Why do people read fiction?

A great pic 1When asked the above question “Why do people read fiction?” on a Yahoo site, the answers were all pretty much the same: People read fiction to escape reality. But consider this quote: “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

Escape with WRITERS ON FIRE – Fiction by Phoenix, Lee and Gary Jordan, co-authors of Leon’s Lair and A Whisper from Eden, and COMING SOON we have several new novels, including the JUST IN TIME, THE LAST OF HER KIND, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #1 and TAKE ME WITH YOU, MY LOVE, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #2

What do you think of these answers to the question?:

“Reading fiction books allows you to live a thousand lives. It helps you form new and creative ideas, to learn from other experiences, to see how amazing the mind can be (I mean it’s a lot of thought to come up with stories like that!). Most of all, it gives us a chance to escape from the world for a while , away from problems and disaster, from pain. It gives us a chance to “be someone else” for a while. At least that’s how I see it :)”

“Because non-fiction books, as full of knowledge as they are, cannot possibly teach us everything there is to know. Yes, the stories in fiction novels are ‘fake’. Yes, the worlds they are set in may not exist and the technology may seem ridiculous. But…all that aside…I think what we love about fiction is the hope. For a moment we don’t have to deal with this world and its trouble, we can go somewhere else, be with people we choose to be with, experience things we may never have the chance to in real life. And we do learn–oh how we learn. Fiction doesn’t always mean lies…take historical fiction, for example. I have learned more about WWII from reading books like “The Book Thief” than I ever have from my classes in school or textbooks because they show us the human side to life. We learn about characters and people, how they interact and what they love. We learn about friendship and loyalty and courage and what that looks like in a setting besides cold, hard facts. That, my friend, is just a very small reason why I love fiction. The list goes on.”

“I read fiction because it’s nice to escape reality for a little while. Sometimes your own world can be sad or scary or even just boring. Ready fiction allows you to go into somebody else’s imagination and hang out there for a while. You get to know these characters and learn to love them or maybe hate them. I love to read about history and science, but sometimes I just want to escape reality.”

“It’s easy to get bored with your life. Sometimes you just need a break from reality and your mind get’s to imagine more than things you see in the average day. You can create people and places in your mind with the words in a book if they are descriptive enough.”

“Why do you guys like reading fiction novels? Knowing you can read non-fiction books, and get knowledge, why bother reading fiction novels? Why fill your mind with make-believe stories knowing you can read about more important things like WW1 WW2 and the people’s experiences in those situations or mental disabilities or WHATEVER can help you learn more about the world/society/people around you?”

What do YOU think? Comment below.

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The Power of “What if?”

images - Tree of LifeThe power of “What if” is what started both my husband and me writing. For instance with The Whisper from Eden, I put my fingers on the keys with NO idea of what I was going to write about. I wrote a few lines, looked at them, and said to myself “What the heck? What is this?” “A young boy walked into the general store, carrying a pail of water. A shot rang out and he fell to the floor, lying in a pool of blood and water.”

Then I asked what could have happened? What if the store was in Wyoming? And what if he had no memory of who he was and was adopted by the small settlement. And the year was the early 1800s?

And what if he looked part Indian. And besides that, he was kind of spooky because he talked to someone or something, which he calls the Whisper.

Then I decided I needed to figure out why a young boy of six was wandering through the Old Creek Mountains alone, injured and suffering from exposure. That led to about one hundred pages.

Later, I needed the Indian tribe he had been with. And in researching the Mandan tribe, I found I could hardly breathe, they were so exciting. One source of research was a very dry book from a field researcher, Alfred Bowers, written back in 1930. He was interviewing one of the Mandan on the reservation in North Dakota. The old man told the field researcher that at one time the People From Above came to visit them. Some were good and some were evil, and they all came in vehicles that raced through the sky like a comet only slower.

WHAT? OMG. This whole idea had me on fire! Aliens and Indians?

Well, later I’ll tell you the “What If” that happened with Leon’s Lair, and the two books we are working on, It’s a Matter of Time Series. We are on FIRE with the threads that keep the stories developing!

No matter what you are doing, writer or not, What If has Power. Have a problem? Need inspiration to start something new? Try it.

Love,
Lee Jordan, WRITER ON FIRE
FICTION BY PHOENIX.

Phoenix, Random Amusements

Who is Phoenix?

