Another Egregious Description I Need to Repair

I’m working on a big blog post all about the David Farland Writers’ Workshop that I just attended. It’ll be all about our experience this week, the hotel, the climate, the (free) bagels, and What Have We Learned. Minus the secret handshake, of course (we’re not FNORD allowed to FNORD tell.)

The workshop involved having everyone read the first three chapters or so of one of our novels-in-progress. Having attempted a paranormal ghost story technothriller in SONG FROM THE HEART (currently retitled LOVE IS THE BRIDGE), I figured I might as well see what they’d say about it.

Many readers circled “You’re as pale as ice cubes frozen to a TruWhite light bulb.” They felt it was just too far-out for Andi to say that. (As if you don’t see ice cubes frozen to one of those special Philips three-way bulbs every day!)

So! I didn’t want to use the cliche “pale as a ghost,” even though that might give a hint of what is to come in this ghost story. But which of these would work better? None? Ideas? Feel free to post a comment.

This is how I wanted to get my nails done before the workshop, but never got a round tuit. Prolly just as well.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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