A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an unfolding epic…
In the YA fantasy/sci-fi novel I’m writing, Lore of the Shadow Girl, I want to give the reader the feeling of a particular time and place — 1970s New England — without making that setting the focus of attention. So I’m dropping little hints here and there, bits of nostalgia, to do the trick. Like product placement in the movies.
For instance, remember this classic Ford wagon?
Almost on cue it hit the brakes. A door flew open. The bag flew out. The Country Squire took off like a rocket.
And these kids’ sneakers?
He kicked at the stick with his muddy Keds and mumbled. “You daydreamed the whole darn thing, dude. Don’t be a dummy. She’s not coming back.”
Or those wicked cool bicycles?
She climbed on her yellow banana-seat bike, the twin of Johnny’s green one. Haylee peeled out.
How ’bout a drink?
There was a rusty old coffee can in his hand. He shoved it in Johnny’s mug. Chock full o’Nuts. He took a big whiff of it… but got a noseful of something else.
Is that Jimi Hendrix I’m starting to hear?
[Photo: A blast from the past in Mystic, Connecticut, USA]