Archaeologists have deciphered three major periods of Mayan Civilization; the Pre--classic, Classic and Post-classic periods. For perspective, the flowering of the Mayan civilization corresponds to the later years of the
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Today I welcome friend and co-author of our shared anthology of short stories, Sunny Frazier. She is multi-talented when it comes to all things writing. She knows whereof she speaks. Welcome Sunny:
Although I do astrology, I no longer ask people “What's your sign?” As an acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press, I now ask authors, “What's your genre?”
For years, literary writers looked down on genre writers. The word conjured up cheap reads for the mildly illiterate. Also known as “popular fiction,” these are books average people want to read. Call it commercial fiction—books that sell and make money.
On the reverse, genre writers have tagged literary works “A whole lot of words about nothing.” Pretty words, insightful, meaningful, intellectual. But, we ask, where's the plot?
Don't get me wrong: genre writers can get a little literary. I love to let readers coast along with the plot I've woven before slipping in a sentence or paragraph to make the astute reader sit up and pay attention. I know my craft. Elizabeth George and P.D. James can certainly be called literary. Even Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, noir hacks in their time, are now respectable. With time comes veneration.
When I received mystery manuscripts from two professors on both sides of the
, I noted the terrific prose but wondered: Where are the bodies? Personally, I like a corpse to show up on the second page to get the ball rolling. Long intros and endless description went out with the Bronte sisters. Tough to reject these teachers, but that's what I did. USA
Both instructors not only listened but brought my novels to the classroom to teach genre fiction. In
and New Jersey , students are learning from my books. I was invited to speak at California , the largest junior college in the states. Reality meets the Ivory Tower. I left with several student submissions and rewrites from the teacher. Mt. San Antonio
I recommend authors define their intent before writing. Whether you write Steam Punk or Zombies, hold your head high and claim your genre.
What do you write? Are you writing cross genre? Or literary?
Posted by Cora at 3:29 PM
Monday, January 23, 2012
Write what you know
Write what you know
Really? All along, I’ve been writing about what I didn’t know, after all, I’m a fiction writer.
Let’s think about this a moment. If I write what I know—borrring—because you probably know a lot of what I know, too. After all I’m not a rocket scientist, a dog whisperer or even very knowledgeable about lattes—can never remember if it’s suppose to be a grande or a venti. And was that half-caff or ….well you get the idea.
#coraramos #writer #paranormal #suspense
Posted by Cora at 3:38 PM
Thursday, January 19, 2012
So, why do roses have thorns anyway? Well, here’s an edited version of the Salteaux Indian legend explaining it, found in its totality at First People website. Great story for the kiddies.Long, long ago, Wild Roses had no thorns. They grew on bushes the stems of which were smooth and fragrant and the leaves a delicate green. The sweet-smelling pink blossoms covered the bushes. Oh, they were beautiful to see!
But they made such delicious eating, that the Rabbits and other creatures who loved grass and herbs, nibbled the pink petals and green leaves, and sometimes ate up the bushes. By and by there were only a few Rose-Bushes left in the whole world.
They met together to see what they could do about it, and decided to go and find Nanahboozhoo, who had magic power, and ask him for help. They met a little animal who told them, "Nanahboozhoo is in a valley among the mountains, where he is planting and taking care of a flower-garden."
The Rose-Bushes told the wind to blow them to that valley, and it did. As they drew near the flower-garden, they heard Nanahboozhoo shouting, for he was in a great rage. At this the Rose-Bushes were dreadfully frightened, and hid among some Balsam Trees. But they soon learned that some weeks before he had planted a hedge of Wild Roses around his garden, and when they were covered with spicy pink blossoms, he had gone away for a few days. When he returned he found that the Rabbits and other creatures had eaten up his hedge of Wild Roses, and trampled down all his flowers.
Now, when the Rose-Bushes knew why Nanahboozhoo was shouting with rage, they left their hiding-place, and a puff of wind blew them straight to Nanahboozhoo's feet. He was surprised to see them, for he thought that all Rose-Bushes had been eaten up; but before he could say a word, they told him their troubles.
