Monday, July 6, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: 1984 by George Orwell

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpgIt was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. (Published 1949)  

I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really? 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Insecure Writers Support Group: July

The Insecure Writers Support Group meets online every first Wednesday of the month. Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, IWSG was created to support and encourage all writers in every phase of their work, from writing to marketing. Click here to join, and for information, writing tips and more.
 
The awesome co-hosts for the the July 1 posting of the IWSG will be Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!





We have already broken heat records here in Eastern Washington,
and it's only just July. It was 110 degrees the other day, and 108 today. I'm walking around our property making sure everything survives, and turning up the sprinkler system, trying to keep everything green. 

The airplane vinyl wrap project has been brought indoors. Imagine if you will, the heat buildup in a metal hangar! Even the spiders are exiting. There are a lot of small pieces that can be vinyl wrapped before the wings and body are done, so this isn't a problem. (Vinyl is an amazing alternative to spray paint, but time-consuming to put to on). 

As you may know, my husband and I have competing projects. His is to paint the plane, and mine is to get my novel published. I'm bringing up the rear at this point. We had back to back family all last month. Loving the quiet house right now and helping occasionally with the plane project when he needs a second hand. (I'll admit that some days his project is simply more interesting). 

I did devote two days this week to the book. A friend also visited early in the day and we spent the morning working on our books and social media. We've always talked about taking our computers to the library or the local coffee shop and doing this. It really was a pleasant change. Writing can be so isolating at times. Do any of you do the same? I recommend it

So.... haven't written much at all. The blog has taken a hit too. Drafts of two book reviews sit untouched in my notebook waiting to be written up. I think I'm dealing with brain drain in this heat, not to mention an awful tooth ache at the moment. Tomorrow I'm off to the dentist. 

Looking for a bit of writing humor and needing a pick me up, I found the following. I hope you enjoy too!


"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." - W. Somerset Maugham

If Moses were alive today he’d come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and spend the next five years trying to get them published. - Anonymous

Frankly, my dear, I should bury your script in a drawer and put a lily on top. - Noël Coward 


Monday, June 29, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpgI am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood -movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids -- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." (Published 1952) 

I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters. (Published 1928) 



I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really? 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg 
"It is truth universally  acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." (Published 1813)






I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." (Published 1951)



I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?