Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Writing ABC - D Is For Dialogue #MFRWauthor #dialogue #writer's tip

I debated over two Ds I feel are important but decided on Dialogue for the D factor. Without dialogue the story becomes more tell than show and can be boring and a drag. Dialogue means people interacting and can be the point in a story that sets much. Dialogue allows the writer to depict the characters, to provide information and to advance the plot. Good dialogue does one or more of these actions.

Dialogue can also be boring. Allowing the characters to go off on long rambling passages can send the reader to sleep. Sometimes the character will ask a question and the person answering  wanders around until one can't find the answer.

In real life people use those sounds that aren't dialogue. Uh is a popular one. Doing this in a story wastes words, Sometimes when I'm roughing a story all the characters sound alike. This is probably my voice creeping in. When rewriting and revising I need to look at each character and think of a number of things. Station in life, education, career choice. All of these things define a character and should be seen in their dialogue.

There is inner and outer dialogue. Inner dialogue is thought and here the writer can play. Phrases that may lead into byways are allowed. Thinking one thing and saying another aloud is also possible. I've had fun with this in several stories but the most fun in Pursuing Doctor West.

Outer dialogue is what's said aloud. Just make sure the dialogue has some kind of meaning. To make sure my dialogue I often read the dialogue aloud taking on the voices of the characters and leaving out anything that isn't spoken. Rather like reading the lines of a play. Often things jump out and say this is not the character's voice but the writer's voice. The dialogue needs to become the character's.

So this is my D. What's yours. I'm sure there are a dozen or more things you can come up with.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday's Inspiration - Exercise #MFRWauthor #inspired #exercise

Three weeks ago, I began an exercise regime. Before that I started walking and found that boring, boring. Then the heat wave came and walking was only for fools. So I started doing some exercises. I'm gradually adding to the reps and so far of the three exercises I'm up to 3 reps of ten for each. I do look at the exercise bike and will add that to my groups of exercises.

Doing these exercises gives me an energy boost. Not sure it adds to my writing productivity but the added energy allows for longer periods of alertness. When you write, youhave to be alert and carry so many plots and sub plots in your head so you don't mess up the current work in progress.

Maybe I'll lose a bit or weight or some inches or fractions but that's not the reason to exercise. Just another way to keep the mind perking along.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #poetry #amwriting

 Meander 1 - Poem - Return to Gaisho

Japanese restaurant
Last year
I went there - a birthday treat.Thatched ancient farm house
Bad trip - embarrassed by
Companion who drank too much.
I sat and wished I was being cooked
On the center griddle table.
Sometimes a bad trip repeated
Becomes a time of joy.
One different companion this year
This time - three that I love.
A quiet time - no drunken noise
Just love and sweet plum wine.

Meander 2 - Robo Calls and Spam - I've decided the numerous robocalls received every day are the spam of the telephone. I find a lot of spam that I don't have to read on line. This morning the robocall was funny. I lifted the phone and their tape was stuck. The canned voice kept saying hello, hello, hello. Probably the best one I received. Most of these calls sound like they're made by people in foreign lands. They probably are but I spend a lot of time hanging up. As to the spam some of them are also amusing like the ones for dating services. No thanks I'm married have been for more than fifty years. Also the ones for teeth implants amust me. I have dentures. So they go. At least they're easily deleted.

Meander 3 - Have started the third draft of The Cancer Capricorn Connection and this is going well. The last four chapters will need the most work since the book went off track at one point but I halled those characters back to reality. Still typing and revising an old book now called Past Betrayals, Past Loves. The book is good but long. A reincarnation book.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday - Looking At My Series #MFRWauthor #writing # book series

I'm starting a new Sunday feature. Today there won't be a book featured but in the future there will be. I've always been hooked on reading series but in my own writing I've found most of my series stop with six. Some times more as in the Moon Child series but that's a work in progress. Series come in several fashions. One is where the same characters appear in each book of the series with major roles. Two of my series fit this category. The Affinities Series, the Jewels of Erda series and the Alternate Egypt series..

Then there are the series where a town or something else if the focus of the series. The characters may or may not be present in the series. Here comes Moon Child series, Opposites in Love series, the Mrs. Miller Series, the Island of Fyre series and At First Sight series.

I also have series that aren't series - one is my nurse doctor or medical romance books that have medicine as a common base. These are stand alone books but they have the hospital and medicine as a uniting factor.

Then there are the series begun and not abandoned exactly but put on the back burner until a story comes to mind.

So these will be some of the books featured each Sunday and some of them will have new books or even new homes to be featured. I'm in the process of adding another book to one of the series and perhaps two more to complete the cycle.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by Kimbra Kasch #MFRWauthor

MORGAINE LE FAY AND THE VIKING is a tale of extraordinary lives and epic adventures. This tale weaves the legends of Holger Danske and Morgaine Le Fay together.
Theirs was a romance that threatened two kingdoms.
An attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin:
Everyone has heard of King Arthur and his magical sword, Excalibur, but there’s another legendary hero who received a magical sword from the Norse Goddess known as The Lady of the Lake. Meet Holger Danske and his sword “Cortana”.

