Fiendish Friday : Boring

Yesterday an Amazon package arrives at my door. The kiddo is super excited. It’s weeks past his birthday, but each new box could be a belated present. This one proves to contain hair dye. He is not thrilled. “More hair dye?” he says.

“Well yes, I’m almost out of the various colors I use and I need to redye this weekend.”

He rolls his eyes.

“What you don’t like that I dye my hair anymore?”

“It’s just so boring now. You’ve been doing it for years.”

You heard it here folks, dying your hair five different colors on a regular basis is boring…

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Wednesday Words 5.16

A couple of weeks ago I gave my writing class an in class essay to complete. They had a month’s notice to research and they could write any type of essay on any subject they chose.

I expected the papers would still kind of suck, I mean they’re 10-14 years old, this isn’t Pulitzer here.

Surprisingly, they weren’t half bad. Some were even quite good. One poor kid I have made rewrite his paper 3 times because he is so close to turning in an amazing paper. And not “amazing for his age”, but as in, any prof I had in college would give him an A for it paper. (He’s eleven by the way. Someday he will get a Pulitzer. He better thank me in his acceptance speech.)

So I say to the class as I am handing them back, because you have to babble as you walk around the room handing back papers, it’s like a rule, “Either I am an incredible teacher or you guys are naturally talented because these papers were really good.”

Instantly the smart ass says, “I’m naturally talented.”

At the same time another student says, “You are an incredible teacher.”

oh jeez kid. really?

 

Side Note: I am writing on book 2. It’s still happening.

Book Review: A is for Action

I got an ARC of Dan Alatorre’s A is for Action and then promptly forgot to read it. What can I say? Sometimes I drop the ball. Just ask my pup about the vast array of bones and chew toys under the couch. (Do you move your couch every time you vacuum? Uh huh. I didn’t think so.)

Basic Summary (Courtesy of Amazon):

Every new author (and a lot of veteran authors) have the same problem when it comes to action scenes. They have this idea for a big battle scene or car chase – but most don’t know where to start!

I’ll show you.

We’ll lay out classic actions scenes, like a car crash or a massive medieval sword clash between armies, and see how they are done. We will analyze the writing style you use in action scenes that isn’t utilized anywhere else in your story.

Car chase or medieval battle, we can create a process to follow.

While every action scene is different, many have similar foundations.

Learn how to write amazing action scenes and take your stories to new heights!

 

My thoughts:

Dan meticulously details the battle scene from Braveheart as a way to demonstrate the power of outlining your action as a starting point. (Sadly there were no shots of Mel’s ass.) I found it an intriguing way to explain complicated action scenes for writers. It felt like a beat sheet. Which isn’t a bad thing. Action can be hard to write, especially if you’re an author who visualizes everything in your book in your head before you put it to paper. Dan clearly articulates the steps he’s found useful to get that mental film into the concrete world. Then he covered ways to layer that up, increasing tension for the reader. I look forward to more in the series.

Fiendish Friday: Say What?

A new season of Love It or List It came out on HGTV. It’s one of the kiddo’s favorite shows and since I would much rather watch reno than Ninjago with him, I am all for it. But I’ve noticed this commercial. For a riding lawn mower. The wife is quizzing the husband like he’s a five year old about lawn mulching and he has to get all the answers right before she’ll give him the keys to lawn mower so he can presumably go mow their lawn.

It bugged me. Every time I saw it. I started hitting the mute button so I could ignore it.

And then today I realized why. If you switched the characters and a husband was grilling his wife like a small child before she could have the keys to the lawn mower, people would be livid. Totally up in arms about rampant sexism. It would be a movement on Facebook, there would be marches, people boycotting the company, who’s name escapes me now, sorry.

I’ve decided that’s my new line in the sand. If you switch the genders and it’s easily believable as sexist, then it’s not okay either way. Treat everyone equally.

Wednesday Words 5.9

I have figured out the titles for all my mystery novels. Go me!

Oh, you want to know what they are?

Alright, since we’re such good friends and you are all such loyal readers, I’ll tell you.

The Body in the Pool

The Body in the Past

The Body in the Precinct

Bam. There it is.

The Body in the Pool is still out to critique. Early word is it might be the best thing I’ve written but that’s just one reader. Gotta wait for the other two.

In the mean time, I am crunching away at book 2. Pinning down the plot for book 3.

I submitted to a couple of anthologies.

One is a short that precedes this series. Introduces my detectives.

One is a random one off about an energy sucking demon trapped here on Earth as punishment for her sins. Kinda makes you wonder what a demon does as a sin. LOL.

Here’s hoping the anthologies say yes and my other two critique partners love The Body in the Pool as much as the first reader.

Book Review: Survival of the Fritters

I think I need to stand up and say, “Hi, I’m T.A. Henry and I am a cozy mystery addict.” I grabbed Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton, along with a couple of other cozies while I was at the big library this week. Survival is the only one I finished.

Short Summary (Courtesy of Goodreads):

Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime–or stay alive. If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst–especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her–murdered among a scattering of stale donuts. . . Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business. . .

My Thoughts:

This was a fun read. The donut talk was a little heavy, every time someone orders a donut (a lot of scenes take place in the shop) or eats a donut (she brings everyone donuts), you get a run down of the qualities. It was just a little too much so that I didn’t really become annoyed until I was 200 pages in, the cumulative effect. There were a few moments where I was put off by the unbelievable dialogue or the unbelievable actions of the characters, but for the most part, I read happily. Of course by the next morning, I can’t remember much. Other than the book was pretty good. Which makes me want to decrease my rating. Fun to read, but totally forgettable.  I will read the next one when it comes out, Goodbye Cruller World.

Tag – O – Rama

I got tagged a tag round up so to speak. Jay over at This is My Truth Now was catching up on all the tags he hadn’t done and rolling them into one big shebang. I ended up on his nominees list. Alrighty, I’m game.

Burn, Rewrite, Reread (She Reads at Past Midnight)

Burn – The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand. Gag Me.

Rewrite – Unsolved Mysteries in American History  by Paul Aron

Reread – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Quite amusing if you don’t mind someone messing with canon)

Ten Random Facts About Me (Brizzle Lass Books)

Random fact about me: When I was in my early twenties I was offered a job directing porn but I turned it down because I couldn’t imagine telling people what I did for a living with a straight face.

New Disney Princess (Misty’s Book Space)

Ariel, Under the Sea, A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

Jaws

School Subject Book (Ann the BookMaster)

Drama: a book that has a lot of over-dramatic hype

50 shades of whatever

Carpool (Growing Self)

Car Type: I am driving a 67 mustang convertible. I am alone. It a windy back road through the mountains. There’s no music just the wind in my hair.

Emperor’s New Clothes (The Orangutan Librarian)

“His majesty is wide open to ridicule and scorn”- Something (anything) That Astounds You With Its Popularity

The Girl on the Train. What was that all about?

 

Nominees: Bill, BQB, EDC, At Milliways with a Pen, Sheri J Kennedy, The Phantom Child (are you still out there?)