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My picture book, Spearfinger, and I have been invited to the 2017 Kentucky Book Fair. November 18, 9 am to 4 pm. I will have all 4 of my books available.

I will also be at the 7th Annual Kids Day at the Kentucky Book Fair will be held on Friday, November 17, 9:00 am2:30 pm.  Free, but registration is required for Kid’s Day only.

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington.

FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING

Meet over 175 authors from Kentucky & beyond, attend author talks & panel discussions. Support reading, writing, & books in the Commonwealth!

https://www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html

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Old Words Can be Recycled

Freck

Verb intr. – “To move swiftly or nimbly” – I can think of a lot of ways to use this one: “I hate it when I’m frecking through the airport and other people are turtles.” “You are so frecking dumb.” I.e. an alternative to “freaking.”

Brabble

Verb – “To quarrel about trifles; esp. to quarrel noisily, brawl, squabble” – Basically means to argue loudly about something that doesn’t matter, as in “Why are we still brabbling about who left the dirty spoon on the kitchen table?” Use it as a noun: “Stop that ridiculous brabble and do something useful!” “Brabble on, no one’s listening.” I.e. an alternate to “babble.”

Kench

Verb intr. – “To laugh loudly” – This Middle English word sounds like it would do well in describing one of those times when you inadvertently laugh out loud while reading a text message in class and manage to thoroughly embarrass yourself: “He’s a kenching idiot.” “He who kenches last kenches best.”

Brannigan

Noun – “A drinking bout; a spree or ‘binge’” – Originally a North American slang word, but is now rarely used. “Shall we go for a brannigan on Friday?” can be a more sophisticated way to discuss such activities.

Quagswagging

Noun – “The action of shaking to and fro” – Also used in verb form, to quagswag. Pronounced like “kwag swag.” It could work as the name for a new type of dance, or such: “Your quagswagging me will not make me change my mind.” “The couple quagswagged under the blankets.”

Yemeles

Adj. – An Old English/Middle English word meaning “careless, heedless, negligent” – Pronounced as “yeem-lis,” – another word that could prove useful : “A yemeles idiot like you is worthless.” “He means nothing by his yemeles actions.”

Twitter-light

Noun – “Twilight” – Used in the early 17th century, “twitter-light” – a romantic way to refer to the hours as the sun goes down:” Let us smooch in the twitter-light.” “In the twitter-light, everyone looks better.”

 

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My picture book, Spearfinger, and I have been invited to the 2017 Kentucky Book Fair. November 18, 9 am to 4 pm. I will have all 4 of my books available.

The 7th Annual Kids Day at the Kentucky Book Fair will be held on Friday, November 17, 9:00 am2:30 pm.  Free, but registration is required.

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington.

FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING

Meet over 175 authors from Kentucky & beyond, attend author talks & panel discussions. Support reading, writing, & books in the Commonwealth!

https://www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html

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These are not originally my notes, but I believe they can help novelists, so I decided to post them. I.e. this is one way to write your novel.

1) OPENING IMAGE: (1 minute) the scene that sets the tone and type of the story. A “before” snapshot and opposite of the Final Image.  (Opening scene) Mike is sitting surrounded by other kids yet alone at his grade school cafeteria. Not sad, just alone. Flash forward to the bar, Mike is still alone although surrounded with others [intro]

2) THEME STATED: (5 pages & minutes) Usually stated to them in character, often without know what is said will be vital to his surviving the tale. It’s what the story is about. [Foreshadowing]

3) THE SET-UP: (1-10) The first 10 pages of a script or first 10 panels of a comic must not only grab our interest but introduce every character in the “A” story. Something needs to change. [stasis equals death]

4) CATALYST: (12) The telegram, the knock on the door, the thing that happens to the hero to shake him. It’s the story’s first “whammy.” [boom]

5) DEBATE: (12-25) The section of the story where the hero doubts the journey he must make. [a mild version of the Dark Moment]

6) BREAK INTO TWO: (25) Where we leave the “thesis” world behind and enter the upside-down “anti-thesis” world of Act Two. The hero makes a choice …and his journey begins. [the plot develops]

7) B STORY: (30) The love story, traditionally, but actually where the discussion of the theme of the movie is found. [can be love or philosophy]

8) FUN AND GAMES: (30-55) Here we forget the plot and enjoy the “set pieces” and “trailer moments” and revel in the promise of the premise. [sex, action sequences or main characters interacting]

9) MIDPOINT: (55) The dividing line between the two halves of the story. It’s back to the story as stakes are raised and “time clocks” appear. We are beginning to put the squeeze on our heroes. [the main characters get stressed]

10) THE BAD GUYS CLOSE IN: (55-75) Both internally (problems inside the heroes team) and externally (as the bad guys tighten their grip) real pressure is applied. [focus on antagonist]

11) ALL IS LOST: (75) The false defeat and the place we find “the whiff of death” – because something must die here. [things sour]

12) DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL: (75-85) “Why hast thou forsaken me, Lord?” The part of the story where our hero has lost all hope & gives up. [known as Dark Moment]

13) BREAK INTO THREE: (85) Thanks to a fresh idea, new inspiration or last-minute action or advice from the love interest in the B story, the hero decides to fight. [this is where Popeye always opened his can of spinach]

14) FINALE: (85-110) The “synthesis” of the two worlds; from what was, and that which was learned, the hero forges a third way. [climax]

15) FINAL IMAGE: (110) The opposite of the Opening Image, proving a change has occurred. And since all great stories are about transformation, that change had better be dramatic! [denouement]

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Spearfinger is the #1 New Release in Children’s American Folk Tales & Myths [Amazon].

SPEARFINGER/ᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎦᏰᏌᏗ/GATISDI GAYESADI has been released

Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages? Bilingual Cherokee/English picture book paperback: ISBN 978-1-940310-56-5: $14.99. Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-940310-57-2; $21.99. 4RV Publishing

Contains 60 pages of full-color illustrations and text in English and Cherokee. Spearfinger can be found at http://4rvpublishingcatalog.com, other online bookstores, and through brick and mortar bookstores.

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My picture book, Spearfinger, and I have been invited to the 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair.

November 18 from 9 am to 4 pm

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington

FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING

Meet more than 175 authors from Kentucky & beyond, attend author talks & panel discussions, & support reading, writing, & books in the Commonwealth!

https://www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html

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On Friday April 28th at 4:00 PM, I will be on a discussion panel at Karen’s Book Barn, 127 E Main St, La Grange, Kentucky (502)222-0918.

The topic: Children’s Books “Educational or Entertainment?”

This is the night before the 7th Annual Authors Fair La Grange YMCA, 307 W Jefferson St, La Grange, Kentucky. Come by and say hi.

http://www.karensbookbarn.net/

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