Welcome, readers and writers! I’m excited to talk with you about Octavia Butler’s Fledgling. For me, this book rates five stars! I loved the book because of the characters. What follows is an annotation exploring Fledgling from a writer’s perspective…and why I appreciated it.
Some writers are capable of making a reader feel so deeply about a character, the readers cry. I was connected to Shori in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling because she is pitiful and I am empathetic—even though she is a vampire, her entire life was taken away from her. Butler created a dynamic character because of Shori’s memory loss due to a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this annotation, I explore how Butler shows Shori’s memory loss, including Shori’s short-term memory of the accident, her inability to recall events, and the reactions of the people around her which reinforce the feeling of tragic event.
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I tried getting his 44 question ebook for a while now. I keep checking my spam folder and other places in my gmail but no dice. Anyways, very good info here. Thanks and keep them coming.
As an editor I have some pretty standard red flags I look for, but a REALLY common blunder is the dreaded information dump. Some genres are more prone to this than others. Science fiction and fantasy can be particularly vulnerable. How DO you keep the pace of the story and still relay about the prophecy, the starship, the dragons and the dragons prophesied to have starships?
Once again we have Alex Limberg guest posting with us. And if you’re already tired of him? Suck it up, Buttercup, because I LIKE HIM. He’s helping me through the holiday season so I can dig out of the pile of work that buried me when I got the flu.
So Alex is here to share ways to help fold in information so that you (the author) don’t inadvertently shatter the fictive dream…
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I have been using Noodler’s Bulletproof Black in my Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen and getting smearing in the Moleskine notebook. I guess I better get myself a ink blotter. Thanks for the tips.
If the ink blotter seems like an old fashioned idea, think again. It is the easiest solution to slow drying, too much wetness, “where did that blob come from” problems that you ever met. Really.
My 6″ x 3″ blotting paper has been in use for at least four years. It is very heavy paper and resides in my daily journal between the most recent passage and the facing page. It serves as a bookmark plus I never have to wait for ink to dry, handy when you think about what gets written in a journal. Should someone walk up behind me, I can slam the book shut instantly without fearing a mess when I return. Two disasters averted!
Before my work space became inundated with bottles of ink and stacks of paper, a small but very cute rocking horse resided on my desk. These days I would never find…
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Good stuff to know. Thanks.
So, because I’m broke and also in the middle of a book (which means I’m not looking for one-of-a-kind, unforgettable books, but for popcorn mysteries I can put down and work again), I’ve been reading a lot of books borrowed from Amazon’s program.
I’m finding about 50% books that are so good I have to “kill” them by reading the end, so I can work, and I still read the books, anyway. just not as urgently. Which is good, because then work happens.
But what about the other 50% (BTW I want to point out that a) I always bought popcorn books for when otherwise really busy. I don’t do anything else for fun. I just read. I’m BORING. The reason I’m looking for them in KULL is that it’s cheap and convenient. I used to find just as many from trad publishing, usually used. b) I actually am finding…
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How many of you have felt totally overwhelmed when you realized the amount of work it would actually take to complete your story?
I’m sitting here at Starbucks. I’m supposed to be writing the rough draft to Book 3 of The Elysian Chronicles, but I have to admit that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m trying to get my arms around the scope of this story, and I’ve discovered it’s much more complex than I originally planned. (Aren’t all novels, though?)
Here are a few things I’m struggling with:
- I’m actually working with two plots that have to flow simultaneously. Two plots. One story. This means two story arcs. Each arc has to hit the plot points at the same time. Sounds easy to do, but I have to admit that working out the plots of Out of the Shadows (book 2) almost killed me. And then these two…
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Listening and reading Jon Ronson talk about shaming and modern dehumanization has resonated with my concern over our massive identity crisis.
It is as if Ronson has woken up in the middle of a tempest to take some responsibility for his own “butterfly effect” contributions to pushing the storm. It is, as he puts it himself, “like being in a car with failed brakes hurdling toward the cliff” where “we are often defined by our worst mistakes.”
There was a time when he saw “public ridicule as ‘the democratization of justice’ — but after writing his book on the topic, he’s changed his tune. He has taken a closer look at people who have had their reputations destroyed on social media, and how difficult it can be for them to recover… shaming has become ubiquitous and too often disproportionate, and that fear of being attacked has made…
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