Which Pet Would Your Main Character Love, Fear, Hate, Abuse, or Kill?


Which Pet Would Your Main Character Love, Fear, Hate, Abuse, or Kill?

What would your main character do if he found one of the following in his bedroom at night? What would your main character do if he found himself in a forest with an animal he’d never seen before? What would your main character do if he was at the beach and found a dolphin on the sand? What would your main character do if he found evidence that someone was setting up dog fights for money?

Would it be a lazy, playful cat?

Would he be so afraid of dogs that he would hide from any dog he encountered?

Would he study, love, and protect a dolphin?

Would he kill a hamster?

Would he abuse horses by having too many, not caring for them, or worse?

Would he be so afraid of a mouse that he’d climb on the couch to get away from him? Would he chase it all over the house? Would he set a trap for it? Would the trap work or will the mouse keep pestering him?

Would he raise parakeets to sell for pets? Would he have a detective to check to make sure the new owners will care for them? Would he offer classes in how to care for a parakeet?

 

Would your main character find a lost sheep near the highway and load it into his truck and care for it until he could find the owner? Or would he kill it for food for his family who is starving?

Would your main character have a pet snake that gets out and creates a hilarious situation? Or would it lead to death of a person or the snake?

Thanks for reading my blog. Please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite pet is and which animal scares you the most. Tell me what your main characters would choose for a pet. Thanks.

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Happy New Year!


 

 

May 2015 be filled with wondrous things for you including great health, wealth, and a wonderful sense of well-being.

I’d like to tell you a little about me today. Giveaway: Free critique for one lucky commenter. Details below this article.

 

 

 

I love Tweety Bird! He makes me laugh.

I love Woody from Toy Story. He makes me laugh. I have a Woody doll and a guitar for him to play, too.

I love cartoons that make me laugh…Dennis the Menace, Zits, Charlie Brown & Snoopy. You can sign up free to receive comics on a daily basis: http://www.arcamax.com, and Web Donut cartoons by Gruhn: http://www.webdonuts.com/

I like it when I can laugh at my mistakes.

I’ve discovered that I need a lot of prayers for healing and general well-being. 2014 taught me that I am indeed human. That even with a positive attitude, people get sick and have to have things fixed in their bodies. At the same time, it is extremely important to keep positive thoughts permeating your whole being. I need extra Vitamin B complex (for my nerves), Vitamin D3(for sunshine), Fish Oil with Omega Fatty Acids(to keep out bad cholesterol and oil my body on the inside).  I am blessed with wonderful doctors, dentists, and surgeons. I appreciate your prayers and good wishes for me. I pray for all readers of my blog and for those who leave me comments. I truly want to help each of you to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams as I reach mine, too. So that we all get to the finish line of one of our dreams at the same time, and plan new places to go and new dreams to achieve.  Just remember to live, truly live and celebrate God, you, your family, your friends, your community, and those you meet during your lifetime.

After "Get Your Blog Going" workshop at 2014  SCWW  Conference

After “Get Your Blog Going” workshop at 2014 SCWW Conference

In October 2014, I presented three workshops, two on blogging and one on ways to revise your manuscript for the South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference in Myrtle Beach. Doing this fulfilled a dream of mine which was to be a paid presenter for a writers conference. Now, my new dream is to be the Keynote Speaker for a conference. According to Mike Hourigan, a keynote speaker may use humor, audience participation, show funny clips, or even sing. A keynote speaker’s job is to weave your main conference message into their program in a memorable and fun way. That’s what I’d like to do. It would be an honor and a privilege to do that for an organization.

7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

The busiest day of the year on my blog was September 30th with 960 views. The most popular post that day was 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences. Wow! Thank you.

 

Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

I am still working on editing Joan’s Elder Care Guide. The editor from 4RV Publishing wanted me to have more than the ten chapters I wrote at the beginning. So I now have 22 chapters. I’m working on finalizing them and the more than 60 handouts in the Appendix area (fill-in charts and information) and more than 450 references. It has taken me more than a year to make these changes and revisions. I believe it will be even more help for those who read it and make it more useful in making the lives of caregivers and elders across the world. It will be released in 2015. Please pray that I am able to complete this.

