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Archive for October, 2015

Let me rephrase that. Have a gruesome, horrible, by fun, safe Halloween!

Getting into Halloween trouble! Halloween Kentucky Style, middle readers, print, Diversion Press http://astore.amazon.com/wwwdiversionp-20/detail/1935290169

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November Louisville SCBWI Chit Chatters Social (Schmooze)

Anyone from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana is welcome.

Monday, November 2, 6 to 8 pm. No RSVP required.
The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for optional critiques. Writers can read for three minutes. Illustrators are always welcome.

Barnes & Noble’s Café, 801 South Hurstbourne Parkway, one mile north of I-64, on the right. This is NOT the Summit Shopping Center B&N.
You do not need to be an SCBWI member to attend. For more information, contact Charles Suddeth csuddeth@iglou.com 502-339-9349, c 502-649-9944.

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Some sentence types

Incomplete sentences: Good for emphasis. E.g. “No way!”

 

Simple sentences: Subject-verb-object, use once in a while. E.g. “He ate the pie.”

 

Cumulative sentences

Cumulative sentence: Base clause + modifying phrase + modifying phrase etc. E.g. “The boy walked in, longing to see her, wanted to be with her, dying to kiss her.”

 

4 cumulative principles: 1) They are a process of addition 2) the sentences should give a sense of direction or movement 3) each word or phrase develops in a cumulative sentence & operates on different levels from the others 4) cumlative sentences give texture to a proposition (reason for a sentence)

 

4 types of phrases:

Participial phrases: participle is verb turned into an adjective. E.g. “hating his life” & “delighted with the pie.”

Gerund phrases: verb turned into a noun. E.g. “by eating” or “for cheating”

Infinitive phrases: “to find a job” or “to eat his dinner”

Prepositional phrases: “after eating pie” or “before finding a job”

 

4 types of suspended sentence: [main clause at the end]

Inverted cumulative—cumulative sentences ending with main clause

Insert qualifying material between subject & verb

Initial conditional clauses lead to main clause

Extended subject, verb at the end

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Today Monday, October 19, I am guest author on Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz’s blog: One Writer’s Journey. We are discussing my mystery, Eighth Mask: Murder on the Cherokee Reservation. Comments very welcome but not necessary.

http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/

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Monday, October 19, I will be guest author on Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz’s blog: One Writer’s Journey. We will discuss my mystery, Eighth Mask: Murder on the Cherokee Reservation.

http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/

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My 3 Favorite Writing Sayings

  1. Start your story as close to the end as you possibly can.
  2. Take your reader where they’re not expecting to go.
  3. Find your story’s Dark Moment, the point where he/she gives up, just before their solution comes to them.

Writing for Halloween

  1. Start your intrigue right away, but hold off on scary as long as you possibly can.
  2. Take your reader where they’re afraid to go, where they don’t want to go.
  3. Send your character to the Dark Hour of their Soul, the point where he/she gives up on his/herself and on the world.

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The 10 most challenged titles of 2014

1)     The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2)      Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

3)      And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

5)      It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6)      Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:

7)      The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

9)      A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit

YA thriller, publication TBA

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