Figures of Speech

A few years back, in an early blog, was a discussion of a metaphor for nervousness. It seemed that it had received a lot of response over “butterflies in the tummy” type of cliché and writing something new. What might have been reported in following blogs as a list of possible inventive examples never happened. Perhaps it was expected to appear here, but, I confess, I did not report that. What I can say is that while there was a huge response of viewer numbers, there were no comments from those readers.

Perhaps there was nothing more to say. But, it always irks me, somewhat, when I read a new author and there appears in the text a cliché of ancient metaphor or simile. I may have mentioned that if one must use a simile, then try to be original. There was a TV episode of M*A*S*H once, when Colonel Potter used a half dozen terms, consonance, and alliteration all for substitutions for a clump of horse manure. Funny episode.

It is also comical in the advice of Strunk & White’s book, The Elements of Style, [Macmillan Company 1959], Chapter V, page 66, … “Use figures of speech sparingly.” And, .. “similes coming in rapid fire, one on top of another, are more distracting than illuminating.” There was something more about not mixing up metaphors by using different comparisons for the same object.

The important thing is to be inventive and original, which is not easy. It is work, and there is simultaneous invention by others. Still the best advice holds. TRY to be ORIGINAL.

No, I don’t have butterflies in my tummy, and by the way is “tummy” a chick term, instead of stomach? But, I do admit I am a bit of a wreck at the beginning of an interview. It’s not jitters, but something else. More like … like edgy loins.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Yellow Rose of Texas

This shot had me singing. Here – for all my Texas kin and southern reenactor and SCV friends.

Tim
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Central Coast Writer’s

author-cora-ramos-2016

Cora Ramos posted this yesterday, but to me it is huge, as I could not make it to the Central Coast conference. …. plus her site is beautiful.
I thought that was interesting about the business side, and needing both, but keeping separate … not mixing up.
This is short, so that you may hop over there now at:

http://coraramos-cora.blogspot.com/2016/10/central-coast-writers-conference.html

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Central Valley Talk Interview about Pappy Butler Story

The interview is very short on CENTRALValleytalk.com and the Artists and Authors Show is fairly new in their programming, as it was added in three or four months ago. While there are three others interviewed during the hour, the link below on YouTube is their edited version of only my portion.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
http://www.blackopalbooks.com/author-bios/bio-tim-desmond

Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Speed Dating

This was posted on Facebook when I was tied up in skirmish with Yankees at Roaring Camp …. but Tierney James has me included on her site for #4 of group of other authors. Interesting….. check out Journeys, Treks and Daylilies

at … http://www.ptierneyjames.blogspot.com/2015/05/speed-dating-for-readers-4-life-is.html?m=1
Called Speed Dating for Readers #4 Life is a Cupcake. She really is a cupcake.

Author Tierney James 2

The other authors she highlights are pretty awesome. Let her know what you think.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Triggered Book Study Follow up

Family -Tim Desmond at Captain Tony's

One more piece on numbers and stats, if you will, is on another reference that I happen to come across. If the previous “Triggered Book Study” was of mild or of any interest at all, this next reference is from a more studied source in the industry.

THIS STUDY by Hugh Howey IS DATED AS A YEAR AGO IN February on: February 12, 2014. It is of importance to anyone connected with this business, but I think it has merit and interest for anyone involved education, teaching, teaching reading, and the obvious ….. if you are in retail and wonder how the closing of book stores and markets means something. I’ve saved the study in my own files, but in the interest of “not plagiarizing” I am putting the link here.

Author Earnings by Hugh Howey Study Called: The 7k Report
The link is at: http://authorearnings.com/report/the-report

I found it fascinating.
After reading that, what do you think?

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Madera Local Authors Day

Madera Local Authors Day is on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Madera County Library at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Those authors to be there are: Glenna Jarvis, J. Guibor, “Paul & Marcia,” Carol Wolf, K. Adler, Joe Ozier, Lucille Apcar, Marilyn Meredith, Jennifer Moss, L.G. Flores, Doug Hansen, Tim Desmond.
If there are others there also, I did not get the information. These dozen are supposed to be paired at six tables. Too, there is unfinished construction on the main entrance, so the side street door may be the location to enter.
I was told by another author that this is a good gig.

