Don’t Delay! Find Holes In Your Animals! #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsHappy Friday!

Barbara J. King is my second-favorite anthropologist. First, of course, is Sara Marian. Second is Barbara J. King, with Robert Sapolsky a very close third. Dr. King writes for NPR, among her other accomplishments, and I very much enjoyed her post this week on relaxing and playing if you’re delayed at the airport, with reference to a bird filmed messing about on a handrail.

Sara Marian and I have spent fun times stuck at service stations and what-not, always inventing some kind of game to pass the time. A light-hearted post with a word or two about real science.

I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year (plenty of work on my plate already!), but I can always use help in improving, so I was happy when Holly Jahangiri (the real one) posted this link to How to Find and Fill your Plot Holes. Thanks, Holly!

Now, BRACE YOURSELF! Here’s a link to some of the most gorgeous fantasy sculpture on the ‘net. You’re welcome.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about someone playing.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Don’t Delay! Find Holes In Your Animals! #FridayRecommends

  1. I typed ‘plot hole’ into my search box on my blog, and found three posts with those words in the title.

    There seem to be two kinds, missing links on a time line, and pieces missing from the novel.

    The latter kind I handle with Dramatica. Not recommended for amateurs, but there are few, if any, of this kind left after you go through a whole workup. Or, at least in the first book and 167K words, I never found any.

    The time line kind gave me a bit of trouble. I got too clever, didn’t keep track of where I was putting things that go in a sequence into a set of scenes (not necessarily sequential scenes, depending on foreshadowing and pov), and did what seems to be my bad habit: put things in too early, when I had already assigned them a scene, so there was duplication.

    I’ve tackled that by creating a file that shows me exactly which pieces go in which scene BEFORE I write any of them – working out where the pieces have to go – and then making very sure I put the piece into that scene when I write it.

    It seems to work for me.

    You should see some of my arcs, though – things precisely layered in that I have to make sure not to change with one of my bright ideas!

    It’s fun – and part of writing.

    I go now to read Holly’s post.
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