Writing ~ Apes, Teenagers Or Rodeos? The maze of word pictures...

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Take a look at this excerpt by Rex L. Adams:

July, 1992. Shawnee, Oklahoma. He sat at the edge of the pool with his feet dangling in the water, leaning back slightly, arms angling down and away from his shoulders, the weight of his torso resting on the palms of his hands.




This piece of writing from Everyday fiction THE SOUND OF HISDYING • by Rex L. Adams drew a picture for me of an ape sitting at the edge of a pool not a teenage boy? (Yep strange).

It WAS supposed to be a teenage boy.

I wondered why I got the picture of the ape?

What do you think?

The part that (for me) gave me this picture was: his torso resting on the backs of his hands. Why? I have no idea. Isn’t it funny the tricks our mind can play with word pictures.

Then there was this brilliant word picture sentence (for me anyway)...
 
I slid my feet down along his sides, rested my boots on the rungs of the iron chute, my right leg trembling as it always did moments before I had to nod my head. In the arena a chute gate clanged open and the crowd exploded into cheers, and then I heard the first impact, that dull thudding of bone shattering inside the shell that made up the scalp and the face, then there was a second thud, and a third. 

Wow! THAT sentence held no confusion I knew exactly where all this was happening and I was in the moment and part of the scene with the rider. I was on that ride with him and I heard the crack of the guys skull as the bulls hoof came down on his head. 

Words have meaning and word pictures are so powerful.



Zak - contemplating word pictures and word meanings as usual...


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The Book Bomb for Ben is Happening Now - today even...



A Book Bomb for Ben Happening Now

Today we are raising money through a BOOK BOMB to help David Farland's son, Ben Wolverton. You can provide extra help by forwarding this message to anyone who might be interested.


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Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic long-boarding accident on Wednesday the 4th, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. The parts of his brain that affect speech and word recognition, the ability to walk, and, perhaps, his vision are of most concern right now. 

His family has no insurance.

Ben is the son of author David Farland, whose books have won multiple awards, and who is widely known as a mentor to many prominent authors, such as Stephenie Meyer and Brandon Mull. Costs for Ben's treatment are expected to rise above $1,000,0000. Today, people everywhere can help raise money by purchasing David Farland's books Nightingale and Million Dollar Outlines.

You can learn more about Ben and his condition at www.helpwolverton.com.

Nightingale
David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale has won seven awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival—beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It has been praised by authors such as James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), and Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series), and has received four and a half starts on Amazon. You can read reviews here.

Synopsis
Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .
Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was—what her people call a "nightingale."

But Bron isn't ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron's secret may be the most dangerous of all.

Nightingale is available as a hardcover, ebook, audio book, and enhanced novel for the iPad. Get it on--  


Barnes and Noble  

The Nightingale website (get print and audio editions here!) or get the enhanced version complete with illustrations, interviews, animations, and its own soundtrack through iTunes

Outside of the U.S.? 

No problem! 

Buy it off your usual Amazon site, the U.S. Amazon site, or the Nightingale website!

Million Dollar Outlines
If you are a writer, you may want to consider purchasing David Farland’s Million Dollar Outlines also. Both books are part of the book bomb. Million Dollar Outlines has been a bestseller on Amazon for over a month and is only $6.99.

As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).

In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

Get it on--
Outside of the U.S.? 

No problem! 

Buy it off your usual Amazon site or the U.S. Amazon site.


Shop to Raise Money
Help raise money by going on a shopping spree through the U.S. Amazon. The Wolvertons will get a small percentage of everything you purchase--whether you purchase one item or 50. Just make sure you START your shopping through this Nightingale link.

Donate
If you prefer to just donate money, you can do that right here.

Help that Doesn't Require Money
If you can’t spare any money, but would still like to help, you can do so by telling others about Ben’s donation page, and/or this book bomb. Share it on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog—anywhere you can. We have an event page set up on facebook here.


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So far, we have gotten Million Dollar Outlines to the top spot on Amazon's bestseller list for books on editing. Nightingale ranks in the twenties for bestsellers in paranormal and contemporary fantasy. 

Can we get it to the top spot by the end of the day?

Thank you for you support and help.


Daily Kick in the Pants ~ Book Bomb! ~ More like a Kick in the Guts...

I'd never heard of a Book Bomb before I subscribed to David Farland's very helpful, Daily Kick in the Pants. In the short time I've been subscribed David has taught me so much and I've come to respect and appreciate his work (although never met him personally). 

So, when I received what I thought would be my regular dose of, 'get off your butt and get writing' advice I was saddened and shocked to instead hear that his son, Ben Wolverton, aged only 16 was involved in a tragic long-boarding accident. Now that's not a kick in the pants, that's more like a kick in the guts. So...

I didn't think there was much I could do to help until this avenue opened up. Making a donation helps, buying his book helps or simply creating awareness so I bought the book, made a donation and started spreading the word. It's not much but if everyone does a little it can add up to a whole world of help. 

Here's the details direct from David's assistant Kami McArthur. 


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Help Someone in Need: A Book Bomb for Ben Wolverton


Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic long-boarding accident on Wednesday the 4th, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.

Ben is the son of author David Farland, whose books have won multiple awards, and who is widely known as a mentor to many prominent authors, such as Brandon Sanderson, Stephenie Meyer, and Brandon Mull. Costs for Ben's treatment are expected to rise above $1,000,0000. To help raise money for Ben, we are having a book bomb (focused on Nightingale and Million Dollar Outlines) on behalf of Ben.

You can learn more about Ben's condition, or simply donate to the Wolverton family here: 
http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery



What is a Book Bomb?

For those that don’t know, a Book Bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day to support the author, or, in this case, a young person in serious need: Ben Wolverton. 




Book Synopsis:
Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .


David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale has won seven awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival—beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It has been praised by authors such as James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), and Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series), and has received four and a half starts on Amazon. You can read reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-ebook/dp/B006P7SEBY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365432857&sr=8-2


Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was—what her people call a "nightingale."

But Bron isn't ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron's secret may be the most dangerous of all.



Nightingale is available as a hardcover, ebook, audio book, and enhanced novel for the iPad. 

You can purchase it on Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-ebook/dp/B006P7SEBY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365432857&sr=8-2 

Barnes and Noble: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nightingale-david-farland/1107084747?ean=2940016100463 

on the Nightingale website: 
http://www.nightingalenovel.com/ 

or, you can get the enhanced version, complete with illustrations, interviews, animations, and its own soundtrack through iTunes: 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nightingale/id560309064?mt=11




If you are a writer, you may want to consider purchasing David Farland’s Million Dollar Outlines instead. Both books are part of the book bomb. Million Dollar Outlines has been a bestseller on Amazon for over a month and is only $6.99.



Book description:

As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

Get it on Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Million-Dollar-Outlines-ebook/dp/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365434120&sr=8-1&keywords=Million+Dollar+Outlines

Or on Barnes and Noble: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/million-dollar-outlines-david-farland/1114285069?ean=2940015965148
Read one of the 26 reviews here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Million-Dollar-Outlines-ebook/dp/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365434120&sr=8-1&keywords=Million+Dollar+Outlines


Would you like to just donate money? You can do that here: 
http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery 

If you can’t spare any money, but would still like to help, you can do so by telling others about Ben’s donation page, and/or this Book Bomb. Share it on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog—anywhere you can. We have an event page set up on facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/453677124707603/

Thank you!
 
Ben and his family greatly appreciate your support, and so do all who love and care about them.