HALLOWEEN EVE Halloween is almost here When haunted houses reappear The children all scream with fear When goblins and witches disappear The vampires flee into the night To hunt for prey and take a bite The skeletons dance with delight While those who watch quiver in fright The bats and spiders share the thrill To fly and crawl and cause a chill After the fun and scare, and all is still Youngsters still have a bag to fill The children walk door to door Neighbor to neighbor, floor to floor As they have done the year before Filling bags with treats and more HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Paula
Do you believe that most people do not have a passion? They go day to day doing what they think is necessary.
Passion is a mixture of a strong need, a hunger to learn, the spirit of I can do it, and the fortitude to, never give up.
Writers are passionate people. You can find them sitting at a computer keyboard pounding out their soul and forming images created by their imagination. Writers are endowed with inspiration and committed to explore the events occurring in a human’s lifetime; constantly working towards understanding phenomena; opening new doors by creating visions in our minds, that give us purpose..
Passionate writings deal with life’s fears and goals, sharing inspiration, and can motivate readers to improve their lives. Passionate writers dig deep into their own souls, to use words, descriptions, and information, that will connect to readers.
To become a passionate writer, one must learn to accept the events of all humanity, whether evil or good, as a learning tool, allowing you, the writer, to change what is wrong, and express your admiration for achievements that promote good, using only words.
It is not easy being a writer. Your work needs, editing, sometimes re-writing, correcting punctuation errors, and other changes. But, that comes later. First, sit at that keyboard, and START WRITING!
TELL ME: ARE YOU A PASSIONATE WRITER?
LOOK TO THE SUN AS THE FLOWER DOES
YOU WILL NEVER SEE SHADOWS
We all need some time to spend in the sun—to renew our bodies, improve our mental health and find the lost spring in our footsteps. These past months have taken its’ toll on all of us. Some of us are still not working. Some of us are returning to a changed normal, and there are those who lost faith and need to be inspired again.
There are still unwritten pages of your life to be lived and memories to make and share with those you love. So,get up and go rescue yourself from these last months and even though you have travelled through life’s uncertain road this year, try to think of the good times, the friends you can help, who are grieving, or lost their jobs, and lend a helping hand to those who need a lift-up.
Be grateful to the angels who came to our rescue and worked tirelessly throughout this Pandemic—saving so many lives because they cared.
We are a country of believers, who will go on with our wonderful memories with spirits lifted and a renewed determination to live life to its fullest.
Last week, I was sad about so many things. Somehow, I could not find a happy place. After meditating and searching all my memories, I found the one place, where I am always happy. Maybe some of you still need to find your Happy Place—a place where you are free from worry; can refresh your state of mind, and lift your spirits.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A HAPPY PLACE? “It is an activity, a memory, a place, or situation that makes you feel happy.”
For me it is the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. I love the forests; the majestic mountains with clouds touching the tops; listening to the water running down from the peaks into streams, my toes enjoying the coolness of the rushing water, and the bears searching for food standing in the middle of a road, causing a bear jam.
Here are a few suggestions to help you find your happy place.
A. Remember the places where you enjoyed yourself.—A park, a movie, a family gathering, a party, the beach, time with friends, the spa, etc. Feel yourself, there, in your happy environment, content and peaceful; your body relaxed.
B. Try something new—a new dish, a new recipe, or bake cookies and decorate them with funny sayings.
C. Share laughs with friends, family, and neighbors. Step away from your home, the computer, and social media, and, allow yourself to enjoy being with others.
D. Take a drive to a new destination. Make it a day trip and experience life in a new place.
E. Dreams can be your happy place… a boat; a beach home, a new car, a vacation, or any imagined place that increases your happiness. We all have dreams…
The next time you feel sad, try going to your happy place and allowing those memories to lift your spirits and renew your frame of mind.
Today is a sad day for me; I know my sadness will last until I say something. I have, for so long, held in all my sadness but sitting outside in a warm late September day, I am finally going to talk to many someones*(everyone)
Why I am sad? Because so much sadness is going on in this world today, and I can no longer pretend to be happy when I am not.
I am sad and will always be, for those lost in another useless war and the veterans who come home, maimed, and missing their family, children they never saw, and all they held dear, to defend a country, who like all the others in this world, faces continuous disagreements resulting in a continuous war. I once thought World War II was the last war, but I was wrong.
