Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
I'm reading Kent Kruegger's "Iron Lake" after I finished his "Orginal Grace" I couldn't help but want to search for more of those great plot lines that he is known for. So far I'm quite impressed with the ambiance of a Minnesotan winter setting. I also love the eerie coincidences of characters being connected. Like tribal leaders and fishermen, judges and tyrants.
The question should be what am I not?
Well, they say I am not a psycho. I don't dry my underwear in the hand dryers of the downtown public restroom. I don't shout "what uuuup" like a barely teen would in a grocery store. A broken up women looking up me from the ground while I stock shelves and she asks, "Is that how you address your customers?"
I am not a therapist. I do not listen to the hurt purge their problems on my ears as if my ears were their garbage cans. I am not one of those psycho ex-husbands who takes a divorce the wrong way and decides to issue a restraining order against his ex-wife and calls the police if she even shows up at a restaurant to ask for her alimony checks, while her kids squalor in the background.
"And what is scary?"
"Scary is web surfing in the wee-hours of night and getting real bored. Exhausting every search ideal until you you start googling people."
"Oh yeah! Who'd you google? Asks Franny.
I started with my ex boyfriends and was met with one of the scariest mugshots I ever seen. Once I clicked on the mugshot-I was met with a world of pain. Sentenced with fifth degree misdemeanor: assault by strangulation.
"Lucky for you, right?"
"Yeah, but the Rubber Ducky wasn't so lucky."
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Patron Saint of Desperate Situations by John Harrigan. All of Harrigan's books are pieces he researches thoroughly. But what you'll find great is the sincerity in the narrator's voice. I feel as if I'm standing alongside each of the character's in History when reading Harrigan's novel whether they're written in Minnesotan setting or in Cuba. Catch Harrigon's books on Amazon.com
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
1.Fragments are okay and sometimes used for dramatic effect as long as you use an introductory sentence to the fragments. Ex: The moments were beautiful:Sarah's music playing on the element's sound system.
2. Don't use use Big references if your novel doesn't even have anything to do with the topic. Ex: Using the Book of Revelations when your novel doesn't have anything to do with the Apocalypse.
3. Its often easy to employ our interest into the novel, although sometimes it can be distracting. For example employing names of New Orleans musicians. Instead direct contrast between the appeal of the music and a character's ongoing frustration and how the music is relaxes the character.
4.If your reader is able to draw up a list of questions they want answered by chapter 2, means that your novel is well on its way.