The Vikings, led by Holger Danske, invaded England. Yet somehow, even as enemies, Holger and King Arthur’s half-sister, Morgaine Le Fay, shared a forbidden love.

Travel across oceans, continents and countries to discover the story of legendary Viking hero, Holger Danske, and his magical romance with King Arthur’s half-sister in Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking
This is the story of two warriors who never thought they’d find love, especially on the battlefield, yet standing poised against each other Morgaine and Holger face an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.

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Drake and Bartos come to the Pacific Northwest, where they open yet another tattoo shop but Bartos has no trouble dealing with the competition because there’s nothing normal about his art. And he’s stealing more than clients from the local skin artists. He's stealing their souls. Customers fall in love with Bartos Slinderman’s tats but end up paying the ultimate price for their purchase because unlike Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, they can’t walk away from this art and it’s beautiful until it comes crawling out of their flesh to devour the nearest thing...
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Savannah meets Kyle and quickly starts to fall for him. And why wouldn't she? He's per-fect, as far as she knows. But when she starts finding dead animals in her yard and hears something scratching at her window, after the sun goes down, she starts to worry. Maybe Kyle isn't everything she thought he was - maybe he's something more.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday's Interview featuring Kimbra Kasch #MFRWauthor

1. How do you create your characters? Do you have a specific process?       
I’ve always loved creating characters, whether it’s acting, wearing a mask or writing stories.
When I was in high school, I used to be in all the plays, when I got older, my husband and I did dinner theater. I always wrote stories, or when my kids were little, I told them bedtime stories I made up, using their names as the characters. They loved to hear me tell tales especially when they were the characters.
And, now, I still dress up on Halloween.

2. Do your characters come before the plot? Do you sketch out your plot or do you let the characters develop the route to the end?
My characters are always talking to me, in my head…so they exist before the plot…usually. Sometimes I dream a dream about a story and I can’t forget it until I write it down. So, I guess, it goes both ways for me.
I never plot out my stories…I let my characters direct their journey ;D

3. Do you know how the story will end before you begin? In a general way or a specific one?
In general, I always know how the story will end. It’s like watching a movie inside my mind…I usually know how things will turn out.

4. Do you choose settings you know or do you have books of settings and plans of houses sitting around?
I write about places I know, settings I’ve visited that have captured my heart and soul.
It’s easier for me to describe places I’ve been that I can’t forget.

5. Where do you do your research? On line or from books?
Research is like getting on Pinterest…three hours later I forget what I originally was looking for. I can use the library, on-line websites and a lot of times I actually visit the locations to get a firsthand impression.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday's Opening Scene - The Amber Chronicles #MFRWauthor #Fantasy #romance

Amber Chronicles

The Amber Orb

Strains of music wafted from the ball room of the Amber Palace into the garden. Emme tapped her foot against the flagstone walk in an angry counterpoint to the dulcet tones. With each passing moment, the realization of another failure strengthened. Four times a prince had appeared at the palace seeking her hand in marriage. Four times the prince had chosen one of her younger sisters. Tonight the last prince would name her youngest as his chosen bride.
With great effort Emme capped her anger. Lysanda would pay just as her other sisters had. As the oldest, she should have been the first to find a bridegroom. Envy twisted with jealousy to form a rope binding her thoughts. This prince should be here for he was the last of the eligible ones in this world called Amber suited for training as a wizard and destined to sit on the amber throne beside Emme’s.
The scent of roses, jasmine and bluet filled the air with their sweet breath. The heavy aroma pressed against her forcing Emme to gasp.
She heard light tapping of slippers on the stones and knew Lysanda approached. Her sister expected to find Prince, what was his name, waiting to declare his love. Then amber lights would radiate across the night sky announcing Emme had failed again. That would not happen.
Lysanda came into view. Her hair, a few shades darker than Emme’s pure amber tones, hung in ringlets down her back. “Where is Rendel?” she asked.
“Looking for you,” Emme said. “I sent him to the Tower of Sighs.”
Emme stepped toward her sister. She smiled at the alarm in Lysanda’s pale blue eyes. Only Emme’s matched the blue of a summer sky. “You stole him. He was to be my prince.”
Lysanda asked. “He fell in love with me. His heart once given can never change.” She stepped closer. “Don’t think to take him from me. That is impossible.”
Emme fisted her hand on her hips. “I have no desire for a man who chose another over me. I’m sure he believes he will be able to rule you for your power is small and you can never sit on the amber throne. You have taken my last chance for love and rulership. I will take what he feels is important from you.”
Lysanda tore her gaze from Emme’s face. “What do you mean?”
“Face me, sister. Power against power or are you afraid?”
“I fear no one. I am a witch with power equal to yours.”
Emme heard a slight tremor in her sister’s voice. Knowledge filled her. She would drain Lysanda and leave her weak. Three times before she had faced a sister and won. She would win this time as well.
She drew the wind to eddy around Lysanda in wispy bands to speed and tightened them. One by one Lysanda broke the restraints. With each snap, Emme absorbed the power of the breaking.
Emme set the torches of the garden blazing. Tendrils of fire flowed toward her sister.
Lysanda gathered the flames and sent burning orbs toward Emme. “You will not win.”
Emme pulled water from the fountain. Fire and water met turning to steam shrouding the air with sizzling vapor. With slow steps Emme moved through the mist. The earth shook beneath her feet. Lysanda’s body wove in an attempt to remain standing.
Emme grasped her sister’s wrist. “Cede to me.” She drained the essence of magic from her sister’s cells.
“A curse I cry.” Lysanda’s shrill voice pierced Emme’s concentration. “Long will you search. Until you can give with forcing and demanding you will be alone.”
Those words forced Emme to release her sister. Lysanda slumped to the ground. Four times one of her sisters had shouted the same curse. Four times a sister had survived. She raised her hand and released all she’d taken from Lysanda. Brilliant flashes of light colored the night sky with all the colors possible except for amber.
She heard the sound of pounding boots. The prince stepped into view. “What have you done?”
“What I had to. Lysanda remains a witch and in a hundred years or so she will recover. You will never become a wizard. You will never rule the world called Amber.
The prince drew his sword and stalked toward her. “Why have you done this to my beloved?”
“You chose the wrong sister as those before you have done. Take her. Announce your betrothal. You can’t defeat me. You are the last to try.”
The sword slipped from his hands. Lysanda stirred. He lifted her into his arms. “My love.” He glared at Emme. “You will never find love until you love another more than you love yourself.”
Emme turned and strode from the garden. Why didn’t triumph fill her? Her life had been destroyed. There would be no chance to take her rightful place. She hurried to her tower. Why did the shimmer amber walls seem cloaked with gray? Instead of going to her room at the tower’s peak where the city spread before her, she fled to the dark basement and sat in a shadowed corner.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Writing ABC - C is for Characters #MFRWauthor #writing