Pushed by my own Pub Subbers idea that it is extremely important to keep sending your work out, I submitted a manuscript at the end of September 2014. If I didn’t submit, I was going to have to give two critiques, instead of one, to my Pub Subbers group members who submitted manuscripts in September. Two weeks later, I received a contract from GMTA Publishing, Ravenswood Publishing Imprint to publish my chapter book  “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” If everything goes as planned, it will be released in 2015.

It’s based on a true experience I had when I was five-years old with my Mother’s pet turkey who flogged me. We’re still negotiating the contract, making changes good for both sides. But it’s great to have a contract in the works. There will be 3 books in this series. Here’s the pitch: Scarred by her mother’s pet turkey and taunted by her third grade classmates, Sara Brown searches for a way to get back at him. Will she face the turkey square in the gobbler or will her parents ground her until she is twenty-one when she wrecks her mother’s new car?

Flip Flap Floodle cover 300 res 300x420 pixelsThank you to everyone who bought a copy of Flip Flap Floodle since April 2004. When I self-published Flip Flap Floodle the color picture books were very expensive $16.95. Times were difficult. Many people couldn’t afford to pay that much. I wasn’t able to get out and market it as much because I was caring for my Mother. I never regretted that. Substitute caregivers enabled me to give presentations for schools and organizations. I was virtually unknown.

Amazon bought BookSurge. In 2010, they decided to use CreateSpace to do the printing of their books, not BookSurge. When they did that, they placed the price at $10.00 for the paperback copies of Flip Flap Floodle. I also created an eBook for Kindle and Nook. I’ve sold more than 400 copies. I’ve given away 300 copies as Dan Poynter, self-publishing guru  advised self-publishers to do to help spread the word about you and your book. Since I did the blog post, 7 Reasons Why Flip Flap Floodle Is a Good Picture Book to Read to Your Child, I’ve sold 5 copies. A special thank you to those 5 people. So there are more than 700 copies of Flip Flap Floodle roaming the world cheering children and adults to Never Give Up and reminding them to keep a song in their hearts. It’s only $9.00 now on Amazon…a one dollar savings. Flip Flap Floodle, a little duck whose song saves him from the belly of mean ole Mr. Fox Paperback, Kindle and Nook I hope to reach 1,000 books sold in 2015. If any of you have seen the American Pickers, they do what they call a bundle. So I’m dreaming up a bundle to combine buying Flip Flap Floodle and getting something else with it…an ebook on blogging or an ebook on characterization helps.

A friend of mine says that when she reads Flip Flap Floodle to children, they sit on the edges of their chairs listening and singing the song with her, waiting for the ending and hoping it’s going to turn out okay. Which it does! It has a very satisfying ending!

GIVEAWAY FREE CRITIQUE TO ONE LUCKY COMMENTER:

To thank God for being alive and well in 2015, I am offering a free critique of the first 1,000 words of a manuscript and story’s pitch summary to one lucky person who leaves a comment between now and Friday, January 9, 2015 at midnight. Random.org will choose the winner. I’ll announce the winner in a new post on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

 

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Where Will Your Main Character Hide?


“Where Will Your Main Character Hide?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many times in a person’s life or in your main character’s story, he may desperately want to hide…from danger, from himself, from facts he doesn’t want to face. Here are places your main character may try to hide. In some cases the antagonist might want to hide him to get ransom money:

The main character may wish he could hide in this tree like a bird or a squirrel.

Hiding place in a tree www.morguefile.com

Hiding place in a tree
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Or a cement block if you’re a squirrel and there are not trees around.

Squirrel hiding in a cement block www.morguefile.com

Squirrel hiding in a cement block
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It’s possible that if he’s in a boat, he could hide out in this cave, but what could be in the cave to harm him that he can’t see now?

Or a cave he could get to by hiking and climbing.

Greigs Caves, Ontario www.morguefile.com

Greigs Caves, Ontario
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 Or it could be he’ll live in high cave dwellings like the Indians did many years ago.

Los Alamos, New Mexico www.morguefile.com

Los Alamos, New Mexico
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It could be that the bad guys (antagonists) hide him in an ancient dungeon.

It could be that his task is to hide from the queen in her very own castle or palace. There are so many rooms, it seems likely that there would be no problem hiding out here. Especially, if you know how to turn off the security system or fool the guards by pretending to be one of them.

