cj Sez: Fall—my favorite season—when cooler, shorter days inspire
flowers and trees to outdo themselves in a kaleidoscope of color.
My photographer son took his camera gear in search of fall
color this week. The picture of aspens above is one he took in Colorado a few years ago.
He used a computer technique on the photo to create the look of watercolor art.
On the home front,
Mobile doesn’t have a lot of leaf-peeper red, orange, and gold on deciduous
trees—but I have my camellias in many colors. I especially love the fuchsia blooms
in front of the house.
What fall doesn’t
do, though, is inspire me to sit my butt in a chair behind a computer and write
when I could be outside. What’s your favorite season where you live?
I’ve been re-reading some of my old “how-to” files and came
across this reminder as I edit my current WIP:
Writing miscues that can cause an agent to stop reading your
* The story’s opening paragraphs fail to establish where the
story is taking place, the time, and the setting.
* The beginning is too slow. Too many details, too much description,
too much backstory, or too many characters. The opening paragraphs lack action
or a hook to entice the readers to continue to read.
* The writer didn’t establish a clear point of view.
* Mechanical errors can earn a speedy rejection. Mechanical
errors are the typos, punctuation errors (a lot of them involving dialogue),
and unclear syntax that can destroy a good story.
What agents or publishers see in the first few paragraphs of
a manuscript is what they expect to see throughout each chapter and scene, and they
have to reason to continue to read.
The book signing event at The Haunted Bookshop for HALLOWEEN PIECES was a good time.
distancing, candy, wine, and authors signing books at the entrance to The
Haunted Bookshop in downtown Mobile on ArtWalk night. What a treat it was to
interact with real people, mask-to-mask. The bookshop had a live video feed to Facebook. And surprise, surprise: It was chilly
enough to wear a coat.
The anthology is available on Amazon (free on Kindle
Unlimited), and signed copies are available from The Haunted Bookshop (see
where to order below).
Coming soon . . .
My short story, “The
Substitute,” in Bienvenue Press’s annual charity anthology, HOMEROOM HEROES.
“The Substitute” is
about an FBI agent working undercover as a substitute adapted physical
education teacher for physically and mentally challenged students while he
investigates Federal fraud and tax evasion. He is, at the same time, making a
move on the beautiful, first-grade teacher assigned to help him with his
students. (p.s. My daughter-in-law is an
adapted PE teacher and my inspiration for the story.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE
That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep
on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
P.S. TO ORDER my
autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from my favorite indie
bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us
The store has re-opened to limited hours, so you can stop
and shop, too.