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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) cumulative 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 suspensive sentence: [main clause at the end]

Inverted cumulative—cumulative sentences ending with main clause E.g. “His eyes inflamed, his body bowed, his words slurred, he was not the leader we expected him to be.”

Insert cumulative—qualifying material between subject & verb. E.g. “The old man, after saying his goodbyes, after waving to everyone, after refusing rides, walked home.”

Initial cumulative—conditional clause leads to complicated main clause. E.g. “If you see a grizzly, you look for a ranger, as quick as you can.”

Extended subject cumulative—initial clause seems complete. Start with infinitive or relative clause. E.g. “Even when the past excited me, even when history seemed important, I never forgot that the present was more important.”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish you and your family Happy Thanksgiving. May this day bring you peace and joy as you give thanks for your year.

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I am the contest coordinator for Green River Writers. Here are the 2015 winners who come from 15 states and one Canadian province:

#1 President’s Prize–Fiction

First Place: “Ashes” Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain GA

Second Place: “So a Nerd Walks Into a Bookstore” Rachel Saderholm, Summer Shade     KY

Third Place: “Jackie” Rhonda Roberts, Searcy AR

First Honorable Mention: “The U.S.S. Brassiere” Jane Sasser, Oak Ridge,   TN

Second Honorable Mention: “The Bullet” Jason Glass, Searcy AR

Third Honorable Mention: “Captain Benteen’s Journal” Beecher Smith, Memphis   TN

Sponsor: Green River Writers

Judge: Mary O’Dell

#2 Green River Grande–Poetry

First Place: “Superman in Love” Steve Cambron, Louisville

Second Place: “Potato Salad” Steve Cambron, Louisville

Third Place: “Victory Dance, 1945” Nick Sweet, Shepherd TX

First Honorable Mention: “Eggs” Regina Murray Brault, Burlington, Vermont

Second Honorable Mention: “Keeping the Faith” Allison Thorpe, Lexington KY

Third Honorable Mention: “The Fuhrer’s Closet” Steve Cambron, Louisville

Sponsor: Green River Writers

Judge: Mary O’Dell

#3 Green River Lean—Short-Short Fiction

First Place: “Different Kinds of Darkness” Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain GA

Second Place: “Balloon” Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain GA

Third Place: “Dinner for Four” Lee Ann Russell, Springfield MO

First Honorable Mention: “A Neat and Tidy Crime” Phylis Warady, The Woodlands,        TX

Sponsor and Judge: Marj Bixler

#4 Novel: First Chapter—Fiction

First Place: Sam Macklin Says Grace Susan M. Craig, Columbia SC

Second Place: Where You Ought to Be Jane Sasser, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Third Place: The Year of My Life: A Halibun Novel Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone     Mountain GA

First Honorable Mention: The Zone of Fear Rita Monette, Deer Lodge TN

Sponsor: Virginia Anderson

Judge: Will Lavender

#5 Rubye Fowler Memorial Prize–Creative Nonfiction

First Place: “First Day at the Big Apple” Nancy L. Brown, ME

Second Place: “Rattler” Beecher Smith, Memphis TN

Third Place: “A Mind-Boggling Medevac Mission” Robert B. Robeson, Lincoln,    Nebraska

First Honorable Mention: “Sanctuary” Lee Ann Russell, Springfield MO

Second Honorable Mention: “The Trial” Jason Glass, Searcy AR

Third Honorable Mention: “No Wrath for the Grapes” Jason Glass, Searcy AR

Sponsor and Judge: Elaine Fowler Palencia

#6 Suzanne Suddeth Memorial Prize–Prose or Poetry

First Place: “I can do it myself” Debra Wantulok, Searcy AR

Second Place: “Sideways Soup” Rhonda Roberts, Searcy AR

Third Place: “RENIE THE MEANIE” Beecher Smith, Memphis TN

First Honorable Mention: “The Hunter” Jeanne Johnson, Southbury CT

Sponsor and Judge: Charles Suddeth

#7 Memorable/Unusual Friendships–Poetry

First Place: “Cecil” Kathi Whalen, Washington, D.C.