 

Buckingham Palace www.morguefile.com
Buckingham Palace
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Or it might be better to hide in an abandoned underground railroad station. Here’s a YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Y_bMcl2-I pretty spooky with no one there but your character. Or if your character hides on a car and ride for days on end.

Underground train, London www.morguefile.com

Underground train, London
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I hope these thoughts and images get you thinking about possible situations in which your main character might need a hiding place you could use to heighten the tension in his story.

I appreciate http://www.morguefile.com for letting me use their pictures for free.  Thanks for sharing my blog with others.

Other posts in the Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?
  6. What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards
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What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?


“What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Does your main character live in a small town with parades going down Main Street to celebrate the oldest citizen in the community? Are there hundreds of people or thousands?

Rural town Parade www.morguefile.com

Watching from the Hillside – Rural town Parade
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Perhaps your main character’s niece is a cheerleader in the parade or an uncle who is the mayor.

Rural Town Parade www.morguefile.com

Rural Town Parade
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It’s possible that your main character is a flight attendant who only gets home to see his parents once a year. He currently lives in Tokyo.

 

On his days off he might use the services of a rickshaw pulled by one man to go shopping.

Rickshaws in Tokyo www.morguefile.com

Rickshaws in Tokyo
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Your main character might prefer the romantic city of Paris, France, but he might suffer his greatest defeat at the base of the Arch de Triumph! His date turned him down and his boss fired him.

Arch de triumph  Paris France  www.morguefile.com

Arch de triumph Paris France
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He could try for a job taking care of the trees along one of the main thoroughfares in Paris. He could be so determined to find a job that he checks in every building for ten full blocks to find a job.

He may feel so lost that he feels he needs the help of the Pope in Rome, Italy to pray for him.

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He may feel like he wants to go back to the United States and enjoy a small village near the ocean.

Village at the ocean www.morguefile.com

Village at the ocean
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 Or be one of the consultants on how to build the safest home in case of a hurricane in Miami, Florida.

 

Miamii, Floridia Downtown seashore www.morguefile.com

Miamii, Floridia Downtown seashore
http://www.morguefile.com

Whatever town, city, or village you choose for your main character, make it add tension to the story that’s so bad he might want to move or be frightened to move. Or when he moves that the problem inside him is still there waiting for him to solve it?

Where would you want to live if you didn’t live where you are now? What city, town, or village would add more stress to your main character’s life? I appreciate http://www.morguefile.com for letting me use their pictures for free.  Thanks for sharing my blog with others.

Other posts in the Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards
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What Will Your Main Character Eat?


“What Will Your Main Character Eat?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Thank you, God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you, God,

for our world so sweet.

for the food we eat.

for water to drink

for the ability to think.

Thank you, God,

for our moms and dads.

for all girls and lads.

for friends who give us hope

for ideas that help us cope.

Thank you, God,

for words to write

for people to read

for songs to sing

for bells to jing-a-ling-ling-ling

Thank you, God, for everything.

 

I thought Thanksgiving would be a great day to do this blog post about what your main character would eat. This is the fifth in the Main Character Series with Pictures from http://www.morguefile.com. Pictures are worth a thousand words. When you are a writer you can create the allusion of pictures in the minds of your readers by using great descriptive words.

Foods give you a great way to use your senses to describe foods. Also colors…fruits and vegetables spread a wonderful array of color. In a sad story, you could choose all the dark-colored foods on purpose to set the tone. I’m sure you’ve noticed that when you have a cold, foods taste bland. Your sense of smell also helps create the sense of taste. With your nose stopped up, the taste is different. The touch of the finger foods might help your main character decide if it was worth eating. Would eel or snail be too slippery and slimy? (Ooh yuck! I’m freaking myself out.)

See, hear, taste, smell, and touch! Which senses call you more to your favorite foods? Which senses enhance the flavors of your foods and make you like them even more.  Does your main character have a test foods need to meet for him to eat them? Here are a few images to help our brains enjoy a little diversion to help you decide.

Is your main character on times so bad that his table is set, but there is no food to place on the plates? What are his choices? Is he thankful for what he has? Is he angry? Does he take desperate actions?

www.morguefile.com Table set and plates are empty.

http://www.morguefile.com Table set and plates are empty.

