It’s a mighty big world, some of it I’ve seen…

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
Mark Twain

I can remember the insufferable drive from Maryland to Maine when I was a kid, and having to escape the noise of family chaos or boredom of scenery. Back then we didn’t have portable DVD players or Ipods, but it didn’t matter. I had my books and I devoured one right after another. My aunt warned me on one particular trip(when I was on my third book in a row), that I needed to stop and give my eyes a break our I would get car sick;but I was resilient and didn’t listen, for it had never happened before, and finding out what happened in the next chapter was more important. At the next next rest stop, I got out of the car and instantly proved her right.
It didn’t deter me from getting back in the car and picking my book back up. Fiction is and always will be a wonderful means of escape, and that is why it is so important. Don’t get me wrong, non-fiction has it’s place. But fiction gives you the opportunity to escape the drama at work, take you away from the reality of any situation.
My book is going on a “blog tour” of sorts, and I will be featuring some fellow writer’s work on here. I think that is important that writers support one another in every avenue, because books are becoming a rarity. As a society we are so busy we tend to take the movie over the book. Let’s preserve the written word.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
John Locke

Check out the wonderful blog event!

What’s Your Story,Morning Glory?

So one blog that I follow is run by a particular literary agent that I stalk respect, Jenny Bent; and she posted something interesting recently. She spoke of how many stories end up in the slush pile, and really got to the bottom of why these novels get passed on representation.

When you are querying an agent you only have a few paragraphs or pages to hook their interest. Same goes for when a customer is looking at a book for purchase at Barnes&Noble, or online at Amazon. If they aren’t hooked within the first few pages, it is safe to say that they won’t be purchasing the book. Jenny Bent suggests starting your novel when your character’s life changes forever-or when it begins. That is to say, the moment when nothing will ever be the same for your protagonist.

I want to feel connected to your protagonist, to fall in love a little with him or her in the first few pages. But if the protag is telling me their history from fourth grade up, or if they spend five paragraphs walking down a road for no apparent reason, then they’re not really telling me anything, and I’m not going to invest my emotions and want to follow them along.- taken from Bent on Books

Well, this got me thinking…this pertains to life as well. Think about when you first meet someone: a new coworker, a new in-law, possible new friend, in any social setting. This person asks you the inevitable, ” Where are you from? What do you do? What’s your story?”

I know that I have been guilty of the over-share in the past, especially during awkward silences at parties. I have seen the eyes glaze over. The only time I can truly say that I have received genuine interest in a reciprocal manner is in the beginning of new love. So what time and embarrassing situations have taught me is to basically give people my highlights. No one needs to know the entire history of why my family lives across the universe,or why I don’t eat red meat, or why I am half-alien (ha,caught you glazing over).  When someone prods for more information, I decidingly make my story more colorful.

So the next time you are telling your story, maybe leave out all of the mundane details, and try to include some that may animate someone else’s day.

 

“It’s not true. Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re that pissed that so many others had it good.”

As Good As It Gets

(one of the greatest movies ever)

 

Quarter Life Crisis

Artwork done by Sabrina Johnson

Quarter Life Crisis

While I am currently working on my second novel, and it is what I truely consider a labour of love, I have this weight on my shoulders…my first novel. I wrote this years ago, it was rejected a ton, probably for good reason,but it was my first project that I actually completed without throwing it away in the middle(which I am prone to do).

I thought it would best to just move on and keep working on my current novel;but after reading many comments in writer group boards that I belong to I made a decision to e-pub it. I figured that at least it would be out there to read, for when I am FINALLY done this second project. Maybe something good will come of this,maybe it won’t. But what could it hurt? So that is basically where my mind is on this. I know that Quarter Life Crisis is raw, rough, and personal. My hope is that everyone just takes it for what it is.