Second Place: “Barhopping with Scarlett O’Hara” Allison Thorpe, Lexington KY

Third Place: “Gisela” Jean Tupper, Wrentham MA

First Honorable Mention: “Always a Deal line” Ellaraine Lockie, Sunnyvale Ca

Second Honorable Mention: “My Special Sister” Sara Gipson, Scott, AR

Third Honorable Mention: “Leftovers” Christine Strevinsky, Shepherdsville KY

Sponsors and Judges: Clear Creek Writers

#8 Glenda Fowler Pearson Memorial–Poetry

First Place: “Barren” Allison Thorpe, Lexington KY

Second Place: “Damned by Dogma” Becky Alexander, Cambridge, Ontario

Third Place: “Pretense” Ellaraine Lockie, Sunnyvale CA

First Honorable Mention: “The Waitress” Christine Strevinsky, Shepherdsville KY

Second Honorable Mention: “The Bagger” Barbara Blanks, Garland TX

Sponsor and Judge: Cate Pearson

#9 Jim O’Dell Memorial–Poetry

First Place: “Flushed” Barbara Blanks, Garland TX

Second Place: “Another Rake’s Progress…” Beecher Smith, Memphis TN

Third Place: “Hair Teaser” Sara Gipson, Scott AR

First Honorable Mention: “Gutter Snipes” Lee Ann Russell, Springfield MO

Second Honorable Mention: “An old man of Louisiana” Christine Strevinsky,        Shepherdsville KY

Third Honorable Mention: “Now she cooks all her meals…” Carol Dee Meeks, Tulsa OK

Sponsor and Judge: Mary O’Dell

#10 Sometimes You Can’t Be Saved from Yourself–Poetry

First Place: “Bookworm” Ellaraine Lockie, Sunnyvale CA

Second Place: “The Weaning” Lesley Brower, Murphysboro, IL

Third Place: “I Take Requests” Allison Thorpe, Lexington KY

First Honorable Mention: “On Becoming George Sand” Ellaraine Lockie, Sunnyvale CA

Second Honorable Mention: “Dream of Fire” Joan Terry, Dallas GA

Third Honorable Mention: “Carved in Hemlock” Regina Murray Brault, Burlington,           Vermont

Sponsors and Judges: Judy Milford and Terri Alekzander

#11 For the Birds–Poetry

First Place: “Crows, Richardsville, Kentucky” Lesley Brower, Murphysboro, IL

Second Place: “What Wonder!” Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain GA

Third Place: “I Think Saw an Eagle Dive” Becky Lindsay, Crestview Hills KY

First Honorable Mention: “Summer of the Scarlet Scrapper” Von S. Bourland, Happy       TX

Second Honorable Mention: “A Quiet View” Tonya Northenor, Lewisport KY

Third Honorable Mention: “Vivid Eye Candy” Jeanne Johnson, Southbury CT

Sponsor and Judge: Jack Robin

#12 Show Me Your Metaphors–Poetry

First Place: “California Light” Jane Sasser, Oak Ridge, TN

Second Place: “Portrait of the Poet As a Pen” Becky Lindsay, Crestview Hills KY

Third Place: “Tactile Alchemy” Deborah Stehr, Santa Fe NM

First Honorable Mention: “Going Nowhere” Victoria Woolf Bailey, Henderson KY

Second Honorable Mention: “Rough Rider” Barbara Blanks, Garland TX

Sponsor and Judge: Pam Hirschler

#13 Snakes and Dragons, Oh My–Poetry

First Place: “Hunting the Elusive Versification” Barbara Blanks, Garland TX

Second Place: “Wakkerjobby” Becky Alexander, S. Cambridge, ON

Third Place: “What to Do If You…” Becky Alexander, S. Cambridge ON

First Honorable Mention: “Concrete Storm” Regina Murray Brault, Burlington,      Vermont

Sponsor and Judge: Christine Strevinsky

#14 Small Town Observations–Poetry

First Place: “Ants” M. Ray Allen, Clifton Forge VA

Second Place: “Downpour” Wendy Visser, Cambridge ON.

