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Sunday, July 30, 2023

Inviting the reader into the story

cj Sez: Janet Fox’s excellent July 18 post on Jane Friedman’s blog site is a keeper for me. The author and book coach touches on how using elision in dialogue, internal monologue, sensory details, and rhetorical devices benefits the reader.

“To elide is to omit, or to leave out. And we need to know as much about 'leaving things out' of our stories as we do about the things we love to add.

  Why elision? Because the emotional connection that’s made between the writer and reader is strengthened by what the reader brings to the story—their experiences, dreams, hopes, and longings. When we let the reader fill in our intentionally left blanks, we invite them inside our imaginary worlds.”
  All I can say is “Yes!” to elision and deep point of view. Okay, readers, writers: What do you think? Click on the link... Gray Space: Making Room for the Reader

On the news front . . . Two supermoons coming soon to a sky near you.

  What is a supermoon you ask? Supermoons are full moons that are brighter, bigger, and closer to the earth than the typical full moons.

  The first August supermoon rises on Tuesday, Aug 1. It’s called the “sturgeon moon,” because (according to the Old Farmers Almanac) the giant sturgeon fish found in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain “were most readily caught during this part of summer.”

  August’s second supermoon, called a “blue moon” because it’s the second full moon in the same month, will be even closer to the earth than the sturgeon moon—222,043 miles away vs. 222,159 miles. Whew! That’s gonna be a close one.

  Speaking of blue moons, the Mobile Writers Guild anthology  
HALLOWEEN PIECES includes my paranormal story, “Once in a Blue Moon” —about what can happen to a woman traveling alone when a blue moon falls “on Samhain, or Halloween, as you English call it.” The anthology is chock full of good reading in a variety of genres and is available now on Amazon (Kindle is currently $1.99).  

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  Writers, if you have a book launch coming up and want to schedule a post on Lyrical Pens for your blog tour, drop me a note. (PG13, please.)

  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe summer…with lots of time for reading and writing.


  THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA are fast-paced, action/adventure stories with sassy banter and a smidgen of sweet romance. (Perfect diversions for those quick four-day weekend getaways—especially if it’s a stay-cation.)

  The books are available on Amazon or through your favorite eTailer and bookstore. Got a library card? You can read the ebooks free from Hoopla.

  Little note: The Haunted Book Shop has a few signed copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER, contact:

  If she happens to be sold out, I also have a small stash. Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you any book(s) by any author of your choice.

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