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Dissection of a Misanthrope

The Writing Diary of M Brace DeFreak

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April 2016

Style Change For Second Novel

PhotoFunia Old Book theatre

I’ve changed styles and have limited my genre fit with this second novel. My last novel often had one scene per chapter, but this one may have too many scenes. The only Sci-Fi and Fantasy aspect, in both novels, comes from the genetic memory drug, but this novel uses the drug for a personality shift, but not much more.

I made a logical choice when I chose to use a fertility cult, but the often obligated sex gets annoying times. My last scene needed a rewrite to cut the sexual content. Cheap sex scenes suck, so I try to keep what I deem necessary or have value.

This prequel is based on an appendix that I planned to us, so I knew much of what happens and have research notes. I’m writing much faster. Timelines can be useful for any novel, but a prequel makes them mandatory.

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Hollywood and our abusive government

Our government will abuse your kids for the rest or their life and it doesn’t matter if a Republican or Democrat is in office. Freaking monsters. Will Farrel wanted to make fun of Reagan’s Alzheimer’s, but what should be made fun of is the abuse that people in power do to the less fortunate.Hang Farrel, Busch, Obama and all the  fraudulent  doctors who make the money and have the power, but  damage the core of the US. Monsters. Secret Service should always duck. Feel fee to make fun of Reagan’s efforts of mental health. That’s fair game. Yeah, I’m still fuming.

The Olympians and the Titans

Giorgio Vasari The Mutilation of Uranus by Saturn (Cronus)

The Greek gods had generational wars. Very sick wars, as you can see in the Roman version above. The Mutilation of Uranus by Saturn (Cronus) by Giorgio Vasari. Feminists also have generational wars, the generations are just split into waves. Alice Walker and her daughter Rebecca are such an example.

I didn’t plan on a generational war, but when I began my prequel—my main character and her lieutenants needed to be around college age and the older generation would be more naturally in charge. A later draft will probably adjust the tension more; but for now, personality changes due to the drug drives the wedge between my main character and her mother. Hints about more cracks in the relationship may increase the novel’s tension.

Selecting a genetic line of parental overthrow may be a possibility. Jezebel’s daughter, Athalia, appears to have killed claimants to the throne, but I don’t believe any were her own children. Constance of Arles, third wife and queen consort of King Robert II of France, apparently went to war with her husband then her two sons. Written records about mother-daughter wars might be difficult to find in ancient times; since most written records come from patriarchal systems.

The Peacock Faction

Peacock_Milwaukee_County_Zoo

Peacocks belong to Hera, in Greek mythology. Hera associates with eyes; you see them in the peacock’s feathers and Hera is noted for having beautiful cow eyes. Zeus doesn’t get away with much, either, Hera is always watching.

The peacock will symbolize one faction in my novel. This is the primary faction that my main character needs to break. Obviously, peacocks are fashionable and cocky. I see reason to make the faction snoopy.and my main character may use this to her advantage. The drug has made her paranoid, so unknown snoops will bother her more than the known snoops.

In my original novel, I linked a character to Hera and she will become the step-mom of my prequel’s main character and they will battle over faction control.

Wikimedia credits: By Antigrandiose – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10748430

DNA Dreams

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Is a DNA dream, loser to nightmare? My fertility cult is trying to create a genetic memory drug. I imagine the drug as part nightmare. Such a drug would certainly change your outlook. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck created the scientific theory of passing down traits learned in a lifetime.

Pictures help me remember better and this one came from Wikipedia with the folloing credits: Description: Portrait de Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. 1893
Galerie des naturalistes de J. Pizzetta, Paris: Ed. Hennuyer, 1893 Artist Jules Pizzetta

Harnessing The Power Of a Fertility Cult

White_Cross_Electric_Vibrator_ad_NYT_1913

Money is the true secret to power, but when you run a fertility cult—money comes phallic shaped. I’ve known my main character’s source of wealth, for quite a while. This book tracks her rise to power, so I need to pace out her income stream. The mad scientist mind melt that I wrote about in my last post seems a likely time for a bump in intellectual activity.

