Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween! RMQ and Cover Reveal!

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Happy Halloween, Everyone! If you aren't reading my blog until the day or a few days after, I don't blame you one bit! I wrote my blogs beforehand and probably won't be on the blogosphere much today either. I hope everyone's out having a great All Hallows' Eve!

For today's post, I'm guest-posting over at Booklover's Hideaway for the Halloween Spooktacular event. If you could just hop over there and leave your comments, I'd really appreciate it! (But make sure and check out the RMQ and Cover Reveal below! :D) The Halloween Spooktacular has been a fun, month-long series of fun Halloween posts, so if you haven't seen any of them, check more than just mine out!

Be safe and have an unforgettable Halloween! 2012, Baby! :D

Random Movie Quotes (RMQ) -- Halloween Edition

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Yesterday's RMQ was: "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" This humorous quotes was said by John Cleese playing A Taunting French Guard (one of many roles he played in the film) in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Classic comedy. This one was guessed by Alex Cavanaugh. Wait to go, Alex! Three points to you! :D






Today's RMQ is:
"You can feel it. That cold ain't the weather. That's death approaching. Who do you think they're gonna take first? The girl, who thinks a gun will help her? The kid, sheriff's kid? Or the old gal?"

Hint: This is a Halloween/horror movie. One point for actor, one for character, one for film. Good luck! If you know what it is, offer a guess in the comments and then maybe go watch it! :D

Cover Reveal!





To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World 

by Emily White


10 Tales of Steampunk Silliness and Spookery.

In the cozy seaside village of Steamville, New Hampshire, an unfaithful zombie, out of control werebots, succubi in corsets, and more wreak havoc in this short story collection. 

Publication Date: December 22, 2012 on all major online retailers ($.99 for ebook/$2.99 for print)


Looks awesome, right? What do you think?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday--Awesome Heroines!

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday + RMQ (below)


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's question: Top Ten Kick-Ass Heroines!




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10. Hermione of Harry Potter



Her logic and good sense save Harry many times over. Who doesn't love her?



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9. Lucy Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia

She may be sweet, but her sweetness and child-like faith saves her siblings time and time again. Along with, you know, entire worlds.

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8. Arwen of Lord of the Rings

She may not have had many lines in the books, but her role in the story was still pivotal. She did save Frodo from the wraiths and got to wash them away! Who gets to boast that?



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7. Ismae of Grave Mercy


Assassin nun at court. Need I say more?







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6. Kahlan Amnell of Sword of Truth

She has girl powers that allow her to control men with a single touch. She's decent enough not to take advantage, but confident enough not to shy away when someone else does.




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5. Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games

Hunter, independent, survivor of the Hunger Games, friends with Liam Hemsworth--er, Gayle. Any questions?



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4. Egwene al'Vere of Wheel of Time

Strong in the One Power, navigates the World of Dream, underminds corrupt Amyrlin Elaida (who, just trust me on this, someone needs to b**tch-slap) and blows entire to'rakens out of the sky. Trust me, you want to be this woman's friend.


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3. Nynaeve al'Meara of Wheel of Time

One of the strongest in the One Power in thousands of years, massively talented Healer, won the heart of the uncrowned king of Malkier, and has personal captured (and kicked tail of) several of the Forsaken. Again, be her friend, not her enemy.



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2. Daenerys Targaryen of A Song of Fire and Ice

Can walk through fire without being burnt, has three growing dragons at her beck and call, and was married to a brutal Kahl. Trust me, she's tough.




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1. Arya Stark of A Song of Fire and Ice
Smarter as a teenager than most adults are, has outlived a lot of her family, escaped from a powerful ruling family, knows how to use a sword, outsmarts lords and kings regularly, befriended a sorcerer assassin, and has traveled across a lot o the seven kingdoms as well as across the Narrow Sea. Yeah, he's pretty awesome!

How about you? Who are your Top Ten Kick-A** Heroines?

(See my Top Ten Non-Fantasy picks on my other blog.)


Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

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Last week's RMQ was, "And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don't you? You think if Catherine lives, you won't wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs."

This was said by Anthony Hopkins playing Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. Brandyn of Going for Goldilocks guessed this one. Great job, Brandyn! Three points to you! :D



Today's RMQ is:


"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"


One point for film, one for actor, one for character. Good luck!


Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't yet. Happy Tuesday! :D

Monday, October 29, 2012

My First Giveaway! Yea!!!!!!

