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Dig up Your Own, These are Mine!

I would imagine that most of you have seen the aftermath of a severe storm or hurricane. Downed trees litter the area, proof of the planet’s ability to destroy. Turning our attention to a single tree, we notice a large tap-root (most likely snapped off at ground level), moderate sized roots stemming off in multiple directions, and hundreds, if not thousands, of thread-like roots covering the entire underside of the root ball, supplying much-needed nutrients and water to the tree.

If we pay attention, we’ll notice that roots play a larger role in our everyday lives. Take for instance the ones we eat–carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, onions, the list could go on;  but, for the sake of not sounding like a seeEnglish: Tree roots The 'underneath' of the ro...d-catalogue, I’ll stop there. Some of these roots have a smaller system of roots connected to their base. Kinda strange, don’t you think? Roots feeding roots?

All of these roots have something in common. They are necessary to the growth, well-being, and very existence of all the flora living above ground.

As humans, we are also rooted to many things: Our family, friends, jobs, and many others too numerous to name.

The same can be said for writing. As we move further into our story, we must be sure that the basic structure of the narrative is sound and firmly rooted. Just as the thread-like roots move in erratic directions, so should variables within your manuscript. This will add texture and dimension without compromising the basic foundation.

Please pardon me while I trim this tuber. It’s too big to fit into my potato gun, and my neighbor being home…I wonder if the door panel on a Lexus can take a hit….only one way to find out!  Lock and load, baby.

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Simply Shocking

An artistic rendition of the kite experiment b...

An artistic rendition of the kite experiment by Benjamin West. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Electrical fluid.”What is it?” you ask.  “I haven’t a clue,” would be my reply. What I do know is that was the term used for electricity in Ben Franklin’s day. Now we know that Ben was a remarkable man. We know he wanted to prove that lightning was, in fact, electricity. We know that he published an article stating that a kite could be flown into a storm to prove this theory. Again we know (boy, we sure do know a lot) that supposedly June 15, 1752 is the date he performed the experiment. (More on this later).

Let’s examine “electrical fluid.” As I stated earlier, I’m not sure why the idiom, “electrical fluid,” was used instead of just using the word electricity.  But what I am sure of (this time it’s just me that knows something) we can apply this phrase to a style of writing that is, in my opinion, what most writers would prefer to write and majority of readers would prefer to read.  If you deconstruct the phrase “electrical fluid”, the word “electrical” would lend itself to writing that was exciting, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat wanting more .

The word “fluid” speaks for itself as it implies a writing style that flows and is easily read.  When putting the two words together you have (again, in my opinion) a work in its most pristine form, one that would generate interest no matter what genre you normally read.

Now, we’ll continue where we left off in the first paragraph.  Just to make you aware, “we know,” will once again  figure prominently in this paragraph.  We know (see, I told you so) that fifteen years after Franklin’s experiment, he was given credit in a published article .  We also know, that in the months following the experiment, a number of individuals were electrocuted attempting to duplicate Franklin’s results.

Finally, something we don’t know. Did Franklin actually perform the kite flying experiment?  Like I said, we don’t really know and if he did we don’t know exactly how he did it because he knew electrocution was always a possibility.

So in conclusion, what can we glean from this post?  We know, what we know. We don’t know, what we don’t know;  and most importantly, come in out of the rain.

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