MY NEXT BOOK, A CRIME THRILLER WHICH TAKES PLACE IN LOS ANGELES DURING THE 1960'S
"THE MOUSE THAT BECAME THE CAT"
from innocence to evil
George Blurth is a thirteen-year-old loner. In one brief moment, a confrontation with the school bully changes everything in his life. When he is unable to forgive and forget, George retaliates, which results in an incident that gains national attention. He and his alcoholic father run away.
But life has other plans for George. Months afterward, he is confronted with a far deadlier incident. George barely survives an attack by Hank Calner, a serial killer. Believing he himself a fugitive, George is reluctant to go to the police.
In Hank’s mind, the monster’s deranged hidden secrets won’t allow him to spare the boy. He sets out to stalk and torment George. Hank plays with the boy like a large cat playing with a mouse before killing its prey. However, George is not prey. He has hidden dangerous secrets of his own.
It is Los Angeles in the 1960’s, a turbulent decade of assassinations, riots, and war.
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In any conversation if you want to drive someone crazy just say one word and be convincing, “Why.” It is an open-ended word with no end. Go ahead, have a conversation with someone and let them do all the talking. At the end just say, “why.”
By this time, you are saying to yourself, “What the hell does this have to do with writing?” Well, you’d be surprised. When writing a fictional story as a writer you want to create situations that beg the question why? Why did she do that? Why did he kill him? Why are they mad at the world?
A writer can build a book around why’s and misdirection. This comes back to your outline when creating your story. If you want to step it down even further here is a portion of an article written by Christine Fonseca in 2010 regarding Writing a Synopsis and Plot Structure.
This is about Plot Structure
Here’s a quick list of each of the stages and plot turns in a typical story:
As you can see, before you jump into writing your novel or story simplify it first. If you do this you will be very happy with the results.
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I have added a new page to my Website titled-Audio Essays-Stories- and More
Over the coming months I will read various works of mine and share some of the trials and tribulations of being a writer.
I will also tell you about future projects.
Thank you Robert Stephen
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They listen to that inner voice. -This is the single most important aspect of intuition. The inner voice, your gut, or the character's gut directing their actions. Does it always make things right, no not at all? When we take chances in life, are they always sure. Does our gut tell us when we should heed that inner feeling? “Run save yourself.”
Did you ever experience a feeling you had difficulty explaining to yourself or fully understanding? You might not have listened to that inner voice and damn if you didn’t screw up. The common one is when we leave the house or apartment and we’re halfway to the car when something is bothering you. You forgot something, but you don’t know what it is. However later in the day it hits you. What is that? Something inside is telling you to pay attention, it may save your life.
You control your characters. You help them make decisions even bad ones. If one is sure of every outcome to every challenge, sorry to say, you are not a writer just yet. Sometimes writing is like running into a dark tunnel without a flashlight and your inner voice is telling you, “run you have nothing to lose and whole lot to gain.”
They take time for solitude.-Writers love solitude. Their minds wander to places and think of things that most people cannot. Writing fiction is not by committee, that is unless you have several personalities upstairs in your head, which is not bad either if they all work together.
They create. - Of course, people who react often with their intuition happen to also be creative people. They stretch the boundaries and try new things.
They observe everything- What is a simple walk for other people can be the beginning, middle or ending for a writer's story. They see everything and imagine all things. Rocks move, children have powers, animals talk, castles in the sky, rivers that flow up hill. Everything and anything is a possibility.
They connect deeply with others. - Since writing is not really a team sport, writers are intuitive when it comes to other people but they are not usually the life of the party. They are loners who observe others. Most writers have a very small core of close friends, maybe two or three at most.
They pay attention to their dreams.-Some say dreams are extensions of one's realities. Possibly, but dream they do. People who are writers daydream far more than most other people. It is obvious, the reason it is their job to daydream.
They enjoy plenty of down time. - I'm not going to agree with this only because there is no down time if one depends on their imagination. That is on hyper drive constantly. There may be times when a writer is not mentally beating himself or herself up if you want to call that down time.
They mindfully let go of negative emotions. - Let us just say that writers or all creative people who depend creativity to put food on the table are far more emotional than most people. All emotions are deeply embedded in creative people. Some unfortunately are destructive.
Writers have several inner tools at their disposal which need to be cultivated if they are to be successful writing entertaining fiction.
