At the beginning of Bernice McFadden’s Sugar, we don’t meet Sugar. We meet Jude, so to speak. Jude is the ghost in the story, the crux of every emotional scene in the novel. Jude is the murdered child of Pearl, a woman who befriends her next door neighbor that happens to go by the name ‘Sugar’.
Yearly Archives: 2010
HEY HEY! I’m ALIVE! *waves madly* Hi there. So I was sifting through my Google reader this morning and I came upon an entry at AuthorCulture about a writing contest. I’ve been thinking about doing prompts again, getting myself to write shorter pieces, short stories, even seeing if I can get some published or reposted about the net. There are writing contests everywhere– I just read a great entry at Writer’s Digest by a blogger that I follow, Cheryl Angst. It’s a great piece that made me laugh out loud. Anyhoo. So, on AuthorCulture, they linked to this prompt generator called The BrainStormer (click on the image to go the […]
I recently updated my Writers Write page to indicate the current projects I am working on. One of them is something I started last year but I simply wasn’t ready to jump into an original longform piece. SO I kept writing and kept it around and since 2009 was such a good writing year, I decided to make this piece my project for the year. By the end of 2010, I want to have a completed original longform piece. Novel, I guess. So today I dug out the few thousand words I wrote before I shelved it and have already begun rewriting and reshaping it. I believe I have a […]
This story begins oh, so right. Niffenegger (you mind if I call her Audrey? That name is a toughie)jumps right into the middle of the story and wades around in it. Our main character, you see… dies on Page One. And I figure if someone dies on Page One, there’s a good reason for it and a good story behind it.
I’m a huge fan of period pieces, especially if the author does a superb job of transporting the reader back to a simpler time. I’m not really a thriller reader, so I had never even thought to read Sandra Brown before. It was a recommended novel on a Kindle list so I picked it up one day a few weeks ago.