Today's letter is C and though there are other things that could be involved the obvious is C Is For Characters.

Without characters there would be no story. There are kinds of writing that don't have characters but for fiction, a Character is a must.  Actually there should be a number of characters in each story. Though I once read a story told all from the viewpoint of a man who had suffered a stroke and the story involved, not really his memories but a bunch of people who were things like the doctor, the nurse, the wife, the children. None of these had much to do with the story other than the main one's meanderings through not really being conscious and not being able to talk. This was an interesting but but I'm not sure it was a story.

Back to characters. Every good story needs a strong hero, heroine or villain. Sometimes all three. Some times the character is his own worst enemy. When developing the primary characters, the writer needs to pit strength against strength. To have one of the characters as being weak doesn't draw the reader in.

Also the character or characters need to have traits that make them unique. They need problems that will appeal to the reader and they need goals to strive to achieve that are within reach. Making the goal an impossible one for the character isn't a story people would like to read.

There are many other things about character development I've addressed before. What's your take on character. Do you have another idea what C is for...?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday's Inspiration - My Books On Sale #MFRWauthor #medical suspense #fantasy #Historical #hospital politics medical romance

This week I'm being inspired by the number of my books on sale for a limited time. I would be more inspired if the readers would leave me a slew of reviews.

First there is  Searches - A fantasy for all ages and is the third book of Affinities.

Then there is the free book Heart Throb where age is an issue for the heroine and not so much for the hero.

Gemstones is the only Regency romance I've ever done and is on sale for a limited time.

Choices also on sale for a limited time involves hospital politics

Code Blue has my favorite villain causing havoc in the hospital and is on sale for a limited time.

Finally Healwoman - a convoluted fantasy that involves three dying women and how they find themselves in another world where they must combat evil.

How about you? When your books are on sale do you scurry to finish your current work?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #Poem #amwriting

Meander 1 - Poem - Cloud Picnic

We ate above the world.
We three.
You bored.
She lonely.
And I looking for seclusion from the problems of my friends.
A misting rain began to fall
Before we reached out site.
And as we sat the cloudsSurrounded the car and us.
The world outside vanished.
We became part of the cloud.
The station windows open.
The clouds accepted our invitation.
They drifted in to touch us with crisp kisses
Of cool and stinging drops of water,
They misted on my body
And brought forgetfulness.
Light and lilting kisses
Caresses, cool and crisp.

Meander 2 - Memories - sometimes the poems I wrote in the past evoke memories from years ago. Memories of two close friends who have vanished in the mist. Memories of other times when I seemed to be a different person. But memories are often forgotten as one moves on with the life they've chosen to live.

Meander 3 -  Writing - Am nearing the end of the plot draft of the Cancer Capricorn Connection and will soon be ready to move into the Setting Draft. Hopefully that will end the need for complete re-writes of the story and for the Character and Revision drafts all I'll have to do is scribble all over the printed pages. and key the corrections in. Though I feel the last three chapters will need a third re-write. Not feeling yet that I must finish this book at once so that is good. It's been a long time since I've had a new book on the shelves.