It's one of my banes. Description of places, people, things in a story that need to be there. I've devoured how other people do it, read up on the best/worst for each style of storytelling. Does it help? Sometimes. One book I had to read about three times before I realised what he meant. That's … Continue reading Description?
This guy: does this thing and offers up a word to make a few words of wasteful wantoness. Not really, but today for me is a day of whimsy. I'm not editing, so this state of mind is a way to play out a story. I have a penchant for wilderness writing, childish writing, overly … Continue reading FOWC – Penchant, not Pedant
And today this one is free until the end of the month: The Old Woman & the Mad Horse A damaged ex-covert operative seeks the quiet life but has to deal with the niggling problems from the last job before she can settle in real life. It was supposed to be a quiet place for … Continue reading Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale
What’s better than someone enjoying a story?
… That’s right. Nothing. It’s better than chocolate.
And if you want to read ‘The Old Woman & the Mad Horse’, it’s in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale (1 July 2020) @ free! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/908121
Here are my thoughts on four more books I read and greatly enjoyed in the first six months of 2020.
First, books by writers from Australia, which seems to be a beehive of creativity in the 21st century.
The Old Woman & the Mad Horse – Case File for: The Big Three Mining Investigation by Cage Dunn and Rose Brimson
The tension starts on the first page and doesn’t let up until nearly the end. Hella Solaris is an investigator for a shadowy organization opposing a mega-corporation’s efforts to gain technological domination of the earth’s population. Her intent to step back from active service in a small rural community is thwarted, first by the presence of an angry horse, and then by a criminal element who wants to drive her away, and finally, by discoveries and developments that entangle the personal with the professional.
This is a thriller of sorts…
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No, don't take the following story too seriously. It's not meant to be serious. It's a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants story. It's only a story. Again, With Bite Sit still, you old bugger. I’ll strap you in proper and we’ll head off to the quacks. No, it’ll be quiet. Everyone’s at home. There’s a new illness. Don’t squawk, … Continue reading Seriously?
Now that I've submitted the most recent project to a publisher for consideration, it's time for a new story ... How about this one? Idea: “Has it rained in the last two weeks?” [she] asked. No one answered. She spun around, hands on hips. Three of the four candidates frantically tapped at devices. Jayce gazed … Continue reading An Idea Pops Up
Hmmm, might have been a while since I posted. The good news is that I've almost finished the editing on the story for submission (oh, last week? Well, this week it will be submitted -- not out of time yet). I'm sure I spend more time editing than doing the first draft (even if the … Continue reading Which Way?
There's an anthology on Smashwords (and distributed more widely, except to Amazon) called Purpose. In a few weeks, it's going the way of the dinosaurs. Unpublished. It's not that I don't like the stories, but they've done their time and I'm currently looking at finding a few more shorter stories to make a new anthology. … Continue reading Going, going … soon to be gone
Coming soon to a book store near you …
I love Frank’s work, and I’m sure you will, too.
It was a bit of a shock to me last evening when I realised that Rescue and Redemption is slotted for release in its paperback form in a day or so, and the e-book version at the end of the month,
I knew these things, of course, because in my great wisdom (or otherwise) I scheduled them that way, but even so . . .
The realisation forced me to get my head back into the right place, firstly by reading through the collection again, from start to finish, and then to get on with a few other things that need to be done, like a Newsletter, and making review copies available to a wonderful group of supporters who have volunteered for the task. This will be the last collection of that kind for the year, I think, so there will be some peace for them (for awhile) from me…
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Jim’s thoughts on Diaballein …
I like Cage’s writing, she is very intelligent and she is a master at keeping her readers in suspense, never giving anything right away, she will make you work to find out what is going on, and you will develop questions along the way. I am not going to try to persuade any potential readers to read her work, as my purpose is to summarize a few of her beginning chapters, so maybe this should be called a Summary instead of a Review. Cage does a wonderful job at adding color to her stories with her descriptive adjectives and letting you inside the thoughts of her characters which makes them very relatable. The title of this novella is a bit scary being “Diaballein’, as the word “devil” originates from the Greek word “diabolos: which means slanderer, and that word comes from diaballein. Another meaning of this word found in the…
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