Writing the Novel: New favorite line.

I’m not going to explain this. I’m just going to let it stand on its own.

“Then the vase did a bad thing.”

In context, it gives me goosebumps.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

7 comments… add one
  • Craig A. Eddy May 23, 2009 @ 10:59

    Holly,

    You have been blessed (which, by the way, is NOT meant in a religious way). I’ve only “met” him through his books, and was impressed with his ability to weave humor and philosophy and social commentary into readable and intriguing stories. But you’ve got to admit that, at least in his books, he has one off-beat sense of humor.

    I, too, was affected by the discovery of his early-onset Alzheimer’s, and hope for the best for him. There are new discoveries all the time, and some of them in that field. I’m not in medicine, myself, but some of the new advances look promising, and I hope they reach the point where they can help him.

    Craig

  • Holly Lisle May 23, 2009 @ 10:03

    Craig—
    I love Terry Pratchett. I was brokenhearted to discover that he has early-onset Alzheimers. I got to meet him and be on a panel with him at a Worldcon one year, and he was one of the highlights of the whole trip—and terrific to talk with in the Green Room before the panel.

    You’d never meet a cooler, funnier, or kinder man.

  • Craig A. Eddy May 22, 2009 @ 10:01

    Holly,

    Oh, I believe you. That was simply the image that first came to my mind when I read it. Too much Terry Pratchett, I guess. Now my wife (the lover of grade “F” horror movies) would have probably come up with all sorts of other ideas, and I’m sure none of them would have been good. But then, too, that’s the difference between an amateur and a professional – and part of the reason that I write for my own amusement (but am STILL interested in being able to do it well).

    Craig

  • Holly Lisle May 22, 2009 @ 9:52

    Craig—

    The vase did a BAD thing. The sort of thing that would make any sane person with an ounce of self preservation run screaming from the room. The character in the room with the vase would have done just that…only he didn’t have time.

    It was that sort of bad thing.

  • Craig A. Eddy May 21, 2009 @ 18:36

    โ€œThen the vase did a bad thing.โ€

    Oh, the images that presents, such as:
    1. A haunted vase that suddenly flies through the air to hit:
    a. an ally during a fight scene
    b. Great Aunt So-And-So who gave it to you.
    2. A magical vase that suddenly:
    a. turns into Poo
    b. gives a Bronx cheer

    And that’s just off the top of my head, with NO regard to what you’re writing. But it certainly does pose some potential humor. And yes, I KNOW I have an evil mind. HEH HEH HEH.

    Craig

  • Jonathan Bernard May 21, 2009 @ 1:58

    I like it. That is the sort of sentence that will get me to read a book. Looking forward to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rob Charron May 20, 2009 @ 23:59

    Hi:) Loved the intriguing sentence & the Writing Lesson Vlog. Those were great admonitions and writing fixes.

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