Face your other worlds

My first trip abroad was exciting. I went a third of the way around the world. I crossed an ocean. I met people who I could not understand. And yet I was right at home. It did not occur to me to be afraid. I walked around like I knew the place. I was nine years old.

And people accepted me there at that age too. They seemed to let me go where I wanted to. They smiled and even spoke some English. I thought of it as a different type of the place I lived.

Adults do not easily endeavor to travel to strange worlds.

They have a difficult time acclimating. They are not always welcomed like children.
In new places notice the differences instead of the similarities. As a child that was intriguing and fun. As an adult it can be scarier. Finding yourself in a place where people think and act in unfamiliar ways can be a shock.

In the next installment of the ShadowRay series I am writing, Runa Walker will experience this. I wanted to introduce my readers to this new world as Runa sees it for the first time. It’s a surreal feeling. It’s like a fish being drawn out of water. You may feel you can’t breathe. There were plenty of times I felt that way. I thought the best way to do some world building was to attach the reader’s view to another person experiencing it for the first time. It always helps to go to new places with someone else. Either way, we choose how to take the experience.

All of us must decide how we want to see new worlds; if we see them. We can be like children in their excitement. We could be ready to act like natives and just explore. Or we could hide away until it’s over. We could avoid people and find every excuse to leave.

I would say there are three basic types of people. There are those who stay young at heart. They seem to enjoy all the world has. They take crazy risks and don’t look back. There are some who hide completely in their false sense of security. They never leave their Hobbit holes at all. Then there are most of us who are somewhere in between. We take small risks and find a few treasures in the process. But we will probably not walk blindly down a dark ally. I’m a cautious explorer like that now.

But when I did get lost at nine years old in that big foreign city, I didn’t panic. I found my bearings and walked ahead. I did not give up. I may have only been a child.  But that was to my advantage.  I had very little fear to hold me back. I found my way and survived it.

It is that same spirit I try to pull into my adult life when I find myself in unfamiliar surroundings. When there are situations my adult life can barely handle, I call on that lost boy to help me find the way. He is positive and he doesn’t know fear.

New worlds don’t have to be limited to traveling abroad. A new world could be a new job or a new relationship. It could be trying things right outside your front door. You could be joining a group of people. You could be working on a project and presenting it. Maybe your new world is a lonely one. Maybe it’s scary or just unfamiliar. But if you can meet it head on; you may find the experience fulfilling.

I try every day to be like that boy again. I will continue to explore and discover new places. Or at least write about them. Maybe if Runa Walker can face her other worlds in my books; perhaps I can face mine too.

Characters Have a Mind of Their Own

Character creation and development are probably among the most important basic tools for any fiction writer. When I create people I wonder how to make them real in all aspects. It is difficult to create good characters based on stereotypes or with second hand knowledge. What I mean is that it helps to get to know others and what they deal with. Get as close to first-hand knowledge as you can get.

In order to do that, you have to have good relationships.

Taking the time in your life to participate in deep relationships with other people cannot be underestimated in your ability to later create and develop believable characters. If all of your relationships only amount to acquaintances your writing will probably suffer. There are so many surface friendships these days that rob us of the benefit of good writing. It is difficult to get to know closed people. But it is worth it to try. You may find great inspiration that way. And more importantly; you may find incredible friendships.

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Mind Full of Perspective

Today I would like to talk about perspective. As a writer I have to delve into a myriad of perspectives in order to tell a better story. In order to do that effectively I need to get a real taste of as many different people’s views as possible. So I engage with everyone I can and I listen to as many people as I am able. This way I can find the heart of their ideas and what makes them tick. What makes up a person’s identity and their perspective has a lot to do with their environment and outside influences.

While thinking about these things I pondered how different environments have created different perspectives and why. As people we seem to allow these outside influences to slowly attach inside and grow. We let ideas and experiences cultivate our thought processes to the point where we find emotional attachment to them. These emotions seem stirred by further influences and drive us to action. All of this continues to shape a changing and growing perspective.

We become convinced of our perspectives.

