Taken By Surprise!


Can you actually be taken by surprise? Where would it take you? I suppose if someone was named Surprise then you could be taken by surprise. Maybe there is an alien species who call themselves Surprise. That would surely count as being taken. Surprise, the Surprise aliens have surprisingly taken you. I'm sure it will take no one by surprise that my mind went there. Good to take no one. Unless you are named no one. We did that. On with the show.

Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

Does positive response to my crazy self and a rhyming cat count? At least with the blog they come back for more.

I do find it surprising sometimes that things just flow from me. Can pretty much do a blog post or write a story of any kind whenever I sit down. Whether or not they are good, meh, that can be subjective. But at least out it flows. Guess crazy has its perks.

And yeah, I was surprised I actually got more than hate mail.(hate was due to the cat. He can rub some with their stick up their butt the wrong way.) Actually have a teeny tiny few fans.

As for an ending. Nope! Always know the beginning and end before I start. Even if it is 9 books in, I know the ending. Now how I get there does change many a time, but I still get there.

Does any of this surprise you? Has your writing surprised you? Would you like to be taken by Surprise aliens? Things may end up rather surprising that way.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.

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  1. The very fact I have written at all (Albeit good or bad) have taken me by surprised.

    Yvonne.

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  2. You definitely got the flow! I too am surprised when I get a thought or notion and hours later I've got a story. Wish I could package whatever that is and sell it to those writers who get blocked.

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  3. Yes, often taken by surprise
    Many times right before my eyes!
    The kindness of strangers galore,
    The meaness of others I abhor;
    Endings and sometimes middles
    Have even knocked me off my fiddles!

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    1. People can be a racket
      Each in their own bracket

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  4. I'm often surprised, but not as much as I used to be!

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  5. Tell the Cat not to change a thing.
    Enjoy the free-flowing ideas!

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    1. Free-flowing ideas shall keep on a flowing.

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  6. As for blogging, I'm taken by surprise when a random person comments and doesn't mention how they came upon my blog. And then never to be seen again . . . LOL

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    1. lol those ones usually are the look at me, look at me types.

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  7. Taken By Surprise!
    Not outwardly unwise
    Knock it in
    From within
    Gripped in a strong vice

    Hank

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  8. Surprise aliens could lead to a surprise anal probe.

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  9. To have ideas constantly flowing is wondrous.
    I must admit I'd be very surprised if I was abducted by an alien. Heh.

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  10. Yes, I'll volunteer. I need an escape. School starts next week. Aliens, where are you???

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  11. I sure don't want to be taken by Surprise aliens. Surprise attack by Surprise aliens would make a bit confusing headline :-)

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  12. Makes you wish you could have selective amnesia and read your own work to see how welll it surprises you on twists and plots.

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  13. There's a city here near by called Surprise! So I've been to Surprise. I'm taken by surprise a lot that people actually keep coming back to read my blog. I think they like a good ship wreck, LOL.

    betty

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    1. haha you can say you've gone indeed. Hey, as long as it doesn't fully sink.

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  14. I dont like so much surprises haha
    But seriously Sometimes is really easy for me write in my blog, make the recipe and all but others is really difficult begin but wjen I begin is more easy ! hugs to all and the cats

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    1. Beginning is the way and then have your say.

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  15. Best answer to the question all day.

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  16. Whoa, dude, haven't been here in a while - you can see my reaction in my photo, eh, about gazing around at your header? Taken by Surprise I indeed be. But I.B. Nosey as to which exactly is Pat Hatt? You, or the cat? In finding that answer, I'm sure I'd be taken by Surprise.

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    1. Maybe it is Drazin? Yeah, there is three...or maybe 10. I lost count. Surprise!

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  17. That's awesome that you can sit down and be productive all the time. And that you know the end of your story. I try to know mine too before I start a story or get too into it.

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    1. Whether I get the time or am able to sit down and be productive is a whole other story though.

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  18. I thought I'd always know the ending to any story I started. Well, it turns out that isn't exactly true anymore. So you can imagine the kind of sand box I'm in at the moment. Not good.

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    1. Well the ending may be the best yet or the sand box may turn into quicksand. Hopefully the former.

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  19. Let your imagination flow...I am often taken by surprise when I write something as it seems to come from somewhere other than myself. It just writes itself in a way.