Rolls in artistic shapes to make them pleasant to look at. Is the outside crunchy and the inside soft? If your character only likes soft rolls, she’d renege on these.

Ah! A baked potato done to perfection. Add butter and a pinch of salt. YUMMY. Smooth taste to your tongue. If your main character is diabetic, this could send his sugar spiraling up. White bread, white rice, white rolls! Carbohydrates turn to sugar in your body.

Does your main character believe that eating chocolate is the only thing that is keeping her alive? Without chocolate, she feels she would die. What would she do if there was a worldwide shortage on chocolate. The price goes up. She loses her job. Uh oh!

 Your main character has eaten bacon every day of his life. It’s part of his breakfast ritual. The doctor tells him that he has to watch his cholesterol levels. Somehow the taste of turkey bacon doesn’t light up the savor taste buds for him. What will he choose?

Five slices of bacon www.morguefile.com

Five slices of bacon
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When things are going rough for your main character, he may love the smooth taste of the ice cream and the fruity tang of the strawberries.

Ice cream and strawberries www.morguefile.com

Ice cream and strawberries
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Does your main character want to impress his girl friend. He’s a runner. Runs in marathons. Will he splurge at a new downtown restaurant for steak, green beans, shrimp, and rice?

Steak, Shrimp, Green Beans, and Rice

Steak, Shrimp, Green Beans, and Rice http://www.morguefile.com

Does your main character believe an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Statistics prove that eating an apple a day helps keep down sugar levels in diabetics. They are crunchy and colorful. There are sweet apples and tart apples. So many choices. But you don’t want to eat a poisoned apple, like Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Green beans are healthy vegetables. Snap them in smaller pieces. Cut off the ends and eat them whole. Eat them crunchy or cook them until they are soft.

Does your main character have to stop at the mall where the vendor sells pretzels? Those huge pretzels are soft and chewy. Just enough salt to make you thirsty, too.

Would your main character get into a watermelon seed fight and end up throwing chunks of watermelon at each other? What a waste of tasty, moist watermelon! If your main character is a child, would he be like me and believe it if a man told you that if you swallowed a watermelon seed, a watermelon would grow in your belly?

 

 

Would your main character buy the grapes with seeds or without seeds? Why?

I hope you enjoyed today’s post about foods your main character might like or dislike for varying reasons. Please leave a comment and let me know your favorite foods. Tell me which foods are addictive for your character and which one he would never eat even in a month of Sundays. Thank you, http://www.morguefile.com for letting me use your pictures for free. You are a blessing.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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What Will Your Main Character Drink?


“What Will Your Main Character Drink?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about your main character.

It’s possible that what your character’s drink is significant to the plot in a crime novel. It might on the surface look like her favorite drink, but it could be tinged with poison.

Does your main character drink too much of a certain drink that causes him health, relationship, or money problems?

Whiskey Stranahans Tour www.Morguefile.com

Whiskey Stranahans Tour
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Does your character refuse to partake of certain drinks because of their taste, cost, or because of the memories they invoke?

Is your main character stranded on a desert and see visions of all the drinks on this page of my blog, yet cannot get a single sip of water?

Does your character have a way of brightening up another character’s day with whipped cream designs in a cup of hot chocolate?

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Does the villain in your book try to romance your protagonist with a high-priced meal and wine! Is she fooled?

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Is your main character forced to stay in a rinky-dink hotel and not even have money to get a soda from a soft drink machine?Pepsi machine morguefile file8281305757473

Does the owner of the motel hear him complain and offer him a cup of coffee free?

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Does your main character wake up on the farm? Does he know how to milk the cow to get enough milk for his family for breakfast or will he resort to asking for help?milk morguefile Mleko w dzbanku

 

Did your main character buy strawberries at the store and use them to make smoothies as a reward for writing the next chapter of her novel?strawberry smoothie morguefile941239402476

Oh no, your main character found out she’s allergic to strawberries! Perhaps she can reward herself with a chocolate milkshake instead!

Chocolate Milk Shake www.Morguefile.com

Chocolate Milk Shake
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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed browsing through my story ideas and pictures. Thank you, http://www.morguefile.com. It is wonderful that they allow us to use these pictures for free.

What is your favorite drink? What will you never drink even if someone paid you a hundred dollars?

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?

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