Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mulling

Mulling over what I should write about next. I'd like to make it interesting if possible. Or at least lively enough to keep the reader awake. I'm now reading a book about button collectors. On the face of it, you wouldn't think this would be too exciting, but in the hands of a good writer, almost anything can be. The button collectors book is a mystery of course. Prior to that, I read a book about granite quarrying, also a mystery. A very good book, I might add, in spite of the subject. The author told you just enough about the operation and not too much. Too much about digging granite out of the ground would not be good at all. There was a great description of a boat chase up the North Carolina coast in it, so if I had stopped at the mention of granite, I might have missed that. And I do love boats. The title of this book is "Hiding Gladys " by Lee Mims. The button book is "Hot Button" by Kylie Logan. and I've just started it  so I can't report on it further. I have quite the collection of old buttons myself as I can never bring myself to throw them out. However, I'm sure none of them are the really old and unusual that I will be reading about, the true "collector" buttons. I'm already starting to get interested as someone has just mentioned a "moonglow" button. What a lovely name.  Maybe it is because it brings back the movie "Picnic" and the musical theme, a movie I saw when a teenager.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Winter in the Northeast

Well, I guess we are in the Northeast in New Jersey. We  just miss being in the MidAtlantic and we are not far enough North to be in New England. Our weather is fairly good although we are not immune to storms. Being in the West of the State, we don't usually get any of the coastal storms, unless they veer Westward. So it could be worse.
I was thinking the other day about personality and how that must factor into any work of fiction. I suppose another word for that is character, when it comes to writing, anyway. If a writer can capture that, it makes for a fascinating read. I think that is what makes Britcoms so interesting. They always feature the little quirks that make you laugh and recognize in people you know yourself.
Then there are the fatal flaws. Once you observe that a character has a fatal flaw you are waiting for them to come to a bad end.....or will they? Suspense! It's easy for me to talk about this but actually creating a work of fiction in which people come to life is not easy at all. But we can hope.
Somewhere Inspiration is lurking, ready to strike!