WRITERS ON FIRE. We are Lee and Gary Jordan, and are the co-writing team PHOENIX. We are just a couple of old fogies who love to write.
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Wait. That’s not right. An old fogey is defined as a very conservative, outdated person. We’ re anything but that. We write Contemporary Fantasy with varying elements such as the supernatural and magic, explicit sex, adventure with action, science fiction, suspense, and even the occult. They take place in our real world but bend reality.

Why? Because normal reality is boring.

We have Leon’s Lair and A Whisper from Eden, and COMING SOON we have several new novels, including the JUST IN TIME, THE LAST OF HER KIND, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #1 and TAKE ME WITH YOU, MY LOVE, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #2

We live in Hollywood, but don’t spend much time in the wonderful California sunshine. Instead we are maniacs who sit in front of our computer screens, weaving tales we hope you will enjoy.

NOVELS BY PHOENIX
A WHISPER FROM EDEN- A Historical Fantasy. Find out who taught the Mandan Indians magic. MORE HERE:

CLAYTON FELL IN LOVE WITH CRYING WIND

CLAYTON FELL IN LOVE WITH CRYING WIND

LEON’S LAIR (An International Thriller/Contemporary Fantasy): A modern romantic thriller with a paranormal twist, a continental adventure with action, suspense, and the occult. MORE HERE:
ONE OF THE CHARACTERS IN LEON’S LAIR

Wolfgang Ulrich, a powerful sorcerer

Wolfgang Ulrich, a powerful sorcerer

COMING SOON:
TAKE ME WITH YOU, MY LOVE, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #1
A time travel romance. What would happen if a young woman fell hopelessly in love with a fictional man from the medieval era?

JUST IN TIME, THE LAST OF HER KIND, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #2
News Headline: “LIVING NEANDERTHAL GIRL DISCOVERED IN MODERN-DAY FRANCE.” It is assumed from scant archeologist evidence that the pre-human race of Neanderthal went extinct 30,000 years ago. However, what if that is not what happened? ARE YOU READY TO HEAR THE TRUTH?

A SEQUEL TO LEON’S LAIR (Untitled as yet)

THE TRASH PILE TRILOGY
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AMAZON REVIEWS

LEON’S LAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
I decided I needed a break from my usual reads that are Business and How-To books. I got in for an unusual ride to say the least. I’m no fan of vampire stories but I got sunk deep into the flow and frankly couldn’t put the book down. The introduction of each character is such that you feel instant friendliness or antipathy. These people are either good or bad. And I mean, real good or real bad.

Each scenery is precisely depicted and I was right there living it. I almost felt sea-sick during the tornado and had to look at my arms a bit later to ensure I hadn’t caught any mosquito bites. The book starts a bit slow but soon picks up speed and leaves you panting as numerous aspects of the story develop. Warning: unexpected twists will keep you turning the pages and miss bedtime.

5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Thrill Ride!
If you are looking for an adventure in the palm of your hand this book is a MUST read. The Authors take you to a paradise beyond belief, where just under the surface there lies centuries of struggle between good and evil. This book truly has it all, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, and just enough insanity to make your mind spin! Very well written, with many twist and turns. This book pulls in you and keeps you there, so much that you just can’t put it down, you must know what happens to the characters next! This is one big emotional roller coaster. You will get very attached to the characters and feel their ups and downs, to the point I even had sympathy for the villain! I really hope they intend to have more adventures with these characters because I am just not ready to let them go!

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story for the lovers of Romance and Paranormal books with kick ass characters.
From the very first this book was interesting. There are so many aspects to this story. It is not just a vampire book. There are wizards, real and false vampires (you need to read the book to find out the difference.)

Phoenix takes you on a journey all over the world. Unlike some books where the descriptions of locations makes the book drag and you wonder if the author is just trying to add pages, you feel transported to the deck of the cruise ship, the tropical islands, the streets of Boston, the castles of Scotland, and even Indonesia. This is a love story, a story of survival, revenge, obsession, terror, and evil.

5.0 out of 5 stars Non-typical Vampire book, fast paced, edge of your seat….loved it.
I really enjoyed this book, not your typical Vampire book, it has action, intrigue, romance, betrayal, loyalty, it was just one of those books I didn’t want to put down.

5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner
I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed, funny, scary and romantic all in one book. When you are watching a TVshow and pick up the book during every commercial, you know you’ve got yourself a good read. This is truly a page turner. I also really loved the epilog that caught you up with every main character of the book. I will be telling my friends about this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book
I could not put this book down and I didn’t want to because it is just so good and it made me stay up way past my bedtime just because i couldn’t stop reading to see what will happen next. It is very well written and I know I will be reading this one again in the future .

