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Monday, June 27, 2011

WriterMason Monday Muse News- The Threshold

 Mondays I'll focus on exercises from this book, Writing Without the Muse. Nice things were said in the comments last week about the writing I posted from the exercise, so, like the compliments whore   writer badly in need of critiques that I am, I'm continuing the romance/suspense/horror/paranormal story that I've named 'The Threshold' with a different exercise. And, as a special treat... I've included photographs that enhance the story, provided by my husband ('myHero'). We all like illustrations don't we? I have plans for this story, and let me just say... it's not going to be a sweet romance. 

YOU dear Readers and Writers, Please feel free to post teasers and links to your own writing in the comments if you want to join with me in these exercises. It'll be the blog 'unhop', because I want this to be loose and easy and beneficial for all of us writers.

On to more news for the week...

DESIGNWRITE last week was so much fun, we're coming back for more! Wednesday's DesignWrite: Color+Lighting=Creativity
Do you get lots of headaches?
Are your walls white?
Where is your lighting source?

Erika Ward and I will answer your #Designwrite questions on Twitter on Thursday 10 - 11 a.m.!

 Post your questions or dilemmas in the comments section here on the blog anytime, just use the #Designwrite label. Or post on Twitter to @PamelaVMason... again, with #designwrite, so I catch it. Lots of you are already buying paint, so I'll address color and lighting and its effect on your mood and creativity on Wednesday's post. Just please... for walls, latex with satin finish, NOT flat!You'll thank me...

Speaking of ahem... Moods, Lighting, and Creativity... in a whoooole different kind of way--
picture me wiggling my eyebrows up & down here!
Friday will be a Special Treat! 
Get ready for an interview with Carol Burnside, aka Annie Rayburn, 
author of Insight, Phantoms and Fantasies, and her newest in the world of the Crainesians,  
Bittersweet Obsessions
I'll be giving away a download copy of Bittersweet for one lucky reader's Ereader, and you'll want to make sure it's charged! 'Cuz honey, you're gonna want to have one tall cold glass of iced tea and a 'Do Not Disturb' sign when you start reading this Hot Erotic Romance from ERedSagePublishing 
that really is bitter and sweet. I'm feeling sad for Paul and Klaus... and I'd like to hit Deacon over the head with... oh, never mind! And I admire Sally... and Teriza I alternately feel sorry for and then I'm happy for her, and then I'm insanely jealous, and then I'm sad again... It's a roller coaster ride of emotions and sexual tension and triangles and entanglements... Annie Rayburn writes erotic romance for thinking, intelligent, smart women--
-- not like anything you've read before!


Now for Monday's Muse News:

Writing Without the Muse by Beth Baruch Joselow, Exercise 5: A Place Altered By Moods
Describe a place that you know well--a childhood bedroom, for example,or the kitchen you now use. Limit your description to about three paragraphs.
Now, describe the same place again, this time choosing a tone from the list below. Communicate this mood through your description. Repeat the exercise for as many qualities from the list as you like. (You may, if you wish, substitute a person you know well for a place you know well.) Moods: Anger  Love   Boredom   Anxiety   Fear   Impatience   Shyness   Condescension   Nostalgia   Happiness   Desire   Weariness   Deceit   Awe                                                                                  pp.12-13

jeffmasonphotos The Threshold  

The Threshold  from 6/20/2011 excerpt:

"Like a dog's just run ten miles on a hot summer day?" India Showalter placed her finely wrought, ringless left hand on her equally finely wrought hip. Frank's own hand itched.
"Come on. There's lots to do before the sun goes down. Power's shut off, you know." She made a graceful pirouette and stepped into the empty kitchen, giving him a good view of her curves that made his brain dumb and other parts of his anatomy alert, to say the least.
And that's when and where and how Franklin G. Turnbull knew the truth of his life's purpose.
He had to have Miss India Showalter for his very own. ....
Come back Tuesday to see where I've picked up Franklin and India's story! And don't forget to add excerpts or links to your own!

A Bientot!


  1. I so agree on your #designwrite suggestion for paint. NO flat paint! All of a sudden I feel like Mommy Dearest (No wire hangars!)LOL

    I've got three big dogs and have to be able to wash the occasional wall smudge, plus I like that there's some light reflection with satin.

    What a nice write-up for my appearance later in the week. I'm looking forward to a fun time! :D

  2. Yes... that 'sheen' from satin or eggshell finish gives just the right amount of reflective quality to disguise imperfections in the walls. Not all sheetrock is a work of art!

    Can't wait to have you here Friday!

  3. Oh Pam! Write up my alley!
    I am a huge interior design / architecture geek! That's what I got my degree in and one day will be working on more spectacular projects than the next big Ross store- By the way, you have a few new Ross's coming in GA in the next few months. Your writing exercise looks good. Are you assigning the topic? I can whip up something quick. :D

  4. Virginia! Reeallly?!
    Yay more Ross stores! Love Ross!
    Go! Either write on Ex 5 posted above, or go to last Monday's post and write on that exercise: describing what's behind the door ( go read it-- I posted a pic of a door for my story); then post it on your blog & give us a link! I'm thinking this is a good blog ring > Carol's idea.
    And then go get Carol's book-- you'll love it! Lots of titillating sex, but with a story = erotic romance.

  5. Dude, I so need to paint and re-carpet and get the master bathroom shower repaired (we haven't used it since February, instead relying on the hall shower). Why? I can't stand the thought of having "Eldon the house painter" in the house for two weeks ... or two months. I'm going to have to give in at some point, though!

  6. HA! Eldon and the plumber at leslie's for a month! That'll get you inspired ! One way or another...


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