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May 23, 2012 05:44AM
As part of my Summer Kick-Off Celebration, I'm offering my paranormal romance, The Third Fate, for $0.99! Click on over to indulge in my tale of Highlanders, Vampires, those tricky Fates, and sensual romance
Jul 20, 2011 08:11PM
Well, Art is Art, Isn't It?
Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
I happened across a post at one of the blogs I regularly visit -Brazen Broads, and I've been thinking on it over the week. The Broads welcomed a guest who defied the 'status-quo' within the romance genre. She employed Dynamic Point Of View in her novel.
What is dynamic point of view, you ask? Simply, it is the inclusion of more than one point of view in a scene and/or the inclusion of more than only the hero and heroine's point of view within a novel. I've heard it referred to as 'head hopping', but that just reminds me of a gang of bawdy sailors stopping in at various business establishments along their given path to ease the pain of too many beers at the last bar they invaded. Maybe I know too many sailors.....but I digress....
As an avid reader whose tastes encompass many genres, I find it odd that romance is the only genre that holds to this restrictive standard. This is especially disappointing as characters in love - and with misunderstandings abounding - are an ideal playground to employ the dynamic point of view. I want to know what/how the hero is thinking and experiencing as well as the heroine. And I certainly wouldn't mind getting into the mind of the villain, the butler, the love interest's rival, the protective father, or the scheming aunt.
Think of an empty room. Now imagine that a designer fills that room with white flooring, white furniture, white window dressings, and white knickknacks. Would there be some who thought that this room was stunning? Of course! But not many. Most of us would probably say that the room lacked character or was too plain. So, maybe the designer adds a splash of color with some blue throw pillows and a singular blue vase. Now, even more would find the room to be appealing. But we could certainly go on.
I think the written scene should be seen as the room. Some people like minimalism. So they are the ones who would like only one point of view in my analogy. Others like a bit more, and they would like the room with just a splash of added color. Still others, want a more layered effect, being thrilled with various shades of color mixed with contrasting textures. Bulky, woven, natural fibers beside sleek, richly hued silks. Chocolate faux fur atop a creamy, marble tiled floor. These are the readers who would welcome and enjoy multiple points of view and remain comfortable transitioning from one to another seamlessly within a scene or story. They like the rough feel of the hemp area rug underneath their feet while reclining on chenille throws atop a leather sofa. (That was a prepositional marathon...Whew!)
Now, would we dare to say that any of these room designs were wrong? Not likely. Because we understand that different people have different tastes. We may prefer one over another...(we all have an ideal of beautiful, well-designed spaces)...but we accept that variety is the spice of life, no? It's like that with books. My favorite may be your flop, and vise-versa. So why does the romance industry demand that we all be minimalists?
Absolutely, there are design faux-paux. We've all seen a room that looks like a junkyard. I don't believe anyone would say that was well designed (actually, we would argue that there was no design at all!), and that is true within the art of writing as well. If no one can figure out who is doing the thinking or the talking or the scheming, then we have a problem. But dynamic point of view can be done well. It has been done well for many years by many authors - authors both outside the romance genre, and respected authors within it, too.
Progress on the Writing Front
Claiming The Prize is in the hands of my critique partner and beta readers! I most readily heave a sigh of relief at having completed the typing and first read through. Now, I wait.....Did I ever mention that I believe that waiting should be done by others?...(and what I mean by others is anyone but me)
Last night, I re-read the first half of Her Dark Baron, and resumed writing that juicy little tidbit. I should have some goals drawn up for Sunday's post. I must set a completion deadline. (Cracks the whip)
I continue to read my novel, Pilate's Wife, which grows more delicious by the page.
That's about all I have to say....(it was more than enough I'd say)...for today, anyway. Hope everyone at A Round Of Words in 80 Days check-in is having a knock-up week. ~ Nadja
Jul 18, 2011 11:17AM
Sweet Summer Sunday Check-In
Summertime Sunday ~ Bright Blue Skies ~ Goals Accomplished
This tree house, at Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA, is accessible to the public. Isn't it great?
............Praktisch eine perfekte tag!
This marks another week in our current ROW80, and the time is flying by! I've always said that once Independence Day passes, summer is gone in a wink, so I'm trying to enjoy every minute. But the subtle reminders are there, pressing in on my bliss. I realized this week that I have only one month to complete the school shopping for my three boys. They all need everything, as I seem to have the sort of boys who NEVER stop getting taller. And I have kids that are smaller than average! (my eight year old may have broken 50 lbs this summer) Try to find pants for that waist! Yeah.....
Anyway, this summer has been productive. We planted our garden, which is finally producing. Zucchini, spinach, lettuce and peppers are coming in now, and tomato, cucumber, cabbage, and cantaloupe are coming along nicely. And I love my new potted herb garden. Fresh basil, parsley, cilantro, lemon balm, and thyme are right off my patio. Easy-peasy. We painted our house....(and believe me, the rain caused that project to drag on and on, as we did it ourselves.) We added a permanent canopy over a portion of the patio. It's absolutely wonderful to sit there and have my morning coffee or a late night Guinness. We traveled to visit family, and had lots of company. We laughed over old times, and made new memories, visiting Knoebel's Amusement Park, and watching a fantastic fireworks display in Wilkes-Barre.
This next week, the younger boys will have their wrestling picnic at Nay Aug's Water Park.
Great fun for kids....right?
We will also head to the Jersey shore in a few weeks. I can't wait!
All this summer fun, and packing it into the last remaining weeks before returning to the reality of the school year, threatens to steal from my writing time if I let it. So far, I've been very good at carving out 'work-time' in the midst of such frivolity........
I'm well into chapter 20 with the typing on Claiming The Prize. This leaves only one....ONE! more chapter to type before I send it off to my critique partner. I may finish it today. My goal was to type and read over one chapter a day, and I've exceeded the goal.......
I have no word count goals for my novella, Her Dark Baron, until I complete the typing on my novel. But I did send off all my character information/setting/blurb/images to the fabulous Elaina Lee for the cover design! I can't wait to see what she comes up with.
I'm also reading a novel, Pilate's Wife, by Antoinette May, and at the mid-point, all I can say is.....it's great! Claudia, Pilate's wife, is a wonderful character. And Pontius Pilate is brought to life as the ambitious seducer history claims him to have been. The story is written from Claudia's point of view, and follows her from childhood to womanhood, from daughter to wife, from follower of Juno to follower of Isis to....I don't know where it will lead, but the jacket describes an encounter with the mysterious Yeshua from the Galil, and then draws on the plethora of rumor surrounding the story that Pilate's wife begged him to spare the carpenter from Nazareth as she had the gift of 'the sight' and experienced visions or dreamed of him, and her transformation into a follower of the Messiah. Wow.
For Next Week.....
As soon as I get my edits, correct any deficiencies, tweak any problems, and complete a final read through, I'll be uploading to Smashwords and Create Space.......The goal is in sight!
What goals have you met - or planned- during this week? Can you see the end of a journey? The beginning of a new one?
Jul 14, 2011 01:12PM
I added all my Danielle Steel books to my reviews today! Whew. As you can see, there wasn't one I didn't like. That's just it with Steel's books, even the ones that didn't become my favorites were still good stories.
I wonder which books I'll add next? ~ Nadja
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