A WHISPER FROM EDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Crafted Immersive Read
What an epic story! Most of the time when I was reading this story I forgot I was reading and felt like I was watching a movie! I love authors that write so well that you forget you’re reading a book! Being native American myself I found the Mandan people to be a very intriguing people. I loved reading about their customs and way of life. For a 16 yr. old boy Clayton certainly didn’t falter on anything he wanted. He was quite a character. Give this book a read – you’ll really enjoy it!

5.0 out of 5 stars An epic with some speculative, fantastical twists
First, I would like to thank the author for not dividing this book into two or three parts, which she easily could have done. I read the top 5 reviews of the book, and found many of my own thoughts very well expressed. So here are my brief thoughts in the shadow of those first reviews.
A Whisper from Eden an epic. You will find everything you would expect, including heroes, villains, love and destiny and trial and tragedy. What I found particularly enjoyable were the Sci-Fi and supernatural aspects of the story. The future she suggested was one where technology has advanced to a point that it meets with the supernatural. (That’s vague, I know, but I don’t want to give out any spoilers.)

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a belief in the mystical wonder of the world behind the perceived world that we think of as the only one. Enjoy!

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Sci Fi and Indians? What’s not to like? The rituals and life styles of the Mandan of the Dakotas are fascinating and well researched. But the Lone Man from the sky who came like the comet to give the Mandan their magic? Now it gets special. Resistance is futile, read on…

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Native-American, Space and Visionary Saga Full of Heart and Soul
I loved this novel. Its scope is immense; it is a unique fantastical view of Native American history – yet plausible to those who believe in the power of the spirit.

Phoenix

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?

funnyReal laughter is spontaneous. Like water from the spring it bubbles forth a creation of mingled action and spontaneity – two magic potions in themselves – the very essence of laughter – the unrestrained emotion within us! … Douglas Fairbanks

In case you are not familiar with us, we are Lee and Gary Jordan, and are the co-writing team PHOENIX. We are just a couple of old fogies who love to write.

Wait. That’s not right. An old fogey is defined as a very conservative, outdated person. We’ re anything but that. We write Contemporary Fantasy and want to warn you that some of our material may piss you off because it’s too irreverent or controversial, especially for those with religious sensibilities. We have Leon’s Lair, A Contemporary Fantasy, and A Whisper from Eden, A Historical Fantasy, and are writing several new novels, including JUST IN TIME, THE LAST OF HER KIND, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #1, and TAKE ME WITH YOU, MY LOVE, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #2

Then again, you might be so broadminded that you find it all too tame. Let us know. We love to hear from our readers. We write contemporary fantasy novels with varying elements such as the supernatural and magic, explicit sex, adventure with action, science fiction, suspense, and even the occult. They take place in our real world but bend reality.

Why? Because normal reality is boring.

We live in Hollywood, but don’t spend much time in the wonderful California sunshine. Instead we are maniacs who sit in front of our computer screens, weaving tales we hope you will enjoy.

NOVELS BY PHOENIX
A WHISPER FROM EDEN- A Historical Fantasy. Find out who taught the Mandan Indians magic. MORE HERE:

CLAYTON FELL IN LOVE WITH CRYING WIND

CLAYTON FELL IN LOVE WITH CRYING WIND

LEON’S LAIR (An International Thriller/Contemporary Fantasy): A modern romantic thriller with a paranormal twist, a continental adventure with action, suspense, and the occult. MORE HERE:
ONE OF THE CHARACTERS IN LEON’S LAIR

Wolfgang Ulrich, a powerful sorcerer

Wolfgang Ulrich, a powerful sorcerer

COMING SOON:
TAKE ME WITH YOU, MY LOVE, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #1
A time travel romance. What would happen if a young woman fell hopelessly in love with a fictional man from the medieval era?

JUST IN TIME, THE LAST OF HER KIND, It’s a Matter of Time – Series #2
News Headline: “LIVING NEANDERTHAL GIRL DISCOVERED IN MODERN-DAY FRANCE.” It is assumed from scant archeologist evidence that the pre-human race of Neanderthal went extinct 30,000 years ago. However, what if that is not what happened? ARE YOU READY TO HEAR THE TRUTH?