Nanahboozhoo listened, and, after talking things over with the Rose-Bushes, he gave them a lot of small, thorn like prickles to cover their branches and stems close up to the flowers, so that the animals would not be able to eat them. After that Nanahboozhoo sent the Rose-Bushes to their home, on the back of the wind.
And ever since that day all Wild Roses have had many thorns.
What is your experience with roses? Do you suit up, or wing it and get pricked?
And how many of you remember Morticia? (You can claim the later version if you don’t want to reveal your age.)
#coraramos #paranormal #legends
#coraramos #paranormal #legends
Posted by Cora at 9:44 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
There is no free ride so a few rules go along with accepting the award. I have to (and want to, I think) thank the person who shared the award with me, link back to her in my acceptance post http://sjdriscoll.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/i-want-her-car/, tell my readers seven things about myself and then pass the award on to fourteen fellow bloggers to do the same. Yikes.
1. As soon as I learned to read (It took my third grade teacher to make it stick—thank you Mrs. Diffenbach), I began devouring fairy tales. I read every one I could find. I think the Grimm’s brothers gave me the boot down the road to my love of noir and dark things that linger just at the edge. (I’ve written mystery, suspense, paranormal and sci-fi).
2. At ten years old, my younger cousins begged me to tell them so I made up stories on the spot. I never remember writing stories and in high school I got turned off to writing by a devastating critique by a teacher. I only took it up again when I had a déjà vu experience while on a visit to a pyramid at Coba in the Yucatan. It became the impetus for my first novel—a past life intruding into the present one.
3. I have two dogs—a Lhasa Apso and a five pound Ratcha (rat terrier and chihuahua mix). I think sometimes I would like to have the traditional writer’s animal, a cat, but I am allergic to cat fur. It ain’t pretty when I break out and start sneezing and tearing up. After reading a romantic werewolf novel this past week, I think I am a pack animal anyway. Dogs suit me.
4. Born in New York, I traveled to Maryland before coming to California. Landed in Pomona, then LA, Venus Beach, then San Francisco where I met my hubby. Now we’re hanging out in the San Joaquin Valley.
5. I love to garden. I used to have a gift and indoor potted plant shop. I loved to travel to the coast near Half Moon Bay to pick up plants for my shop from the greenhouses there. My young daughter came with me and we’d do a round trip in our VW van, sometimes stopping in Santa Cruz for a while, before returning with the van filled with hanging plants.
6. I am a one of the founding members and past president of the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters-in-Crime.
7. I love to take pictures, especially nature and trees. I share it with friends and family on another blog. Yosemite is a great place for pictures and painting.
Now it’s your turn:
1. Rebecca Stanfel http://www.rebecca-stanfel.com
2. Kay McFarland http://kristinmcfarland.com
3. Julie Farrar http://www.traveling-through.com
4. Tracey Livesay http://www.traceylivesay.com
5. Kim Griffin http://www.thefitnessmoms.com
6. Karen Rose Smith http://www.karenrosesmith.com
7. Tiffany White http://tiffanyawhite.wordpress.com
8. Linda Adams http://garridon.wordpress.com/
9. Alvarado Frazier http://latinapen.blogspot.com
10 Shay Fabbro http://shayfabbro.com
11 Emmie Mears http://www.emmiemears.com
12 Ann Foweraker http://www.annmade.co.uk
13 April Plumber http://www.aprilplummerauthor.weebly.com
14 D.B.Smyth http://dbsmyth.blogspot.com
Start your engines. . . .
Link back here, tell your readers seven things about yourself and then pass the award on to fourteen fellow bloggers.
Posted by Cora at 8:09 PM
Thursday, January 5, 2012
What kind of author am I? After careful analysis I define myself (at this present moment—because my perfectionist self is telling me I could be clearer, better, smarter, etc.) as follows:
I would love to know what authors grab your attention and keep you reading. Have you read paranormal stories? Do you like them?