If your gut is screaming at you to start writing no matter what the circumstances then listen to what it is saying.
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HEALTHY LIVING 03/19/2014 08:18 am ET | Updated Apr 28, 2015
10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do DifferentlyBy Carolyn Gregoire
Talk about a long title, but how else could I have said what is so true. In the last three days two different people said pretty much the same thing. One could possess all the wealth and material objects that usually accompany such a life, but unless that person goes out and lives none of those things or money will matter.
The same holds true when writing a fictional story. If it is totally fabricated with no reference to places, events, or people than stop reading. This post is for those who have a treasure trove of life experiences to pull from. Those experiences are the gems which make a story rich and interesting.
I am currently in the re-write stage of a book I expect to have out by no later than September, which is full of teenage experiences that are interwoven throughout the story. I could not have imagined writing the story without those experiences.
Another book I am currently writing is a crime story, but the interesting part of this project is my conversation with a Homicide Detective that I know. Not only did he give me insight into procedure, but we drifted into past cases which were absolutely fascinating.
As a writer everything we do daily can be an experience to write about. Go out and have diner in a quiet restaurant and suddenly a couple two tables over get into an argument or they can't keep their hands off each other. The food you ordered was too spicy and later that evening you were sick. What would it be like to have a flat tire on a dark secluded road with no bars on your cell phone. You leave early in the morning to go to work the same time you always do and today for some unknown reason the traffic is bumper to bumper. Normally, your commute is 30 minutes but today it is an hour and fifteen. You're the writer what happened. Was it a bank robbery with a shootout, Godzilla just crossed the street, or did a Presidential candidate's car brake down.
I am not saying go out and put your life in harms way but as a writer sometimes your imagination needs a reference point. Your life experiences whether they are about love, breakups, work, hate your job, going on safari, climbing a mountain, buying a car or going to a baseball game all make you the creative person you want to be.
Thank you for stopping by,
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Please do not get me wrong, it can be exhilarating, but it can be very difficult. My second book began with a comedic flavor, which was similar to my first although the first from beginning to end was a romantic comedy. I would say near the halfway point of the second it took a sharp right and moved from light hearted to adventure/Sci-Fi thriller. I wrote both books without an outline.
A small side note here: If you want to be a better than average writer, study, write, read, and repeat constantly.
Respected people in the arts, writers, singers, photographer, composer, comedian, actor, screenwriter, all teach classes by video. 20-25 lessons, each video ten to fourteen minutes long, with exercises, and workbooks.
I took the class from James Patterson and it was invaluable. Why, the man is one of the most successful authors. He talks about writing for over 3 hours of classes.
The most important take away from his class. OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL
I half listened the first time through the videos. The second time it resonated loud enough that I decided to give a shot. I outlined five chapters and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I could see not only the plot unfold, but characters developed, I created dialog, and most importantly the homogeneous ending and beginning of each chapter. It was a revelation. As though I had discovered fire for the first time!
When the outline was finished, I had 12,000 words and a story. The outline offered me a flexibility to see the story in its entirety before I began to write. I could add and subtract where I felt necessary, tighten up loose ends, but most importantly, it kept me on track.
I no longer worried about "what will I write today?" If I was stuck, I looked at the outline and made notes. I could answer questions of why, what, where, and who. I could walk away for a day or a week and begin where I left off without any anxiety of "where was I."
If there is one central lesson to all of this that I learned is why make writing a story any more difficult than it already is. As writers, we begin with an idea and start typing away. I saved myself time and energy. It was far easier to write an outline of 7000-12,000 words than sweating half way through an 80,000-word novel only to decide it is not any good and trashed it. It definitely gives you the opportunity, early on, to see your story in the bigger picture. It answers a writer's crucial question, "Is the story worth writing?" If the answer is yes, you have a road map to guide you.
The worst that can happen is that it works for you and makes writing your novel the exciting journey it is meant to be.
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#be a writer,#novelist,#outline
WE BEGIN AGAIN AT THE BEGINNING-PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUS- ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A WRITER
A tourist is walking around Manhattan looking quizzically at a map of the city. He sees a man walking down the street caring a large black case with a Tuba inside. The tourist stops the musician and asks, (here it comes) "Sir, excuse me but do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall?" The musician looks straight at the man and replies, "Sure, practice, practice, practice." (Bah-boom)
Why would I write this old joke? Because the same thing holds true regarding my desire to become a writer. There I was at the beginning of the most miraculous journey of my life with the visions of sitting by the water at sunrise or sunset; I'll go with sunrise because I'm a morning person.
