noun CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
noun: felix culpa
- the sin of Adam viewed as fortunate, because it brought about the blessedness of the Redemption.
- an apparent error or disaster with happy consequences.
- is a Latin phrase that comes from the words felix, meaning “happy,” “lucky,” or “blessed” and culpa, meaning “fault” or “fall”. In the Catholic tradition, the phrase is most often translated “happy fault,” other translations include “blessed fall” or “fortunate fall” – even happy accident.
This is what I love about writing. You have no idea where your mind will go – you have no idea if your idea is even worth writing and before you know it – there you are.
After posting FLIGHT 1950 and Vendetta Blank – I was so surprised to hear how well received the stories were and how loved the charters became. Especially Peter Novak. A character-study my husband and I goofed around with one night – whom I later added to my short story Vendetta Blank. In the original tale, I end the story and flash forward 6 months leaving this huge window of opportunity to well – indulge. Seeing this hole – I figured I’d just slip into my little universe and take Novak and Vendetta out for a little spin.
So here I am, figuratively sitting in a car with my two characters. I had already been chewing on their initial conversation – they had much to cover since they last met. But then what? I’m typing away. Deleting. Starting over and get to the part of the story where I need a boat. To have a boat, whether between the pages or in real life – means the boat needs a name. So now, I have the daunting task to name this boat. A task I do not take lightly as I think a name is very important and boat names can be so fun and full of puns. My mind starts kicking out a few ideas, of boats I know or ones I’d seen. Plan B. Miss Behavin’. Flailing Grommet are ones I’ve floated by. But I needed a new name, the name for Vendetta’s boat.
People often ask me if I have an outline of some sort when I write. Structure. A plot. Yes and No. Often I build the outline after I start writing and need things to line up. The plot comes to me as I write. Really, I just hit the ground typing and let my fingers bang it out. For instance, for this tale – I knew I wanted a name in Latin. That’s when Felix Cupla came to mind. (You can see the definition at the top of this post.) How perfect is that? Happy Accident. If you’ve read Vendetta Blank, then you know what a huge moment that night in Napa was and how much more I could add!
I took that idea and ran with it. I see this new short story as the foundation for my little San Francisco Pulp Universe – I see Peter Novak, Private I, settled nice into the cracks.
Anyway, I wrote 9 pages that first day and it was most awesome. Since then, I have probably written and erased double that. Oh the struggles of a writer.
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