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Sunday, May 22, 2022

A little light reading . . .

 cj Sez: Finished/submitted another short story to an anthology last week...a few hours before the deadline that had been extended for two additional weeks for malingerers like me. But I got it done. Now the waiting begins. 


  It was the second short story I submitted to the same anthology—fingers crossed that one of them makes it in. 

  I love that story coaster toon…a perfect description for the first draft of a manuscript, including any short story I’m trying to write. 

That’s when the magic of editing comes in.

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  A while back, my brother sent me the original of what follows. 

  When I got out of bed this morning, the muscles weren’t all that happy about it. Caused me to start thinking about old age and decided there’s a lovely sense of perspective that comes with it. For example:

  When people see my cat's litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?”  Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!" 

  Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency?  I think you should write, “An ambulance”.

  The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

  The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

  Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so s/he can tell when s/he's really in trouble.

  Did you ever notice: When you put the two words “The”' and “IRS” together, it spells “Theirs.”

  Especially lovely when thinking about aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

  Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me. I want people to know “why” I look this way. I've traveled a long way and a lot of the roads were not paved.

  You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

  Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

  And each day that I am lucky enough to grow older, I believe the following prayer will help keep the peace: 

  Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.  Amen.

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Just because it’s pretty:




A Blue-winged Warbler 

Photo by son Jeff. 



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BSP (Blatant Self Promotion)

So a year ago, this happened: “CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR PAPERBACK "DEATH ON THE YAMPA" IS AVAILABLE TO BUY ON AMAZON.”

  To celebrate the publication of the total book package, the eBooks of DEATH ON THE YAMPA and THE DAWGSTAR are now $2.99.

  Just in time for your summer reading pleasure . . . fast-paced, exciting thrillers with a smidgen of romance (ala Jane Bond).


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  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Prayers going up for your health and safety.

cj

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

My dreaded synopsis

 cj Sez: Because I’ve been toiling on the dreaded synopsis for an unnamed work-in-progress, I was looking for examples to send me in the right direction and found the following archived Lyrical Pens post from 2018. With a little editing to specific times, the post is perfect for today…pay special attention to the questions.

*Brimley Kitty

 What is a synopsis, you may ask. The successful publishing consultant Jane Friedman defines the synopsis this way:

“The synopsis conveys the narrative arc of your novel; it shows what happens and who changes, from beginning to end.” (“Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis” )

  Basically, the starting sentence of my synopsis is my elevator pitchthe twenty-five or so words I'll have time to say that might pique the interest of an agent in the few seconds we’re caught on an elevator together. 
  
  A synopsis should also reflect the same voice/tone as the manuscript. The document will be chronological in terms of where things happen in the manuscript and to whom. All the story threads will be neatly tied up, but it will include only major characters and major scenes. Beginning, middle, and end which means even if it’s a mystery, it will (must) reveal the ending. This is, after all, going to an agent or publisher.

  When I’m finished with the whole thing, I’ll ask another writer if s/he can make sense of what the story is about and if are there questions that need answering. Of course, that means I’ll need to get into edit cycle four, five, ad infinitum.

  I usually wait until the manuscript is complete to do a synopsis, but a friend of mine suggested doing a synopsis for each chapter as it’s completed. That does sound easier since everything is really fresh in my mind.
 
  The interesting thing for me about writing the synopsis is that it helps me identify the plot holes; hopefully, all of them.
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*I call the feral, ginger cat that dines on my patio “Brimley” because he has such big whiskers. . . and here he's trying to cool off by stretching out where the concrete is shadowed.

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Three questions: (Remember this is a repeat of a 2018 post)

  Ques 1: We’re slightly over a month out from the first day of summer so I’m asking…why are we already seeing hellacious heat and humidity on the Gulf Coast?


    Ans: Okay, I know the answer to that one. It’s because Mother Nature doesn’t pay attention to humankind’s calendar.

  Ques 2: Two weeks from now is Memorial Day weekend…anyone care to guess how high the national average for gas prices will be? They’re climbing fast.

    Ans: And your guess is:    

  Ques 3: When do you write your synopsis…when the manuscript is complete or when each chapter is complete?
 
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Just because it’s pretty:

Seize the Day



   Shrimp Boat 
       Harbor

   Bayou La Batre, 
         Alabama


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  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Prayers going up for your health and safety.

cj

P.S.  The Haunted Bookshop has signed paperback copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER my author-graphed books or any book of your choice on-line and support an indie bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us   
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