Sunday, 23 March 2014

Writing - March 23rd a moment in time

Things that happen on this day in history 
In the course of a fight with a Christian fisherman, a Jew dealt him a blow which led to his death. The infuriated Christians of Narbonne, France, started rioting and attacking the Jewish community.
The governor of Narbonne, Don Aymeric, quickly intervened, and dispatched a contingent of soldiers to protected the Jewish community. The riot was immediately halted and all the spoils stolen during the riots were returned to the Jews. The 21st of Adar was recorded as "Purim Narbonne," a day when the community annually celebrated this historic event.
Old Calendar: Third Sunday of Lent
Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." Jesus said to her, "Go call your husband and come back" 
This was our reading this morning in church
World Meteorological Day
Meteorology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere. Studies in the field stretch back millennia, though significant progress in meteorology did not occur until the 18th century. The 19th century saw modest progress in the field after observing networks formed across several countries. It wasn't until after the development of the computer in the latter half of the 20th century that significant breakthroughs in weather forecasting were achieved.
I sometimes wonder why they have this sort of celebratory day!
National Puppy Day is ringing in its 8th consecutive year this Saturday, and there are so many ways you can celebrate!
The day was organized by founder Colleen Paige in 2006 not just to revel in the awesomeness of puppies, but also to raise awareness about the horrors of puppy mills and help find homes for orphaned pups.

But really the day is special because it is my middle child's birthday! He is the smiling man on the left and we don't see him often because he lives in Brussels, Belgium.
He was born on a Tuesday in 1982 and that is the beginning of his history. All of our lives are a point in time that are momentous on a personal level but insignificant on a global level. There may be some momentous occasions but you could argue that there are momentous occasions every day the one thing they have in common is that they pass into history. 
When we write we 'play' with time using it for effect with strategies such as 'flashbacks'. I have been using it in my latest book Most Wanted Artefact by having action happening in parallel. Steele is involved in an event away from his support and at the same time that support group are involved in action. How a writer engineers that type of activity so that the readers can follow and enjoy the action is delicate. I found myself re-reading the relevant sections repeatedly to ensure that everything works.
Happy Birthday Nicholas!
God Bless