Lore du Jour ~ Colorful language

Photo by John K ~ Colorful

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an unfolding epic…

I’ve always been careful to avoid big-time swear words in the Lore series. That’s just not where I want these novels to go.

But, ironically, I’ve found this trickier in my first new young-adult book (chapters of which I’ll soon start posting as I finish them). There’s a narrow balance between realistic speech — with all the cussin’ that kids do these days — and good clean fun fit for a wide range of readers.

So I’ve tried to settle on a compromise, darn it. That means using lesser curses and “colorful language” while steering clear of the nuclear option of s- and f-bombing.

Here are some flippin’ examples from my mental style guide:

  • She stuck her hand on something sharp. “Dammit!”
  • “That’s bull,” he growled, and spit on the ground.
  • Rusty was angry. “You got to be effin‘ kidding me…”

Heck, you get the idea. Or should I say H-E-double-hockey-sticks?!

[Photo: A colorful scene from Gettysburg, PA, USA]

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Lore du Jour ~ Taking a stand

Photo by John K ~ Taking a stand

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an unfolding epic…

I think better on my feet. Literally. Literarily.

So I’ve just set up a standing desk for working on my new series of young-adult Lore novels. I love it. Just the right height for writing. Perfect for laptop or pad and pen.

It’s a stimulating way to work. I can just step away when I’m stuck. Or glance out the window for inspiration and eye rest.

And I got a chef’s mat for the floor. Very comfy. Fine on the spine.

It’s worth a try if you’re so inclined. Or disinclined. Anyway…

Stand up for your writes!

[Photo: My “Height Adjustable WorkPad” by Jesper, $299 USD, assembly required — not bad but lots of packaging materials, laptop and Lore not included]

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FREE for 3 days only on Amazon ~ The Lore Anthology (expanded edition)

The Lore Anthology Kindle Edition on amazon.com

Fantasy fans, sci-fi buffs… a strange and brave new world awaits. A saga for FREE (but not for long). The Lore Anthology on amazon.com

Now through Wednesday, August 12 you can download this newly expanded Kindle edition of all eight Lore of the Underlings episodes, a collection of epic adventures and colorful characters, for merely a click. Come explore the lyrical lands of the Lore, a bittersweet realm of gold and shadow told in classic style. Old-world words. New-world wit.

Click here: The Lore Anthology Kindle Edition

Here’s one reader’s review:

An enticing mix of Shakespeare and Tolkien, written for a third millennial audience. Exciting, mysterious, humorous. Lore of the Underlings moves along at a lyrical pace, deftly balancing dry wit and creepiness. Can’t wait to read more!

Join the quest. And may the Lore be with you…

Three days of Lore ~ The countdown starts now…

Photo by John K ~ Lands of Lore

Set your sundials, fantasy fans! In just a few hours, you can get all the Lore that’s fit to print for absolutely FREE!

I’ve published a new expanded edition of The Lore Anthology on amazon.com that includes all eight episodes of my poetic/comic apocalyptic epic. And from Monday August 10 through Wednesday August 12, you can have this cult-classic ebook (a $.99 value!) for a song. Click here for a preview: The Lore Anthology Kindle Edition

The quest begins soon! So don’t be late…

Lore du Jour ~ Where do I begin…

Photo by John K ~ Begin

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an unfolding epic…

Hello friends, romantics, and fantasy-fiction aficionados!

This week I started writing the first chapter of my first young-adult (YA) Lore novel. It’s a lot of fun.

I’ve been brewing this saga in my head for about seven years, so it almost feels like I’m just reporting on something that really happened. And writing on the Ernest end of the Hemingway spectrum is breezily easy.

Speaking of easy, I knew what the opening paragraph was going to be all along. Something that sums up this Lore story’s start as well as the essence of most great quests:

It all began with a bad idea. A really bad idea.

I guess it’s all downhill from here!

More to come…

[Photo: Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor, Maine, USA]

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