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Okay, technically this is my second giveaway. I gave away a $10 Amazon gift card during Banned Books Week. But this is the first giveaway I'm hosting all by my lonesome, from my blog, for my own purposes. *Squee* I've been blogging for roughly six months, now, and I've never done one. Why? I'll tell you...I don't know...Just never had. Well, I'm going to remedy that now.

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Last week I was plugging along, just minding my own business and posting my blogs, and then I saw it! My post number read: 100! Oh my gosh I've just hit one hundred posts! This also coincides with my blog's six month anniversary! (It was on 10/19, but close enough. :D) On top of that, this blog has surpassed three hundred followers--and I never celebrated! (I've totally been too busy lately to celebrate, and there's simply no excuse for that.)

Furthermore, I'm only a few months from the release of my debut novel, a dystopian fantasy. I'm ordering ARCs today. Again, *squee!*

In celebration of all these things, I'm holding my first giveaway! I'm giving away three e-books of my novel, Persistence of Vision.
By the time the giveaway ends (just before Thanksgiving) I should have the ARCs. So, enter the rafflecopter below! Good luck. :D

P.S. I'm also doing a giveaway on my other blog. Check that one out too! :D


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Follow Friday--Annoyed Reading

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.



Oh this is not a good question for an author. As someone that edits and gets edited constantly, I could go on for pages and pages about things that irritate me when reading a book. (Don't worry. I won't.)

1) I hate it when an author changes POV in the middle of a scene. Yes, it happens more than you know and I've read plenty of books published by big publishers that do this.

2) I don't like generic modifiers that are over-used: very, pretty, really, etc.

3) I have this pet peeve about "seemed." It should ONLY be used when the POV character isn't sure about something. As in, "he seemed sad." They don't have to state that they're unsure, but the idea is that the POV character isn't positive about what they're observing. Seemed is SO overused by newbie authors. It can be cut 90% of the time. 

Okay, I'll stop there...and put different stuff on my other blog
Happy Friday, Everyone! :D

Thoughts for Thursday (10)


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Thoughts for Thursday is a new meme hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we 
share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Readers may respond by either commenting on the quote I put forward or contributing a quote of their own. I'll include a linky list, or you can just respond in the comments.

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!   

This week's theme is fate or destiny!


“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” --William Shakespeare
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries to get there.” -J.R. Ward, Lover Mine
"Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart." -Marcus Aurelius
"Men are not prisoners of Fate, but only prisoners in their own minds." -Franklin Roosevelt

See more quotes here.

What do YOU think? Which quote do you like most? Do you agree/disagree? Do YOU have a favorite quote about destiny?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tips on Foreshadowing Part 2: Character Relationships

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Guess what?! One of my blog posts was featured in The Funnily Enough! (*Squee!*) Check it out here.

This is part two of my series on foreshadowing. See Part 1 here.

Let's talk about character relationships. As with all foreshadowing, the most important thing to remember is that all stories inherently set up certain promises to the reader. It's crucial that you deliver on those promises. How do you set up these promises, you ask? Well, chances are you've already done it. You just don't know it.

If your MC is a woman and early on in the story she meets a man who's smoking hot but a jerk, you've already set up one of these promises. Most readers are smart enough to know that this will probably be the main love interest. At some point, they're hoping to see their expectations satisfied.

If you say that your MC doesn't get along with a sibling, then your audience is expecting this to be resolved at some point. It doesn't matter whether the siblings end up hating each other for all time or come to terms. Either way, you have to resolve this because by making a point of mentioning it, you've set up a promise, which you now have to deliver on.

An example of this done WELL: all the teenage-drama type shows on TV. They tend to introduce the major love interest right away, show a spark, then spend two or three seasons keeping the main guy and gal apart. Frustrating? Yes. But it keeps people watching because the audience knows who is supposed to be together and they keep coming back, waiting for the writers to make good on the promise they set up in the first episode.

And what happens when one of the main characters leave the show? More often than not, the viewers leave too. Without any chance of satisfaction on the promises originally set, they lose interest in the series.

