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Tuesdays With Story
WRITER’S MAIL for October 18, 2012

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ― Agatha Christie

First-and-third assembled again at Ye Olde B&N Book Shoppe . . .
(courtesy Jerry Peterson)

Seven regulars and guest Susanne Fortunato gathered around the tables up in the bargain books section of B&N Westside, Tuesday evening, to consider the offerings of four writers:

– Lisa McDougal, chapter 7 of Follow the Yellow . . . A lot of discussion for guest Susanne’s benefit of the characters Ben and Krista and why their relationship is as it is. Jen Wilcher said Ben has to react when Harold first orders him to step out onto the porch for a talk. Harold is gruff and that’s not his nature. Jerry Peterson suggested Krista has to react when Ben gets into a heated phone conversation with his buddy and the foul language flies. Pat Edwards said nothing really happens between Ben and Krista in this chapter. “Everything is nice,” she said. “There has to be conflict of some kind to keep readers reading.”

– Millie Mader, poem “Our Sighting of the Highwayman” . . . This started as a narrative for the Fifth Tuesday writing challenge. Several asked Millie to rewrite the narrative as a story poem to better tie together the front piece and end piece excepts from the epic poem “The Highwayman”. After Millie read it, Pat suggested Millie’s section needed something to establish that her part of the story poem takes place today – Millie’s group is getting out of a car, for example – to contrast it with the epic poem which takes place several hundred years ago in England. Rebecca offered compliments for the meter and rhyme that Millie maintained in her portion of the poem.

– Pat Edwards, book of the soul . . . Pat writes of her exploration of the concept of the soul as she tries to understand her inner anger that on occasion boils to the surface. “I don’t like the you I’m reading about in these pages,” Rebecca said. “I have to like you if I’m to care for you.” It was a jarring read, but Pat’s judicious use of quotes from philosophers and others provided insights at moments in which they were needed. “You don’t know how I saved these quotes up for precisely this book,” Pat said. (more…)

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Tuesdays with Story
2-23-2012

Quote of the Week
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” – Dr. Seuss

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest Update
It turns out that Tuesdays With Story can brag of not one, but TWO second round finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest! Greg Spry’s novel Beyond Cloud Nine has been selected (along with Asperger Sunset by Carol Hornung, mentioned last week). Round three finalists (best 250 out of 1000) will be announced at the end of March!

March 2, 2012 – the 108th Anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss
My personal favorite Dr. Seuss book was “The Lorax” (and I really hope they didn’t screw up the movie). “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees./I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Even at a young age I marveled at the need of creatures to have an advocate, and, quite frankly, the Lorax has a bit of a downer ending – everything is gone, ruined, including the Lorax, except there’s just one spark of hope – one last truffula seed. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot/nothing is going to get better./It’s not.” He told the truth to children. I appreciated that.
Here’s what the Amazon Author page has to say about Dr. Seuss:
“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.”
Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read. (more…)

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