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Monthly Archive: November 2015

Very Helpful Science Bloggers

 It is very strange, but within the last two days I have come across the work of two bloggers, who I believe will help me bring as much authenticity as possible into my science fiction novels.

One of the writers presents an overview of recent science discoveries and trends, and the other discusses concepts such as dark matter. They both seem to possess a very well-developed sense of humour and both are extremely accomplished writers.

The name of the overview presenter has disappeared from my inbox, but I have subscribed to his blog and newsletter and I will post his name when contact is established. The other writer, T.E. Mark, https://temarkauthor.wordpress.com/discusses concepts in a highly amusing style, and both will help me keep reasonably close to the straight and narrow of physics, even if they may not be physics as they relate exactly to this particular universe.

What these two writers do is a generous and nice thing. Blogs of this quality are not put together in five minutes – not even in five hours – and I can only hope that they will continue with their very interesting and definitely helpful posts for some time to come

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Prize Draw on Facebook

 This is a Prize Draw which is running on my Facebook Fan Page:   https://www.facebook.com/JudithRookBooks.  (Highlight the link, then right click, then left click on the “Go To” tab.)   I am sorry that the draw only extends to the US and Canada, but postage to other countries is very high.
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Judith Rook Books's photo.Judith Rook Books's photo.

PRIZE DRAW (USA & CAN ONLY)

GRAND PRIZE

Notebook & Pen
Trinket tin
Chocolate spoon and bookmark
Page Peeper
Mint tin
$5 AGC

Second Prize
$5 AGC
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To be in for a chance to win all these goodies, read on.

(REQUIRED) Buy one of Judith’s books and then post the invoice on this thread. (see below) All books are $2.99

(Extra 1x entry) Tag two friends onto this post.

(Extra 2x entries) Write and post a review of one of Judith’s books on Amazon.

PLANET WOMAN
Sci-fi/romance/mystery
A head-strong female from the planet Circe and a powerful man from planet First Home are the only two that can save the intellectual planet.
myBook.to/PW

MAN OF TWO PLANETS
Sci-fi/romance/thriller
A man from Circe travels to First Home to train as a solider. But he carries a dark side with him.
myBook.to/MAN2

THE THREE WAYS OF DESIRE
Fantasy, erotica mixed with danger and thrills.
To save Yolande from being sold, two powerful men agree to share her.
myBook.to/3ways

This contest has nothing to do with Facebook
All books are $2.99

Describe, in One Paragraph!

 Judith Rook Books   (Taken from my Facebook Fan Page)

I was scrolling down the timeline in the “Science Fiction and Fantasy” Group. I came across a post by Isaac Aubrey Law:

“Fairytales in Outer Space”, I’ll need to remember if I want to stay in a friendly mood, especially if Star Wars is considered that. Anyway, it is rather Fun to create entire worlds and populate them with imaginary species. I’ve been working so hard to define myself as a storyteller, but in a single paragraph, how would you describe your particular stories?

This is my response to the post:
My stories open portals into other universes. Not windows to look out of, but doors to walk through. They are stargates and meta-light travel; they activate the imagination and sense of wonder that such things can be. My stories exist because the human mind will always look beyond what can be known.

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Publicising Books

Here is a publicity photo for “Planet Woman” and another for “The Three Ways of Desire”. They are going the rounds of Twitter and Facebook.  The one with the legs should generate some interest, I would think.

To use the http: links from this site, highlight the link for a picture and right click on it.  You will see a “Go to . . .” instruction.  Left click on that, and you will be at the book’s page.

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http://geni.us/p1w2

Two powerful men have to share a woman to save her.

http://geni.us/T1T2WoD

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Advanced Help for Authors

“Writing Deep Point of View” is the latest in Rayne Hall’s 13-book “Writer’s Craft” series, and it is out on Amazon Kindle. If authors think they know everything about PoV, this book will probably tell them something different.   Posted here are the introduction and first chapter to give readers an idea of the attractive way this interesting and particularly useful material is presented.      I will be writing a review of the book.

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INTRODUCTION

Do you want to give the readers such a vivid experience that they feel the events of the story are real and they’re right there? Do you want them to forget their own world and worries, and live in the main character’s head and heart.

The magic wand for achieving this is Deep Point of View.  Point of View is a recent development. Victorian authors didn’t know its power. They wrote stories from a god-like perspective, knowing everything, seeing into everyone’s mind and soul. 20th century writers discovered that when they let the reader into just one person’s head, stories became more exciting and real.

If we take this one step further, and delve so deeply into one person’s mind that the reader’s awareness merges with that character’s, we have Deep Point of View.

Readers love it, because it gives them the thrill of becoming a different person. The reader doesn’t just read a story about a gladiator in the arena, an heiress in a Scottish castle, an explorer in the jungle, a courtesan in Renaissance Venice—she becomes that gladiator, heiress, explorer, courtesan.

