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Evelyn Chartres – Page 47

On the Topic of Age and Perspectives

When looking through old photographs of my daughter,  I have trouble reconciling that she was that person. I do remember how small her hands were when she was born and how helpless she was at first.

However,  one look at my child as she rides her scooter through the house takes me out of such nostalgia-filled moments. In see her as-is,  the talkative, bright-eyed and sassy girl that she is today.

In many ways, this mirrors my own experiences in life. We were all children once and remember key times in our youth. However I tend to view it through my eyes, filtered through a veil of adult experience.

This might explain why children in novels sometimes seem disconnected from reality.  Unless you have a three-year old wreaking havoc in the house, you may not realise the unrealistic wisdom in their words or their excellent grasp of grammar.

Not that children that age are incapable of that sort of thing.  There have been some golden nuggets of wisdom that my daughter said that threw me for a loop. Still that is a couple of instances over time, not a consistent affair.

The same applies when writing the world through a child’s eyes.  When I was roughly my child’s age, I remember spending hours picking hazelnuts from the trees. My parents had a big advantage over me.  However, I could find hazelnuts lower in the tree than they could for the same reasons they could not and that was size.

I was reminded of that fact when she asked me for my phone. My daughter wanted to take pictures of the squirrels running about and instead opted for a video.

It astonished me to see how close she was to the ground, how near her feet were and how much bigger the world seemed.  Sure it’s all obvious when one thinks about it and I cannot help but wonder how much harder it gets once our own children have flown the nest.

One of my memories as a child was going to my grandparents. I remember a huge hill upon which they built a church and the trek that had to be made to ascend this great peak. When I returned decades later for a funeral, the hill was nowhere to be seen!

Now the church and the house had not moved. What had changed was my height and perspectives in life.  In that one moment I was forced to reconcile memories of youth with current perspectives, but such opportunities can be rare.

So let your kids be kids, take plenty of pictures and never pass up the opportunity to see the world through their eyes!  Doing so will certainly create more believable children in literature.

Another Review of Into the Fire

Into the Fire available on:
Google Docs
Wattpad

I have completed my third review of Into the Fire. In this chapter, a chambermaid’s car breaks down on her way back home. What could possibly go wrong once the sun sets?

There were 96 modifications made to this 8 page chapter leading to an impressive 55% reduction in changes when compared with revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.

An Unexpected Review

I am rather negligent when it comes to looking up my book on sites to see if someone has read the book and left a review. While Smashwords had a strong initial trend of views and downloads, it has since slowed down.

Reviews Full Text – The reader liked the story. The reader found the over-use of the author, the artist, and the dreamer annoying. The reader still gave 5 stars. The reader will read other books by this author. The reader couldn't write a book if she tried so please take the readers criticism with a grain of salt. The reader thanks you.

Screen capture of the original review and rating on Smashwords.

That is to be expected, since The Portrait has been out a while and I do not actively push the content. However, it has yielded some reviews over time and I came across this one today!

Any review that says the reader will grab my next book is a great news for me. So I thought it would be nice to share!

The Portrait is available on for free on:
Barnes and Noblehttp://goo.gl/jloJZy
Indigohttp://goo.gl/X4eRMK
Kobohttp://goo.gl/8wCF8s
Scribdhttp://goo.gl/jm7nbS
Smashwordshttp://goo.gl/dyk9BE

The eBook is also available on:
Amazonhttp://goo.gl/j01Hyc

Upcoming Book Titles Use the Word Girl

I came across an article on the National Post today.  Seems language is shifting away from woman and lady due to associated baggage.  Instead, girl is used and there are a LOT of novels of late using that term.

Here is a quote from the article:

The word “girl” has become as practical as “guy,” its male equivalent — an all-purpose term that doesn’t carry the baggage of “woman” or “lady.”

While this is likely a marketing ploy now.  It is interesting to see how the language has changed in use in a short period of time.

Though I have to ask, what is the baggage associated with woman or lady?  Did I miss something?

Another Revision of The Virgin Goddess of the Hunt

The Virgin Goddess of the Hunt available on:
Google Docs
Wattpad

I have completed my third review of The Virgin Goddess of the Hunt. In this chapter, a group of mobsters decides to lean on the Grand and discover what happens when guests have a chance to play.

There were 177 modifications made to this 17 page chapter leading to an impressive 64% reduction in changes when compared with revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.