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March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

PNWA conference report

Started the morning with Maureen McQuerry talking about Mythopoeic Fantasy. It was a good reminder to look at mythology and the reluctant hero for Stn. George. For example, instead of having a million step (500 mile) journey, perhaps it is a lifelong journey. Instead of finding all the stories on the road, it is a long journey in which he goes through different phases, knowing he ultimately has to get to the dragon, but delaying. In that way it is much like Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. He has to live all the phases of life as he progresses, but ultimately there is only one conclusion.

I frankly don't like this quite as well as the compact journey of a mature man who has a rich experience in a very limited arena and has to apply that experience to the wider world.

Okay, so now I'm in a session with thriller writer Rick Mofina. The session is "Hang on for your life." He has sixteen steps to plotting a thriller. Of course, a lot of what he's talking about is applicable in degrees to any kind of writing. The protagonist is pushed into acting. There is a high risk. There's character and conflict under the pressure of time. He compares the storyline to the rope that nursery-school children hold onto when they are on a field trip. You can go off into the stories of each kid on the rope, but you have to hang onto the rope or you will lose the story. I like that.

He, of course, talks about using life experience supplemented by creative imagination.

In other news, Kay Morrison asked for my business card with the barstool pitch on the back and a copy of my full length pitch to use in her seminars. That's cool.

Finally, for this little note, I am editing/re-writing Security & Exchange, now under deadline for sending it to Agent S on August 11. I'll be taking vacation the week of August 5. I will also probably deparat from the original concept and save Dag's life. He is such a powerful character that there have to be more books featuring him. I'm thinking at the moment that the books will flow in a series that alternate between Dag's and Deb's stories. I am reluctant about this, but see no alternatives if I want to actually publish as a career and not just get a single book in the market. I felt that the death while waiting for a heart transplant was important to the plea for donors in my dedication, but think that in the long run there has to be more hope.

Of course, that hope will come with a price. The heart will undoubtedly come from the ne'er-do-well antagonist that is killed during Dag's heart attack. It will still set the stage for the second story with little alteration in that story. Deb will still have to act on her own because Dag isn't going to be worth anything for a month of more after his transplant. The recent transplant itself will create a huge obstacle for Dag when he is dragged into the act in the third volume Stocks & Bondage. Of course, there is really only one thing that would get Dag out of his recovery routine so early. I don't want to become redundant, however, in always having Deb's life in danger in order for Dag to have someone to save. Municipal Blondes shows Deb as a character completely capable of saving herself and her friends.

So, those are my thoughts at this point. I'd welcome yours.


you're such a rockstar! :D