A SEQUEL TO LEON’S LAIR (Untitled as yet)

THE TRASH PILE TRILOGY
CLICK HERE TO SHARE THIS ON FACEBOOK

AMAZON REVIEWS

LEON’S LAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
I decided I needed a break from my usual reads that are Business and How-To books. I got in for an unusual ride to say the least. I’m no fan of vampire stories but I got sunk deep into the flow and frankly couldn’t put the book down. The introduction of each character is such that you feel instant friendliness or antipathy. These people are either good or bad. And I mean, real good or real bad.

Each scenery is precisely depicted and I was right there living it. I almost felt sea-sick during the tornado and had to look at my arms a bit later to ensure I hadn’t caught any mosquito bites. The book starts a bit slow but soon picks up speed and leaves you panting as numerous aspects of the story develop. Warning: unexpected twists will keep you turning the pages and miss bedtime.

5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Thrill Ride!
If you are looking for an adventure in the palm of your hand this book is a MUST read. The Authors take you to a paradise beyond belief, where just under the surface there lies centuries of struggle between good and evil. This book truly has it all, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, and just enough insanity to make your mind spin! Very well written, with many twist and turns. This book pulls in you and keeps you there, so much that you just can’t put it down, you must know what happens to the characters next! This is one big emotional roller coaster. You will get very attached to the characters and feel their ups and downs, to the point I even had sympathy for the villain! I really hope they intend to have more adventures with these characters because I am just not ready to let them go!

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story for the lovers of Romance and Paranormal books with kick ass characters.
From the very first this book was interesting. There are so many aspects to this story. It is not just a vampire book. There are wizards, real and false vampires (you need to read the book to find out the difference.)

Phoenix takes you on a journey all over the world. Unlike some books where the descriptions of locations makes the book drag and you wonder if the author is just trying to add pages, you feel transported to the deck of the cruise ship, the tropical islands, the streets of Boston, the castles of Scotland, and even Indonesia. This is a love story, a story of survival, revenge, obsession, terror, and evil.

5.0 out of 5 stars Non-typical Vampire book, fast paced, edge of your seat….loved it.
I really enjoyed this book, not your typical Vampire book, it has action, intrigue, romance, betrayal, loyalty, it was just one of those books I didn’t want to put down.

5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner
I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed, funny, scary and romantic all in one book. When you are watching a TVshow and pick up the book during every commercial, you know you’ve got yourself a good read. This is truly a page turner. I also really loved the epilog that caught you up with every main character of the book. I will be telling my friends about this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book
I could not put this book down and I didn’t want to because it is just so good and it made me stay up way past my bedtime just because i couldn’t stop reading to see what will happen next. It is very well written and I know I will be reading this one again in the future .

A WHISPER FROM EDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Crafted Immersive Read
What an epic story! Most of the time when I was reading this story I forgot I was reading and felt like I was watching a movie! I love authors that write so well that you forget you’re reading a book! Being native American myself I found the Mandan people to be a very intriguing people. I loved reading about their customs and way of life. For a 16 yr. old boy Clayton certainly didn’t falter on anything he wanted. He was quite a character. Give this book a read – you’ll really enjoy it!

5.0 out of 5 stars An epic with some speculative, fantastical twists
First, I would like to thank the author for not dividing this book into two or three parts, which she easily could have done. I read the top 5 reviews of the book, and found many of my own thoughts very well expressed. So here are my brief thoughts in the shadow of those first reviews.
A Whisper from Eden an epic. You will find everything you would expect, including heroes, villains, love and destiny and trial and tragedy. What I found particularly enjoyable were the Sci-Fi and supernatural aspects of the story. The future she suggested was one where technology has advanced to a point that it meets with the supernatural. (That’s vague, I know, but I don’t want to give out any spoilers.)

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a belief in the mystical wonder of the world behind the perceived world that we think of as the only one. Enjoy!

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Sci Fi and Indians? What’s not to like? The rituals and life styles of the Mandan of the Dakotas are fascinating and well researched. But the Lone Man from the sky who came like the comet to give the Mandan their magic? Now it gets special. Resistance is futile, read on…

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Native-American, Space and Visionary Saga Full of Heart and Soul
I loved this novel. Its scope is immense; it is a unique fantastical view of Native American history – yet plausible to those who believe in the power of the spirit.

Phoenix, Witches and Wizards

Want to Get Rid of Wrinkles?