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    1. That makes it easier. Now if only it would use the keyboard itself lol

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    2. haha - Now, that would make life much easier...too funny...tap...tap...tap...
      Hey, who did that?

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    3. Would sure be grand tap tap tapping away.

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  20. Does your ending ever change?

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    1. Nope. Not the ending itself. Sometimes a few more characters may be there, or a few less.

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  21. That's a lot of surprises. And aren't they fun. I'm surprised that I ended up writing. When I was young I didn't even like to read. Some more of those surprises. Each story I write is a surprise that I finish it.

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    1. haha well that will keep you writing, as long as you like surprises.

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  22. An alien species who call themselves Surprise!!!! So so funny!!! It's great that your writing just flows!

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    1. Could make a fun story with the Surprise aliens I suppose.

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  23. It's awesome that your mind spews so many creative ideas... but not surprising. All we have to do is consider how many books you've written, and for how many years you wrote daily blog posts to realize how productive your gray matter is. Impressive, dude! Me? I enjoy surprises, as long as they aren't too jolting. (Not healthy at my age. HA!) But I'll pass on being abducted by aliens. They probably wouldn't get me back home in time to fix dinner...

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    1. Yeah, you'd probably be a little late, but maybe they could do something about that age thing. Technology, you never know haha gray matter seems to keep on a flowing.

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  24. I'm a sucky writer, so I am never surprised by my work. However, while I'm just an amateur photographer, I do surprise myself with a good photo once in a blue moon.

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    1. You sure have a ton of great ones on the blog and that other place.

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  25. Highly unlikely aliens would be interested in me. They might be interested in my cats though!

    I'm surprised by every word I write, every concept that makes it to the page and a reader "gets it." I will be even more surprised when I get back into the groove and write consistently every day!

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    1. That groove is fun to be in, but yeah, life can sure get in the way.

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  26. Now you need to write about an alien species named Surprise that takes people. LOL

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  27. I also know the ending before I start writing a book. I envy you being able to write as soon as you sit down. I can't always do that.

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    1. Just finding the time and ability to sit is the key here.

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  28. I liked that an alien race called Surprise, lol. Too funny.

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  29. I'm often taken by surprise
    like when it's too small or fails to rise.

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  30. I wrote a book once. It's not published because I was surprised that right in the middle of it, it took a very dark turn. I don't think I should try to write horror again. lol It's still sitting on my shelf but that's where it will stay. I'll just keep writing blog posts. Not many surprises there.

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    1. Hey, you never know. A dark turn is fine many a time.

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  31. Would be funny if Liam Neeson suddenly jumped out and was like, I will find you and I will surprise you

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  32. You either love them or hate them, people too!

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  33. I'm surprised by how much endless fun it is to irritate the cat. Then again, he makes it so very easy!

    I will say, Pat, I'm truly humbled by how much writing you can do. You not only write well, you write fast and that's something not many people can accomplish so in that aspect, you surprise me too.

    Elsie

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    1. Write fast when I can sit, can't do that much these days though. Old one eye makes it easy too. The cat's just saying.

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  34. I don't know, but, at my age, a fart takes me by surprise.
    Especially my own.

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  35. I think it's awesome you rhyme so easily. It's not quite so easy for all of us, as you well know. ;) Belva's really good at it too. I miss her around!

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    1. Yeah, but all can get it down when in rhyme town. She must be off climbing mountains or something at her sea.

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  36. Just when I think nothing can surprise me, I'm taken by surprise. What does that tell you?

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  37. Hope your weekend is filled with good surprises:)

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  38. I am like you. I can just sit down and start typing and come up with something. I have trouble thinking about a post beforehand. Same with comments, they just flow from my fingers.

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    1. Yeah, things just go and out they flow. Best way to be indeed. Or at least it makes things easier content wise.

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  39. I love surprises; well, good surprises! And I've test-lived in Surprise, Arizona. No aliens though, just scorpions and sharp cacti. Your flow is amazing ~ May it never stop!

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    1. Flow I can do here a time or two. Maybe even three. I'll leave the scorpions and sharp cacti to thee.

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  40. I would certainly like to be taken by Surprise aliens if they had a sense of humor and made me cry with mirth. God, do I need that!

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    1. Maybe the Surprise aliens will be surprising and grant your wish.

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  41. Being able to sit down and always have it flow is quite an amazing thing to be sure! It would take me by surprise if it started happening to me. :)
    ~Jess

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