MARIETTTE'S MAGIC TYPEWRITER: THE PLOT MACHINE SYSTEM OF WRITING
How To Turn Everything You Know & Learn Into Stories, Articles, Poems, Photos, & Pictures & Publish It Yourself For Fun & Profit
DOLL HOLDING AN ICE CREAM CONE
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON
I took this photo on June 28, 2015. This is one of my dolls that I have setting on the table where I keep part of my cookbooks. The "hot dog" toys beside her are actually dog toys that I got at the Dollar Tree because I thought they were cute. The little dog in the background on one of the recipe file boxes is holding a root beer float. I got him at a yard sale. I keep the cookbooks I use the most upstairs on this table, along with some of my dolls and toys that have their own food, like the ice cream cone doll. I got her at the Dollar General store. They also had dolls with vanilla and strawberry ice cream cones, but when I went back to get them they were all sold out. She would be easy to copy, though, and make from sewing scraps. Most of the cookbooks are in the basement library because there are too many to keep upstairs!
As I develop this web page of writing advice I will also share recipes here and show you how to create your own recipes to publish individually, as recipe articles, or even cookbooks. I haven't written any cookbooks yet, but I used to write recipe articles for small magazines. My Mama, who saved everything I got published, has copies of these articles, which I will reprint here also as examples for you to learn how to do this.
This page will be mostly devoted to writing advice and places to publish your writing, but I will also be sharing recipes and sewing and craft ideas here. Mama used to subscribe to several small magazines published by Tower Press. This was back long before the days of the Internet or even computers. The magazines were aimed at the readers I visualize as being interested in my Mary Hazel's Library website. There were recipes, sewing patterns, and crafts, as well as a few regular columns by writers who wrote about their own lives and experiences. Most of the magazine was letters, sent in by readers, though. Most of them were from women wanting other women pen pals to exchange recipes, and patterns, and letters with. Occasionally a man or a few children would also have letters in the magazines wanting pen pals. Mostly the magazines were for women, though, and a few women even stated in their letters that they would only answer letters from other women, no men. My mother had several pen pals that she wrote to, some for many years. In the back of the magazines were classified ads from women who were selling their crafts. The rates were very low, so as to be affordable, and I remember it was prominently displayed at the top of the page that they would not accept any work at home ads (most of which were a scam back then), or ads having to do with making or selling alcoholic beverages, and they certainly never published any even remotely "x-rated" ads! For several years Mama sold Barbie doll clothes in those magazines, placing her ad when she had enough clothes made up in advance to fill any orders she would get.
After many rejections I made my first article sales to the Tower Press magazines, and continued selling articles on recipes and gardening, mostly, to them for a number of years. Unfortunately, the magazines went out of business one by one, and finally Tower Press sold out to House Of White Birches, who kept a few of the magazines going for awhile longer, but eventually they folded too, and all of the magazines were gone. They were never the same as when Tower Press owned them anyway. I remember after House Of White Birches took over the magazines the strict ad guidelines were relaxed and there were a lot of fake "work at home" schemes advertised. When you wrote to them, they all, of course, wanted you to pay them for the privilege of working for them, and the only ones that made money by this arrangement were them, not you!
Mama still has many issues of the old Tower Press magazines in her Sewing Room, and all the issues that I had anything published in. They are probably all antiques now. The old recipes and crafts are still as useful now as they were when they were first printed, but I wonder sometimes whatever happened to all the women who had letters in the magazines and how many of them may still be alive.
Anyway, that is kind of what I envision for this website, and the same kind of readers I hope to find for it. If you like what you read here, and want to write to me, I will answer your letter. While you are here, if you found this page by accident, check out the rest of my website. I will be publishing my stories there. Mariette, whose name I put on this page, has another page just for her series of stories titled Nightmare House. Mariette, by the way, is my favorite character and my Muse. The other pages have more of my stories, and other writing. I mostly write scary stories and science fiction, but write a little of everything. I am also making memorial pages for Mama, Daddy, Gain, and my friend, Earon, to preserve their writing and photos.