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An example of this done BADLY: The Millenium series. *spoilers ahead* I LOVED The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but I liked it less because of the characters and more because of the mystery. At it's core, it was a historical whodunit, and I loved the way Stieg Larsson handled it. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to read books 2 and 3 because I knew they wouldn't have the mystery, and I wasn't particularly fond of the characters. However, Larsson set up a romance at the end of book 1. He says that Lisbeth Salander is totally in love with Bloomkvist, but Bloomkvist doesn't reciprocate. Lisbeth harbors unrequited love for him, and he's totally oblivious. The first book ends on that note. I was willing to keep reading to see exactly how they ended up together. And guess what? *spoilers* They don't end up together. It seems like everything is pointing to that throughout the rest of the story. Then, a few hundred pages before the end of the trilogy, Larsson simply changes his mind. Bloomkvist ends up with someone else and Lisbeth decides that though she's still fond of him, she can deal with him being with someone else. Um...LAME! I couldn't believe the author did that! If you don't want your MCs romantically involved, fine! I get it! But don't set the audience up to expect something, and then take it away! I went from only kind of, sort of liking the trilogy to all-out hating it! DON'T DO THIS TO YOUR READERS!!!

So, set up your promises of relationships, whether romantic or platonic, by

1) Starting in the opposite place you want to end up in. If two people will end up together, they should hate one another at the beginning. If you want two people to come to terms, start with them being estranged, etc.

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Example: Every chick flick EVER! The characters always hate each other at first and think the other person is the last person in the world they could ever end up with. One of my personal faves for reference: You've Got Mail.

2) Make sure that wherever the relationship starts (hating each other, etc.) is disruptive to the MC's world. If it's not, there's no reason to "fix" it.

Example: Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. At first, they aren't particularly fond of one another, but they become good friends. Their dislike of one another is disruptive because they're thrown together and HAVE to work together, so it'd be best if they learn to get along. (Plus there's the bonus of Luke's sister becoming involved with Han. Can we all say brother-in-law?)

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3) Gradually move your characters toward the opposite state in their relationship. Do this by degrees. Specifically correlate events between the two characters with their changing emotions toward one another.

Example: Ron and Hermione. Rowling did an excellent job showing their relationship changing over the years. Bit by bit things got better, then worse, then awkward, and eventually they found their way to each other. (So cute!)

4) Make sure you end in the opposite place that you start. BE EXPLICIT ABOUT THIS!!! It will be much more powerful if you do.

Example: Anna and the King. One of my favorite films of all time! At one point, Anna is talking to the king about the fact that he has so many wives. It's a recurring theme throughout the story. He tells her that, as the king, he loves all his wives individually and doesn't understand her problem with plural marriage. At the end, after he's fallen in love with her, he tells her that he now understands the idea of being satisfied with just one woman. It's a direct reference to something discussed earlier in the film that has changed. It's both touching and powerful because we have an earlier frame of reference for it. This is the fulfillment of foreshadowing at it's best!

Foreshadow character relationships and stick to the promises you set up and you can't go wrong!

What do you think? Have you ever read a book where the author made a relationship promise and then didn't deliver?


Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

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Yesterday's RMQ was "Do you want to be a cop or do you want to appear to be a cop." This was said by Oliver Queenan in the film The Departed, played by Martin Sheen. Great movie, albeit adult. This one was guessed by Alex Cavanaugh. Great job Alex!

Today's RMQ:

"And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don't you? You think if Catherine lives, you won't wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs."

One point for film, one for actor, one for character. Good luck! :D

Monday, October 22, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday--Books for Halloween! :D


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week: 

Top Ten Books to Get in the Halloween Spirit!

Yea! I <3 Halloween!


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1) Dracula by Bram Stoker


Still the cold standard for vampire stories! (No pun intended! :D)







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2) Frankenstein by Mary Shelly



A bit harder to read but worth the effort!







3) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson



Surprisingly easy to read for a classic, but no less creepy for it!






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4) Anything by Edgar Allen Poe! I particularly recommend:
 
 a) Berenice


All kinds of crazy fun!




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5) Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper--Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell



This one's twisted in creepy and reads like an episode of CSI, but it's also by far the most comprehensive study of the ripper crimes, the psychology of the killer, and probably the most educated hypothesis of who he actually was. A must read for anyone interested in mystery, crime drama or true crime! 



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6) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake




Creepy, gory, awesome ghost story!





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7) It by Stephen King



Cold standard in evil clowns! Not a story you'll soon forget! :D






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8) Wuthering Heights



This one isn't so much for me. Love the story but not so much a Halloween read. My sister reads this every year in October, though, and insists the dark imagery of the moors puts her in a Halloween mood. To each her own!




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9) It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!



Along with this, any kiddie-type book like Sesame Street, etc. always puts me in a fun, Halloween spirit!



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10) Harry Potter (any).

This may be a bit of a cop-out, but because each book spans one school year, she always makes a big deal about the holidays, and whenever I read about them, I feel like celebrating that holiday.  Hogwarts with its pumpkin juice and pastries always just feels like Halloween. And something big always seems to happen to Harry on Halloween as well. (In Book 1 the troll got in, etc.) 



Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

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Last week's RMQ was "Cheesy me no likey." This was said by David Spade playing Emperor Kuzco in The Emperor's New Groove. Alex Cavanaugh guessed it! Great job, Alex. If you haven't see this one, you HAVE to! This is one of those films like The Princess Bride where pretty much every line in the movie is all kinds of quotable! Plus it's family friendly! Go find a copy and have a LOL evening! :D



Today's RMQ:

"Do you want to be a cop or do you want to appear to be a cop?"

One point for film, one for character, one for actor. HINT: It might help if you try to hear this one in a thick Bostonian accent. The kind that are often used in the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon R-Rated flicks. Just sayin.' ;D Good luck! 

Dystopian Lit--Will It Be For Real This Time?

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As everyone knows, dystopian literature is a hot genre these days. Why is that? There could be many reasons, many of which I've discussed in other blog posts. While reading articles this weekend, something occurred to me. 

Perhaps the reason dystopian literature has become so ubiquitous over the past decade or so is because it's a very real concern for our society. Let's face it: we've worried about UFOs since the forties. We've been on the verge of nuclear winter since the Cold War. In 1999, there was a record set for the number of emergency survival supplies purchased by Americans. We were so sure everything could go kablooey when the computers tried to switch over. 

Now, with the ominous Mayan date of 12/21/12 looming close, we can't help but wonder what the future holds. 

Or maybe it's not about the past at all. Maybe it's the era we live in. Our technology and knowledge is growing by leaps and bounds. Even now we're on the cutting edge of Star Trekkian technology. Maybe, as a culture, we just think it's too good to be true. We're collectively waiting for the other shoe to drop. After all, even Rome fell eventually, right?

And with us writers being the proverbial world builders (it's kinda in our nature) we just can't help ourselves. We have to explore what the world might become if our worst fears are ever realized. 

So, maybe we should start a pool about which dystopian writer will end up being the most correct...and then wait to see if the Mayans were telling us the truth. ;D

What do you think? Why do you think dystopian literature is so much on the societal brain today?



In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.

If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

*New Adult futuristic dystopian fantasy



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Follow Friday--Uncomfortable Genres

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!




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Q: When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?


My genres tend to be historical, fantasy/scifi, dystopian, and crime drama. Anything else is stepping out of my comfort genre. Contemporary, especially. Recently I read Pushing the Limits and thought it was pretty great. One of the better ones in that genre that I've read. :D

How about you? What genre is out of your comfort zone?

Thoughts for Thursday (9)

WELCOME TO THOUGHTS FOR THURSDAY!


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Thoughts for Thursday is a new meme hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we 
share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Readers may respond by either commenting on the quote I put forward or contributing a quote of their own. I'll include a linky list, or you can just respond in the comments. 
(Didn't do this this week but I'll start linkys up again next week. Just comment and if you want to participate, put a link to your blog in your comment! Thanks! :D)

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!   

This week's theme is something we all love and have in common: READING!


"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one." --George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." --C.S. Lewis

"We read to know that we are not alone." --William Nicholson

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing." --Benjamin Franklin

What do YOU think? Which quote do you like most? Do you agree/disagree? Do YOU have a favorite quote about reading?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tips on Foreshadowing--Part 1

Most of this I got from Brandon Sanderson--at least the larger, general ideas. For more from him, visit his website at writeaboutdragons.com. This is the first of a series about foreshadowing in your story. :D

1) Foreshadow Correctly. Easy-peasy right? Maybe. Maybe not. Foreshadowing should not be heavy-handed, but sneaky. Throw in little tips here and there in places where they will seem unobtrusive. There is really no formula for this. It comes down to honing your craft. Your foreshadow details need to be put in in such a way that they don't stick out. You have to put them in places that it feels natural for them to be.

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For Example: My sister never read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but I remember going to see the movie version with her. After seeing it the second time (you always miss things the first time through) she commented on the fact that Dumbledore does state early on that the tears of Phoenix birds have healing powers. At the end, those powers are needed to heal Harry. If the author had randomly thrown this fact into some part of the narrative or made it so obvious that she was practically bashing the reader over the head with it, it would have been an obvious foreshadowing. Instead, she revealed it during a conversation with Dumbledore about a bird he had, and how great these birds were. It seemed like a natural part of the conversation, so at the end when the bird shows up, the reader fully believes that it can heal Harry and even vaguely remembers learning this fact about the bird. This was a perfect way to foreshadow.

