New me, new look!

Posted by Sherry Penoyer Reynolds on November 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Nothing happening around here for ages, so....

Time to change it up. As you can see there's a new look - those circles were starting to make me feel claustrophobic and as this is my homepage I took it upon myself to choose something I like. If Stephanie or Emily want something different please post here :)

I haven't written a word of fiction in a while but I'm looking to change that in the very near future. I've got a play that I began writing some time ago and it's calling me back to finish it. It's called Francine Retires and I hope to finish it by Beltane (aka MayDay).

What I have written are patterns to a few knitting designs. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 4-5 on tiny little needles with tiny little thread to make Barbie doll clothes. I took to it like the proverbial duck to Lake Goodwin, where she lived.

I've also been developing a stone whorl for drop spindles along with my dad. That's been a fun project. Turns out there aren't many stone whorls for that kind of thing available on the market.

That's enough for now. I really just wanted to reestablish contact with this blog and any who are out there checking in.    -Sherry

Exciting New Story Niche

Posted by Ayna Ravan on September 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been developing a children's story, Missy Bumbleberry and the Good Day and had this wonderful new idea. Turns out I'm not the only one to have thought of it, as is so often the case. There is now a whole new area of publishing called intermedia. It's fascinating and I've been doing a bit of research on it. An example of intermedia is the most recent publishing project of Starz's production of The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. Read about it at javascript:mox(); and then take a look at David Marlett's column Tablet to Tablet which is available on the same page. There are other groups out there developing these kind of projects and I have to admit I'm very intrigued. I'm also interested in what will become of my children's story now that I've just widened my scope of what a book can be.

It's official

Posted by Ayna Ravan on May 24, 2010 at 2:18 AM Comments comments (0)


Yes, we have our own domain and it feels good.  I'm now using my pen name, which also feels good, and I'm working diligently on the novel I've spent 7 years researching.  The first chapter of the rough is done and I'm well into the next.  This one is going to be long, it's rather epic in scope.  I'd like to tell you a bit about it sometime soon but for right now I'll share that it is set in 6 BCE in and around El-Salem, Heliopolis, and even includes a bit of Britannia - now you understand why I've spent 7 years researching!  I'm hoping to have the first draft finished by Samhain, aka Halloween, and then I'll be looking for some initial readers so keep me in mind for a winter's read.  Have a great week!

What's in a Name?

Posted by Ayna Ravan on May 10, 2010 at 8:18 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been awhile since I've checked in with any of you and it's time I got back into the swing of things!  I had a bad bout with pneumonia a couple of months ago and any signs of routine were blown right out of the water.  Yes, I did finish the one short story, Stashed, but there have been no more openings and very little happening on this site.  It's time to start over and get the ball rolling once again.

There have been a few changes since the last check-in.  Emily has gone to work and though unable to attend the weekly Scribble sessions will still be posting as a Scribbler, after all she is our resident poet!

Gathering Grove, our Scribbler's Central for meetings, has closed its doors.  We were saddened to lose this wonderful coffee and books place in Everett, but the word is it will be replaced soon by something similiar called Books & Beans.  Looking forward to it.

The big change you might have noticed is in my name.  I've decided to use my pen-name, aka, nom de plum, on this site and so have changed everything to Ayna Ravan.  I want to start submitting short stories soon and as I'll be do that under my pen-name it would be appropriate to change everything writing related to the same name.  Raven is a family name from a few generations back and Ayna is a variation of my middle name.

I've thought about a pen-name for a very long time and considered the pros and cons of using such.  But when it comes down to it, I've started a new career and it calls for celebratory way of proclaiming it.  A new name is my way of doing such.

What, you may ask, have I been writing - if not openings and short stories - while I've been away from the site for the past few months?  I've gone back to work on the novel that got me started writing stories instead of plays, Spiritus, a tale set in 6 B.C.E in the holy lands.  It concerns a group of women of the old religion, nature oriented, as they find their way of life is being systematically stamped out by the Tribes of Man.  That's all I'll tell you for now.  I'm 10k words into it with 7 years worth of research notes and plotting.  I'm having a delightful time with my characters, and I believe they are enjoying it as well.

Other than that I'm also collaborating on a new musical as lyricist and composer which has got my mind humming, literally.  I won't be posting any openings for a few more weeks while I work to rebuild my before-illness routines.  But I will check in here more often.

I would like to know what you think of my new name as an author.  Please add your comment to this post.

Love and Laughter,


Where do they come from?

