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Month: January 2016
Narrator is the last to know . . . Prompt #224
This is Part Two of a three-part series of writing prompts inspired by Susan Bono’s Jumpstart Writing Workshop. Part One: Something Missing . . . Prompt #223 Susan talked about creating tension when the reader knows something that the narrator/character doesn’t know. Prompt: Create or recreate a scene where the narrator/character doesn’t know what’s going on.
Story of A Reluctant Memoirist
Guest Blogger Zoe FitzGerald Carter, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go (Simon & Schuster), writes about being a reluctant memoirist. I never intended to write a memoir. As a reader, I’ve always preferred fiction to non-fiction and my book, Imperfect Endings, which is about my mother’s decision to end her life after struggling with Parkinson’s for many years, started off as a novel. I wanted to write a fictionalized account of my experience growing up as the youngest of three girls and explore how it felt to have two powerful older sisters fighting over my soul. My idea was to create a crisis in my characters’ lives as adults and then show how the old alliances and animosities from their childhood were re-ignited by this “current” event. At the time, I was struggling to make sense of my mother’s suicide and I thought,…
Something missing . . . Prompt #223
I had the good fortune recently to “sit on the other side of the table.” I attended a Jumpstart Writing Workshop facilitated by Susan Bono. Susan talked about how there is tension between what the reader knows and what the narrator/character doesn’t know. Photo of Susan at Jumpstart Writing Workshop in Copperfield’s Bookstore, downtown Petaluma. Photo by Breana Marie. Susan read Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Something Missing.” I put on my socks, I remember I put on my shoes. I remember I put on my tie That was painted In beautiful purples and blues. I remember I put on my coat, To look perfectly grand at the dance, Yet I feel there is something I may have forgot—- What is it? What is it?. . . Do you know what the narrator forgot? If you don’t know, read the poem again. It rhymes with “dance.” . . . Pants! Susan…
Imperfect Endings by Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Sometimes you read a book and it turns out to be perfect timing. You might not know it when you start the book but then, as you read and your life unfolds, the unexpected becomes a gift. That’s what happened as I read Imperfect Endings by Zoe FitzGerald Carter. In Imperfect Endings, Zoe expertly tells the story about her mother’s decision to end her life and the difficult days that follow. Zoe deftly weaves the end-of-life narration with childhood experiences as she and her two sisters navigate this unexpected turn in their lives. Written with grace and honesty, Zoe captures recognizable emotions about how we get along, or don’t get along with our parents and our siblings. Her eloquent exploration of these primal feelings is like art in its simplicity and transparency. Zoe says to her sister, “I’m totally losing it, Han. I feel like I’m sleepwalking.” “You’re overloaded,” Hannah…
weirderary . . . encourages creativity
weirderary is an online literary magazine dedicated to high quality creative work. “We publish writing, comics, art, and hybrid pieces, favoring fresh and uncommon forms, subjects, and points of view. Over here, “weird” is a compliment, not a pejorative. weirderary comes out three times per year: March, June, and October 17th.” Accepting submissions now and up to March 1, 2016. The genius of weirderary: Jessica Thompson, TJ Murray, and Colleen Kolba. “Send us your weirdest stuff, whether in content or form. We want the unusual. We want to be surprised. We appreciate humor, but that doesn’t only mean light-hearted and goofy. Feel free to go dark. Get serious, just do it in a form or from a perspective we don’t see very often. Cross genre lines and experiment. Send us the work you don’t know how to define.” Submit by email: submit-at-weirderary.com. Put the category and title of what you’re submitting in the…
Happiness Recipe . . . Prompt # 222
What is your recipe for happiness? Oh, I know there is no “Happy Recipe.” But let’s say there is . . . what is the secret ingredient? What makes you, or your fictional character, happy? Interesting article on happiness (if you have vertigo, quickly scroll past the swirly circling thing). I love the quotes from Elvis and Jim Carry. Ted, Moreno’s Happiness and the Hypnosis of the Culture, Part I
What’s so great about being happy?
Today’s Guest Blogger, Ted A. Moreno, writes about how “happiness is our natural state of being.” What’s so great about happiness? Why are most of us always striving for happiness? Why is it so hard? Wikipedia defines happiness as: a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. What I think is interesting is that when we are happy, we don’t notice it as much as when we are unhappy. To me, this suggests that happiness is our natural state of being. We are very aware of when we are experiencing negative or unpleasant emotions or when we are not content. We try to do something about it. We seem to be more motivated to avoid unhappiness than to pursue happiness. I also think that for many, unhappiness can become a habit. What is your habit of being? Bob Dylan…
What I Learned . .. Prompt #221
So many possibilities for this prompt. You can write what you learned, what someone else learned, what your fictional character learned. Just write! Writing Prompt: What I Learned
Russian Bride by Alla Crone
Russian Bride: free at last by Alla Crone Review by Jeane Slone: What was it like to be a Russian bride married to a physician in the U.S. Army Air Corps and immigrating to the United States from Shanghai? Nina is thrown into a world of new customs and left to perform hostess duties to her husband’s colleagues. She is surrounded by a mother and mother-in-law, both of whom have caustic and critical personalities. Fortunately, Dick is a delightful and understanding husband. This novel is a mix of humor, joy and sadness. A fast read! Jeane Slone is a past vice-president and board member of the Redwood Branch of the California Writer’s Club, a member of the Healdsburg Literary Guild, the Military Writer’s Society of America, and the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Jeane emcees the Dining With Local Authors program and distributes local authors’ books throughout Sonoma County. She has…