2) Don't Do What People Expect. The first thing you think of will probably be the first thing a lot of people think of. Sanderson says to trash the first five ideas you come up with and use something even less expected. I'm not sure this holds up 100% of the time. Sometimes a great idea strikes and you shouldn't always disregard it. This is a great reason for using a critique group. Let them read the ending and then ask them point blank if it was too obvious. Did they think that would happen? How effective was your foreshadowing? They can tell you a lot. Don't be afraid to change it if it was too easy to guess. If you come up with something less obvious and more unexpected, it can only be a better ending, not a worse one.

3) Plot and Emotions Should be Intricately Tied Up in the Ending. Make sure when you foreshadow that you characters' emotions are tied up in that as well. One great way to do this is to make sure that your foreshadowed details tied directly into your character's emotions.

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For example: if x happens, your character will have a melt down, but since that's not going to happen, it's all okay. Then, right at the end, BAM! X happens. By then, your readers will already know how your character feels about it, and they'll be glued to book to find out what happens. I'm trying to think of a great example, but it's late and I'm drawing a blank, so I'll go with a TV example: 24. This TV show would spend 5-10 episodes racing against time to stop something terrible from happening, such as a virus being released on the public or a nuclear bomb going off. Then, more often than not: BAM! The bomb would blow or the vial carrying the virus would shatter. There would be a collective, country-wide, 24-fan gasp. We were all too aware of the consequences of the disaster. It's been foreshadowed. Stakes are high for the characters in terms of the physical, the emotional, and what they stand to lose. This is a powerful form of foreshadowing.

4) Fulfill Promises You've Made. The key to great foreshadowing is to fulfill all the promises you've made to your reader.

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For example: one of my (and everyone's, it seems) favorite scenes in Star Wars: A New Hope is when Luke, still young and idealistic, stares out at the two moons of his planet. Why is that scene so powerful? Well, the musical score, for one. But it's more than that. You can just feel that he's meant for more than farming with his uncle. There's more he's meant to see and do and become. That scene is a promise made to the viewer that there are grand adventures waiting for him. Foreshadowing at it's awesomest! (Yes, that's totally a word!) And does the franchise deliver on that promise. Uh, yeah. Just a little bit.

Foreshadowing in your story should be the same way. By setting up your world, your relationships between characters, and of course your conflict, you're promising your readers that you'll deliver on certain things. The key to great foreshadowing is as much the foreshadow as the fulfillment of these promises. I'll go into more detail about these things in future posts about foreshadowing! :D

Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

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Yesterday's RMQ was, "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb."
"What a stupid lamb."
"What a sick, masochistic lion."

This is a conversation between Edward and Bella in--that's right!--Twilight! I know, I know, you can hate on me later! :D Had to do one sometime. Brandyn from Going for Goldilocks guessed it. Great job! Three points for you! :D






Today's RMQ is:


"Cheesy me no likey."

Who said it? One point for film, one for character, one for actor. Okay, this is pretty obscure so I'm about to give you a MAJOR HINT. Listen carefully--uh, I mean read carefully! The "actor" for this is a real actor, of course, but for this specific film, he's a voice. As in, this film is a cartoon. Hope that helps! Good luck! :D


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday--Favorite Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's question: Top Ten Favorite Authors in X Genre

I'll be doing my top ten favorite authors in the Fantasy/Scifi Genre. I'll give you a minute to get over your utter shock.

10. Orson Scott Card

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9. Robert Heinlein

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8. J.K. Rowling

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7. Isaac Asimov

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6. C.S. Lewis

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5. J.R.R. Tolkien

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4. Terry Goodkind

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3. Brandon Sanderson

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2. George R.R. Martin

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1. Robert Jordan

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What about you? What are YOUR top ten favorite authors?




Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

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Last week's RMQ was: "Last week we were all strangers, but we're all here, now...but if we can't live together, we're gonna die alone." This was a well-known, oft-repeated like from the TV show, Lost. It was said by Jack Shepherd, played by Matthew Fox. (Aptly named. Just sayin.')

A few people got this one, but Kat of A Myriad of Books was first. Great job, Kat! :D




Today's RMQ is:


"And so the lion fell in love with the lamb."
"What a stupid lamb."
"What a sick, masochistic lion."

Okay, one of the girls better get this one! I left out names because that would make it too obvious, but this is two people. Lines 1 and 3 said by the first person. Line 2 said by the second. So, five points possible, here. One  for each of two characters and actors, and then the name of the film/book. (That's a hint, by the way.)  Good luck! :D


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