I recently reread John Crowley’s Beasts and am reading James Dickey’s Deliverance and am recognizing something I’ve known for a long time and today, for some reason, is being hammered into me – Foreshadowing. Adjective: foreshadowing 1. Indistinctly prophetic Noun: foreshadowing 1. The act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand Verb: foreshadow 1. Be … Continue reading “Foreshadowing”

The Alibi (A John Chance Mystery) – Chapter 38

Welcome to 2024! Where’s my flying car? I should put one in this story as a joke, or as something people joke about. By the way, I spent most of December starting with Chapter 1 and rewriting as necessary to foreshadow, backshadow, illuminate, and decalcify. Okay, maybe not the last, but at this point I’m … Continue reading “The Alibi (A John Chance Mystery) – Chapter 38”

StoryCrafting and StoryTelling

“Interesting” is subjective. What doesn’t interest some people may excite others. 🙂 I take part in book review groups – you review mine, I’ll review yours – and I let people know going in I’m a tough reviewer. The reason I’m a tough reviewer is fairly simple: I review books based on an author’s storycrafting … Continue reading “StoryCrafting and StoryTelling”

The Alibi (A John Chance Mystery) – Chapter 5 (New)

The Alibi – Chapter 5   Sean Davitty’s head still ached from Cousin Seamus’ all Irish wedding. He slept most of the flight back from Shannon, although Inis Mór to Shannon was a series of puddle jumpers and windups that hadn’t helped his hangover. But Seamus was his favorite and he was Seamus’ Best Man … Continue reading “The Alibi (A John Chance Mystery) – Chapter 5 (New)”

Toing and Froing Again, Part 3

This is the final post in this Toing and Froing arc. The genesis of this arc came from my fouling up The Alibi chapter 3 (my current work in progress. Toing and Froing occurs when the writer/author has their characters move around or do things for no real story purpose; there’s no character development, no … Continue reading “Toing and Froing Again, Part 3”