Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
We all read body language all the time. It does no good for someone to tell us, "I'm not upset at all," if their face is red, and their arms are crossed firmly on their chest, while one foot taps the floor.
By the way, the computer gurus didn't show yesterday at all. Will they come today? Kene Sabe.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
To avoid author intrusion, you have to be careful, too, not to show anything your viewpont character can't see. For instance if the viewpoint character describes their own "blushing red cheeks" she can't see that unless she's looking in a mirror.
On the other hand, you can describe gestures and inner feelings and emotion in a viewpoint character. For instance, the protagonist can "hope her excitement didn't show on her face," or "feel the heat of embarrassment burning on her face."
When we show a detail only other characters can see, it's called "author intrusion" because the writer is telling the reader something that the VIEWpoint character can't possibly SEE. One way around this problem (I still catch myself doing it, so I surely know how to fix it) is to use one of the character's other senses, to get the point across. Your protagonist can't see her cheeks blush without a mirror (and that's done too often, and too often badly), but she might "feel her face grow hot" or her "try to swallow back a tide of embarrassment and wish she could drop right through the floor." This was the hardest viewpoint lesson of all for me.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Marie Prato’s Peas, Potatoes and Macaroni
1 medium size onion
1 or 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 medium or three small potatoes, cut into cubes
1 sm. box frozen peas
1 sm. can tomato sauce
2 quarts of water
1 sm. box shell macaroni
Cut up a medium size onion and saute it in a tablespoon of olive oil in a pot. Cut two medium potatoes into small cubes and add to the oil. When slightly golden add in a package of frozen peas. Put in two quarts of water and a small can of tomato sauce. When the water boils, add a box of shell macaroni. Season to taste. Makes a thick broth soup and a complete meal in one pot for four people.
Contributed by Marie Prato, author of Ten Terrifying Tales...Impeccably written and haunting short stories. Marie Prato reveals all of her writer's craft in these pieces of short fiction. Her stories are believable and chilling. Read Ten Terrifying Tales and prepare to sleep with the lights on!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The theme of any work is usually a grain of universal truth that can be said in one line. The memoir, or action in a story, article, or essay is then used to illustrate the theme. Nobody can tell your personal truth but you. You will find as you write more and more that the same themes, often related to your deepest beliefs, will surface again and again in your work.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Oma Julchen's Chocolate Mousse
4 1-ounce squares bitter or semi sweet chocolate
1/4 cup water
5 pasteurized eggs
1 tablespoon Cognac
3/4 cup sugar
Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Add the sugar and water; stir until dissolved.
Separate the egg yolks from the whites and set the whites aside. Beating vigorously, add the yolks, one by one, to the melted chocolate. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the Cognac.
Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then fold them gently into the chocolate mixture. Pour the mousse into individual molds or a dessert bowl, then place the mousse into the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. The longer it stands the better. It will keep for several days. This recipe makes about 4 cups.
Contributor’s Note: In my recipe files is a yellowed index card on which I long ago typed my grandmother's "piece de resistance", her chocolate mousse. Yes, she was short and plump, often sighing deeply. But despite her heaviness, both emotional and physical, she was the one who could make food addictive. Maybe the two go together.
Contributed by Hannelore Hahn, On the Way to Feed the Swans in the park, 5-year-old Hannelore heard Hitler making a speech.... “My, those must be terrible people he’s talking about,” she said. “Hush,” came her mother’s answer. “He’s talking about us.” This is the story of how Hannelore and her family left their home in Dresden, Germany, and how she journeyed back, almost half a century later, in search of old friends.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Readers will vote for their favorite short stories during 5 rounds of voting with the field being narrowed at the end of each round. The first prize winning author will receive $1000 US. The second prize winning author will receive an 8GB iPod Touch. The third prize winning author will receive a $100 eBook Bucks Gift Certificate redeemable either at AllRomance.com or OmniLit.com.
Submissions will be accepted between September 1 and September 28, 2010. Each title must be an original, never before published paranormal romance work between 2,500 and 3,000 words and will be marketed exclusively by All Romance/OmniLit. Aut hors can access the submissions forms via this page http://www.allromanceebooks.com/submissions.html . Authors need to complete all fields to the best of their ability at the time of submission. I'll be the Editor-In-Charge for the Contest and will lead the committee that will make the final decision on September 30 as to which submissions will be chosen as the Semi-Finalists. Stor ies selected as one of the 32 will be released for voting on October 1.
Authors should keep in mind that we will not be editing these manuscripts. They must have them edited PRIOR to submission.
We anticipate having more wonderful stories than we have slots for. If a story is not chosen as a Semi-Finalist, rights will be returned. Questions about the Contest can be directed to me at:
Thanks again for your interest!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Reading is a participatory sport. It's a partnership between you, the writer, and the reader. In a movie, it's all there for them to see. When a new scene begins, you have an "establishing shot of the post office and the two people coming out the door. Then the camera moves in and they begin to talk to one another. When Danny comes over, we can see him in his postal employee uniform with his mailbag over his shoulder, so we're not too surprised when he joins in their conversation. But in a book the reader takes what you show them with your words, and builds the set inside his or her mind. It's then the writer's responsibility to let the reader know Danny Martin is there, the reader's responsibility to "create" Danny in his or her imagination. That's why it's so important to describe a character when he or she first appears. From the name, the reader will usually infer a bluff, perhaps red-headed Irish postman and would be startled later to learn that Danny was a swarthy complected Episcopal priest.
Friday, September 3, 2010
I will get back to work as soon as possible.
arline the idle.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
1 cup of mixture of maize(cornmeal) and millet flour (3/4 maize flour + 1/4 millet flour)
1 cup of water
Boil water. Pour the flour in a little at a time as you stir until the mixture becomes thick. Stir for 5 more minutes. Serve hot.
Contributor's Note: This is a three-course meal that can serve two people. Best eaten on the shore of Lake Victoria in Kenya.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I wanted to address your concerns about "perfectionism" because I used to agonize over every word, every paragraph, until I made myself feel helpless and impossibly inept. Then I went to work for a newspaper where they didn't want it "good," they wanted it accurate and "yesterday." I learned to do it their way -- otherwise I'd have been employed for about a week. But I learned something valuable in that experience, which I'm going to pass on to you, now. Writing is a process of development. It doesn't spring "full blown" from the brow of the writer and those who assume that every word they put down is perfect because "it came to me that way" are in for a rude surprise.