If you have more questions, please contact Ellen Mester, Madera County Librarian.

Ellen Mester
County Librarian
Madera County Library
121 N. G Street
Madera, CA 93637

559-675-7871

Tim

Tim’s book also:

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Other Author 2

Book cover - Chris Davis - No Regrets
NO REGRETS COVER

This author is a friend. He has KDP published stories on Amazon and other sites. One is No Regrets. You can find it at:

http://www.amazon.com/No-Regrets-Christopher-Davis-ebook/dp/B00F30O3PA/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423080734&sr=1-8&keywords=Christopher+Davis+Kindle

Brief Bio for Chris …….
Chris Davis is a central California native. Long a reader of history, he was captivated by the US Civil War while living near Gettysburg Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s. Becoming a Civil War reenactor soon after transferring back to California in 2001, that time period soon found its way into his writing.
Normally writing in the typical genre fiction style of Crime / Thriller, the first short story Among Us Soldiers appeared while writing a short Civil War novel ‘Fire on the Mountain’ [unpublished].
Chris’s Amazon Author page is at:

http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Davis/e/B008I8VTDI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Tim’s book also:

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Plot Driven or Character?

As a reader or a movie and video watcher gets through with a viewing or reading a book, one can say, “yeah, I see how that went and fit together.” But as an author and a writer putting things down on paper or in a file ……. It isn’t easy.

A few years back I attended a weekend writer’s conference. One of the speakers was First Blood author David Morrell who gave a great talk on his career, working on the TV show of Route 66, referring to himself as “Rambo’s daddy,” and his original writing motivation of fear. So, when I came across this plot versus character blog by Jodi Henley, discussing First Blood as character driven, then the subsequent movies being plot driven, it was fascinating.

Jodi Henley has a great blog on these topics at: http://jodihenley.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-tell-difference-between.html

Henley also discussed the movie The Descendents as another example, and the Die Hard movie. She asks at the end, “so how can you tell what’s what?”

The short conclusion by Jodi Henley as she wrote, “If your character’s motivation to get through the story or do whatever you want him to do flows out of who he is (in back story), then most likely it’s character-driven. If you think you’re going to need a little less input from the peanut galley to get your character from beginning to end, it’s most likely plotted. And I’d suggest either thinning your character out a little so he can fit into the story, or finding a story that fits the character.”
One might argue that these are movies, but, they were books first, and screenplays are written with the same problems. And, story is story no matter what the type of writing it is. An older adage is that “story” is feelings, and “plot” is what a character does.

I suppose many know up front what version/type of their own story they are writing. And many stories are driven by both plot and character. Henley reserved that for another lengthy piece.
An editor once told me to delete anything that did not move the plot. Some back story was kept. But I had too much back story that dragged down the plot.

I’ll repeat the first sentence above: As a reader or a movie and video watcher gets through with a viewing or reading a book, one can say, “yeah, I see how that went and fit together.” But as an author and a writer putting things down on paper or in a file ……. It isn’t easy.

If you have answers, contact me or comment.

Tim
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1
Art -Cover for Blog smaller DBI

Hated Protagonists Tips

Family - Tim for Blog Post Oct 2014

It was referred to me last August 19, by author and “The Posse” leader Sunny Frazier, but seems important to comment on now, or anytime. This was about “5 Protagonists Readers Hate,” a blog by Anne Allen. Actually the entire title was “5 Protagonists Readers Hate: Why Writers Shouldn’t Identify too Closely with a Main Character.” The discussion, examples, and reasons are an insight for us as readers as well as for writers of fiction. The other interesting point that is made is the related topic of fictionalizing real life experiences. I’m sure there are more lengthy discussions on the topic, but there is so much that is pithy on our craft in this one piece. She titles these 5 types as:

Mary Sue
The Special Victim
Perfect Pat
Looky-Loo
Literal Larry

There is a last section about the “solution” to the problem, but you can read the entire thing and the “solution” at: http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/08/5-protagonists-readers-hate-why-writers.html

If you have more questions, contact me.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com