The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Donna Volkenannt: A Known Felon

         Yesterday evening, Donna spoke at the St. Louis chapter of Sisters in Crime. This is a group of nuns  writers who commit crimes write about crime.

      And Donna killed it. She slayed everyone who was in the audience. Her lively talk was peppered with comments and contributions from the other writers there. I came away with some really tasty body parts tidbits. So, for those who were unable to join us ("Pearl, Minneapolis to Creve Coeur is too far of a commute?  Liza Bean could have chauffered you.") here are some points/ideas that came up:

  • Short stories move the characters from innocence to experience. Novels move the characters from innocence to experience and then to a higher innocence.
  • Short stories can be put to work. Make them a "dress rehearsal" for your novel or for your characters. Try them on. See how they fit...
  • She had her pants hitched up with a black canvas belt. Her long face was a picture frame for her tired-looking eyes. Her (Ooops. Sorry. This is part of what I was working on for the Saturday Writers Mystery/Murder Short Story Contest. The deadline is March 24.)
  • Donna caught a mistake in one of William Peter Blatty's novels. (He's the one who gave us The Exorcist.) Donna reviewed the book, and noted in her review, "I can't figure out how a child was two-years old in one chapter and then in another chapter, a year later, the child is still two-years old." She got an email from the author, thanking her for catching the mistake that was missed by his editor and publisher.  What a great story.
  • Dianna Graveman suggested using story prompts as the story ending, instead of using them as a springboard at the beginning. What a unique idea.
      And my favorite bullet of the evening:

Satisfy the readers' expectations, but not with what they expect.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Calling All Writers

      The news is bigger than my rear end, which means it's huge!
    St. Louis writer extraordinaires--Linda O'Connell and Dianna Graveman are working on two anthologies. And what do they want from us, you ask? They want our submissions.
     I know lots of writers who could pull a post off their blog, perhaps expand a bit (the low word count is 500) and send it off. And they'd be sure winners. (The possible topics are almost endless.)
Donna. Val. Lynn. Becky. Lu. Marcia. Alice. Pearl. Tammy. Zandrea. Lisa. Debra. Kathy and her clothesline. Cathy on a Stick. Barb. And everyone else I forgot to mention.

Here is the link in case you want to check out the other titles they are developing: Not Your Mother's Books 
Check out the two links below. Cut and paste and expand. And above all, submit!