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Words Of “Restoration”

There have been a bunch of daily posts recently. I haven’t done so many in quick succession in a long time. While I’m working on the new manuscript, I guess currently I’m just in a talkative social media phase too.

Following on from yesterday, something else I like about social media is being able to keep up better than ever with what is “trendy.” I love it whenever I see postings referring to present-day created historical period pieces such as Poldark and War And Peace. And there are films made now over seven decades ago, such as Casablanca, that are still watched… and even young Instagram users may know enough about them to be able to catch humor based on such films:

This next is part of what I wrote yesterday before, uh, the heat began to be too much in the office… leading to that video above. I don’t know if I’ll use it for the finished Tomorrow The Grace. It is really just a “brainstorm”:

[Sneak peek from Tomorrow The Grace. Click to expand.]

I write often impulsively within my outline. (Pardon any errors; I haven’t cleaned it up yet.) If my imagination wanders (and it usually does), I let it go where it “wants to go.” As it does so, I tap tap tap as quickly as possible to get it on the page(s) so I don’t “lose” it.

I “throw down” pages and pages of prospective new “stuff” in that way. I may not look at it again for weeks. If it “fits,” it may see the light of published day.

Many of us are fascinated by the past, but I have long believed what most of us are drawn to are people. The more removed we are from them in decades, and then in centuries, naturally the less we can know them. And they lived lives often so far removed from ours in so many ways, we strain even to understand them at times.

The Jet d'Eau (right) shooting up from Lake Geneva.📸 Also you see below left is the Taverne de la Madeleine, where we had a lovely lunch – but sans alcohol as it is “dry,” which we did not mind as we hadn’t planned on drinking. The Taverne is otherwise very French Swiss and situated in "old" Geneva – cobbled, narrow, winding, hilly "400 year old" streets: the haunts of John Calvin, J.J. Rousseau and lots of other history… versus the "ultra modern" and "chic" Geneva down on the river/lake with its parade of banks, international organizations, astoundingly expensive watch shops, and other ridiculously pricey retail destinations. A stroll around that then uncrowded "old town" early today was so pleasant; but you had to be out early – by 11, when most shops are open (on a Saturday), it started to get busy. I've been NEAR Geneva many times, but never ventured into the city center. I'm so pleased I finally did.😊🇨🇭 . #travel #tourism #instatraveling #JetDEau #Switzerland #Geneva #Alps #mountains #holiday #sky #clouds #vacances #writing #writers #writersofinstagram #fiction #history #historicalfiction #romance #authors #authorsofinstagram #expats #expatlife #photos #photography #novels

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I believe we seek in the past not only what happened then, but are looking for answers to dilemmas of our present: How did they handle similar problems? I don’t feel there is any real “difference” humanly between past and present; we are all just the now living. And, as always, of course existences do still overlap: as I’ve noted before, although we now walk the earth at this same time for now, my grandparents were born just before, or during, World War I (1914-1918), while, for many of you reading this, your grandparents may have been born in the 1960s.

Self portrait, 1790. Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842).

Mostly we don’t know what our ancestors thought. However, in carefully fictionalizing them based on what we do know about their lives and times, we may make some useful “educated guesses” as to what they thought and who they were. I think we love to see them “restored” to life and to hear “their” thoughts once again.

Have a good day today in this 2018, wherever you read and write. 🙂

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