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Even Turkeys get a Workout

IMG_1204One thing I’ve learned in this fiction writing journey is that the simplest things are often the most difficult.  Why?  Because a lot of work went into making that item look simple.  When I started writing, I thought one sat at a computer and just told the story.  Then I learned about pacing and how to keep the story moving forward.  I learned about where to place the power words to allow the sentence to make the most impact.  i learned dialogue could be more than dialogue – it could be banter with insight to character and subtext.  The simplest things require prep work and skill, otherwise they fall flat.

The same is true with turkeys!  🙂

Here in the states, every year about this time, the President pardons a turkey and thus saves it from becoming a roasted turkey.  It’s a good public relations move which allows for some joking and a nod to the National Turkey Federation.  The cute event will most likely be on television, so the turkeys have todinner be on their best behavior.

Now turkeys are a pretty exciteable lot, and not too bright as my acquiantance who once had a turkey farm told me.  They have to be trained to stand quietly on a table and be photographed.  I read an article about a man who does just that.  He chooses his pardon candidates from a selection of 80 turkeys and narrows them down to just two.  He trains them by lifting them from the ground to the table and then lifts them white turkeyfrom the table to the ground, twice a day for two hours each session.  They are isolated in a small training shed where loud music and sports (crowd noises) are played to get them used to strange ambient noises.  The trainer also introduces the turkeys to his dogs as the turkey cages will be checked by the Secret Service dogs when they approach the White House.  He doesn’t want the turkeys to get rattled by that check.  The trainer takes flash photographs of the birds while they’re up on the table so they’ll get used to the flashes and he invites school kids in to pet the turkeys so they’ll become adept at strangers handling them.

It’s a lot of work for 15 minutes of fame!  I have to say, I’ll be watching the film clip of the official pardoning with a better appreciation of the work involved.

And, if nothing else, I read these days looking at how authors make complicated emotions and plot transitions look so easy.  Nothing is ever simple, is it?

So tell me, dear readers, what have you found that looked easy at first but proved difficult on execution?   Was it creating a yule log, or a gingerbread house?  (I find the best cooking disasters involve chocolate.  Even if the project fails, it’s good to eat 🙂 )  Was it putting together a “some-assembly-required” project?  Or how about learning to drive a car?  It does get easy eventually, but seems impossible at the beginning.Tiny Treats

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