MISS DUNN'S ROSE JUNE 19, 1977
PHOTOGRAPH BY HAZEL FERN HENSON
Gain and I were living in Kokomo, Indiana at the time Mama took this photo of our neighbor, Miss Dunn's, rose. Miss Dunn has passed away many years ago, and the rose Mama preserved on film so long ago has long since faded away also. Because of the magic of film the rose still lives, and because of the magic of Computer Boy, that I used to scan the original photo with, and the magic of the Internet, the rose is preserved to share with even more people. Mama too has now passed on to her Heavenly reward, but her work still lives, as I hope by sharing her photograph, her memory will still live here on Earth. And who is to claim that they know the mind of God, and deny that in a little corner of Heaven the soul of Miss Dunn's rose is still living too, as well as Miss Dunn's and Mama's souls? The Creator Of All Things, great and small, surely would not allow even a flower to live for only a short time and then fade away forever.
THE PLOT MACHINE SYSTEM OF WRITING
So that you can decide if you would like to read more on this page as I develop it, and if it would be worth your time to come back, I will tell you just a little bit about what this page will be about. As the title suggests, it will be mostly writing advice, things that I have learned over my many years of writing. I have been writing stories since I was six years old. Before I could write my stories down I told them to my younger brother, Charles, and my friends. Over time I have gotten some of my articles and a few stories published, and even made a small amount of money.
I call this system of writing, which I will share here, "The Plot Machine System Of Writing" because over the years I learned that once you understand the basic plots for stories you can use that information to create endless stories of your own, each story different, but each using the same basic plots, just as a kaleidoscope is an infinite and ever changing series of patterns, no two ever repeating, but all made with the one kaleidoscope. I soon learned that you can use the same system to write articles, poems, and anything else you want to.
Now, with the arrival of the Internet, writers no longer have to depend on publishers, but can publish their own writing. And with digital cameras, making it almost impossible to take a bad photograph, and no cost for film, the possibilities for illustrating your work are also limitless. I am just starting to learn about this, and will share what I learn here. Right now I am still trying to get my own writing typed up and ready to publish, so can only work on this page occasionally. However, as I get caught up, and have time to do more research, I will have more to share. There is a lot of information out there, some of it useful and some not, but I love to do research almost as much as I love to write.
My writing advice, like the stories I write, will be mainly of interest to women, I think. There may be some other people who want to read it too, but I think women, mostly housewives, will be the ones who will want to read my writing advice. Unlike some writing teachers, I won't be recommending you spend a lot of money or time that you probably don't have in hopes of making a lot of money with your writing. As I learn more, though, perhaps I can help myself and also you to make a little extra money with our hobbies. I won't recommend any opportunities that I haven't actually checked out and been able to make some money with, though. And most of them won't require any investment except your time.
Most of these things you won't be able to make a lot of money with, but I've found a few that do actually pay, mostly in Amazon gift cards. I consider that almost the same as cash, though, because you can buy just about anything on Amazon. Mostly what I've found out is that the more you risk the more you could possibly earn. That's all well and good if you can afford to lose what you've invested, but when you're starting out, it's much better to go for the "sure thing", rather than something you might make money on. Also the more you can make, of course, the harder to get the "jobs" are, and the more rules they have about the work you do. There seem to be plenty of opportunities to make small amounts of money with piece work that will pay you for what you do without having to work anymore than you have time for. I've already made a little money this way, and could make more if I had time to work on it more.
Before including any of these opportunities, some of them for writing work, I want to check them out a bit more first. So if you think this might be what you're looking for, please check back on this page occasionally. I will be using some of the blog posts of my main website, Mary Hazel's Library to publish the writing advice and opportunities I will share with you.
