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16176. Preditors & Editors Readers Poll final tallies

The final tallies are in for the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll, and Detour Trail is #6 (tied) in the All Other Novels category and Crystal Quest is #7 in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories category.  And the Detour Trail cover is #13 (tied) in the Cover Art category.

Poll link:
http://www.critters.org/predpoll/

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16177. More famous than you might think (or, what's the point?)

The book was published more than a hundred and fifty years ago! Yet when I typed her first name into Google, she was number 1 on the list. (Will spare you the labyrinthian thought process that led to this act.)

So I put in other names.

Here are some random results....

SLOT ON LIST (after typing in first name followed by space)

Eustacia (Vye) # 2

Tess (of the d'urbervilles)  #1

Harry  (Potter) #3

Harriet (the Spy) #6

Elizabeth (Bennet) -- not even on it! This must have to do with how common the name Elizabeth is?

Scarlett (O'Hara) #8

Rhett (Butler) #3
(This was partly to test how having an unusual name can bump the character up)

Lisbeth (Salander) #2

This is NOT why I was doing it -- but the next time I'm tempted to wonder what the point of writing is, I hope I'll remember how important these people are. And that characters who never come so high up on the list may be just as important to a smaller number of readers.


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16178.

Why New Jersey is Giving Social Media Training to 7th Graders http://buff.ly/1eRHbH7 via SayItSocial

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16179. Australia Day celebrations with George Negus!

Trev the truck george negusGeorge Negus journalist, investigative reporter and you may not know – children’s author chaired this high powered panel of Australians ~ for Australia Day:-

Professor Tim Flannery – champion against climate change

Tim Wilson Australia’s human rights commissioner

Shelley Reys AO Djirribul woman, Australia Day Council

Dr Tim Soutphommasane Australia’s Discrimination Commissioner

Ronnie Kahn – established OZ HARVEST taking surplus restaurant food to the homeless

Tim Flannery climate change Australia Day Council NSW panelWhere? At the Art Gallery of NSW in the Domain. @AusDayNSW

Best part of Australia Day is recognising and engaging with Australians who live their lives making a difference.

 

The post Australia Day celebrations with George Negus! appeared first on Susanne Gervay's Blog.

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16180. Sketchbook Saturday:

sketchbook saturday

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Creating new online Visual Storytelling class.


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16181. Goodreads Review: The World Needs More Maggies!

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16182. Women in Nature


Let's get a "kickstart"!

 

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16183. Cover Stories: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols has some great covers. (Remember the makeovers of her illustrated-cover books into photographic covers? Love that!)

Her 2012 book, Such a Rush, is no exception. Jennifer's here to share her Cover Story:

"When the publisher asked me for my input on the cover, I told them a big sky would be good, but we would also need to see the characters Leah and Grayson to make it evident to readers that the book is a romance. They came back with two possibilities. One looked like the back cover, showing the small-town airport with an airplane overhead, except that Leah and Grayson were also lying in the grass. The other looked like the front cover...."

Read Jennifer's full Cover Story on melissacwalker.com.

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16184. I just love Van Gogh!

Van Gogh's
My painting

One of my own.
 

 Here is another picture I painted of one of Van Gogh's still life's. I so love his work. This picture is probably one of my favorites. After I paint a piece, I like to leave it up on my painting easel for a few days so I can decide if I want to add, or take away anything from what I have painted. The painting of the flowers in the vase is my favorite, because I found at different times of the day the light from outside hit it differently and the colors and shadows changed so wonderfully. Vincent was so good. Love his stuff, and now I have my own painting that really pleases me.

The  bottom picture here  was one that  felt like it would be in France.  Brings back happy memories of Paris to me.

Hope you like them. Oh! By the way I have been actually selling copies of my paintings, so if you would like to purchase any of the things I have painted let me know. You can 'friend' me on FB and get a message to me that way.

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16185. What’s your experience with Beauty?

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The teacher is taking classes.

I’m enrolled in a great class on Skillshare: Julia Pott’s Developing Narrative class. I’m knee-deep in week 2 and my assignment is to ask friends (and perhaps, students) on their experiences regarding my film’s theme.

What are your experiences with Beauty? Were there times in your life that you felt drained of light/juice/mojo/life? And how or what was the process of refilling back up? What brought you back to life? Why were you drained or lost your light? It could have been from a time period in your life, or an incident that happened, or just a memory you had (like being picked last in gym class, or your Mom told you in a quick remark you were too tall) .

