A Raisin Chronicles First: NaNoWriMo Pool

Posted Nov 9 2009 in

The working title of my work-in-progress is At the Seams. It is about a middle-aged woman whose life is coming apart at the aforementioned seams. Here’s the first paragraph: Looking back, I place the blame for the whole debacle squarely where it belongs: on the AARP. If they weren’t so stinking efficient, delivering their welcome […]

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Fiction Friday: NaNoWriMo Angst

Posted Nov 6 2009 in

In an impetuous moment, much like the ones that resulted in my first two marriages, I decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month. For those of you who don’t know what that is, and are curious/interested, check it out here. Briefly, you sign up to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. […]

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Fiction Friday: Results and a Prompt

Posted Oct 30 2009 in

This is my own entry in last week’s challenge: I can’t rightly say, not being from around here and all, but if I was to say, I’d say just head on up the road till you come to that stoplight up yonder, then head east, crost the road. It’s right next to one of them […]

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Fiction Friday: Point/Counterpoint

Posted Oct 23 2009 in

Last week on Fiction Friday, I proposed a simile: Happiness slid from her face like a fried egg from a Teflon skillet. I went on to assert: …the narrator has to be a housewife or a chef, because if, for example, a cop, or a dentist, or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company says […]

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Fiction Friday: Similes, Metaphors and Personification

Posted Oct 16 2009 in

This week in the fiction class that I’m taking, we talked about three rhetorical devices: similies, metaphors and personification. If you’re not sure what they are, follow the links for definitions. Then we did a writing exercise. For each of the three devices, we selected one of the cliches below and rewrote it. Our instruction […]

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Fiction Friday: 3 winners and a new prompt

Posted Oct 9 2009 in

Had a particularly good week with my novel. Yesterday I wrote this scene: When I arrived at Kim’s, I could hear the rumble of the foot-bath through the apartment door. I knocked once and then let myself in. The scent of nail polish remover greeted me. Since Kim started working at the hospital, we’ve gotten […]

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Fiction Friday: Please Say “Hi” to Dee!

Posted Oct 2 2009 in

The first time I attended the Central Ohio Fiction Writers’ Conference, I met Dee Garretson, a woman a little younger than myself who was working, as I was, on a historical romance. We emailed a few times after the conference, but I suck at keeping up contacts and we lost touch. Three years later, I […]

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Fiction Friday: Character Studies

Posted Sep 18 2009 in

This Week’s Winners Chris@Maugeritaville Bob Hannah was the kind of guy who hated palindromes, hated them backward and forward. I just love this one – it’s perfectly in line with my sense of humor. He was that special kind of douchebag, the kind who would take his mother to dinner for her birthday and then […]

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Fiction Friday: Creating Memorable Characters

Posted Sep 11 2009 in

Labor Day has come and gone, so it’s time to resume our weekly writing exercises. Since we’ve been off for a while, I thought we could limber up our writing muscles by working on character description. New Rules Going forward, I’m not going to choose a winner; instead, I will select up to 5 responses […]

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Fiction Friday: Building a Plot

Posted Aug 14 2009 in

Okay, I think I’ve incorporated everyone’s suggestions (and then some)! Nicole Benson wants to appear onstage in a Broadway musical because it’s what she’s wanted since she and her identical twin sister took turns playing Annie at the local dinner theater when they were 7 years old AND she’s bored to tears with her job […]

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