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Jan 31Liked by Claudia Befu

"Now it's late, and I must go to bed because tomorrow morning I need to be in the office."

Nice, neat, not novel but such a sound way to close out this post. What's more it's one that's somewhat familiar. Many a time I've strung much the same (variations of a theme) words together in taking late night leave of my keyboard and screen to head up the wooden stairs to Bedfordshire 🥱

8th November 2022 is a lengthening year and more ago as I type this reply. I think this is a newsletter that's been timely for me to run across just now, in that it touches upon stuff I've some familiarity with but stirs the post, so to speak, and refreshes my interest, How has this piece stood the test of time from your perspective Claudia? 🤔

I'm still just landed on the foreshore of your Substack but, in this dawning moment of my time here. so far so good. I'm enjoying Story Voyager and looking forward to moving up the beach to explore the state of the Cli-Fi that lies beyond fringe of green that stretches along as my 👁‍🗨 can see, both ways 🌄

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Did you mean how this piece stood the test of time as in: do I still do what I wrote in this post? It’s 21:35 pm and I’m answering your comment. 🫣 So the phone thing didn’t fly. But I did get more disciplined about not starring at my phone before going to bed. So I’ll call it a win.

Regarding writing, in the meantime I realized that I prefer writing stuff that requires more research and time to jot down. I still like to write in a concentrated form and in bulk because it helps me stay tuned with the story. But I have to do this in batches because I have a job and a life that get in the way. 😄

How about you? Do you write? You’re very eloquent, I almost feel ashamed of my English. 😅

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Well! I’ve read so many writing-process posts and I always think “maybe this one will work for me!” but so far none of them have stuck... but maybe *this* time it really will!

Seriously tho, thanks for this honest, detailed snapshot of the gears behind the product. I can relate to so many pieces of your story; whereas most of the time I only aspire to the routines of other writers.

Hopefully I’ll check back in the near future with a similar project of my own! Totally sold on climate fiction as the forefront of where our imagination needs to be.

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I stumbled and fell on my own publicly announced writing process. Don't fret so much about it. The only thing that drives me these days is: Just finish writing the next short story or the next article. And then the next. Keep on writing. I have a lot of stuff aligned, waiting to be written. I'm moving too slow. It doesn't matter. Just keep on writing.

I'm just scratching the surface of climate fiction and there is so much to learn. A whole new worldview. It fills me with excitement and hope.

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So much of this resonated! This is literally the last five years of my life as I figured out how to write my novel!

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All I can say is... it only took you five years. Congratulations! 👏 I'm still struggling with discipline and writing on a regular basis. But with Substack is getting there, I get inspired by writers like you.

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Found this really inspirational. I’m definitely going to try your no phone after 8pm rule!

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And this was a reminder for me to start doing that again 😵‍💫 I fell-off-the-wagon with that one.

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So easily done. Routines are hard to form and easy to break. I set out to drink more water this year and that’s been tough to maintain. It doesn’t matter how long a break you take, though, you can always jump back on the wagon!

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Mar 17, 2023Liked by Claudia Befu

Super interesting. I've found something very similar since starting a Substack. The self-imposed deadlines of a weekly post have really helped to hone and focus my drive. And there's a sort of "OK, I'm letting go of this chapter/short story now" sense, rather than dwelling on it and coming back to it and no one ever really reading it. With Substack, you can cast it out (and hopefully have others read it) and move onto the next chapter/story.

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I can relate so much to that. Before joining Substack I would write and rewrite the same thing for years and it was still not ready for publishing. Here I am learning to write on a schedule and I noticed that it does get easier and faster with the time (currently I invest over 40h in each piece that I write sometimes even more) and I see some improvement in the quality as well.

But the most motivating thing for me is having a community and exchanging thoughts and ideas. I love this! 💚

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Mar 17, 2023Liked by Claudia Befu

100% agree :)

And once again, glad to be here and watch your world evolve.

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Thank you ☺️

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Fascinating. The creative writing journey is always amazing, and it's nice to hear about the journey of other writers.

Meanwhile, here's a Sci-Fi story idea for you.

Scenario:

Two different evolved civilizations (on other planets) are both using their individual telepathic and psychic abilities to have "influential conversations" with earthlings - through mediums that have the ability to "tune-in" to these conversations with an evolved civilization.

But Civilization 1 is trying to cause a shift in de-militarization on Earth. And Civilization 2 is doing the opposite. Will Civilization 1 end up in a war with Civ 2? How will the Earthlings react? Will they become more war-like through the help of Civ 1? Or will they fall into Civ-1's trap?

Do either of these Civ's have spies already on earth? Could Civ-1 or Civ-2 actually change the course/outcome of a current war on Earth?

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In the meantime, my creative process changed again and I write my newsletters in chuncks. Trying to write in one go left me with stomach issues! 😂

I have story ideas (partly developed) for the next 5 to 6 years.

But I like your writing prompt. I can see a movie here. How do you imagine the aliens? Are they humanoid, good looking? Is there a translation technology? In one book I found one of the most fascinating ideas about learning alien languages. The alien language was so different that it required the learner to completely change the way they thought. As a result, they seemed a bit crazy to regular humans. I found that fascinating.

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Here's some background information on telepathy.

1. When an advanced meditator is able to go beyond the crown chakra (just above the head), they develop the ability to directly communicate with other beings at a soul-consciousness to consciousness level Pure consciousness precedes and often creates thoughts.

2. Many, if not most, mediums were advanced meditators in a previous life; and thus come into this life with the ability to hear and to transmit psychic communication. And, if they decide to earn their living as a "medium" they often come into contact with other beings that are "talking to them from the Astral plane."

3. So, a normal person, who asks a (true) medium a question, gets an answer from the medium that is actually being channeled to the medium from someone in the astral plane or someone from a Civ-1 or Civ-2 type of evolved civilization.

I agree with you. There is a potential movie here. Or a book. Or a serialized book.

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So you can basically communicate without language… I’m not sure if I’ll write this series, but I have a binary alien being in a story and I want to write a short exploratory story about how the two aliens in the binary being communicate with each other. And this might help. Thanks a lot!

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Sounds interesting. Feel free to ask me to look at the draft. I'd be happy to do it for free. I know this subject extremely well. I've gone beyond the crown chakra thousands of times. I can easily communicate on a consciousness-to-consciousness, and I do it all the time in my weekly podcast to a small group of friends.

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Thank you so much for the kind offer! 🙏

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