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Blood Will Tell goes live!


Life as a Writer and Artist

Blood Will Tell Sept 15 5-5 8-5_edited-2OK. I’ve done it. For better or worse. Eek!

Blood Will Tell at Amazon   Paperback and Kindle

Other ebook formats at Smashwords

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Can I hitch a ride to Périgueux – France?


Life as a Writer and Artist

People say how can I possibly write about a place I have never visited.(Even though it is a novel – fiction.)  What with the Internet research, Google maps, travel blogs, etc.,  I think I have done a pretty good job, but people keep complaining. So I guess I need to go to Périgueux (That’s in the Dordogne region of France).  Unfortunately I can’t afford it, not even the air tickets, much less the room and food and transportation, etc. for the weeks I am told I should stay there to get the real flavor of the place.

They say there are just six degrees of separation between us and everyone else in the world. So my questions is- does anyone know anyone, who knows anyone, who knows anyone, who knows anyone, who knows anyone — is that six? — who lives there and can be my vicarious sensory describer or…

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Périgueux – the main setting for my next novel. Deeper Colors coming in 2016.


DeeperColors book cover dec 08 author on bottomPérigueux – the main setting for my next novel – Deeper Colors

Begin the journey here.

The ‘capital’ of the Dordogne department is set towards the north of the region. Many miles from the Dordogne River, it is actually found on the Isle River.

The town has been in existence since neolithic times, and later became an important Roman centre. The town suffered a great deal in the Middle Ages through the Hundred Years War and other conflicts in the region, then had a ‘rebirth’ – and much construction in the town dates from this time – in the 16th century. From the 18th century onwards, Perigueux continues to be an important centre for the region.

 

Blood Will Tell goes live!


Blood Will Tell Sept 15 5-5 8-5_edited-2OK. I’ve done it. For better or worse. Eek!

Blood Will Tell at Amazon   Paperback and Kindle

Other ebook formats at Smashwords

Fall in Santa Clara


Fall Santa Clara DSC_0230

Crimson, yellow, tangerine
green now turns to gold
sunshine captured in the leaves

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/fall-in-santa-clara-carolyn-donnell.html

12 Elements Needed to Write Strong Character Relationships


Thanks, Nancy

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th-1Story people like people in real life do not exist in their world alone. They relate to and interact with both principal and secondary characters. These relationships influence character behavior and development. Here are 12 elements needed to write strong character relationships:

1. Relationships begin with roles such as family—mother, father, daughter, son; and Community or work-related roles—boss, employee, small business owner, professional. Define these roles.

2. Have your characters act differently around different characters. A successful college professor may lose all control in a classroom of kindergartners. A strong executive may turn to a gelatinous mass when he encounters a character with whom he’s infatuated.

3 Provide a reason characters come together and stay together. Shared interests or goals or opposing interests or goals.

4. Give your characters a common bond that brings them together such as a job. Their approach to the job can be completely different causing…

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Ralph Vaughan Williams played viola.


Life as a Writer and Artist

Vaughan Williams played viola.  That is why he wrote such gorgeous  music for it.

Flos Campi (Flower of the field) for viola, wordless chorus and orchestra. Based on the Song of Solomon.

1.As the lily among thorns
2.For, lo, the winter is past
3.I sought him whom my soul loveth
4.Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s
5.Return, return, O Shulamite!
6.Set me as a seal upon thine heart

“‘Vaughan Williams played the viola, and frequently professed it was his favorite instrument. Along with the Suite for viola and orchestra of 1934, his most significant work for the instrument is the unusual Flos Campi (Flower of the Field), which combines the viola with a spare orchestral backing of strings, winds, tabor, and celesta, along with a mixed choir that sings wordlessly. It was first performed on October 10, 1925, in London, with violist Lionel Tertis, voices from the Royal College of…

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