The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith a.k.a. the amazing Rowling) SPOILERS

I really liked Cormoran Strike as a character and I’m glad to see he’s starring in two other novels (The Silkworm – out now & Career of Evil due – 10/2015). I’m fairly certain that this is the first novel I’ve read where the main character has an amputated leg and prosthesis (perhaps I need to broaden my selections).

It’s not gimmicky. It’s a part of who Strike is and it says a lot about the author that she can create this person, with this injury, make it such an active part of his life, and yet it not be a distraction. It’s part of him, but it doesn’t define him, at least not to the reader. I think in the hands of another author, it would have been a mistake; but, J.K. Rowling does it beautifully.

Strike – a P.I.- smartly makes his way through a bungled police investigation in search of a killer, that only his client, believes exists. Numerous characters, from all walks of life, will give every reader someone to connect with. I won’t release the end to you but I enjoyed the twists and turns through London to get to the final answer of this mystery.

Even though it was all over the news, I was hesitant to remind everyone that this is J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym but then I realized it’s also mentioned in the back of the book. I hate, for her, that it was released the way it was (details) but I’m glad to say that regardless of the name she chooses to use, she’s simply phenomenal.

Your Homework: Select a new author at random and give them a try.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

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Happy Friday

Happy Friday my Paper Perfect friends.

I’ve been dawdling again. I’ve edited about 7 pages of my MS this week and that’s it. On a better note, I edited my short story for the Writer’s Digest competition down to the maximum 1500 words.

I’ll admit, cutting 1k words OUT of the story wasn’t easy. It’s a dark piece and I really want the reader to feel connected with the two characters. I’m going to spend more time on it this weekend and submit it before the middle of October.

I was very disappointed to find out that this year’s SCWW conference was cancelled. I won’t have the opportunity to meet with an agent or publisher now, at least not within the next month. They are looking for a few members for the board of directors and I’m considering applying.

As for Sarah Blue, I’ve been debating making the final changes to my first chapter and then starting the query process. It could take six months to hear something (if I ever do) and I might as well spend that time editing. I really feel like the story is in a good place, I just need to review it for typos and punctuation.

Your Homework: Write down your writing goals for the week and then tackle them!

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Scandal

I’ve recently discovered Scandal on Netflix. The show is full of drama, lust, power-struggles, and murder. After binge watching two-full seasons, I’m beyond impressed, not to mention, obsessed. As I get to know each character on the show I’m amazed at how I’m drawn in and how much I love, hate, and respect each one of them. They are all deeply flawed individuals with their own vision and intense pursuit of justice.

The actors gelled together from the first episode. The head writer is Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) and she has a team of other writers (who’s names I couldn’t find) that work together to create the on-screen gold. They even have a real life fixer (Pope’s character) that they run their story lines by (how jealous are you?).

It’s the type of writing that can create and destroy an aspiring writer. To create a single character, let alone an entire cast of them, that can generate such intense emotions and connectivity is nothing short of pure magic. The tension between Fitz and Pope crackles, Cyrus is dogged in his protection of the president, and Pope’s band of white-hatters are practically rabid with their faith in her. I can’t begin to pick a favorite character but I really want to fix Huck some tea and tuck him into a warm, safe bed (provided he promises not to kill me first).

Now, I’m off to work on my characters. You should do the same.

P.S.

I want to remind you all that Writer’s Digest has a short story competition that closes in November.

Your Homework: Who is your favorite character (on any show)? Why? What traits do they have that you would like to see come to life in your story?

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning