Tuesday, September 27, 2011
That kinda caught me off guard. How realistic is a character who doesn't show emotion?
But the workshop leader was serious. She told us that our heroines could grimace; but they couldn't flinch. Our heroines could duck; but they couldn't run. Our heroines could think about sorrow; but they could never ever cry.
Now, I'm a fantasy writer. My heroines are strong chicks, but once in a while, the stress and loss is enough to make one of them cry. I'm usually weeping on the keyboard right along with them, by the way. Does this make the heroine weak? (or me?) It doesn't happen often, mind you, but it happens when necessary.
Personally, I think it makes her more realistic. I think it makes her more human. I think it makes her more likeable. If the character Chariss in my Choices series never broke down and cried, I think my audience would start to doubt her credibility and her heart. That means I'm at least one writer who's not afraid to let the heroine cry.
From Sandy Lender
"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."
Friday, September 23, 2011
Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island
by C.K. Volnek
Hello! It’s so nice to be here and meet so many new friends. And on a very special day, too! It’s my BOOK BIRTHDAY! (Read below for prize details!)
My name is C.K. Volnek and I live in small-town USA in the upper plains state of Nebraska, where I share my home and time with my husband and four Papillon fur-kids. Our three children have flown the nest for college or career. I’m a graphic artist and meeting planner by day, but now keep myself busy writing and blogging by night.
I am proud to announce my debut tween e-novel, Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island, is now available. It’s a tween ghost story with a twist of Native American folklore and based upon the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.
And because it’s my Book Birthday, I’m offering one lucky commenter a FREE e-copy of Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. I Love Free stuff! Just visit my Birthday Blog at ckvolnek.com/blog.html and leave me a note and one lucky commenter will win a FREE e-copy.
Here is the book description:
Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island
In 1587, 117 colonists disappeared from Roanoke Island…disappeared without a trace, leaving behind not only unanswered questions, but a terrifying evil.
Now it’s up to twelve year-old Jack Dahlgren to unravel the age-old mystery and save his family from the hateful beast that haunts the island.
With the help of newfound friend, Manny, a Native American shaman, and an elusive Giant Mastiff, Jack must piece together the clues of the Lost Colony to discover what really happened. Shrouded in ancient Native American folklore, it's up to Jack to uncover what the evil is and why it haunts his island. But can he destroy it...before it destroys him?
The Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island
To be honest, I don’t remember studying the Lost Colony in school, so it was with great interest when I read an article about it a couple of years ago. My muse instantly became intrigued. How could a whole colony of people just disappear? No one knows what happened and it has remained a mystery ever since.
The story actually begins a couple of years before the Lost Colony came to the island 1587. In 1584, the explorers, Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe were believed to be the first white people to set their sights on North Carolina. Having been sent to the area to scout and investigate the land by Sir Walter Raleigh, they returned with glowing reports and two Native Americans, Manteo and Wanchese. The Queen and all of Britain were enthralled with the glowing news of this New World’s wonders.
Queen Elizabeth granted Raleigh a patent to this new land and named it Virginia. The next year, 1585, Raleigh sent a party of 100 soldiers, craftsmen and scholars to Roanoke Island.
This first colony of men was doomed from the beginning. They arrived too late in the season to plant and their supplies dwindled rapidly. Then, upon the supposed theft of a silver cup, Sir Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane led a march on the native village of Aquascogoc and burned it to the ground in retaliation, thus alienating themselves from the natives. Quite the dastardly deed, in my opinion. In 1586, the men had had enough and returned to England with Sir Francis Drake, abandoning their settlement.
Despite this last misadventure, Sir Walter Raleigh was not deterred. He recruited over 121 men, women and children to form a more permanent settlement and sent this new colony to Roanoke Island in 1587. John White was appointed Governor and among the colonists were his own pregnant daughter, Eleanor Dare, and her husband Annanias Dare. She gave birth to a daughter, Virginia, on August 18, 1587, the first English child to be born on American soil.
Unfortunately the colonists did not arrive to Roanoke Island until July and by the end of August supplies were already dwindling. The ships were returned to England, along with an anxious John White, to restock and return with supplies. Upon their arrival in Britain, White and his ship found themselves stuck in England, the invasion of the Spanish Armada imminent.
Finally, three years later, White was able to return to Roanoke Island. Arriving on August 18, his granddaughter’s third birthday, he found the fort deserted and no trace of the colonists. The only clue found was a single word “CROATOAN” carved into a post and the letters “CRO” carved into a nearby tree.
White knew the Croatoan natives were a friendly people, but despite a search of the area, no further clues were found. There were no bodies or signs of war with the natives. The colonists of Roanoke Island had simply vanished.
Today, the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island still remains a mystery. So, my muse decided to come up with her own idea what happened. I threw in a ghost and a twist of Native American folklore to complete the story. I hope you’ll check out Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Now that school is back in session, some of you, students in particular, may be searching for time to write what you want to write. Your teachers will undoubtedly have you writing many papers for your classes, but on subjects and topics that they choose for you. So with a heavy class load, homework, extracurricular activities, and chores, not to mention spending time with your friends and family, where on Earth are you ever going to find the time to write what you want to?
This is a question writers of all ages and genres have been asking themselves for years. In the past two decades, our lives have gotten really hectic. There’s work, family life, taking care of the kids and the house, all of the organizations parents join at their kids’ schools, and so much more. It seems that we as a society are running around like a bunch of chickens with our heads cut off. Now that you teens are back in school and loaded up with schoolwork and after-school activities, you see what your parents go through.
But there is a light at the other end of the tunnel. By taking a few extra steps every day, you can carve some free time for your personal writing to make it onto your daily schedule.
1. Create a To-Do List
a. Write down everything you have to do on a given day: go to school, go to your after-school activities, do homework, do chores, hang out with friends and family
b. Write down the times each of these activities take place, including the approximate amount of time each activity will take to complete.
c. Now look at any empty spaces in your schedule, and add the word “write” to them.
2. Use Your Writing Time Wisely
a. Now that you’ve found some free time in your schedule for your writing, use it wisely by setting up everything you’ll need in advance, including making sure your computer is ready to go, your printer has plenty of ink and paper, and you have anything else you’ll need for your writing session ready to go.
b. Know what you plan to write during each session. You can do this by first glancing at what you wrote at your previous session, then continuing; by making notes at the end of each session about what you want to write about next; or by making an outline of your project you can follow during each session.
3. Prepare for the Next Writing Session
a. Before you end your writing session each day, prepare for the next day by writing down some notes on what comes next in your project, cleaning up your work area so it’s ready to go the next day, and organizing all of your writing materials back where they belong.
b. At the end of each session, write yourself some tips and ideas you thought might have helped you during your writing session for the next one.
Although it still might not be your ideal writing situation, by following these ideas, you’ll be more organized, better prepared, and ready to write when your available writing time does pop up. Don’t be too put off if you find you only have a little time each day, or even each week, to fit your writing sessions into your schedule. Be ready for them so that you can make the best of each one. Happy writing!
Andrea Buginsky is the author of "The Chosen," available from Solstice Publishing.