Tomorrow is part two of Out of the Darkness, my post on Prose & Cons

For those of you who have followed this blog, you know I am a member of Prose & Cons.

For those of you who are new to this community:  Prose & Cons is a multi-author blog, aka the gang of twenty-one.  We blog about books, the people who read them, write them, and everything in between.

A couple of weeks ago I posted the first half of my short story, Out of the Darkness, on Prose & Cons and re-posted it here.  Tomorrow is part two.  I will again re-post here for those of you who aren’t following this amazing authors blog.  For those of you who would like to check out Prose & Cons the address is:  http://www.auniqueandportablemagic.blogspot.com.

Hope to see you all there!

If not, I will see you here for part two of Out of the Darkness.

Stay Tuned!

Out Of The Darkness

Out Of The Darkness

A short story

by

Sue Coletta

 

Part One

Weeks had past since the accident, and still I sat alone in the dark.  My world had fallen apart, shattered like glass, and all because a drunk driver crossed the double yellow lines.

small__2922379581

I swayed in my pine rocker, the woven seat worn thin from overuse, and planned my death;  wondered how I’d carry out a successful suicide and free myself from living a nightmare. Pills, I thought.  I had enough medications to kill a small elephant.  If I swallowed a handful it should do the trick.  But what if I lived?  What if I drifted into a coma?  Or worse, entered a vegetative state?  No.  I needed a guarantee.  A solution that would ensure my departure from this world, my ascent into heaven.

Continue reading

Don’t let self-doubt stop you from achieving your goals

Don’t doubt yourself so much that you cripple yourself as a writer.  This just happened to me.

As most of you know, I am a member of Prose & Cons, a multi-author blog with extremely talented and successful authors…  except me.  The harsh reality is…  I am no one’s favorite author… yet.  I don’t have my books out in the world… yet.  I don’t have an agent… yet.  Although I am waiting to hear about representation.

Monday is my day to post on Prose & Cons.  And it’s a holiday so everyone and their mother will be home and probably tune in.  Ugh!  I didn’t want to go first because I wanted to see what the others were posting before I crafted mine.

Well, let me tell you… with each passing day I read the posts– and my anxiety grew and grew and grew.  How can I possibly compete with these authors? I thought.  Some of these authors are NY Times best sellers!

I wrote something quick, an introduction of who I am and what inspires me, and sent it to the blog’s owner/ creator.  I asked what he thought of it, and then waited.  When I finally received his email my heart sank.  He hated it!  Of course, he didn’t use those words.  I was devastated, but I knew he was right.  He is an extremely nice man, don’t get me wrong, and he WAS sincerely trying to help me.  But…  he ripped apart my writing like an agent would do to a manuscript.  He explained to me that this is what happens once you get “the call” and start working with a literary agency.  It’s a double-edged sword.  On one hand, it helps you grow as a writer.  On the other, no one likes anyone (no matter who they are) tearing apart their hard work.  However, it will only make you stronger as an author.  It was this last thought I hung on to like a buoy in the middle of a choppy ocean surrounded by sharks, and now, I was expected to swim ashore!  He did add that it’s always harder to write about yourself, unless you’re Stephen King or have a huge platform.  Neither of which applied to me.

Continue reading

New Authors Blog– Prose & Cons are breaking out!

Today is the day folks!

Our new authors blog, Prose & Cons on Blogger launches today.  The Prose Cons are authors, literary agents, publishers, book reviewers and editors– books start with us.  We read them, we write them, edit them, print and promulgate them, and review them.  And we blog about them, on Prose & Cons.  We are confident you will find the perspectives interesting and informative.

Who are the Prose Cons?  Go to:  http://www.auniqueandportablemagic.blogspot.com today and find out!

This is a very exciting day!

We all have worked very hard to create the best possible viewing experience for everyone.

I hope to see you there!  If you like what you see, please share our blog on social media, like us on Facebook, or +1 us on Google.

We are also on Twitter @theprosecons

Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/theprosecons

On Google search for:  the prose cons

As well as throughout social media on Reddit, StumbleUpon, and soon Digg.

The site will be up and running later this morning.   See you there!

Any questions or comments, leave me a reply.

 

, book reviewers and editors–books start with us. We read them, write them, edit them, print and promulgate them, and review them. And we blog about them, on Prose&Cons. We are confident you will find the variety of perspectives interesting and informative.

Interview with Cat Burglar, Shawny Daniels

I am pleased to have with us today Shawny Daniels from Timber Point.  To give you a little background about Shawny, she is my protagonist (and friend) from Timber Point, Dancing In The Shadows and Mad Rush (book two and three are still WIPs)

Me:  Hello, Shawny, it’s nice to have you here with us today.

Shawny:  Thanks, Sue.  Nice to be here.

Me:  I’m sure everyone is wondering how it feels to be a cat burglar.  Can you first tell us a little bit about how you got into that trade?

Shawny:  Sure.  When I was fourteen I fled an abusive foster care family and took to the streets of Massachusetts’ North Shore.  There I met Bo, an aging cat burglar with severe arthritis in his knees.  He took me under his wing and taught me the tricks of the trade.  And he never asked for anything in return, unlike my former foster parents.

Me:  What exactly did he teach you?

Shawny:  Oh, yah know, like how to gain entry through a second floor window; how to move stealth-like so I didn’t get bagged by the cops.  Stuff like that.  First, though, he put me through rigorous training.  Man, he was a hard ass when it came to working out.

Continue reading

Hannibal TV show. Why I love it and how fiction writers can learn from it.

WARNING:  Images are NOT suitable for all ages.  They are NOT real, but still may cause nightmares in young children.

Hannibal is by far one of my favorite shows on TV.  The writers behind the show are wickedly creative.  The murder scenes always amaze me:  a body engulfed by a tree; a body mingled with the skeleton of an ancient dinosaur; a totem pole of bodies; several bodies that when viewed from above form a collage.

persontotem

Totem pole

I aspire to write these types of crime scenes.  How amazing would they be in a book?  They’re pure art, IMO.

The characters are amazing too.  Whoever cast the actors for those roles– nailed it!  When the first episode aired I wasn’t sure I’d like Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.  I’m happy to say I was wrong.  He’s perfect!  His strong accent, the way he presents himself, he has become Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal 1

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter

Continue reading

Top 5 Tips for Researching Your Fiction Novel

I write a lot of my posts according to what I am working on at the time.  Right now I am researching a subject for my sequel’s underlying plot.  I can’t reveal that subject, but it’s AWESOME!  :)

Research is extremely time-consuming but well worth the effort.  After all, you never want to get your facts wrong, even with fiction.

research

Here are my top 5 tips for researching your novel…

1.  You will inevitably gather loads of interesting facts about the subject you are researching.  Do not use everything you’ve learned.  No reader wants an information dump that shows how much you’ve learned, or how smart you are by using the new jargon.  Include only the most interesting or necessary facts, those elements that will drive your story forward.  And do not allow the research to lead YOU.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the knowledge we’ve gained it’s easy to veer off course.  You are the author!  YOU control where the story goes, not the research.  The story must come first.  Be true to it.

Continue reading