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The Write Stuff – Character Names, Titles, and the Look of Your Page

The Write Stuff
For reasons that I’ve never been able to fathom, many writers love to give their characters unusual or ridiculous sounding names. Writers who do this think they’re being cute. To me, it’s just plain stupid. It’s as if they think the character’s name will signify the personality traits they are unable to communicate through action and dialogue.
Seriously, how many people in your life do you know who are named Maverick, Anastasia, Tyler, Dirk, Gordy, Mercedes, Montana, Travis, Cody, Gordon, etc.? Whenever I encounter one of these names in a book, I’m immediately taken out of the story and reminded that the author is trying to be cute. Don’t do that to your readers. Give your readers interesting, but realistic names. (My apologies to anyone who actually has one of these names. They’re fine names, and I do know a girl named Montana, but they sound phony when they appear in a story or novel.)
Your characters’ names should be suited to their type. Hank, Butch, and Biff are not the best names for a cerebral character, in the same way that Sidney, Eugene, or Eggbert sound awkward for an action hero.
Begin each of your characters’ names with a different letter and sound. Don’t have Jane and John, or Betty and Bob, in the same story. It’s confusing to your readers. Make each character’s name distinct.
Keep your character names consistent throughout the book. I’m reading a novel now with a lead character named Augustus, and the author spends half of his time calling him Augustus and the other half calling him Gus. Again, it’s very confusing.
Even more important than the names of your characters is the title of your book. Titles can make or break a book, and are often the only reason a potential reader will pull a book off a shelf. Did you see last year’s Academy Awards? One of the reasons viewership was so low was because of the titles of the nominated films. Whiplash: It sounds like a movie about a car accident. Birdman: Sounds like a lame superhero I’ve never heard of or a remake of The Birdman of Alcatraz. Selma: The title was as boring as the movie. Selma, Alabama would have been better.
Your title should accomplish two things. First, it should invoke a sense of curiosity in the reader, and second, it should convey a sense of the book’s tone. A mystery title should convey a sense of mystery. The Maltese Falcon is a good example. Falcons are mysterious by nature and suggest a predatory bird. The word “Maltese” adds to the mystery. Another good example is the title Jagged Edge. It not only conveys mystery, but also a sense of danger. Fatal Attraction is a lousy movie, but a wonderful title for the type of movie it is. The same with Dangerous Liasons.
If your novel is a comedy, then insert some humor in your title. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a whimsical title, perfect for a comedy, and it creates curiosity. It’s a rare case where using a cute character name works.
If your novel features a strong central character, then that character’s name can make a suitable title: Rocky, Hud, Johnny Tremain, Tarzan, Elmer Gantry, etc.
I know from personal experience how important titles can be. I once wrote a mediocre script with a terrific title. The movie never got made, but I optioned the script half-a-dozen times based almost entirely on the strength of the title.
The best way to pick your book’s title is to make a list of fifty or more possibilities, whittle it down to about twenty choices, then ask others which title they most prefer. Ordinarily, it’s not a good idea to take writing advice from your friends and acquaintances, but with titles the public is generally right.
Have you ever opened a book or article to find a series of long, unbroken paragraphs? I don’t know about you, but just looking at a page like that makes me tired. That kind of writing is an insult to your readers and a major reason why so few Americans read books. You can remedy that by writing short paragraphs with lots of dialogue and lots of white space on the page. Readers tend to skim or skip long paragraphs. They NEVER skip dialogue.
How are you coming along with your novel?

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Butt Kicking Boogie Woogie Twin Pianos.

These Dudes Rock!

Here is Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson Who are mentioned in first video. Wow they are Amazing.
~Steve~                                        H/T  hujonwi



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Optical Illusion With Tiles.

OK, now this one is giving me a headache. I can’t figure out how it is done. There is even a short vid below that explains it….I think. I still don’t understand. Not a pretty  sight when I’m stuck on stupid.   😀



~Steve~                                 A Big H/T To Reader joworth

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"Mask Of Love" Illusion

By  on May 20, 2011, with 58 Comments 

Each year in May, Vision Sciences Society holds its Best Illusion of The Year contest and this year’s absolute winner was an illusion by Jordan Suchow and George Alvarez from Harvard. Originally called “Silencing awareness of change by background motion” (or shorter “Silencing Illusion”) is something we already talked about few months ago, so in this post I shall concentrate on another piece that made it all the way to the final round.