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Leon knows how to get rid of wrinkles and stay young for a long, long time. He could teach you, but we don’t recommend learning what he knows. Because Leon is a vampire. A special kind of vampire.

Is Leon’s Lair just another vampire story? One reader on Amazon said, “I’m no fan of vampire stories but I got sunk deep into the flow and frankly couldn’t put the book down.”

Poor Leon. You can learn of his struggles in the jungles of Borneo and how he changed his dismal life when he met Opel. Opel taught him the secret of how to live properly. Again, Leon could teach you what he learned, but we don’t recommend it. We do recommend you read Leon’s Lair, though, and find out if what he knows works.

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Other readers said, “A Great Read – This is a fun, lighthearted read.”

“A Paranormal Thrill Ride! If you are looking for an adventure in the palm of your hand this book is a MUST read.”

“This didn’t take long to read and it actually kept me up “past my bedtime” several nights because I wanted to discover what would happen next. I love stories like that. I was actually sad to have the book end.”

“This story is packed and I really mean packed with thrills, twists and layers.”

“You will get very attached to the characters and feel their ups and downs, to the point I even had sympathy for the villain! I really hope they intend to have more adventures with these characters because I am just not ready to let them go!”

AMAZON US
AMAZON UK

This international thriller/contemporary fantasy is a nail-biting ride that is grisly but somewhat tongue-in-cheek, a brutal tale of horror and the occult that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

It includes romance, continental adventure, action, suspense, and dozens of vivid characters from around the world.

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Pacing is Everything in Writing

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Posted on September 16, 2014 by Melissa Bowersock
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Pacing in writing is essential. It can make a story or break it. Good pacing can tune a good story into a masterpiece, or bad pacing can reduce it to caterwauls.

Some months back, I read a new book by an author I like. I expected good things. Unfortunately, the pacing of the story left me frustrated and just anxious to get the durn thing over with. The protagonist, an investigator, was frequently approached by a mystery woman who may have had information he needed. The meetings usually consisted of her appearing suddenly, saying she needed to tell him something, then leading him to a small café or down a deserted alley. She spoke cryptically; he asked questions which she danced around, they both became angry and she rushed off. Over and over.

The author may have thought the emotionally-fraught meetings were adding tension to the story, but they added little else. They added no additional information. They did not move the story forward. Their only purpose, that I could see, was to frustrate me and make me less inclined to care if I finished the book or not. Continue reading

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Pacing Hints

This article is from Holly Lisle’s website.
http://howtothinksideways.com/shop/
She has writing courses, books on writing and her own fiction on her site. Check it out.

Pace is, as you no doubt know, the speed at which the novel moves.

It’s one of the many aspects of writing for which you need to find the correct balance. Too slow and it’ll bore the reader into closing the book; too fast and frantic and it’ll unsettle them and won’t be a comfortable read. Just as in real life, readers need breathers now and again.

The trick is to get this balance right, and I don’t think anybody can tell you where to find that balance. It’s one of the decisions you as the writer must make. The pace you choose will depend, for example, on your style as a writer.

For example, Elmore Leonard, who writes very fast-paced books, is quoted as saying, “I try to leave out the parts that people skip”, and nobody can deny that his books are fast-paced.

As a contrast, consider any of the older novels, such as Jane Austen’s. Their pace is much slower.

I would suggest that you have your novels more quickly paced than Jane Austen’s however. People are more impatient now, there are too many other things competing for their attention – they don’t have the time or interest for leisurely pacing.

But whether you go as high-paced as Elmore Leonard or not, is the decision you must make. It depends on your own tendencies, your genre, and your readership.

But no matter what the overall pace of your stories are, it must vary within the story.

Try to alternate fast-paced scenes with slower ones. That way your reader will enjoy the excitement of the action, but will also get a rest, a chance to recuperate (if you’re doing your job right, your reader will have a huge amount invested in the book and will be as exhausted at the end of the high-action scene as your characters, and will need as much of a break!).

So what makes pace? What’s the accelerator, and what’s the brake?

Action is the accelerator. Whenever something’s happening, you have a brisk pace.

The brakes (or breaks!) are things like description, and rumination by characters.

Here’s a bit more detail.

To speed up pace:
•Have a lot of action, a lot of stuff happening (to whatever extent is appropriate for your novel).

•Avoid having much (if any at all) description, and make it terse and hard-working.

•Avoid rumination by the characters.