Any other perspective that is diametrically opposed must be wrong. Even if that perspective is in all ways the same as ours but has one or two differences; we still staunchly oppose it. I have heard in the past that the aim of higher education was to have an open mind. And yet I struggle to find that to be the general result in the social situations I participate in.

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The Benefits of Being Smart

To those who say that smart phones and tablets have had a bad effect on us; I offer a different opinion.  I would like to talk about the benefits of being smart. You don’t have to go to college. You don’t have to take a test. All you need is a smart device to launch you into this new society.

First of all there are text messages. There have been many benefits to using text messages which we are just now starting to grasp. Getting quick reminders and sharing important information without being dragged into long conversations is great for productivity. Being able to get those messages out to multiple people at one time while thinking about it; is nothing short of a miracle.

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Coffee Sense

So I was sitting at a certain coffee shop this morning and getting ready to write a masterpiece of some kind. From my vantage point I could see the station where people finish preparing their coffee. And I happened to witness a man (someone in his fifties) pouring the top third of his coffee out of his cup and into the small magic circle in the counter top. It must be magic if you can just dump hot coffee in there. This is the kind of thing that the text SMH was made for. I was shaking my head, alright.

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Plant Yourself Where You’ll Bloom

Finding a good place to write can make all the difference when working on projects. For me, finding a good writing location is like a director/producer locating the best filming locations. I know that lacking the perfect writing spot would not stop me from writing but, it definitely helps to have one. I do write at home but, sometimes I feel trapped. Sometimes I get stuck with a lack of inspiration and I need something to help move the story along.

I feel the need to take my traveling office with me.

About a year and a half ago; I found a good writing location. This spot is at a grocery store. It’s an expanded store of course with a buffet lunch bar/salad bar, Chinese food, subs, pizzas, soups and everything else that a grocery store has. They also have a large two-level seating area with outlet strips about every five feet along the wall next to many of the tables and chairs. The downstairs area has large windows for looking outside. This way there is a view of indoor and outdoor activity. This is the kind of spot I like.

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Free on Kindle for your Valentine! ShadowRay book

This weekend only Friday, February 12th – Saturday, February 13th and Sunday February 14th – Michael J Tyger is giving away a

FREE Kindle version of the first book in the ShadowRay series

to anyone who orders one on Amazon.com. This is ONLY the Kindle version. If you have the Kindle App on your phone or have an Amazon Kindle reader or Amazon Fire; you can get this fantastic book for FREE!

STARTING Friday at approximately 12AM Pacific time – Order your free kindle version.

Order one for your valentine (for free).

That’s a ‘Sweetheart’ of a deal!

ShadowRay: Scratching the Surface on Kindle

ShadowRay book cover

ShadowRay book cover

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ShadowRay: Prying Eyes

The sequel to ShadowRay is now available through Amazon and Kindle!

I was excited to write the second installment in this series. It gave me a chance to develop the characters and the story as I intended. It also brought me personal enjoyment because I love writing this series. I try to write what I would like to read. My inspiration for this book includes a continued desire to show the struggles within that we face about our lives and the choices we have. Sometimes it seems we have opposing forces competing for attention both externally and internally. Then we often feel that people are watching us closely in what we choose. Sometimes people do.  Continue reading

Breaking the Clock

I woke up one day and realized I was not happy. I looked around my home office where the piles had fallen and everything in my personal world was caving in on me. I was a slave to that damn alarm clock. ‘Work’ was overwhelming me. Management in healthcare was where I had landed in life. But I was drowning in it. My purpose had been replaced by someone else’s purpose.

“I’m not happy if I’m not writing!”

My ‘job’ in management began to take over my life. And I would hear their excuses that it was just what everyone had to do. I didn’t buy that. Taking calls all day and night was ridiculous. I had very few mental breaks. I was heading for a real breakdown. Continue reading

ShadowRay

The ShadowRay Series begins with the first book “ShadowRay: Scratching the Surface”.

In this book –

A restless young woman in a mysterious small town is plagued with nightmares and insomnia. She has hid her personal struggles about her father’s death and the increasingly bizarre circumstances of her sickness. But when she wakes up one night in the park she discovers something that puts her face to face with the mysteries surrounding the town including; who her father was and who she is.

ShadowRay book cover

ShadowRay book cover

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