I’d love to hear from you. You can comment below or use the contact form for privacy. I might use a piece of your experience symbolically in the visuals, but won’t retell your story or mention you for anonymity.

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16186. EWN will be back to posting veeeeeery soon

It's been way too long and there have been too many great books published, read and not written about since that last post.

Coming soon will be some reviews of Merrill Joan Gerber's backlist.

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16187. Harts Pass No. 185

Snow? Just kidding... GRRR!

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16188. Five & Dime Friday: Author Edition

I've had a few links I've been keeping open on the desk top for a bit, and realized I need to get them out there! For some reason, most of these are writerly, so forgive the slant: We had a REALLY GOOD discussion and follow-up exercise in our... Read the rest of this post

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16189. Taking a Blog Break

                                                               


In 2008 when we started The Paper Wait, the social media arena was very different. Blogs were "the thing," and a critique group blog was unusual. The scene has changed. Facebook and Twitter hold sway now and we're ready for a blog break. Five years of thoughtful, informative and humorous posts remain that reflect our varying personalities.

My posts often echoed my writing life during the last five years:


I dabbled in the digital app world by allowing a start-up company (that failed quickly) find illustrators for two stories. One of the apps was fine. The other, because I wasn't shown proof, had a bad error - one illustration didn't match my text. UGH, but I'm not sorry I took a chance.

I peddled two PB's at conferences and with editors. No luck. The PB's needed to be more "character driven," and in spite of aiming for that in many revisions, they haven't sold.

I sold nine pieces to magazines - some published and some on hold. Is this my future? Perhaps. My concise writing style lends itself to short stories and I enjoy researching folktales to retell.

We're taking a blog break, but our group lives! I'll still critique with our talented members. And I'll write. And submit. And wait. I'll always be a paper waiter.









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16190. Friday Book Excerpt - Kaleidoscope - 17/01/2014




Displaced 


we began before dawn in sulphur light
birds rose from the night’s entrails
but we ignored the omens, the sky full of rain

the indifferent Severn bubbled under sandstone
as we climbed mole pocked hills out of the valley,
where bone-snapped hedges sheltered beasts
and the remains of the storm tapped smaller branches

landscape we’d barely noticed was engraved
on memory, lights shone from a distant farmhouse,
and men fishing by the reservoir were envied permanence

passing through towns, factory windows glowed amber
and we came to a different place, open
unending before us, drain crossed, the wheeling seabirds
dipping to mud flats, exposed by shallow seas

sheets of scudding rain shook the land’s end

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16191. True Confessions: When is "finished" really finished?

When is a writing project really finished? I struggle with this question constantly. I'm a tinkerer, and no matter how many times I've revised, I'll always find something I absolutely have to change.

Every time I see another writer claim to have finished a project, many things flash through my mind.

First, if I know you and have been following your progress, there's excitement for you. I know how hard it is to finish a first draft, much less all of the necessary revisions. If you get to that point, it means you are awesome. A writing superhero. How many people say they are going to write a book and never start? Almost everybody walking the planet. How many who start actually get to the end? Almost none of the people who started, and forget about the people who never even got to Word One.

That's followed quickly by envy. I would like to feel like something is finished. But I have yet to be fully satisfied with anything I've written. Even when I think I am, I'll go back and look at it months or years later and find a ton of things I have to fix.

Next comes skepticism. I've seen too many "finished" stories that should never have been put in front of another person so soon. I'm sure agents feel this all the time. I remember my first attempt at a novel. As soon as I got to the end, I thought it was ready to start sending out. It was "done." I mean, I had typed "The End," after all. If that doesn't mean "finished," what does? Of course, the thing was nowhere near done. We've all seen "finished" manuscripts and even books, especially self-published books (I love the idea of self-published books, by the way), that look live they've barely if ever seen a revision.

Then there's another round of envy, mixed with hopelessness. Why am I not able to get to the point where I feel like it's done if you can? Am I that hopeless as a writer. Are you so much better that you can write and revise and finish something and I'll keep working and working and never get there. Sometimes, it's not hard to believe you are that good and I'm just not.

It all comes down to one question for me: what does "finished" even mean? As writers, we hit many milestones that we call "finished," most significantly that hard-fought-for "The End" on the last page of a first draft. We are, and should be, immensely proud and relieved at each milestone.

If we finish and submit and are among the select few to get a contract, there are more revisions at the request of the agent, then the publisher. So we weren't finished before then. Not really. Even after the book goes to galleys there are likely to be small changes.

