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THE GARDINER CHRONICLES: PART TWO

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SINC August Meg Gardiner 003Or who let the deus ex machina out, what’s a plot, and is this about cannibalism?

hutto oct. 1 2014 023 (2)By Gale Albright

“Plot is soylent green. It’s made up of people!”
Is Edgar award-winning thriller writer Meg Gardiner talking about cannibalism?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

No, she did not advocate turning people into crackers in a malnourished dystopian future. She talked about plotting novels during her August 10 presentation at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter monthly meeting.

“Plot or characters are largely the same thing. The story is all about what the characters do. You should know what the ending is. The seeds of the ending must be sown at the beginning of the book.”

She used Jaws as an example. “The first chapter shows what needs to happen at the end of the story. There’s a set up there. The protagonist must defeat the antagonist.” You know from the beginning that somebody…

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Procrastination and the Perfect Writer’s Guide

Writing tips from Laura Oles at Austin Mystery Writers

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There’s something alluring about reference books for writers. You know the ones, lining the shelves at your favorite local bookstore. They beckon, encouraging us to come closer, to flip through their pages to discover their secrets. They promise to teach us everything we need to know about creating compelling characters, powerful plots and revealing dialogue. They offer to give us a glimpse into the writing life as experienced by those who have earned some modicum of success. These guides are filled with information, tips, anecdotes and motivation. They are filled with promise.

They get me every time.

StevenKingCoverI’ve always been a bit of a research geek. When I want to learn something new, I tend to go all in, diving into the topic quickly and deeply. Some would claim this fascination serves as a distraction, a way to procrastinate from the hard work of putting words to paper. I’ve read…

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How to Shoestring an Author Donation Box

A post from Ramona DeFelice Long on how to support the arts without having to get a second job…

Ramona DeFelice Long

Like most authors, I love to support my local arts organizations and sometimes fantasize about writing a big check to endow an alliance, sponsor a scholarship, or underwrite a performance. Unfortunately, I am not at the big-check level of success, but that doesn’t mean I can’t contribute in my own way.

To benefit the Newark Arts Alliance, and its upcoming Bohemian Night fundraiser, I offered to put together a box of books by Delaware authors. It’s an easy way to help the area arts scene and to promote work by writers living and working in the state.

How complicated is it to put together a box of books for donation? Not complicated at all!

First, you buy an attractive box:

NAA box, closed

Second, you contact writers who have benefited from the work of the arts group. You remind them of all the good works and ask for a donated book–autographed, if…

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October 5

Come fly with us…

HOTSHOTS! Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas monthly newsletter

Deadly or Darling?

BATS AND MYSTERY

dianne odegard linked in photoDianne Odegard, public information coordinator for Austin-based Bat Conservation International, will present the October 12 Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas program. She will debunk the myths about this “much-maligned” creature of folklore and mystery and present the truth about bats.

Bram Stoker’s fictional character Count Dracula gave bats a very “bat” name in literature. Horror films have made lots of money using bats to scare the popcorn out of moviegoers.

Feeling a little batty? Join us and discover the truth about bats at 2 p.m. on October 12 at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd. Just in time for  Halloween! Refreshments will be served.

Link to ten great bat films.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-bat-films

Mission and Vision of BCI

“The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.”

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of…

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