ORCHESTRATE-a Classic

Rhapsody on theme of Pagnanni

I am a music lover, so this prompt hits home.  I love all kinds of music, ballads, country, operas,  and many  classics.  The one classical I hum over and over in my mind   is “RACHMANINOFF’S Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini, as played in Somewhere in Time, a romantic, science fiction movie in 1980, starring the late Christopher Reeves, and Jane Seymour. When I hear it I am mesmerized by the melody.  It speaks to me of love so strong that time means nothing. I understand it was used to test the market for Soundtrack sales.  I was sold!

Paula Perron

CURVES

This is a good time to write about Curves we all have felt in life, especially now with COVID-19. I am at home like many of us Americans, trying to keep a positive outlook for the future of all of us and our country. I joined the “Discover Prompt, loving it, and today’s being CURVES, and it follows below:





                  

LIFE’S CURVES

    •                         by Paula Perron

We all have curves in our life

that causes us constant strife

We all have waves that we ride       

  that change daily with the tide      

None are excluded from this ache     

We all know the steps to take

Help those that cannot carry on     

Do what you can when called upon

This is the time for all to pray   

That this Curve does not stay

 

  





WHAT IS BELOW

by Paula Perron

Is it something you find under

the sink where a pipe is leaking

so bad it sounds like thunnder

and just needs a little tweaking

Is it beneath the sea where creatures thrive

So deep you will never know

Except when you catch one alive

and bring it up to show

Is it lower than a long skirt hem

Some women love to wear

Or the short skirts worn by them

who really do not care

The answer to what is below

It is easy for me to see

It’s not lesser, beneath, lower or under

Because they are all the same to me


			

WITH THESE HANDS

by Paula Perron

With these hands I learned to clap
	when I thought something was funny
With these hands I held my first Easter egg
	and cuddled my first Bunny
With these hands I learned to eat by myself	 
	and after wash them with soap
With these hands I learned to jump 
	without tripping on the rope
With these hands I learned to read and write 
	my very own name
With these hands I learned to climb 
	poles and bars on a metal frame
With these hands I learned to be a leader 
	staying at the top of my class
With these hands I learned one final thing
	 not to let a good thing pass
	
	
	
	

FAVORITE DISH

Everyone has a favorite food—one Mom made on special occasions, when you were little, or one you learned how to make when Mom took the time out of her busy life to teach you.  For many, it is a steak grilled to perfection.—or, hamburgers with or without cheese, and special sauce— or Mexican, Chinese, Indian— or a trip to your favorite Italian restaurant for dinner. I am a fan of Lasagna- All it takes is sauce, ricotta, eggs, meat, spices, cheese, and of course lasagna macaroni.

.  So here is my ODE to Pasta            By Paula Perron

   Pasta pasta every day                                                                                                   I can eat it any way

   Tomatoes make the perfect sauce                                                                               Spices add a lot of course

 Fry the sausage, and other meat                                                                               Cook for hours…impressive feat

 I have to taste the very best Lasanga Lasanga beats the rest

I can extend this poem if you wish                                                                            But I can’t wait to eat this dish.

CABIN FEVER

Like everyone else, I am confined to my home for the last three weeks, and I am finding things to do that will keep me interested. One item I am anxious to partner with the new Discover Prompts, by Ben Huberman, going on until April 23rd. They are on day 4. and every day there will be a different prompt.Today the Prompt is “STREET” I had the best time writing this poem—it took my mind off the lockdown for a bit. Here it is:

On The Street                        By Paula Perron

I wish I lived on the street Where all our neighbors walk To greet them each and every day Then I could stop and talk.

I wish I lived on the street Where children always play I’d catch a ball with both my hands A strike that got away

I wish I lived on the street Where all is well and good And And life has meaning all the time But not ever in my neighborhood.

LET EVERY WORD COUNT

Every great writer has mastered the art of rhythm and flow in creating every sentence of their novel by using the right words.

YOU CAN TOO WITH A FEW TIPS
  1. Listen to the language of the general public wherever you go and learn those words to add realism to your novel’s dialogue.  Save them to use over and over.
  2. .Eliminate all fancy complicated words, and use simple words, such as.  Acquire—use “ Get:” Initiate— use “begin”, Relinquish— use “let go, or give up
  3. Use a Thesaurus (one of my favorite tools).  Also, use a dictionary to be certain the word you chose means what you think it should.
  4. We know we should stay away from adverbs such as using rapidly instead of  “fast”; plays beautifully instead of  “well done”; or words ending in “ LY”… so try to replace them with another word.  Try action verbs when possible.
  5. SHOW…DON’T TELL, an important tip to use the five senses to get your point across.

You can find more on this subject, using the Dictionary; Grammarly; Thesaurus, Google, and the Web.  However,  this should give you a good place to begin.