I am sad for those who live in a never- ending poverty…children starving…facing one epidemic after another, with little or no relief in sight.
I am sad that all people are not born equal, and that religion, race, and nation, have a bearing on how they are treated.
I am sad for all of us who have lost loved ones, through sickness, war, pandemic, or tragedy, never to see or speak to their loved one again.
I am sad when I read of Americans, young and old, hurting other Americans, without just cause.
My tears flow for all of them, myself included.
. I have kept my faith through the years while Americans damage the very towns they live in; where politicians are more interested in winning, than helping their country grow; where rules are broken, and veterans mistreated during a pandemic and the elderly considered useless.
Yes, we donate; we help as best we can thru wonderful companies who take responsibility for us humans in need, but more must be done. WE ARE AMERICANS! WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY, ALL OF IT, AND IT’S PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT AND STILL FIGHT TO PROTECT ITS BELIEFS.
IT’S TIME TO STAND UP AMERICA—STOP THE PROTESTS-—WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A SOLUTION,
THERE IS NO YOU, OR ME— THERE IS US! WE THE PEOPLE!
HOW TO WRITE A GOOD HOOK
All books have a beginning…middle…and an end. The first line of your Novel should be an amazing and astonishing sentence, resulting in hooking the reader into reading what happens next. The first Chapter should set the mood and end with a cliffhanger..
The following, are a few great books with popular first lines, we all remember.
Let us start with the opening paragraph of Charles Dickens “TALE OF TWO CITIES…”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The hook tells the reader it is a time of political unrest which led to the French revolution.
From “NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN” “I sent one boy to the gas chamber at Huntsville” The hook here is, he is a good man, working covertly around bad men, and this torments him.
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen” from 1984, by George Orwell’s dystopian novel. Clocks turning thirteen tell the reader this is an out of the ordinary novel.
-Keep in mind when writing your first line that today’s readers have busy lives, want instant gratification, and have dozens of other books to choose from, so your novel needs to grab the reader immediately.
Begin at an important event in the life of your protagonist. With my novel, I began with my main character, who is a college student, involved in a serious automobile accident resulting in her hospitalization, where she is fighting for her life.
- Set the mood and place of your protagonist. In my novel, she is placed in a Medically induced coma, due to possible brain damage, and there is the possibility she will not finish her last year of college and have a career
2. Have a compelling voice when using first person in a character driven story. She is driven to complete college, go on for a Masters and be independent.
3. Hint at the beginning that trouble surrounds her, a domineering parent; a stalker (her former boyfriend), and injuries that may prevent her from a career she wants.
4. Your main character should be relatable, similar to people you know, with everyday lives, dreams, and ambitions. She should be conflicted in some way, and having difficulty overcoming obstacles. However, refrain from telling all.
5. End the first chapter with a cliffhanger. The reader will ask “What happens, and will want to read more.
Here’s to an amazing first line hook, Paula
IS A CRITIQUE NECESSARY?
I have a question: Did you ask a family member, friend, or maybe a few fellow authors to give you an honest judgment of your first ten pages of your new story? If you did, — “ HURRAH TO YOU!’’ I am certain it convinced you to continue. That judgment was a short Critique.
Now that you are finished, are you considering a final Critique: If you are not… allow me to explain why I feel a Critique of your finished novel is necessary.
Write the Story you’re anxious to write
Be is sad, scary, romantic, or light
When all is done never fear
A final review is always near
Read Below and you will see
Why a Critique is Important to me
First: WHAT IS A CRITIQUE?? It is a report that reviews and examines you finished story, essay, or any important art, and evaluates it seriously. Today, Book Reports analyzed by students and the analysis and critique of stories or novels carry on, a Greek Tradition
1.STYLE: Whether it is family or professional, the person doing the critique, probably will read it first before analyzing if book is worth reading your style and pacing.— Is it a typical romance, mystery, or historical novel? What is the novel’s major argument and is it saleable? What are its strong and weak points. How effective is the author’s ability to move the plot along.
2, CHARACTERS: Who are they…how do they react, will they be different at the end or not. Do they add tension to the story.
3. POINT OF VIEW: First, Second, or Third person Does it remain consistent throughout the novel.
4. SEASON:: what season is it, winter, summer, fall or spring. Is it set in a country atmosphere or city or a foreign country..
