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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

DO YOUR SIDE CHARACTERS FADE IN THE READERS' MINDS? IWSG Post

 


 

A former TV executive says why She Hulk appears bland and Ally McBeal seemed vibrant is 

the latter's side characters "popped" with life while She Hulk's seem one dimensional and fade away in the background.

Is that true?


Maybe? I am not a former TV executive, but it made me wonder how vibrant my side characters are.

How vibrant are yours?

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to find out:
WHAT'S THEIR BACKSTORY?

Present scenes that give them access to speak from their hearts and share their life’s journeys, dreams, and goals.

WHAT MAKES THEM SMILE?

Nothing reveals the personalities of your side characters more than what makes them smile or laugh.

WHAT EVENT INFLUENCED THEM THE MOST?

 Was it political, health-related, or romantic? How did she/he rebound from it? Or did she/he never recover?

WHAT ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTS THEM?

It will only take a small scene of outrage in their actions or sobs in their throats that will etch their nature in your readers'  mind and delineate them from one another.



WHAT IS THE DISTINCTIVE PATTERN TO THEIR LIVES?

It is fascinating to see how subtly good authors weave the actions of their side characters in the lives of the others. Many of the crises in great books derive from the clashing patterns of the side characters.

Oh, when I was homeless for 7 months after hurricanes Laura and Delta, this is how I listened to books.





Tuesday, August 30, 2022

COYOTE CALLING

 


The multi-talented Heather McCorkle has done it again.



Have you ever noticed? 
Troubles do not play fair. 
They gang up on you all at once, 
seemingly trying to elbow their way to get to the head of the line 
to take off your head!


You thought human politics was foul and dangerous?

Try surviving werewolf politics ... werewolves descended from Vikings at that. 

Sonya finds herself with the prospect of landing in a grave marked, "She died doing the right thing."

Worse, she has dragged her best friend, reaper Ayra Valdisdöttir, into that grave with her.

It soon turns into a Blood Moon:

A Navajo shifter appears on her doorstep with a life-threatening mystery along with untrustworthy estranged relatives.

Then, her mother goes missing.

What is happening?

And could Life please make

her troubles take a number?

If you like Norse Mythology, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, and mystery, 

you will be wowed by Coyote Calling.


You have to hit CC to get the lyrics in English

Monday, August 29, 2022

DEADLY LADIES

Hurricane Katrina was among the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States, 

and it made landfall in New Orleans today in 2005.


The federal government and President George W. Bush were roundly criticized for what was perceived as their slow response to the disaster. 

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael Brown, resigned amid the ensuing controversy.

Two weeks later, Hurricane Rita, the forgotten hurricane, destroyed Cameron Parish and nearly destroyed my town of Lake Charles. 

Hurricane Rita was the most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Gulf of Mexico and the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.


I wrote an urban fantasy of my experiences in New Orleans and Lake Charles: 


It is Hurricane Season once again, think good thoughts of me, all right? And maybe pick up the paperback or audio book, too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

AMERICA IS A BAD MEL BROOKS FILM

 How strange.


Police made at least two stops with Paul Pelosi in custody before bringing him to jail following a May 28 crash. 

He had more than 2 hours to burn off alcohol in his system before investigators took a blood sample.

The maximum prison sentence for an insider trading violation is now 20 years. 

The maximum criminal fine for individuals is now $5,000,000.


President Biden's obvious cognitive decline emboldens our enemies 

and our allies unsure of the worth  of our support.


Yet Congress turns a blind eye to this. 
What profit is his condition to those politicians?


Now, for a little humor:


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

DID THE CANNIBAL VISIT YOU LAST NIGHT?

 

Our fiery star spit out a series of bursts on Sunday that are now headed in the direction of our planet and could trigger a strong geomagnetic storm.

 


One of those bursts, called a coronal mass ejection, or CME, is expected to collide and consume another, creating what's called a cannibal CME event.


Like the cell phone ad says, "Can you hear me now?" Or did the Solar Cannibal eat the internet last night?


Did one of you out there insult Mother Nature? 
And if so, could you PLEASE apologize!

A little dark humor to go
with the dark news:






Tuesday, August 16, 2022

MOVE ON, NOTHING TO FEAR HERE


 The time intervals between magnetic fields reversals have fluctuated widely, 

but average about 300,000 years, with the last one taking place about 780,000 years ago.

Official talking heads all agree, it will be nothing to worry about. But no humans were alive then to record what happened.


But there was one living thing that recorded what happened. 

A study of an ancient, well-preserved tree that was alive the last time the Earth's magnetic poles flipped tells a different story.


Chaos ensued. 

The weakening of the Earth's magnetic field briefly transformed the world by altering its climate and allowing far more ultraviolet light to pour in.

Anyone noticing drastic changes in weather patterns lately?



You think world governments trust us to handle terrible news well?

No. Me either.

Monday, August 15, 2022

IF YOU SEE ME, WEEP

 

The Elbe River’s hunger stones, carved centuries ago to mark the low-water levels that were recorded on years when crops failed and famine occurred.

 This one, dating back to 1616, reads “If you see me, weep.”


But perhaps the times are showing us other danger omens?
What do you think?

A little Magic to lift your spirits.