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Summer is almost over and it makes me sad. Sad because I haven't had enough hammock time, or grandkid sleepovers, or just warm summer nights sitting on the back deck. I've been writing, and writing, and...well, you get the idea. It cuts into lots of other things. Not that I couldn't take the laptop and move outside for a bit. But I get started, put my head down and when I look up, it's 2 in the morning.
There are a lot of greys in the book I'm working on. The alien has silver-grey skin, and more. I know...you think I've spelled it wrong. But for me, not really.
Gray vs. grey
Gray and grey are different spellings of the same word, and both are used throughout the English-speaking world. But gray is more common in American English, while grey is more common in all the other main varieties of English. In the U.K., for instance, grey appears about twenty times for every instance of gray. In the U.S. the ratio is reversed.
Because I spent the years from 12 to 17 in New Guinea and Singapore…both with strong Aussie or British influence…I use both, interchangeably. So, if you are reading my books, that is why sometimes the sky is grey, and sometimes it's gray.
If I had to pick one that I use most often, it would be grey. However, in By the Book, the male character is named Gray Hawk. It started out as Grey Hawk, which just looks better to me, but my American editor made me change it after a very heated argument.
It's funny now, and I don't sweat the small stuff or even think about it most of the time. If I want to use grey I do, or gray…I just try not to use both in the same book, I pick one for whatever manuscript and stick with it.
Or do I? Sheesh, now I'll have to run find/replace in every book and make a choice!
Hope the rest of your summer is delightful!
A fiction writer's goal in life is to cast a spell over readers, so that during the pages of this specific book you forget that the world you’re visiting is the result of the author's imagination.
You work really hard to mesmerize, and keep from reminding everyone there is no magic in the world.
You keep real-life solidly locked in a box somewhere; keep your personal STUFF out and…
Well, that’s not really true. You do bring your personal thoughts and feelings into your work. Occasionally you assign attributes to your characters that are similar to your own, or someone you know.
For instance in Adam & Eve A.D. 2203—Eve collects pink flamingos and more from the 20th century…to her they are antiques!
Here’s a small excerpt:
“You have very strange
decorative taste. I must have counted six of those bird things downstairs that
you are wearing on your shoulder. One was a lamp, three were on long sticks
stuck in various plants, and several were small glass figures. You have two
pieces of artwork that say ‘Share a Coke and a smile.’ Now for the questions…”
Adam paused and looked at her with confusion clear on his face. “What is your
last name, what project are you working on, what is the bird you seem to be so
fond of, and what,” he growled, “is a Coke?”
Although the more I think about it…I’ll bet there's still Coke in another 200 years.
Eve gets her love of pink flamingos and all things Coke…from me. My son says my decorating style is Tropical Trailer Trash. Sometimes he's right. I love bright colors, pink flamingos, geckos (That comes from living in New Guinea where live geckos were everywhere.) and these happy creatures are scattered throughout my house.
This is in my office:
I look up from my desk and see this pink flamingo lamp that my husband bought a long time ago for my birthday or Christmas...something. And smile.
Eve is so serious in the rest of her life…I felt she needed something to smile about when she was at home…in her own space!
Don’t you agree?
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