 There are more interesting tips coming. If you are registered on my web site, you will be notified every time a new one is posted. If not registered: what are you waiting for. Sign up Now!.

REMEMBER: A few simple tips can make all the difference in your reader’s understanding of the mood and meaning you are conveying.

Have a great day, Paula

       

SELF-PUBLISHING OR NOT

The editing, re-writing, and more editing, and re-writing is finally completed. Now, are you searching for an agent/publisher, or considering self-publishing?  Many up-and-coming authors have found success by self-publishing through one of several companies. However, before you decide, I suggest you research first as there are good and bad features with both.

The Good Features: Self-publishing service is usually fast. Distribution covers the United States, as well as many other countries.  Royalties offered may be higher than Traditional publishing.  On Demand printing is offered by some, thereby increasing sales. Some offer a free ISBN number, (required) and some may offer your book for sale on its’ Website. One offers free printing but requires it be the distributor.

The Not So Good Features: You, as author, are responsible for the entire expense of printing. Cover design, editing, formatting, converting to an e-format and changes to your manuscript will cost extra. You may also be responsible for copyright, an ISBN number, marketing and distribution. You may be required to grant exclusive publishing rights for years.

Considering Traditional Publishing?

Begin with researching to find an agent and/or publisher.  Writer’s Market, and Writers Digest, generally publishes agents looking for new authors.  Send a Query letter, indicating the category, a synopsis of your novel, the market audience your book is meant for, and a description of yourself. If accepted, publisher pays all costs for editing, printing, and distribution. It may take months before you see it in print. Agent receives commission out of your proceeds. Your royalties may not be as high. No need to copyright your book prior to publication. Publisher handles that on behalf of the author.

For more information” Check the booklets available online, giving you the pros and cons of Self-Publishing vs. Traditional publishing.

            NOTE: Won’t you share your experience and help other writers make a tough decision?

     Paula

COUNTING MY BLESSNGS

Not a creature was stirring. Not even the Cat

    As the Holidays grow closer and closer, I have mixed emotions. Some happy. Some sad

Happy, because it is my favorite time of the year… a time when families are closer and the bond is renewed. …When bells are ringing, and familiar music is heard everywhere. …When cheerful faces are smiling. …When we share with another, the joys of the season.

Sad, because I miss those who have gone and are no longer present at the gathering of our family, although they remain close in each of our hearts; never to be forgotten. Sad because there are others who are in need and who struggle to fill empty stomachs and spend what little they have for their family. 

It is a time to count one’s blessings.

 I am blessed and want to thank my followers for helping me become a better writer, and for the insight so many of you have, which has certainly helped me this year.

 I am blessed for my family, who keep me going, day after day, month after month, with their love, encouragement, and guidance.

 I am blessed every day as I watch my grandsons and my granddaughter mature into honorable young people.

I am blessed by all the wonders of the earth we live on, the opportunities given us, and that I am without want.

So to all, I wish you a happy Holiday and a happy New Year. …PAULA

FORESHADOWING

What is foreshadowing, and would you want to use it?

Foreshadowing is the popular way many authors give the reader an advance hint of what is to happen later in the story. There are numerous ways to use foreshadowing. One way is to have a lesser character foreshadow an event —or, use it during a conversation between characters. Many writers find it a great addition to the plot, adding suspense, and expectations of what is to come. Mystery authors use it by implying that one character is acting suspiciously, when, in reality, another committed the crime.

 Some authors like to give an early warning at the beginning of the novel.  Others use it as major events unfold throughout the novel. There are examples of foreshadowing in the “HARRY POTTER” novels like students hearing something in the walls, preceding a monster they discover later.  To foreshadow an event, you could mention it by name with a warning that something is going to happen.

             Examples of Foreshadowing:

 “LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD”- told not to stop on her way to grandma’s house. 

 “STAR WARS, DARTH VADAR’S”- shadow is behind Anakin, foreshadowing who Anakin will grow up to be.

“PETER RABBIT”- told by Mrs. Rabbit not to go into Mr. MacGregor’s garden.  He does and gets in trouble.

EVERYDAY PHRASES: “Curiosity killed the cat.” —for-tells misfortune.

 “It was a dark and stormy night”— for-tells an unfortunate event that will occur later.

             Other ways to Foreshadow:                    

Language can create a visual picture of what to expect. 

A contradiction between what is expected and what actually happens.

One I particularly like is a Flashback, telling something that happened in the past— as a clue about what might happen later in the story. You could plant little clues throughout the story hinting the story’s outcome. For authors who outline, you could add foreshadowing or a flashback to your outline.  For those who do not, and that includes myself foreshadow or flashback can be inserted as you write.

        Try Foreshadowing…….Paula