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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Tidbits for writers and readers

 cj Sez:  Here’s a tip for authors from my fellow Mobile Writers Guild member Joyce Sterling Scarbrough:  “Chicken Soup for the Soul has a number of submission calls out right now, including one for kids and teens dealing with the challenges of this pandemic.”

Changing Your World One Story at a Time®

   “If you or a young writer you know has a story or poem you'd like published, please submit!”  

And cj's tip for readers…these are great books for your to-be-read stack.

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Rooting for you… This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard. — Neil Gaiman

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   Nearing the home stretch and worried you aren’t going to succeed? Here are some words from Kurt Vonnegut:

   “When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.

  And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”

   And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”

   And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”

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   John Floyd is a prolific author (he’s written 32 stories in 2020), and his short mysteries are favorites of mine. In a recent Sleuth Sayers column, he recounts how he reworks old, unsubmitted stories he’s had stashed away for years and then submits them…some moved on to become award winners. Maybe there are points you would find worthwhile…I sure did: https://www.sleuthsayers.org/2020/11/the-same-old-story.html?fbclid=IwAR05pLxJJr9NcZGJ1E4LtmsAc7WUbYRHLjUfSrMxkikY1mBmwGyGoTSFP_0

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   HOMETOWN HEROES eBook is on sale now. This anthology brings you five Christmas romances that celebrate everyday heroes.

   From paranormal to contemporary to historical, there's something in this anthology to fill everyone with the spirit of the season.  

   On Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ncvCS5

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   99 CENTS !! PREORDER PRICE for Bienvenue Press’s upcoming charity anthology HOMEROOM HEROES. Look for it on Amazon Saturday, December 5. The final cover reveal coming soon.

   In “The Substitute,” my short story in the anthology, an FBI agent’s undercover assignment as a substitute teacher gets complicated when he falls in love with a first-grade grade teacher. Here are the opening lines:

     “Will Miss Melanie Andrews please report to the office,” the voice blared over the school’s intercom system.              
    Mel stopped setting out the materials she was readying for her first-grade students and stared at the speaker mounted in the corner of her classroom. She frowned, hurriedly dropped the last few crayons on the work tables lining the walls, and sealed the hazmat bag where she’d put the paper towels she used to sanitize the desks.
    “What now? I haven't had time to do anything wrong yet.”
    Being called to the principal’s office wasn’t how Mel wanted to begin her first day back in the classroom after summer break.
    How embarrassing, she thought. Everyone in the school heard that and will be wondering what I’ve done this time.

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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. 

cj

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Scene-by-scene...what is drama?

 
cj Sez: Sending my congratulations and best wishes for success to all the writers who accepted the NaNoWriMo challenge. (See more at their websote here: NaNoWriMo)
 
 
   I’m currently working on a novel that now has 40K words….after years (true) of pecking away at it. Obviously, I am not a candidate for the challenge, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that all you writing warriors will carry through to the finish!
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. — Jack London
 
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cj Sez: I’ve gone into my archives for the following  post because I think it’s worth repeating for all the new writers entering this publishing world. It may also be helpful for the NaNoWriMo writers when they begin their editing process on December 1.
 
   Having worked as a journalist for a few years, I tend to write my first drafts sparsely
without much narrative. To justify my methodology, I point to Kurt Vonnegut’s eight rules. In this case, specifically No. 4: “Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.” I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, rules are made to be broken. However, some are best kept for a while, especially by yet-to-be-bestselling authors, like me.
 
   I also think that I tend to write like a screenwriter (one of the best classes I ever took). I visualize the scene and write to that. By necessity, writers of TV series must think in terms of every scene and every line, because for each hour-long show, they have forty to forty-five minutes to tell the story, beginning to end. (cj Sez: I just checked: the average is forty-two minutes.)
 
   Years ago David Mamet, executive producer of the old action/drama TV series, “The Unit,” had some serious instructions for the show’s writers and sent them a memo that virtually shouted.  (He wrote it in all capital letters, and he had an "inviolable rule.") He directed his writers to concentrate on writing drama if they expected to keep their audience entertained…because if they lost their audience, they’d be out of work. It must’ve worked because the show ran for four seasons. Following are excerpts from that memorable memo:   
 
   "QUESTION: WHAT IS DRAMA? DRAMA, AGAIN, IS THE QUEST OF THE HERO TO OVERCOME THOSE THINGS WHICH PREVENT HIM FROM ACHIEVING A SPECIFIC, ACUTE GOAL.