Now look carefully. 

Created by Gianni Sarcone, Courtney Smith and Marie-Jo Waeber, Venetian mask below holds an interesting secret! Before we begin, I’d like to ask if you notice anything special in it? Observe carefully! Now if I told you how surprising number of people miss noticing that the main component of the mask is actually composed of two distinct faces a man and a woman kissing one another, how would you react? Apparently, once the viewer discerns two individual faces, his/her brain will flip between two possible interpretations of the mask, making the viewer perceive two faces or one face in alternation. This kind of illusion, where the viewer experiences two equally possible interchangeable stable states in perception, is called bistable illusion. If you weren’t able to see the two lovers, you may find the solution here.

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Attack Of The Ginormous Snail. Poor Woman Never Stood A Chance.


Well not exactly you will see. If you would be so kind as to scroll down  just a bit you will see.

This photo was taken somewhere in Europe, and I can’t believe I never saw it before – specially since the author behind it is one and only #Julian Beever, master of 3D pavement art. What you see below is a street and a plain stone bench occupied by an ordinary citizen and one unordinary creature. Both pavement and bench are partially covered by a chalk drawing. The drawing disappears in places, and at one point seems to bump into a metal pole. What I find so interesting about this anamorphic painting is it’s seamless transition between flat pavement surface and a bench. But I guess this all makes sense when you see it from another angle. Both photos are included!

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So is this art piece offensive for children?

Bare Breasts On Statue Offend Some at Arboretum

Kansas City Fox: A statue at the Overland Park Arboretum is making some uncomfortable enough to complain, while others hope it makes people “think.”

Joanne Hughes saw the statue of a headless woman with her breasts exposed, taking a picture of herself, when she was with her two young daughters. She thinks it’s in the wrong place, too provocative for families with young children who often spend time at the arboretum. “The audience at the arboretum is not the appropriate audience for this piece of art. I feel like this belongs at an adult venue,” Hughes said.

She says she plans to start a petition to get the statue, called “Choice” removed.

Sculptor Kwan Wu put the entire sculpture exhibit together at the arboretum and believes there are many messages people will take from it. Wu says the statue is headless because the woman is concentrating so much on her body, it’s as if her head doesn’t exist.

Hughes wishes the statue didn’t exist where it is. “We’re having a lot of problems with youth sexting in our culture today and I just feel like this kind of shows how to do it,” Hughes said.

The American Family Association (AFA) believes the statue encourages “sexting” and believes it violates community standards on obscenity. “Beyond inappropriate,” said Phillip Cosby, AFA. “When it comes to sexting and children it’s a serious issue,” he said. “It’s beyond comprehension why a city would put a statue that’s celebrating sexting,” Cosby continued.

After the petition is turned in, Johnson County then has 60 days to convene a grand jury, if all is in order. “Ultimately the grand jury will be speaking on behalf of the community in making this decision,” said Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney.

While I’m not sure it promotes “sexting” (unless you download the picture from your camera and send it to a phone), it certainly could be unnerving for people with small children. While the human body is nothing to be ashamed of, how many people want to see a headless woman with her breasts exposed?

Most commentors say the AFA is out-of-bounds and all worked up over nothing. Wonder how many of those same commenters would be worked up if it was a statue of a cross?


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The price of gas in France.

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.
After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.
However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied,
‘Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.’

I had no Monet

To buy Degas

To make the Van Gogh.

See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else.

I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse .
~Steve~                          H/T Joseph      

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Your Favorite Movie. This is amazing!

It’s a simple mathematical exercise that can predict your favorite movie. It must have been created by a real genius. I don’t know how it works, but it works every time!
Be honest and don’t look at the movie list below until you have done the math! OK, just humor me and do it!
The quiz can predict which movies you would enjoy the most. It really works……. for MOST of us anyway!
Movie Quiz:
1. Pick a number from 1-9.
2. Multiply by 3.
3. Add 3.
4. Multiply by 3 again.
5. Now add the two digits of your answer together to find your
predicted favorite movie from the list of 18 movies below:
Movie List:
1. Gone With the Wind
2. E.T.
3. Blazing Saddles
4. Star Wars
5. Forrest Gump
6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
7. Jaws
8. Grease
9. The Obama Farewell Speech of 2012

skippy go bye bye.