I guess a book is finished when it's printed and on the shelf. But how often have we seen later editions that include changes? I'm sure when I one day look at my printed book, I'm going to cringe at all the junk I didn't fix, especially if I look at it a few years down the Road of Constant Learning.

So maybe I'll never really finish. Maybe I'll merely let go. 


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16192. Free Ebook From Peggy Bright Books!

If you'd like to try out some of the fiction of award-winning SF writer Simon Petrie, Peggy Bright Books has just uploaded five of his stories in all formats - ePub, mobi, PDF- as a free sampler, under the title Needs More Dinosaurs. Simon writes both humour and serious stuff, but whatever the flavour, it's accurate. I've had Simon, a fellow ASIMite, check  out the physics in one of the stories I edited for ASIM 60.

I've just downloaded the book to my iBooks shelf and am very much looking forward to reading it. The cover is a simple monochrome dinosaur from a 19th century public domain publication, done so deliberately, although he could have found something more elaborate on a Creative Commons site - it will work better on an ereader, for one thing.

Here's the link for you. If you like the stories in this book, there's more by Simon on the PBB website, each book about the price of a cup of coffee. And of course, there's the wonderful anthology,  Light Touch Paper Stand Back, which has had a lot of guest posts on this blog from contributors and which had a story of mine in it. ;-) Simon was a co-editor on this.

Go get your freebie and tell me what you think.

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16193. New heroes

the heroes meeting
I'm working on a new book... it's something I wrote years ago and am now finally getting around to illustrating.
Here are some bits of me working stuff out.

sketchbook


rough shading

things from the house... I didn't use all the colours.

digital colouring

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16194. Blog Break Until February 1st.

Dear Blog Friends,

Right now I'm working on a writing project that has a deadline. Please come back February 1st. Meanwhile, I'll still surf around, reading yours and commenting.

Thanks so much for your patience.

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16195. Endorphins: Picture a world that much sweeter

Trust me, there is something special about those endorphins…more powerful than even speed goggles. EVERYTHING just looks and feels better with a brain full of post-run endorphins. Those problems feel just a smidgen less monstrously terrible, food tastes better, even that neighbor you hate is slightly more tolerable. The world is just a better place after you’ve got your run on.

Now, certainly endorphins have a shelf-life…gosh, dang it! The answer though is simple…get up, run, get your endorphin shot, go to bed, repeat.
life is better on endorphins
Living the life of a runner is like being in one of those revolving doors. It’s not a stagnate state, it’s ALWAYS moving. Tomorrow wipes the slate clean, and you have to start that run all over again. Some people could see that as a negative, “Dangit, I worked by butt off yesterday but when I go to bed I’ve gotta get up and do it all over again.”

Wiped clean, but not erased. Let’s look at the many positives of living in the running revolving door:

* Injures pass:

Stuck in the middle of an injury it kinda feels like that door is stalling out…maybe it’s broken and you’re trapped in injury purgatory FOREVER. But time passes, injuries heal, and eventually you get back to your runs. Then savor them.
* Training accumulates: When tomorrow wipes the slate clean, it HARDLY erases all that hard work put in. This is the beauty of training cycles, the runs and hard workouts build upon the next, so that revolving door is more like an escalator. Riiiiide it, baby. BUT…it only goes up if you stay consistent in moving through those doors, you have to be consistent with your running and putting in the work.
* Bad races are wiped away: There will always be days that bring you bad races and horrible workouts. Can’t avoid them, the good news is you can LEARN from every off performance and after that, shake off the crappy run and get moving towards the next AWESOME run.
* ALWAYS another opportunity: Perhaps the most wonderful and motivating part of the revolving door is that there is ALWAYS another run, race, day, workout, waiting. So even in the most down times of your running, take a shower and set your sights on tomorrow. And the tomorrow after that…and just keep running.

So if you’re reading this in brilliant HI-DEF, magni-color vision…you must have gotten back from your run. If the world is looking a little grey, though, you know what you need to do…

1) List another benefit of tomorrow always ‘wiping’ away yesterday.
2) Name another major perk of endorphins?
3) Last lesson you learned from a bad day?

