Archive for December, 2009

Hooray! Dragons truly can be beaten! I’ve just put together a complete and comprehensive outline of the first book in my series. I’ve been at this for years and it’s finally coming together. Act I and Act II are fully complete so I only lack choosing the best ending among several variations in mind. It’s going to be a young adult mystery novel that deals with the loss of a close family member as a necessary part of the plot. Ultimately, this will be the first in a seven-book set.

Thank you James Scott Bell for your excellent book on Plot and Structure! I couldn’t have done it without you.

Anyway, I now feel comfortable enough with the content of my book to start writing the scenes. I’m not much of a seat of the pants kind of writer so I hate rewriting. Thus, planning the whole thing out in an outline form was a must for me. I do have some scenes already written that came to me at the odd moment. (Why do I get so many ideas when I’m in the shower?)

So, if you are interested in reading an early copy to give me feedback or would like to help me publicize it in any way, send me a quick message and I’ll add you to my list. (No spam – I promise.)

BTW, I haven’t settled on a title yet. There is a recurring theme of “Darkness” throughout the book so if anyone has some suggestions, I am open to hear them. And when I say the theme is “Darkness” I mean it in every sense of the word, so let your creativity loose when making suggestions.

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Source: So You Want to Be An Expert (part 2 of 3)? | Humintell

These seven are based on extensive research by multiple scientists on people all over the globe. Apparently, all humans have at least these seven facial expressions of emotions hard-wired into our DNA.

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Source: Spy Shoelaces – Impact Lab.

As the author says, the simplest things usually work out the best.

Spy Shoelaces

I bet there is much more to be learned from the book, “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception“.

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