   SO: WE, THE WRITERS, MUST ASK OURSELVES OF EVERY SCENE THESE THREE QUESTIONS.

1) WHO WANTS WHAT?
2) WHAT HAPPENS IF HER DON’T GET IT?
3) WHY NOW?

   THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS ARE LITMUS PAPER. APPLY THEM, AND THEIR ANSWER WILL TELL YOU IF THE SCENE IS DRAMATIC OR NOT.

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   START, EVERY TIME, WITH THIS INVIOLABLE RULE: THE SCENE MUST BE DRAMATIC. IT MUST START BECAUSE THE HERO HAS A PROBLEM, AND IT MUST CULMINATE WITH THE HERO FINDING HIM OR HERSELF EITHER THWARTED OR EDUCATED THAT ANOTHER WAY EXISTS. (cj: I think of his inviolable rule as the writer’s hooks at the beginning and ending of scenes and chapters.)
   
   LOOK AT YOUR LOG LINES. ANY LOGLINE READING “BOB AND SUE DISCUSS…” IS NOT DESCRIBING A DRAMATIC SCENE." (cj: They write loglines for every scene.)
 
cj Note:
A logline is a 25-word synopsis of your book.
A tagline is a catchy “movie poster” phrase.
 
Examples for Jaws –
Logline – After a series of grisly shark attacks, a sheriff struggles to protect his small beach community against the bloodthirsty monster, in spite of the greedy chamber of commerce. (from J. Gideon Sarentinos  http://bit.ly/1D90FmH  (25 words not counting "a" or "the".)
 
Tagline – Don’t go in the water.
 
You can read David Mamet’s entire memo at: 
http://movieline.com/2010/03/23/david-mamets-memo-to-the-writers-of-the-unit/
 
   Okay, let me know if what you think. Agree?  Disagree? Helpful with what you’re working on?
 
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   Tis ALMOST the season, but spreading cheer is always a good thing—especially when it’s a two-fer, and you’re actually helping out a charity, too.
The first two Bienvenue Press Christmas charity anthologies are on sale digitally for the entire month of November. Take advantage of the sale prices to stock your E-reader for December and beyond.
   HOMETOWN HEROES benefits the Cajun Navy Relief & Rescue
   FINALLY HOME helps regional animal rescue programs
 
Both are available on Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited)

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  Halloween might be over, but the short pieces (stories, poems, even a play) in HALLOWEEN PIECES are timeless. Add this anthology to your Christmas gift-giving list. 

   (P.S. Several of the authors have signed a limited supply of copies available from The Haunted Bookshop (see where to order below).

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  Thank you for visiting Lyrical Pens. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj 

P.S.  TO ORDER my autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from one of my favorite indie bookstores, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us 
The store has re-opened to limited hours, so if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Eleventh Hour, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Month

cj Sez:  On Wednesday this week, the U.S. respectfully observes Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor all the veterans whose heroism made and keep this country free.

   “When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the '11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month' in 1918.

   “Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year—November 11—regardless of on which day of the week it falls.”  (Source: https://www.military.com/veterans-day )

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NaNoWriMo  

   If you’re taking part in the challenge, GOPHERIT!

   "Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess." — Esther Freud

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I won a prize!

   Surprise, surprise, and thank you, thank you! I liked and shared the Facebook post of the Mobile Bookseller, Independent Bookstore, and my name was entered into a drawing to win a prize

   “Congratulations cj petterson!  You are the winner of the Paranormal Romance starter set giveaway!

   “Thank you for all of your shares, everyone!! And don't worry, there will be another giveaway before 2020 finally ends. Maybe a little somethin' somethin' for Christmas? Be on the lookout!

Facebook Link:   Mobile Bookseller

   “We sell or trade previously Loved books! Most of our books are priced around $3.50! If we don't have it, we can order it! We also have a nice collection of NEW Local Author books, and most of them are signed!”

