Archive for May, 2010

Stack of books from the Page Turner blogWe always try to figure out how to start writing what we have to say.  Writers want to come up with a catchy phrase or a line that will draw readers in and make them want to continue reading.   Here is a blog meme, and its directions, that looks at what published authors have done with their introductory sentences.  I love that stack of books!

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you’re reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

I am still reading One Man’s Paradise, and I will note here that I refuse to stop reading.  It’s getting good and I want to see what happens!

I am a terrible person for not getting through things faster!  But, it gives me more time to run into fun memes like this one.  Of course these darn full-time jobs and the resulting need for sleep are all such a nuisance!

Now, this one presents a small problem.  It has a first sentence but it says, “I am trying not to yawn.” That’s it.  But, it’s not really the first sentence because the book starts with a prologue.

“They pawed at each other against the black backdrop of night, the restless Pacific waters purring at their feet.”

Really?  Now that’s more like it.  Purr… I can relate.  It does kind of feel like a purr against your feet.  I never thought of it that way but, yeah, I’ll go with that.  Between that and two people pawing each other, you’ve got my attention.  But, does it work for the book?  Now that I’m more than half way through the book I can say, “Yes, it does.”    Trust me, it gets better too!

One Man’s Paradise, Douglas Corleone


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Bookworm reading my teaser book!I love this weekly meme.  I don’t always have something to include but it’s fun and always interesting to see what others are reading and using to Tease people.  This is what MizB is doing when she Should Be Reading!  The instructions are simple.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I think this meme is the coolest and I love sharing books this way!   I found another book worth sharing and until I review it here, you’re just have to make due with this teaser:

“She never dreamed I’d go, but I went back to my place in Hoboken, packed a bag, and flew here hoping to find her, to talk to her, to fix whatever was wrong between us.”

Without realizing it, Joey is sitting before me plotting the prosecutor’s opening statement, carving up a delicious slice of motive, serving it with a heaping side of opportunity.

One Man’s Paradise by Douglas Corleone, p. 46

Now, if you can’t stand the wait, you can get a copy and start reading!  I can tell you that it’s pretty darn good so far and, since this award-winning author is already working on the sequel, the publisher must have thought it was pretty darn good too!

I’m not one to post two blog posts on one day, but the more recent Edition of the Writing-Prompt Carnival follows just below this post.  So, read on and start thinking of what you’re going to send in for the next Carnival that should go live on or about June 14th.   Come and join in the fun; hope to see you all then!  We’ve got more Tuesdays before then so pay attention because you know you Should Be Reading!

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Slightly damaged, and probably not used, metal gate.This is still a developing Carnival and, I have to admit, taking advantage of our Writing Prompts is going to be a work in progress.  I have reminded myself that this is a new blog and that it needs time to grow.  Going forward we will be publishing a monthly edition of this Carnival, near the middle of each month.  If it picks up steam down the road, then we’ll Carnival more often!

The prompt for this Carnival was the old metal gate you see here on the left.  As I walked passed this little gate I could not help but think of our little Writing-Prompt Carnival.   Because of that, I vowed to go back and snap a picture of it for just this reason.

It’s just an old gate hanging jaggedly from its hinges, hinges that may or may not even work anymore.  There are so many things that came to mind when I saw this little gate.  Just for fun I was hoping that someone would pick up on the bundled trash left on the lawn just behind the gate.  But, that didn’t happen either. Shucks!

Don’t worry; we’ve got some cool stuff!  Walk through the old gate and join us as we explore the thought-provoking wonders collected for this, the 3rd Edition of the Writing-Prompt Carnival!

You have got to love some of the fascinating, and maybe even a little disturbing,  Carnival “rides.”  I have to admit that I was caught off guard by this first contributor.

Walter shocked me with Resolving Things Like Gentlemen that we can find posted at Henry’s Trashcan.  I’m still at a loss to find my tongue.  Walter, I think that’s a compliment.  The rat got my tongue!  Sorry, couldn’t help it.

C. Bosco left me scratching my head with some Queer Logic posted over at Hammers of Flight.  C. Bosco said, “A post about logical gates, their values, and some other things in between the lines they draw upon.”  I’m still trying to decipher this one, C.

