Archive for January, 2015
This is a bit late, I know, but I only recently received the picture!
As I’ve mentioned on several accounts, my young adult novel, In the Light of the Eclipse, was inspired by five individuals who challenged me to write a novel. I usually see them every Christmas, so I was going to give them all a signed copy of my book in 2013, however, due to some family issues, our normal Christmas Eve party was canceled and I was unable to see them all. (My niece and nephew did get theirs, though). So this past Christmas, I was delighted to be able to finally give the other three young ladies their copies, and they were just as excited to start reading.
This week, we have two very similar answers to choose from, but answers which could send the narrative in two very different directions.
Every original story begins with a foundation in past lore. Whether that includes fables, mythologies or tales written centuries ago, inspiration is a key to building a story that people relate to, or find comfort in. Sometimes, these muses are hidden in a well-crafted, innovative idea. For others, like Strange Magic, the ingredients are on full display: Mix together a pound of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a cup of Romeo and Juliet, a pinch of Ferngully and a dash of The Dark Crystal, then lather it in a bowl of love potion number 9. Voila! An odd little love story from the mind of George Lucas is born. Read Full Review
Welcome to the next chapter in our continuing saga. Chapter 9 once again brings us to new territory, as I have split the chapter into two parts. What does this mean for you, my charismatic readers? It means you get to answer not one, but two questions (that are related to each other, of course). It’ll definitely be interesting to see how I craft the story from here, but based on the answer given to Chapter 8’s question, I thought the narrative deserved a change of pace.
Before you begin, if you’d like to see the answer for Chapter 8’s question, “Why won’t the engines start?”, you can find it here. And if you’d like to get caught up on all previous chapters, or simply refresh your memory on what characters we’ve met so far and what they’ve had to go through, check out our extremely convenient cliff notes.
Now, please enjoy Chapter 9 of our story where we find out why the engines wouldn’t start.
For everyone who has wanted to join in on the fun of my interactive novel but were late to the party and don’t feel they have time to read all of the chapters — or don’t like the idea of answering the next chapter’s questions without knowing what’s going on — you’re in luck. You can now jump on over to the Cliff Notes page for Write A Novel With Me and learn everything you need to know about the project, including character descriptions, who or what certain items are and what they can do, and of course, brief chapter summaries (including the question posed and the winning answer) with links to the full chapter for your convenience.
This is also a helpful tool for those who have been following the story from the beginning, but may have forgotten a certain aspect or need a refresher on what happened so that you might better answer a particular question.
Check it out and come help write a novel with me.
For the second time in two weeks, I’m reviewing a film I have mixed feelings about. As a film, Taken 3 failed on several levels, forgetting about what made the original film a solid thriller (and the second a fun diversion). But because it was already part of an established franchise, it relied heavily on brand recognition, hoping everyone — myself included — would lower their expectations and enjoy it as a brainless action piece. The Wedding Ringer, however, doesn’t have the luxury of a namesake to fall back on, which means it needs to try harder to prove they can put together a winning formula, provide laughs beyond what was shown in the trailers (a hard task to do in this day of TMI overload) and tell a well-written story that speaks to their target audience. On some level, they succeeded, despite the inability to find a consistent voice. Read Full Review
This week in my World Chaos News Roundup, I discuss the exit of a dancing scream queen, the unnecessary plan to provide adults with more “free” education, and the omissions of both a beloved film from the biggest award show and a politician from the biggest march in French history.
It seems either everyone was on vacation this week, or the question posed at the end of Chapter 8 left everyone’s minds blank (or overloaded with possibilities) because only one person offered up an answer to the question, “Why won’t the engines start?”
Prior to 2008, Liam Neeson had only dabbled in high-octane roles that required a lot of physicality, which got him away from the doldrums of period romances and revered dramas. But it wasn’t until the original Taken film premiered that his career trajectory made a complete one-eighty, sending Neeson into the stratosphere of mad-dog action hero (and in-demand voice actor… and comedian? Hey, it works). Since then, Neeson has been stuck delivering what amounts to the same basic character trapped in the same basic scenario — a man pretending to be just another “average Joe” who actually has a secret past and some tremendous “skills” is pulled back into the life he left behind long ago to hunt down some unknown terrorist to save the world (and his family). The films are more often than not released in January (his next film with this premise, Run All Night, debuts in April), and that includes Taken 3, Neeson’s final ride (or so they want you to believe) as Bryan Mills, the beleaguered ex-special forces operative who wants nothing more than a peaceful life with his loving family. Read Full Review
Welcome to the next chapter in our continuing saga. Chapter 8 was a little slow to get started, but once I added just a small touch of my own to the winning answer, everything started flowing quite nicely.
Before you begin, if you’d like to see the answers for Chapter 7’s question, “How does the standoff end?”, you can find them here. And in case you haven’t read them yet, here are the previous chapters: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6 & Chapter 7.
Please enjoy Chapter 8 of our story where we find out how the standoff comes to a conclusion.