During a time in our nation’s history when what we need most is to not feel so caged and afraid, laughter is the best medicine to keep our sanity in check. This will be your laugh to end all laughs.
Someone sent this to me today and I have looked at it more times than I can remember. I can’t stop laughing but this goes to prove…
Folks aren’t playing around!
I drank some water today and it went down the wrong pipe, as they say. I began choking uncontrollably and my daughter, with a hilarious look on her face, got up and left the sofa where we were sitting.
She stood at the top of the stairs and yelled down, “Uh, are you OK?” although she never came down to see if I was. I am still on the floor laughing at that!
I told you! #FolksAren’tPlayingAround!
The WHISPERS OF THE PAST Blog Tour continues. It’s such an interesting tour you definitely want to check it out!
Let’s all welcome Robbie Cheadle to the Indie Joint! It’s her first time here (but, I hope it won’t be her last) so let’s make her feel right at home.
Robbie, as the Warden here, you have all our attention!
I am terrified of bees. As a child, I never used to worry overly about bees and bee stings, but over the course of my life, each time I have been stung by a bee my bodies reaction has been stronger.
I don’t suffer from anaphylaxis which is when the venom from a bee sting sends the person into shock. My blood pressure doesn’t drop, and I don’t have difficulty breathing. I am one of the rare people in the world who gets a bacterial infection, which quickly leads to blood poisoning, from a bee string.
The first time this happened, I was quite ignorant about what was happening. I…
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New York, 1872, Diviner Ada Moses is a finder of hidden things and a keeper of secrets. In her possession is a lost manuscript with the power to destroy the faith of tens of thousands of believers. When a man seeking the truth knocks at her door with a conspiracy theory on his lips and assassins on his heels, she must make a choice.
Spurred by news of a ritualistic murder and the arrival of a package containing the victim’s bloody shirt, Ada must either attempt to vanish with the truth or return the burden she has long borne to the prophet responsible for one of the most successful deceptions in US history.
Protecting someone else’s secret may save Ada’s life, but is that worth forcing her own demons into the light?
The Joy of Receiving Fan Mail
Writing can sometimes be a lonely pursuit. I’ve been fortunate to have lived in several places with strong writing communities and have connected online with writers from all over the world through blogging and social media. That is wonderful, because other writers understand the frustrations and triumphs, the obsession and rejection, and all the rest that comes with being a part of this crazy industry. I’ve found the writing community is generally a friendly and supportive bunch.
Writers also understand that when we turn off Facebook and Twitter and climb into whatever little writing nook we’ve carved out for ourselves, each of us is alone, facing down an unrealized dream in the form of a blinking cursor.
In those moments a writer’s only company becomes the imaginary people in her head. Sometimes they are chatty and cooperative; other times they are not. Writing can be a lonely pursuit.
But once in a while, someone from the world, the real world, where no one is discussing Amazon rankings or cover design woes, reaches out to make the whole process feel especially worthwhile.
I’m talking, of course, about readers.
The first time I ever received a note from a reader, it came through my mother. I’d published my first book, which unlike the historical novels that would follow, was a collection of humor and history titled Launching Sheep & Other Stories from the Intersection of History and Nonsense.
The book had achieved only very modest success, but I was quite pleased with myself for getting it out there and when my mom handed me a note from one of her friends I did not know, specifically about my book, I was pretty flattered.
I wore what I’m sure was a comically wide grin as I flipped open the card and began to read. The first thing I noticed was that my biggest fan hadn’t spelled my last name correctly. A lot of people get that mixed up, so I wasn’t especially bothered.
She went on to explain that she had recently purchased Throwing Sheep at her local bookstore with a coupon that made it very cheap. Hm. I, too, am a thrifty person. And titles aren’t really that important, right?
The woman ended her message with an explanation that she probably wouldn’t read the book, but that she sure was excited to pass it on to a friend who might like it.
I’ve now published three books. The most recent called Smoke Rose to Heaven is very different than my first step into the world of publishing. This book is a historical thriller. It’s the coming of age story of a woman who has come into possession of a lost manuscript that supports a historical conspiracy theory which questions the origin story of the Book of Mormon.
My reader audience is still relatively small but vocal and expanding. I’m delighted that in the last few years many more readers have graciously reached out and let me know they’ve enjoyed my books. Most have been a little more flattering than the first.