•Have the narration be close-up. If it was a film, the camera would be focussed on the action, on the people – rather than having a panoramic vista. Tell the story the same way, e.g. the beads of sweat on the face rather than, say, the streetscape. If you want to describe what’s happening to the streetscape, then do so through detail – the overturned chairs, perhaps.

•Have everything from the viewpoint character’s POV, even if the rest of the story is in Third Person Omniscient. (If this doesn’t make sense, it will after you read the Point of View section).

•Have short snappy sentences. A good rule is to do all possible to avoid commas, as commas facilitate longer sentences.

•Cut adverbs and adjectives to an absolute minimum. Use stronger nouns and verbs.

•Dialogue should be abrupt and to the point. You won’t have your characters saying hello or commenting on the weather; they’ll be straight to the point. And that point should be high-stakes – advancing the plot.

To slow down pace the advice, not surprisingly, is pretty much the opposite of the above:
•You don’t need as much, or any action. This is the time for reflection and description. If you do have action it can be gentle (e.g. making tea, journeying) rather than frantic.

•Have a wide viewpoint – like a camera panning back. Think of the film Lord Of The Rings – in the journeys they took in between their fights, the camera often panned back to show them riding or walking in their environment.

•You can have longer sentences, even more flowery ones. (Just avoid self-indulgence!)

•You can use adverbs and adjectives, as much as a writer should ever use adverbs and adjectives (i.e. sparingly.)

•Dialogue can be more relaxed. It should always have a point to it – in novels characters don’t talk for the sake of it. But the point can be wrapped in pleasantries, and the point can be about exposing character rather than advancing the plot.

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Why Writers Must Read


Why Writers Need to Read if They Want to Be Good

by Jeff Goins | 131 Comments
Note from Phoenix: You can post a comment on Jeff Goins’ article at this LINK

I was reading a blog the other day, and it kind of depressed me. The writing was pretty mediocre, and the worst part was it didn’t have to be. It could have been more. Much more. If the writer had just paid attention.

The post was rife with typos, bad vocabulary, poor grammar, and passive voice. The content was pretty vanilla, too. Sure, the writing was simple and conversational, as most blogs are. But nothing grabbed me.

It was something you would read and then soon forget. And that’s what made me sad: the writer could have really wowed the reader, and instead she chose not to.

What would have made the difference? If she had done her homework. If she had read more.

Good Writers Read


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An Interview with a Vampire about Vampires

On an early evening in October, we caught up with Victor Bainbridge, a vampire who is very British but lives in a splendid home in Spain. It was obvious from his palatial home that being a vampire was not hurting his earning capabilities.

As the authors of Leon’s Lair, in which he is a major character, we were shown into his study by his majordomo. The study walls were lined from floor to ceiling with books, many leather bound and obviously quite old. Victor sat in a leather high-backed chair with a small crystal glass on a side table, a volumous report in his lap and his right leg crossed at the knee. Dressed in soft chinos, Italian shoes (no sox) and a black cashmere pullover, he looked self-assured and comfortable with our visit.

He rose to greet us with a smile and offered us a chair opposite him. After a few pleasantries and an offer of a drink. we began. We were both little nervous about accepting a drink as we surmised what he was drinking was a dark red, viscous drink that clung to the sides of the crystal and wasn’t the kind of refreshment we wanted.

GARY: Well, Victor, I must say you have a beautiful home. It seems being a vampire has been a rewarding way of life. Can you tell our readers a little about how you became a vampire and where it all started?

VICTOR: Well, Gary, there are a lot of misconceptions about vampires, many old tales that have survived down through the ages. Continue reading

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Random Amusements – Are We Alone in the Universe?

I have been doing a lot research in order to build a plot for our new novel, Just in Time, The Last of her Kind. One source has been the works of Zecharia Sitchin. A story of the alien race who came here, the Nefilim from Nibiru, called the Anunnaki, as written down on the Sumerian clay tablets, along with all their betrayals, jealousies, and infidelities, would make a cool novel just by itself. It was hard to keep from being sidetracked from the plot of Just in Time.

However, to find something fun to post here having to do with alien races and planet Earth I Googled some wild questions like: “Do aliens live on planet Earth?”
You would NOT BELIEVE the stuff people have posted, such as the Earth is actually hollow and inhabited with alien races, and other sites naming the various aliens who live here and what they look like.

