“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”
June, 2018 James Hurd
- New blog article: Your Body Knows What’s Good for You
- Writer’s Corner
- Book of the month
- How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
- E-zine subscription information
New blog article: Your Body Knows What’s Good for You
Like most people, I have two desires¾to satisfy my food cravings and to live a heathy, long life.
When I was a teenager, I was skinny, so I didn’t worry about getting fat—I just fed my body what it craved. Every weekday, before I left the Orange Daily News to deliver my newspapers, I would walk next door to the jewelers and put a dime in his pop machine to buy my bottle of Coke. Then, biking to my paper route, I would stop at the gas station and buy a Heath candy bar. One time I bought a quarter pound of fudge, took a chaste bite, and then ate the whooole thing in ten minutes. [Foolish, but it was totally worth it].
Even today, I favor ice cream and chocolate over leafy vegetables, carrots, peas, or green beans. My wife, the voice of reason, fights a long-term battle against my cravings….
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Word of the Month: Narrative. You want lots of this in your piece. It’s that part of your piece that moves it along—it’s what is happening. Narrative is distinct from description, reflection, explanation, backstory, etc.
Question of the Month: How long should your novel be?
Answer to last month’s question: How do you write internal dialogue? There are three ways: 1. Use quote marks, as in any other quote. 2. Use italics. 3. Use neither. Example: John thought, When should I tell him the naked truth?
I prefer the third way because it is less jarring. But your reader must know that it’s internal dialogue.
Book of the month: Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. Frankl’s dark, psychological narration of his life in a Nazi death camp and how a few survivors found meaning enough to fight to survive.
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Puzzlers (answers next month)
- Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?
- There is a clerk at the butcher shop who is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?
- Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
- How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?
- What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?
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