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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.

cj

P.S.: 

   Anthologies make great gifts...timeless short stories from different authors for hours of entertainment.

Great news...These digital two-fers from Bienvenue Press are on sale during the month of November—Buy an anthology, support a charity: HOMETOWN HEROES benefits the Cajun Navy (that marvelous group of volunteers helping neighbors after storm floods) and FINALLY HOME benefits various animal rescue groups. 

   Be sure to watch for their soon-to-be-released next Christmas charity anthology: HOMEROOM HEROES to benefits the Acadiana Writing Project.

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Buy Now 

HALLOWEEN PIECES

   The latest anthology from the Mobile Writers Guild has 18 pieces in it.

   Available on Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited)—and several of the authors have signed a limited supply of copies available from The Haunted Bookshop (see where to order below).

   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

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Do you think one extra hour of sleep is enough to get writers ready for 30 days of B-I-C?

cj Sez:  "National Novel Writing Month" is an organization that helps writers write, though the group is probably best known for their November NAtionalNOvelWRItingMOnth challenge that starts today…


   NaNoWriMo is a time when thousands of people commit to sitting their butts in chairs (B-I-C) and writing 50,000 words in one month. Since November has thirty days, that comes out to 1666.66 words a day (plus .2), but who’s counting. This year Sisters in Crime, an organization I am a member of, is a proud sponsor of NaNoWriMo. 

cj Sez: If you’re thinking about accepting the challenge, go to the NaNoWriMo website for more information and be sure to connect with like-minded writers who will encourage you along when the going gets tough.

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   Daylight Saving Time ended at 2:00 A.M. this morning. Hopefully, on Saturday evening, your clocks fell back one hour and you got your extra hour of sleep.


Personally I wanted to turn my clocks forward to a better year…whatever it is.

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Why Did DST Start? 

   “Blame Ben? Benjamin Franklin’s “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, is the earliest known proposal to ‘save’ daylight. It was whimsical in tone, advocating laws to compel citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight:

   ‘Every morning, as soon as the Sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually… . Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable that he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening.’” 

   The Almanac reported that the first true proponent of Daylight Saving Time was an Englishman named William Willett who revived the idea in 1907 and actively lobbied for it.

   Despite Mr. Willet’s push, it was the Germans who were first to officially adopt the concept in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I.

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   From the pen of a Facebook friend/author comes my inspiration and aspiration: “47,520 copies sold through the years. I’m right proud of that.” (And well she should be!)

Advice from Bookish Buzz on Facebook:

  “Don’t be afraid to stop reading books that aren’t working for you. Reading time is precious, and you should use it to read books you love—not books you think you *should* finish.”

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   There are eighteen pieces for your reading pleasure in the Mobile Writers Guild latest anthology, HALLOWEEN PIECES, ranging from ghost and paranormal stories to poems and even a play. The Halloween theme is not the end-all-be-all—the selections offer year-round enjoyment. The anthology gives readers hours of variety entertainment for one low price! (A great gift for the holidays.)

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   The Mobile Public Library  YouTube channel has videos of some of the authors reading excerpts from their submissions. Find the Mobile Writers Guild Anthology play list here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd7Q8MrJ_U8&list=PLBvSFfmvnJuBHiGkQqy_M9kSDepqoqKMl

   A review that came in to my Facebook page: “It was very enjoyable.....all of the stories were.” 

   HALLOWEEN PIECES is available on Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited)—and several of the authors have signed a limited supply of copies available from The Haunted Bookshop (see where to order below).

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EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT/PRIVILEGE/DUTY TO VOTE

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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. 

cj

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 if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Murphy's Law 2020 strikes again

 cj Sez: My gas fire log gave up the ghost last winter, which was not unexpected because it had more than outlived its one-year warranty. (I will confess to using it almost twenty additional years after I purchased the house which listed the fire log as one of its selling points.)

   In August, I thought I should have a new gas fire log installed and ordered one. After weeks of delayed delivery (two units were delivered to the installer with broken logs) and coronavirus deferred installation, the representative spent three-and-a-half hours in my family room on a beautiful, autumn Saturday afternoon…and couldn’t get the remote control to work right.
 
   Murphy’s Law 2020 strikes again.
 
