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She’s Baaaaaaack! — Djuna Shellam The Write Owl — Episode 26

She’s Baaaaaaack!

Yes, that’s right… She’s Baaaaaaack! After a long, long, hiatus, I have indeed returned to the world of video and blogging; aka, vlogging.

She's Baaaaaaack!I believe my last turn at the wheel was in the summer of 2016. Yes, that is a long time between episodes. I had just moved out of California and was hanging out in the Seattle area before moving to North Idaho.

I had transported my worldly possessions from Southern California to a storage in Spokane. Move one. From there, then went to an apartment in North Idaho. Move two. Move three came six months later when, in the middle of a snowstorm, I moved them into my new, and final, home. If you had asked me in the midst of all that moving, aside from a few well placed expletives, it’s not something I would have recommended. But in the end, I’m glad I decided to move that way. The happy ending is that it all worked out.

So that’s a bit of where I’ve been. This video is more of She’s Baaaaaaack! than anything. Sort of a primer for the videos to come, I suppose. And there are more videos to come. As I generally do, I made several episodes at one sitting. After doing that from the very beginning, I read recently that’s how you’re supposed to do it. Who knew? Apparently, I did!

What Do I Know?

As I mentioned in this video, one of the myriad reasons I haven’t been vlogging for such a long time, was that I’ve been grappling with my own insecurities. Do I really have anything of value to say about writing? Or… anything?

As I went about reinventing my life up here in North Idaho, it was an issue constantly nagging me. Despite the fact that I’m typically a very helpful person when it comes to attained knowledge, willing to share what I’ve learned along the way with anyone, I was beginning to doubt myself, wondering, do I really have anything to offer? One day, it hit me. Yes, I do. Even if just one person gains from my personal experience, then what I know has value. A lot of what I know came from other people’s experiences, and if they hadn’t taken the time to share, I wouldn’t know what I know now. So… there.

And yes, She’s Baaaaaaack!

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I’m Not Em—Episode 9—Djuna Shellam The Write OWL

“I’m Not Em”

I'm Not EmIn this Wednesday edition and 9th episode of Djuna Shellam The Write OWL video series, “I’m Not Em,” I address the notion that my character Em Martín of The Em Suite might somehow be me. I understand, in some ways, why that assumption might be made. I’m not able to speak for other writers, but for myself, I can say that there is some truth running through all aspects of my characters and storylines, so that in a way, yes, Em is me. Except she’s not.

What I’ve always found odd is that people who have known me forever have leapt to the conclusion that Em is me and I am Em. I remind them, “I’m Not Em.” Some know me quite well, so it’s made me really ponder the possibility that I may have been writing Em as myself and not even know it. I know I’ve done the same thing with friends of mine who are writers, looking for the character who might be them. I think it’s human nature to want to find a connection with the writer and their characters. At least for some readers it is. However, after much pondering, which is something I do quite a lot, I’ve come to the conclusion that, while Em and I might have some internal similarities, and she might give voice to something in me from time to time, the fact is, she is a fictional character derived from various pieces of, yes, me, but other people I’ve known or even just met in my life.

I don’t know how other writers create characters, but for me the process is Shelley-esque, where my characters are drawn from pieces or composites of many other people—fictional or otherwise. I don’t want to imply I’ve created monsters, but that in order to create characters, a writer has to stitch them together with traits, characteristics, physical attributes, and so on that come from various sources. But the most important thing to take away from today’s blog is… “I’m Not Em.” Of course, in order to see why, you’ll just have to watch the video.

I hope you enjoy today’s episode. Please leave a comment, or better yet, subscribe to the Djuna Shellam YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on any new episodes.