Day 13 of the NANOWRIMO

Just a post to say I’m on track. I logged my total words last night at 22,285.
I’m progressing on this story. I don’t write in ACTS. I’m not even sure how. I just keep writing the story.

Overview up to now-
The body parts are found. Our Main Character, Andrea Watson and FBI agent Fletcher Peterson, have connected with the Hmong doctor who preserved more body parts found by fellow fishermen. Now it’s been revealed there is a connection to two missing women, one from Kansas and one from Missouri.
Our Main character has been approved to travel to Kansas to observe the investigation there. This is a thorn in her team leader’s side. He can’t understand why she is asked by the FBI to go. He throws the news article about her father on her desk accusing her of seeking the limelight in the public eye. Something Andrea abhors.
A number of people the two have questioned mention a family that lives on the lake. Their description of the father and his overbearing control of his children has moved his name to the top of their suspect list.
What is going to happen once she gets to Kansas? What will they find there? Will Andrea’s research into reports from the locals lead her to find a connection the authorities missed before? What will Fletcher think about her ability to “see” what others miss?

A friendly discussion

I met Stian on Masterclass and followed his discussion. It garnered lot of thought while reading and re-reading the following post. I hope you find it as interesting. Make your comments below.  You’ll have to read his blog then come back here to comment on my blog.

This is the link to his blog: http://stianthewriter.com/2019/10/09/my-philosophy-of-thoughts-feelings-and-mental-life-aspects-an-introduction/

 

When I asked for more clarification here is his response:

You didn’t miss it. I didn’t cover this, but may get back to it later.

One thing to consider in response to science:

There are scientists who argue that humans have no free will. This is based on brain studies where scientists can (more or less) predict a behavior seconds or a minute before it takes place — arguably, before a person has decided to enact that behavior herself.

So if an action can be predicted before a person has decided to do it, how can there then be free will?

However, there is another way of interpreting these findings… We can think of these findings as impulses that humans may choose whether or not to act on. And if an impulse seems rational (such as making dinner if hungry) we choose to act on these impulses, which is why scientists may predict with 90 % accuracy that a certain action may take place.

In conclusion, we may act on an impulse because it seems rational to us, or because we’re not thinking consciously about the impulse before we act on it.

(The only specific experiment I’m familiar with myself, is that scientists could predict with 90 % accuracy whether rats would turn left or right on a certain path they were walking on. Arguably, this research is also transferrable to humans given similarities in brain structure.)

As for why it is credible that humans have free will (i.e. the capability of acting spontaneously, not being fully controlled by processes of nature), this is because we perform rational acts (in succession) that would seem very coincidental if we did not have free will.

One example:

People can have a conversation for hours, in which each participant’s response is related to a particular topic, and in which each response to some degree mirrors what the previous speaker has said. This is especially true in business and political meetings, but also in ordinary conversations.

Now, if humans did not have free will, then our response would be determined by forces outside our control. That would mean that nature could force us say things or act in ways that have nothing to do with the topic at hand.

There are a thousand ways to respond to what a previous person has said, and yet we often choose a response that stands in relation to the discussion. And when we conduct a conversation for hours, it seems extremely unlikely — to put it carefully — that forces of nature time and again make us choose a rational response (a response that is thematically related to the discussion) when for each rational response, there are at least 999 ways of responding (i.e. things to say) that have nothing to do with the topic at hand.

In conclusion, it is our rational behavior (over time) that strongly suggests the existence of free will.

Here’s an optional scenario:

In a world without free will, the chance we are able to have a rational conversation (a short one) is 1/1000 (= probability of rational response) ^5 (= multiplied with 1/1000 per response in the conversation).

This would result in a chance of 1/1,000,000,000,000,000 for a rational conversation containing as little as five responses (altogether from both parties) to the initial statement (= 1/1000 multiplied with itself five times).

And then you have the conversations that last for hours.

2019 Nanowrimo- Beneath the Ice

Here it is almost November and I’ve been prepping. I’ve left off writing anything for awhile as I tried to immerse myself into this story. I like the plot. I love the idea of where it goes. I had fun looking up some of the specifics I would need to know.
Who knew how to preserve biological evidence? I thought you could just put them in water/alcohol/formaldehyde and voila’ it was preserved. Oh NO! That is all wrong. The pieces of body parts would be destroyed and no DNA could be recovered. (I hope I read it right.) I’m assuming that all the jars you see with biological matter in them are meant to be preserved not re-examined.

It is necessary for my doctor character to have done the same thing I did and read about the proper way to preserve these items he received. Which he did. Then when my Detective and the FBI agent show up and take possession of said body parts, they can be tested for DNA and eventually matched to any existing DNA submitted by relatives.

I listened to my favorite podcast TRUE CRIME ALL THE TIME with Mike and Gibby for the last four weeks. They examined John Wayne Gasey. What I learned from this case is there are still bodies not identified.
I was just as curious about that as they were. One hypothesis they came to was; maybe it was better for the families to have some hope their loved one would show up, then to find they were the subject of JWG degenerate and public interest.  I can understand that.

As I plot the story is may seem a bit hypothetical. I’m fine with that. Most good stories stretch the imagination to its breaking point. Could it happen like I write it? Yes.  Is it probable that it would happen this way? Meh, not really. But it’s a really cool story.

