|Sunflowers in our garden|
1. We've had some fun-filled times together with our family. (Even getting the grandkids all to ourselves so we can spoil them!)
2. Our garden is growing fantastically-super-great!
|New beginnings for gardeners in the spring|
Finally, this year, THE garden sprang from that soil, a very successful, rewarding, delicious garden.
That empty plot of soil kind of reminds me of facing the blank page or blank screen on my laptop. I don't view it as hopeless, but I am thrilled to begin a new story/project and "nurture" it into a piece of writing to entertain, inspire, and inform readers.
Garden Update with pictures by J.Q. Rose:
Our sweet corn is beautiful.
|Sweet corn graced by cheery sunflowers|
|Sweet corn close up|
|Lip smackin' good boiled in the pot. |
So sweet and tasty you don't need to butter and salt it.
(but of course, I do!!)
At this moment we are getting tons of green peppers, tomatoes, corn, lettuce, carrots, and he and our granddaughter just picked twenty-five pounds of potatoes this weekend!
|Quite a team. Grandpa digs up the taters |
and our granddaughter throws them in the buckets.
How do you cook corn-on-the-cob? Boil? Grill? Microwave?
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In a post last week, I offered two examples of how I treated thoughts or internalized dialogue in the manuscript--in italics or paraphrases. I came across a helpful blog post on this subject by Marcy Kennedy. Here's a bit of what she said on the Writers in the Storm Blog.
"Technique #4 – Save direct internal dialogue for the most important thoughts.
Direct internal dialogue is dialogue that’s written in first person, present tense. I’ll show you an example to make sure it’s clear what I mean.
Emily pasted a smile on her face. I still hate you. I’ll never stop hating you. “Long time no see. How have you been?”
Because direct internal dialogue is in first person, present tense—even when we’re writing in a third person, past tense story—we need to italicize it. But the italics draw a lot of attention to it.
Most internal dialogue can be written as indirect internal dialogue (where we stay in the same person and tense as the story). I’ll give you another quick example so you can see the difference.
Emily pasted a smile on her face. She still hated him. She’d never stop hating him. “Long time no see. How have you been?”
That’s indirect internal dialogue, and staying in the same tense helps it flow naturally with what’s around it.
Emphasizing a thought through direct internal dialogue should be done sparingly, when we really need to draw attention to an important thought. It’s like exclamation marks. They lose their oomph if you pepper your pages with them.
Find the complete blog post at Writers in the Storm Blog-5 Techniques for Amazing Internal Dialogue by guest blogger, Marcy Kennedy.
Check out Marcy's book, Internal Dialogue, for more information.