Tuesday, September 25, 2007

No Subject at all...

I don't really have a subject for today's blog (hence it's late arrival on the board) so bear with me.

First, I'm writing a novella, a paranormal of course, set in a fictional world of magic users and, gasp, written in 1st person. This is somewhat experimental for me since I've not written in that POV before but it's been interesting. The only real difficulty I'm finding is making sure that I show how the hero is feeling or what he's thinking. While I'm not a POV purist, I'm not a 'head hopper' either. Sticking to one POV seems to be stretching, maybe improving, my writing. Writing in 1st has definitely been educational for me :D though, to be honest, I do prefer getting into the hero's head and letting the readers see what he's really like.

Second, an old story idea has been creeping into my mind...usually in the period just before I fall asleep (don't laugh now...a lot of my ideas flesh themselves out when my mind is relaxing for the day). The hero is tall, blond or red haired, and handsome. He's classy but with a dangerous edge. And that edge clashes wonderfully with our heroine who's just inherited the only worldly object that can end his immortal life. My main problem right now is finding a suitable picture of the hero so if any of you wonderful people have a picture of a tall, blond or red haired man, feel free to point me in his direction :D

Last, I just wanted to mention a book I just read -- Beyond the Dark from Silhouette. It's a collection of shorts, which I rarely read since I just get really enamored of the couple and, wham! the story is done. This one, however, has paranormal stories so that held my attention pretty well. Still, the one story that stands out is the second in the book - Haunt Me. Here's the blurb, taken from the back of the book:

David Fields is on life support when his spirit leaves his body...only to encounter an evil presence that's gripping the hospital...and heading straingt for his estranged wife, Charis.Can David haunt the woman he still loves and protect her from a danger only he can see?

Now that's as dry a story description as I've read in many a long year BUT this story is wonderfully written, full of depth and characterization, honest emotions that touch you right from the start. Even though you know this is a romance and even though you know romance always promises a happy ending, you're left to wonder how this couple will resolve their problems and David's severe, life threatening injuries. Evelyn Vaughn is the author and believe me, I will be looking for more of her books.

That's it from me. Hope everyone has a great hump day tomorrow (and don't forget the handsome blond or red haired man, lol, I still need a picture to cement his image in my mind).

-- Lynda


Xandra Gregory said...

Lynda, I absolutely adore without reservation Evelyn Vaughn. I first discovered her back when Slhouette Shadows published her Circle quadrilogy (is that a word?). She does brilliantly real paranormal. If you can still find her Silhouette Bombshells Grailkeepers books (there were 3 at last count) SNAP THEM UP. IMHO, they were the best of the entire line and seemed to embody what the line was meant to be. She also had one of the stories in the Madonna Key continuity.

I very rarely gush over authors (except Terry Pratchett, because Pratchett Is Gawd and I'd do almost anything to get real estate in the Discworld), but Vaughn is an exception. Love Her.

Xandra Gregory said...

Okay, next comment. First person POV - a few years ago (gawd, has it been that long?), I wrote a huge, sprawling, fanfic epic using first person and switching each chapter between four different characters, and I learned so much about perspective and voice. It was an amazing experience, because I found myself not only considering word choice in dialogue, but in thoughts and description, too. First person is naturally a little more immersive, and you have layers and layers of experience that *all* has to be filtered. Think about it--not only do you have to "talk" like the person, but you have to, as the author, keep your observation about setting, other characters, situation, emotions, to what that POV character would find significant.

Third person, even limited, still has a bit of omniscience, or at least objectivity, since in third person, the reader and author are both outside the character somewhat--they are obviously individual and independent "riders" in the head of the POV character. The author can express the mountains' presence even if the POV character doesn't note them specifically. In first, if the POV character doesn't notice it...or interprets something incorrectly, the reader doesn't have anything objective to measure it against.

It's really a fascinating exercise. Even though I tend to stick to third in most of my stuff, if I'm stuck in a WIP, I'll switch to first person and discover all sorts of things about the character or situation that I didn't know before.

Great topic!

Cassandra Kane said...

Ditto on the Grailkeeper books, they're absolutely fantastic. I've collected most of the Bombshells and was very sad when the line closed.

Mmmm, a blond or red-head? Blonds: Jude Law, Daniel Craig, or Aaron Eckhart (who's absolutely yummy!)?
Red heads: Can only think of Eric Stoltz (who's fantastic) and Ewan McGregor - though not sure if he's really a red-head, but he's a Scot so if he isn't he should be! ;-)