As an author, I spend a lot of time reading other peoples work to get an idea of how they approach their art. It is amazing how some people create words and sentences that make little or no sense. For example: “Last October 30 people disappeared without anyone being notified, except possibly the last people who saw them disappear.” What??
The ones I really love are analogies. Good analogies act like mirrors to give us an additional perspective on a subject. (That was an analogy) Or perhaps we could say a good analogy brings life to a thought like spice brings new flavor to a meal. (hmmm, not sure I liked that one). Here are some I have found that really make me wonder:
- She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again.
- The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
- McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup.
- From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and “Jeopardy” comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
- Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
Like nose hair after a sneeze!!!!! Not a line from Hemingway for sure.
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Every new year there is an abundance of thought about new beginnings. We go over the events of the last year and set goals for the new life before us. Someone once kept a log of his new years resolutions:
2009: I will not spend my money frivolously.
2010: I will pay off my bank loan promptly.
2011: I will pay off my bank loans promptly.
2012: I will begin making a strong effort to be out of debt by 2013.
2013: I will be totally out of debt by 2014.
2014: I will try to pay off the debt interest by 2015.
2015: I will try to be out of the country by 2016.
I guess we all like to think of new beginnings as a place of escaping from old problems. It is a fact that every new beginning means something has to end. Problem is, we often feel the past is so painful that the future is just too hard to visualize.
Maybe we need to be like the caterpillar. When he believes he has reached the end of life, the butterfly has just found a new beginning. Let’s resolve not to look back on what might have been and simply look forward to what will be.
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Listening to conversations, I am fascinated with the development of our language. I hear a new word being used which is “texted”. In reality, text is a noun. Trying to make it a verb is an interesting experiment, but the reality is “I did text him” is correct whereas, “I texted him” isn’t. Nevertheless, “texted” seems to be growing in popularity even if it isn’t correct.
Another one that is different is the word “conversate”. There is no word “conversate” in the dictionary, but as much as I hear it being used, it will probably be there in a few years.The word “prioritize” didn’t exist until the political campaign of 1979, and now it is part of life. So I guess I need to prioritize my texted information so I can conversate properly. No wonder the British say we don’t speak English, we speak American.
I put some new words in my new book, “Hook, Line & Sinker” which is the sequel novel to “Catch and Release” a top winner in Romance/Mystery International Competition at the 2012 London Book Festival; 2012 Los Angeles Book Fair ; 2012 Beach Book show; 2012 New England Book Show; and Winner Best Audiobook 2013 Paris Book Festival. Take a look at my website www.JTwerell.com. OR Click here for Amazon PageI
Several of my books received comments suggesting a sequel. Never wrote a sequel so the suggestions stirred my inner places and I decided to try. I love reading sequels as I have a bond with the characters and want to see them in different situations, but writing a sequel is a different story.
I decided to try with my novel CATCH and RELEASE, which won several awards and has a popular following, a helpful item when you expect people to know who the characters are in the book. But what about the people who don’t? I just couldn’t start a dialog between Jennifer and Steve if the reader had no clue who Jennifer and Steve were from other interactions. (If you never read CATCH and RELEASE, you can now easily identify with my quandary). I found a sequel was similar to weaving a tapestry where you use enough old material to make the reader comfortable yet add lots of new things to make the story exciting.
I hope I wove properly, but only the reader will be able to judge. The new book will be out in October and is called “HOOK, LINE & SINKER” and is a continuing adventure of Dr. Steve Sanders and Special Agent Jennifer Blade. If you don’t know these two people and can’t wait for October to read HOOK, LINE & SINKER, then go to Amazon and pick up a copy of CATCH and RELEASE. (Click here)
Here is the cover from Catch and Release:
And here is the new sequel:
And here is the promo:
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Having just finished the arduous task of getting a book published, I am in the place of wondering why I write.
Winston Churchill once said “Writing is an Adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
Anyone who has ever taken on the task of putting thought on paper can agree with that understanding. However, I would add, once you fling it to the public, then you become a drooling idiot who tries to get people to read the thing you once loved so much.
I guess writing a book is like raising a child; you always love them, they make you very happy and cause you great pain. But in the end, you wouldn’t live life without them.
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In my book OFF the HOOK, (click here for blog on book) I explore a young woman’s struggle with fear. Laura finds the strength to leave a relationship when she discovers the ability to overcome the fear of her partners wrath. Through an almost supernatural interaction at a cocktail party, a stranger tells her the opposite of fear is love and she needs to love herself to over overcome fear.
I find people often think of joy as the opposite of fear, yet I have had many times when I wasn’t filled with joy, yet had no real fear. Laura’s thoughts on her fear is in the following excerpt from Off the Hook:
“Then, as I thought about Rolf’s way of making demands and being very unpredictable in the relationship, I realized he used drama to maintain control, just like mother. Rolf never gently requested things; he always set a stage of urgency for his ‘suggestions’ and then demanded I salute and obey them. If I didn’t agree it became a major problem, complete with descriptions of the terrible, horrible consequences of my thinking, the long-range implication of my decisions, always anchored with suggestions I was not smart enough or old enough to understand life.
“It went off in my head that my mother used the same line for years; ‘Laura, you are not old enough or bright enough to understand what is going on’. This constantly reoccurred in my childhood and became a thought I deeply believed. I was shocked when my seventh grade teacher said I was a very bright child, positive she must have me confused with someone else.”
How does fear control our lives? How do we learn to walk in love and not fear? I would love to know your thoughts.