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16196. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 17th, 2014



Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

How to Build a Writing Group in Your Community (Nathaniel Kressen)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/01/17/build-writing-group-community/

You’re Too Good to Quit (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/2014/01/youre-too-good-to-quit

Writing Books Faster—Without Compromising Quality (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1671/making-turnaround-process-faster-without-compromising-writing/

Endurance for the Writing Journey (Mary Keeley)
http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/endurance-for-the-journey/

Audio Editing (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/01/audio-editing.html

Pricing (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/01/15/the-business-rusch-pricing-discoverability-part-7/

Chasing the Market (Jim C. Hines aka jimhines)
http://jimhines.livejournal.com/715267.html

Two Ways to Look at It (Meg Rosoff)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/15/two-ways-to-look-at-it-2/

Ten Myths about Writing (Keith Cronin) JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/14/ten-myths-about-writing/

You wanna be a writer? Get real! (P.J.Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/01/you-wanna-be-writer-get-real.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.
 

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16197. And the Nominees are...

With all the excitement of the Award show season, a person can get caught up in all the hype, glamour, and glitter. I was never one for all that craziness and elation. Until now. This week, the unexpected happened. My book, Legend of the Timekeepers was nominated for BEST YA BOOK of 2013 by the Love Romances Café Yahoo Group! Say what? BEST? MOI? I’m still pinching myself.
Now the Love Romances Café group is a fair size with over 4000 members, and most of the membership I don’t know on a personal basis, which added to the shock factor. Below is a list of authors and their nominated books. I thought I’d post them because you may find a gem of a book from a genre you enjoy reading. BTW—two fabulous authors in my Wenches of Words group have also been nominated: Sloane Taylor and Sam Cheever. I'm so very proud of their accomplishments and wish them all the success in the world. I also share the spotlight with friend and fellow YA author Jane Dougherty, so I'm in great company. I’ve highlighted their names, along with mine, as well as the publishing company I’m signed with since they got the nod too! Congrats, Musa Publishing! Now, without further ado… here are the nominees for 2013:

The Main Categories Nominees.....

Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy book Nominees:

Louisa Kelly’s Nareen of the Draco (Loose Id)
Sally Max’s The Medusa’s Gargoyle (Breathless Press)
Susan Laine’s Hunter’s Moon (Dreamspinner Press)
Andrea Speed’s Infected: Undertow (Dreamspinner Press)
Jenika Snow and Sam Crescent’s Taken by Her Mate (Evernight Publishing)
Marteeka Karland & Shelby Morgan’s Memphis Heat: Streetwise (Changeling Press)
Cynthia Sax’s Dragon Lord’s Destiny (Changeling Press)
Desiree Holt’s Branded by Lust (Ellora’s Cave)
Marie Harte’s Prey & Prejudice (Samhain Publishing)
Sarah Gilman’s Ashes (Entangled Publishing)
Karenna Colcraft’s Try the Tofu (MLR Press)
LE Franks & Sara York’s Prodigal Wolf (MLR Press)

Best Science Fiction/Futuristic book Nominees:
Jessica E. Subject’s Never Gonna Say Goodbye (Decadent Publishing)
Vivi Anna’s The League of Illusion: Legacy (Carina Press)
Anne Kane’s Stargazers (Changeling Press)
Mychael Black’s Coriolis: Kill Fee (Changeling Press)
Sally Max’s Island Urges (Breathless Press)
Shannon West’s Konnor and his Omega Mate (Secret Cravings Publishing)

Best Historical/Regency book Nominees:

Raven McAllan’s Miss Simpkin’s School: Flora (Breathless Press)
Heather King’s A Sense of Ridiculas (Musa Publishing)
Charlie Cochrane’s Promises Made Under Fire (Carina Press)
Marilyn Kelly’s Sounds of Love (Ellora’s Cave)
Kirsten S. Blacketer’s An Irresistible Shadow (Breathless Press)
Summer Devon & Bonnie Dee’s The Gentleman’s Madness (Samhain Publishing)
Jianne Carlo’s Vengeance Hammer (Etopia Press)
Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle

Best Young Adult/New Adult book Nominees:

K.D. Rose’s Erasing Shadows (Breathless Press)
Jane Doughtry’s The Dark Citadel (Musa Publishing)
Sharon Ledwith’s Legend of the Time Keepers (Musa Publishing)
EM Lynley’s Snow Job (Loose Id)
Lisa Burstein’s The Next Forever (Entangled Publishing)
Jus Accardo’s Ruined (Entangled Publishing)
Molly Daniels’ Endless Love (Secret Cravings Publishing)

Best Thriller/Suspense/Mystery Book Nominees:

