Thought for the Day:
“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
~ Ray Bradbury ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
It’s important to describe our characters, but it’s also important to do it in a way that doesn’t stop the story flow. HERE K. M. Allan shows us 5 Ways to Describe a Character without Using the Clichéd Mirror Look.
Rhiannon Richardson has a great article HERE on Good Story Company about the appropriate use of flashbacks. It is something I hadn’t really thought about, but it’s pretty important.
Louise Harnby always has something of value in her posts. HERE she give us 3 Ways to Reduce Word Count and Write a Leaner Thriller. This isn’t just for people writing thrillers. It will help everyone.
What a great week to be stuck inside avoiding the heat that is smothering Sacramento and other places in the west. It got up to 111 yesterday, I think 112 they day before, and should hit a mere 106 this afternoon. But then we cool off into the mid 90s for a while. Yay. But I haven’t minded too much because I could stay inside and read, watch the San Francisco Giants games (boy, they are HOT!), and, of course, there is Wimbledon. I don’t know why I am so in love with that tournament, but it is my favorite couple weeks of the year. As I write this, I haven’t finished watching the men’s final yet, but so far it has been pretty exciting. Yesterday’s women’s final was great! I am a big, big fan of Ash Barty, so I was pretty happy with the outcome, but it was not an easy one. Very fun to watch. I sure hope you are somewhere where super heat is not a problem, but if you are, I hope you can stay in and do something you enjoy.
I have been reading a lot, and I have stacks of books I need to post reviews for. I probably should have posted this review a couple months ago, but here we are. It’s never too late to review a good book. And this is a good one. Amy McDougall, Master Matchmaker by Gary Pedler is a fun book with a lot going on. I enjoyed it and want to tell you about it. Here is the review I wrote for the Seattle Book Review.
Amy McDougall, thirteen, is worried about her dad, Travis, a gay man who adopted her several years before. Travis wants a boyfriend but can’t seem to find one. Amy tries to set him up on a computer dating site without success. Even her very smart BFF, Grace Kwan, can’t help. Amy suspects her handsome Spanish teacher is also single and gay, so she decides to make a match. After much maneuvering, Travis and Enrique are seriously dating. But that’s not enough to prove her matchmaking prowess, so Amy sets up Grace’s mother and even sets up Grace with very cool Denry, who is perfect for her. But everything isn’t all Amy hoped for with Enrique in their life, and she tells Enrique just how she feels saying the complaints are Travis’s, stirring up trouble.
Gary Pedler has written a story that many middle-grade readers will relate to. Amy is a spunky character readers will root for, and the rest of the characters are well-rounded and interesting. There is trouble at every turn, created by Amy, making for a fun page-turner of a story. The writing is lively and the voice of Amy is spot on.
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