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a Character: Death
by Sandy Tritt
Great characters never die. Never.
They live on in our imaginations forever, touching our lives and our
hearts. This is not to say that they cannot cease to breathe within our
pages. In fact, it is sometimes physical death that inspires immortality.
Once you have given life, nothing, not even death, can erase a great
character’s impact upon the lives of its reader.
So—giving life to a
character is much like being a parent. We do the best we can for our
characters, give them years of our lives, our love and understanding, but
the day comes when they rebel and say, “Enough. Let me be me,” and we must
then allow them to live their own lives. And that is when we’ve truly
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From Paul the Apostle...
By Kurt Schuller
inspired work recreating
How I Published
My Own Book
by Grandma Penny Hoprich
Editor’s note: This book series
reflects the Bible study meetings of a
youth group. They were published in a
local newspaper before being released
as books. See Grandma Penny’s series
At the time, the printers wouldn't
print less than 50. I wanted 6 for the
6 children that were in the stories. I
had given them the stories in 3-ring
notebooks the Christmas before. I knew
it probably looked crazy for me to
want to give them the same stories two
years in a row. But I wanted them to
have them in a real book. I felt this
was a good example of what we can do
if we set our heads to it.
As different friends found out I was
having the book printed, they started
giving me orders, some paying in
advance. (Having had them run in the
newspaper helped, this amazed me. I
would have thought, since folks had
already read the stories, they
wouldn't want a book.) Before the
printshop could get the first 50
printed out, I had to tell them to
print more. By the time they had
printed my order, I had sold 80 books.
They're still selling (sometimes only
one at the time and the sales are far
between). Even now, I'll have someone
ask me if I have any more on hand. All
together, I think they wound up
printing about 300. I've given away
quite a few. I think I have 3 of them
left. Oops! I just remembered, I still
have 10 copies in a book store in
My sister-in-law has 5 she thought she
had orders for, but it fell through
for some reason. I need to get those,
also. That would give me another 15. I
know they'll sell around here,
The book "Grandma's Stories" is all
over the place; Charlotte, NC.
Indiana, Georgia, Gastonia, Belmont,
the NC mountains, Florida, one is in
the Netherlands, Columbia, SC; gosh I
can't remember where all I've had
people to order from. I still stand in
awe when I think about it.
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Tricks, Tips, Sentiment and Cameos
Yes, it's yet another AuthorMe Newsletter article by Ken Mulholland.
1. There's an old trick that actors at times use when trying to get
into a character on the brink of some deep, emotional trauma. They think
about an event in the past that has caused them pain and sorrow, or in one
way or another has left permanent memories. It could be the sickness and
death of a loved one: a child or parent, a close friend, a loyal pet; or
perhaps the dissolving of a relationship, a longstanding friendship, a
marriage. There are many incidents that touch us and they vary with every
individual. Yet they can effect us so profoundly that we normally put them
away from our conscious thoughts for fear that to dwell upon whatever
event it was would be to reduce us to tears as the memories come
hauntingly back. And so, the actor takes a recalled situation and employs
the responses evoked in such manner that it becomes a tool of the trade. I
believe that the same method can be utilised by the author to create the
mood or feel for certain kinds of story.
2. Another source of inspiration comes from music, which is how I came
to write the short story 'Sencha'.
Some writers like to work in complete silence, whilst others prefer to
employ music that stimulates the mood as a background to aid the flow of
their composition. Often in the past I have found music to be a stimulant
to both writing and illustrating.
3. Likewise, a comfortable environment can enhance the productive
responses, somewhere that is your special space out of the mainstream of
your home. It may be your own room, your den or just a corner that is
reserved for you. Here, repetition and habit are important.
4. Write every day. Get into the mindset that is expectant of work in
progress. A single line is enough to give you some satisfaction that you
have moved forward.
5. Find your best time of day or night. Mornings can be very
productive. But so can the evening after the kids have hit the deck and
the house is quiet.
6. Work at two or more projects at the same time. This is an aid
against 'writer's block' and a stimulant challenge. 'I couldn't do that.'
Oh yes you can.
7. We have two states of being: awake and asleep. When we are asleep,
we have no control of our conscious minds. Some might say we do but that
is the subject of conjecture. However, we can still make use of the realm
of sleep, in the form of dream. The dreamworld is a fantastic area of the
mind. That is, 'Your Mind': a very private place that belongs to you
alone. It is your possession, something that cannot be invaded by anything
other than the subconscious thoughts and memories and impressions that
belong to you. (For more about dreams see
The dreamworld is a collection of all that you have experienced,
suffered and endured. It is also a reservoir of instinctive behaviour
patterns learnt and imprinted over the generations of human activity and
behavior. And, it has an afterglow. That, we know, is wakefulness. That
first glimmering of consciousness is the time when thoughts of this
afterglow are there as you come, somewhat muddled, out of sleep. And the
fleeting images and memories of dream must be captured before they fly,
like so many coloured birds, into the dawn. When you awake, in the midst
of night, or at daybreak, you must have a pen and paper to hand, if you
desire to capture those coloured birds.
Now if all this sounds like so much smoke, think again. Usually, when
you wake up you are refreshed and your mind is about as active as it's
going to be. Yeah, sure, there are those 'hung-over' times, and some of
you are slow wakers etc. But in the main, most folk are ready to 'come out
punching'. That's when you need to recover any valuable thoughts and
impressions from your slumbers. You know the old saying of 'sleep on it,'
well of course that refers to letting your thoughts rest overnight and
seeing if things become clearer in the light of day. Only logical ain't
Now to those Sentiments and Cameos; you don't have to say a lot to say
1. Once, when about ten years of age, I tore down an old inscription
penned on cardboard, intending to rewrite and replace it; thinking I was
doing a good thing. The lady, my uncle's mother, went into a rage and
never spoke another word to me as long as she lived. The torn up pieces
were lovingly put back together; they had been written by her departed
2. Early in our marriage we lived next door to an old couple. When his
wife died, at a ripe old age, the old man just pined away too. His family
came and emptied the little cottage. In a pile of discarded books, I
discovered a copy of The Iliad. (I have four copies) This copy is dated
1805, and is my oldest version.
But the point of this story is the sepia photo I found between the
pages; it is of a young woman, her hair tied back with a simple band. I
like to think that it is his wife, his Helen of Troy. The photo is still
there between the pages.
3. I have my father's silver watch and his gold one too. But the watch
that I am wearing is the one given to me at age twelve by my mother and
father. That watch slipped off my wrist in the middle of a busy road
without my noticing, and but for a man picking it up and returning it to
me, I would not have it now.
4. I look across my desk at a small, simple rectangular wooden box that
I keep paper clips and such in. It is the last thing my father ever made.
It is almost childish in construction, a thing that I could have
constructed when I was six or seven. Perhaps that is why it has such a
poignant, potent quality for me.
5. I gaze up to the bookshelf, and there perched on the top is a
turned, wooden vase and sticking out is a goose quill. Many years ago I
sharpened that quill and used it to draw the maps and illustrations for my
Varlarsaga. I look forward to a day when I might take up that quill
and draw new visions.
I keep these things, the objects and the memories, because of their
intrinsic value. That is the value that is worthless to others, yet
priceless to the individual. That is how you can begin your own store of
sentiment, filling it with the many cameos of your life and the lives of
others, the tiny events that have touched you and in turn that you can
employ to touch others.
In the next few weeks I shall submit two short stories to AuthorMe.
Both are true stories and happened to people I know who are very close to
As a sneak preview I...
Well bless my cotton socks! Guess what?
That's right. Out of time again!
Editor - Australia