Terri Rigg’s Resolutions (Decadent Publishing)
Wendy Robert’s Grounds to Kill (Carina Press)
Daryl Anderson’s Murder in Mystic Cove (Carina Press)
Ditter Kellen’s The Seeker: Ember Burns (Loose Id)
Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of Shadowlands 8: If Only (Loose Id)
Desiree Holt’s Lock and Load (Totally Bound)
JD Robb’s Thankless In Death (Putnam)
Laura Harner’s Moving Mountains (Hot Corner Press)
Angel Martinez’s Rarely Pure and Never Simple (MLR Press)

Best Series Nominees:

Decadent Publishing’s 1NS Multi-Author Series
SJD Peterson’s Guards of Folsom Series (Dreamspinner Press)
Kim Knox’s Agamemnon Frost Series (Carina Press)
Karina Cooper’s St. Croix Chronicles (Carina Press)
Cindy Spencer Pape’s Gaslight Chronicles (Carina Press)
Declan Sands’ Blood-Hound Series (Changeling Press) – Sam Cheever
LA Witt, Marie Sexton & Heidi Cullinan’s Tucker Springs Series (Riptide Publishing)
EM Lynley’s Precious Gems Series (Dreamspinner Press)
Lee Brazil and Raven McAllan’s Behind Closed Door Series (Evernight Publishing)
T.A. Webb’s City Knight’s Series (A Bear on Books)
Laura Harner’s Willow Springs Ranch Series (Hot Corner Press)
Tara Lain’s The Aloysius Tales (Loose Id Publishing)
Jean C. Joachim’s Hollywood Hearts (Secret Cravings Publishing)

Best Western Book nominees:

Amanda McIntyre’s Rugged Hearts (Decadent Publishing)
LB Shire’s The Damned (Breathless Press)
Cathryn Fox’s A Cowboy’s Way (Entangled Publishing)
Sandy Sullivan’s Trouble with a Cowboy (Secret Cravings Publishing)
RJ Scott’s Crooked Tree Ranch (Totally Bound)

Best Publisher (includes their imprint lines) nominees:

Decadent Publishing
Entangled Publishing
Changeling Press
Breathless Press
Loose Id
Secret Cravings Publishing
Dreamspinner Press
Manlove Romance Press
Riptide Publishing
Ellora’s Cave
Musa Publishing
Carina Press
Totally Bound

Best BDSM/Kink Book nominees:

Virginia Nelson’s Dom of the Dead (Decadent Publishing)
Lyn Gala’s Fettered (Dreamspinner Press)
KC Wells’s An Unlocked Heart (Dreamspinner Press)
Sean Michael’s Shibari Auction House: James (Changeling Press)
Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau’s Flesh Cartel 4: Consequences (Riptide Publishing)
Melinda Barron’s Dungeon Building (Loose Id)
Joely Sue Burkhart’s Lord Regent’s Price (Samhain)
Jasmine Hill’s Serena’s Seduction (Totally Bound)
Sierra Cartwright’s For the Sub (Totally Bound)

Best Anthology nominees:

Mischief Corner Books Horns and Halos
Riptide Publishing’s Bump in the Night Anthology
Down on the Farm Vol. 1 by Dianne Hartsock, SJ Thomas, Leona Bushman & Raven McAllan (Breathless Press)
Ad-Dick-Tion Vol. 3 Anthology (Breathless Press)

Best Author in 2013 nominees:

Scotty Cade
Cate Marsters
Megan Slayer
Charlie Cochrane
Kim Knox
Jenika Snow
Cindy Spencer Pape
Ashlynn Monroe
Sam Cheever
Andrea Speed
Marie Sexton
LA Witt
Mychael Black

Best Contemporary book Nominees:

CR Moss’s Sunset Heat (Decadent Publishing)
Cardeno C’s Something in the Way He Needs (Dreamspinner Press)
Sloane Taylor’s Photo Op! (Musa Publishing)
JS Wayne’s Even Groomsmen get the Blues (Changeling Pres)
Megan Slayer’s Watch Me (Changeling Press/Razor’s Edge line)
Rowan Speedwell’s Illumination (Riptide Publishing)
ZA Maxfield’s The Brothers Grime: Eddie (Loose Id)
Emily March’s Miracle Road (Random House)
Andrew Grey’s Crossing Divides (Dreamspinner Press)
Rick R. Reed’s Raining Men (Dreamspinner Press)
Carol Lynne’s Fingerprints and Muddy Feet (Totally Bound)

Best Erotic Romance Book in 2013 Nominees:

Christine d’Abo’s Choose Your Shot (Carina Press)
Ashlynn Monroe’s My Heroes (Changeling Press)
Stephanie Burke’s How to NOT date a Bear (Changeling Press)
Jodi Redford’s Three Ways to Wicked (Samhain Publishing)
Cherrie Lyn’s Take Me On (Samhain Publishing)
W. Lynn Chantal’s Beneath the Mistletoe (Evernight Publishing)
Tara Lain’s F.A.S.T. Balls (Etopia Press)
Diana DeRicci’s Learning to Live (MLR Press)
Selena Illyria’’s Mate Not Wanted (Etopia Press)

Best Book All Around Nominees:

Lauren Dane’s Drawn Together (Berkley)
Kevin Hearne’s Hunted (Del Ray)
Aleksandr Voinov’s Scorpion (Riptide Publishing)
Abigail Roux’s Shock and Awe (Riptide Publishing)
Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of Shadowlands 8: If Only (Loose Id)
JR Ward’s Lover at Last (New American Library)
Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Styxx (St. Martin’s)
Andrew Grey’s Love Comes in Darkness (Dreamspinner Press)
Jo Ramsey’s Nail Polish and Feathers (Harmony Ink Publishing)
Jean C. Joachim’s Lovers & Liars (Secret Cravings Publishing)

It would appear that I’m in good company, and the competition is stiff (pun intended for those Erotica authors!). LOL! Wishing all the nominees listed above best wishes and good luck! Winners will be announced on January 28that noon EST (USA). So may the BEST authors rise to the top! Cheers and salute! 

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16198. Developing Antagonist Conflict

Antagonist Conflict scenes introduce us to the antagonist or antagonistic forces. This is your verbal camera focused on stage right.

These scenes test the protagonist’s and antagonist’s knowledge, ingenuity, and strength. They are battles of will and wit.

These scenes zero in on the conflict between the two opposing characters. Other characters may be present, but the focus is on the direct confrontation between the antagonist and protagonist or the antagonist himself.

If you follow only the protagonist’s POV, these scenes are where the lead alien and the hero face off, the serial killer taunts the investigator, the brothers fight over the woman, the scientists clash over the best way to thwart the meteor, or the knight and the infidel cross swords.

If the verbal camera follows the antagonist, or these scenes are written from his point of view, they show him actively pursuing his goal, reveal his personal dilemma, and expose his character flaw and secret weapon. They show him interacting with his henchmen or threatening secondary characters. The antagonist argues his side of the thematic argument. These scenes lead to the climactic confrontation with the protagonist. The final scene reveals the fate of the antagonist.

If you use antagonistic forces rather than a person, these scenes show the protagonist being threatened by nature or working against a controlling power. If the force is family disapproval, and a specific member isn’t singled out as an antagonist, these scenes show the protagonist trying to win them over or to break their hold over him.

Exercise:

1) List ten ideas for events that escalate the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist or antagonistic forces: snags in the plan, unexpected discoveries, reversals, gains, important information concealed or revealed, and increasing levels of threat. Arrange them in an order that will make the most impact. The first scene should introduce the antagonist or forces. The final scene should reveal the final disposition of the antagonist or vanquishing of the forces.

Example: Ted is directly opposed to stopping the meteor. He has been so damaged by life that he thinks it is time for humanity to be destroyed. Since this is a thriller, we will allow the verbal camera to follow Ted.

1. Ted learns there is a meteor headed toward earth. Finally, the world can be destroyed and he doesn’t have to lift a finger. All he has to do is sit back and watch the show.

2. Dick has come up with a plan. Ted vows to make sure it doesn’t work.

3. Ted is denied access to the equipment. He has something on one of the grounds crew, Bob, and uses that pressure to convince him to tamper with it. But we’ll all die. Do you want to die now or later?

4. Ted confronts Dick. Why are you trying to stop the inevitable?

5. Dick has come up with a new plan. So, Ted must tamper with the laser beam.

6. Ted calls Sally and tells her Dick and Jane are having an affair.

7. Dick confronts Ted. You had something to do with this. You’ll never prove it and in a few days it won’t matter anyway.

8. Ted must find a way to make certain the shuttle doesn’t take off.

9. Ted fails to prevent take-off.

10. Ted is led off in handcuffs.

2) If you already have a rough draft, save a copy of the draft as “Antagonist” and delete everything except the scenes that contain the antagonist at work. Examine how each scene affects the overall story problem. Are they in a logical cause and effect order? If not, can you revise them so that they are?

3) How and where does your antagonist enter and exit the story? How does he end up?

Next week, we explore Layer Threee: Interpersonal Conflict

Note: this post was originally published on www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com

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