In this section I share some of my personal thoughts and feelings drawn from a variety of life experiences that inspired me to write about them. These experiences often indirectly shape my writing style and subject matter but don’t necessarily apply to the act of writing.
A red herring is a misleading statement, question, or argument meant to redirect a conversation away from its original topic.
Authors use this form to keep readers in suspense while writing a mystery. In the Hound of the Baskervilles, the obvious suspect is the butler. One of the important clues is the murderer has a beard as does the butler.
In “The DaVinci Code”, Bishop Aringarosa is the red herring. The author implies that the bishop is the mastermind behind the plot of the book, and readers suspect him the entire time.
You can use the red herring technique when writing in any genre. It is useful in political debates, where one candidate changes the topic to distract the opponent. It is successful in advertisements to convince the reader to purchase the product. It is the choice of defense lawyers to draw attention away from the main point. Using misleading techniques can create continual suspense for the reader, until the last page.
In all of these instances, the red herring is a misleading, false clue, aiming to draw the attention of the reader away from the current point of view that is the main plot of the story. This information is available on- line if you want more examples of the technique. Try it! Paula
Did you know that the New York Unions, launched “Labor Day” in the year 1882?…Why?
At that time, working conditions were not good. Manual labor was hard on the working class, having to press on for hours and hours. Even children, who were part of the workforce, were required to labor, twelve hours per day, six days a week.
The Unions wanted to celebrate all working members for their dedication, and decided to sponsor a PARADE TO HONOR THEM.
It was not until 1887 when Labor Day was made a Federal Holiday, giving every worker the day off. From that time forward, we Americans, observe Labor Day on the first Monday in September, of each year.
In September of this year (2022), we will observe Labor Day on September 5th to honor, and recognize the contributions of all laborers.
Unfortunately, September 5th is considered, by most, the last day of summer. However, it is still over 80 degrees, and some of us (me included) may try to enjoy Labor Day on the beach or in the pool. Then, we will look forward to the Season of Autumn and the falling leaves of red, gold, and brown shades, followed by October’s Halloween trick or treaters. Winter brings Thanksgiving, and delightful; soft snow for skiing, sleighing, and skating.
All our seasons are beautiful, in their own way, but for me, the best holiday of the year comes in December, when all families get together to share their happiness, love and devotion to each other, and their Creator.
A PRAYER FOR ASPIRING WRITERS
Believe in yourself in all you do
Deep faith will always see you through
Today may be your sunny day
Do not give up and run away
You may feel sad and dismayed at times
When hard work leads to wasted lines
Believe in yourself in all you do
Trust that success will come to you
The style of writing about public figures using, made-up characters, was defined by French novelist, Madeleine DeScudery, in the Seventeen century. She wanted to write about public figures, so she disguised them with made-up names; and altered personalities. She also altered all actual events by writing events that resembled the original happenings. This style became known as “The Roman a’ Clef,” translated from French meaning, “novel with akey”.
If you are considering writing characters inspired by real people, here are a few helpful tips to avoid anyone recognizing similarities, that may result in a lawsuit.
Change your character’s name…no matching initials; no rhyming. Change hair color and style, facial features, description, body physique, wardrobe, family and backstory.
If in real life, your character has daughters, give him or her sons. Married, or single. Do not forget the backstory.
Combine two real life characters, into one. It will make your character more interesting. If in real life, your character is a private person, change to a winning personality, or give the character an amazing storyline, to give more exposure.
Be careful of duplicating too many traits of your real person.
Do not allow the characters to dictate your story. Your story is always first.
If after reviewing all your characters you find that one of the characters gets in the way of your story, try to change its personality. If that does not seem to work, drop that character.
We cherish all
That you are to us
advisor, and confidant
There will never be
Anyone like you,
Who offers love,
Because of you,
we can accept
what challenges life has to offer
and believe that
brings a new opportunity
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
On May 30 2022, we honor those who gave their lives in protection of the United States of America. Beginning with the Civil War, Americans, young and old, take this day to remember our fallen Heroes in many ways.
Most proudly display the American flag, our token of a free country, to honor the fallen.
Some visit Battlefields, where American soldiers fought and died, and Cemeteries’ place small American flags on every grave.
Many attend Memorial Day parades where veterans march proudly, honoring their comrades.
Families assemble for a moment of silence, before an outdoor gathering, paying tribute to a family member who did not return home.
There are pictures on the walls of our homes, we look at each day, and they are there to remind us of their sacrifices.
Americans, will never forget those we honor today!
The beginning of Mother’s Day was the project of ANNA JARVIS, who, in 1905; the day her mother died, wanted to honor her, and held a public memorial in Grafton, West Virginia, her mother’s hometown. Ms. Jarvis continued to campaign for an annual holiday, acknowledging parents, and it was first observed nationwide on May 10, 1908. Mother’s Day is always on the second Sunday of May each year, as an acknowledgment of the contributions made by all parents in America.
April Fools’ day, also known at All Fools’ Day is thought to have begun in 1582 when France switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar, and/or in 1563, when the Council of Trent began calling it April Fools’ Day. The English in 1700 started the popular tradition by playing practical jokes on one another. It spread throughout Britain during the 18th century and then to Scotland who made it a two-day celebration.
There are many funny quotes about April Fools’ Day. I thought I would share a few and hope you find them funny also.
“LET US BE THANKFUL FOR THE FOOLS. But for them the rest of us could not succeed:” MARK TWAIN.
“A fool flatters himself; a wise man flatters the fool.” EDWARD G. BULWER-LYTTON
“Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” (Chinese Proverb)
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes” WINSTON CHURCHILL.
“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.” WILL ROGERS
“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something” PLATO