And now back to our regularly scheduled program!!!
Youse have heard every analogy out there about writing, most likely. Writing is a sandwich, a beginning (the bottom of the roll) the middle (the meat and condiments and cheese!!!!) and the end (the top roll).
|This is Dave, eating a grilled Cajun chicken sandwich on a grilled garlic hard roll.|
How stinkin' cute is he???? :)
Once you've written the book? Toasted "The End" in literary style? (Not F. Scott Fitzgerald style, please. Oy.) Now the hunt begins.
You've all seen it, up close and personal. Being readers and writers, you're all discerning...
A loose thread.
A pulled stitch.
A loop of yarn, tugged out of line.
We make these fabric fixes easily in real life, grabbing a needle or a crochet hook, tugging things back into place. Or we leave them as is, declare our clothing "shabby chic" and move on with life, a little frayed but fun!
|How beautiful is this???? I love the look of the pattern and colors set off by the flower border!|
Dave had two grandmas, both wonderful women. One grandma was zealous about do it once, do it right or fix it. She'd rip out row upon row of stitching to go back and pick up a dropped stitch.
The other was more laid back. If she placed a pink square where a purple one should be and locked it in, she left it. A hard worker, she was more interested in completing the job than the beauty of the chore.
Both were strong, accomplished, hard-working women who raised big families. But there is something wonderful and marvelous about picking up the lost stitch. Fixing the broken seam. Tying up the loose ends of a story.
|Gratuitous fun Ruthy-and-baby pic while coloring flags on Veterans Day... Note that Beth knows not to take a side picture showing my huge, rabbit-like OVERBITE!!!! Good job, Beth! :)|
When you make those tiny changes, sometimes they affect other story points... and that effect can leave a loose end. And when a story has gone through multiple rewrites, it's so easy to have a slightly different version locked in your memory bank.
Diligence to detail. Sounds BORING!!!!
Pfft and piffle!!!
|One of the most fun and best developed characters of the modern era in my humble opinion.|
What fun to play this part!!!
I put myself to sleep.
So now it starts in the action, a solid beginning and then I can put bits and pieces of the poignant opening back in.... but only as needed!!! See? I'm educable!!!
|Gratuitous acknowledgement of Thanksgiving, I love, love, love Thanksgiving!|
Umm, my table does not look like this, btw!!!
Hey, this isn't gratuitous at all.... Here's the link to the beautiful book trailer for "Running on Empty", my second independent release, a beautifully crafted story that is truly a good example of "tying" those loose threads. Click here to see beautiful book trailer, thank you Beth and Kevin for your help!!!
And if you haven't read this lovely story yet, well... you should. (Yes! Another link, just to make your life easier.... You're welcome. :) Link to Running on Empty on Amazon
Hey, coffee's on and I'm giving away a very nice, useful $25 Amazon gift card to some lucky commenter today so stop on in, grab a cuppa or a Coke and we'll chat!
Ruthy is an award-winning hybrid author with nearly twenty books published to date... she loves chocolate, God and family and burrows in on weekends to create heartfelt stories of happily-ever-afters... with few loose ends! You can visit her at her website http://ruthloganherne.com or hang out with her on facebook where she shamelessly exploits little kids, babies and small animals to sell sweet books! And she's over in the cafe today, talking about stuffed peppers. The coffee's fresh... and the advice is FREE!!!
AND HERE!!!!!!! GRATUITOUS AND WONDERFULNESS ROLLED INTO ONE!!! THIS IS MY 2013 CHRISTMAS BOOK, SOON TO BE IN STORES EVERYWHERE, BUT YOU CAN
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I love this story, I love that Romantic Times called it a 4-Star "compelling" read. Just imagine a house filled with Christmas and three five-year-olds!!!! There's an "Hallelujah" chorus... and maybe a headache, LOL!... waiting to happen. And the gorgeous sheriff's deputy model? My son Luke... and the little boy? My grandson David. The fact that Luke and Dave resemble each other made these cover models a no-brainer! ♥♥♥♥♥