Welcome to the August edition of “Ladies & Gentlemen, meet”, where every month I invite a guest blogger to write a post.
This month I am delighted to welcome Belinda Crane (also known as Bee) to Hugh’s Views and News.
Like myself, Bee writes short stories and as soon as I read her first short story I was completely hooked by her style of writing. Bee is a huge fan of Stephen King and I really do compare her writing to that of the Master of Horror and Suspense.
Her stories will take you on a roller-coaster of a ride and will always leave you wanting more. She writes about other stuff as well, not just short stories, and only started blogging in April this year. She’s gained a lot of fans, especially for her short stories, and I am delighted to introduce you all to her today.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Belinda Crane.
About Writing … Boom!
What an absolute honour to be asked to write a post for the lovely Hugh. This guy has been dinging my little WordPress bell from day dot. The voice that I hear in his writing is a voice I can see me sitting down with at a little pub on a sunny Sunday afternoon sharing a pint. Actually we wouldn’t literally be sharing a pint. We would have our own. Me? Share my beer! Ha! That is an experience I have never had and can’t actually envisage ever trying.
If you had asked me a few months ago, prior to starting my blog, if I thought you could meet and get to know people through blogging I would have chortled until I sounded like a chook that has just laid an egg.
I have laid no eggs however I have feathered my nest and decorated my coop by capturing and holding onto the most unbelievable feedback regarding my writing from a group of people I have never met.
I think anyone that has shared their writing has experienced that little nagging sensation of questioning the feedback you get. This is very much the case of when it is someone close to you. No matter what they say, you think, they are probably just saying it. They don’t want to upset you.
When people take the time to comment on your blog, knowing how much traffic is out there, it becomes the splitting of the shell surrounding your seed of confidence. It really is a magical journey to be experiencing.
Is magical the correct word to use? It most certainly is. In order for me to try and explain this to you, I need for you to travel back to a moment in my life that opened my word world. It introduced another dimension to the world of reading that I had always devoured.
I was in Year 10 English class with a book open in front of me at the first page. The book was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, “The Great Gatsby”. The lesson for that day was about symbolism. My teacher was explaining about how Jay Gatsby’s mansion had been described as cheerful but went on to explain that something or really someone could look cheerful on the outside, but can be really unhappy on the inside. Like the mansion. Like Jay Gatsby. Boom! I understood that. It actually changed my life.
The understanding of symbolism led to reading differently. Listening to song words differently. Watching movies differently. Have you ever wondered the reason why the movie, “The Silence of the Lambs” was served with such a punch. If you haven’t noticed before, many of the scenes have the actors speaking directly to the camera. A close up, full head shot. It makes you feel like you are there. You are being directly spoken to. It was able to make you have an emotive response you didn’t even realise you were having. You just sat in your chair at the cinema gripping your popcorn container a bit tighter than you normally would.
So why am I saying all of this? The comments I have been receiving on my stories have led me to a Boom! moment with my writing.
Ever since I can remember, I have said I want to write a book. With every novel I read that astounded me in its creation, my own confidence in beginning a novel would slip backward. It boggled my mind how all the little words were able to ignite a world inside my head. I’ve always been in awe of these creations.
The people closest to me have been saying I should write a crime/thriller/mystery novel. Like a petulant child, minus the stamping feet, I argued my case with the reasons why I didn’t want to write this genre. After spending 13 years as a police officer, why would I want to write about crime?
Then, here comes the Boom!, in June I posted a story called Corrupting the Soul. It was the first time I had shared a story that contained procedural jargon with a police officer as the central character. The response I got for this story could have knocked me off my chicken perch.
I actually met my writing voice for the first time because of this. I never understood it. I didn’t understand where it came from. I think our writing voice is the substance that comes out of a blender after all your life experiences have been put together.
For me to not acknowledge that part of my voice that has come from my policing experiences would be like me whispering in a crowd. The way that I format my sentences and even the imagery I create has come from hours of writing such things as statements. After all, the aim with everything I wrote was to build a picture in court. Who, where, when, what, why and how something happened. I know and understand this now. Boom!
The imagination part is the leftovers from the blender. That has come from the nourishment I grew up with. I’m so glad I grew up in a family that pulled out their library cards more often than their credit cards, because it allowed me to pump up my imagination that can always be relied upon to keep me amused for hours.
The rest is just my strange sense of humour. I love taking words and stretching them and twisting them and seeing what happens to them.
Funnily enough, I am writing this now on the night I have identified my story line for my novel. It will be a crime/thriller/mystery novel, but I am not going to tell anyone that, because they have seen me acting like a petulant child when they have suggested I write such a thing.
If we lived a little closer Hugh, I do believe we would be catching up for a beer this Sunday my friend! ☺ x
Thank you very much Bee, for accepting my invite to write a guest post.
I would find it impossible to tell you which of Bee’s short stories is my favourite. However, her recent short story “A Gift From The Gods” really told me that her future career as an International best-selling Author is already well and truly underway. Now just hurry up and get that novel written Bee, and make sure I have the first signed copy please.
Click here to visit Bee’s blog.
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