The Vortex Where Time Slips Away

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I haven’t blogged in ages, because … well, I’ve been sucked into the vortex above, where time begins to slip away then disappear.

Also known as life.

What else is new, right? 

It’s not like I’m working on some great, big project. It’s getting caught up in daily life, such as work — we just moved offices. Then there is the home routine, which though described by a dull definition (routine), refers to no such thing.

Here I was thinking that as kids grow into teens, parents have more time to themselves. Not in my house. Between activities, school, parental involvement in all sorts of things, orthodontist visits, chauffeuring, discussing the meaning of life (not really, but teens go from extra quiet to very curious), I find there is no period separating mornings from nights.

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Is there?

Considering little renovation projects around the house — another time suck — maybe planning a vacation later this year. Oh, enough already.

How are you, dear friends?

Are you better at finding time?

Oh, wait, one thing I’ve been good at doing is reading. Sure, it helps that reading is a before-bed routine, but I’m hanging on to it like for dear life. Some would argue, reading is life.

I just finished a lovely literary mystery set in the hills of Tuscany, Italy.

I haven’t touched my WIP in a couple of weeks, though. Bad, bad, bad.

The main issue is, I can’t decide if I need a Prologue. Certain things develop later in the story that would benefit from a preamble of sorts. There was a time I thought prologues useless. What can be said in a prologue, after all, that can’t be incorporated in regular chapters?

So, how do you all feel about prologues?

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14 responses to “The Vortex Where Time Slips Away

  1. As you kind of hint on, I think prologues are only necessary if they actually serve some function either by providing information or setting a tone. The opening scene of A Serious Man has nothing to do with the movie that follows but it plants an idea in your head. The opening chorus of Romeo and Juliet gives you a quick primer on what’s going on even though you could figure it out later in the play. I also think of the opening of Avatar: The Last Airbender which gives a very brief overview of the world’s history.

    • I agree on Romeo and Juliet — we could have figured it our later. And in Avatar, it works as a lesson. Mine would probably work with or without — the with part would help answer questions later, things that I would otherwise have to overexplain, or maybe not … :) Thank you for reading and writing.

  2. No matter how busy I get, I always have a book to read. Bedtime is my reading time, too. And if I’m being good, also on the treadmill. :-)

  3. I dug out two posts on prologues for you from my blog:

    https://liebjabberings.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/choose-reading-carefully-for-maximum-satisfaction/

    and

    https://liebjabberings.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/the-self-published-writer-takes-pleasure-in-interior-layout/ (which talks about how to lay the prologue out in a finished book as well as whether to include one).

    On Wattpad, as I serialized PC, one FINISHED scene at a time for two years, I asked that question, and about half the readers who answered said the prologue I wrote (short) shouldn’t be included in the finished book, and the other half said it was great. I put it in – I like it. PC is a trilogy, and you won’t really understand the prologue for book 1 until the end of book 2, and I’ve done the same thing to provide a prologue for book 2 (and plan to do the same for book 3).

    What I like is that the prologue happens several years AFTER the story events, and that is very different from most prologues. I don’t call it a prologue; after Dorothy L. Sayer’s example, it is a Prothalamion.

    And because of the way it’s formatted, some people will automatically skip it!

    The writer has to have some fun, right?

    • Alicia, thank you for this detail comment, and for the links. Interesting that half of readership liked it and half didn’t. While I read prologues now, there was a time I didn’t, and imagine the consummate reader views it with immediate disdain, but maybe not. Thanks again.

  4. The vortex seems to have expanded and grasped me too. I’m wondering if I have forgotten how to write or I’m simply the world’s best procrastinator!

    As for prologues, some I like and some I can do without. The BEST prologue that I enjoyed was A.J. Banner’s prologue in her book THE GOOD NEIGHBOR. Her prologue is only approximately a half page but it absolutely grabbed me by the throat and YANKED me into the book.

    Enjoy life and your teenager!

    • Aha, so this vortex thing is going around, not just me. :) Half a page prologue would most likely be read by all avid readers, more so if the prologue is that good. Maybe that’s my answer, a short preface. Thanks Gwynn.

  5. May the vortex release you in good time Silvia! No question that routine takes up huge chunks of time. And when there is other time what better way to spend it than by reading! I won’t comment on prologues because I don’t know too much. I’m sure i’ve read prologues and enjoyed them when they situate time and place, that sort of thing …

    • I think you’re right, Susan. the prologue need to situate something, be it time and place or something important that we simply can’t do without. Thanks for the comment and the wish on the vortex. ;)

  6. I avoid prologues. They never make any sense to me when I’m reading a book. And generally they’re thought to be useless.

    However, sometimes a story does need one. I’d say try to incorporate what you need later in the story, but if you find that the prologue needs to be there, it needs to be there.

    Just my 2 cents. From someone who hasn’t written a word in nearly two years…

  7. I like to read a prologue but find I forget it fast and sometimes go back and reread it. Some are fun to figure out how they really relate to the work because they seem pretty unrelated. Work has stolen my time for reading and blogging. Cheers, Denise

    • Well, Denise, looks like your enjoying a great trip, so you’ll be forgiven for not blogging and writing in a while. :) I’m sure you’ll get back to it soon. Thank you for your input on prologues.

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