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Gerard Cappa

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Gerard Cappa Luis a chara,
I tend to start with a fairly loose plot structure and then populate it with the various characters. Without being too dogmatically…more
Luis a chara,
I tend to start with a fairly loose plot structure and then populate it with the various characters. Without being too dogmatically political, I write with a general sense that the dominant narratives of the western world need to be challenged, and I invest most empathy with my characters drawn from the disenfranchised, disadvantaged and exploited.
I don't think any character is consciously based on a real acquaintance. As well as serving a plot purpose, I like my characters to display those small behavioural mannerisms that real people have.. I'm sure I do copy those mannerisms, either from real people or from other fictional characters, but I don't really know where they come from.

I think these small details help to give the character a better shape in my own mind and, depending on how the character then develops, I will bend my original plot to accommodate the character.
Having established how I expect the character to behave, I will then seek to have the character act dramatically 'out of character'. I am probably on about 50k words before I settle on the fate of each character, and that often requires my original plot to be re-jigged.
So, although my books are around the 110k word mark, I think I approach each character as if I was writing a short story, with an emphasis on their emotions, and how their circumstances in life determine their fate.(less)
Gerard Cappa Somewhere in the works, Linda, but I'm having a little difficulty encouraging it along. I'll keep you posted. Thanks.
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Yakov’s indulgent smile said he couldn’t care less, his eyes said he might tear my head off my neck. He snatched my Moscow Mule mug and two thick fingers scooped out the lime and cucumber, tore the cucumber into two strips and bit into the lime wedge before ripping it apart. He arranged the fruit and my drink across the table; cucumber, lime, mug, lime, cucumber. The barman looked the other way... Read more of this blog post »
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Cassiana is 16% done with Brasyl: Até agora está bom. Cheio de estereótipos da nossa cultura, mas quem pode culpar o autor, quando nós mesmos ratificamos esses estereótipos? O autor podia ter tido mais cuidado com a grafia de algumas palavras em português.
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“A couple of minutes later, and the tram started to climb up from Alfama, the streets widened, heavy traffic and Lisboetas about their normal hum-drum business. We skipped off at a busy triangle where three roads converged. A handful of shoppers and workers waited in the small yellow bus shelters, or smoked against the trees that would fringe the diamond with shade when summer came again. Taxi drivers drank coffee from paper cups and ribbed an old guy shaving in his cab. Just another normal day rolling around; no problem, and life trips along no matter who dies in the night.”
Gerard Cappa, Black Boat Dancing

“Dr Silay said the poor girl should have a Sunni Muslim funeral, but he thinks the family were probably secretly Yazidi, because she said you were her Peacock Angel,” Joannes said.
“She said crazy things like that,” I said. “What’s the difference between Muslim and Yazidi?”
“Well, Muslims here refer to Yazidi as devil worshippers, but that’s too simple, a lot of cultural baggage, as always,” Joannes said. “And I’m no expert, but I think their God is much like anyone else’s. They don’t believe in an evil entity like Satan, they believe all evil is man made, but we have the choice to be good or evil. The Peacock Angel embodies all that is good, a representation of God, so she must have really respected you. And I think they have some form of reincarnation too, not sure about that. I’m sorry for my hostility towards you last night, you didn’t deserve it,” Joannes said.”
Gerard Cappa, Blood from a Shadow

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Making Connections: 452. BLOOD FROM A SHADOW by Gerard Cappa 3 76 Nov 10, 2012 06:35AM  
“Authority is the source of knowledge, but the reason of mankind is the norm by which all authority is judged.

Eóin, the Irish Gael AKA Johannes Scotus Eriugena (b.815 - d.877)”
Johannes Scottus Eriugena, Die Stimme Des Adlers

“I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.”

“To feel today what one felt yesterday isn't to feel - it's to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today's living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.”
Fernando Pessoa

“Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull.  Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philippics

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Dolors Thank you very much for your friend invite Gerard. I have a soft spot for Irish writers and I see many among your favorite. Looking forward to discussing books with you. Greetings from Barcelona.

Gerard Cappa Irene wrote: "Hi Gerard,

Thank you for the gr friend invite! Glad you liked my review of Benjamin Black's Death in Summer.


Hello Irene,
I liked your Bernie Gunther review also - that has been my favourite series for a while, and Field Gray may be the best of them. We share 54 books on our GR list: great minds think alike!

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Irene Hi Gerard,

Thank you for the gr friend invite! Glad you liked my review of Benjamin Black's Death in Summer.


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