MEET THE AUTHOR, SARAH ANGLETON!
SARAH ANGLETON is the author of the historical novels Gentleman of Misfortune and Smoke Rose to Heaven as well as the humor collection Launching Sheep & Other Stories from the Intersection of History and Nonsense. She lives with her husband, two sons, and one loyal dog near St. Louis, where she loves rooting for the Cardinals but doesn’t care for the pizza.
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Happy New Year! It’s 2020 and I’m so glad that I’m able to be here sharing with you!
Due to my busy, busy, busy schedule with the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, I have found that my own writing time and the time that I connect with you, my followers, has been greatly compromised in the past years. One of my resolutions for 2020 is to get back on track with my writing and blogging and to stay there!
I’ll have more to share with you later but, do keep up, because this year, you’re going to be watching Nonnie write a lot!
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We are now only two days away from that holiday that causes little kids to walk much straighter lines of behavior and it brings out the kindness and generosity (that’s sometimes hidden deeply) in so many. Yes, Christmas is right around the corner!
Christmas has always been my #1 holiday of the year and although my birthday has always been a very important day for me, Christmas, by far, makes me the happiest! I mean, I prayed for a baby to be born on Christmas day and I got my wish! #BestChristmasPresentEver!
Christmas is the time of year when I notice that people are calmer…many have the appearance of being less stressed and hurried. Do any of you get that feeling, too? I’m not sure if it’s because the kids are out of school for an extended period of time, parents are on longer vacations, or, if it’s just the cold, icy weather that brings noticeable changes to the surface. Whatever it is, I love and appreciate every second of it!
People holding doors open for others, paying it forward by purchasing a meal for the person standing behind you, smiles on faces that would normally house unnecessary scowls, allowing others to skip ahead in long lines, allowing cars to merge in front of you during busy afternoon traffic…this is the behavior that makes me happiest about the season. Let’s face it, we’re living in a time where this isn’t the norm anywhere. I mean, merging into traffic has sadly and way too often, proven deadly for some.
This is the time of year when family members who are usually at odds with one another, put their differences aside and come together to celebrate the season of joy and love. In my perfect world, this occurrence wouldn’t happen only once a year – it would be an everyday norm. But, for those of you in feuding families, my hope is that if it happens only once or twice during the year, you cherish those times, hold them close to your heart and keep pressing for better days. Things could change.
These are the moments of the season that make me so happy to see November roll in and it gets better and better the closer we get to Christmas day. It’s not about the presents under the tree or the food that will appear on the table – it’s all about the love, the kindness and the generosity that we pull from ourselves to ensure that the world, albeit a short time every year, is a better place for all.
Now that you know what Christmas means to me, what does it mean to you? I’d love for you to share with us.
Merry Christmas, friends!
Today I am hosting a member of my favorite place, the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!
Steven Neil is the author of THE MEREST LOSS
and he’s dropped by today to discuss the topic of RESEARCHING AND WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION.
Steven, the floor is all yours!
In many ways, writing historical fiction is no different to writing any other fiction. The author still has to think about the five key elements of novel writing i.e.
- Point of view
In addition to these consideration however, there are particular issues which need to be borne in mind if the historical fiction novel is to come across as a credible representation of the period being described.
In writing 19th century historical fiction, as well as specific research in reference books, I always read widely the dominant fiction of the time e.g. Trollope, Dickens, Hardy, Thackeray, to assimilate the sound and feel of the age. I have also developed a number of questions I pose to myself whilst I am researching and planning my novel and I share some of them with you here.
Point of view
What point of view best suits the story you are telling? This seems a rather obvious question but there is a reason why Trollope and Hardy used the omniscient narrator: they wanted to be in complete control of the characters and to manage the reader by knowing everything, by contrast with their characters, who don’t. In this way there is almost a conspiracy between writer and reader at the expense of the characters.
Of course, Trollope and Hardy were living in the 19th century and could sustain an all knowing perspective with reasonable ease. What the contemporary writer has to ask, if they are to write credibly in a 19th century setting, is whether they have done the research necessary to replicate an omniscient narrator. It took me a long time researching to satisfy myself on that point.
Is this turn of events plausible and credible for the time?
What assumptions are being made about the law, the state of politics, the monarchy, the church, the class system?
Do the events fit with what is happening in the historical timeline and background to events e.g. war, peace, political turmoil, the economy, religion.