Robert Lew Terrell is supposed to help restore my brain, I hope, with the reflected moon: glittering void posted at lunar moths, saying, “Reflected Moon blog contains original haiku of poet Robert Lew. I write about many subjects – nature, seasonal, humor, animals – and often from an existential viewpoint.”  I couldn’t help but think about my own recent contemplation on the effects of the waxing and waning of our favorite celestial darling.

Tiffany Colter keeps us all in check and tells professional writers to Re-evaluate. Posted over at Writing Career Coach, “This article helps writers re-evaluate where they are and gives them steps to get them to their goal.”  I have to take really big steps, Tiffany!  Shoot for Robert’s moon and hope that it is not void but definitely glittering!

Evelyn (me) tells us what that gate reminded her of as she wondered whether to “Publish” or RUN?!? It’s a swing, not a gate, but it is old and rusty!

As I mentioned in the last Carnival announcement, there are a lot of writers out there that focus on prompts and ways to help us kick-start those pens.  We all need a little push at one time or another.  Here is another link that I have found is an excellent resource and one that I hope will share some prompts with us for the Carnival!

Writers’ block is not just something in our imagination.  In fact it is, I believe, an actual stumbling block of that imagination!  Hence, we all need to be Prompted to Write from time to time!

writer assistance

Writer assistance from the Universities is always a good thing, right?  I am inclined to not include them because they rest on the border of blatant advertising.  However, some of the articles sent in are hard to ignore so I’ll share them with you guys because I think they’re worth it!

Olivia Davis presents 50 Places to Find Literary Criticism Online posted at Online University Lowdown, saying, “Students of the literary arts in need of some excellent supplements to their education or simply hoping to sample the extensive range of available ideas can hop online and connect with experts, fellow collegiates, and hobbyists to participate in discussions about poetry, prose, and the venues writers use to convey them.”  We don’t need to be students anymore to take advantage of these conversations.

Thomas Lopez presents 20 Best Picture Films That Were Even Better Books posted at OnlineUniversities.com.  Nice list, Thomas, thank you.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of writing prompt carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.  Suggested writing prompts are welcome, as always.   I will post a reminder for the next Carnival with the next prompt as soon as I figure out what it will be!

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I guess, over time, I am going to find out what it means to avoid the publisher scam artists.  I’ve started checking out writer bloggers and  I recently left a comment about one of those “anthology thingies” (that’s the only name I could come up with while leaving my comment) and how I almost got sucked into one.  I never returned the paperwork so it never happened.   One of the blogs I’ve been reading, and now subscribe to, is Jim Murdoch’s blog.  Anything that is labeled “Writers Beware” is an instant magnet and you just know I’m gonna click on it!  Look what I found!

Poetry.com caught me some years back with one of its Vanity Anthologies trying to suck in poets, or wanna-be poets.  Fortunately I saw some of the other submissions, was unimpressed by what I read, and never signed the “paperwork.”  Son-of-a-…!  I actually thought something was wrong with their readers!  I didn’t know that it was just a scam to get you to buy the volumes of terrible poetry that they accumulated between the lovely covers made of beautiful bindings!  Even The Literature Networks Forums had a discussion about it.  Okay, so I’m gullible.  But, I’m also opinionated and that’s what saved me.

Fortunately, Poetry.com now takes you to Lulu.com, a self-publishing site that doesn’t claim to be anything but what it is.  That’s refreshing.  Here’s the story on that.

I still love my little poem.  I hate them for cheapening it the way they tried to do.  It actually fits with the current prompt for the upcoming writing carnival so I’ll post it here instead.  At least this time I know the “publisher” really does like it!

It’s lonely here inside of me
Hopeless dreams of what can never be
In this sad and melancholy place
Live only the memories of your warm embrace

Like a lonesome garden deserted at dusk
With an old metal swing, its poles of rust
Here there are no trees nor vines well tended
But a heart of passion so gently mended

Emotions once planted in the garden’s bed
Still await answers to questions better left unsaid
If you could only enter the garden and feel what I feel
You would know for sure
After all this time
Man of my dreams
I love you still.

It still gives me visuals and I still love it dearly.  This time the publisher likes it — because it’s mine!

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