It began one day a couple of years back. I sat down at my computer and typed out 500 words. Within a few weeks, I was up to 1500 words each day. I'm humming along, not a care in the world. Life is beautiful. Before I know it I'm closing in on 50,000 words. WOW, I'm unstoppable.
One day a voice pops into my head. I have another idea for another book so I start typing. Here I am, working on the beginning of a second book while nearing completion of the first. Look out Hemingway; move over world, I'm even ready to tell my boss I won't be coming back to work because, "I BE A WRITER!" I need a mantle for the Peabody.
I have a dear friend let me stop here for a moment. This is a word of caution. Do not have friends who think you are Hemingway because odds are they are confusing him with Heineken. They don't know what you are doing but they keep telling you that you're great, and the worst part you believe them. The nightmare all writers face is when a stranger says, "It's not bad, but....."
My world came crashing down as if ended. "OH, how could I have been so foolish? How could I believe that I could write? What was I thinking?" The only bright spot, I had not quit my job, which I loathed."
Imagine for a moment that you are standing at the base of a mountain. A tall mountain with a twisty path that you have climbed for weeks, even months, only to discover you have only traveled a few feet. You look up and see the mountain is taller than you thought it was when you began your journey. OMG! You begin to understand why drinking is a writer's best friend.
I remember at the outset I had typed 500 words. Once I forgot to save them. They disappeared but at that time I said, "Who cares I'll just re-write." During my time of hell, I screwed up one paragraph. I thought it would be better if I cut my wrists and just bled out.
The lesson in all of this, practice, practice, practice, eventually it will all come together.
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The National Office of Science in Human Intellectual Texting, known as NO SHIT has released their findings on the Positive Aspects of Texting in Society or PATS. Ninety-One people participated in the study over the last six months. Per scientists, participants were evenly divided, forty-six males and forty-five females. No participants were older than 31 years of age, and 97% had accounts on Tinder. There is a 3% margin of error calculated into the study because those participants, or 2.73 people, own flip phones.
The purpose of the study was to show the positive mental effects of Texting during one's normal day. 89% of the participants say they no longer engage in idle conversation with the people they are with when they are eating in restaurants.
Some restaurants complain that patrons take longer to eat because they are busy texting and not eating. Restaurateurs say people are no longer enjoying the dining out experience. Texting some claim is disruptive to fellow diners.
Side note: A new establishment in posh Beverly Hills, The PicUPLATE, is the first of its kind. "Sit down take out," is how owner Moishe Yamagata describes his brainchild. He is credited with creating the latest food craze in Japan, "Fried Air." Moishe's quote, "You can't see it, you can't taste it, but it's all around you and comes in 8 flavors."
At PicUPLATE, food lovers enjoy an ambiance similar to Armageddon where they sit down and order one of 20 four course meals. Each course is specially prepared and brought to the table where patrons take two pictures of each course with their cell phones. Then the food is whisked away and poured into a take out container.
Between courses, patrons text others about their food experience. There is no eating allowed while dining at the PUP, which reduces costs of having utensils or napkins says, Yamagata. At the end of the gastronomical experience, each patron leaves with four food containers. They leave refreshed and hungry.
Yamagata says The PicUPLATE is booked for the next four months and the cost is $150 per 4-course meal.
The next study deals with outdoor activities and texting. This takes us to Silicon Valley and the start-up company, LOOK OUT. They have developed a thin layered bodysuit which can be worn even while in a swimming pool. The suit comes with 300 tiny sensors strategically placed. The wearer of a Look Out bodysuit is able to walk or hike anywhere without taking their eyes off their phone. The sensors have little pinheads embedded on the tips.
f there is a potential danger that the wearer is straying into traffic or walking off a cliff, the sensors immediately activate and the wearer is lightly jabbed continuously with 300 pinpricks throughout their body. The company says 100 of the 300 sensors are placed on and around the genital areas for shock purposes and is not to for stimulation.
The founder's son, Peter "Stump" Gasman was emotional during the interview says, "This has been a long time coming but the Look Out Body Suit is ready for market. My father would have been proud. I dedicate this product to him.
