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Writer’s Mail for October 21st, 2014

He said it . . .
“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” – Gore Vidal, author (1925-2012)

Present: Jerry, Kashmira, Amit, Pat, Millie, Andy B, Bob, Judith and returning writer, Mike Rackey.

Amit and Kashmira read from Chapters 7 & 8. Jerry suggested to use the word, “carriage” subsequent to “victoria” which is a carriage. People liked the description of the gatekeeper as having “the coloring of dust”. Pat liked the dialogue between the servants. Andy said POV changes seem to “have a mind of its own”. There was a discussion on scent of humidity. Pat said that humidity holds scent, but does not have scent of its own. Kashmira said that Bombay is an ocean city and particularly in monsoon season holds many smells because of increased humidity.

On the subject of flashbacks, Jerry felt that large blocks of italics are hard on the eyes. He suggested that the flashbacks could be in regular print if labeled for time and place, followed by the flashback. Bob felt that large block of flashbacks tend to stop the action of the story. Pat liked the ending of Chap. 8 with the father dusting picture frames. Bob liked the beginning of Chap 7 with train ride. He wanted more description of feeling of the trip. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
February 10, 2010 by Pat E.

“The most dramatic writing comes from pressure, and there’s no better pressure than self-imposed discipline focused on time.” – Ken Atchity

Writing Friends…

At the Barnes and Noble
No one. Tuesday night Mother Nature and Old Man Winter both won out and 2nd Tuesday will all move their scheduled reviews to the 4th Tuesday.

Who’s up next . . .
February 16: Clayton Gill (chapter 10, Fishing Derby), Amber Boudreau (chapter 8, YA novel), Kim Simmons (chapters 5-6, James Hyde), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 32, Lawyer Lincoln), Cathy Riddle (???), and Jerry Peterson (???).
February 23: Terry Hoffman (chapter 1/scene 1, The Journal), Jack Freiburger (chapter, Path To Bray’s Head), Anne Allen (???), Annie Potter (???), Holly Bonnickson-Jones (???), and Carol Hornung (scene, Asperger Sunset).
March 2: Kim Simmons (chapters 7-8, James Hyde), Amber Boudreau (chapter 9, YA novel), Clayton Gill (chapter 11, Fishing Derby), and John Schneller (???).
Fifth Tuesday
Be sure and get your submission done for the Fifth Tuesday gathering at Booked for Murder, http://www.bookedformurder.com/. This event’s subject is “A Night at the Bookstore.”

Tales to Take Your Breath Away
Alicia found a UK company has developed an innovative way to publish writing classics: The flip top cigarette box. According to Tank Books, “The flip-top cigarette pack is one of the most successful pieces of packaging design in history. TankBooks pay homage to this iconic form by employing it in the service of great literature…” It’s definitely a new way to look at the smoke break. You can see more and even purchase at http://www.tankmagazine.com/tankbooks/tankbooks02.html
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