Haunted Chess Sets

chess6Okay, I can’t say for sure that my chess set is haunted. There have been no mysterious happenings in the house, no rattling of doorknobs, no moans in the night, no unexplained crashes. But just looking at it fills me with writing prompts that I cannot wait to fit into stories or a novel at some point.

I saw this chess set on eBay and bought it for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, though if I’m honest it was for me as well. Not because I wanted it, but because the pieces were handmade and intricate and old and creepy and I couldn’t imagine letting the opportunity to have it pass me by. board

The ad said, Vintage primitive stone resin and wood Aztec Mayan Indian chess set. The seller doesn’t know the age or materials only that it’s from Guam. If it really is from Guam. Each square is an individual tile, carved with frightening symbols. The pieces are worn, some a little broken. Some of their faces are worn away entirely.Their golden ropes and hats chipped and faded.chess4

I have not played chess in years, though we played the night I gave it to him. The pieces are heavy and cold. But my imagination has them feeling warm, with pulses and secret thoughts.

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I suppose this is all I have to say for now about this set. But don’t be surprised if at some point in the future you hear more about this wonderful find and the mysteries it surely must hold.

Good night, from the King and Queen.

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For stories and novels by Tracy L. Carbone, please visit her site HERE.

 

 

 

 

Drinking and Writing

I come from a background where alcoholism and drug addiction were rampant. I saw a lot of lives ruined, some quickly, some gradually over the course of decades. As such, I always get a little paranoid if I drink. I  wonder if it’s too much, or too often. For anyone who knows me, I hardly ever drink. Sometimes at Cons, always at NECon, but not much in between. I get tipsy pretty quickly, usually after one drink.

In the last several months, I’ve noticed I really haven’t had anything to drink. I’ve also noticed my writing has just about dropped off entirely. There have been bursts of creativity but mostly I’m down for the count. I’ve also put on weight so I  feel like a sloth slugging along staring at a blank page. munching leaves and willing words to appear.

Maybe I need to lighten up, accept that a drink here and there won’t hurt me and it really does kind of go hand in hand with writing. If you ever go to a writers’ conference you will see that. Everyone doesn’t abuse it and there are some who abstain entirely, but for the most part, it’s part of the process, even if only a small part. Maybe it helps calm a person so all the random creative thoughts can be compartmentalized into chapters or characters.  Hemingway and Fitzgerald were examples of what not to do in terms of imbibing, but damn if they didn’t produce some amazing fiction.

There’s something to be said for using a supplement to move the creative process along I think, within reason. Sure, people can get carried away and an occasional glass of wine can spiral into gallons but hell, people can choke to death on sandwiches, or OD on Nutella or warm chocolate brownies.

Liquor has been used for centuries to plod writers and artists along. Without it, our libraries (except for the non-fiction sections) would be barren.  I like Lucid Absinthe a lot and even in small quantities (half a shot) it alters my perception a bit. That’s all well and good but it also puts me to sleep in a matter of minutes. That’s certainly not going to up my word count.

Lots to consider as I face most of the weekend alone in my house with my MAC taunting me, begging for some keyboard activity that doesn’t involve Facebook news feeds and comments.

I will be in Foxboro all day tomorrow 9am-3pm with members of the NEHW if anyone wants to stop by. For details, click HERE. I’ll have books, bread and butter pickles and strawberry jam for sale.

Have a great weekend all and here’s to perpetuating the stereotype.

-Tracy

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