Deep Point of View hooks readers from the start. After perusing the sample, he’ll click ‘buy now’ because he simply must read on, and when he’s reached the last page, he’s grown addicted to the character, doesn’t want the story to end, and buys the next book in the series at once.

A reader who has been in the grip of Deep Point of View may find other books dull and shallow. Who wants to read about a pirate, when you can be a pirate yourself? Immersed in Deep PoV, the reader enjoys the full thrills of the adventure from the safety of her armchair.

In this book, I’ll reveal the powerful techniques employed by bestselling authors, and I’ll show you how to apply them to rivet your readers. I’ll start with the basics of Point of View—if you’re already familiar with the concept, you can treat them as a refresher—and then guide you to advanced strategies for taking your reader deep.

This is not a beginners’ book. It assumes that you have mastered the basics of the writer’s craft and know how to create compelling fictional characters. If you like, you can use this book as a self-study class, approaching each chapter as a lesson and completing the assignments at the end of each session.

To avoid clunky constructions like ‘he or she did this to him or her’ I use sometimes ‘he’ and sometimes ‘she’. With the exception of Chapter 6, everything I write applies to either gender. I use British English, so my grammar, punctuation, spellings and word choices may differ from what you’re used to in American.

Now let’s explore how you can lead your readers deep into your story.

Rayne Hall

 

CHAPTER 1: FRESH PERSPECTIVES

Instead of explaining Point of View, I’ll let you experience it. Let’s do a quick practical exercise.

Wherever you are right now, look out of the window (or step out into the open, or do whatever comes closest). If possible, open the window and stick your head out. What do you notice?

Return to your desk or notebook, and jot down two sentences about your spontaneous observations.

You can jot down anything—the cars rushing by, the rain-heavy clouds drawing up on the horizon, the scent of lilacs, the wasps buzzing around the dumpster, the aeroplane scratching the sky, the empty beer cans in the gutter, the rain-glistening road, whatever. Don’t bother writing beautiful prose—only the content matters. And only two sentences.

When you’ve done this—but not before—read on.

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Have you written two sentences about what you observed outside the window? Good. Now we’ll have fun.

Imagine that you’re a different person. Pick one of these:

  1. A 19-year-old female student, art major, currently planning to create a series of paintings of townscapes, keenly aware of colours and shapes.2. A professional musician with sharp ears and a keen sense of rhythm.3. An eighty-year-old man with painful arthritic knees which get worse in cold weather. He’s visiting his daughter and disapproves of the place where she’s living these days.4. A retired health and safety inspector.

    5. An architect whose hobby is local history.

    6. A hobby gardener with a keen sense of smell.

  1. A security consultant assessing the place where a foreign royal princess is going to walk among the people next week.Once again, stick your head out of the window. What do you notice this time? Return to your desk and jot down two sentences.

I bet the observations are very different! Each time, you saw, heard and smelled the same place—but the first time you experienced it as yourself (from your Point of View) and the second time, as a fictional character (from that character’s PoV).

You may want to repeat this exercise with another character from the list, to deepen your insight and practice the skill. If you’re an eager learner, do all seven. This will give you a powerful understanding of how PoV works.

Now let’s take it one step further: Imagine you’re the main character from the story you’re currently writing (or have recently finished). How would he experience this place? What would he notice above all else? Again, write two sentences.

Now you’ve experienced the power of PoV, this is how you will write all your fiction.

ASSIGNMENT

Repeat this exercise in a different place—perhaps when you have time to kill during a train journey or in the dentist’s waiting room.

Facebook and Me

Today I enjoyed an exchange with one or two other writers on the Facebook group “Books Go Social”.   We talked about grammar and about how we handle the secondary characters in our books.  This type of experience is typical of this particular Facebook group. It is people talking briefly to other people about a shared mutual interest and it’s surprising how just a few words from a person I do not know and never will know, can influence my understanding of an issue.
Sometimes I find myself wondering about the other person, especially if they have said something particularly interesting, but I really don’t need to know much about them. They are voices which carry ideas, although it is nice when the brief conversation becomes funny and witty, as it often does.

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Book writing begins in Earnest

Taking the Story Forward      

I’m off again! For the past two weeks I have been writing three different beginnings for the third in my Sci-Fi series based on the planet “Circe”, the one which can think, the one which has begun to move out of a self-imposed isolation.
This new book will tackle the approaching threat which has been mentioned only in an undefined manner in the two existing books, “Planet Woman” and “Man of Two Planets”.
Two days ago I was adding more to one of the possibilities, and it just took off. All writers know what I’m talking about, and it’s a rather wonderful experience.
The new story begins with a small-scale ethical crisis in the life of one of the young First Home pages who has gone back to Circe for a second visit. I won’t say how it ends, but there will probably be a fight somewhere in the storyline. I seem to be attracted to fights, but not yet to cosmic battle scenes.
All being well, with writing and editing, I’m looking at the end of March next year.

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