Eight Sentence Sunday #12

I present to you Eight Sentence Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Today I have some sentences from the novel I’m writing for Camp Nano. I’m running behind and the words are rough, but there are still some gems in there!

“They always need more soldiers, that’s all they ever think about.”

“Well they are trying to expand the territory.”

“You know what it really does? It increases the demand for high shelf blood. We gotta have some while it’s still at a good price!

“You are absolutely right, bloodtender two of the best blood you got!”

“Fresh?”

“Of course, the best of the best!”

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Eight Sentence Sunday #11

I present to you Eight Sentence Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Here are some sentences I cut out from an old novel of mine. I don’t like taking out perfectly good words, but sometimes a story needs to be shaken up before everything fits into place.

He started off on his shopping list, camping store first.

After walking around on the wall for a while he realized two things. First he had no idea where any of the stores he wanted to go to were. He couldn’t figure out where they were from the mall map at all. The stores were ones he had never heard of before such as FluffyBunny, NachoCheese, or MoonBeams. He didn’t even know what MoonBeams were. How did he know what they were selling there and above all which one was the camping store?

The second problem was how he was going to get off of the wall and into said stores, a grappling hook perhaps?

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H is for Haiku

This post is a part of the A to Z Challenge. Every day (minus Sunday’s) during April in 2015 I will be making a post related to a literary device which starts with a particular letter of the alphabet. I have a general idea that these posts will be describing the same characters as they go through their lives, but I haven’t written all the posts yet so no promises!

A haiku poem has three lines, where the first and last lines have five moras, while the middle line has seven. The pattern in Japanese genre is 5-7-5. The mora is another name of a sound unit, which is like a syllable, but it is different from a syllable. As the moras cannot be translated into English, they are modified and syllables are used instead. The lines of such poems rarely rhyme with each other.

Valentine –
Thanks for the bone
I will love it forever
For it is yummy

Eric –
I wish I had a
Girlfriend to love and hold
Instead of this poem

Vic –
Travel far away
Somewhere I will want to stay
A hut in the jungle

G is for Glossation

This post is a part of the A to Z Challenge. Every day (minus Sunday’s) during April in 2015 I will be making a post related to a literary device which starts with a particular letter of the alphabet. I have a general idea that these posts will be describing the same characters as they go through their lives, but I haven’t written all the posts yet so no promises!

Gloss – As a verb, to gloss is to write a scholarly or explanatory commentary on another text. This practice was common among medieval scribes and writers, particularly those commenting on biblical texts, who would write extensive glosses in smaller handwriting in the margins of bibles. Modern editors of scholarly editions often add their own glosses to literary works in the form of footnotes. See criticus apparatus. As a noun, a gloss is the actual written commentary itself. Glossation is the act of making such commentaries.

Traditionally glossation is the act of hand writing in the margins of a novel. Yet it can be used as a literary device within ones novel to gain a new layer of depth and believability to the world. I have two stories whom use this technique with such skill that they have a permanent spot on my bookshelf.

The first is the Bartimaeus Trilogy, a story about a human who summons a djinni. The story is written by said djinni and involves comments in the margins to help explain why he did what he did or with comments on how the djinni world works. It works as a wonderful tool to understand the personality of the djinni and to explain how the world works without slowing down the action.

The second is The Way of Kings. In this novel much of the world is divided between things that men and women are allowed to do. Men aren’t supposed to read, but women are. It’s revealed that while women read out loud to the men they will also sometimes write notes in the margins for the other women who will read it in the future. Special messages for those interested in that topic. It struck me as such a wonderful little detail about the world, yet with the potential to change the entire plot! What if the meaning of those comments is nothing to most women, but then they accidentally get read out loud and then men realize they have been misinterpreting the book this entire time. Or a woman is reading two different versions of the book and one has a comment on the side which starts to unravel one of the many mysteries within this book?

Quick comment that I’m not done with The Way of Kings yet. It’s a 45 hour audio novel which I only listen to when I’m driving, so I still have a while to go. If either of those things happens I didn’t know about it!

F is for Foil (A literary device. Not aluminum foil.)

This post is a part of the A to Z Challenge. Every day (minus Sunday’s) during April in 2015 I will be making a post related to a literary device which starts with a particular letter of the alphabet. I have a general idea that these posts will be describing the same characters as they go through their lives, but I haven’t written all the posts yet so no promises!

Foil – is a character that shows qualities that are in contrast with the qualities of another character with the objective to highlight the traits of the other character. The term foil, though generally being applied for a contrasting character, may also be used for any comparison that is drawn to portray a difference between two things.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an ideal example of foil since it’s simple; Jekyll’s foil is his other half Hyde. In the book the transformation between the two shows the battle between good v bad in all humans. That’s one of the main pluses of using a foil. It emphasizes one or more themes within ones story. A truly fantastic literary device when used correctly.

In my novel Moon Murder my detective character has a foil in the arm implant Genie (or G3N13). Their interactions show the constant struggles between humans and robots, the traditional v new age, and the detail oriented v the carefree. It wonderfully highlights my novels main themes, which is why every round of edits ends with me adding more interactions between these characters. As they build their relationship the story gets more meat because the themes are getting ever more engrained in the world.

E is for Epitaph

This post is a part of the A to Z Challenge. Every day (minus Sunday’s) during April in 2015 I will be making a post related to a literary device which starts with a particular letter of the alphabet. I have a general idea that these posts will be describing the same characters as they go through their lives, but I haven’t written all the posts yet so no promises!

Epitaph – is an inscription written on a grave. Generally, it is a brief composition, having figurative sense in a verse or in prose form, written to pay tribute to a deceased person, or to remember a past event.

Many people have written their own epitaphs before their deaths. I thought it would be interesting to have my characters write their own epitaph when they are 60. This forces me to think about different events from their whole life and how that will have effected their view of themselves.

Valentine (60 dog years) – “So long for now and thanks for all the bones!”

Eric – “A wall be placed, my bones erased, yet words will never save me.”

Vic – “The winds blow, and the winds change, one only needs a sail to catch them in.”

Valentine wants to wait for the rest of the family in whatever afterlife there might be. Eric feels fatalistic about the whole thing. Saying that a tombstone or more will be put above his bones with this epitaph on it, but the words aren’t going to save him from death. Vic was looking over her life when she wrote hers. She did a lot of travel and believes all one needs to do is see the winds, or wants, they have and then go after them to lead a happy life.

D is for Denotation

This post is a part of the A to Z Challenge. Every day (minus Sunday’s) during April in 2015 I will be making a post related to a literary device which starts with a particular letter of the alphabet. I have a general idea that these posts will be describing the same characters as they go through their lives, but I haven’t written all the posts yet so no promises!

I apologize for being behind. I plan to catch up now that it’s my weekend!

Denotation – generally defined as literal or dictionary meanings of a word in contrast to its connotative or associated meanings.

I figured since my last post was on connotation it made sense to have denotation, the dictionary definition of a word for this post. Many poems start with words using the dictionary definition to create a picture, then use the implication of those words to make a bigger point.

The water sparkled under the blue sky, but then a raven flew by.

The winds started, the water churned, the world was about to burn.

The water sparkling under the blue sky using denotation sets the scene, making people feel calm and peaceful. The raven is used in a connotative sense to mean something bad comes to the front. Winds will actively buffet people while moving around the water, making the whole thing less peaceful. The whole world isn’t likely to burn, but a persons world which was peaceful could suddenly have a major problem, which is what is being described here.