Third Place: “Controlled Burn” Lesley Brower, Murphysboro IL

First Honorable Mention: “The Voyeur’s Dilemma” Jean Tupper, Wrentham MA

Second Honorable Mention: “All We Need to Know” Allison Thorpe, Lexington KY

Third Honorable Mention: “The Small Town Mayor’s Advice…” Beecher Smith    Memphis TN

Sponsors and Judges: Thursday Poets

#15 Bang for the Buck–Poetry

First Place: “Clara” Allison Thorpe, Lexington KY

Second Place: “Toad” Christine Strevinsky, Shepherdsville KY

First Honorable Mention: “The Waiting Room” M. Ray Allen, Clifton Forge VA

Second Honorable Mention: “The Golden Land” Barbara Blanks, Garland TX

Third Honorable Mention: “Circles” Becky Alexander, S. Cambridge, ON

Sponsor and Judge: Jean Tucker

#16 Strange Duck, in Honor of Sue Bayes–Poetry

First Place: “Wayward Cucumber Plant” Elaine Parker Akin, Louisville KY

Second Place: “Apricity” Rhonda Roberts, Searcy AR

Third Place: “Emily Dickinson at the Mall” Allison Thorpe, Lexington KY

First Honorable Mention: “The Cormorant” Tommy Little, Pearl MS

Second Honorable Mention: “Transformation” M. Ray Allen, Clifton Forge VA

Third Honorable Mention: “Reality” Jason Glass, Searcy AR

Sponsors and Judges: Barroom Bards

 

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I am not a cook and these are not complete recipes, just examples of food the characters from my YA novel, Experiment 38, would’ve been familiar with.

 

The group in this story loved their Durham pizza, especially Carolina Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza: Pizza Crust, Olive Oil, 1 thinly sliced red Onion, 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, grated Parmesan Cheese, 10 ounces thinly sliced fresh Mozzarella Cheese, 8 slices Prosciutto.

Campfire hot dogs: Emily’s specialty. She skewered them on sticks and slowly roasted them. She would’ve enjoyed Carolina hot dogs—mustard, slaw, chili, and onions.

They preferred Eastern-style barbecue—a whole-hog barbecue. Eastern-style sauce is vinegar- and pepper-based, with no tomato whatsoever.

Dave Burgers: Dave only cooked one thing, but he did it right. Half pound of good hamburger hand formed into a patty & cooked in the flames. Cheese if you have to. On weekends he liked Carolina Burgers—chili, mustard, coleslaw

They also gobbled their Durham-style rise donuts—yeast donuts, often made with sweet potatoes and bourbon glaze.

Tomato gravy: Another Carolina favorite they liked, made with bacon drippings & flour & tomatoes (Of course) make the roux for this simple tomato gravy.

YA thriller, publication TBA

YA thriller, publication TBA

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I will be signing books at the Kentucky Book Fair in the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort.

Friday, November 13 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) is Children’s Day: I will be signing my YA thriller, Experiment 38, and my middle-reader’s adventure, Halloween Kentucky Style.

Saturday, November 14 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm) Eighth Mask: Murder on the Cherokee Reservation will be my featured book, but I will also be selling my children’s books.

http://kybookfair.blogspot.com/

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Developing characters

Notes: Developing Characters for Writing

Three elements of characters

Likability: Especially for your main character. Villains/antagonists need to be understandable, i.e. why are they bad/evil. Readers want to emphasize with characters, and the characters need to be consistent and have moral fiber.

Characters must want or need something. They need goals or problems.

Characters need complexity. Characters need conflicts in their goals, needs, and thinking.

Other Points

Characters have internal (thoughts & desires kept private) & external (what other people experience) traits.

Dialogue: characters need their own speech patterns/dialect/vocabulary.

Mistakes with characters:

Believability, i.e. too unique or different.

Clichéd or unoriginal

Wimpy/weak & unlikable characters

Character in genres

YA want to stand out from peers & family.

MG have search for identity.

Final points:

Characters must have desires & needs.

They must change over the course of a story.

They must have authenticity: drama & self-centeredness but no clichés.

Think like a kid: the characters must make mistakes & the writer must find inner child & kids lack experience.

Know audience: read books, school visits, be around kids

Character sketch: develop character, lists of likes & dislikes, ask character questions.

Death at a dance: Eighth Mask: Murder on the Cherokee Reservation, Library Tales Pub. http://www.librarytalespublishing.com/

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