10. Casablanca
11. Jurassic Park
12. Shrek
13. Pirates of The Caribbean
14. Titanic
15. Raiders of the Lost Ark
16. Home Alone
17. Mrs. Doubtfire
Now, ain’t that something…?!
Your Favorite Movie. This is amazing!
~Steve~            H/T    Jean

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Tax-Funded "Art" Depicts Jesus Getting Oral Sex

Still doubt that Christianity is under assault in America, where 80% of us still identify ourselves as Christians? Just ask yourself this question:

Would any “art” exhibit in America depict Moses, Buddha, any of the thousands of Hindu “gods,” a wiccan “goddess” or, jihad forbid, Muhammad receiving fellatio?

The systematic assault is by the Left, who have infiltrated every institution of our society — including our schools (please see my next post on “Silent Night”) and government at every level. Note that this so-called “art” exhibit is funded by taxpayer dollars.

"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." -Ephesians 6

Art Exhibit Depicting Jesus in a Sex Act Sparks Outrage in Colorado

By Diane Macedo – FoxNews.com – October 4, 2010
An exhibit at a Colorado art gallery is stirring up outrage from critics who say it depicts Jesus Christ in a sexual act.
Enrique Chagoya’s “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals,” created in 2003, is a multipanel piece in which “cultural and religious icons are presented with humor and placed in contradictory, unexpected and sometimes controversial contexts,” the artist’s publisher, Shark’s Ink, said on its website.
The lithograph, on display since Sept. 11 at the tax-funded Loveland Museum Gallery in Loveland, Colo., is part of an 82-print exhibit by 10 artists who have worked with Colorado printer Bud Shark. It includes several images of Jesus, including one in which he appears to be receiving oral sex from a man as the word “orgasm” appears beside Jesus’ head.
Dozens of protesters gathered at the museum over the weekend to object to Chagoya’s work, including Loveland Councilman Daryle Klassen, who failed to get the issue on the council agenda but said he’ll keep pressing to have what he has called “smut” and “pornography” taken down. “This is a taxpayer-supported, public museum and it’s family-friendly,” Donna Rice, another member of the city council, told the Denver Post. “This is not something the community can be proud of.”
Critics said the piece is appallingly disrespectful and offensive. “It is visual profanity,” Linda King, an art gallery owner, told the Loveland Reporter-Herald. “It disgraces the God of all creation.”
Several citizens even called the police regarding the exhibit, asking for an investigation into whether it violates a Colorado law that protects children from obscenity, the Reporter Herald reported. The city attorney determined it did not.
But the artist, a professor at Stanford University, said he was simply making a statement on problems he sees with religious institutions, including the sex-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic church. “My intention is to critique religious institutions, since they affect everybody’s lives (even people outside the religious sects),” Chagoya told FoxNews.com. “In my work mentioned above I address the role of the Catholic Church (among other religious groups) imposing its credo on Native American cultures all over the Americas. I also critique the Church’s position against same-sex marriage while allowing pedophiles to exist within its ranks for decades and keeping it quiet.”
Chagoya said he’s surprised by the response, saying there were no objections when the piece, which also includes comic book characters, Mexican pornography, Mayan symbols and ethnic stereotypes, was shown last year at a museum in Denver. “My work is about the corruption of the spiritual by the institutions behind it, not about the beliefs of anyone. I respect people’s opinions and I hope they respect mine,” Chagoya said. “…All I do is use my art to express my anxieties, with some sense of humor. Lets agree to disagree, and long live our First Amendment.”
Edwina Echevarria, a Loveland painter who was part of a smaller group of counter-demonstrators outside the museum, said she agreed with Chagoya. “We have to be a country where freedom of expression thrives,” she told the Reporter-Herald.
Don Surber of the Daily Mail says he wondered if Chagoya and his supporters would feel the same way if someone depicted Muhammad in the same way. “This has been done so many times before that it is a cliche. In the artworld, such work belongs next to the Velvet Elvis and the dogs playing poker,” Surber wrote in his blog. “If this ‘artist’ had any courage, he’d show Muhammad instead of Jesus. That’s cutting edge. That’s breaking new ground. That’s dangerous. That’s truly being willing to sacrifice for the sake of art.”
…”The Legend of Bud Shark and His Indelible Ink” is scheduled to remain on display until Nov. 28….
Here’s Enrique Chagoya’s contact info:

  • Email: echagoya@stanford.edu
  • Primary Phone: (650) 736-8143
  • SecondaryPhone: (650)736-8143
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