Week in Review

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I haven’t had time to blog regularly, so I’m going to bring you a recap instead.

Tomorrow is Women in Red’s official launch party at BookSmart of Morgan Hill, 80 E. 2nd Street. 2pm. I hope you can join me if you’re in town.

If you were thinking of purchasing a copy of the book, tomorrow is a great day to do it. The more people order on a single day, the more a book has a chance to rise above the masses and not just disappear!

And, to celebrate, kindle copies of my other novels FORGED IN GRACE and NIGHT ORACLE are on sale this weekend for $1.99 and $0.99 respectively.

ARTICLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

The Anti-Climax of Turning 41 (At The Mid)

“I lingered in a few blue days thinking of my upcoming birthday with a sense of loss. Forty has gone so fast; it’s all but a hot breeze on my neck. Will the next decade blow by in a similar blur? Will I find myself crying over an empty nest as menopause takes the last vestiges of my youth and leaves hot flashes and age spots in its wake?

As I was crying into my virtual beer, my father, who is 65, texted me about an upcoming bike ride he’s going on for a week with his girlfriend, who is 60. Together, they ride bikes with an active group of senior friends every Sunday between his hometown and the coastal town of Point Reyes, California. And by “bikes” I’m not talking about three-wheelers; they ride their road bikes, an average of 70 miles, every Sunday. The average age of these committed bicyclists is 75. The oldest in his group just turned 90…” READ the REST at THE MID

Science Says You Will Regret Your Next Decision (at GOOD Magazine)

“…According to Andrew Reed, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford’s Lifespan Development Lab, the findings are consistent with a larger truth about future forecasting, one that comes up in study after study: We’re terrible at predicting how our decisions will make us feel.

As the popularity of palm readers, psychics, and Magic 8 Balls can attest, humans have a great longing to know what the future holds. Perhaps this comes from our utter incompetence at “affective forecasting,” or predicting how we’ll feel years or even minutes into the future.” READ the REST at GOOD.

GRAMMAR GOODS:

I came across this fantastic infographic from Grammarly for my grammar nerds!

 

Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd Infographic

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2 Comments on “Week in Review”

  1. Robert Naber

    Hi Jordan,

    I’m, on page 115 of Make A Scene. I really enjoy what I’m reading so far. Writing Deep Scenes is next on my reading list.

    I do have a question:

    Are you saying the Significant Situation is what many writing teachers refer to as The Inciting Incident?

    And are you also saying that should happen within the first couple of paragraphs?

    I look forward to your reply.

    Robert Naber

    1. Jordan

      Hi Robert, somehow I never saw this till now. It just so happens that Make a Scene is being updated for a revised second edition, to be published next year. In the revision I’ve edited significant situation back to inciting incident, to be uniform with other teachers. And I do not believe it needs to happen in the first couple of paragraphs, though there are plenty of books that do, indeed, pull that off.

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