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Fear and loathing (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 31, 2018 by francesothomas

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Yikes! I almost missed week 35 of the blog challenge. The topic is my irrational fears. Let me start by saying I do not believe any of my fears are irrational, so here are my rational fears in no particular order:

“Palmetto bugs” (I live in Florida)

Geckos (ditto)

Alligators (ditto)

Being old and sick with nobody to take care of me (I am already old and have no children)

Being poor (I’m on Social Security. Isn’t it supposed to run out of money any moment now?

I could go on, but why?

Take a look here at the fears of my fellow authors. Let’s hope they are not as depressing as mine,

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Contentious election-is there any other kind?

Published August 27, 2018 by francesothomas

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With the primary occurring this month here in Florida, I have been paying attention to all things political, including reading material.

This book is free today. Here’s the blurb:

An IED blew up more than Marc North’s career as a Cobra pilot—it shattered his plans for marriage. After being dumped by his girlfriend and spending more than a year in rehab, all he wants is to fly again. He jumps at the chance to partner with a combat buddy in a helicopter sightseeing business. Now in a boomtown in southern Utah, Marc gets caught up with local politics. And the local election official.

At work, McKenzie Terkildsen struggles to keep control of a dangerously contentious election. At home, she shares the challenge of raising younger half-brothers with her older step-brother. He complicates things by inviting a Marine buddy to stay with them while the two build a business together. As a council member takes liberty with facts and stirs the already caustic election brew, the last thing McKenzie needs is one more guy messing up her life—or her heart.

Sing a song (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 24, 2018 by francesothomas

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I’m a singer, so this week’s theme of “what’s my theme song” could have gone in any one of several directions. I actually resorted to asking my husband. He helpfully made the choice for me–“that song you sing all the time, but I don’t know what it is.”

Aha!I know what it is. “Vittoria, Mio Core.” This is an Italian art song by Giacomo Carissimi that I have used successfully for more than one audition. I first learned it years ago when I was taking voice lessons. I liked it then and like it still. My husband is right. I do occasionally break into it at odd times.

It begins with these words:

Vittoria, mio core!
Non lagrimar più,
È sciolta d’Amore
La vil servitù.

In English, this is:

Victory, my heart!
Weep no longer,
[You] are free of love [and]
Its abject slavery.

For your listening pleasure, here is a rendition by the incomparable Cecilia Bartoli. How I wish I could sing it a fraction as beautifully as she does.

For some other theme songs of fellow authors, go here.

The bumpy road (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 17, 2018 by francesothomas

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Best writing advice I’ve gotten? What sticks with me is something from a plotting class I took with Delilah Devlin. She calls it three bumps and a push.

In other words, throw three roadblocks into your plot, each worse than the last. Then add one final thing that seems like it can’t be resolved, the final crisis. Of course, your characters do overcome that last big problem and go on to live happily ever after. This framework is so simple even I can follow it.

Clearly, there’s much more to writing than this. I can’t wait to read other good advice from fellow authors here.

 

Escape into history

Published August 15, 2018 by francesothomas

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Kristen calls her books “sweet escape romance.” That’s how I feel about mine too. This prequel to her Port Provident:Hurricane Hope series is free right now. Here’s the blurb:

HE RETURNED HOME TO SAY GOODBYE. SHE GAVE HIM THE CHANCE AT A FRESH START.

Whitt Peoples knows this Christmas will be the worst holiday in his life. The high-powered corporate consultant is used to saving dying companies, but he can’t save his dying grandmother. Returning to Port Provident for the first time since his childhood, he hopes to slip into town—and then leave as soon as possible–without running into the other side of his family who turned their back on him when he was a kid.

Samantha Spaeth has spent her life conquering her fears. The Director of the Port Provident Historical Society isn’t afraid of anything, except the fact that she is running out of time to save one of the island’s most historic landmarks before it succumbs to development by a big-box store.

When Whitt asks her to navigate Port Provident’s history in order to help him discover the secrets from his own past, she accepts the challenge because she needs all the allies she can find to preserve the island’s heritage.

Can a woman who lives for the lessons of the past use the town’s heritage to bring the promise of true love to a man who’s spent his whole life running away?

First, second, third, phooey (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 10, 2018 by francesothomas

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This week, we writers are to discuss what we call POV, point of view. So far, I have only written in third. But I really like to read first. If I don’t think of more to add, this will be a very short post, won’t it?

Truthfully, I still struggle with this concept. I know there are two kinds of third, omniscient and limited. I think what I’m using is omniscient. “God-like” I can see into all  the characters’ minds.

At least I know “head-hopping” is taboo. We authors aren’t supposed to jump will nilly from one character’s thoughts to another. Most romance novels seem to alternate from heroine to her’s POV, but only in separate chapters.

And you thought this writing stuff was easy. Clearly, I need more work on my craft.

Let’s hope my fellow authors have more coherent answers. Find out here.