Readers will suspend disbelief up to a point (albeit different points for different readers), it is, after all, fiction but if it doesn’t ‘ring true’ you may lose your reader.
Did that park, that building, that street, that room actually exist at that time?
Would it have looked like that?
Would the flora and fauna have looked like that?
Would the clothing have been worn in that way?
Would the lighting, heating, glazing, transport means have looked like that?
There is a famous story told by Ian McEwan, who was assiduous in his medical research for the novel Saturday, who was berated by a reader because he had a driver easing his particular Mercedes 500 SEL into first gear, when, according to the complainant, this particular version only came in automatic, so the correct phrase would have been to put it into drive. Some people!
Is it likely that someone would behave like that at that time?
What cultural norms and standards of behaviour existed and are the characters conforming to them?
Does the way someone is behaving fit with what you have already described about their education, social class, sex, prejudices, opinions?
Is there continuity of character; is the character suddenly and inexplicably behaving in a way that the reader will struggle to accept?
Characters can be complex and may sometimes behave unusually, but I am told that one of the most common phrases amongst book club members is along the lines of ‘I didn’t think he/she would have done that and that spoiled the story for me.’ Beware!
Is this how people really spoke at that time?
Would they have used those words?
Are modern idioms creeping into your draft?
Is the way someone is speaking consistent with a character from the 19th century and from chapter to chapter?
As a rule, speakers in the 19th century did not preface their statements with ‘Do you know what’ and other ubiquitous, meaningless phrases but they are so wired in to modern expression that it can sometimes be hard to keep them out.
This is far from an exhaustive set of questions but asking these sorts of questions early in the research period and at the planning stage will save work later on when you are editing. It is very easy to become ‘snow blind’ during the editing phase and I find it much harder to catch glaring errors at a late stage than it is to filter them out at an early stage.
© Steven Neil
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Hello, friends and welcome back for another episode of WATCH NONNIE WRITE! Today, though, Nonnie’s writing is not what’s going to entertain you. Author, Forrest Stepnowski has dropped by to share an excerpt from his latest book…
I lie in solitude
Contemplating my want for love, to be touched
I always thought romance was a lost art form
I want someone to tell me they love me
I have learned that life is not promised
I have loved
I have lost
I have been hurt and deceived beyond my core
Am I pieces of a fragmented heart?
Am I a jigsaw puzzle that has many missing pieces?
I sit here now listening to music that is trapping my soul
Reminding me I am not a useless weed
I am more than a flower
I am a garden filled with vibrant colors
Greens, reds, violets, and yellows
I am worth love
I value kindness
I live for a peaceful world
My cravings you ask?
I desire the precious moments with my soulmate
I craved being held and reassured that I am safe in his arms
Emotionally, I want to make this fairytale thought a nonfiction adaptative screenplay
My cravings are romantic
My cravings are also sensual
I want to know what it is like to be touched and have that caress imprinted deep in my humanity
I want to wake up every morning knowing I am not shattered into pieces of a mirror
Nor the abstract image of a Picasso painting that doesn’t know who I am
I crave for human existence
Filled with compassion, passion, and romance
I crave human contact
Filled with warmth and security
I crave saying I do down an aisle with the love of my life
With a promise for a confident tomorrow
I crave honesty in his words and genuine care for others
With the contentment that my trust is sealed forever
Here’s the blurb…
Allow yourself to give in to your deepest fantasies, desires, and sensual dreams, BOUND is a collection of poetic works exploring the world of eroticism, romanticism, and fantasies of gay men of all ages. Walk through the mind inspired by fantasies, the hopes for romance, the desire to be swept off ones’ feet, and the longing to be touched through this anthology filled with lost romance and passionate memories. Escape into a world that allows you to be one with your desires, feel the heightened sensations and passion through random rendezvous and engagements.
About the author:
Forrest Robert Stepnowski is an advocate, a writer, a social worker, and a performance artist in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing poetic works and prose for most of his life. He realized how important is to share his work with others who have dealt with similar pathways of self-hate, self-deprecation, and self-loathing in the hopes they find they are not alone, as well as help them realize they are not deviants, nor are they against “human nature.” They are part of a collective of misfit toys on an island where being different is beautiful. We all have a voice, and the world should hear it. Forrest is a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club.
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