It isn’t enough to just invent something; you need a promotional scheme. I have an idea, but the artwork will probably take a while. Fortunately, the idea may work well as a book trailer. Below are the Wikimedia credits, for the image above. My idea is related.

Description: White Cross Electric Vibrator Advertisement.

Date: 01-05-1913

Source: New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, January 05, 1913, Image 48

Author: New-York tribune

Whose Head Would You Want To Be In?

IsaacNewton-1689Sir Godfrey Kneller-Monument of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler in Prague, Czechia

My main character will take a genetic memory drug; which, will mind melt her with a scientist from another age. I wrote the chapter using Sir Isaac Newton, but I’m thinking about backtracking. Newton was a genius with a number of eccentricities, but I had a more humorous idea while making this post about my choice. I figured out how I can combine the magnificently eccentric Tycho Brahe and the sane genius of Johannes Kepler.

Brahe hired his own court jester, a dwarf named Jepp. Apparently Brahe lost his nose during a drunken sword fight and wore  metal nose and another story talks about his pet elk who got drunk and fell down a flight of stairs. I would prefer a more well-respected brain; which, brings me to Kepler who was an associate of Brahe. I have an idea to bring them even closer.

Most people with an interest in the space industry, know about Kepler. His mother was accused of being a witch, but there isn’t much eccentricity connected to him. My main character may prefer to connect with Kepler, but Brahe offers more laughs. This may affect my main character’s personality and I may need to make changes to my other novel, but I think the Kepler-Brahe combination will work well.

Balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness is awful

Albert Einstein said this of Paul Dirac—in reference to the tittle of this post.

Paul Dirac with wife July 1963 at Copenhagen by GFHund-horz

The writers of, The Big Bang Theory, should take a look at Paul Dirac’s biography. Sheldon Cooper would worship Paul Dirac. I found quite a few Sheldon type incidences on Dirac’s Wikipedia page.

Even though Dirac was generally an atheist, I think he says one thing that may make Sheldon a bible-thumper like his mother. The relationship between Amy and Sheldon seems quite similar to Dirac and “Wigner‘s sister”  (Wikipedia states this is how he introduced his wife to a guest who was shocked to find a woman at Dirac’s house.).

This without a doubt, a Sheldon Cooper comeback (from Wikipedia): Dirac criticized the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer‘s interest in poetry: “The aim of science is to make difficult things understandable in a simpler way; the aim of poetry is to state simple things in an incomprehensible way. The two are incompatible.

I will probably allude to Dirac in my novel. My main character is quite intelligent and she’ll find herself on that “dizzying path between genius and madness.“

Dirac was affiliated with both the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

The picture on the left comes from Wikipedia and has the following credits:

Paul Dirac with wife July 1963 at Copenhagen by GFHund

The picture on the right comes fro, Wikipedia and has the following credits:

Description: Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons at PaleyFest 2013 for the TV show “Big Bang Theory”
Date 13 March 2013, 19:24:43
Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/82924988@N05/15863658859/
Author iDominick

Clinical Notes About A Dab Of Dope

My main character will test a genetic memory drug, on herself. Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky has a similar experiment, but I’m trying for a Frank Herbert Dune type experience; worms will even play a role. A fictional collection of clinical notes will record the experience. I hoped to find examples from another author, but one of the better examples came from real-life; when Dr. Albert Hofmann, a chemist at Sandoz Laboratories recorded his reaction to a small amount of LSD:

Last Friday … I had to interrupt my laboratory work in the middle of the afternoon and go home, because I was seized with a feeling of great restlessness and mild dizziness. At home, I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant delirium, which was characterized by extremely excited fantasies. In a semiconscious state, with my eyes closed (I felt the daylight to be unpleasantly dazzling), fantastic visions of extraordinary realness and with an intense kaleidoscopic play of colors assaulted me.

Miscalculating what a small amount will do is the shared component between Hoffman’s story and mine. I’m may have my character dictate notes, so I can make note of her mental state when she’s not fully conscious. Hofmann’s use of indirect phrasing interests me and one episode needs to show this type of denial. His last line about the kaleidoscope of colors is worth rephrasing and maybe some form of his double denial.

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