   I think I expected that to happen and am not upset…yet, but I do know a product that will not get my 5-star review.
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Sharing sad news to report
   Ramona DeFelice Long, teacher, writer, editor extraordinaire, and dear friend to many authors has passed away. 

I had the good fortune to be one of her students during a Sisters-in-Crime/Guppy class. She was a respected, knowledgeable, generous, and kind person. 
 
   Her first novel, MURDERESS OF BAYOU ROSA, was released July 2, 2020, to five-star reviews.
 

   Learn more about Ramona’s literary achievements here:  https://ramonadef.com/
 
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Why it’s good to read anthologies
   Question: When you’re reading a story that drags you deep into the plot, do you wonder how the author could have imagined all those twists and turns? I do because I know personally that writing a coherent story is a difficult and exacting task, and I get a ton of inspiration by reading. In fact, a writer has to be a reader, especially in the genre they write.
 
   Because I also like to read the works of different authors in multiple genres, I find reading anthologies filled with short stories appealing for many reasons, but the top three are:
1) they don’t require a singular lengthy commitment;
2) they provide a lot of variety; and
3) they often introduce me to a new favorite author.
 
   I say three cheers for anthologies and their short stories! (Try it, you’ll like it.)
 
   I’ve been fortunate to have short stories published in three different anthologies in 2020—VALENTINE’S DAY PIECES, BIENVENUE TO THE CHATEAU ROUGE, HALLOWEEN PIECES—and there’s a fourth one in the editing process, HOMEROOM HEROES.
 
   All the anthologies offer readers all around good reading in a variety of themes and styles.
 
   In the Mobile Writers Guild latest anthology,
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HALLOWEEN PIECES, there are eighteen pieces from seventeen authors, ranging from ghost and paranormal stories to poems and even a play.
 
   The anthology is available on Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited), and several of the authors have signed some copies that are now available from The Haunted Bookshop (see where to order below).
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Add the following anthology to your shopping list also:
   I’m in the process of going through edit cycles for my short story, “The Substitute,” in Bienvenue Press’s annual charity anthology, HOMEROOM HEROES. Here’s a teaser:

   When FBI agent Aron Olsen is assigned to work undercover as a substitute adapted physical education teacher, he knew he’d need a lot of help.
 
   When the principal assigned Melanie Andrews the job of helping the new substitute teacher with his charges, she learned how to turn her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.

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REMEMBER TO EXERCISE 
YOUR RIGHT/PRIVILEGE/DUTY TO VOTE
(If you haven’t voted absentee, I’ll be a poll worker on November 3 and looking for you.)
 
  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
 
   (P.S. Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 1, and we turn our clocks one hour. I intend to turn my clocks back to a gentler, kinder time, if I can determine what year that was.) 


 
cj

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 if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too.
 
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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Welcome fall and first page turn-offs

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?

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   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 manuscript:

*  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.

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   The book signing event at The Haunted Bookshop for HALLOWEEN PIECES was a good time.
   Masks, social 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).

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 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. 

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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.

cj

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.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Forty-three years before the Pilgrims...and a Halloween video

 
cj Sez: Oh, Canada…Happy Thanksgiving! (Monday, October 12.)  

   The Canadian Thanksgiving holiday tradition dates back to 1578 when the English explorer, Martin Frobisher, landed on the shores of the land that became Canada while searching for a northern passage from Europe to Asia. The day has been a Canadian national holiday on the second Monday in October since 1957.
 
   When Frobisher came ashore, he gave thanks for surviving a long, treacherous journey and celebrated by feasting on a meal of salt beef and peas.
(Source: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/thanksgiving-day )
 
   In the U.S., forty-three years later (and months after they arrived in Plymouth), the Pilgrims celebrated a successful harvest by sitting down with the Wampanoag Indians to a feast that likely included venison and maize.

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  Speaking of being thankful, I’m thankful for the Mobile Public Library’s support of the Mobile Writers Guild HALLOWEEN PIECES anthology that launched Oct 9. The library invited the authors to share videos of themselves reading an excerpt of their submission to be posted on the library’s public YouTube site. Here’s the link to my video:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PUlZ7kUswE&list=PLBvSFfmvnJuBHiGkQqy_M9kSDepqoqKMl&index=3
 
   Let me know what you think of my home-grown “movie set” and the surprise Halloween cameo.
 
