A story where every goodbye isn’t gone and every eye closed isn’t sleep, Alice falls into her own story, at the cost of seeking the answer to Looking-glass question; much to the rage of infamous book reviewer, Paige Turner who threatens to jeopardise Alice’s writing career in Authorland.
Hoodlemania descends, and together Alice and her predatory blonde alter-ego, Miss Penopause walk the Critical Path to set forerunning hazards and high-jinks in motion in a bid to make Paige Turner eat her words and silence the damning book review before publication – but at what cost? For as Alice learns; it is far easier to get forgiveness than it is permission to get Paige Turner!
“New Girl on the Writers’ Block” – #Communicardo18
The Brownlee brothers – Rio 2016
They say you can recognise a Yorshire man by the way he doesn’t suck, he crunches a boiled sweet – he’s generous and not afraid of hard graft – and this was certainly fitting for the Brownlee brothers in Rio 2016, which will be long remembered…
Which brings to mind what seemed like a triathlon myself, (Ida Barker) when gigging in Leeds: The Cockpit, Trash, Carpe Diem… between 2004-2008 – yet sometimes a change is as good as a reply – in my case I chose to reinvent myself from singer/songwriter/guitarist to phantasy author, by entering a new phase and selecting a pen-name, Zizzi Bonah.
New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo15 –
Viewing Rio 2016 Olympics it came clear to me – “most of the game is played away from the ball” – in other words four years of preparation, training and commitment is necessary for just a few days of the game.
And with regards to fictional characters we writers create – the game is also played away from the ball; for when we write dramatic moments for our fictional characters, we show the characters for who they are, through their responses to often eruptive events. But let’s not underestimate the more quieter moments that occur more regularly, like in real-life, can be just as powerful, whereby we judge characters away from the ball.
Hedda Hopper was known for wearing flamboyant hats to draw singular attention to herself. A visual identity, a sartorial signature to affirm her celebrity. But more importantly – self-preservation.
People who are notable for a particular manner of dress are protected in hard times, because their signature outfit represents a lifetime.
A signature outfit says all by itself: Here is who I am, no matter what’s going on right now – any momentary bad spell will disappear quickly. It helps remove the person from reality, like a character in a film or book, so long as they are reasonably successful – then – is the presumption of success about them.
“Happiness is wonderful, but if you have more than 5 consecutive minutes of it, it means you are not thinking.”
Have you chosen a style of clothing for which you will be immediately recognised for? I wrote a particular “dress for duress” for one of my characters in short story: Caught In Amber, from book #GirlRogues: Braggadocio.
You overhear a phrase or an observation that you just know will fit seamlessly into your creative writing – the glass question is: will you remember it by the time you reach your manuscript?
Often the answer is no… Solution: don’t leave home without notepad and pen!
Author Jilly Cooper famously would take pen and paper to all her dinner parties and events, writing down the audible, lord-able gems from her guests’ conversations. Amazingly her guests never took offense, in fact they played up to these occasions, then waited impatiently for her next book in the hope they would recognise themselves amongst her carefully crafted characters.
In September of 2015, Ross King was being interviewed on ITV1’s This Morning programme about his second book of fiction: Breaking Hollywood. His first book being: Taking Hollywood – he joked his third would be called Baking Hollywood – Killed by a Croissant; however the TV subtitles spelt out: Killed by a Question.
Tip: Misspelling of subtitles can lead to writing ideas – one of the upcoming chapters in my new book is named after this TV misspelling.
Have you turned a blunder into a writing opportunity?