“Spreading your wings
in a perplexing world”
August, 2018 James Hurd
- New blog article: California Car Crazy
- Writer’s Corner
- How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
- E-zine subscription information
New blog: California Car Crazy
California Car Crazy is about the teen-age car culture of the 1950s—powerful, all-consuming—that forged young male identity. And about Reggie, who immersed himself in the craziness….
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Word of the Month: Chronology. How your piece flows through time. Is it linear or does it jump around? Especially in a novel, it’s easy to get things mixed up or out of sequence. Create a timeline, or even a table, to keep track of when your characters do what. Avoid anachronisms—for instance, having your character use a cellphone before the cellphone was invented.
Book of the month: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. Broadway Books: 1998. An amazing tale of what happened when Bryson found a little trail near where he lived and decided to follow it. It’s all here—-history, botany, human nature, and emotions of exhilaration and exhaustion.
Answers to last month’s puzzlers:
- 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? Johnny
- 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? Meat
- Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? Everest
- How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet? None
- What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly? The word “incorrectly”
New puzzlers (answers next month)
- Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?
- In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?
- What was the President’s Name in 1975?
- If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
- Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”?
- If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
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