Archive for June, 2013

e-book vs Gma

This author has been a tree hugger long before the first Earth Day (1970, history nerds), therefore, I’d thought e-books were the answer to any environmental debate concerning paper and trees. Plus, I abhor clutter. An I-pad full of books saves trees, space, a lot of bookcases, boxes, and dusting. I don’t dust. E-books were going to save the world. They were the only way to tell a story.

Until Gma.

My mother-in-law, Gma, is the reigning character in her nursing home. Yesterday I presented her with a paperback version of my second romantic suspense, Swamp Secret

“Lord, would everyone look? My Eleanor published another book!”

The other residents cheered and clapped even though the majority had no idea whether she wanted medicine or a diaper change. She held Swamp Secret high over her head and grinned until her dentures danced. Her eyes were wide with pride and her wrinkles seemed to iron themselves down to a minimum.

When she turned to me the love I saw created an attitude. Paperbacks do have a place in our world as do the elderly. I love you too, Gma.

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Get Emotional

June is birthday month for me. It brings with it a plethora (one of my many favorite words) of emotions which range from fear of fleeting time and youthful appearances to smiles wistfully brought by memories. Emotions are necessary. Popes to politicians, educators to equestrians, and wedding planners to writers all need emotions or they dry up.

The Emotion Thesaurus, A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is like a glass of cold water, a roof from the storm, a seven course French dinner served after nine in a lovely garden…some of my many necessities. The table of contents, useful tips, even the recommended reading list bring forth an emotional response from my characters encompassing a few lessons learned. Each of the numerous emotions covered present the reader with amazing categories such as physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, and long term cues for the reader to dive into the world behind a character’s wizard-curtain.

Enough. I don’t want to get too emotional.

Happy Birthday to me.


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