The actual work on the Look Out began when I was texting him in response to his text. He was in his office standing by the window, right up there," he points to a second-floor window overlooking the factory. "We keep our single engine Cessna here in the factory and Fred, our mechanic was working on the plane that day. Mistakenly, while responding to my father's text, I walked into a propeller blade." He held up his right arm which no longer had a right hand, hence "Stump."
"Two months later, after I got out of the hospital, I discovered my father was hiking on the rim of the Grand Canyon. It was a rainy day and the authorities said conditions were dangerous. I texted him.
The Look Out Body Suit will save countless lives. Crossing streets, standing on escalators, hiking like my dumb father, or just out for a morning walk without any regard for your environment. We are working on the next generation prototype called, 'Texting & Driving-No Problem.' That one is a little dicey but we think we can pull it off. Currently, we are also in discussions with Versace to make the Look Out bodysuit for outerwear.
Sometime in the near future, we will launch an IPO."
The study further shows that texting can help people develop an attitude of total disregard for other human beings, a heightened level of rudeness, and can also help strengthen your thumbs.
There is a slight chance, but no clinical evidence to support this, that texting may help with either weight loss or weight gain. Currently, a spokesperson from NO SHIT says when the company receives the one million dollar Federal Grant money check, which is in the mail, studies will begin. It is titled, "Fingers Do More Than You Realize."
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If you thought that my report on TEXTING was too tongue and cheek here is an update. I found this on the Internet about a man who is suing his date for $17 because she was texting while they were seeing Guardians of the Galaxy part 2. (As many comedians say, "You can't make this shit up!)
I was about to post this "Daily Encouragement," but I wanted to add a little paragraph because after you read the words I think you will agree.
ATTITUDE, is the linchpin to who we are as individuals. Our attitude can make us or break us.
With the right attitude each one of us can strive individually to become great writers.
Writing a book, it sounds so romantic. Sitting at a desk or table watching the sun rise over the ocean, because you do your best work in the morning. A hot cup of coffee, some toast, your favorite music playing in the background. Wow, now it even feels romantic.
You begin and every word in every sentence is perfect. No need to re-read or edit because everything is absolutely, perfect. Sentences become paragraphs then pages followed by chapters and soon 80,000 + words are written by you, the author.
No reason to find an agent, who needs one, you did it, you wrote the perfect book. Except one minor detail seems to be going against what you pictured would be a happy ending. Other than mom and dad, aunt and uncle, a few cousins and friends, the book is not setting the literary world on fire. Uh-oh, another little problem, no one gave you feed back, no one has told you that they could not get past chapter 4. Why? Sadly the book is boring, the story is the one you always wanted to write and you did. Congratulations! But no one wants to read it.
In today's multi media stimulated world people want one thing, to be entertained and fast. That means when they decide to read a book you need to capture them in the opening few sentences and paragraphs hopefully to the very end. It needs to be "a page turner," with the following statement, "I couldn't put it down!"
Holly shit! Talk about pressure, now as a writer you are expected to write a compelling story that is entertaining, exciting, thought provoking, descriptive, along with interesting characters. I'm exhausted just writing that. Oh, even if that news weren't daunting enough there are over 3,000,000 books available on Amazon alone.
If you are like me you march uncaring into the night and often times take the road least traveled. The problem with that route is that sometimes your timeline gets screwed up and it takes a little longer than you expected. But we're tough, we can do it, and we do. If we keep our eyes open we find signposts and strangers that help guide us on our long, long journey.
I would like to share just a few with you.
These are in no particular order, but collectively they are very helpful.
Sooner or later you will be working with an editor and if they are worth anything they will help push you to a level you were not aware you could achieve. Just imagine what being the "best" at something really means. No one remembers boring and mediocre, only great.
The best way to talk about this book and its author is to copy and paste a sampling of his bio. Pretend for a moment you are interviewing Editors and your budget is under $20. You might consider Mr. Stein's book for the following reason.
Become thirsty for knowledge. Read Stephen King's: On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft. Everyone starts at the beginning, even the famous authors. They starved and struggled, but the top ones never gave up.
Another excellent opportunity, listen to James Patterson talk and teach people how to write a novel. It costs $90 and believe me, if you are serious about writing it is the best $90 you will ever spend. https://www.masterclass.com/
These are but a few suggestions. Every writer has particular way on how they go about writing a novel, but these words from Sol Stein and other resonate loudly.
"We as writers have a relationship with our readers. We owe it to them to write the most compelling and interesting stories we can."
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