Suddenly machine guns appeared in the hands of each of the men and women in the bleachers above them. And the weapons in Jason and Boston’s hands disappeared. They looked around in surprise. For the first time, Jason felt defenseless. …It was too dangerous for Boston to be here.
“I’ll stall him while you get away,” he said.
“I’m not going to tell you again! Either we get out of here together or we die together,”Boston said with such finality that it awoke the first desire Jason had for living since viewing the video clip of his father’s murder.
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…Someone has hooked the hologram machine up to the internet and is forcing kidnapped victims to fight for their lives inside an online computer game.
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I am in the outlining & research stage of Boston’s Quest and loving it! Last year, I chose War of Warcraft as the online computer game my characters would be playing in the novel. Then, I paid my kids & their friends to “level up” lots of characters for me. (I know…crazy…what kind of mom pays her kids to play computer.) Now, my sons are showing me what each character can do, and I am also “leveling up” some characters to get a feel for how the game is played.
So my question this week is what qualities do you like in your female heroines?
An important part of characterization is giving your main character enough strengths so that you are not turned off by his/her weaknesses, as seen in this quote from a book review I read recently from the blog, Ink & Page, about the main female character from “Beautiful Creatures”:
…Self-centered, she (the main character) didn’t even try to get along with anyone… She was more of a sad-sack that was just going to accept what was happening to her without a question. She acted like she wanted to fight, but I never knew if she was going to or not. If they had such a great love, then it is surprising they didn’t try harder.
I am looking for input from my readers so I don’t make the same mistake!
Today’s prompt word for the blog hop on 5 Minute Friday is fear. So here goes my five minutes! Since I write techno-thriller novels, fear is an essential element for my professional career. Daily, as I work with characters and the “fantasy” situations that I place them in, I have to be in touch with their fears because without fear there would be no suspense. I hate horror films and books myself, so there is a fine line between getting the adrenaline rushing and being so scared you want to pee your pants. Fear also is important in character development. Triumphing over your fears is an important theme in my writing. In order to do that, you first have to get in touch with your fear, spend some time with it, and then choose what your relationship with it will be.
Here’s an example from a perspective that got cut in the revision of my young adult techno-thriller novel, DiSemblance:
A bored 911 operator sat down at her sterile workstation and scanned the quote of the day:
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin
She touched her bruised side and trembled. Her boyfriend had hit her that morning. Her headset clicked. She straightened and pushed the button. “Nine-one-one, what is your emergency?”
“Gunman…casket,” a frantic voice spit out between short breaths.
“Okay, calm down,” she said. “Are you in danger?”
The voice quivered, “He’s…out…there.”
As we come back from the commercial break to our talk show, What’s Up with Jayden Weaver, the male character, Jason Tanner, is seated beside the female character, Boston Komen, (both of them are from the young adult techno-thriller novel, DiSemblance). Jayden Weaver, our hostess, sits across from them.
Stiff and tense, Boston stares at Jayden, while Jason smiles at the audience oblivious to her pain.
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Looking directly at Jason, Jayden says, “Do you know why I asked you on this program?”
“To discuss my debut in the upcoming novel, Boston’s Quest.”
Jayden addresses the audience like a close confidant. “He has no idea. Does he?”
A roar of applause answers her.
“Stop,” Boston says.
“Jason, we asked you here to discuss your recent break up with Boston,” Jayden blares out as the audience roars with approval.
“What relationship?” Jason has the calm demeanor of a public defense attorney standing in front of a judge.
Jayden is undeterred. “You put your life on the line for her!”
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*** COMMERCIAL BREAK***
To put your life in danger from time to time…
breeds a saneness in dealing
with day-to-day trivialities. Nevil Shute
TOWARDS THE END Of DISEMBLANCE:
Jason scans the sea of mirrors for Boston, but her reflection is transmitted into thousands of look-a-likes. Blood oozes down her leg. Time is running out. for Jason to save her. …Like dominoes one by one, the mirrors begin to explode. Somehow, he must shut the program down before the real Boston is blown apart.
Situation: Boston & Jason have started dating outside of high school. Boston likes Jason, but she doesn’t tell her friends she is dating him, because her friends think he is a computer nerd. Jason shows up at the high school to see Boston when she is outside with her group of friends.
Question: How should Boston react?
A.) Boston leaves as quickly as she can?
B.) Boston ignores him and hopes he will go away?
C.) Boston talks to Jason and then tells her friends she’s been dating him?
D.) Share a similar experience you or a friend might have had in this same situation.
B. She pretends like she doesn’t see him, because he might not be coming to see her.
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I just found this really fun blog hop called Five Minute Friday at Home Grown Families. Since writing is my thing, I thought I would give it a try. I normally write fiction so real-life honesty can be a bit scary.
Here goes my 5 minutes….or less…
When I was reading Melissa’s post and I saw her picture with her baby, my heart was touched. Then when I read, “Another year has gone by, and again I find myself wondering where the time went. I feel like I really cherish each moment with them, but when I look back over the year it seems like it all went by soo fast.” The tears started to roll down my cheeks. My oldest two kids are in college now. They were just home for Christmas and we had an amazing time together. The picture in this post was taken at the Anchorage Airport when my daughter was leaving to go back to college
1 year old Sierra & I in Russia
…I remember sitting in a motel room in Chicago last November while I was on tour. It was late afternoon and I was preparing to speak in front of 800 kids at a high school the next day. I admit I was a little scared.( I have taken a huge step into a new world that no longer involves diapers, running kids everyday back and forth to activities and doing mounds of dishes.) As I sat by myself working on my laptop in a motel room far away from my children, my daughter sent me a very short, but profound email. All it said was she was thinking about me and came across this YouTube video by Carrie Underwood.entitled, Don’t Forget to Remember Me I hadn’t heard the song so I stopped what I was doing and viewed it. The tears started flowing and I just wanted to take her in my arms and tell her there was no way I could ever forget her. She is engraved in my soul. Memories of her at every stage of her life will always live inside of me. It was then, at that moment, that I realized that no matter where I go or what I do. The job description may have changed, but motherhood will always be with me and for that I will always be eternally grateful. I want to salute all of the mothers out there who give their time daily doing the menial chores that bring no acknowledgement or reward except through the loving eyes and gentle hearts of the little ones they serve. I testify its all worth it! I devoted 22+ years of my life to raising 6 children and there are days when I am still heavily in the trenches and I would not change any of it for the world! Enough honesty….I am starting to sound like a sap…..I am sure my five minutes a way…up!!!!!!!
As the lights come up for our talk show, What’s Up with Jayden Weaver, the author, Shanae Branham is seated beside our hostess, Jayden Weaver.
“How about we let Ms. Branham know how much we appreciate her announcing the name of the second book in the DiSemblance series on our show,” Jayden says, looking out at the large studio audience.
A thunderous applause breaks out and Shanae smiles. As the applause dies down, a drum roll sounds. Jayden looks at Shanae, anxiously.
In the silence that follows, she says, “Boston’s Quest.”