanks for listing my book here. That's very cool. I also just recently read Milo's book and enjoyed it.

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    1. you are welcome! I am happy to show off other people's books! Hope the wife feels better soon and I know what you mean - day jobs are such an interference, aren't they?

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  18. I love the header! What a gorgeous flower!!

    I do save my old stuff. It's all down in boxes in the basement but I don't think I have anything I'd reuse right now. I do have files in my computer that are older I reuse though and those do get reused quite often and it is quite nice to find a place for something that went nowhere at the time. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you! It's awful pretty, isn't it?

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  19. I pretty much save it all, which is why I am going crazy today trying to find my files from 2009, which have some information I need. I knew they were in folders bundled in a rubberband, but now they are MIA. Ugh!

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    1. Oh no! I hate when I can't find something I'm sure I have.

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  20. Great photo -- wish I was there. I've saved a lot of my old stuff, and much of it has seen publication after serious revision; but I tossed out some of the stuff I wrote as a kid. Probably for the best, considering the other stories I kept from that stage in my writing career! Anyhow, keep hoarding; you never know when an old idea will morph into something new.

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    1. lol, I tend to hold on to stuff long past the expiration date.

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  21. Lobster bake? I am reading your post backward to play catchup. Hope you had fun.

    I don't save everything I write, but I do have a good bit of it. Spiral notebooks and journals.

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  22. I saved everything I wrote and I wrote a lot. Even while in boot camp and Vietnam, while others were sending letters to their loved ones, I was journaling and sending the pages home to myself.
    Almost all of that and much more somehow got lost during a move. I was crushed!

    The weekend is now over, but I did have plans. We are camped up in the mountains and planned (and completed) two major high country hikes. Now I'm tired!

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