Posted by Ayna Ravan on March 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

If it’s Tuesday it must be my turn to blog.  But what shall I blog about?  I haven’t a clue, but I don’t want to waste your time, dear reader…. But, wait!  What’s that on the horizon?  Could it be… yes, it is! An IDEA, the best topic I could have asked for, rising like the sun, or is that a lightbulb,  I think it is, for that’s my topic for the week. Ideas, where do they come from, how do you catch them, what makes a good one? Stick around, dear reader, we’re about to go exploring for ideas.

Stephanie’s post about blank pages set me to thinking about how I fight writer’s block and realized, 1) I do use paper and pen to open up a more creative mindset; and 2) I often combat the block by writing something entirely new – maybe an opening, or something trivial that has no hope of seeing the light of day, or just a list of topics that interest me which oftentimes set me off on a tangent to write about.  These are the three main ways in which I battle 'the block' but writing something new needs a starting point, inspiration, an idea.  There are as many ways to find ideas as there are people on the planet and then a few million more if those don’t do it – so let me share what works for me.

My ideas come from everyday events, dreams or nightmares, an unusual idiosyncrasy observed, an overheard conversation, an arresting smell, an intrigueing texture – the senses are a doorway to a wealth of ideas that inform and inspire throughout everyday whether you’re aware of them or not – and then there’s the online gem of random story generators.  My favorite generators are at Seventh Sanctum.  Story generators are useful for those times when inspiration seems to have gone walk-about, and they’re often very fun figuring out how to connect the dots, and always a great writing exercise.

Once I have a starting point I like to look at it from numerous perspectives. An example:

Recently I had a wool blanket disappear from my rocking chair on the porch where I do a lot of my writing with pen and paper.  The blanket disappeared during the night while I was working inside at my desk on a rewrite.  This became my starting point.  From there I considered the many ways it could have disappeared, 1) a neighborhood raccoon dragged it off; 2) a homeless person needed it more than me; 3) there was a meeting of two universes right there on my porch and what disappeared from mine showed up in the other.  These are just three of the ten possible treatments I came up with. There’s a story in each one and each is vastly different from the other.  (Yes, this will probably appear as an Opening in the weeks to come.)

Story ideas come easier with practice just like any skill worth having.  Since I’ve begun writing a new opening on a daily basis I’ve been happy to discover they come easier and quicker – let me qualify that by saying ‘generally easier and quicker’ – and are made up of small inconsequential everyday things, i.e., the mailman who wears a mask as he delivers the mail, a tiny pinpoint of bay-view from the front porch, a robin arriving in winter, even a lost name that was there just yesterday.  Ideas and inspiration areeverywhere I look, touch, smell, feel, and hear.  Sometimes they overwhelm me as I get going and my hand races to keep up.

There are three things you should keep in mind as you set about exploring ideas: 1) never discard anything, write it down - even if it doesn't inspire you now it might at a future date; 2) DO NOT EDIT as you write - nothing kills creativity at this stage quicker than that left-brain and nit-picker; 3) It doesn't matter if you don't know where it's going as you begin - entire novels are written that way in the rough, ask anyone who's ever taken part in National Novel Writing Month.

Finally I'd like to return to that light bulb, a small, everyday item with which we associate ideas, and remind you that it's a small everyday item - one of the best sources for stories that become epics.  It's when the small idea is considered in all it's many ways, and the craft of story is applied that you find something quite out of the ordinary and well worth the struggle - your voice.

Good luck, keep writing, and reading.  Till next week when I really will post on Tuesday instead of Thursday.  - Ayna


Welcome to a Scribblicious world

Posted by Ayna Ravan on January 26, 2010 at 8:36 PM Comments comments (1)

Three women sit around an oak table in a local coffee shop every Thursday, laptops open, lattes capped, and proceed to write. Short stories, novels, essays, poetry, lyrics, journal entries, blogs, and anything else that comes to mind. Four hours of creativity they guard and share as each endeavors to get the story out of the head and heart and onto that screen with the blinking curser. Maybe that should be cursing blinker because there is the occassional cursing to be heard, though quietly as sometimes there are children present.

This is the Scribblicious world stolen from their everyday lives. One is a long time actress and playwright, another a former radio personality, and the third is a recent college graduate with a degree in Creative Writing. All are doing their best to make their mark upon the world of authorship. They are of different generations, different life experiences, and different expectations. They are all writers and they want to share their work with the world of readers.

The question is, or rather was last Thursday, "how do we get our work in front of readers and how best to find them?"

Natch! The web! Scribblicious was born that afternoon. Welcome to our Scribblicious world. Stay tuned for more to come as we build, write, post, and generally do all things writer-like in the web environment.