For the month of November I will need to be writing, at the least 1, 666 words  A DAY.  I find it’s not all that hard to write 2,000 if the mood strikes. It becomes more difficult if you’ve written your plot into a corner and can’t get out. I know because I have at least 3 novels in progress. I add a little more to their plots when the muse strikes.

What does it take to write a novel? Determination and a good story. When I wrote The Vanishing of Katherine Sullivan I was driven to tell this story. I knew it would be a good one. I don’t even remember if I had much plot prep done. I jumped in and started writing and the story flowed out of me.  How did that happen? How can I get that to happen again?

I took James Patterson’s Master Class and finally read two of his books. I’m not hooked. The first one of the series, about a woman detective, captured my interest. Book #2 lost me. However I am intrigued by his style. He writes each scene as a chapter. There is very little segue needed. The setting and character development is done in bits and pieces. This could be useful in my story. I’m going to attempt to replicate his style. It may be more difficult and I’ll have to just write and edit later.

Here is the premise of my story:
Andrea Wilson is with the St. Paul, MN Criminal Apprehension Unit. She’s been there two years. On this frigid day in January 2020 she is watching cutters harvest ice from Blue Lake to be sent to Harriet Island for the Ice Palace project. The water here is the cleanest of the lakes surrounding the city limits.

 As she watchs there is a commotion around the area where the blocks of ice are directed to a conveyor that ends in a truck. She sees something that disturbs her and makes for the opening in the barricade. After flashing her badge, she heads for the men congregating around the blocks. There, frozen in the clear ice is a net full of body parts. A head and three feet cut above the ankles. In the next block of ice is a part of a torso and what looks like arms.

That is the beginning and inciting incident. I’ve learned a lot about serial killers and their habits. I don’t think I’ll insert the killer’s mind into the story. I want to keep the guessing process much like it would be if you were following it in the newspaper or on TV.

The Death Of The Family Secret | HuffPost UK

Ancestry and other DNA-testing companies are bringing old family secrets to light. These friends are now dealing with the truth about their fathers.
— Read on m.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

I’ve done my DNA as did my husband, son and daughter. I was pretty confident I knew most of my relatives so wasn’t concerned. It’s been fun building my family tree.

After reading this article I have a different view about these resources. I don’t think they should go away or be limited in any way. I do however feel each person purchasing a kit must first be required to read and sign EACH clause so they understand the risks involved in participating in the research.

I was initially upset that gedcom restricted law enforcement from freelancing DNA . They hired genealogists to trace possible family trees based on DNA they found at crime scenes. I applaud this ingenuity. The fact they’ve located and apprehended rapists and murderers is exceptional.

Now I see this can become a problem. I’ve been watching the Adnon Syed conviction as well as others possibly convicted wrongfully. We have a corrupt legal system. Not in every case. If the system fails repeatedly then that’s too many not to address.

DNA can be miss used. People tried and convicted wrongfully. Like anything else it can be miss used. The more research that’s done the more opportunity.

Summer-Begin the Diet

June is a great month. Spring is fading and for some maybe the snow will stop.  School is out and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time to write.

I don’t have kids in school but I did decide to start a diet.  After a few weeks I found my attention to my diet wained  as the monotony of the diet set in.  So today I thought about how to apply what I learned about writing to my diet.

What is my goal? Right now it’s to lose 5 pounds in the next few weeks.

What is my motivation? First of all it’s to drop below a certain # that has been my nemesis. Once I establish that weight, I’ll set another goal.

What are my conflicts? Boredom. When I’m at work I have a repetitive job. At times once the morning coffee has worn off, my mind wanders, my hands and mind want something to eat. I try drinking water to fill in those minutes I wait for answers.  I need to get through those hours between 10 and 12, or 2:00.
Temptations: Bread. Everything seems to have some kind of breading on it or with it.  I don’t want to hide in my home, but the temptation to ignore the diet and say “Oh Well, I’m not Keto Tina today.”

These are conflicts that my characters have to deal with. Everyday situations that prevent them from attaining their goal. It could be a loss of motivation. I see that happening in reading new writer’s work. They get bogged down in little details they think are important but doesn’t move their story toward the goal.
I need to make sure each day I have a goal that I keep in front of me to keep me motivated to stay on task. I’m still not sure how to do it, but I’ll be looking at my characters and see how I do it for them.

I can see that treating my characters in bringing them through a story is the same a my journey through a diet. I hope the result is as satisfying for them as it will be for me.

 

 

The Vanishing of Katherine Sullivan is relaunched

A few years have passed since I pulled my novel back from the previous publisher. I have relaunched it this week on Amazon. My new publisher is iUniverse.
They are still working out the details with Amazon as the old book can still be purchased in the secondary market. They are in the process of separating the two so the new cover will be visible to any who want to buy it either as an e reader or print on demand paperback.
I kept the cover the same style as before so people wouldn’t be confused thinking it was a new book. I love this cover as it’s a bit more updated.

Just a note. Silent River by C. M. Weaver will be launched very soon. Maybe in the next two weeks. Watch for that release here and on my Christina Weaver Author Facebook page.

I hope you take a moment and post my book on your blog, Facebook page or twitter. Thank you