An unfortunate accident. A girl balanced on the edge of childhood.
The spirit of a Kabbalistic Rabbi, think Drew Carey meets Jackie Mason, poised to answer all questions...with more questions.
What if life as you know it was forever altered? Given the choice do you: A. Enhance the lives of others and move forward to the unknown? B. Return to your former life --impaired to the point that your very existence dramatically alters the futures of everyone you love.
I used to haunt B&N regularly, hunting for the newest NIVs and scooping up copies of classics and old favorites in the used book section. I tried not to drool as I scanned freshly printed PBs –and got a little high on the sharp scent of ink on pristine paper. I made a list of new and worthy titles to pick up at the library too. Well… I couldn’t buy everything.
Last week, I went back to B&N for a treat. But I was shocked to find what’s been done to the “Kids” section. It looked like Toys R Us had taken over. There were rows and rows of toys for tots and babies. The YA section had been consolidated and moved far, far away. Empty shelves now occupy much of the wall space. There used to be an entire long wall of hardcover PBs –new and old favorites as well. There was a whole other section for paperback PB favorites. Now it pretty much looks like a wasteland.
I know the whole e-reader, Nook book –Kindle craze is hot, but I didn’t realize it was poised to clear the shelves. The look on my grandson's face when I read him Chicka Chicka Boom-Boom, or Go Dog Go is priceless. I can’t bear the thought of my him not having a paper and ink book to cradle as he reads to his children. There’s a cosmic experience you just can’t get from holding a flat, cold piece of metal and plastic in your hands. You miss the flavor and scent of the experience. It’s a robbing of the senses.
So what’s a set-in-her-ways book baby supposed to do?
Buy books for baby gifts.
Happy day gifts.
You get the picture. My grandson will be getting A Lot of books.
Got through the latest revisions and addressed the issues that were distancing the MC of my MG from the reader. While it's simmering on the back burner, I revisited a funny PB of mine that just wasn't there yet. Well, I think it's there now ;-).
Don't ya just love summer?
Off for a reading break. I'm loving Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. How did I ever miss this gem?
So after major rewrites and another couple of close calls with my MG novel in verse, I finally had my very own, a la Oprah, AH-HAH! moment. I have a problem with making it personal. That is to say, I haven't been writing in a way that allows the reader to emotionally connect with my MC.
Here I thought I was so original and current with my plot. And dahling, could my poetry be more lovely and lyrical? Uum yes. But, the real issue all along has been that my MC sounds flat, distant and leaves the reader --boo-hooooo--cold.
Now I can't say that anybody put it quite that bluntly, but it's as if a Broadway spotlight has illuminated a major issue of mine. And in the words of my grandson's good friend, Bob...Can we fix it? YES!
So I'm reading the wisdom of Mary Kole. She truly is brilliant. I've ordered Cheryl Klein's book Second Sight. I'm off to Revision Island for summer vacation. And I'm asking all of you out there in Writer's Land to share any secrets you have for building emotional connections to your characters. My not so new new motto? Better late than never!