First day in Croatia almost over.
Here’s a fab promo for the new “Midnight Crossroad” series from Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana. “Midnight Crossroad” is a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it?
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth …
Out in bookshops on the 8th May 2014.
I’m going to Croatia in a few days so I might be quiter in here for the rest of the month. I’m having a hard time trying to decide what books I want to take with me. Three should be enough.
Anyway, I just finished Bruiser. I found this from the recycling shelf in my favorite library in Helsinki. I’m trying to resist getting more books but I get to read so rarely about gay relationships and I just couldn’t resist. Bruiser is a beautiful story, but it had some unpleasant moments and I have no idea what I’m thinking about the ending.
Happy Birthday, Mary Hoffman, born 20 April 1945
Mary Hoffman’s Top 10 Rules for Would-be Fantasy Writers
- Beautiful people can be very boring.
- Distinguish between an identifier and an annoying verbal or behavioural tic.
- People without flaws can be very boring.
- Don’t build in merchandising opportunities.
- Don’t use linguistic inversions or, if you must, use them VERY sparingly.
- You are not an estate agent or fashion retailer. Don’t describe houses and clothes as if you were.
- On no account ever let a plot hinge on a birthmark.
- Don’t get carried away by names.
- Remember - your readers will have read the same books as you.
- A series of exciting events is not a plot.
Read More of Mary Hoffman’s Writing Advice
- I write on my laptop - on my lap! I know you are not supposed to but I do and have had no problems with neck or back. I sit on the green sofa in my green and white ground floor study, which has French windows to the garden at the back of my house. Drawbacks include this being the place where the three cats bring their prey/presents for me.
- When I swim, three times a week before breakfast, I think about what I’m going to write that day. I am much more creative in the mornings than in the afternoons and evenings.
- I run the writing as a business, with one overworked and overstretched employee - me! But she has a very understanding boss so that if I as worker ask me as employer for a day off the answer is always yes.
- When the writing is going really well (usually the last third of a book) and everything is coming together and all the set-ups have pay-offs and a very complex plot is beginning to twist and plait itself under your fingers to a satisfying whole - that’s the best - like flying.
- Write a lot. Don’t worry about publication, or anything else. Just write and see what happens. It might turn into a story; it might not. Write because it would hurt if you didn’t.
Hoffman is the best-selling British author of the Amazing Grace book series. Hoffman has authored more than 80 children’s books, including the Stravaganza series.
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And now I’ve read all the comics I have. This was a pretty good volume for Slam Dunk, but I don’t much like Mitsui.. He’s annoying.
For me the first volume was so much better. I’m not sure where the girlfriend came from (was she in the first volume?) and Scarecrow was kind of weird. It was strange how bored I got during the story because this type of horror is usually to my liking.
from the dark knight 14
Words of wisdom.
(Batman: The Dark Knight #22)
Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent graphic novels out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here!