As the title of my website suggests, though, this is mainly an opportunity for women who have some other source of income, and consider their writing, like I do, as primarily a hobby. So this webpage would mainly be of interest to retired women or housewives. In that spirit, I am including the link to Writers-Network. You can post your writing there for free, and also read other writers' work. Technically, it costs points to publish your writing, but you get the points by reading and writing short reviews of other writers' work, so it is really free to post your poems, stories, or whatever you write. So check out this opportunity for now if you like, and come back later, and I may have found something that will pay a little something also. Writers-Network is free to use, but they don't pay anything. All you need to join is a user name and an e-mail address, though.
LINK TO MY WRITING ON WRITERS-NETWORK
March 19, 2016 Saturday 8:38 P.M.
I just checked out the Writers-Network link to make sure it works. It goes directly to my page with more for you to read there. From my page you can also go to the main Writers-Network page. It is free to join and post your writing. All you need is an e-mail address and user name. While you are on my page you may want to check out some of my friends' writing too. Just go to the comments at the end of my posts and you can get to their pages from their comment postings. Especially check out Delilah5, JudyBall, Iwasapoorgirl, atum, and MaryMills. Delilah5 writes horror fiction set in New York City and is posting short stories and book chapters. Judy writes mostly poetry Iwasapoorgirl is a serious writer who is posting her novel online and she is very good. atum writes mostly poetry illustrated with beautiful photographs. MaryMills writes poetry and some short stories. These are just a few of my special friends, but there are others who have commented and that are worth reading. There are many other writers posting to Writers-Network also. Writers-Network also has free classic books and poetry to read online Check it out!
LINK TO MAIN WRITERS-NETWORK PAGE
April 11, 2016 Monday
I hope to finish the main part of my website, all but final proofing and a few last minute additions, tonight. I just finished looking this page over and will call it mostly done now. I'm going to take a break for supper now, but later this evening I should have plenty of time to do Mama and Daddy's pages. That will only leave Gain's and Earon's pages left to do after I upgrade my website to unlimited pages. Right now, with the free site I can only have 5 pages. Before quitting work on the website for awhile now, though, I will include one more "extra" on this page for you. This is a recipe for Hamburger Potluck, a very old family recipe. Future posts to this page will be on the blog, that has to be shared with all the pages, so check back occasionally to see if there is anything you might be interested in.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound hamburger
¾ cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 ½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 can (19 oz.) tomatoes
1 cups seashell macaroni
1 cup diced process American cheese
Heat oil; add meat, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add onion and celery; cook a few minutes longer. Add remaining ingredients except macaroni and cheese. Bring to boil; add macaroni and cheese; Stir. Cover and cook slowly 25 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Water may have to be added from time to time during cooking. 4 to 6 servings.
Note: This is an old family recipe. I am not sure where Mama got it, but when I decided to include it with this mailing, I remembered that Mama had a copy of it somewhere. I almost have it memorized, but preferred having the original recipe, as I wasn’t sure. I remembered when I was sorting Mama’s things out, seeing it somewhere. I found a typed copy of the recipe in the pages of her Household Searchlight Cookbook in her “basement library”. Many of the recipes she used were from this very old cookbook that she had for years. I think she told me that she bought it from a door to door salesman, who was selling magazines. She bought a subscription to the magazine because they were giving away the free Household Searchlight Cookbook along with the magazine subscription. When I was a little girl, I thought all of her recipes were original recipes invented by her. Later, I saw many of the recipes in the cookbook, although she had changed some of them slightly. I will be sharing some of Mama’s recipes, that I remember her making, in the “News From Midway” letters from time to time, and possibly making a cookbook of hers and Gain’s family recipes.
Additional note: The "News From Midway" newsletter mentioned here is a family newsletter that I send out to friends and relatives at Christmas. I will republish all of them here to share with you eventually, plus the new ones I will be writing. I may even eventually be able to write them a bit more often than once a year!
LATE OCTOBER ROSES ON BELL AVENUE
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON
I took this photograph on October 27, 2014 during an afternoon walk on Bell Avenue. There are several people on that road that have flowers and I always find something worth photographing when I walk there near my home.