Okee Dokee. I’ll leave all that rattling around in the bull pen of my mind, meaning random stuff that fits nowhere logically and sort of can’t be filed or labeled. Maybe the file label could be: “Well, let me meet them, why are they hiding?” I guess the answer would be because they look too strange.

If you think I’m taking any of this stuff seriously, think again. One post said:

There are some one hundred sixty (160) or more known types of Aliens visiting our world (Earth) at the present time, these are the most commonly seen types:

1. Greys, type one (1) – The Rigelians from the Rigel Star system and are approximately four (4) feet tall, with a large head containing large slanted eyes, who worship technology and DON’T CARE ABOUT US. The type popularized in the “Communion” book by Strieber. They need vital secretions for their survival, which they are getting from us (earthlings).

2. Greys, type two (2) – Come from the Zeta Reticulae 1 & 2 solar systems. Same general appearance as a type one (1), although they have a different finger arrangement and a slightly different face. These Greys are more sophisticated then the type ones (1). They possess a degree of common sense and are somewhat passive. They don’t require the secretions that the type ones (1) due.

3. Greys, type three (3) – Simple cloning form of types one and two above. Their lips are thinner (or no lips). They are subservient to the type one and two Greys above.

4. Nordics, Blondes, Swedes – Known by any of these names. They are similar to us. Blonde hair, blue eyes (some have dark hair and brown eyes and they’re shorter in height). They will not break the law of non-interference to help us. They will only intervene if the Greys activity were to affect us directly.

5. Nordic Clones – They appear similar to us but with a grey tinge to their skin. These Nordics are controlled drones, created by the Greys, type ones (1).

6. Intra-Dimensional (Not Para-Terrestrial) – Entities that can assume a variety of shapes. Basically of a peaceful nature.

7. Short Humanoids – One and a half to two and a half feet tall, with skin bluish in color. They are seen quite frequently in Mexico near Chihuahua

8. Hairy Dwarfs (Orange) – They are four (4) feet tall and weigh about thirty five (35) pounds. Their hair is the color of red. They seem to be neutral and respect intelligent life forms.

9. Very Tall Race – They look like us but are seven to eight feet tall. They are united with the Swedes.

10. Men In Black (MIBs) – They are not from the Delta or NRO division of the government. They are oriental or olive-skinned, there eyes are sensitive to light and have vertical pupils. They have very pale skin on some types. They do not conform easily to our social patterns. Usually they wear black clothes (sometimes all white or grey clothes), wear sunglasses and drive black cars. In groups they all dress alike. Sometimes time-disoriented. They cannot handle a psychological “curve ball” or interruption to their plans. They very often intimidate UFO witnesses and impersonate government officials. Equivalent of our CIA from another Galaxy.

Men in Black? Okay, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Now we are getting somewhere. I know them.

Seriously? Then for more fun, I Googled “Are we alone in the universe”. Wow!

If you are interested, here is something I found on Youtube. This I actually found interesting. The video is labeled “Ancient Astronauts, Are We Alone in the Universe? Genesis Revisited. Feature Film.” Seems it caused some firestorm of 598 comments between people who believe in the Bible and those who believe Earth has a different history. Whew! Heated.

The description of the video:
Uploaded on Oct 11, 2010
In Loving Memory of Zecharia Sitchin 7/11/1920 – 10/9/2010, and his Contribution to Extraterrestrial Research. In a set of 6000-year-old stone tablets, the Sumerians of Mesopotamia vividly describe cataclysmic planetary events which billions of years ago gave our solar system it’s current configuration, fashioning our own planet in the process. Sumerian records also mention advanced human cloning technology and the existence of an additional planet in our solar system referred to as Nibiru, which is currently unknown to modern science, and is the recorded home of our human ancestors, according to these ancient records.

Eminent scientists agree that calculations tend to confirm the accuracy of the ancient Sumerian creation story. Now unmanned U.S. space probes have photographed pyramids and other strange features on the surface of Mars, suggesting this was once the site of an alien space base. Join Zecharia Sitchin, author of Genesis Revisited and The 12th Planet, as we embark on an exciting new journey into uncharted territory; a provocative reassessment of who we are and where we stand in the Universe.

Includes the facts about these amazing discoveries along with a series of spellbinding interviews with researchers and the best known, most credible scientists in the world today. Packed with expert analyses, in-depth commentary, and stunning unforgettable conclusions.

Are We Alone In the Universe? – Genesis Revisited
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