Thanks to two of the www’s finest writers, and even greater friends – Jon Strother of Mad Utopia, and Dorraine Darden, of Free Ice Cream – this time a year ago The Other Side of Deanna was born. I posted my first #fridayflash, Snow Quiet, on October 16, 2009. If not for Jon and Dorraine, I wouldn’t be writing fiction at all. It was the two of them pushing me over the edge, (I can’t help but believe they secretly met at some obscure location in Nebraska and set about making “let’s make Deanna go mad” plans), that spawned the renewal of my fiction writing. Thank you Jon and Dorraine!
Let’s get this party started!
For those who would like to join me in la-la-land, rather than on the dance floor, turn this tune up:
If you ever get a chance to see Vieux Farka Toure in concert, don’t pass it up. They put on a fabulous show!
Our dear friend Laura Eno has generously offered the services of Jeeves, Jezebel and Mr. Fluffy for this party, so please do let Jeeves know what you’d like to snack on and drink, (he’ll shove Jezebel out of the punch long enough to get a glass for you), and if you foresee any problems with overzealous partiers, just holler at Mr. Fluffy. Protection is available all day and night!
Thank you Laura for allowing us the services of your wonderful crew!
Be sure to stop over at Laura’s for the launch party of her new book, Don’t Fall Asleep. She even gives us an excerpt. I can’t wait to read this one!
Here’s a fun coincidence: October is National Book Month! In honor of this gem of a holiday, let’s rejoice in our favorite books – you don’t have to be an American to join in. If you could choose only ONE favorite book, what would it be? I could never do that, (choose only one that is), so here are a few of my favorites:
- The Big Stone Gap Series, (4 books) by Adriana Trigiani ~ I had the pleasure of meeting Adriana, my favorite author, this past February. I would love nothing more than to write like Adriana, but of course that could never happen. I’ll just have to work my tail off to get as close as possible. All her books, but especially the Big Stone Gap series, are chock full of laugh-out-loud humor and will break your heart at the least expected moment. If you read only one author this year, read Adriana.
- Forever, by Pete Hamil ~ This epic story has got something for everyone – fantasy, drama, action, suspense, romance…you name it, and all the while you’re learning a ton of the history of New York City, as well as Ireland.
- Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout ~ I just finished this book a couple months ago and was completely enthralled with the characters, especially Olive herself. For a great study in character building, a good laugh, and quite a few heart-tugs, don’t miss Olive Kitteridge. You can read my review at The Life of a Working Writer Mommy here.
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury ~ I was astounded a couple of years ago when I discovered this book and realized that, well, I had just discovered it. What rock had I been hiding under all my life to miss this timeless classic? Whatever rock it was, I’m beyond thrilled that someone moved it from atop me. A must read for all writers and readers alike!
- In This Way, I Was Saved, by Brian DeLeeuw ~ When I finished this unique story I was quite surprised it was a debut novel. If you’re a writer looking to learn suspense and psychological thrills, look no further. I can’t wait to read what Brian comes out with next!
Oh, I just want to keep adding more and more! If I didn’t force my fingers to stop though, we’d be here forever. Books are one of my greatest all time passions, second only to writing. :) Click here to see my bookshelf at my nonfiction site, The Life of a Working Writer Mommy, where I give a rating, and sometimes a short review of nearly every book I’ve read since last November (warning – a lot; I’m often asked how I read so many books so quickly, considering I have a family and a full time job, and I write. If you could see my house, you’d know.
What do you enjoy reading? Barring spoilers, please feel free to discuss the books, as well as add your own recommendations, either there or here.
Does everyone have a full drink and plate? If not, Jeeves will take care of you right away! I’m sure he won’t want Mr. Fluffy on his butt, so Jeeves, if you would please…
Speaking of favorites, if you recall a particular favorite #fridayflash I’ve written this past year, I’d love to know what it is, so please include that in the comments. This will help me decide which story to submit for consideration in the second #fridayflash anthology, (assuming there will be a second – there will, won’t there Jon?). I appreciate your input very much!
Here are a few of my favorites:
And now, for a bit of fun, here is a photo prompt for you. I took this picture while on vacation at Tybee Island, Georgia. I’ve tried to come up with a flash piece based on the photo, but alas I’m getting nowhere with it. I’d love to read your take on it. I’ll reveal what the picture is, (which, I admit, is a guess because I’m honestly not sure)…..sometime soon. I hope you have fun showing us what it is in a #fridayflash of your own. Remember to come back and add the link to your story in the comments here so we can all stop in and read!
But that’s not all! This is also a sort-of going away party…
Some of you may recall that earlier this year I decided to push full steam ahead and write a novel. I got busy and soon enough had quite a good start. Then…..fizzle, fizzle, fizzle…. It’s been gathering dust for a good three months now. I have enough confidence in the story that I feel it deserves some attention. This is not to mention that Laura is putting us all to shame by releasing a book a month, (or something like that)! What more motivation could I need? Therefore, I vow that, beginning November 1, for the following six months, every word I write will belong to that book, working title: Intersection. Okay, at least every other word. I’m not officially participating in NaNoWriMo, but I will be in spirit. By this time next year I expect to report nothing less than completion of the first draft.
Hoo-hah! Amen! So there! And all that jazz….I will have at least one more story for you, (to be posted on a Friday in October), before I turn my soul over to Intersection. And I’m sure I won’t be able to stay completely away, so be on the lookout for updates, (and, most likely a #fridayflash forced by evil community members – you know who you are).
I hope everyone is having a great time, and that you’ll stick around a while. There’s plenty of refreshments available, and I’m sure Laura will allow me to borrow Jeeves for a couple days longer, that is if Cathy doesn’t already have him reserved), in case anyone needs refills, and Mr. Fluffy too, in case anyone gets out of line. Just push Jezebel out of the way if you want some punch, or, it might be best to take Laura’s advice and tell Jeeves to use the other punch bowl. Thanks again Laura!
Thank you all so much for coming!
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