5. DIALECT: Do your characters speak contemporary, formal, archaic, and do they too remain consistent?.
6. PACING: Do your mix sentences—some short, some long? Do you reveal character thoughts and feelings; for example: anxiety, emotion, fear, love, and do your characters change at the finality.?
7. CONCLUSION: Will the ending be satisfactory to your readers, and does it solve all the question and situations occurring in your novel.
.NOTE: Your final Critique will allow you to make any new changes, to your story, prior to editing and publication
SETTING Romance, with medical theme- Time winter, I decide to write through Susan’s eyes which are first person. Susan is main character. – Situation- finish college. Susan wants-career, and not marry Alex.
Example: Susan, is in her last year of college, when she is involved in a serious automobile accident and placed in a medically induced coma, by Dr. Rand, where she meets John, and falls in love.
EVENT –SUB-PLOT 1 Example: When awakened from induced Coma, she no longer dreams of John. She believes he is not a figment of her imagination, but a real person, and is determined to find him.
EVENT- SUB-PLOT 2 Example: Susan’s mother wants her to drop college and marry Alex, the boy next door, because he is wealthy. After release from hospital, Susan needs therapy and must return home for continual care. She fears not being able to graduate and continue to pay for her education..
EVENT-SUB-PLOT 3 Example: She leaves home, without advising mother, and returns to apartment she shares with Helen, her roommate, intending to return to classes. After advising Helen of her financial circumstances, and her desire to find John, Helen volunteers to help. They search but do not find John.
EVENT-CLIMAX Example: Susan faces the fact she is unable to find John, and must go on with her plans to graduate and earn her Masters. At the suggestion of Dr. Rand, she agrees to continue physical and psychological therapy at the hospital.
EVENT RESOLUTION: Example: During her last session with Dr. Rand, she learns he is instrumental in her quick recovery due to an experimental treatment, and agrees to allow him to publish his findings. At graduation, she receives unexpected financial help to complete her education, and learns where John is.
HINTS: It is important to show how your main character changes from beginning to end.
Create excitement by emphasizing incidents that will change everything for main character.
Metaphors can be a powerful description. Use them.
Remember to build tension to the highest point (see sketch), and then dropping to lowest point by revealing character’s disappointment. This will lead to climax and a resolution that will satisfy your reader.
NOTE FROM AUTHOR—Not all writers use an outline. Some allow characters to guide them by their actions. However, many believe an outline of your story will keep you on the correct path and not allow you to deviate from your plot.
GOOD LUCK, PAULA
A few months back, I wrote a message to the Class of 2020. At that time, none of the graduates expected a graduation ceremony. My two grandsons accepted, with disappointment, the end of their last year in high school, without a prom, or ceremony.
I was so happy when both schools decided to hold a graduation ceremony on their football field, following all guidelines of the CDC in separating students and parents, from each other, and requiring we all wear masks. Sometimes, it can be difficult, for me, to say personally what my heart wants to say to them, so I wrote it in prose.
I believe they would want me to share this with all graduates who worked hard for the opportunity to enjoy their years of hard work. So here it is!
TO THE GRADUATION CLASS OF 2020 WHEREVER YOU ARE
by Paula Perron
Stay as sweet as you are
I promise you will go far
Be proud of the distance you have come
And happy you are now an alum.
Take the road you are destined for
I know you will be something more
In times like this some will win
So face all obstacles with a grin
Be steadfast in all that you do
For the best will forever come to you
This is the middle of summer, and a second heat wave is here. What do most of you do? Do you go to the beach, and jump into the cool ocean? Or, do you lie in the sun hoping to get a tan? Maybe, you dive into your pool, and later barbeque some burgers, and gulp down a cold beer. Do you go out to eat, as more and more of us, do not want to cook when it’s hot? …As for me;
I think it is a great time to WRITE that Story or Novel! (Especially, if you have air-conditioning.)
HEAT WAVE BY Paula Perron
The hot sun is sneaking through my windows
Reminding me of its power
I close the blinds, and sit down to write
For another hour
A fan is sitting on my desk blowing ice cool air
I keep on writing with little care
When it’s lunch, I take a break
Eat a sandwich, and a piece of cake
At 3:00 P.M.it is ninety degrees
Even so I am cooled by the Fan’s breeze
In the afternoon, four chapters are complete
I print the pages to keep, change, or delete
The sun sets telling me it’s time to end the day
My reward…a drive to the diner leads the way