   For readers in the Mobile area: Because of Hurricane Delta, the anthology book signing was postponed to Friday, October 16 at The Haunted Bookshop, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Put on a mask and stop by. We’ll be wearing masks, too, and would love to see you. (I’ll be there from 4 to 6.)

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NEWS FOR READERS AND WRITERS
   If you’re wondering about the impact of Amazon on the books you like to read and/or write, a Jane Friedman article examines the multiproduct industry giant:   
       Amazon’s Importance to U.S. Book Sales

   And about that showing and telling in internal dialogue:
      http://blog.janicehardy.com/2020/09/are-you-showing-or-telling-your.html
 
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Raising prayers for my neighbors in Louisiana. I cannot imagine the stress they are undergoing as they cope with getting hit ... in the same area ... within the span of six weeks by two of the record-setting ten hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. this year.

 
   2020 has been one hellacious Murphy's Law year.
 
    Speaking of hurricanes, part of the proceeds from sales of the anthology HOMETOWN HEROES benefits The Cajun Navy, those wonderful volunteers who trailer their boats to disaster areas to help the victims of hurricane floods. 
 
  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
 

cj

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: The Haunted Bookshop  The store has re-opened to limited hours, so you can stop and shop, too.
 
➜ Follow me . . .       
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➜ on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CjPettersonAuthor
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https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cj-petterson
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Sunday, October 4, 2020

HALLOWEEN PIECES LAUNCH


 
cj Sez: Available for pre-order! The Mobile writers Guild anthology HALLOWEEN PIECES launches Friday, October 9.

   This anthology is the fourth in the Guild’s PIECES series, and the second anthology they've launched in 2020 (after VALENTINE’S DAY PIECES).
 

   If you’re in the Mobile area, several of the local authors (including me) will be celebrating the launch at The Haunted Book Shop from 4 to 8 p.m. Put on your mask and stop by—we’d love to say hello…we’ll be wearing masks, too.
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A brief syntax lesson: "Different from" typically requires a noun or noun form to complete the expression, while "different than" may be followed by a clause.
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   I’m a visual person (is that a right brain or a left brain thing?), and that shows up in my writing. Scenes are not easy but they are the most enjoyable for me to write. I love creating the details of a setting that I hope will perm
it my readers to visualize where the characters are and what they are seeing/doing. I like to incorporate the scene into the flow of the character’s actions.  

Dealing with narrative of personal
 introspection, emotions, and internal dialogue is more difficult for me since I “see” the action in my stories as movies in my head. Narrative doesn’t exist in movies unless there’s a voice-over, so I tend to use little of it. I’ve been told and I do understand I need more narrative in my novels. 

   I hope you’d agree that I’ve expanded my narratives when you read my HALLOWEEN PIECES short story, “Once in a Blue Moon.”
 
   Okay, I’ve confessed. Your turn. What is your writing strength or weakness?
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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. 

 (Raising prayers for your health and safety.)  
 
cj
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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Yom Kippur, Justice Ginsburg

cj Sez: Yom Kippur 2020 begins at sunset on Sunday September 27 and ends 25 hours later the following night, Monday September 28. For all those celebrating this holiday, 

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Respecting a legal trailblazer*
 
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the second woman and the first Jewish woman appointed to the court in U.S. history. She made history one final time Friday as she became the first woman and Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. 



 
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   Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
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   —Chris Scalia, the son of the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia hailed the Supreme Court justices' unlikely but special friendship: “They held very strong, very different views. They wrote opinions that disagreed with each other's opinions -- and they didn't pull any punches in those opinions -- but they never let those strong, deeply held beliefs get in the way of their friendship.”
 
*Sources: Various news dot com sites
 
(cj Sez: I pray that the mutual respect and agree-to-disagree attitudes of those two legal lions take root in the midst of today’s combatants.)

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Writerly info
   On Jane Friedman’s blog: “A Writer’s Guide to Fair Use and Permissions” . . .  
https://www.janefriedman.com/sample-permission-letter/ 

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   That's it for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.   (Raising prayers for your health and safety.)  

 
cj
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